Ca’ Valenzano

Sestino, Arezzo
Self-catering


Delightful, rustic retreat for families, romantic couples and singles. Food, views and owners are lovely

Place

2 places

Sleeps

Each sleep 2

The
Experience

You’ll feel tucked away here in the wooded hills on a lovely smallholding with chickens, ducks, rabbits and kind owners Alice and Gavin. Two little hideaways are in the pretty grounds: Piccionaia is where the pigeons once lived but now has a dear little kitchen with red checked curtains under wood-topped cupboards, a cosy living room with sofabed and wood-burning stove, and a romantic bedroom upstairs with swish bathroom below. Granaio  – where the hay was stored – is now a stylish retreat with a sofabed for extra guests and its own private terrace overlooking the magnificent valley views. Both places have beamed ceilings, tiled floors, lovely linen and fresh flowers. Wander the fecund garden where vegetables and herbs are grown for the table should you choose to eat here (breakfast is mostly homegrown), splash in the cooling off pool, head off for amazing wild swimming nearby. Alice offers pasta-making classes, and children can help feed the animals. Nearby Sestino (3km) has all you need for supplies, but the pace here is delightfully slow and the peace is deep.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Closed
Rarely.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Breakfast, lunch & dinner available on request.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €54
Weekly price
from €375
Surcharges
Extra bed/sofabed €25-€50 per person per week.
1 Apartment for 2
From €681 bedroom
1 Apartment for 2
From €541 bedroom

Reviews

We LOVED our stay at Gavin and Alice’s charming guest home. It was one of the most memorable parts of our vacation. The home has great views, is cozy and cute, and is close to an incredible swimming hole that we spent the day at. But the best part was the cooking class with Alice, and the multiple course meal that followed!! She is an incredible cook and that evening was super fun getting to know them and learning about all of the local cuisine and history.

Sarah, San francisco

We stayed with Alice and Gavin for 11 nights. Alice was helpful and quick to respond from our first enquiry. We asked for a vegetarian meal for our first night and loved Alice’s take on a vege lasagna with salad. They are warm and open people who we enjoyed talking to us and when we would come into contact or if we needed something. They have a great family and it was lovely to be part of it for a short while. We recommend staying there and with them without hesitation. We also thank them for letting us take our two dogs Ollie and Dipsy, who got on with Tilley and Sheila very well.

Michelle, Lincoln

We stayed with Gavin and Alice for ten days at the end of July. It was one of the best holidays of our lives! We felt like we were staying in a paradise - beautiful landscapes, peace and quiet, secret swimming spots and great local food. Gavin and Alice made us feel so welcome and part of the family. Their recommendations always took into account us as individuals and what we wanted to experience in our holiday. The apartment was of a really high standard and Alice's cooking was delicious. We cannot recommend this place highly enough and will definitely be coming back!

Nathalie, Copenhagen

We were so looking forward to our week stay in Sestino and were certainly not disappointed, in fact we can't wait to go back now! On arrival Alice and Gavin made us feel really welcome, and we arranged for a nice and easy meal on our first evening which was lovely. We also had the really nice meal on the saturday evening, amazing food and great company. The property is perfect if you have grown up kids like us, we booked both so we all had our living quarters and that worked incredibly well. It is all very nicely done and well looked after. Alice and Gavin embraced Tuscany, sharing the love!

Yann, Bristol

Our visit to Ca' Valentano was our first family holiday with our baby daughter. It couldn't have gone better. The welcome was warm, accommodation beautifully thought out and scenery divine. Days were spent munching wild strawberries, meandering through the countryside, wild swimming and visiting local sites. Evenings were passed on the terrace basking in the evening light and bath time was taken al fresco! Ca' Valenzano is a super spot to get away from it all but close enough to the village to dip into local life, which too was warm and welcoming. We will definitely return.

Kate, Manchester

We had a lovely week at Ca Valenzano. The views down the valley are incredible. We took advantage of some stunning walks and a visit to a beautiful wild swimming spot. Despite not having a car, Alice and Gavin were very helpful with lifts to the local town of Sestino. The nearby agriturismo restaurants are terrific.

John, London

We absolutely loved Ca’ Valenzano. It’s Sawday’s through and through and some more. Great views, great food, fab wine. We breakfasted on the terrace in the sunshine, we supped the local vino and ate under the starry sky and fairy lights. Just magical. Gavin & Alice are exceptional hosts. They know when to leave you alone and when to knock on your door. Ca’ Valenzano is in the mountains, but don’t be fooled by the map. Sestino, only 3km away is a lovely Italian town with everything you need if you decide not to stray too far. Lovely accommodation. Truly Italian. We will be back.

Fiona, Hinton st george

Spent a glorious week in this idyllic spot with a couple of friends. Alice and Gavin were amazing hosts, giving us plenty to do and cooking up some absolutely delicious food - mostly home-grown delights. Other highlights: swimming in the river, picking blackberries (later became gorgeous ice cream), searching for mushrooms, excellent restaurant recommendation and wonderful wine-tasting. A thoroughly relaxing little break. The views from the apartments/terrace are spectacular and the accommodation is very comfortable and beautifully done. Couldn't ask for more and can't wait to go back!

Isobel

Gavin and Alice were the perfect hosts and went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful time. Alice is an amazing cook with a seemingly endless store of cured meats, sauces, vegetables and fresh pasta. (Book a workshop so you can reproduce Ca'Valenzano culinary heaven when you return home!) Gavin has endless local knowledge and will readily provide info for local events, activities, walking and restaurants. The kids loved the freedom and the relaxed family atmosphere. A perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, animal lovers and those needing to push the 'family re-set' button.

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gavin & Alice Parkinson

  • Gorgeous local nature parks with deer, wild boar and eagles and walks in the hills.
  • Beautiful Renaissance art in Urbino and Sansepolcro (also Piero della Francesca's 'Pregnant Madonna' in Monterchi) and a little further afield in Arezzo - along with a monthly bustling antiques market.
  • Local specialities are truffles and delicious Chianina beef - our own Sestino's late June 'festa' celebrates the steak!
  • One of Italy's finest wild swimming spots in a nearby river (as rated by The Guardian!)
  • We grow our own vegetables and make our own delicious salami, prosciutto, tomato passata, bread, jams and chutneys - all available to guests.
  • Children are welcome to get stuck in looking after our chickens, ducks, bunnies, dog and cats!