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Architecturally Stunning, Historic Country House in Idyllic Landscape.

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Last updated: 12/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:6-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Torsoli house description

Architecturally stunning house, protected by the Italian Ministry for Culture for its historic and cultural significance, sleeps 8.
Set in the idyllic Chianti countryside between Florence (c.26km) and Siena (c.40km). The pretty market town of Greve-in-Chianti, with a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants, is just 3km away.
A former chapel, with medieval origins, and attached stone farmhouse, have recently been converted by a leading Italian architect and featured in Architectural Digest magazine. They sit at the heart of a tiny and ancient fortified hamlet, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, woodland and open fields. The house enjoys serene vistas all around, stretching to the Apuan Alps 70 miles away. Leonardo da Vinci was inspired by the scenery here in his landscape painting.

The house is far more than just a rental property: it is a home, lovingly decorated by skilled Italian fresco artists, furnished with a stylish mix of antique and contemporary pieces collected from our travels all over the world. There are hand-painted Italian ceramics, hand-made glass, local wood and wicker work, the latest in Italian design bathrooms - beautiful objects that reflect a life well lived. The rooms are filled with fresh flowers, fragrant soaps, books, CDs, sheet music, board games, films...and other simple pleasures to reflect 'la dolce vita'. There is an 1885 Bluthner grand piano in the main sitting room.

The cultural sites of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Montepulciano, Greve and the Chianti hill towns, medieval castles and wine estates are all nearby.

There are a number of beautiful and extensive walking trails direct from the house.

The area is known for its outstanding wines and fine local cuisine.

House: 330sq.metres (total), on 2 main levels plus taverna.
Ground floor:
Impressive main sitting room in former church, leads to lovely covered loggia outside;
1 study-bedroom with double sofa-bed; shower room/toilet;
Second lounge/dining room (with table for 6), double doors to courtyard garden;
Farmhouse kitchen with large open fireplace, dishwasher, microwave;
Utility room (washing machine, dryer); guest toilet;
Lower ground:
Large taverna, with wine racks and dining table for 8;
First floor:
2 double bedrooms, 1 with en-suite shower room,
1 twin bedroom; guest bathroom (with shower).
Outside:
In addition to the courtyard garden, there is a covered loggia for sitting outside, and a few minutes walk around vineyards takes you to the property’s field with fruit frees (suitable for ball games, etc.) and hillside woodland.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 320 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome:

                But regrettably the property is not suitable for very young children....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

                En suite...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

                1st floor hall...moreless

              • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

                Ground floor (adjacent to study-bedroom)...moreless

              • Bathroom 4: toilet

                Ground floor (adjacent to study-bedroom)...moreless

              • Stylish, modern, Italian-design shower rooms in travertine marble.

              Other Amenities

                  • Golf, horse riding, hiking, wine-tasting & wine tours, cooking lessons, art lessons etc. all available on request....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Audio Tape Player
                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • Books For Kids
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Game Room
                  • Games
                  • Games For Kids
                  • Music Library
                  • Piano
                  • Radio
                  • Stereo
                  • Television:

                    53' TV but NO satellite, cable or local stations. The TV is for DVDs only....moreless

                  • Toys
                  • VCR
                  • Video Library:

                    Small collection of films on DVD...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Historic
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Attractions

                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Festivals
                  • Forests
                  • Library
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Babysitter
                  • Groceries
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                      • Rural

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Swimming

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 8 people

                      General

                      • Activities Guide
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Bottled Water
                      • Fireplace
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room:

                        2 living rooms, one is the former church (c 100 sq metres)....moreless

                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking:

                        In private car parking area (outside)....moreless

                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Shampoo
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet

                      Kitchen

                      • 4 Ring Stove
                      • Blender
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Freezer
                      • Grill
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Barbecue
                      • Beach Towels
                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Terrace
                      • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional
                           

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Winter/early Spring season
                          Sep 21 - Apr 30, 2015
                          6 night min stay

                          £900
                          Mid Season
                          May 1 - Jun 27, 2015
                          6 night min stay

                          £900
                          High Season
                          Jun 28 - Sep 5, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          £1,040
                          Mid Season
                          Sep 6 - Oct 17, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          £900
                          Autumn season
                          Oct 18 - Oct 31, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          £880

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • OfflineRDD £250
                          • No additional mandatory fees
                          • Taxes Not included

                          Notes:

                          SUPPLEMENT for groups of more than FIVE people: £60 sterling per person per week.

                          Rate includes WiFi, bedlinen / towels, electricity, hot water.

                          A Security Deposit (€ 300) is payable in cash on arrival, returned to you if no damages .

                          ADDITIONAL CHARGES:

                          Central heating (gas), if required (metered & charged per usage)

                          Final cleaning: 60 euro

                          Additional cleaning is available on request.


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                          Last updated: 12/18/2014
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                          Location

                          24 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Florence (or Pisa)
                          1.8 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Greve
                          70 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Livorno
                          10 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Ugolino Golf Course
                          24 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          Florence
                          13 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          A1
                          1.8 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Greve
                          70 Miles
                          Nearest Ski
                          Monte Amiato or Abetone
                          70 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Cecina or Livorno

                          Car: Necessary

                          In glorious countryside yet close to Italy's most famous cultural attractions (Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti hill towns, Montpulciano, Montalcino, etc.). Wine tours, food markets, superb restaurants, cafes, extensive walking, communal pools in Greve, horse riding, Italian cooking lessons available on request.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2011

                          About the owner: The owner speaks English, Italian, some French, and has lived in Italy for many years.

                          Why the Owner Chose Torsoli:
                          The extensive views here (reaching to the Apuan Alps 70km away) inspired Leonardo da Vinci's landscapes. The setting is idyllic and timeless, the light ever-changing, each season with its magic. The house, being a former church and canonic with medieval origins, is architecturally stunning and historic, yet with all mod cons. The place combines utter peace and tranquillity with easy access to some of the greatest cultural sites in the world.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Views and idyllic Chianti landscape, architectural features, stylish and high-quality decor, some of the best wines in Europe and great Tuscan food a stone's throw a way. Florence, Siena, art, history... What's not to like?


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                          Speaks: english, french, italian

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                          Photos

                          • House

                            House

                          • Garden

                            Garden

                          • Dining room

                            Dining room

                          • Study-bedroom (with double sofa-bed)

                            Study-bedroom (with double sofa-bed)

                          • Principal living room

                            Principal living room

                          • Loggia

                            Loggia

                          • Le Convertoie from vineyard

                            Le Convertoie from vineyard

                          • Twin bedroom

                            Twin bedroom

                          • Bathroom - detail

                            Bathroom - detail

                          • Sunset from loggia with view of Apuan Alps

                            Sunset from loggia with view of Apuan Alps

                          • View of property from West

                            View of property from West

                          • Wine made on the estate

                            Wine made on the estate

                          • Principal living room

                            Principal living room

                          • Kitchen

                            Kitchen

                          • Principal sitting room (with grand piano)

                            Principal sitting room (with grand piano)

                          • Lounge

                            Lounge

                          • Taverna

                            Taverna

                          • Garden

                            Garden

                          • Double bedroom

                            Double bedroom

                          • Double bedroom

                            Double bedroom

                          • View of the hamlet (house is on the right)

                            View of the hamlet (house is on the right)

                          • View from the loggia

                            View from the loggia

                          • Sunset from the terrace (Apuan Alps in distance)

                            Sunset from the terrace (Apuan Alps in distance)

                          • Courtyard garden & view

                            Courtyard garden & view

                          £126 - £149 per night (GBP)
                          10

                          3 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

                          View calendar: Updated 12/18/14
                          Minimum stay: 6-7 nights
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                          Member since: 2012
                          Speaks: english, french, italian
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                          • Response rate: 90%
                          • Calendar last updated: 12/18/2014
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