This 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 4 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, has its own kitchen, marble bath, and fireplace and sleeps 4 comfortably. The property is ideal for three couples and/or families with 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 and large umbrellas 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 grape 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: Villa and separate guest house
We decided 11 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 11 years and we are still here! We bought our 'dream' house in the heart of Chianti 8 years ago and took a year restoring it. Our son is now attending university in America so we are dividing our time between California and Tuscany and have decided to rent our 'jewel.' All of the furnishing and accessories were purchased in France. We have shared our home with many, many guests over the years and everyone leaves yearning to return. We hope that whoever takes the home will create many wonderful memories and will treasures it as we do.
We chose Le Valle because of the absolutely magical setting and the history and 'good bones' of the structure. 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, to see a waterfall or to pick wild berries and flowers.
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.