Campo di Marte Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description
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 5 years ago 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
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
About Jody Turkus
We decided 13 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 13 years and we are still here! We bought our 'dream' house in the heart of Chianti 9 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.
Jody Turkus purchased this farmhouse in 2004
Why Jody Turkus chose Campo di Marte
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.
What makes this farmhouse unique
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.