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. Many centuries ago it was a farm house and guard tower for the nearby Castello Mugnana. Magnificently restored 5 years ago 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 home will at once take your breath away and make you feel enveloped by warmth.
The three bedrooms in the main house all have en-suite bathrooms. All of the beds have top of the line mattresses and the master has a Duxiana bed, said to be the finest in the world. The marble master bath has a soaking tub and two person steam shower. The kitchen has hand hewn French cabinetry, and is equipped with everything for the most discerning of gourmet cooks. The family room has a massive stone fireplace which can be used for cooking as well as an entertainment system and a vast selection of movies and music. The stone floors throughout and the thick walls provide a cooler temperature in the summer months although every window is screened and fans are provided.
The guest house, just across the front patio and down a few steps sleeps four comfortable and has its own kitchen, marble bath and fireplace. The house and guest house combined is ideal for three couples and/or families with children.
There are 4 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.TripAdvisor property ID 3932910...Read more
Exquisite 16th Century Farmhouse in Chianti Strada in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Additional Location Information
The property is located just 5 minutes from the village of Strada in Chianti, 25 minutes from Florence and about 50 minutes to Siena. This area is the home of the wonderful Chianti and Super Tuscan wines, the spectacular Tuscan olive oil, many charming villages and hill towns, many exceptional restaurants and it is considered by many to be the most beautiful region of Italy.
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Nearest train station: Florence, 15 miles Nearest airport: Florence Peralta, 27 miles Nearest ferry port: Lavorno, 80 miles Car is essential
Left on 11/27/2014 for a stay in September 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 27, 2014Stayed Sep 2014
Our month long stay in September at Le Valle Villa guest house was fantastic. The house had all amenities anyone needs while exploring Tuscany. This was the perfect location, it allowed us to visit all four corners of the Chianti region.
The guest house is next to Le Valle Castle in a gated estate property with beautiful views, pool, and a natural barbecue area. BBQ setting was great for evening dinner alfresco under the Tuscany sun. The house is ideally decorated with French antique furnishings and equipped with all the little things that make the place so comforting. The property overlooks the hillside of olives and vineyards and neighbouring castles.
During our stay we explored the area around Le Valle. There are several hiking trails crossing vineyards, waterfalls, and authentic ancient roman roads. There are many wineries close by offering tours and evening dinners (strongly recommend a dinner tour).
The owners were fantastic, warm, welcoming, very knowledgeable and always helpful. They provided advise on things to do, recommended restaurants and suggested tours in the area for us to take.
We would return to Le Valle Villa without question and have been recommending the place to family and friends. The listing description is exactly as written, it's the place to stay under the Tuscany sun!
Left on 11/03/2014 for a stay in October 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 3, 2014Stayed Oct 2014
We just returned from a one week stay at LeValle. The home is beautifully furnished and decorated, clean, and quiet. The hillside views were amazing. It was magical staying in the beautiful Tuscany area at LeValle. Everywhere you look there is something over 1,500 years old! So much is beautifully and lovingly preserved. You are overwhelmed by the significance of the history of the region and the Country of Italy.
If you book a 9:00 am tour in Florence, allow two hours if you're driving into town. Driving into Florence and finding parking is tricky and there is rush hour traffic. Afternoon tours will give you more time to figure out the directions. One of our favorite towns was Castellina about a half hour drive from LeValle. It is a little hidden gem off the beaten path on the way to Siena. We went there twice and found great shops and restaurants. Do as much wine and olive oil tasting as you can, the wines of the Chianti region are not to be missed!
“If you're looking for the perfect villa, you just found it!”
Left on 10/26/2014 for a stay in October 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 26, 2014Stayed Oct 2014
Everything about this villa is stunning! It's filled with exquisite French antiques and fine art, yet it's cozy and so comfortable. The villa is completely modernized and has beautiful bedrooms and baths. All of the outdoor spaces have gorgeous views and the pool area is magnificent. The kitchen was one of our favorite rooms and is the perfect place to gather before heading out for a great day trip. You'll fall in love with the support staff and you must hire the chef for at least one night. He's really charming and his meals were divine...we wanted to bring him home with us!
The owners will provide you with detailed information on day trips, restaurants, wineries, etc. in the area. We read the information over and over and were so thankful for the great suggestions. As if the villa isn't beautiful enough, you truly will not believe the spectacular views you are going to encounter every time you drive out of the gates.
We promise you couldn't possibly be disappointed in your visit to Le Valle...it's a must!
Left on 08/11/2014 for a stay in July 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 11, 2014Stayed Jul 2014
Our family chose Le Valle to use a base to explore Tuscany and as a site to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. I reviewed over 10 other Villas and when I opened Le Valle’s web site, I said out loud, “Oh, this is the one for us”, and fortunately it was. The location as listed was 100% accurate and the photos were spot on. Upon entering Le Valle all of the adults in our party expressed appreciation of the peacefulness that settled over us. The scenery was beautiful from every view and everything about the setting was wonderful. Le Valle exceeded all of our hopes. As my wife said, “I’ve dreamed of spending time at a Tuscan villa. Le Valle is that dream”
We had 3 generations in our party and we enjoyed top-end accommodations, enchanting gardens with blossoming flowers, a pool, an outdoor BBQ and several private areas where one could spend time alone with a good book and perhaps a glass of wine. The Arbor was my wife’s favorite! Reach out and pluck a ripe green plum from a nearby tree and deliziosa! Barry’s tomatoes, sun warm and pulled off the vine, were yummy. Our grandchildren spent many happy hours in the pool. What an idyllic, beautiful setting in which to be together.
Breakfast on the Patio table outside the Kitchen, offered inspiring views of forested hills with welcoming paths to hike and explore natural creeks, ancient ruins and large pools. Dinners were served on the upper patio accompanied with glorious sunsets. It is difficult for me to express to you how relaxing it was to sit outside and enjoy Tuscan nature. Travel stress just melted away upon entering Le Valle on Day 1.
After enjoying Chef Fabrizio’s welcoming dinner, we hired his services for 5 more dining experiences during our 2-week stay, including a cooking class. He prepared new and different menus for each meal, bringing very fresh vegetables picked from his own garden. Barry’s staff consisting of Peter, Magi & Valeria were all top professionals each of whom made all of us feel welcomed and took very good care of us.
If you are planning to visit and experience Tuscany, we strongly recommend Le Valle because it is located very close to Florence with it’s historical Museums, plus there are many other interesting and smaller villages nearby and plus 100s of wineries to visit.
Barry leaves an info book for you to find local Restaurants, wineries, with directions and more. All Tuscan restaurants served very fresh food and it was skillfully and tastefully prepared. YUM!
Left on 07/28/2014 for a stay in June 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 28, 2014Stayed Jun 2014
As we drove through the gates at the top of the property and weaved our way down the long driveway to the villa we knew we were in for a very special treat. We had high expectations but the house and the property exceeded all of our dreams. From the time we arrived to our all too soon departure we felt like we were the players in a dreamy movie that captured the love, happiness and activities of our unforgettable Italian family vacation. We were a party of 10, my wife and I, our two sons, our two daughter-in-laws and our four beautiful grandchildren. The property was perfectly suited for us including the incredibly comfortable sleeping arrangements, the gourmet kitchen, the lovely outdoor eating areas and the pool. Everything inside the house and outside in the gardens and pool area was beautifully appointed, very well maintained and had an understated elegance about it. Our grand kids had trouble pulling themselves away from the ping pong and the pool to visit Florence and Sienna for day trips. So did we. And luckily we all agreed to explore several lovely Chianti villages within a half hour of the house with us. This was the most memorable family vacation of my lifetime. We will come back to visit Italy and this very special villa again soon!!
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