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Architecturally stunning, historic country house in idyllic Chianti.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 3,444 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Near Florence & Siena, Sleeps 6+2, Glorious Hill Views.

Architecturally stunning house, protected by the Italian Ministry for Culture for its historic and cultural significance, sleeps 8.

Set in the idyllic Chianti countryside between Florence (c.26km) and Siena (c.40km). The pretty market town of Greve-in-Chianti, with a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants, is just 3km away.

A former chapel, with medieval origins, and attached stone farmhouse, have recently been converted by a leading Italian architect and featured in Architectural Digest magazine. They sit at the heart of a tiny and ancient fortified hamlet, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, woodland and open fields. The house enjoys serene vistas all around, stretching to the Apuan Alps 70 miles away. Leonardo da Vinci was inspired by the scenery here in his landscape painting.

The house is far more than just a rental property: it is a home, lovingly decorated by skilled Italian fresco artists, furnished with a stylish mix of antique and contemporary pieces collected from our travels all over the world. There are hand-painted Italian ceramics, hand-made glass, local wood and wicker work, the latest in Italian design bathrooms - beautiful objects that reflect a life well lived. The rooms are filled with flowers, fragrant soaps, books, CDs, sheet music, board games, films...and other simple pleasures to reflect 'la dolce vita'. There is an 1885 Bluthner grand piano in the main sitting room.

The cultural sites of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Montepulciano, Greve and the Chianti hill towns, medieval castles and wine estates are all nearby.

There are lovely outdoor swimming pools at Greve & seven interconnected pools at Quercegrossa.

Around the house are beautiful and extensive walking trails.

The area is very popular with cyclists and many itineraries are available.

Chianti is known for its outstanding wines and fine local cuisine.

House: 330sq.metres (total), on 2 main levels plus taverna.

Ground floor:

Impressive main sitting room in former church, leads to lovely covered loggia outside;

1 study-bedroom with double sofa-bed; shower room/toilet;

Second lounge/dining room (with table for 6), double doors to courtyard garden;

Farmhouse kitchen with large open fireplace, dishwasher, microwave;

Utility room (washing machine, dryer); guest toilet;

Lower ground:

Large taverna, with wine racks and dining table for 8;

First floor:

2 double bedrooms, 1 with en-suite shower room,

1 twin bedroom; guest bathroom (with shower).

Outside:

In addition to the courtyard garden, there is a covered loggia for sitting outside, and a few minutes walk around vineyards takes you to the property’s field with fruit frees (suitable for ball games, etc.) and hillside woodland.

More Details

Owner
Convertoie Bookings
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Convertoie Bookings

The owner speaks English, Italian, some French, and has lived in Italy for many years.

Convertoie Bookings purchased this house in 2011

Why Convertoie Bookings chose Metropolitan City of Florence

The extensive views here (reaching to the Apuan Alps 70km away) inspired Leonardo da Vinci's landscapes. The setting is idyllic and timeless, the light ever-changing, each season with its magic. The house, being a former church and canonic with medieval origins, is architecturally stunning and historic, yet with all mod cons. The place combines utter peace and tranquillity with easy access to some of the greatest cultural sites in the world.

What makes this house unique

Views and idyllic Chianti landscape, architectural features, stylish and high-quality decor, some of the best wines in Europe and great Tuscan food a stone's throw a way. Florence, Siena, art, history... What's not to like?

Guestbook comments from the owner

The property of the villa was breathtaking. Situated amongst typical Tuscan scenery in a historically significant location, Le Convertoie was a pleasure to stay at. We had a wonderful time waking up to the early calls of the roosters and finishing each day sipping the local wine! The location was splendid, for any Tuscan destination was short car ride away. Greve-in-Chianti, was also nearby and provided a great home base for travel. Kate was an amazing host and made sure that we were most comfortable with her house! Our stay here was unforgettable and hopefully we can return soon!
Apr 2014
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Amenities

Greve in Chianti House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3444 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , En suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 1st floor hall
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ground floor (adjacent to study-bedroom)
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Ground floor (adjacent to study-bedroom)
  • Stylish, modern, Italian-design shower rooms in travertine marble.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , En suite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Study-Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Study-bedroom
  • 6 guests in 3 double or twin bedrooms, plus 2 on double sofa-bed in study-bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
Golf, horse riding, hiking, wine-tasting & wine tours, cooking lessons, art lessons etc. all available on request.

Reviews

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Architecturally stunning, historic country house in idyllic Chianti.
average rating of 5.0 based on 41 reviews
5

Most beautiful vacation property ever!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Le Convertoie was absolutely the highlight of our month in Italy. The photos shown in the listing are very accurate but do not come close to being there in person and having the history and the beauty of the house and its' surroundings wash over you. The property was very well maintained, and the personal touches of the owner's wonderful antiques and books make it easy to imagine that you are living there in your own very well-loved home. My personal favorite day was a day I stayed behind alone while the others went into Florence. Working in the wonderful Tuscan kitchen and looking through the door across the gorgeous landscape was a dream come true. And strolling through the dining room doors onto the terrace and just sitting and watching the birds soar in the quiet of the landscape was bliss as I had never imagined. Another in our group, a professional musician, was transported every time he sat down at the grand piano in the wonderful acoustically live music room. His joy of spending any spare moment at the instrument was our joy in listening. Kate kindly helped us with printing tickets for the Duomo and even met us with them in Florence near the Duomo. They were both kind and helpful in walking us through the house when we arrived and pointing out how various features work. We all enjoyed drives through the countryside and visiting several of the other Chianti villages and the drives up to the tiny villages of Lamole, Volpaia and Vertine. I would absolutely recommend this property to anyone I know and I would go back again in a heartbeat, given the opportunity. Thank you so much, Kate and Francesco, for giving us memories like we've never made before.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Suzie, We were very touched and absolutely delighted to read your review. I am so glad that you all enjoyed your stay at Le Convertoie, and that you filled the place with music and warmth all the time you were there. Do please come back very soon - do some painting, play the piano, read the books, listen to music, and drink some more Chianti whilst soaking in the views! You would be the most welcome visitors. We're looking forward to it, and I will tune the piano for you! Our warmest wishes from Italy, Kate & Francesco
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5

Beautiful property in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Stunning property captures the equally stunning views of the Tuscan terrain.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect, impeccable, and an extraordinary location

  • 5 of 5

Such an incredible experience, we have already booked another two week stay for June next year.

I am not sure what I can add that has not already been said in the previous reviews. The location, house, and setting are amazing, and Kate was there to answer my emails and questions months in advance of our arrival (she booked reservations for our anniversary dinner, and also for a dinner in Rome).

For my wife and I, this was our third trip to Italy, and by far the most relaxing. For three others in the group it was their first trip, and it was an incredible experience for them. There is so much to see and do in the local area, but to just sit and relax at Le Convertoie and enjoy the peaceful surroundings was well appreciated by everyone. There are also several hiking trails around the property, we explored a few and more are on the list for next year’s visit.

As others mentioned, Kate is a wealth of knowledge and helped us with information on where to eat, and what to see. Her and Francesco were accommodating to our group’s needs, whether it was a day trip to Florence, or the incredible day long wine tour arranged (take advantage of this if you can) they were patient, and able to accommodate individual needs in the group.

The neighbors are lovely, genuine people. Marco's wine and olive oil are great, we enjoyed many a good bottle of his wine from the cellar. We bought the last eight bottles of his 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva to enjoy in Canada. We are looking forward to his Grand Selection that will be available next year, and more of his cheese. Do not forget the cooking class with Gaia and her mom, great homemade Tuscan food that was enjoyed by all (and enough pasta left over for dinner the next day).

Greve is a great town, we enjoyed the bustling market on Saturday, coffee at the café, and bread from the bakery. There are a few local restaurants we did not get to, but they are on the list for next year.

Thanks Kate and Francesco for all your time and effort in helping us have an incredible vacation. Cheers, and we will ration Marco's wine to enjoy over the coming months until we return next year.

Tom, Valda, Matthew, Gene, and Ruthanne

Nova Scotia, Canada

June 8 - June 22, 2017

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so lovely to read about all your experiences and impressions of the house and the local area. It was really a very great pleasure for us to get to know you and to have you as guests at Convertoie. Thank you for taking such good care of the house, and for your very appreciative review. We're looking forward to seeing you again next year and hope to have some pleasant additional touches next year! Warmest regards from us all at Le Convetoie, Kate, Francesco, (Marco, Emilia, Zoe & Achille!)
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5

If you are looking for a vacation villa in Tuscany ...this is the one.

  • 5 of 5

Where to begin…it was oh so perfect!

Our stay at Le Convertoie was beyond amazing. First and foremost, Kate and Francesco were wonderful. Francesco met us when we arrived and gave us the grand tour of the villa, which was magnificent. Kate communicated with us from initial booking until the end of our stay. She has a wealth of knowledge to share and it was wonderful to spend time with her on a tour (this was a beyond words added bonus!).

The villa – we enjoyed the villa with other friend for two wonderful weeks. Every room was perfectly appointed. The Chapel was superb. All the bedrooms were very comfortable. The kitchen had every necessary appliance. The views from every area of the house were inspiring from morning to night. The view of the sunset from the kitchen and the veranda was beautiful.

Kate made some outstanding recommendations for things to do in the area. She also recommended local Chef Gaia. Chef Gaia and her mother, Maria Victoria, came to the villa to a provide cooking lessons one night and another night they cooked for us. (We couldn’t get enough of their cooking!) They set the dinner table for us in the patio, from where we were able to enjoy the hillside views as the sun went down. We certainly enjoyed Chefs Gaia and Maria Victoria cooking. The food was delicious…we ate until we could eat no more! Oh, also, we purchased wine and olive oil from Marco who lives next door. He produces both. He and his wife, Emmy, are such great people.

My husband and I are hoping to take another trip to Greve in Chianti to spend at least another two weeks a Le Convertoie. Kate, thank you so much for your hospitality and the use of beautiful villa. This was by far one of the best vacations we have ever had.

Betsy Lewis

May 13th – 27th, 2017

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Amazing Stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

First I would like to say that my wife and I have been to Italy numerous times but have never done a vacation like this. If you are considering renting this place for a vacation, do not hesitate, book immediately! The house is situated in the perfect location. Being centrally located in the Chianti region it is easy to get to the other villages and towns. You feel secluded but are only about a 5 minute car ride into town. We stayed for a week and wished we could have stayed longer. There were four of us and the house offered more than enough room for us all.

We can’t say enough about Francesco and Kate. They were the best host you could ask for and went above and beyond our expectations to make our stay wonderful. Kate was very helpful in offering suggestions of things to do and helped with dinner reservations. She was very attentive to our needs before and during our vacation.

The house was clean and plenty of linens (bed sheets, towels, etc.). The kitchen was well stocked with dishes and appliances. They offer plenty of information about Italy, the region and the property. There are many hiking trails to explorer in the area. They have a vast movie, music and book collection. Everything mentioned in the other reviews and on the description of the property were spot on.

Very peaceful and enchanting to sit out on terrace and enjoy an espresso in the morning and wine and cheese in the evening. A must is to have Gaia and her mother cook for you; we had them cook for us one evening near the end of the trip and wished we would have done it earlier in our stay. They cook enough for two days! When we return we will have them cook for us again.

If you want to really have a Tuscan vacation this is where you want to stay. Please do not miss out on staying here the house’s history and the region really makes you feel like you stepped back in time. It was a very peaceful and fun vacation.

Thanks for everything! We will be returning hopefully sooner rather than later!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kevin, Thank you so much for your more than generous words! It was really the greatest pleasure to host you all and we very much hope you will be back sooner rather than later. We'll stay in touch, and just let me know when you can envisage your next Tuscan break: we'll prepare a log pile if it's Winter, and cool white wine if it's Summer! All our very best to you. Saluti! Kate & Francesco
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Beautiful beyond words!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot even begin to describe our experience at this amazing home, both with the property itself and the owner, Kate. Pictures do not do it justice. It is warm and welcoming from the minute you open the door. After a long day of travel and an unfortunate accident it was like coming home! Kate was there to greet us along with an amazing home cooked meal by Anna (do yourself a favor and take advantage of this extra treat!). The property is beautifully decorated and kept, and each room brings a new treat to enjoy. We had more than enough room for the 8 of us to spread out and relax. We loved winding down in the peacefulness of the chapel every evening! There is also plenty of room outside to roam and explore. The neighbors are as welcoming as Kate and their dogs give a sweet greeting! (Be sure to enjoy some of their wine and olive oil!).

Kate went above and beyond as a hostess in helping us deal with the police and rental car company regarding the accident. She took time, and patience, to assure that we were able to enjoy our time without having to stress about what was happening and we can't thank her enough for that. Her suggestions for places to visit and how to get there added to our trip greatly! She is a lovely soul and we are fortunate to not only have been able to enjoy her beautiful home but to know her as well!

We will return to enjoy this amazing find again!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Heather, Glenn and family, Thank you so very much for you more-than-generous words. Really, it was the least I could do. We're delighted to know that you enjoyed the house as much as we do, and I very much hope you'll be back again soon. The best things are the little places close-by, so now that you've done all the big sights, next time you can enjoy the hidden treasures in the Chianti hills --- and some glorious walking, so you don't even need the car! Our very warmest wishes to you all, Kate & Francesco
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Map

Castellina In Chianti
Badia a Coltibuono
Borgo di Badia a Passignano
Siena
San Gimignano
Florence
Castello di Meleto
Monteriggioni
Abbazia di San Galgano
Vignamaggio
Fattoria Castello Di Brolio
Montalcino
Lucca
Certaldo
Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Florence (or Pisa)
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Miles
Greve
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Ugolino Golf Course
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Florence
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
A1
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
Greve
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Monte Amiato or Abetone
Nearest Beach
70 Miles
Cecina or Livorno
Car: necessary

In glorious countryside yet close to Italy's most famous cultural attractions (Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti hill towns, Montpulciano, Montalcino, etc.). Wine tours, food markets, superb restaurants, cafes, extensive walking, communal pools in Greve, horse riding, Italian cooking lessons available on request.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $135.04
Additional Guest Fee $20.26 per person per night
Damage Deposit $337.61

SUPPLEMENT for groups of more than FIVE people: £70 sterling per person per week.
A Security Deposit (€ 300 or £250 sterling) is payable in cash on arrival, returned to you if no damages .
NOTE: The booking deposit (£250) is not refundable. Rate includes WiFi, bedlinen / towels, electricity, hot water.
ADDITIONAL CHARGES:
PLEASE NOTE: 10% HomeAway commission on total booking fee if you book through the HomeAway Online Booking system.
There is NO commission if you book direct through the owner via email (when you will be given various payment options including Paypal, bank transfer or payment on arrival).
Final cleaning: 80 euro payable on arrival.
Central heating (gas), if required (metered & charged per usage)
Additional cleaning is available on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.