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Guesthouse entrace and view from tower terrace.

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Last updated: 08/27/2016

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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Farmhouse, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The property is located just 12 miles from the center of Florence and from the moment you pass through the iron gates you will feel as though you have entered another world as time stands still. Nestled in the verdant hills of pristine Chianti landscape lies Le Valle, a 16th Century Casa Colonica with a lovely guest house. Many centuries ago it was a farm house and guard tower for the nearby Castello Mugnana. The entire property was magnificently restored and the owners paid exquisite attention to every detail. Furnished with 18th century Country French antiques, chandelier lit throughout, and adorned with European fabrics and accessories, this property will at once take your breath away and make you feel enveloped by warmth.

The guest house, just across the front patio and down a few steps, has its own fully equipped kitchen, a beautiful marble bathroom, a wonderful fireplace and it sleeps 4 comfortably. The property is ideal for a couple or a famiy with 1-2 children.

There are 3 separate terraces with tables and seating each with a more gorgeous view than the next. The BOSE Entertainment system provides music to the pool and patio areas. The tumbled marble salt water pool is 5x12 meters and has an electric cover. The pool area has lots of lounge chairs for reading or sunbathing and there are vistas that overlook two nearby castles. There is an organic garden for the use of our guests adjacent to the wood fired pizza oven and barbeque where you can dine alfresco under the beautiful vine covered pergola.

There are miles and miles of hiking trails right outside the door and a Roman road which dates back over 2000 years. You can find waterfalls and a swimming hole within a 15 minute hike from the house. One of the best restaurants in Tuscany is a spectacular 1 hour hike from the property.

The Superstrada and Autostrada are within 15 minutes by car. The village of Strada in Chianti is 4 km away where there are a few restaurants, food markets and a pharmacy. The town of Greve is 8 km away where you will find a Saturday open air market, wine tasting, shopping and cafes. The towns of Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca, Montepulciano, and Montalcino are all close day trips from the property. Florence is 20 km away.

We welcome those who have an appreciation for beauty and history as Le Valle encompasses the best of Tuscan life.


Keywords: 16th Century stone guest house
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Owner

Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 08/27/2016

Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Property has full use of the swimming pool, vegetable garden, pizza oven and barbeque....moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Shared with the owners who rarely use it!!...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter
Nov 12 - Mar 11, 2017
4 night min stay
$225
$1,400
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$275
$1,750

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

27 Miles
Nearest Airport
Florence Peralta
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Strada in Chianti
75 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Livorno
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ugolino
15 Miles
Nearest Train
Florence, Santa Maria Novella
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Autostrada A-1
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Tre Castelli
70 Miles
Nearest Ski
Abetone
75 Miles
Nearest Beach
Via Reggio

The property is located in the heart of Chianti so many famous wineries are within 15 minutes of the house. Florence is 20km away and the town of Greve 10 minutes away has an open air market every Saturday morning.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: We decided 15 years ago to move from the San Francisco Bay Area to Italy with our then 8 year old son for one year. That one year has turned into 15 years and we are still here! We bought our 'dream' house in the heart of Chianti 12 years ago and took a year restoring it. All of the furnishing and accessories were purchased in France. We brought our decorator over from California and she helped us create what is now a magical home and guest house. We have shared our property with many, many guests over the years and everyone leaves yearning to return. We hope that whoever takes the home this summer treasures it as we do.

Why the Owner Chose Greve in Chianti, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy:
We chose Le Valle because of the absolutely magical setting and the history and 'good bones' of the structures. Located just 20 km from Florence we are in the country yet have the advantages of Florence less than 30 minutes away. Additionally, we appreciated the hundreds of miles of hiking trails right outside our front door. We never have to get in the car to hike to a wonderful restaurant, or see a waterfall or pick wild berries.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Waking up to the sound of birds singing and the silence of the countryside. We look at a beautiful vista from every room of the house. The air is clean and the setting dreamy. Our local village of Strada in Chianti is close by so we can choose the best produce and local specialties from our merchants. We are the only American family, as far as we know in Strada, and the locals are very welcoming to us. We have over 300 olive trees and every Fall we harvest our olives and press our own delicious oil.


Contact us

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 08/27/2016

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Photos

  • Guesthouse entrace and view from tower terrace.

    Guesthouse entrace and view from tower terrace.

  • Pizza Oven, Barbecue and Pergola patio area between guest house and pool.

    Pizza Oven, Barbecue and Pergola patio area between guest house and pool.

  • Plenty of high quality lawn furniture and umbrellas around the marble tiled pool

    Plenty of high quality lawn furniture and umbrellas around the marble tiled pool

  • Just another relaxing day in paradise.

    Just another relaxing day in paradise.

  • The pizza oven & barbeque area with al fresco dining under the grape pergola.

    The pizza oven & barbeque area with al fresco dining under the grape pergola.

  • Looking out to the tower terrace from the guest house dinner area.

    Looking out to the tower terrace from the guest house dinner area.

  • Beautifully furnished queen bedded room in guest house.  Elegant and private.

    Beautifully furnished queen bedded room in guest house. Elegant and private.

  • Downstairs TV room with two day beds.  Great for kids and adults alike.

    Downstairs TV room with two day beds. Great for kids and adults alike.

  • The antique water fountain welcomes you at the end of the 1/4 mile driveway.

    The antique water fountain welcomes you at the end of the 1/4 mile driveway.

  • View of 100% private pool from the front terrace.

    View of 100% private pool from the front terrace.

  • The pool area is like a private secret garden filled with a bouquet of flowers.

    The pool area is like a private secret garden filled with a bouquet of flowers.

  • The tower terrace with seating for 8 - 12 just outside the guest house doors.

    The tower terrace with seating for 8 - 12 just outside the guest house doors.

  • Front terrace with the guest house just down a few steps to the tower terrace.

    Front terrace with the guest house just down a few steps to the tower terrace.

  • Fully equipped kitchen with oven/range, refrigerator, microwave & coffee machine

    Fully equipped kitchen with oven/range, refrigerator, microwave & coffee machine

  • Marble tiled guest house bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet and sink.

    Marble tiled guest house bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet and sink.

  • Rear of the main villa at dusk.

    Rear of the main villa at dusk.

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, January 16, 2017

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