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Tuscan Estate - Le Valle 12 Miles from Florence

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

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

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Jody Turkus
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

About Jody Turkus

We decided 15 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 15 years and we are still here! We bought our 'dream' house in the heart of Chianti 12 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.

Jody Turkus purchased this villa in 2005

Why Jody Turkus chose Metropolitan City of Florence

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.

What makes this villa 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.


Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Florence Peretola Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Locando Gallo or at home
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Ugolino Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Florence - Santa Maria Novella
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
A-1 to Rome (south) or Bologna/Milan (north)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Tre Castelli, Cielo, Locando Gallo, Padellina, etc
Nearest Ski
66 Miles
Abetone, Pistoia
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Viareggio, Province of Lucca
Car: necessary

Many famous wineries are within 20 minutes drive of the house. Some of them are Fonterutoli, Castello Verrazzano, Castello Gabbiano,Castello Vicchio Maggio and the Antinori estates. We are 15 minutes from the Super Strada to Sienna and 15 minutes to the Autostrada A1 to go north or south. The famous town of Greve in Chianti is 10 minutes away where you have open air markets, wine tasting and restaurants.


Greve in Chianti Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Marble walls and floor with beautiful French cabinets.
  • 4.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Villa Guest Suite - 1 queen , Fabulous suite with private bath. Gorgeous views
    Tower kids bedroom - 2 twin/ single , A great kids room at the top of the tower.
    Master Bedroom Suite - 1 king , Stately. 400 SF with beautiful chandeliers and fireplace.
    Guest House Queen - 1 queen , Private, quiet, cozy and beautiful.
    Guest House lower level - 2 twin/ single , Two full sized day beds with an entertainment system.
  • A King sized Duxiana bed in the master bedroom suite, Queen size beds in the main villa Guest Suite and in the principal bedroom of the guest house, two twin beds in the kids room in the tower and two full sized twin day beds on the lower level of the guest house. Also the guest house lower bedroom has two full sized day beds. We offer a crib for families with babies.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 26 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(41 traveler reviews)

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Tuscan Estate - Le Valle 12 Miles from Florence
average rating of 5.0 based on 41 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Jody and Barry have created an exceptional home in Le Valle. Immaculate grounds and a crystal clear pool, stunning furnishings and decor, picture perfect views, and helpful and friendly property managers and housekeeper - we simply could not have asked for more. During our stay at Le Valle, we felt spoiled by the beauty of Tuscany and truly relaxed. Le Valle is within 30 minutes (or less if you know the roads) of Florence, and only a short drive to Strada and the picturesque Greve in Chianti. With so many wineries, fabulous restaurants, and the kindness and generosity of the locals, we understand why Jody and Barry chose this location and feel so lucky we got to enjoy their home for a short time. We'll be dreaming of Le Valle for many many years to come.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tuscan Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Le Valle! The property and location are fabulous, as well as all of the people that you have involved. The kids loved the gardens and fruit trees around the property! And of course the pool. We also really enjoyed our pizza making w/ Fabrizio the Chef. Thank you for the various recommendations in the area! We spent a great day having a wine tour in Montalcino. We also spent a beautiful afternoon in San Gimignano, as well as a nice bike ride in Lucca on our way from Portofino. The dinner recommendation was super in Lamole and the lunch was fantastic in Greve. Florence was only a 30 min drive, which we did on 2 occasions. Great 1 ½ hr. private tour to the Academia and a trip to the top of the Duomo that the kids enjoyed.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summer vacation in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa with amazing views of Tuscany! It was hot and the pool was a perfect way to cool off plus had very comfortable lounge chairs. We stayed in the guest house, which was very comfortable and also had a/c. The main house did not have a/c but did stay comfortable considering the summer heat. The people that took care of the villa during our stay were also very nice and helpful in guiding us.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Le Valle Strada In Chianti

  • 5 of 5

The Villa was extraordinary. Amazing old house perfectly renovated with all modern amenities on an American standard - large washer, dryer, fridge, freezer, alarm system, stereo and TV. Beautiful views of vineyards and olive groves. Gorgeous landscaping. Antique furniture. Amazing pool perfect for relaxation at end of a day trip. Only 15 miles outside of Florence - about 45 minute drive including parking. Perfectly situated for wonderful day trip sightseeing. Daily maid service delivered by a charming housekeeper. Only problem is that many rooms are not air-conditioned but the pool more than made up for that. More than what we had even hoped for.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Tuscan villa

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week long vacation with extended family at Le Valle. We were greeted by Peter and Magi, who immediately made us feel at home. The property is absolutely amazing, no detail is overlooked, and everything is maintained to the highest standards. The grounds are manicured to perfection and the saltwater pool is great. The villa is very modern and comfortable all while preserving the character and charm of Tuscany. It is conveniently and centrally located for exploring Tuscany. We rented a car and went on day trips/wine tours every day. On shorter days, it was so nice to come home and relax by the pool and dine on the outdoor patio. Fabrizio, the chef, is such a treat. He is so gracious and accommodating, and goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is satisfied. He came to the villa 3 times, and cooked for us some unforgettable meals, and those were the most relaxed evenings. Finally, Valeria, the housekeeper, is also very kind and warm, and makes sure the house clean and organized, without being intrusive.

We will for sure be back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The property was absolutely gorgeous. The villa and the guest house had Italian character mixed with modern amenities. The view was stunning. There is plenty to do in and around the property. There is a pool, ping pong table, trails to hike, and many nearby towns to visit. There is also a collection of movies to watch. The house itself is comfortable, spacious, and luxurious. There are many bedrooms which all have extremely comfortable beds. The water was high, hot pressured, and clean. It's a wonderful experience staying at the villa. Highly recommended for all ages.

Our family of 4 (14 and 16 year old children) found the villa to be perfectly located. Being in the wine country allowed us to take day trips to nearby towns and then have a perfect home and swimming pool to enjoy and discuss our daily adventures.

Our trip started in Rome for 5 days, then went to Le Valle for a week, and then concluded in Venice for 3 days. No question about it, everyone in my family loved our time at Le Valle by far the best. We will definitely come back soon.

Barry and Jody took very good care setting everything up for us. Once we arrived, we were met by the local property managers (Peter and Maggi) and they were always available within minutes if we needed anything. The housekeeper (Valeria) was amazing. She came every morning and took great care of us. One thing that I would highly recommend for anyone staying at the villa would be to hire Barry's chef (Fabrizio) for an additional night and have him give you a cooking lesson. Cooking isn't my thing but I have to admit, it was an amazing evening and my wife and kids loved it as well.

Thanks for everything Barry and Jody - we had a great time!

Dave, Angel, Andrew, and Nicole

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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