Three charming apartments in an authentic castle dating back to 12th C. in the typical green hills of Chianti Classico. The castle has undergone various restorations over the centuries which have highlighted its architectural features giving it a particular charm and giving its structure an aura of olden times. The castle itself is very picturesque, built in stone in a square hill overlooking Greve in Chianti. It has a peaceful and a dominating position in front of Montefioralle Castle. From the garden and the windows you have a magnificent, panoramic view of rolling Chianti hills, olive groves and vineyards. The apartments have use of a large lovely private garden (450 m²). The Colognole Castle is ideally located for short day trips to all of the sights of Tuscany. Florence is an hour away by car or reliable, comfortable bus service, the recommended way to visit the great city. Siena is about 1 hour and half by car.
The castle: The Colognole Castle has undergone several restorations over the centuries which have highlighted its architectural features giving it a particular charm and giving its structure an aura of olden times. The castle itself is very picturesque, built in stone in a square surrounding on a hill overlooking Greve in Chianti. It has a peaceful and a dominating position in front of Montefioralle Castle.
The garden: From the garden and the windows you have a panoramic view over the surrounding green hills with olive trees and vineyards. The owners spent long time to choose particular type of plants from three generations. In early June, the wild jasmine and herbs in bloom, adding another magical touch.
General amenities: On request: to be agreed when booking and to be paid directly on the spot:
- Tuscany cooking lessons.
- Cook available for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Oil and wine produced by owner.
- Bicycles for hire.
How often do you get to spend the night in a real 12th-century castle? Maybe you do it all the time, but for my family, it was a unique treat. We enjoyed our stay in the Quaratesi suite very much. The place was spacious, with great views in all directions. The location was perfect, overlooking the charming town of Greve, in the heart of Chianti. Rosita and her sister, Rita, were very nice. (Ask Rosita to show you the chapel, which you will not discover on your own.) Wifi is very spotty (probably because of the thick stone walls), and heating is expensive in early April, but we had a great time.
How often do you get to spend the night in a 12th-century castle? Maybe you do it all the time, but for my family, it was a unique experience. We enjoyed our stay in the Quaratesi suite very much. The place was spacious, with great views in all directions. The location was perfect, just up the hill from the charming town of Greve, in the heart of Chianti. Rosita and her sister, Rita, were very nice. (Ask Rosita to show you the chapel, which you will not discover on your own.) Wifi is extremely spotty (probably because of the thick stone walls), and the heating is expensive in early April, but we enjoyed our stay very much.
The castle was wonderful, and the apartment large and well fitted out, clean and tidy. We were met at the gates and shown around the apartment, and left with a bottle of complimentary wine from the castle estate - wonderful. There were many lovely, peaceful, walks in the surrounding woods and lanes. Greve in Chanti was a great little town, with the best bar ever - La Birroteca di Greve - the best beer ever, and great bar snacks and meals (the chickpeas were particularly tasty - no pizza, no pasta, no wine - brilliant. we went in the winter time, so the heating was expensive, but we were shown how to manage it by the owners, and so didn't end up sending a fortune.
Our 9 day stay in the Quaratesi apartment was the highlight of our 28 day trip to Italy. After 11 hectic days of Rome, Volterra, Cingue Terre and Florence, the stay at Castello di Colognole was a welcome respite before Venice and Milan. We used the apartment as a home base to visit Siena, Florence, local towns and wineries. Rosita and Rita were wonderful hosts. They were very informative and helpful.
The apartment had loads of space including a good kitchen and dinning room. This allowed us to shop locally and prepare some of our own meals. Rita also allowed us access to her large vegetable garden. We had Rita cook dinner one night served out on the terrace. Fantastic!
We plan to come back again.
Thank you, Rita and Rosita, for a memorable stay.
Our one week stay in Tuscany, sandwiched between bustling Rome and active Venice, was a wonderful respite for us. Our friends who were experiencing Italy for the first time found Castello di Colognole to be so charming and historical…and for us, it was a reminder of the great time we had in 2001 when we came over right after 9/11 with my whole family of Italian descent and stayed in the nearby town of Panzano! As so many others have stated, it all began with a warm welcome from Rosita whom I felt I already knew after our many email conversations prior to our trip. We had discussed having her sister, Rita, give us a cooking lesson during the week, so we did our own grocery shopping for the first 2 breakfast and dinner meals and then the next night went up to Rita's place where she showed us how to make fried sage and squash blossoms, chicken stuffed with lemons and pork loin garnished with fresh sage and rosemary…and then continued with each couple making a different filling for the raviolis…! It was all so good that we copied Rita's pork and potatoes recipes 2 night's later for my husband's birthday dinner…
The authentic stone and decor of the Bacco apartment made for a very comfortable stay…and going out in the garden in the later afternoon after visiting Florence, Siena, Greve, and San Gimignano while we had afternoon tea (followed by great red wines the guys found in the local shops in Greve) made for a relaxing end of the day in a wonderfully comfortable setting. We got many beautiful shots of the sun setting over the grapevines and olive trees in the valley below…and even got to do some hiking locally in the mornings that followed. All in all a wonderful way to experience the Chianti region ofTuscany…grazie, Rosita and Rosa, for everything!
we are a family of seven including three children 8 to 17 years old.
we were totally impressed by the place, a castle from the middle ages situated on a high spot overlooking the valley of GREVE. We occupied a lovely apartment within the castle with wonderful views. well organised country kitchen, modern two full baths and spacious rooms and garden. we felt like we are in a fairytale place. the owners are so welcoming and courteous that we wished to have been able to stay more but we promissed ourselves to come again to this very special place
Colognole Castle is ideally located for short day trips to all of the sights of Tuscany. Florence is an hour away by car or reliable, comfortable bus service, the recommended way to visit that great city. Siena is about 1.30 h away by car to the south as is San Gimignano with its dramatic towers to the west. Colognole is perfectly located for day trips to Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo, Volterra, Perugia, Assisi and other Tuscan sites. There are many other lesser-know but equally charming Tuscan hill towns close by like Radda in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti , Castellina in Chianti, Volpaia.
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A 30% deposit is required when the reservation is confirmed by us. The deposit should be made by wire transfer. In case of cancellation made more than 30 days prior to the arrival date, 50% of the deposit will be returned. The deposit is forfeited when the cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to arrival date.
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