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Luxurious family farmhouse in secluded 40 acre estate with magnificent views.

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms8
Space 7,771 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

8 double bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms. Large pool, beautiful grounds.

Ripertoli is a 1000-year-old farmhouse 20 km south of Florence, in its own secluded 40-acre-estate, with magnificent views of the Tuscan countryside. It sleeps up to 17 comfortably, in a main house and 2 close-by cottages. We only let the property as one unit to a single client at a time; the main house can be rented on its own, and either or both capanne can always be added on later if required. There are 8 double bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, a lovely large pool with a heat pump for early and late season swimming and an electric cover for child safety, and over an acre of well-irrigated garden. The property is furnished and maintained to a very high standard, and is fully air-conditioned.

We have over 30 5-star reviews from Ripertoli clients over the last 7 years - prior to that our guests wrote charming messages ion our traditional paper Visitors Book at the property - but were new to HomeAway in 2014 so all our earlier reviews are dated January 2015 in the section 'Guest Reviews'. They are all genuine, and you can read them in full on our own website www.ripertoli.com along with photos of the Visitors Book. We think genuine reviews are the best way of demonstrating how wonderful staying at Ripertoli is.

Marisa has been our housekeeper for 30 years, helped by her family who also maintain the garden and pool. An outstanding local cook is available if required. The charming towns of Greve-in-Chianti and Panzano are both within a 10-minute drive.

Ripertoli is a family home which we have improved and developed since acquiring it in 1988. We take great pleasure in ensuring that its comfort and facilities are at the highest level, and are rewarded by many of our guests coming either by personal recommendation or on a return visit. One English family made its eighth visit in July 2017.

We hope that this brief description has whetted your appetite, and that you would now like to visit our own website to read and see more details about this exceptional Tuscan home.We have a lot more information there than we can include in this HomeAway entry.

More Details

Owner
Nigel Tully
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2017

About Nigel Tully

Since leaving University I have been a businessman by day and a rock/jazz musician by night. I worked for the computer giant IBM for over 30 years in a variety of senior positions, while simultaneously running my own band The Dark Blues, often playing over 100 gigs a year. Now I am Chairman of NYJO (the National Youth Jazz Orchestra) - unpaid but very rewarding in other ways - and still play a few gigs with The Dark Blues every year.

I'm lucky to be married to Professor Deborah Cunningham, a consultant radiologist who runs an important London cancer service. She and I met in 1998, since when she has learned to speak fluent Italian and to love Ripertoli as much as I do. We spend around 6 weeks a year there, always including a week in November when we pick the olives from our 600 trees & make our own extra virgin olive oil. (Lots of pics on our own website www.ripertoli.com).

Our 5 joint children love Ripertoli too, and give us valuable feedback on what makes it attractive to younger generations.

In England we live on our family farm in Hertfordshire, from which Deborah does the daily commute to St Mary's or the Charing Cross Hospitals. I manage Ripertoli very hands-on, usually by email to our excellent team of local support staff, although Marisa herself relies on her two trusty mobiles and occasional emails via her grand-daughter.

Nigel Tully purchased this villa in 1988

Why Nigel Tully chose Metropolitan City of Florence

I started a love-affair with Italy in my 20's and visited almost all of it over a variety of holidays. I ended up homing in on Tuscany as the part that I loved best; some combination of the beauty of the countryside, the artistic and cultural heritage, and the character of the people made me prefer Tuscany. From the mid-70's onward I rented a variety of Tuscan holiday homes with my young family, & in 1987 we made the momentous decision to put down some roots there. Fortunately I had made several local friends through playing my guitar & singing in local restaurants and at parties, so there was no shortage of good advice. We knew where we wanted to buy to within a few miles; in spring 1988 we inspected over 20 properties, and when we saw Ripertoli we knew that it was the one.

It was for sale including a vineyard, but we didn't want that extra responsibility so we managed to persuade the owners to sell us the house, olive groves and woods without the vineyard, thereby gaining the seclusion and privacy we wanted but not the workload of looking after vines. When we bought there were 3 functioning bedrooms and one bathroom; now there are 8 of each, with all the bathrooms ensuite, without us needing any additional buildings (although we did have to rebuild two entire roofs).

It was a great purchase, & I have never regretted it.

What makes this villa unique

There are three things that our clients regularly tell us make Ripertoli really special.

Firstly, the secluded locality and the view, particularly from the terrace at the back of the house. It's how it would have looked a thousand years ago - try comparing it with 'Good Government in the Countryside' in the famous fresco in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena ! No electric pylons (we got rid of them 15 years ago), no telegraph poles, no construction except a few houses in the distance made of natural local materials, and a beautiful panorama of the Tuscan countryside. Ripertoli is justly famous among the locals as having one of the best views in this region of great views.

Secondly, it really is a family home which we have furnished with everything that we want to make our lives comfortable, or even luxurious. We spend over 6 weeks a year there, with our children, our friends, or just the two of us. We like everything to be just so, and we trust our clients to enjoy and respect our property.

Finally, our housekeeper Marisa. She truly is a treasure ! Don't take our word for it - read the guest book comments on our website www.ripertoli.com , and the many 5-star reviews of Ripertoli on the Trip Advisor website. Almost every one mentions Marisa, her cooking, her warm welcome, and her constant care for the welfare of our guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned from one of the best holiday experiences we have ever had! Ripertoli is a beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse set within an olive grove and overlooking hills and forests, which in the autumn are a myriad of colours. Our party consisted of parents, grandparents and teenagers and Ripertoli catered for us all.



Upon arriving we were greeted by a very friendly Marisa who showed us around our accommodation. The house is tastefully decorated but also warm and welcoming. Pictures on the walls, numerous books and a selection of Dvds and CDs make you feel this is a home. The owners, Nigel and Deborah, had also supplied a very helpful folder containing everything you needed to know about the house and the local area. There are also phone numbers to contact Nigel and Deborah should there be a problem - there wasn't! The kitchen was well-stocked with every kind of appliance possible and the most wonderful view over the olive grove and hills (even the most reluctant chef would be hard-pressed not to enjoy cooking in these surroundings!). Because we went in the autumn and the evenings were a little chilly, we made good use of the log fire and central heating - both worked very well and warmed up the house quickly and efficiently.



If you can manage to drag yourself away from Ripertoli, Florence and Siena are well worth a visit. The local town of Greve in Chianti is closer and postcard pretty with a selection of good quality shops and restaurants (all reasonably priced). Rome is a two-hour drive away but we opted for a second visit to Florence as we felt we hadn't done it justice in one visit. Nigel and Deborah recommend several restaurants in the local area, but we chose to stay in during the evenings with a glass or two of red wine in front of the open fire and a game of Trivial Pursuit (one of many games provided). After all what's the point of staying in such beautiful accommodation if you're never there? Excellent!
Oct 2011
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Amenities

Greve in Chianti Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7771 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom for Master bedroom - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Tower bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Ensuite to Tower bedroom.
    Terrace bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Spacious bathroom, bath with shower.
    Middle Capanna bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Ensuite to Middle Capanna bedroom 1
    Middle Capanna bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to Middle Capanna Bedroom 2
    Aia Capanna Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to Aia Capanna bedroom 1
    Aia Capanna Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensutie to Aia Capanna Bathroom 2
    Garden view bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , A snug bathroom ensuite to our own bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Large ensuite bathroom with tub and shower.
    Tower Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Very large room with shower bathroom.
    Garden View Bedroom - 1 queen , Smallest of the 4 bedrooms. We use it because of the views !
    Terrace Bedroom - 1 queen , Spacious room, was the old animal stall. Small windows.
    Middle Capanna bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Can be one king-size double or a pair of twins. Own ensuite
    Middle Capanna Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Can be one king-size double or a pair of twins. Own ensuite
    Aia Capanna bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Can be one king-size double or a pair of twins. Own ensuite
    Aia Capanna bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Can be one king-size double or a pair of twins. Own ensuite
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
All 8 bathrooms have a hair dryer (this is FAQ #1 !). Most bedrooms have a high quality Bose sound dock. Over the years, whenever a client has suggested that we add a facility we have done so. Deborah & I like our luxuries; we live in Ripertoli for around 6 weeks every year, so the main house in particular includes everything that we like to have around. Ripertoli is furnished like the family home that it is, not a holiday rental property; fortunately our guests understand and appreciate this, and we have had very few instances of damage. We were new to HomeAway in November 2014 so have not yet got many reviews here, but we have over 30 5-star reviews collected via Trip Advisor on our own website www.ripertoli.com . Please take a look - it shows much more detail than we can put here. If you read the guest reviews on our website you will realise that Marisa, our housekeeper, is an absolute treasure. Almost every review mentions her in the most glowing terms - please read them.

Reviews

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Luxurious family farmhouse in secluded 40 acre estate with magnificent views.
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
5

A piece of Tuscan heaven

  • 5 of 5

This holiday was a birthday celebration with family members of all ages. The accommodation surpassed all our expectations - not only a family home with personal touches - but also having modern bathrooms and facilities.

The surroundings and views were typically unspoilt Tuscan scenery - all viewed from a wonderful terrace at the rear of the property.

The gardens, with tubs of geraniums, and the olive groves below, all contributed to the idyllic surroundings.

We spent most of our time by the swimming pool, beautifully kept clean - complete with loungers and loggia for shade.

Marisa, the Housekeeper, was a delight and provided us with typical Tuscan home cooked meals when needed.

I cannot find fault with any part of our holiday, only the fact that it was too short and we will certainly return again in the future.

I must also stress the importance of the excellent communication and help from Nigel Tully, whose in depth knowledge of the area, was invaluable.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a glowing review ! It will be a pleasure to welcome you back & I know that Marisa looks forward to seeing you again. Nigel.
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5

Even better than we ever imagined!

  • 5 of 5

Ripertoli ticks every box you could ever imagine and is the perfect property for a large gathering. It is set in the most glorious and peaceful countryside, with immaculately tended grounds and large pool. The house has been sensitively restored and has such a welcoming and lived in feel about it. Marisa, the caretaker/cook is a treasure, as well as being a superb cook. Nothing appears to be too much trouble for Nigel. In short, book it now and preferably for a fortnight!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. We want every Ripertoli guest to have a great experience there, & it's wonderful to hear that it worked so well for you and your family. Please come back one day ! Nigel.
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5

A Magical Home in Chianti

  • 5 of 5

Ripertoli is a warm and welcoming home, with modern facilities and a wonderful atmosphere. It has been brilliantly converted, so that each room has its special charm. It has an amazing array of books and CDs.

There is an excellent swimming pool with spectacular views over the Chianti Hills, and a great barbecue area. It has wonderful walks all round, through the woods, among the olive groves and over the hills. The local town of Greve is a delight - full of local produce and interesting shops. And the surrounding area is full of interest.

I look forward eagerly to returning!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Magical Home in Chianti

  • 5 of 5

Ripertoli is a warm and welcoming home, with modern facilities and a wonderful atmosphere. It has been brilliantly converted, so that each room has its special charm. It has an amazing array of books and CDs.

There is an excellent swimming pool with spectacular views over the Chianti Hills, and a great barbecue area. It has wonderful walks all round, through the woods, among the olive groves and over the hills. The local town of Greve is a delight - full of local produce and interesting shops. And the surrounding area is full of interest.

I look forward eagerly to returning!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A wonderful secluded private home in Chianti hills

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Ripertoli many times , summer, autumn and winter and each season brings new joy. The property is totally secluded and only ever rented to one group. In the summer there is dining outside with magnificent views over the olive groves and hillsides;the pool is large and spotlessly clean and in the winter the huge wood burning fireplace welcomes you. Always there is the wonderful Marisa to help with everything and cook for you if you wish.

The property is clearly a family home - it has everything you would want, from a vast library of books to a clavinova for the musical ( the owner is a musician). Each bedroom has its own en suite bathroom, the kitchen is very well equipped and the out side areas beautifully maintained. The owners have made sure that your stay is easy with a comprehensive book of instructions, but should anything go wrong, or you have any questions they are immediately available on the phone. from the UK.

We have often stayed with a mixture of adults and teenagers - they can live as separate a life as they choose in the capanne, keeping to their own timetable and making as much noise as they like without disturbing the older folk!

This is a splendid relaxing place to stay any time of the year and although Florence and Sienna are near it is always difficult to drag oneself away from the peaceful beauty of Ripertoli.

In summary, a wonderful family home that we feel privileged to have been allowed to share.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Pisa or Florence
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Greve or Panzano
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Golf Ugolino
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Florence - Siena Raccordo
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Rignana, Badia a Passignano, Greve or Panzano
Car: necessary

Ripertoli is located in the famous Chianti region of Tuscany, within easy reach of Florence, Siena, Arezzo, and San Gimignano. It's in the heart of the wonderful Chianti countryside and its magnificent views, close to the beautiful town of Greve in Chianti and within easy reach of Castellina, Radda, and Gaiole. It's perfectly placed for visiting historic sites and museums, enjoying the many superb restaurants (invariably child-friendly), checking out local wineries (there are over 200), or simply relaxing and taking in the marvellous surroundings. The house itself and 40-acre estate is completely private and secluded, but with excellent road access.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $384.66

See www.ripertoli.com for the latest availability and rates. We can't include every detail on this website. The main house (4 bedrooms) can be rented on its own; either or both cottages can be added for an extra fee. Housekeeper Marisa visits every Wednesday to clean and tidy; this is included in the rental price. She is a brilliant traditional Tuscan cook - see our reviews!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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