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Architecturally stunning, historic country house in idyllic Chianti.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
3
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
6 - 7 nights

About the property

Near Florence & Siena, Sleeps 6+2, Glorious Hill Views.

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 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 lovely outdoor swimming pools at Greve & seven interconnected pools at Quercegrossa.

Around the house are beautiful and extensive walking trails.

The area is very popular with cyclists and many itineraries are available.

Chianti 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.

More Details

Owner
Convertoie Bookings
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Convertoie Bookings

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

Convertoie Bookings purchased this house in 2011

Why Convertoie Bookings chose Firenze (Florence) Province

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.

What makes this house unique

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?

Guestbook comments from the owner

The property of the villa was breathtaking. Situated amongst typical Tuscan scenery in a historically significant location, Le Convertoie was a pleasure to stay at. We had a wonderful time waking up to the early calls of the roosters and finishing each day sipping the local wine! The location was splendid, for any Tuscan destination was short car ride away. Greve-in-Chianti, was also nearby and provided a great home base for travel. Kate was an amazing host and made sure that we were most comfortable with her house! Our stay here was unforgettable and hopefully we can return soon!
Apr 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Architecturally stunning, historic country house in idyllic Chianti.
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews
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Italian Idyll in an exceptional place

  • 5 of 5

Four long term friends sought an exceptional experience in the Italian countryside -- but didn't want to be too far from Florence or Siena. Le Conventoie was the perfect location, and the house itself proved to be the best mix of charm, comfort and the ability to be as private or as social as the two couples chose. Pictures only hint at the beauty and quality of the renovation, and don't do justice to the exquisite terrain that surrounds the place (great for hiking). The bed and bathrooms were immaculate and well appointed, and everything was in perfect working order. The kitchen was a welcome gathering place at the end of the day, where wine and ingredients were swapped over many laughs (on the days we didn't indulge at fabulous restaurants either in Greve or on our day trips). The ownership is so professional and so good at communication that nothing felt left to chance -- important in a country where our command of the language was pretty rudimentary (but improved after some of aforementioned vino). In short, the trip felt too short, the departure was bittersweet, but the anticipation of our next visit will sustain us over a long cold winter in New York. We cannot say enough how heartily we can recommend Le Conventoie and the charming town of Greve in Chianti.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Stunning

  • 5 of 5

I and a group of 4 friends stayed at La Convertoie for two weeks in July and I could,not have been happier. The property was stunning -- we all had a few moments when we shook ourselves and wondered if we were really sitting in a centuries old church... It really was such a beautiful property, and the inside of the house is so beautifully and carefully appointed. We spent many mornings and evenings sitting outside.

Kate was such an accommodating and helpful host. We did so many of the trips and activities she recommended, and were so pleased with our time spent. She was so quick to help out whenever I had questions or problems. Thanks too, to Marco and Emilia, who gave us some lettuce from the garden and home made tomato sauce when we missed the closing of the coop in Greve!

Overall, a fantastic visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to read your review and to know that you all enjoyed your stay! Our sincere thanks for taking such great care of the house and also for all the delicious food you left us which has been enormously appreciated by me and the family. We will stock the fridge for your next visit! Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write a review. Love from Italy! Kate & Francesco (and fond farewell from Marco & Emelia)
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Blissful week at Le Convertoie

  • 5 of 5

I was recently priviledged to stay at Le Convertoie for a week. Kate was a wonderful host who responded quickly to our booking request and provided useful local information and maps as well as showing us around the property on arrival. The photos do not lie, Le Convertoie is spacious and well appointed. The kitchen has all the impliments you could need for cooking and entertaining. The property even has its own Chapel/ music room.

We were two couples and there was more space than we needed. As the weather was warm we had the choice of dining on the back terrace or front verandah, both with excellent views.

A car is essential to get to the property and to tour the area. There are plenty of interesting hilltop villages in the surrounding hills and Kate's recommendations in restaurants were spot on.

Loved the week. Did I mention the fantastic Chianti Classico wine produced by the neighboring farmer and the fireflys in the surrounding woods.

We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad to know that you enjoyed your stay! It really was a pleasure to meet you all and I do hope you'll return for another convivial reunion very soon. Chianti and fireflies await... Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review! All our best, Kate & Francesco
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Fabulous!!!

  • 5 of 5

This home far surpassed anything we could have imagined. It was absolutely gorgeous! We stayed there for six nights, and wished we could have stayed longer. Kate, the owner, was incredibly helpful as we planned our vacation. She answered all of our questions immediately, and gave us many great ideas of things to do and places to go. One of the highlights was the cooking lesson by Gaia and Maria that was held inside the kitchen of the home. Kate also made dinner reservations for the first night of our arrival in the cute town of Greve. The pictures on the website of the home made it look beautiful, but they just did not do it justice. Obviously the beauty and charm of the home can only really be enjoyed in person. We will definitely be back some day!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Warmest thanks for your very kind review. We were really delighted to read that you were happy at Le Convertoie and very much look forward to your next visit! Our best regards to you and your family, Kate & Francesco
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Exceeded our long-held expectations

  • 5 of 5

We had originally booked to stay at this sumptuous villa in 2013. Alas illness forced us to cancel that trip. Kate was gracious and helpful with the cancellation and we stayed in touch in the intervening years, hoping that one day we would actually make it to Le Convertoie. We finally got there for 9 days in April as the centrepiece of a 6 week European vacation.

What a breathtaking home! From the historic cellar to the well appointed kitchen, to the various lounge areas, the indoor and outdoor dining settings, the luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms and finally the unique and breathtakingly beautiful church, the quality of the restoration, finishes and furnishings is superb and totally sympathetic to the history of this place.

But it's not just about the bricks, mortar and furniture. It's about the experiences and the memories we created during our stay. Sunsets under the church loggia drinking Le Convertoie wine; listening to Bach on the surround-sound stereo or playing the piano in the acoustically perfect church; walking the historic Roman trail from Le Convertoie to Greve for a gelato; cooking a steak from Dario Cecchini's famous butchery in Panzano on the BBQ; playing with Marco & Emelia's puppies - these are the experiences Le Convertoie facilitates.

Acknowledging that there are many gorgeous properties in Tuscany, you would be hard pressed to find one with more character and with such splendid hosts.

Kate and Francesco, we cannot thank you enough for sharing your gorgeous country home with us. Not only that, the advice you offered during our planning phase and your patience with our endless stream of questions was much appreciated. We also enjoyed Kate and Francesco's local knowledge and expertise in the history of music, art and culture in the form of a day tour of various sites in and around Florence.

Others have mentioned neighbours Marco & Emelia whom we would also like to thank for their friendship forged during our short stay. Do try Marco's wine and olive oil, you won't be disappointed!

We have told so many friends about our wonderful stay at Le Convertoie and now we wish we had kept it a secret as they are starting to book it out! We know they will enjoy it as much as we did.

Buon viaggio!

Jenny, Peter & Janet

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jenny, Peter & Janet, The pleasure was really all ours. You were perfect guests and wonderful company (Marco awaits you return!) and we were, of course, delighted to read that you loved the house and area as much as we do. So, here's to your next visit ---- may it be soon! Kate, Franci, (Marco, Amelia, Zoe & Achille!)
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Le Convertoie was Special

  • 5 of 5

It is really hard to put into words what a fantastic property Le Convertoie is. We stayed for 10 days with 4 of our dearest friends and had a marvelous time. The historic nature of the home (the castle and taverna were built several hundred years before Columbus set sail for America) along with its beautiful restoration and decoration made this a stay we will never forget. Kate (owner) is a wonderful lady. She met us upon our arrival, gave us a tour of the home and also gave us many suggestions for things to see and do in the area. The home is situated such that there are excellent views all around. The hiking trails give a special view of the home from below. We did have Gaia and Maria come over one night to cook a true Tuscan meal and if was delicious. We really enjoyed traveling to the many hill towns and wineries that the area is noted for. We also visited Siena, Pisa, Lucca and spent a day in Florence. Part of our group did a one day bike ride which ended in San Gimignano. This town was a favorite of ours. We found numerous excellent restaurants in the Greve in Chianti and Panzano in Chianti areas. We did enjoy just driving in the beautiful countryside even though the Italian drivers and winding roads can sometimes be a challenge. Marco, Emelia ( and dogs Zoe and Achille) were great neighbors. We sampled several bottles of Marco's excellent wine. Thank you, Kate, for sharing your unbelievable home with us. It is a trip we will never forget. It far exceeded our expectations.

Brensike's, Olson's and Wolf's

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were touched and delighted to read your lovely comments, and to know that you all had such a good time here in Italy. It was a great pleasure to meet you all and I do hope you'll be able to return to Le Convertoie again before too long. There are so many other beautiful places to see and explore: you have only just scratched the surface! Looking forward to that time, I send you warmest wishes from sunny Italy, Kate
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Map

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

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Rates & Availability

Greve in Chianti House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Spring
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 29 2017
6 night minimum stay
$1,048
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
Apr 30 2017 - May 27 2017
6 night minimum stay
$1,134
 
 
Late Spring
May 28 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,233
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer
Jun 25 2017 - Jul 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,381
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
High Summer
Jul 16 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,319
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
Aug 27 2017 - Sep 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,233
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn
Sep 24 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,134
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Oct 29 2017 - Feb 24 2018
6 night minimum stay
$1,048
 
 
Spring 18
Apr 28 2018 - May 26 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,085
 
 
Late Spring
May 27 2018 - Jun 23 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,110
 
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$1,110
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $308
Final cleaning fee $99

SUPPLEMENT for groups of more than FIVE people: £70 sterling per person per week.
A Security Deposit (€ 300 or £250 sterling) is payable in cash on arrival, returned to you if no damages .
NOTE: The booking deposit (£250) is not refundable. Rate includes WiFi, bedlinen / towels, electricity, hot water.
ADDITIONAL CHARGES:
PLEASE NOTE: 10% HomeAway commission on total booking fee if you book through the HomeAway Online Booking system.
There is NO commission if you book direct through the owner via email (when you will be given various payment options including Paypal, bank transfer or payment on arrival).
Final cleaning: 80 euro payable on arrival.
Central heating (gas), if required (metered & charged per usage)
Additional cleaning is available on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Greve in Chianti House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 320 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , En suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 1st floor hall
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ground floor (adjacent to study-bedroom)
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Ground floor (adjacent to study-bedroom)
  • Stylish, modern, Italian-design shower rooms in travertine marble.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , En suite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Study-Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Study-bedroom
  • 6 guests in 3 double or twin bedrooms, plus 2 on double sofa-bed in study-bedroom.
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 ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
Golf, horse riding, hiking, wine-tasting & wine tours, cooking lessons, art lessons etc. all available on request.

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