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The History of Casolese

Casolese is one of the oldest farmsteads in the Vignamaggio estate.

The name Casolese comes from the latin, casulae, meaning small buildings, referring to the stone-built farmhouse and hay barn which nestle among the olives. In a document dating from 1427, Bernardo di Bartolomeo Gherardi lovingly describes the house and its barn as set between woodland and fields in the heart of the estate.

Once home to tenant farming families, Casolese’s generous spaces offer serene public areas and wonderful views over the valley. In the bedrooms, exposed beams and fine stone detailing in typical Florentine ‘pietra serena’ sandstone add warmth and individuality.

Our lavish breakfasts are served in the main reception room, bedecked with colourful orchids, or, on sunny mornings, on the terrace overlooking the valley. Guests can choose from a huge selection of Vignamaggio’s own organic produce, including home-made bread and cakes, jams, fruit juices and fresh fruit, as well as sliced cured meats, local cheeses, cereals, croissants and yoghurt, while our attentive staff prepare hot drinks to order and the scent of freshly-brewed coffee fills the air.

The panoramic terrace, shaded by olives and an ancient mulberry tree, is also the perfect spot for an aperitivo or for lunch.

From Casolese a myriad of paths criss-cross the garden, winding past strawberry trees, rosemary bushes and scented jasmines and lead guests to a lovely infinity pool which looks out across the olive orchard. Relax here and allow our qualified wellness staff to pamper you with a massage or beauty treatment.

Casolese’s eight bedrooms are decorated with simple good taste, using fresh, natural colour schemes and Italian designer furniture. Striking wall art by Simone Boni, showing the eight neighbourhoods of medieval Florence makes each light and airy room unique. In each room, a mini-library of illustrated books and objets d’art by Florentine ceramic designer Bitossi add to the feeling of homeliness and comfort.

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