About the property
- Villa4000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
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
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within two days
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 1, 2018
About Jody Turkus
In 2001 we decided to take a one year sabbatical from the fast paced Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area and spend a year in Italy with our then 8 year old son. That one year has turned into 17 years and we are still here! We bought our 'dream' house in the heart of Chianti 14 years ago and spent a year restoring it. After our son graduated from the International School of Florence he did his university studies in America and now works in San Francisco. So we are now dividing our time between California and Tuscany and as, a result, we decided to rent our 'jewel' of a property while we are away in the states. The house is beautifully restored and furnished with spectacular French antiques. We have shared our home with many, many guests over the years and everyone leaves yearning to return. We are sure that whoever rents our home will create many wonderful memories and will treasures it as we do.
Jody Turkus purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Jody Turkus chose Greve in Chianti
We chose Le Valle because of the absolutely magical setting, its history and the 'great 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 beautiful vistas 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.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
This villa and the entire property will exceed your expectations in every possible way
THE PLANNING: 9 of us planned our dream Tuscany vacation for over a year. In our online search, Le Valle captured our hearts from the very beginning. The setting appeared breathtaking and the detail in both the descriptions and the pictures made us feel like it was clearly the place for us. The owners promptly answered every question, and the information they provided for us about the area was so incredibly helpful and thorough that it saved hours of travel planning on our own.
THE ARRIVAL: All of us were so excited to finally be in Italy that our anticipation for arrival at the villa was barely able to be contained. When we finally drove into the long driveway winding to the house, we were speechless before we even got out of the car. As beautiful as the pictures are, they could never capture Le Valle in the serenity of its setting. With the afternoon sun lighting up the whole valley and casting a warm glow over the face of the house and the outdoor dining patio, we felt like we had become part of an artist's painting. Peter and Magi, friends of the owners, were there to greet us and graciously showed us around the house. Every room seemed to surpass the previous one, and by the time our orientation tour was completed, it was clear that this spectacular home had far exceeded our expectations in every way and we had only just arrived.
OUR WEEK: Although we took full advantage of Barry and Jody's travel suggestions around the area, our most meaningful hours were spent at the villa. Their beautiful home became our home and within the first day we felt as comfortable being there as if I had designed and decorated it myself. Their attention to every detail both inside and outside the
house revealed both their love for the property and respect for its architectural history. They have created a spectacular setting that is its own experience. For us, dinner on the patio in the late evening, with the garden lights softly highlighting the face of the house and listening to the quietness of the valley were very special moments that we looked forward to each night. And the meals prepared for us by Fabrizio, a local chef who cooked for us on two evenings, were indescribable.
OUR REFLECTION: The richness of Tuscany, the serene beauty of Le Valle, the warmth of every person we met during our stay here, all combined to make this Tuscan estate not just a place to stay, but a place to be experienced. Thank you for sharing your home with us. I will return.
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.
Tuscan Family Vacation
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.
Summer vacation in Tuscany
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.
Le Valle Strada In Chianti
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.
Beautiful Tuscan villa
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!!
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.