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Casa Usignoli (nightingale Villa), Very Spacious And Homely Villa

Villa with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and private pool in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

From £1,655 per week

Villa to rent in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

"Casa Usignoli". This very old manor house dates back to 1729. Fully renovated to provide a stylish family home with 5 large bedrooms and two bathrooms & huge pool. Very Private and totally relaxing

  • Villa
  • Sleeps 11
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • WiFi
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Parking
  • BBQ
  • Washing machine

Villa overview - owner's description

Just a short distance from the medieval town of Castiglion Fiorentino is "Casa Usignoli". This very old manor house dates back to 1759. It has been fully renovated to provide a stylish family home with 5 large bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The villa sits in one of the most sought after locations in Tuscany. The villa is reached by a private road and is completely enclosed offering privacy and tranquility as soon as you arrive.

Villa Usignoli offers lots of space - 300 m2 along with spacious gardens and a lovely pool. The villa is well cared for and is furnished with complimenting rustic and antique furniture. The recent renovation has been completed with care and attention to detail respecting original architecture, such as the huge chestnut wooden beams. The large living/dining room incorporating an ancient fireplace is a lovely family room, warm and cosy. There are four double bedrooms and a fifth which has three single beds. All with lots of space and light.

A large family kitchen with all modern amenities including dishwasher helps make a complete vacation.

Outside are many terraces and summer pergolas offering lovely views of the valley and beyond. Here you will find your perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounds of the Val di Chio. Besides the terrace furniture and sun chairs, there is a stone barbecue, - perfect for preparing some simple Tuscan cuisine and enjoy al fresco dining on warm summer nights.

The large (5 x 11 meter) pool sits along the hills side. Adjacent to the pool there is a stone pergola with a wood burning stone-oven There is also a n additional bathroom with shower . Casa Usignoli is surrounded by a landscape of vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees and enjoys panoramic views of the countryside.

There is also a laundry room available to guests.

Locally, there is a shop, bar and restaurant within 1 km. The main supermarkets are about 4 km as is the town of Castiglion Fiorentino .

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1 out of 1 people recommend staying here

Large Group from Witham, United Kingdom Aug 2018



RENTAL PERIOD: 11th - 25th August 2018 [inclusive].

We rented Casa Usignoli for the above period. Our party comprised of eleven [11] people.

The following general and specific comments / observations relate to our party’s pre-arrival experiences and those during our stay, with;

• the Booking Agency [Clickstay],
• the sub Agent? – Terry,
• Giusi [the Caretaker] and
• Cristina [the Property Owner].

[A] FROM POINT OF BOOKING UNTIL OUR ARRIVAL AT THE VILLA

[i] The initial booking was made online [via Clickstay Website]. This was fairly straight forward, although we were only able to declare six [6] of our party on the Booking Form, whereas our party comprised of eleven [11] persons.
However, we subsequently advised Clickstay of the exact number in our party via their Website, and repeatedly provided this information on a number of occasions, together with supplying details of our estimated arrival times. We later learnt that this information was never forwarded on to the Property Owner / other interested parties.

[iii] We also supplied Terry [sub Agent] of the full details of the composition of our party, including our estimated arrival times. We understand that this information was never passed on to the relevant people.

[iv] Observation - All relevant data to be forwarded to the necessary personnel, prior to Renters arrival, without fail.

[v] A post code [zip code] for the designated meeting point would have been helpful. Also, a sign from the local road to the property would have been useful.

[B] UPON ARRIVAL AT CAMPO GRANDE [SANTA CRISTINA] AND CASA USIGNOLI

We met with Giusi, at Campo Grande who escorted us to Casa Usignoli.

Guisi requested details of the dates of birth of each member in our party [legal requirement in Italy]. WHY, IF THIS WAS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT, DIDN’T THE AGENT ASK FOR THIS INFORMATION, IN ADVANCE OF OUR ARRIVAL? The last thing anyone wants after a long journey is to deal with a request for personal data which could have been made months in advance!

We were asked to pay the sum of Euros 75.00 for cleaning. This we paid, although we were unaware that this charge was payable locally. I have checked the Property Rental Details and find no such reference to this charge!

Giusi then explained all of the usual things that one would expect upon arrival at a rental property, including an instruction to “rinse” the dishes and cutlery, prior to using the dishwasher. This we found odd, as it suggested the dishwasher was not functioning correctly.

Action taken by us to rectify the dishwasher performance -

• we removed and cleaned the filters,
• we refilled the salt chamber [empty upon arrival],
• we refilled the rinse aid dispenser [empty upon arrival].

The above action provided an instant solution and the dishwasher worked perfectly throughout our stay, without the need to rinse everything prior to use.

Recommendation – Repeating this action ahead of each rental would ensure the correct operation of the dishwasher, it would also prolong the dishwashers working life.

We were also instructed to take the umbrellas down [situated on the terrace] in the event of inclement weather. See comments relating to umbrella, later in this Review.

[C] GENERAL OBSERVATIONS -

• Fridge / freezer was turned off and the doors left open upon our arrival. Surely the fridge and freezer should have been ready for use … especially as we were advised to bring essentials with us.
Ice making facility required - either integral within the fridge or with the use of ice trays,
In our opinion the size of the fridge / freezer, was inadequate for a property of this size and number of people it could accommodate,

• Tea towels [for drying dishes] - there were no tea towels at the property, we therefore had to purchase some locally for our use. Surely, we should have been advised to bring our own, prior to arrival.

• The following kitchen items/utensils should be part of the Property Inventory:

[i] rolling pin and pizza cutting wheel,

[ii] more oven baking tins / trays [foil trays would be adequate],

[iii] oven gloves or mittens,

[iv] tea towels,

[v] additional cutlery to be provided,

[vi] additional trays [for carrying items] to be provided, trays are useful when transporting items down to the terrace and BBQ area. Upon our arrival there was only one tray at the property, this was damaged, and dangerous. We therefore consigned it to the rubbish bin. Surely a number of trays should have been provided within the inventory.

[vii] Kettle [for boiling water to make hot drinks]. Boiling water in a saucepan on the stove is dangerous. Surely a kettle should be part of the property inventory.

[viii] Mosquito’s and bug’s … we expect to find these in a rural region, and understand this year was exceptionally bad, however we would expect the property to have screens at each window [especially the bedrooms] or at least mosquito nets and plug-in devices, to deal with these little critters !!!

[ix] Underwater pool light not working, throughout the duration of our stay,

[x] Pool filtration system failed during our stay, however the fault was rectified within a couple of days,

[D] OTHER COMMENTS

Point 1 – Insurance Breakage Waiver

I was charged Euros 75.00 by Guisi, upon our arrival.

Furthermore, during our stay an Umbrella was damaged beyond repair. I was sitting by the Umbrella, when a gust of wind lifted the fabric of the Umbrella from frame. There was no wind to speak at the time of the incident. However, I was requested to pay for the resulting damage as we were departing from Casa Usignoli [by the Owner]. Cristina mentioned something about Insurance, but as we were about to leave I paid her cash for the umbrella damage [Euros 45.00].

Point 2 - Steps leading up from the terrace area to the Villa door

Nowhere in any of the information provided for this property did it state how many steps there were up to the Villa entrance. Whilst it didn’t provide to many problems for ourselves, it could be an issue for others whom may have restricted mobility, or even someone having small children with a buggy / pushchair to negotiate the steps. WE SUGGEST A WARNING TO FUTURE RENTERS WOULD BE HELPFUL.

[E] CONCLUSION

Whilst the above comments may appear long winded, they in no way detracted from our stay at Casa Usignoli. Our whole party very much enjoyed staying at the Villa and using the facilities it offered. The Pool, BBQ and Pizza Oven were all great hit with everyone.
Thank you for allowing us to stay in your wonderful rustic Villa, in the most amazing surroundings. The “star gazing” on clear nights was amazing, with many “shooting stars” spotted.

Thanks again.

The main issues we had, have subsequently been fully addressed / dealt with to the Renters satisfaction.

Malcolm, Valerie, Chris, Karen, Sarah, Scott, Ansel, Florence, Constance, Clara and Eliza [the little Cinghiale].


4 other reviews

Michele and Family Jul 2016

This review is a little late, but the experience we had is well worth taking the time to write it. My wife and I were trying to find a place to relax and enjoy our 25th anniversary with our family and we couldn't have found a better spot. The grounds and property are amazing, with a private pool enjoy all to ourselves. The pool terraces and out kitchen very cozy and had everything we needed to just relax and enjoy the real Tuscany. With everything so close including wineries and restaurants, there was plenty to keep us busy when we went sight seeing. But, the best part about it, is that some of us didn't want to leave the villa - simply relaxing by the pool and just enjoying the endless scenery and villa - a vacation in itself. For our "big Day" we arranged for a local chef to come along and prepare the most awesome lunch for us all. Everything from canapés to a fabulous cake - We were spoilt! We can easily highly recommend this vacation home if your looking to enjoy either Tuscany's countryside,go touring or, simple enjoy living in an amazing Tuscan villa that will make you want to return - before another 25 years! . Thank you Gerry for all that you did to make our trip a great experience!

A beautiful house in a beautiful placee and, a very good (unusually good) rate. Peace, quiet, amazing views. The house is spacious, clean and well cared for. A very lovely pool. You need a car because the house is wonderfully secluded. Good restaurants in the area, many beautiful places to visit all within reasonable distance. Great house for a large groups or families. Here we will certainly come again.

"Perfect Tuscany holiday with friends and children" After a long journey we found a warm welcome and a very helpful owner. The decor of the house and the grounds (pool, loungers, garden furniture) are excellent. The owner was always available for questions and tips and useful information. All rooms are very large indeed - and well furnished. This is an ideal home for holidays with friends and families - each of us having our own space when needed - two sitting rooms and lots of space outside. Bed linen and towels were changed after a week and were of good quality in keeping with the level of the entire house The house is only 15 minutes from various supermarkets and train station. Set amongst vineyards - a very lovely position. Trips by car to Perugia (60min), Cortona (20 minutes), Arezzo (30 min) and Siena (70) are easily possible from here.

"Perfekter Toskanaurlaub mit Freunden und Kindern" Nach langer Anreise erwartete uns ein freundlicher Empfang und ein sehr netter Vermieter. Die Ausstattung des Hauses sowie des Geländes (Pool, Liegen, Gartenmöbel) sind hervorragend. Der Vermieter war für Fragen und Tips immer erreichbar und hilfsbereit. Alle Räume sind groß und gut möbliert. Ein ideales Haus für Urlaub mit Freunden. Bettwäsche und Handtücher wurden nach einer Woche gewechselt und entsprachen dem super Niveau des gesamten Hauses Das Haus liegt nur 15 Min. von div. Supermärkten und dem Bahnhof entfernt mitten in den Weinbergen. Ein Ausflug mit dem Zug nach Florenz oder Rom bietet sich an. Trips mit dem Auto nach Perugia (60min), Cortona (20min), Arezzo (30min) oder Siena (70) sind von hier aus problemlos möglich.

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Location

This villa is:

28km from the nearest beach 1.5km from the nearest bar 2km from the nearest restaurant 1.5km from the nearest supermarket 45km from Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria Internatio airport 140km from pisa Airport 190km from rome Airport

Local activities

Cycling 10m Flying 8km Golf 25km Horse riding 2km Sports center 4km Tennis 4km

Sights and attractions

Local food market 4km Museum 4km Night club 5km Shopping 4km Theatre 4km Cinema 4km

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Outside this villa in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
This villa is in the countryside and in a quiet area. It has a pool, a balcony, a barbecue and outside lighting. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.

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Early booking discounts

  • Arrive between 1 April - 1 July and receive 10% off if the booking is made 140 days before the arrival date.

If more than one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.

Extras

Compulsory

  • cleaning fee /

    £79.39 per booking, paid locally

Facilities

Bedrooms

5 bedrooms, Sleeps 11:

  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds

There is also 1 single sofa bed in sitting room

Bathrooms

3 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool

Entertainment

Internet / WiFi, TV Languages in Local

General

Living area seats 10, Dining area seats 12, Central heating, Open fire, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster

Outside

Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking

Suitable for

Children, Infants, Single gender groups, Smoking, Pets

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