Casa Leonardo     &     Casa Michelangelo
Granaio - Castellina in Chianti
Ref. F_Leo & F_Mic - Sleeps 2 or 4
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Florence Km. 42
Siena Km. 23
San Gimignano Km. 18
Volterra Km. 37
Pisa Km. 60
Val D'Orcia km. 50
You can visit Perugia and Assisi in a day
Casa Leonardo and Casa Michelangelo are two parts of a house in a perfect old Tuscan 'borgo', going back to Roman times, all of which which has been beautifully restored. The views across the olive groves and vineyards towards Siena and Monteriggioni are spectacular. It is set in the heart of Chianti Classico country, surrounded by the 'Melini' vineyards. There is a large swimming pool and a tennis court for the use of the borgo.
They are both beautifully converted and furnished to high standard in the local traditional style.
On the ground floor there is a large, bright living room with a well-equipped kitchen area.
On the first floor there is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a bathroom with shower.
Both houses have a fully equipped kitchen, microwave, large fridge, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, fans in the bedrooms and a hairdryer in the bathroom. Leonardo has a dishwasher and a hot-air drier as well.
Just outside the door of each is private garden terrace with a gazebo and garden furniture.
A short stroll through the olive grove takes you to the swimming pool (12x7m) and tennis court.
Pool open 15 May to 30 September (or longer if the weather is fine)
|2010 Sterling Prices
per apartment per week
|Until 22 May After 25 Sep
|22 May-26 Jun 28 Aug-25 Sep
|26 Jun-28 Aug
| £ 1195
Linen 8 euros per person per week, paid locally.
Heating 4.5 euros/m3
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Casa Leonardo 19/09/05
Thank you so much for arranging this hol for me at such short notice. It was excellent and we really enjoyed it. It is a superb venue and a most relaxing environment.
I would certainly recommend it for any future clients of yours.
Thanks again for a great holiday.
Nearest restaurant -about 5 km
(From Slow Travel Italy - www.slowtrav.com)
Il Pestello On SS429 towards Castellina in Chianti
It is in the middle of nowhere; but it is very busy and fun. You can dine on a thatch covered patio in the warmer months. The inside is a series of rooms that have recently been remodeled but made a little sterile. The building used to be a horse stop where people would change animals on a long journey. The restaurant is in the former stables. The service is very friendly and warm. The menu is completely traditional. We have eaten there at least 5 times so this review is a compendium from all our visits. I think we have eaten here as often as anywhere else in Italy (actually tied with Fiaschetteria Toscana in Venezia which is a totally different experience). The menu and the quality have remained the same and the wine list gets better each time we visit. Prices have also remained reasonable.
Our first visit to Il Pestello came on a cold and rainy night. We had seen the crowd of cars before, and came back very hungry and grumpy. We entered the bar area which is dark, dusty and uninviting. The old men at the bar and behind it just stared at us. But just as we were about to leave, a waiter holding an armful of porcini came and seated us. We will follow a man with huge parcini almost anywhere and we are glad we did in this case. In fact, we returned again the day after.
The antipasti are good. The fettuna (grilled bread rubbed with garlic, sprinkled with salt and drenched in olive oil) is fine. The mixed crostini are substantial. Other antipasti include boar sausage, local prosciutto and other solid offerings.
Primi include excellent soups and nice homemade pasta. Il Pestello offers 4 different soups. I loved the zuppa di funghi among the soups. They have an unusually good insalata di grano with a barley or spelt base, bits of chicken and vegetables. Pastas are typical and very good. Most are home made and the sauces simple and substantial. They have a pasta similar to Pici but calle, I think, strozapretti. They are rough lengths of pasta very chewy and topped with a meat sauce.
You can see the wood burning grill at the back of one of the rooms so stick with the grilled meats for your secondo. Great lamb with rosemary and salt is my favorite dish. I almost always have it when we are here. The lamb is a little fattier than most American lamb but with a much more distinct flavor from the grass feed. You get a number of cuts from various portions of the animal. Rabbit, capriolio (kid) have been very good as well. They have the best grilled porcini in season. We never fail to order a porcini or two to accompany our meal, when available Two smaller ones would make a wonderful vegetable entrée. They will bring by a box for you to choose and the price is by the weight. The procini are slow roasted over the coals so the edges of the caps are crispy and the stems perfectly chewy and meaty. They are douses with salt and rosemary. Sage roasted potatoes are superb: the sage crispy and the taters soft and creamy. Order the potatoes and porcini at the start of the meal as they take 25 minutes to roast. Nice local wines, especially Fonterutoli and La Leccia. Pass on the cheese plate if offered. Desserts tend to be okay although our nephews liked the Panna Cotta with caramel sauce.
Figure on €30 to €50 a person depending on how elaborate you eat and drink.
Dean Gold, February 2004