Casa Francia Description

Casa Francia is a beautiful country home near the historic village of Palaia in the Tuscan hills between Pisa and Florence. The buildings and grounds were lovingly restored in 2011-2012.  Extensive use of original materials has retained the charm of the property evoking the feel of a bygone era. The property features traditional wood beam and brick ceilings and terracotta floors.

This home is ideal for a large group of friends or multigenerational family gatherings. Family friendly with elegant but at the same time comfortable furnishings and a game room. Up to 12 guests can be accommodated at Casa Francia – eight in the main house and four in the Casetta – literally “the little house”. Both houses have air conditioning and heating throughout.

The property is situated on 7.5 acres of woods, fruit trees, and olive groves with stunning views across the fields in front of the houses. Surrounded by working farms, you will experience the Tuscany the locals live. There is a large (12m by 6.5m) infinity pool with ample outdoor furniture. Outdoor patio areas around both houses provide a wonderful setting for al fresco dining. Additional outdoor amenities include a BBQ and pizza oven.

Casa Francia is in close proximity to many of the major attractions of Tuscany. It is located a few minutes outside of Palaia, a village whose history can be traced back to the 10th Century and in close proximity to a number of other medieval villages such as Lari with its ancient castle sitting in the center of town. Pisa is 30 minutes away. Florence, the walled city of Lucca, Viareggio and the coastal beaches, and the Etruscan town of Volterra (made famous by the Twilight series books) are all within an hour. Siena is a two hour drive and makes a nice day trip.


Main House

Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, sleeps 8. The house has beautiful yet comfortable furniture accented with some antique pieces. Many original features have been retained and lighting is provided throughout the house by custom made Tiffany style lamps. You will find most of the comforts of home, such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi internet connection and satellite TV. Luxurious touches abound, with high quality linens and towels and soft pillows. Hair dryers are provided in each bathroom. Mosquito screens are provided on most of the windows and doors

Ground Floor

Entryway with small sitting area and accented with Tiffany style wall lights.

A large, gourmet kitchen with double ovens, American size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave oven and a center island with an additional sink. The kitchen is fully equipped with American and Italian coffee makers, kettle, toaster, blender and a food processor. Ample plates, glasses and cutlery are provided. Fun touches for the kids include a Mickey Mouse grilled cheese maker and Disney character mugs.  

The dining room accommodates 12 and provides a great view of the valley below.

 The living room downstairs is situated under the original, beautifully restored brick arch as well as a wall bench where the old trough used to be. The wooden bench back was a part of the original trough and was where the animals were once tethered. Comfortable sofas and armchairs as well as a stereo provide a wonderful setting for relaxing and visiting with family and friends.

 Rounding out the downstairs living quarters is the game room. Here we provide an abundance of books, a variety of board games, including chess and dominoes, a flat screen TVand a PS3.

Next to the game room is a half bath and the laundry room with a washer and dryer.

First Floor

 The first floor has a ground level entrance into a living room with fireplace, comfortable sofas and a flat screen TV and a DVD.

 All bedrooms have built in closets. Hairdryers are provided in all the bathrooms. A cot   and a high chair are available if needed.

 Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and large shower. Romantic curtained queen bed and a flat screen TV. The window door provides a magnificent view of the valley below.

 The Tower Room has a wrought iron queen bed and an en-suite bathroom with a large walk in shower. The staircase takes you up the loft which provides a hide-a-bed sofa, armchair, desk with desktop computer and flat screen TV.

 The Red Room has two single beds which can be placed together to form a queen bed. The en-suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower with bright red tiles.

 The Eggplant Room has another wrought iron queen bed with en-suite bathroom providing a walk-in shower with eggplant colored tiles.

 “Casetta” - Little House

 Two bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 4 and in the low season is available for rental on its own. Ideal for one or two couples or a family of four. Fully equipped and very comfortable with high end furniture and fully air conditioned throughout.

 Ground Floor

Luminous living room with high quality comfortable sofas, a flat screen TV and stereo. The living has magnificent arched door overlooking the woods. Just outside is a BBQ for great outdoor grilling.

 Gourmet kitchen with oven, stove, dishwasher, built in refrigerator and microwave as well as a table for four. The kitchen is fully equipped with a variety of small appliances such as a blender and a small food processor. Ample plates, cutlery and glasses are provided.

 First Floor

Two bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom with large showers.

The Rose room is a large bedroom with a queen bed, built in closet and a comfortable armchair facing the window and affording a wonderful view of the valley below.

The Mustard room has a queen bed and a lovely armoire, with amazing views of the valley.

Outdoor Areas

           The outdoor areas begin with a large patio running the length of the main house which provides a magnificent setting for al fresco dining. Native plants and lemon pots provide lovely greenery. A table which can accommodate 12 and two large umbrellas make for relaxing family dinners overlooking the beautiful valley below.

 
          An additional small grassy area with a table for four can be found in front of the casetta, providing additional outdoor seating.

Outside the arch room is a wood burning pizza oven and by the door to the Casetta you will find a large BBQ. Let your culinary juices flow!

A 12m x 6.5m infinity pool with a large patio and complete with pool furniture and umbrellas for shade make for hours of fun in the sun! Pool towels are provided.

Wander the field below and enjoy walks among our many fruit and olive trees.

The house has an electronic gate and is completed fenced in increasing privacy and security.

 

Amenities

  • Washer and Dryer
  • Fully Air Conditioned and heated
  • Wireless Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • CD Player/Stereo with IPOD connection
  • DVD Player
  • BBQ
  • Pizza Oven
  • Hair Dryers in all Bathrooms
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Baby Cot
  • High Chair
  • Alarm System

 Staff and Services:

  • Property Manager who can also arrange a variety of services and excursions
  • Maid Service three times per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Gardener/Caretaker
  • Weekly linen change

 The following are available for an extra fee:

  • Laundry Service
  • Initial Grocery shopping a per hour charge plus the cost of food
  • More frequent linen and towel changes
  • Breakfast for Euros 10.00 per person

Villa Policies:

  • Maximum 12 guests
  • Children Welcome
  • Non-Smoking
  • No pets allowed
  • Strictly no diving in the pool
  • No unaccompanied minors allowed at the pool

 Location

2km from Palaia where you can find a small grocery store, a butcher, a gas station, takeout pizza, sundry store and several good restaurants

  • Castelfalfi is a golf resort approximately 16km away
  • San Gimignano approx. 38km
  • Lucca approx. 45km
  • Pisa approx. 45km
  • Volterra  approx. 42km
  • Florence  approx. 60 km
  • Siena  approx. 88km
  • Bolgheri, home of the famous Sassicaia wine is approx. 85km
  • Fiesole  approx. 85km
  • The beaches such as Viareggio are about 75km away.
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