What now is a comfortable house just minutes from the Chianti town of Greve was once a medieval country church, traces of which can still be seen in the small niche over the entry and in the wide base that no doubt supported a much taller structure than what you see today. The present owners have converted what the centuries carried forward into a cheerful home set in a large garden, whose encircling fence separates La Pievina from the small house next door that shares the approach drive.
The main entrance leads into the oldest part of the house, where the owners took care to preserve the original stone and brickwork walls seen in the l...iving room. This room now has comfortable sofas, a fireplace for those who come in Spring or Autumn, and French doors out to the large well furnished pergola overlooking the large oval pool. A dining area between the living room and the kitchen also has doors to a furnished terrace and a nearby barbecue. In the modern kitchen in addition to the modern appliances is the original bread oven used centuries ago by the parish priest and still standing ready to serve. One staircase beyond the kitchen leads down to a double bedroom with a large ensuite shower room and independent access to the outdoors; another set of stairs on the ground floor leads up to three double bedrooms and two shower rooms. All rooms are furnished with good beds and simple country furniture.
With its central position between Florence and Siena, Greve was historically an important market town for the fortified villages, castles and farmhouses in the hills surrounding its wide valley, and even today its large triangular Piazza del Mercato is an active gathering place for tourist and local alike. And what better starting place for wine touring than from this heart of the Chianti region; guided visits to the nearby wineries or do-it-yourself discoveries of the many castles and large farms who have dedicated themselves to the growing-of-the-grape is all the more inviting knowing that you are not that far from the poolside pleasures of home.
Left on 10/02/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | The Downham Family
The home was in a beautiful location with 360% Tuscan hill views. The outdoor seating under the loggia was fantastic at all hours of the day and the pool was perfect. Inside was exceptionally clean and comfortable. The upstairs bedrooms were good as were the showers. We found the downstairs bedroom had a bit of a musty smell - obviously due to its situation. We felt that there should have been stair gates to this bedroom and the other stairs both top and bottom as we had a toddler and had to watch him all the time when indoors. In England it would, I think, have been a requiremett. It would be a good idea also to have more cooking utensils e.g. saucepans, kettle and microwave(for tea drinkers and heating baby bottles)
Left on 10/24/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Robert Virtue
This is a lovely property with outstanding views and pool. Overall we had a comfortable stay which was marred by the poor quality of beds, bed linen, pillows and the provided towels (few in number until further request). The barbecue was unusable - dirty and the grills did not fit into the brick frame. This property could be outstanding with a little more care for guests restful slumber. Read more
Thanks for bringing this to our attention - I have been back to the property and we will be visiting it again before the 2011 season starts. We'll get all these problems sorted out. The owner is very careful and considerate so was upset to hear of your experience.
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