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“A very tranquil and special place hidden in the mountains that is amazingly comfortable, quiet and well equipped. Close to great restaurants and places to visit. Michelle and Nick are helpful but not intrusive. Will give you great tips on where to eat and visit including making bookings and rescuing you when stuck!” – C.Sprague, UK, Aug 2018
“We have both fallen in love with everything Italian and your lovely house and wonderful hospitality contributed greatly! We cannot even begin to tell you what a fantastic time we have had! The two weeks just flew, and we wish we would have had more time to explore the surrounding areas! For us the most wonderful way to spend the day was to relax here swim in the pool, watch the butterflies and gaze at the stars at night…Until next time.” – A Howard, Iklesham, August 2018
“You have been extremely welcoming, delightful and an absolute pleasure to be around. This is one of the best holidays we have ever had! The remoteness and solitude, apart from the odd grunting boar or barking deer has made it more special. It has been a wrench for us to drag ourselves away from the butterflies fluttering on your lavender bushes with the hills behind acting as the most stunning backdrop imaginable, but we have managed to do so and have loved every little town and village that we have explored in its own special way. We very much look forward to seeing you again next year!” – S.Fritsch E.Sussex August 2018
“Yes: We are back for our tenth consecutive year! Why? The setting the tranquillity, the warm welcome from Michelle and Nick and of course the pool. However, we also love to visit the local towns and to see the developments that take place over each year inside and outside Casa Castagno. Well done and thank you both. We look forward to returning next year” – J&K Long, Sussex August 2018
“Just had a wonderful week at A Chestnut Barn beautiful spot completely isolated and magnificent views, walks and places to visit Anghiari is a must. Took our dogs who loved it and Michelle and Nick were wonderful hosts and very helpful.” – J Shaylor Sept 2018
“We have just spent an idyllic fortnight at the Chestnut Barn – the ideal place to relax in peace and tranquillity. The owners, Michelle and Nick are the perfect hosts, making us feel welcome from the very start of our holiday. We would unreservedly recommend it to anyone who relishes a quiet, laid-back break but with the option of visiting lots of interesting places as well.” – A&M Sproxton Sept 2018
“My wife and I have just returned from a week at A Chestnut Barn. We booked it to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary & my 60th Birthday, so glad we did, it was perfection. The place is stunning, peaceful, the most wonderful hosts I have ever experienced, nothing too much trouble. We had a meal cooked by Michelle for our anniversary, it was a wonderful experience, Michelle even went out of her way to find my favourite Gin & Tonic. Michelle & Nick keep up the great work, thank you for making us feel so welcome at your beautiful home. We will be back.” – T&J Niblett, UK. July 2018
“We have enjoyed a most wonderful week relaxing, sunbathing and re-charging our batteries in this idyllic part of Italy. We have loved every moment, even a stormy afternoon which allowed for a DVD watching session. Your home and the beautiful surroundings have surpassed our high expectations. Thank you for your extremely warm welcome and your recommendations on restaurants and places to see etc. It has made it a truly special holiday for us. Thank you, Michelle, Nick and Buttons it has been wonderful!” – R Folta & C Fraser, Brighton. Aug 2018
“Our 9th year! Just as perfect as we recall throughout the long cold English winters! The weather and setting continue to amaze us. We have only made one trip out this year to Anghiari and to shop in Sansepolcro – too perfect to leave. A great kitchen to prepare food. Thank you to Nick and Michelle, great hosts and now good friends! Arriverderci!!” – James & Kate, UK – August 2017
“After many months of slow wait, and with great effort our longed-for summer vacation arrived. I thought sometimes we program our destination, in the end God did it. That has been our story; our car broke down out of our country and if it had not been for Michelle and Nick, our vacation would have failed. They have helped us at all times, they have taken care of us and have been waiting for everything we needed. It has been incredible. We went out to dinner as if we knew each other forever. We have no way of expressing our sincere thanks for your help and affection. They have been great hosts. In the end, the Chestnut house has been the place where the pilgrims route find a peace and friendship.” – Inma Grau & Jaime and Cloe the dog, Barcelona, Spain – August 2017
“This is our second stay at the Chestnut Barn. The weather has been amazing and the pool has saved us from the heat! We have seen lots of wildlife including a Pine Marten (we believe) and we loved the hooting owls in the night. Once again, we had a wonderful welcome from Nick and Michelle and we love the improvements made since our last visit. We had a lovely evening at Il Rifugio in Lama and highly recommend the truffle pizza! Thank you for your hospitality, we shall return as soon as we can…” – Helen & Andrew Lambirth, Canterbury, UK – July 2017
“What a fab house, complete peace and quiet with so little man-made noise. We enjoyed the BIG sky and just sitting with a glass of wine without stress – with Wilson at our feet. We enjoyed all we saw, the various towns, everyone in your book, plus Siena. Perugia my personal favourite. Thank you for sharing with us the Chestnut Barn, your welcome, help and “just being there”. A little piece of heaven.” – Jan & Paul Dunn and Wilson the dog, Dorset, UK – July 2017
“I cannot express in words our time here. However, the house will be imprinted in my memory forever, such love has gone into every detail. The house and surroundings were everything we hoped for, and more. The weather has been amazing (burnt) and we spent a great deal of time on the grass with pillows and a blanket! It felt comfier there. We enjoyed Fragaiolo and Anghiari and the supermarket was great. We came exhausted, frazzled and are leaving relaxed and rested. Michelle has been AMAZING! I wanted to propose to my partner here and as well a suggesting where to do it, she helped me plan the whole thing. She organised for a local chef, Anthony to come after the proposal and cook us a beautiful meal. Michelle had laid a beautiful table and matched wine for all the dishes. She went above and beyond, before and during our trip to make it as special as it could be. A beautiful home in which to rest and enjoy whilst being looked after by humble and generous hosts. Let’s hope our honeymoon is here next year Nicky? Oh, and my partner said yes! ” – Rachel Finlayson– Edinburgh, Scotland – July 2017
“We have enjoyed 7 days of peace, beauty, rest and time to appreciate your beautiful, beautiful home and environs. Rachel is absolutely on the spot to say we arrived frazzled and within moments began to breathe in your Chestnut Barn and all it had to offer. Thank you for such a warm sincere welcome. The surroundings are incredible (please see previous comments) but the Barn is unique and will be in my heart and memory forever. The thought and love in every detail here is unparalleled. Michelle, a wee note for you here – thank you so much for being Rachael’s “partner in crime” to orchestrate a very unexpected, very welcome and beautiful proposal. I could not imagine a more loving and thoughtful way to begin the rest of my life with my wonderful Rachael. On a lighter note
• Get your bum and body in the pool as soon as possible and enjoy the spectacular views – it’s incredible.
• Enjoy every attention to detail within and out of the Barn.
• Bring a spare suitcase for your memories.
– Nicky – Edinburgh, Scotland – July 2017
“Fabulous holiday destination and fabulous tranquil place to stay. We have been here three times now and loved every minute. You cannot fail to relax and chill, a real get away from it all place. Lovely restaurants very close and lovely places to visit too. Michelle and Nick are great hosts, could not fault anything. You must visit…x” – Duncan & Lorraine Phimister, UK – June 2017
“We have had a wonderful relaxing break at the Chestnut Barn. The weather has been hot and sunny, so plenty of sun bathing. The peace and tranquillity here is really a tonic. The birdsong is just wonderful. We have seen deer in the garden twice, a badger on the path coming up to the barn, rabbits, a hare, a frog, plus lizards a plenty (including two saved from the pool). Scott also saw three wild boar babies whilst on his way to collect pizza! We have visited Anghiari – beautiful and Citerna, which has amazing views and a lovely café. We have eaten a couple of times at Il Rifugio, great pizza and at Il Boschetto. The Chestnut Barn is beautiful, comfortable and we had everything we needed. The pool was bracing but lovely to cool off in on a hot day. We both loved it here and hope to visit again soon. Thank you for the hamper and wine, very much appreciated…” – Scott & Kathryn Wills, Sheffield, UK – June 2017
“Our third visit and the joy of arriving and the sadness of leaving never goes away. We are both smitten by the Barn, its beautiful surroundings, the peace and the solitude. We both love to travel and have never revisited a place more than once, but Casa Castagno is our perfect destination and stays in our hearts whenever we leave and return to our busy lives. Thank you Michelle and Nick for the lovely welcome and care that you always share with us. Bellissimo, Ciao.” – Mandy & Graeme, Newcastle, UK – September 2016 
“Writing a few words whilst sat by the pool with blue skies continuous sun, nearing the end of our 8th consecutive year at Casa Castagno. Surely the success of Casa Castagno for us has been: location, location; the property, the pool (now a fine new kitchen) access to lovely small towns and villages and the Adriatic. We have just completed two wonderful weeks and we are booked in again. Can’t wait!” – James & Kate Long, Suffolk, UK – August 2016
“Our 3rd time at the Chestnut Barn did not disappoint. We had great weather and the Barn now with the new kitchen is superb. Many thanks to Michelle and Nick who as ever are the best hosts. We must thank Nick, who rescued us from Arezzo when our plans to pick up the hire car failed. Thanks again for an amazing stay.” – Stephen & Louise Pegg, Portsmouth, UK, Aug 2016
“A slice of heaven:
Having recently torn ourselves away from this heavenly place, we find ourselves only dreaming of returning.We found The Chestnut Barn at the end of a track on the top of a hill and fell instantly in love with the place. It is immaculate in itself and has a stunning vista. Inside feels like you could be at home as it has exactly the right combination of being perfectly kept and well equipped, yet comfortable and homely ( it actually is Michelle and Nick’s home through the winter).Utter tranquility and seclusion…. Heaven! Before your eyes butterflies chase through a small sloping meadow, and beyond, trees and forested hills (13 acres of which is theirs) …through their meadow is a sweet little pavilion where we took a glass of wine some evenings to look across a further view. Gorgeous.We walked through the woods, lazed by the pool reading and listening only to the sounds of nature, watched fireflies late at night as we were lucky enough to be there during their short season, saw a porcupine running down the road late one evening on our return from yet another fabulous meal, and a hare on another occasion. My partner Steve loved driving around the winding roads and we both enjoyed the magnificent panoramic views that we saw from them. We meandered round ancient medieval hilltop towns… My favourite being Anghiari, about 40 minutes away, and visited a local agriturismo for lunch. All very welcome after the hustle and bustle of Pisa and Florence.Michelle and Nick themselves are to die for… Welcoming us with Prosecco and a smile, they made us feel thoroughly at home from the very beginning and continued to support us throughout our stay. Whilst leaving us to our tranquil haven they were always available if we wanted, to offer advice and recommendation. We acted on much of the information they shared with us resulting in some wonderful meals in local restaurants. We took Michelle up on her kind offer to book these for us if we wanted/needed.Also on their recommendation we booked the lovely Luca to come and give us a pasta making lesson. We loved it and had a most enjoyable evening with him over dinner of antipasto, the pasta we made, a main made by Luca and dessert, and wine too, all bought to us by him.We both left a piece of our hearts at The Chestnut Barn and I simply cannot recommend this heavenly destination highly enough if what you want is to truly relax and explore a beautiful part of the world. Stunning and so good for the soul. We will be back!” – Jane Cashmore & Steven Bullen. July 2016
“This is our second visit, we previously came in 2011, and thought the first time was good, but this visit has been even better. Nick and Michelle have done a fantastic job on the new kitchen and the new space works really well. We have had very hot weather, and made full use of the pool. We took a trip out to the beach in Cesenatico, approx 1hr 30 mins from the Barn and did a return trip to Anghiari which is worth a visit with the tiny streets with lots of nooks and crannies. We ate at Il Rifugio twice, a favourite off ours, but watch out for the large portions! We had a great Pizza in Il Boschetto, the choice really is too much. Its also nice to sit outside with the locals and have a beer late afternoon. La Buca, great pasta and steak and the views are just wonderful. Thanks again to Nick and Michelle for all the help with our car trouble. You really did go above and beyond to help us, and we are very grateful. We will definitely be back, the peace and quiet is very welcome from busy lives!” – Lee & Andrea Ely, July 2016
“We have had a lovely week, the only disappointment was the weather which was mostly cloudy but still warm. Only 1 dip in the swimming pool. However, we still had some lovely days out to Gubbio, Perugia and Citerna (can recommend La Cisterna for lunch). This is our 2nd time at The Chestnut Barn and we are still planning to come back for more. Thank you Michelle and Nick, see you in 2016. (We still think the place is amazing!)” – Stephen & Louise Pegg, Hampshire, Sept 2015
“Wonderful and brilliant as ever (our 7th year)! Very sad about the closure of the village shop, which we have previously enjoyed and found very useful. However, the Lama shop has a great range. Fantastic weather all week – apart from arriving in a rainstorm! Thank you Michelle and Nick – Until next year!” – J&K Long, Suffolk UK, Aug 2015
“Again we really enjoyed our stay at your beautiful house. Many thanks and best wishes.” – Veerle & Martin, Aug 2015
“We have had the pleasure of visiting The Chestnut Barn five times now. We think this place is amazing and this time was no exception. The peace, the smells, the sounds or lack of, was just what we need in order to return to Denmark with our batteries fully charged. Big thank you to Michelle and Nick for creating this wonderful place and for their kind hospitality. We look forward to seeing you next year.” – L&M Kalland, Denmark, July 2015
“We have had an amazing two week stay, our return visit having stayed one week last year. We couldn’t want for more. We have had the most relaxing time ever and Michelle and Nick are fabulous hosts. Not a lot to add to what has already been written. Amazing meals at great restaurants, hospitality great and made to feel so welcome by all. So many fantastic places to visit. Weather hot and pool so very welcoming. Can’t wait to return next year.” – Lorraine & Duncan Phimister, Warwickshire, July 2015
“The time has come to say goodbye to the most wonderful Tuscan holiday ever. The Chestnut Barn has proved to be a fantastic home from home tranquil and most of all relaxing base. The Barn and its glorious surroundings together with its wildlife has to be one of the most stunning holiday getaways ever. Michelle and Nick have been wonderful and attentive hosts and I hope we have made new friends. We would highly recommend the Chestnut Barn to any discerning couple looking to recharge their well worn batteries.” – Sarah & Mike Lea, Guildford, June 2015
“After a week at the Chestnut Barn our batteries are fully charged. We have felt close to the elements and experienced the change from thunderstorm to 30 degrees sunshine. We have concurred in doing absolutely nothing and enjoyed every minute in and around the Barn. Thank you for a wonderful and tranquil week.” – A & C Barfoed, Denmark, June 2015
“This is our second trip to The Chestnut Barn – we came before in July 2013. This week obviously hasn’t been as hot but we’ve still had a fantastic week. The house is superb, secluded, beautiful and a welcome retreat from our busy lives at home. All in all a fantastic week, we will definitely return, thank you to lovely Michelle and Nick.” – K & J Peake, UK, May 2015
“What a brilliant first stay we’ve had at the Chestnut Barn, thank you Nick and Michelle, we will be back!” – L & G Howard, Oct 2014
“This the perfect getaway whether you simply wish to relax or go exploring. Thank you for a wonderful stay in such a beautiful location.”
– L & M Cottle, Sept 2014
“Casa Castagno a truly magical place. We came here for total relaxation and we definitely found it here! The location is stunning, teeming with wildlife. We saw deer in the garden, wild boar down the lane and badgers and toads.
Thank you to Michelle and Nick for making our stay so enjoyable. A visit to Gubbio is recommended, especially a ride in the chair lift and if you want ceramics. Will definitely be back” – Louise & Steve Pegg, Sept 2014
“Over the years we have become more and more demanding in finding the perfect holiday house. We are very lucky to have found Casa Castagno, what a fantastic house! It really meets all our requirements to escape our busy life. Beautifully situated and very private. We did see deer and wild boar, and on Wednesday evening whilst sitting outside we were watched by two deer standing two metres from the fence, we were the wildlife and they were the tourists…Many thanks to Michelle and Nick and hopefully till next year.” – Veerle and Martin, Aug 2014
“A fantastic part of Tuscany to explore. Stunning location – the very warm and friendly assistance of Nick and Michelle was much appreciated.” – Chris & Lisa Sprague, Aug 2014
“Arrived for our 6th consecutive year, having had a few days in Venice. As always a very warm welcome from Michelle and Nick, great to be back. We have been incredibly lucky with the weather and have made full use of the pool and the garden as well as the increased range of paths (well done Nick) around the property. Have eaten out on several occasions including Poppi and Cortona both well worth a visit. Until next year…” – Kate & James Long, Aug 2014
“We’ve been looking for a place that we can return to and we think we’ve found it! We have enjoyed the peace, the privacy and the beauty of this part of Tuscany. We have seen deer, a hare, a bat and saved a hedgehog and toad from the pool. The birds have also sung beautifully. Thank you to Nick and Michelle for being so welcoming and helpful during our stay. We look forward to returning very soon.” – H&A Lambirth, July 2014
“We have stayed in many villas in Tuscany and Umbria over many years. This one was the best by a country mile!!” – Duncan Phimister, July 2014
“Fabulous place, exceeded our expectations.”  – J&S Norfolk June 2014
“Casa Castagno is perfectly equipped; it is not a holiday villa – rather an enchanting home, comfortable and perfect.” – M Lord, July 2014
“What do we add to what has gone before? Nothing except some of the jewel-bright memories of our week that we will take home with us. Thank you for our seven days of your Tuscan dream.” – M Harris, Sept 2013
“Thank you both for sharing this paradise with us.” – R MacInnis, Sept 2013
“This is our 5th year and again, Casa Castagno has been the perfect place for rest and relaxation. All being well we will return next summer.”  – J&K Long, Aug 2013
“Casa Castagno is an absolute joy! Perfectly appointed with everything you might need. We were looking for somewhere to just’ take off’ for a couple of weeks and relax. This, special place fits the bill completely.” – L&P Swan, Aug 2013
“Thanks for providing a perfect piece of Tuscany for us to enjoy! The villa has been perfect – the amenities, the scenery and the wonderful location and to have wonderful weather has made our holiday stay VERY enjoyable.” – J&K Peake, July 2013
“Had a lovely honeymoon week in total seclusion! We would definitely recommend Casa Castagno for those wanting to take a week or two out of life….”- S&M Bishop, June 2013
“Casa Castagno, the perfect getaway!” - F Barkhouse, Sept 2012
“One of the most perfectly situated houses we’ve ever stayed in. We loved it here, the silence, the wildlife, the views. We can’t wait to return.”  - F&D McCabe, Sept 2012
“Just as wonderful as our previous 4 visits. We have had brilliant weather and a truly great time. House as good as ever, with the superb pool. Thank you so much.” – J&K Long, Aug 2012
“The eight hour drive from Nice was worth it! We have spent a delightful week in this comfortable well appointed house in such a spectacular setting.” – H Welford, Aug 2012
“This was the ideal setting for our honeymoon. The villa and setting are just stunning. We enjoyed the privacy and tranquillity and appreciated the ‘home from home’ finishing touches provided. Cannot fault the experience, thank you so much for the perfect honeymoon! We’ll be back!” – A&K Stephenson, July 2012
“Ideal villa ideal location! We hope to return next year…” -  Bob, July 2012
“After a wonderful week and the most beautiful weather we are sad to be leaving, we could happily stay much much longer! The house had everything we needed and the garden and the view are amazing. All in all a great stay!” – C Hansen, June 2012
“Combine the sounds of only the birds and the bees with the comfort of the villa, it makes for the perfect haven from the pace of everyday life.” – T Florance, June 2012
“Perfect house, in the most perfect location!” – Amanda & Graham, Oct 2011
“This is truly a marvellous place and we have enjoyed it so much yet again. We just love it here and hope to back!” – L&M Kalland, Aug 2011
“A stunning villa, in a wonderful location!” – Mark, Aug 2011
“Casa Castagno is just as wonderful as ever, our 3rd year!” – J&K Long, July 2011
“We enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing week here at Casa Castagno. The house is extremely well-equipped, and the garden and surrounding area very picturesque.” – C McGovern, July 2011
“Fantastic villa, peace and quiet and food in the local restaurants.” - L&A Ely, June 2011
“Location location location! Wow, escape from it all, but in style…the views are fantastic and the peace and quiet a rare and wonderful thing.” – K Savory, May 2011
“We have had the most fantastic week here, and feel very fortunate to have stayed in such a fabulous place.” – Sarah & Jon, May 2011


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