Casetta Carina Italy, Tuscany

Surround yourself with all things Tuscan in this beautiful apartment within the 15th-century hamlet of Bricciano, near Barbischio. Occupying the east and south sides of an ancient stone house, bright and airy Casetta Carina is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and the native forest of the Chianti countryside.
 
Recently renovated, its centuries-old timbered ceilings are complemented by the latest fixtures and fittings, a charming meeting of history and contemporary styling. You’ll find everything you need, including an open-plan kitchen and dining area, and, with all the necessary gadgets, you can create your own version of hearty Tuscan dishes – best enjoyed al fresco on one of the two balconies or the adjacent terrace with those impressive views for company.
 
The apartment has a master double bedroom, overlooking the lovely countryside, and a single bedroom, making it a perfect retreat for couples and small families. About 60m away, down a small country track, is a magnificent 18m salt-water swimming pool with panoramic views across to the distant hilltop hamlet of Castagnoli. The pool is in a secluded spot and very private – ideal for early morning lengths or cooling off in the heat of the day – with a gazebo and parasols nearby for welcome shade.
 
The owners of Casetta Carina hail from Canada and New Zealand and live in a renovated stone barn nearby. They will be more than happy to advise on the best walking, biking and driving routes, places to eat and sights worth seeing.
 
The local area
 
Cassetta Carina is the perfect base from which to explore the rich Chianti countryside, as well as the historic towns of Siena, Arrezzo and Florence. However, for groceries, cafés, wine bars, ice cream and lovely restaurants, the village of Gaiole is just a ten-minute drive away and one of the area’s best trattorias is just a 15-minute walk. 
 
The surrounding area abounds with castles and monasteries, while many of the best producers of Chianti Classico can be found nearby. The charming medieval towns of Radda in Chianti, Panzano and Castellina are all within a 30-minute drive, while Siena, with its must-see Duomo, museums and twice-yearly, white-knuckle Palio horse race, is an accessible 33km.
 

Accommodation:

  • 2 bedroom first and second floor apartment (sleeps 2-3)

First floor:

  • Main entrance via stone steps to first floor kitchen
  • Open-plan kitchen/dining area
  • Kitchen includes full electric cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Sitting room with French door leading to balcony
  • Small furnished balcony
  • iPod dock
  • Portable fan

Second floor:

  • Steps to second floor 
  • Master bedroom with kind-size bed and ceiling fan
  • Single bedroom with ceiling fan
  • Shower room with washing machine
  • Small balcony

General:

  • Air-conditioning in master bedroom and kitchen/dining area only
  • Wifi
  • Gas barbecue
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Private salt water swimming pool 18m x 4m (1.4m depth throughout)
  • The 60m country track leading to the pool is a little steep in places and not suitable for guests with limited mobility
  • Children under the age of 8 are not permitted due to access to open balcony from single room

Complimentary wifi:

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected 

Location:

  • Gaiole in Chianti (shops/restaurants/supermarket) 10min drive
  • Radda in Chianti 25min drive
  • Greve in Chianti 45min drive
  • Siena 1hr drive
  • San Gimignano 1hr 20min drive
  • Florence 1hr 30min drive
  • REVIEWS FROM GUESTS WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY STAYED AT CASETTA CARINA - February 2017
  • We had a wonderful week at Casetta Carina. The house and facilities were up to the high standards that the brochure described and as we have come to expect from Cottages to Castles. The views and pool were absolutely stunning, and we spent much of the week relaxing by the pool and on the terrace. The house book has some good recommendations for things to do and see. The entry on Sienna was particularly helpful in terms of finding parking (at the football stadium) and a great restaurant just behind the main square. The road to the cottage is challenging (and we are experienced Italian travellers), and the location is rather remote (but the owners are next door). However, this is the trade-off for the tranquility and views which you experience. Thanks again to everyone at Cottages to Castles for another fantastic holiday. Mrs Schwieger - September 2015
  • We have been charmed by the beauty of the house and of the region and we have benefited from the tranquil surroundings. You have a real piece of paradise! Mrs Johnson - June 2014
  • It was a wonderful stay in your house, on the terrace, in the garden, down in the pool, around in the hills, lazing on the sofa, cooking in the marvellous kitchen………..and of course chatting with you. In short, a perfect place with perfect hosts. Mrs - August 2013
  • We have been charmed by the beauty of the house and of the region and we have benefited from the tranquil surroundings. You have a real piece of paradise! Mr Brown - June 2013
  • Casetta Carina was wonderful, the whole experience was smooth and well organised. Holly and Luca were attentive but gave our family privacy. Casetta Carina is very beautiful, the pool is fantastic and the accommodation first rate. Thank you, a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Mrs Fryer - August 2012
  • We had an absolutely fabulous time. Brett and Eve are great people to talk to about the area and they have a little book in the house which has all the necessary info in which helped us a lot. The villa is beautiful on a beautiful farm overlooking a Chianti valley. It is just wow. The swimming pool is glorious and beautiful, also overlooking the valley and very secluded, which is great. We had many great meals on the patio, with beautiful views. Even the rooms overlook the valley and the house is nice and spacious and well equipped. We do not have one complaint about our accommodation. It was 10 out of 10. Mrs Hodgson - September 2011
  • Finding somewhere to wow parents and kids ranging from 13 to 4 is a big ask - believe me! Casetta Carina did just that! None of us wanted to leave the gorgeous, comfortable house or the warm and welcoming little bit of Tuscany. Brett is a great host and was instrumental in planning my "significant" birthday celebrations! I spent the night of my birthday swimming under a Tuscan moon in the underwater lit pool. Perfect Ronan, Czarina and kids - August 2011
  • Our family of 4 adults was thrilled with Casetta Carina. The house, grounds and pool were lovely and the views were spectacular - just as pictured on your website and better. But once there we were in paradise. The location was perfect for exploring the surrounding villages and countryside. All in all we had a wonderful experience. Mrs Barresi - May 2011
  • We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casetta Carina. Words cannot justifiably describe just how beautiful this place and its owners really are. The place, not only lovely, comfortable and homely, is a little piece of paradise and an enjoyable and relaxing home away from home. Thank you for your hospitality and chats, not only very helpful but very much enjoyed. Also very helpful were your restaurant recommendations and tips on how to get to places and market days. We look forward to visiting you in the future. House and surroundings speak for themselves. It’s been a joy to get to know you, and thank you so much for sharing your local expertise. Gina, Lisa, Tom, Nadia, and Joseph - September 2010
  • The accommodation was first class and Brett could not have been any more helpful. All of Brett’s advice on trips and eating places were spot on. The ambiance and the secluded location made for a perfect Tuscany adventure. Mrs Dorothy - June 2010
  • Absolutely fabulous house, very well equipped and charming and very helpful owners. We were travelling with a baby and really appreciated how comfortable and clean the house was. Thanks for arranging a wonderful holiday! Mrs Dixon - May 2009
  • Our feedback for Casetta Carina in Gaiole is very good. The standard of the accommodation was very good and the location, aspect and size of the pool were incredible. The host had also gone to some trouble to provide a cot (with a very comfortable mattress) and a high chair – which were very useful. In any case, we had a great time - thanks for your help in organising our stay and please pass on our thanks to the owner Tom & Leila - November -0001

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Italy to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Pisa

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
Luton Airport easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season

 

Florence

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Saturday All season

 

Rome

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Heathrow Alitalia Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick Vueling Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Birmingham Monarch Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season

 

 

For an introduction to Tuscany, take a look at our guide.

Tuscany gives you the permission to indulge in life’s simple pleasures – world-famous wine, indulgent food and hours consumed by epic histories. Each of Tuscany’s ten provinces has its own unique personality, but wherever you stay, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a verdant patchwork of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards. From the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, to the narrow streets of hilltop San Gimignano, Tuscany makes for a stunning escape.

Overview

Where pleasure takes priority

How it’s possible for any kind of ‘normal’ life to take place in Tuscany remains a mystery. With its undulating landscape where solitary villas or ancient hilltop towns sit perched in splendid isolation, this is a place for epic histories and fine romance; surrounded by a verdant patchwork of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards, hours should be consumed with feasting and fine wines – and then gently walking or sleeping it off. And as a destination with breathtakingly beautiful art and architecture, surely the only way to spend a day is in a state of wonder? Tuscany gives you permission to indulge in the pleasure of doing it all.

Your first ports of call

Strict building regulations ensure that Tuscany’s ten provinces remain beautifully unspoilt, but with 23,000 square kilometres to explore, where do holidays begin? For many, this journey of 1,000 experiences begins with the unmissable trinity of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano.

Tuscany’s capital and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, is a living art gallery, whilst Siena, known for its expansive piazza, superb duomo and Il Palio, the white-knuckle horse race, is a time-slip into the Middle Ages. The towers and narrow streets of small, hilltop San Gimignano are from the same era and crammed with opportunities to shop, eat and admire historic frescoes, along with stunning views.

Chianti, for the ultimate tipple

Tuscan life flows on its world-famous wines and Chianti, tucked between Florence and Siena, is the epicentre. Medieval Greve is seen as the gateway to this region with a wine museum, impressive September wine festival and plenty of restaurants around its triangular porticoed piazza for sampling the grape and the good.

Historic Panzano nearby hosts the Vino al Vino, an annual gathering of winemakers for tastings and live jazz, and Radda in Chianti, from its beautiful hilltop location, also pays regular homage to its local producers, hosting the Radda nel Bichiere in June. To see the wineries in action, time your holiday to coincide with the grape harvest in late August/September.

When in Florence…

Home to Michelangelo’s David and paintings by the likes of Da Vinci, Botticelli and Caravaggio, Florence is one of Europe’s finest cities of art. And yet with its iconic Duomo, churches, and squares, not least the famous Piazza della Signoria – a social hub since the 13th-century – masterpieces are everywhere. And this is a place to be sociable. There’s a lively nightlife and countless restaurants, café’s and wine bars. And from the jewellery for sale along the famous Ponte Vecchio to the designer boutiques – this was the birthplace of Gucci after all – a chance to shop is never far away.

Tuscany for tots, tweens and teens

From children’s activity packs and interactive exhibits in museums to the world’s best gelati, Tuscany caters for the younger generation – and welcomes them like a favourite grandchild in restaurants. Of course the whole region is a history lesson brought to life and climbing historic towers and medieval fortresses can be fun, but if that doesn’t cut it for older children, there are street parties and lively festivals, bike rides along Lucca’s ancient walls, Siena’s exciting Palio horserace or, south of the city, the adventure park of Saltalbero, in the spa town of Rapolano Terme, with tree walks and horseriding.

Map

A taste of Tuscany

The origins of Tuscan cuisine lie in cucina povera: peasant food that was simple, cheap to cook and followed a firm ‘waste not want not’ approach. Today, restaurants, and the more traditional trattorias and osterias, share a genuine passion for these homespun recipes and fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

A culture of hunting and foraging is reflected in many traditional dishes, with the intense flavours of wild boar, pheasant, porcini mushrooms chestnuts and black and white truffles appearing when they’re in season. Given Tuscany’s diverse terrains, local specialities vary hugely – and not just from province to province, but between towns and villages. But there are a number of kitchen staples, including beans, salt-free bread, pecorino cheese, piquant cured meats, chicken liver pâté and plenty of Tuscany’s world-famous olive oil. And this being Italy, pasta (often served with hare or rabbit meat sauce or mushrooms) and pizzas are always an option.

Being among a people who adore their food, you’ll also find many opportunities to count your gastronomic blessings. From cheese to steak, strawberries to truffles, bruschetta to honey, there’s a sagre or food festival that brings Tuscany’s foodies and visitors together in a particularly celebratory fashion.

Tuscan tipples

To stay in Tuscany and not taste its world-class reds is to miss a little of the region’s heart and soul. Sangiovese is traditionally the dominant grape variety and makes up 80% of the famous Chianti Classico blend. Look out for the supreme Brunello di Montalcino, alongside a host of excellent reds as well as the boutique range of Super-Tuscans. These emerged in the 1960s and are more expensive and experimental.

For something a little whiter and often sweeter, there’s Vin Santo, a traditional straw wine usually accompanied by cantucci (almond biscuits). And if you like coffee, you’ll find more choice than in the average high street coffee house – it’s a passion here.

Towns and villages in Tuscany

Arezzo

Gold has made Arezzo one of the wealthiest towns in Tuscany, but the history of its impressive Duomo, churches, museums, Medici fortress and ruined Roman amphitheatre enriches it still further. The rather magnificent sloping Piazza Grande, which appeared in the film Life is Beautiful, plays hosts to an antiques fair on the first weekend of the month and the highly competitive Joust of the Saracen tournament in June and September, with fully costumed medieval pageantry, is not to be missed.

Cortona

St Francis of Assisi chose hillside Cortona as the location for his first monastery in 1211. However, the city dates originally from Etruscan times and impressive tombs from that era are part of the sprawling valley view below. Presided over by the imposing Palazzo Comunale, the main square is at the heart of community life. And being near Montepulciano and Montalcino, there are great reds on offer in the many restaurants. In June, the city hosts the film and arts Tuscan Sun Festival.

Lucca

A walk along the Renaissance walls is one of the must-dos in Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini. However, the town itself is an easy day of strolling with its cobbled streets, charming squares and lovely gardens. It also has its own share of churches and museums. Explore the 11th-century cathedral and bell tower and the beautiful Palazzo Pfanner, from Portrait of a Lady, starring Nicole Kidman. And between café stops, there’s retail therapy along the Via Fillungo.

Pisa

A vibrant university town with a fine choice of cafés and bars, Pisa is more than its famous Leaning Tower. The Piazza dei Miracoli, a World Heritage Site, is also home to a cathedral, baptistery, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo full of medieval art and sculpture and the Camposanto cemetery: a combined collection of fascinating frescoes, sculptures and sarcophagi. Or join the here and now with a stroll along the Arno or around the expansive Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knights’ Square).

San Gimignano

Once there were 72 towers in this pretty hilltop town, built in the 13th century as symbols of power between wealthy local families; now only 16 remain standing. Climb the Torre Grossa, the highest, for a bird’s eye view of the town and then explore the little shops and restaurants tucked along the narrow streets below. The historic centre is a World Heritage Site, which includes the ornate Duomo, Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, and the Musei Civici.

Siena

Bankers and merchants brought Siena its wealth, embodied in its grand Piazza del Campo, the site of the Palio, the famous bareback horse race. This medieval city is also known for its sumptuous Duomo, intended to be “the greatest monument to Christianity” and it’s certainly a city that rivals Florence for its art. Sample it at the Pinacoteca Nazionale or the Santa Maria Scala. However, to really get to know Siena, simply wander, sipping, dining and shopping along the way.

Things to do

Enjoy a walk with your wine

With its lush, green countryside and countless wineries, Tuscany was made for enjoying both. Trekking hotspots include Garfagnana, Lunigiana, Casentino and the Florentine hills. To combine wine, the Brunello Trail takes you through some of the world’s most famous vineyards, ending up in Montalcino.

Discover bijou Cetona

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the pretty hilltop village is crowned by La Rocca, our fabulous 10th-century fortress turned villa, with the designer Valentino as a close neighbour. Relax in the main square, explore the tranquil churches and visit the archaeological music for a taste of pre-history.

Get in hot water

Tuscany, and the Siena province in particular, is bubbling with mineral-rich thermal baths, as nature intended or with graceful architecture and spa complexes attached. For natural hot springs to ease away stresses and strains, there’s Saturnia, an hour from Siena and Petriolo, 20 minutes away.

Visit Italy's most elaborate Duomo

If you need an excuse to visit Siena, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is it – a majestic Romanesque-Gothic creation and, artistically speaking, one of Italy’s most elaborate. Book the guided Porta del Cielo (Gate to Heaven) tour to marvel at the spectacle from above.

Spot a contemporary sculpture

Enjoy a quirky take on the classic arts’ scene at the Parco Sculture del Chianti, a hidden gem that’s great for families 16km south of Radda. Aside from the woodland beautiful park, there’s international artwork and weekly sunset jazz and opera throughout July and August.

Explore on two wheels

For cyclists Tuscany’s rolling landscape is a dream and a challenge. Follow the famous L’Eroica course, which starts in Gaiole in Chianti and takes you along unpaved, gravel tracks through Siena, Montalcino, Val d'Orcia and Crete Senesi – with exceptional food stops along the way.

Dine with the butcher of Panzano

With a shop playing retro disco, three restaurants and a sandwich bar, Dario is the world-famous butcher of Panzano in Chianti. Dine on lavish steaks and hamburgers flame-grilled in front of you and if you go on the first Sunday of the month, there’s also an artisan market nearby.

Catch the buzz in Greve's main square

As well as the Chianti Classico Wine Festival in September, Greve’s expansive Piazza Matteotti is a hub for restaurants and hosts a Saturday market and arts and crafts on Sunday. It’s flanked by delicatessens, inviting little shops and cafés for a spot of unhurried people watching.

Drive through the Crete Senesi

Unlike the lush green of Chianti, this dramatic expanse of undulating countryside consists of golden wheat fields, dotted with cypress trees and hilltop villas. South of Siena, its name means ‘Sienese clays’ after the area’s distinctive grey soil that creates the effect of a lunar landscape.

Helpful phrases

  Hello Ciao
  Good-bye Arrivederci
  Please Per favore
  Thank you Grazie
  Yes Si
  No No
  How are you? Come stai?
  I'm fine, thank you Stò bene grazie
  I don't understand Non capisco
  My name is… Mi chiamo…
  The bill, please Il conto per favore
  How much is it? Quanto costa?

Events

What’s on in May

11 May: Dating back to the middle ages, Cortona’s Giostra dell’Archidado, is a crossbow tournament. Expect to see knights and ladies, flag flyers and crossbow shooters in fine period costumes.

What’s on in June

16 Jun: Pisa is illuminated in the Luminara festivities, honouring its patron Saint Ranieri. Over 70,000 candles outline key palaces, bridges, churches and towers that overlook the river Arno.

17 Jun: Regata di San Ranieri is a boat race along Pisa’s River Arno between the four ancient town districts. Covering a distance of 1500 metres, it’s a nod to the region’s ancient maritime history.

24 Jun: Gioco del Ponte, Pisa. A military parade is followed by two teams competing in a show of strength to see who will be victorious in pushing a cart and opposing team off the sliding rail.

24 Jun: Catch the final of Calcio Storico in Florence, a combination of football, rugby and wrestling – played in period costume in the square in front of the Santa Croce church.

What’s on in July

The Lucca Summer Festival brings music to Lucca, throughout July, taking place every year in Piazza Napoleone. Previous acts have included: Simply Red, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.

Mid Jul-Mid Aug: Lucca’s Puccini Festival attracts a worldwide audience. Beautiful performances take place in Torre del Lago’s outdoor theatre.

Various weekends throughout Jul: The Medieval Festival of Monteriggioni is a fully-costumed spectacle of historical pageantry, with parades, concerts and fireworks.

End Jul: Held on the Island of the same name, the Capraia Festival showcases concerts in the newly restored Chiesa del Convento di Sant’Antonio.

What’s on in August

16 Aug: The annual Palio horse race in Siena draws crowds to the packed Piazza del Campo. Watch riders battle for a banner – costumed processions precede the race, and a street banquet follows.

27 Aug: Eight divisions take part in Montepulciano’s barrel rolling race, Bravio delle Botti. Weighing 80 kilos, they’re rolled along the main street of the town – an arm aching 1,800 metres.

What’s on in September

3 Sep: Originating in the 16th Century, Arezzo’s jousting tournament, Giostra del Saracino, is a colourful presentation of knights charging at the Saracen with lances!

3 Sep: Make your way to Siena’s Pienza Pecorino Fair to try and buy some of the best cheeses in Italy. And stay around for the Cacio al Fuso, a cheese rolling competition.

7-10 Sep: Rassegna del Chianti Classico in Greve, is an annually anticipated showcase for Chianti Classico wines. Buy a glass to taste up to eight wines from the exhibiting stands.

What’s on in October

6-15 Oct: The Sagra del Fungo e delle Castagne – Siena’s celebration of all things mushroom and chestnut with nature walks and tastings of traditional porcini mushroom and chestnut dishes.

 

  1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 April
Casetta Carina 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May
Casetta Carina 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,100 2,300 1,200 2,500 1,300 2,860 1,560 3,060
  3 June 10 June 17 June 24 June
Casetta Carina 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,500 3,042 1,542 SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,640 3,338
  1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 July
Casetta Carina 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,698 3,458 1,760 3,600 1,840 3,820 1,980 3,960 1,980 3,960
  5 August 12 August 19 August 26 August
Casetta Carina 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,980 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,840 3,600
  2 September 9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September
Casetta Carina 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,760 3,450 1,690 3,330 1,640 3,210 1,570 2,870 1,300 2,500
  7 October 14 October 21 October 28 October
Casetta Carina 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,200 2,360 1,160 2,260 1,100 SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

A tourist tax applies in Italy, which means that, for the first week of your stay, an average of €1.50 per day may be charged for all those over 12. Please pay it in cash to your villa or hotel owner.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
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INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in most of our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience most of our properties in Italy have a washing machine.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.

Our choice of Italian properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:

Location

Position, view, serenity, privacy

Comfort

Space, style, furnishings and interiors

Facilities*

Property enhancements

Amenities

Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

*

For further clarification on Facilities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Grading for this property:

Location

Comfort

Facilities

Amenities