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Architecturally Stunning, Historic Country House in Idyllic Landscape.

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Last updated: 06/25/2014
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  • Minimum stay:6 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).
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.

Property Type

  • House
  • 320 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Children Welcome:

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

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • 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


                  • Video Library:

                    Small collection of films on DVD...moreless

                  • Television:

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

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


                  • Historic
                  • Tourist Attractions


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

                  Leisure Activities

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

                  local services and businesses

                  • Groceries
                  • Babysitter
                  • Medical Services
                  • ATM/Bank

                  Location Type

                      • Rural

                      sports and adventure activities

                      • Golf
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Cycling
                      • Hiking
                      • Swimming

                      catering options

                          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                          • Dining Area
                          • Seating for 8 people


                          • Parking:

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

                          • Living Room:

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

                          • Wireless Internet
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Fireplace
                          • Sofa Bed
                          • Internet
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Activities Guide
                          • Alarm Clock
                          • Bottled Water
                          • Firewood
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Laundry Soap
                          • Local Activities Guide
                          • Local Maps
                          • Paper Towels
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • Shampoo
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Toilet Paper
                          • Heating
                          • Linens Provided

                          house cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Optional


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


                              • Outdoor Grill
                              • Golf:

                                AT Ugolino golf course, c 14 km away....moreless

                              • Lawn / Garden:

                                Small walled garden....moreless

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


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                              from 7 traveler reviews
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                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              High season
                              Jul 5 - Sep 20, 2014
                              6 night min stay

                              Winter/early Spring season
                              Sep 21 - Apr 30, 2015
                              6 night min stay


                              Additional information about rental rates


                              • Refundable Damage Deposit £250
                              • Taxes Included


                              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: 50 euro

                              Additional cleaning is available on request.

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                              Last updated: 06/25/2014
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                              24 Miles
                              Nearest Airport
                              Florence (or Pisa)
                              70 Miles
                              Nearest Ferry
                              24 Miles
                              Nearest Train
                              13 Miles
                              Nearest Motorway
                              70 Miles
                              Nearest Beach
                              Cecina or Livorno
                              1.8 Miles
                              Nearest Barpub
                              70 Miles
                              Nearest Ski
                              Monte Amiato or Abetone
                              10 Miles
                              Nearest Golf
                              Ugolino Golf Course
                              1.8 Miles
                              Nearest Restaurant

                              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?

                              Contact us

                              Speaks: french, italian, english

                              Guestbook comments from the owner

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                              • House


                              • Garden


                              • Dining room

                                Dining room

                              • Study-bedroom (with double sofa-bed)

                                Study-bedroom (with double sofa-bed)

                              • Principal living room

                                Principal living room

                              • 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


                              • Principal sitting room (with grand piano)

                                Principal sitting room (with grand piano)

                              • Lounge


                              • Taverna


                              • 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

                              £129 - £143 per night (GBP)

                              3 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 8

                              View calendar: Updated 06/25/14
                              Minimum stay: 6 nights
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