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Villa il Castellaccio
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We (two adults and our 17-year-old son) thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay at Villa Il Castellaccio. We are definitely considering returning again soon — although we do feel that there is room for improvement in the apartment we stayed in, Castellaccio 4.

The complex’s owner, Leonardo, was a charming and extremely helpful host. Right from the very second we got there we felt welcome: Leonardo was ready to make dinner reservations for us and explain all about the different routes to the best towns with the most beautiful vistas. He went out of his way to be obliging during our stay, even magically producing a DVD player and a reading lamp for the living room when we asked if he happened to have them somewhere on the grounds. He’s tops!

We were thankful for many things that came with the rental: from a dishwasher to a washing machine (including tabs and detergent!) ; straw hats hanging on the coat racks; terracotta floors that always felt cool despite the heat; a lovely outdoor private gazebo with a terrific view; train schedules; an amazing pool big enough to swim laps in; details about how to tend to your mosquito bites (including a cool garlic remedy); screens on the bedroom windows to keep out insects during the night; interesting prints in the long hallway depicting Florence during various historical floods, and lastly: amazing views at your doorstep, lovely Tuscan countryside down the road, and the close proximity to all important Tuscan hillside towns from Florence to San Gimignano.

Despite all the things we liked about this vacation rental, there were some things that we felt need to be improved upon.

The shower in the second bathroom was practically unusable, as it is absolutely too small. You can’t move around without banging your fanny or your chest against one of the walls. And once you’re finished showering, the bathroom floor is flooded because the door doesn’t close properly. Leonardo would be advised to get rid of the shower and put in a larger one. Period.

In the kitchen, the oven and its inner tray were FILTHY (the stove was clean). We wanted to bake something, but couldn’t because of the grease and week-old, perhaps month-old, ick accumulated on the oven's walls and grid. I’m sure Leonardo would have gotten someone to clean it if we had said something, but we decided we just wouldn’t bake. Yuck!

The cutlery and kitchen aids were of poor quality, plus there were only four wine glasses, four cereal bowls and four coffee cups, so we had to wash up (instead of using the dishwasher) every night. The apartment needs more of these things! And of better quality!

The beds were uncomfortable, as the mattresses were way to soft and dented in the middle from use. Leonardo would be advised to get GOOD mattresses.

The furnishings were thrown together with little style, nothing matched in the living room, and everything looked tired indeed. The sofa in the living room was gray and frayed, the large (arm) chairs in the living room were EXTREMELY uncomfortable and also frayed. Three people could NOT sit comfortably in the living room to read or watch a video or TV.

There were screens on the bedroom windows, but not in the bathrooms or living room/kitchen. Insects got into the apartment through open windows, including wasps. I wish Leonardo would put screens on ALL the windows. Thanks!

Otherwise, as I say, we really enjoyed our stay and appreciated our host. It’s a lovely property that will make your hearts sing as it did ours.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank H_J_Berlin
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

This was our first visit to Il Castellaccio and it won't be our last. There are 5 villas in total, one of which is huge and is self contained with it's own garden and private pool. We stayed in Villa 3 with the large terrace which we really enjoyed and was of a high standard. We were fortunate to meet other families there from other parts of the world and the pool was a great place for the kids to play and let off steam! The apartment was really well equipped with dishwasher and washing machine and a corkscrew! The beds were very comfortable which is a first for most places we have stayed. There is no air conditioning so I expected the nights in particular to be a problem but I slept well at night with little problem. Trying to keep the inevitable mosquitoes at bay was of course another issue.

In general the estate was very well kept. The great thing about this villa is its proximity to Figline Valdarno station which can take you to Florence in 20 mins if you get a fast train. This is a real bonus because if you are like me and have driven in Florence, it is a nightmare. To quote the owner, Leonardo, going by train really is the 'best solution'. This place is also close to the main chianti towns and would recommend Castellina and Greve in particular for a visit and some wine tasting. In all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would come back again.

Thank you Leonardo for a very pleasant week and for your hospitality!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank JulietteS934
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Oct 6-13, 2012 was our third trip to Villa il Castellaccio in Lucolena, IT. This trip we had 13 travelers, and used the Villa, and two apartments. This is a lovely facility, regal enough to make you feel special, and comfortable enough to feel right at home. Leonardo and Roxana went out of their way to accomodate our needs and desires. We usually all convene in the Villa kitchen and dining room, even if we sleep in the other apartments. However, our entire group had a pizza dinner in Apartment #3, which we had prepared ourselves in the outdoor kitchen with a wood burning pizza oven! We find this location perfect for exploring all the lovely Tuscan hill towns, close enough to come back home and relax whenever we are tired. Already, we can't stop talking about our next trip.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in apartment 2. Clean, well-appointed, fun layout in centuries-old building. Hosts were friendly and helpful. Close to many wonderful villages and great scenery. Super restaurant in nearby Dudda. Driving nearby roads was challenging and fun; a great way to see some beautiful countryside. Villa is well equipped, rooms are large and very comfortable for three or four people. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Villa Il Castellaccio was a perfect base for exploring Tuscany. We stayed in Apt. 2 and had a great experience. The apartment is huge and very clean. Leonardo and Roxanne were communicative and responsive from start to finish -- and Roxanne gave us great ideas for itineraries while in the area. In fact, she recommended a town off the tourist trail that turned out to be a terrific day for us. The weather was a too cool for enjoying the outdoor space (pool), but the property is extremely well-manicured and gorgeous. The views are incredible. And the apartments and villa are designed in such a way so as to ensure the most privacy possible -- we didn't hear any of the neighbors while in our apartment. I would definitely stay again and recommend the property to anyone looking to enjoy and explore a beautiful area of Tuscany.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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