A treasure trove of roses, art and enticing Tuscan meals in Chianti
The enchanting atmosphere serves as the perfect haven for the weary Tuscan Traveller with its flourishing green gardens, delectable food, impeccably decorated bedrooms and warm reception. This authentic 17th century farmhouse has been lovingly restored to and perfectly captures the flavor of Tuscany highlighting not only the tranquil family life of the owner but eminating a friendly air which induces you to settle down and relax.
Top 3 reasons you'll love Candida's Chianti House
HOME COOKED DINNERS
Fresh grown vegetables, fruits and olive oil are highlighted when savoring Candida’s breakfast, dinner menus & cooking classes
WIDE SPACIOUS GARDEN
The cool refreshing atmosphere of sweet smelling flowers, ripe fruit and sweet smelling herbs invites a moment to slow down
WARM TUSCAN WELCOME
The courteous and helpful ambiance at Candida’s Chianti house is just one of the many reasons her guests feel right at home
There are 3 double bedrooms available at this charming bed and breakfast each with its own personality and private bath. “Neri” is located on the ground floor with tints of green featuring a handsome stone arch and unique artwork. Up the stairs, on the first floor, are the remaining two bedrooms boasting of a wonderful view over the well tended garden. There is the room "Martina" in shades of pale yellow and blue with a romantic four poster bed. The last of the three is the room "Matia" which accents the open wood beam ceiling and authentic terracotta floor, this room also promises a full bath with a tub.
This luxury setting offers more than comfortable bedrooms
Candida loves to craft and besides creating this lovely calm environment she dabbles at hat making, landscaping and furnishings. But what you will remember the most is when you reserve one of her home made dinners featuring local dishes for a complete Italian styled meal (35 euro per person which includes an antipasto, pasta, main course... and, of course, a dessert. Wines are NOT included, there is a wine list available and are paid separately).
For those looking to pick up a few pointers in the kitchen to show off at home, it is possible to participate in a cooking class with Candida (70 Euro per person including dinner, minimum 2 people to book). Candida makes the most of the fresh veggies, fruit and olive oil from her own garden and features them at both breakfast and dinner.
Scattered throughout the house in the dining room and garden are lovely collectables which enhance that relaxing, lived in feel one expects from a B&B in Tuscany. Browse through her fun collection of milliner forms (her past career) or enjoy the more than 300 varieties of roses, not to mention herbs and flowers, in her private oasis.
Within walking distance of a small Tuscan town
San Casciano is the closest little town to the B&B accommodations, only 3 km away. Though a car is advised for getting around Tuscany, it is possible to enjoy the local scenery by foot and stroll into town for some afternoon gelato. There are several charming towns within 30 minutes of Candida Chianti House which offer a medieval architecture, wine tasting and delicious restaurants. It is easy to plan trips to nearby Greve in Chianti which offers markets on the weekends, Montespertoli once owned by the Machiavelli family or take the cable car to Certaldo Alto of Etruscan and Roman origin.
Easy to explore Tuscany
The ideal position of Candida Chianti House makes visiting the various corners of Tuscany easy. The incredible art and culture mecca of Florence with its museums, galleries and shops make it a must for anyone visiting Tuscany. Towards the south is the UNESCO World Heitage Site of Siena and the nearby jewel of Montereggioni with its 14 towers protecting the main piazza and Romanesque church. Towards the coast, not far from San Casciano is the Etruscan strong hold of Volterra, well known for its creations in alabaster as well as a popular scene for many fictions.
Meet Candida Bing, the owner of Candida's Chianti House
I have lived in this house for over 30 years. It is where I have built my garden by planting every single bulb, every bush and every tree. It is also where I watched my children grown, where I painted and where I collected and sold antique pieces of garden furniture. Now that I am on my own, I love to receive guests and cook for them using my home grown olive oil, vegetables from my private patch and fruit from my garden which I enjoy making into marmalade and limoncello. I think of my home as a very peaceful place; it is close to several artistic points of interest and surrounded by vineyards with a splendid panorama. I look forward to sharing my oasis with my guests.