Welcome to Casa Berti

A private hill-top estate with expansive views, two houses, a yoga/art studio, gardens, olive groves and woodland.


Casa Berti – the villa

The 17th Century manor house is set on a hilltop spur in fifteen acres of gardens, olives groves and woodland, and offers sweeping views to the East and West.  The villa comprises four luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned double bedroom with en-suite bath/shower rooms, a family suite (double bedroom and twin bedroom sharing master bath/shower room), drawing room with open log-fire, tv and baby grand piano, cloakroom, billiards/dining room (for 16), pantry, kitchen, library and a consecrated private chapel.

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Casa Rosina – the farmhouse

The traditional farmhouse (30 metres from the villa)sleeps six. It has been recently refurbished to provide a double bedroom with en-suite bath/shower room, a further double bedroom which shares a shower room with a twin bedroom.  While independent, it is close enough to the main house to allow a total group of sixteen people. With its own garden, kitchen, open fireplace and study it can supplement the main house or provide a romantic getaway in its own right.

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The Studio

This large and light space (11 x 5 metres) is used for courses ranging from sculpture and painting to yoga and Tai Chi. Newly fitted air conditioning units provide heat in the winter and cool in the summer. We provide yoga mats, bolsters, bricks belts and so on for 15 practioners. The studio is also equipped for analogue and digital sound and vision.

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The Gardens

A terracotta tiled terrace lined with lemon trees leads to a wisteria-covered pergola with a travertine table which provides outdoor dining for up to 16 guests. A few steps away lies the swimming pool, salt-cleaned and surrounded by Gaze-Burvill sunloungers, fixed umbrellas and terra cotta tiles. Set in the well-tended gardens sits a gazebo furnished with day beds and a table. a willow-shrouded pond stocked with gold fish and terrapins, a badminton court and a gravel  boules pitch.  The traditional wood-fired pizza oven is located up a few steps next to the farm house. The pathway between the two houses is floor-lit automatically at sundown.

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Gallery

Some views of Casa Berti, Casa Rosina and the gardens


Previous art retreats


Portrait & Figure Sculpture in Clay
with Jason Arkles | March 2017
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Painting Under the Tuscan Sun
with Lori McNee | October 2017
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Portrait & Figure Drawing
with Kathryn Engberg | September 2017
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The Inner Portrait
with Henrik Udalen | May 2017
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Up & Coming Art Retreats


Catalyst Art Retreat
29 April – 5 May 2018
Live the life of an artist at our immersive artist retreat. Visual artists, illustrators, textile artists, photographers, digital artists, crafters, makers, writers, musicians, and performers are all welcome! Spring in Tuscany is lovely with lots of wildflowers. It’s also the time of year when the Luccese villas are open for garden tours.

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Catalyst Art Retreat
19 – 25 August 2018
Live the life of an artist at our immersive artist retreat in Tuscany. Imagine swimming in marble-bouldered rivers (Seravezza), cooling dips and beers at the Casa Berti pool, and long warm evenings dining beneath a pergola with one of the best views in the world. Visual artists, illustrators, textile artists, photographers, digital artists, crafters, makers, writers, musicians, and performers are all welcome!

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Catalyst Art Retreat
2 – 8 September 2018
Catalyst brings a little bit of Japan to Italy! Shibori means to tie, fold, and bind cloth before dyeing using indigo dyes. We’ll demonstrate how to create an indigo vat using pre-reduced indigo crystals and share several fold, tie, and resist techniques. Participants will create their own dyed cloths. We’ll also introduce complementary techniques like shifu, Japanese thread spinning with a drop spindle. There’s ample time for you to experiment and do your own thing. The week will culminate in an outdoor exhibition of your creations at the beach in Viareggio.

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Animal Sculpture in Wax and Clay
with Dido Crosby | 8 – 15 September 2018
(session 1)

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Portrait and figure sculpture in clay with Jason Arkles | 22 – 29 September 2018
(session 1)

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Plein air
with Lori McNee | 7 – 13 October 2018
(session 1)

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Plein air
with Lori McNee | 14 – 20 October 2018
(session 2)

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Painting Flowers in Acrylics
with Carmelo Blandino | 21 – 27 October 2018
(session 2)

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Floorplans

Estate map, Casa Berti, Casa Rosina and Studio


  • The Estate

    The Estate

  • Casa Berti ground floor

    Casa Berti ground floor

  • Casa Berti upper ground floor

    Casa Berti upper ground floor

  • Casa Berti first floor

    Casa Berti first floor

  • Casa Rosina ground floor

    Casa Rosina ground floor

  • Casa Rosina first floor

    Casa Rosina first floor

  • Studio

    Studio

Our accommodation


The Estate

  • Sixteen acres of olive terraces, gardens and woodland, cultivated by Etruscans, Romans and now locals.
  • Extensive woodland walks
  • A natural spring produces mineral-rich water (prized by locals) all year round.
  • Swimming pool
  • Badminton
  • Boules
  • Archery
  • Croquet
  • private masseuse available by appointment

Casa Berti

  • Sleeps 10 – air conditioed
  • 3 double bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms
  • 1 family suite (double bedroom and a twin bedroom sharing a master bath/shower room)
  • Drawing room with open log-fire, TV and baby grand piano
  • Dining room for 16/ billiards, snooker, pool and darts
  • Library
  • Tuscan kitchen with range cooker
  • Consecrated private chapel
  • catering by arrangement

Casa Rosina

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 double bedrooms (1 with own bathroom)
  • 2 single/dble bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Drawing room with open log fire
  • 50″ Smart TV, blu-ray
  • Kitchen/dining room for 10

The Studio

  • 11 x 5 metres
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling north light and East facing large window aperture
  • Yoga equipment
  • Exercise equipment
  • DJ equipped with twin Technics 1200s, Allen & Heath mixer and active speakers

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