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Casa Francia, Palaia - Pisa and Valdera

6 bedrooms 6 bathrooms 12 guests Private Pool 5 - Superb - Superb 5

Hidden in the green hills of the Valdera valley, just south-east of Pisa, this elegant house is a peaceful place where a dozen friends and family can immerse themselves in beautiful countryside and each other’s company. The location provides a good introduction to Tuscany yet will be of particular interest to regular visitors looking for a new area to explore.

Close to these splendid lodgings you'll find the popular village of Palaia, with its restaurants, bars and shops, and the winery at Villa Saletta. Roam a little further to the soothing hot springs of Casciana Terme or visit Lajatico, birthplace of the opera singer Andrea Bocelli, where he returns to perform each summer. Volterra and San Gimignano to the south and Pisa to the north make tempting trips. You could even strike out to the beach from here.

Or you could just relax in this cradle of vineyards and forests. Your home from home takes the form of two properties, a main house and, just down a slope, a converted barn. These stucco-clad buildings are charming inside and out (note the remains of an historic tower on the side of the main house). They’ve been painstakingly restored to showcase their traditional features – wooden shutters, local red brick, terracotta tiles, chestnut beams – and given a fresh modern feel with neutral décor and a mix of classic and contemporary furnishings.

The main house has a huge and light ground floor with arches leading to ample living and dining spaces and a lovely large kitchen that any cook would covet. (There is a barbecue and pizza oven outside, too, and when the cook wants a day off, the friendly local property manager can organise a chef.) Tucked away upstairs are four en-suite bedrooms – the master comes with its own living room up a winding staircase. The position of the converted barn on a lower level offers a little more privacy for four of your party. It also has a spacious open-plan lounge-diner and kitchen on the ground floor with two en-suite doubles upstairs.

The barn has a small garden set with a table and chairs. But we guess that the south-facing terrace by the main house will be where you’ll naturally gather. It’s a suntrap by day and a place to gaze at the stars by night. Just below sits the private pool and its sundeck. There in the cool waters you can rest between lengths on the infinity edge and lose yourself in the landscape.

Ground floor

Dining Room

Dining table with 8 chairs, Welsh dresser, food trolley, French door to terrace, terrace with two parasols, a large table and 10 chairs, air conditioning.

Kitchen
Fully equipped kitchen with Island unit and 3 chairs, large fridge/freezer, wine cooler, gas hob with 6 rings, air conditioning, French door to terrace.

Lounge 1 & Gym (divided into three parts)
Sofas,  armchairs, ottoman footstools, side tables and chairs, bookshelf,  TV, air conditioning, French doors to terrace, various gym equipment, terrace with a large outdoor daybed with adjustable canopy.

Cloakroom
WC, sink.

Laundry Room
Washing machine and dryer.

First Floor

Lounge 2
Large library cabinet, large fireplace (for decoration only), 2 sofas, ottoman footstool, TV with cabinet, antique corner cabinet.

Bedroom 1
Double bed (cannot be converted into twin beds), bedside tables, bench, side table with chair, floor lamp, chest of drawers, large book shelf, TV, armchair, French door to Juliet-style balcony, air conditioning, mosquito screens.

Ensuite Bathroom
Double sink, shower, bath, bidet, WC.

Bedroom 2
Double bed (cannot be converted into twin beds), bedside tables, armchair, bench, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, air conditioning, floor standing mirror, mosquito screens

Ensuite Bathroom
Sink, large shower, bidet, WC.

Bedroom 3
Twin beds (can be converted into a double bed), bedside tables, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, TV, round side table, French door to Juliet-style balcony, air conditioning, mosquito screens.

Ensuite Bathroom
Sink, large shower, bidet, WC.

Bedroom 4 (Suite)
Double bed (cannot be converted into twin beds), bedside tables, built-in wardrobe, French door to Juliet-style balcony, stairs to 2nd floor, air conditioning, mosquito screens.

Ensuite Bathroom
Sink, large shower, bidet, WC.

Second Floor

Lounge 3

Sofa, armchair, desk and chair, 2 side tables, TV with cabinet, ottoman footstool.

Annex
Ground Floor

Lounge 4
2 large sofas, ottoman footstool, side tables, TV with cabinet, French door to terrace with stone barbeque, table and chairs.

Kitchen
Fully equipped kitchen, fridge/ freezer, gas hob with 5 rings, round table with 4 chairs, side cabinet, stairs to 1st floor.

First Floor

Bedroom 5

Double bed (cannot be converted into twin beds), bedside tables, floor lamp, wardrobe, bench, French door to Juliet-style balcony, mosquito screens, air conditioning.

Ensuite Bathroom
Sink, large shower, bidet, WC.

Bedroom 6
Double bed (cannot be converted into twin beds), bedside tables, built-in wardrobe, floor lamp, chest of drawers, armchair, French door to Juliet-style balcony, mosquito screens, air conditioning.

Ensuite Bathroom
Sink, large shower, bidet, WC.

Private Pool (Infinity Pool)
Length: 12 meters
Width: 6.5 meters
Depth: 1 - 1.3 meters
Entrance: Roman steps
Fenced: yes
Opening times: May to October
Furnished: sunloungers parasols and deck chairs
Cleansed: Chlorine-free
Distance from villa: 5 meters


Facilities

Dog Friendly
Washing Machine
Internet
Air-conditioning
Garden
Terrace
Barbecue
Lounge
Fire place
TV
Kitchen
Dishwasher
Microwave
Oven
Fridge/ Freezer
Filter coffee maker
Espresso maker
Stove top
Dishes/Utensils
Ensuite bathrooms
Infant bed/chair
Bed linen and towels
Hairdryer
Safe
Pool towels
Dryer
No smoking
Gymnasium
Fenced property
Alarm System
Mosquito screens

Villa rates

  • 2024
  • 2025
Date range
7 night price
06 Jan - 23 Mar 2024
$6,683
23 Mar - 18 May 2024
$9,383
18 May - 24 Aug 2024
$13,095
24 Aug - 21 Sep 2024
$9,383
21 Sep - 21 Dec 2024
$6,683
21 Dec - 28 Dec 2024
$13,095
Date range
7 night price
28 Dec - 04 Jan 2025
$13,365
04 Jan - 22 Mar 2025
$6,683
22 Mar - 17 May 2025
$9,383
17 May - 23 Aug 2025
$13,365
23 Aug - 20 Sep 2025
$9,383
20 Sep - 20 Dec 2025
$6,683
20 Dec - 03 Jan 2026
$13,365

House rules

Tourist tax: 1,00 € per person, per night for the first 5 nights, some exemptions apply

Dog up to 30kg: stay for free

Charged based on usage: Heating Villa, Air Conditioning

Arrival guide

Meet and greet
Arrival time is 16:00 - 18:00. Departure time is before 10:00. 

Approach road: Unpaved, even

Parking: Private, onsite parking - 3 cars not sheltered


Layout (500 sqm)

Ground floor
Lounge
Lounge
Kitchen
Bathroom
Terrace
Dining Room
laundry
gym
Annex ground floor
Lounge
Kitchen
Terrace
Annex first floor
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
First floor
Lounge
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Second floor
Lounge

Villa location

The nearest airports:
  • Airport Pisa: 45km - 0h 40m
  • Airport Florence: 65km - 0h 59m
  • Airport Bologna: 151km - 1h 47m
The nearest local amenities:
  • Palaia: 2km - 0h 05m
  • Terricciola: 16km - 0h 20m
  • San Miniato: 19km - 0h 24m
The close-by village of Palaia is ever more popular due to its authentic Tuscan welcome. You'll find a local grocery store, bars and restaurants and all amenities. 10Km from the villa is Capannoli for a large supermarket.

Guest reviews: Casa Francia

5/5 Score from 3 reviews - Superb (3 Client reviews)
Anonymous
August 2023
Group of friends
London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Guest villa score
5/5
We had a lovely time at Casa Francis and were so grateful for all of the help that To Tuscany provided in the run up to our stay (i.e. booking a private chef, local tips etc). The villa is lovely and was perfect for what we wanted. The pool was a big hit as it was 38 degrees most days so we didn’t venture too far and didn’t feel the need to as everything we wanted was at the villa.
Local attractions I’d highly recommend the local restaurant Il Pettirosso which has a great range of local dishes and pizzas in the evening from a wood fired oven
To Tuscany team comments for this review:
Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at Casa Francia and hope to see you in Tuscany again soon.

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Duration (weeks)

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Number of Guests

adults Ages 16+

children Ages 2 - 15

infants Under 2


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