For many years our dream has been to rent a villa in Tuscany and live the life we only hear about or see in movies. Renting this former monestary, Le Argille, in the small town of Strada in Chianti was everything and more of what I have always envisioned as a true Tuscan experience. Our group of ten people rented this magnificent villa and guest house in July 2014. Met by both the onsite caretaker and offsite property manager we were provided a complete tour of the property and history of the home. We enjoyed it all . . . the wood fired oven in which the caretaker and his wonderful wife prepared homemade pizzas, the amazing infinity pool and hot tub, multiple indoor and outdoor lounge areas for late night gatherings, 2 indoor and 1 outdoor fully furnished kitchen, and the impeccable rooms with no architectural details overlooked. The villa is close enough to town to walk if so desired. We easily drove to Sienna, San Gimignano, Montalcino and Florence on day trips. From the villa it is a short 20-30 minute drive into Florence, and conveniently located to several local vineyards and olive groves.
There were no children in our group, but for those with children there is a mini soccer field and one of the most amazing tree houses I have ever seen. We were told that the installation of a full gym is in the works in the basement area overlooking the outdoor swimming pool.
Le Argille produces its own wine as well as olive oil, of which we enjoyed both immensely. Its been 3 weeks since our departure from Le Argille and everyone in the group still talks about the incredible vacation at this most amazing villa in an absolutely beautiful piece of paradise. We are most definitely planning to return.