We started for a week with 5 other friends and were amazed at such a great villa Casa Nova was. The property was full of old world charm, beautiful sitting rooms, pool, and veranda. The kitchen was quant and had all the necessary amenities to cook with and entertain. The caretakers were amazing and tended to all of our needs. With staying in an old villa there were a few things such as the bathroom tub in the master bedroom that didn't seem to work and the microwave, but nothing to complain about! A must when visiting Tuscany!
Great place to relax. There were only 3 of us so loads of space. Very well furnished, pool was great (a bit chilly if you go in at peak air temperature until you get used to it), lots of places to eat within walking distance. Also very quiet. In Mid-August, air on would not have gone amiss though!
it is quite a steep price but nothing is wrong in this deal, the pool is nice albeit fresh, the rooms are big, clean and nicely decorated.the kitchen is roomy, the living room is a football pitch.everything works.a toaster was missing, we had a new one within a day.actually i should not say all this as i want to go back and not have all Ta clients rushing there.a nice housekeeper albeit not Tom Selleck looks after the place
Myself, my family and extended family stayed here in the first week of June this year - to celebrate a birthday or two. Probably don't have enough time or words to do this place justice - but in general it was a super place, full of character, great in size and stature with a slightly old style which really combines with the surrounding area. Nice views from some of the windows, the veranda area and the pool area, looking through to the town of Vinci and with the evening sun on the veranda area it definitely ticks the boxes. Lots of places to eat around the house which ensures variety (Kitchen, dining room, veranda, pegola, pool side, etc) and good facilities in general in the house make it very comfortable, but not an overly modern place. Slightly retro kitchen. Rooms are generous in size, decent storage. 2 en suite, 2 with sharing adjacent bathroom. Washing machine available. No potty for small ones. Towels for pool provided. Extra blankets available. Don't think there was anything missing from the kitchen that we needed. Pool area is nice, gated which is good. Pool has two very shallow sides to it. Good for very young kids\toddlers, however these lead into the main deep pool, so supervision always needed with young ones. Driveway to the house, lined with cypress trees, is slightly bumpy near the house but ok. Finding the place can be a little of a challenge but it's not too bad. Driveway can be found beside an open car parking area, beside an olive grove outside the north of side of Vinci. Lovely to get up early in the morning and take the back entrance down to the village for the bread and fruit, etc. Vinci itself is small but has a Co-op shop for essentials, which is a little expensive but ok. Another shop provides vegetables, fruit, etc. Bakers is separate again. There were a few village markets on in the week we were there with some good local produce - cheeses, breads, meats, etc. For a decent shopping, stocking up, the big Co-Op down at the Empoli\Highway junction is the best bet. While we were there, we ate in 1 restaurant in Vinci, the local trattoria - Ristorante Leonardo (which was fine, nothing special) and another local pizza place - Il Castaldo (would definitely recommend)- outside of Vinci, near Fornello. However there are enough places in Vinci to eat it seems - but have to watch the times as they don't always seem to be open. The owners of the house, Antonella & co, were extremely helpful, helping us with restaurant reservations and other such things. As with most people in Tuscany we used the house as a base and headed out to see Tuscany sights and towns most days. We would definitely consider coming back. Note the house also comes under the name of Casa Nova or even Casa Da Vinci or Rinascimento. We booked ours through the invitationtotuscany website.…
We stayed here as a large group and rented the main villa and apartments. I'm sure it would have been a different experience to just stay in an apartment, but we had a fantastic week living in an old Italian villa, it was an experience we'll never forget. Yes, the facilities aren't quite that of a modern hotel, but that was part of it's beauty. The owner Antonella was extremely friendly and helpful, Vinci is one of the prettiest towns i have ever been to and the view from the villa was magical!