Casa Gelso is an apartment of 42 square meters (about 450 square feet), for four
people. It is part of an historic stone house, and has a patio, it also shares a
pool and a 4000 square meter (about 1 acre) park.
It is part of a farming estate located on a low hillside, 300 meters (about 980
feet) above sea level.
You will be in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, 50 km (31 miles) from
Florence and 20 km (12.5 miles) from Siena, among the hills in which Chianti
wine is produced.
A short distance away, you will find some of the most famous towns of Tuscany,
such as San Gimignano, Monteriggione and Colle Val D’Elsa.
Casa Gelso is on the ground floor: entry is by way of the patio, into a living
room with a divan bed. From the living room, you can move on to the kitchen, and
from the kitchen, a small corridor leads to the double-bedded room and the
bathroom with shower. The patio is a long and spacious terrace with a view of
the valley and of the pool; the doors to three apartments open from here. Each
apartment has a separate reserved space with table and chairs, deck-chairs and
The swimming pool
You will have at your disposition a lovely pool of 7 X 14 meters (about 23 X 46
feet), surrounded by lawn and equipped with deckchairs and umbrellas. The pool
is shared among the guests of the other three small apartments.
Stretched out by the pool, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful and expansive
view of the gentle hills that surround you.
At Casa Gelso, you will spend your vacation in an historic and fascinating
Casa Gelso is one of four apartments that have been renovated, and that are
attached to a small church dating back to the 1200s.
The church and the attached rooms originally formed a small compound.
There was the priest’s living quarters, the wine cellar and storage, and rooms
that hosted the pilgrims who passed through here on their way to Rome.
In fact, through this area of Tuscany (the Val D’Elsa), passed the ancient “Via
Franchigena,” the official road to Rome taken by pilgrims from all parts of
Europe. This was one of the principal communication channels of the medieval
world. Along this road, many similar country churches were constructed; these
are still called “Pievi.”
Beyond their religious functions, the historic parishes also served as gathering
places for the residents of the community. Because of this, there is usually a
village or at least a small group of houses next to the churches.
At Casa Gelso, the sense of history is tangible—you will feel almost like a
time-traveler, able to glimpse the true reality of days gone by.
The church is slightly raised from the surrounding countryside. Even before you
arrive, from a distance you will be able to see the refined construction, with
the round apse crafted from stone and brick, and the tower with the elegant
double lancet window in which the bells are located.
The entire building has been lovingly renovated, re-using historic and
traditional materials: in a single moment, you will be transported into the
atmosphere of times gone by.
The beautiful stone and red brick construction, the surrounding green lawn and
flowering hedges, the vast horizon of gentle hills that fade to pale blue at the
horizon: all this will infuse you with a sensation of peace and well being, and
you will feel overjoyed to be a part of this place during your vacation!
The apartments that have been renovated as vacation homes are all on the side of
the church that faces towards the hills, and have a view of the large swimming
pool located a few meters away and below.
The church can be visited. Perfectly restored, it holds a room in which the
owners receive the guests of the apartments.
Not far from the house, there is also a small hamlet of stone houses.
Household Furnishings and Equipment
At Casa Gelso, you approach from the terracotta-paved patio. From this patio,
you can enjoy a splendid view of the pool, and of a vast horizon of hills. You
will find umbrellas, deckchairs, table and chairs: perfect for eating in the
From the patio, you enter into the living room, in which there is a divan bed
for two people. An opening closed by a window and a grate allows you to look
from the living room to the ancient wine cellar, with its barrel vaults.
In the kitchen you will find a huge and ancient fireplace.
The kitchen is equipped with four-burners, oven and refrigerator with freezer. A
laundry room is available.
A short corridor leads to the bedroom with a double bed and to the bathroom with
The furnishings are carefully chosen, and in the welcoming style of the Tuscan
You will find ancient terracotta floors and ceilings made of wooden beams and
In the garden, you will find a barbecue area with wood-burning oven, available
to all the guests.
Casa Gelso is equipped with parking space and heating, satellite TV and
It is possible to buy the products of the farming estate of which this house is
a part; these include Chianti wine and extra-virgin olive oil.
Neighboring tourist attractions
Staying at Casa Gelso, you will be in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, 5 km
(about 3 miles) from Colle Val D’Elsa, a small city famous for producing crystal
This is the nearest place where you will find shops, restaurants, supermarkets,
banks, tennis courts and golf courses, and bike rental facilities.
You will be within reach of the great “art cities”: Siena, Florence and Pisa.
You will also be able to visit the most characteristic towns of Tuscany,
starting with San Gimignano, the city of 100 towers, and Monteriggione, the
medieval town encircled by an ancient wall.
Don’t miss the opportunity to travel the “via Chiantigiana,” which is the “wine
road” that cuts through the territory where Chianti wines are produced.
Along this road, you will see rows of grapevines to the right and left of you,
and hills topped with castles and villages, the evidence of two millennia of
You can visit wineries, discover wonderful small restaurants, and experience the
friendliness of the local residents, which is truly part of the fascination that
Tuscany holds for the rest of the world.
If you enjoy hiking, you can trek through the Senesi hills, or part of the via
Franchigena that crosses the Montagnola Senese, a protected hillside covered
with chestnut trees, where nature is uncontaminated.
Accommodations: Independent house or villa in small complex