House, 4 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
- english, italian
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.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
It doesn’t get better than this!!
When we rented La Valle we had high expectations based on the property description and it’s multiple 5 star reviews. But as we drove through the imposing gates and down the long winding driveway we knew that this property was going to vastly exceed our expectations. As we got out of our cars we were met by the “welcoming committee” who gave us refreshments and introduced us to the property. We were literally without words. The house and gardens were impeccable maintained and they are jaw dropping gorgeous. The staff couldn’t have been more friendly and accommodating. The housekeeper, Valeria, was such a pleasure to be around she was so helpful. Fabricio the chef, who cooked our welcome meal, was nothing short of a exceptional. In fact that meal was so delicious and the experience so wonderful that we hired him to come back to cook for us later in the week. While at the property we were kept busy swimming in the beautiful marble-lined swimming pool, at the pizza oven, playing ping-pong, and taking hikes. The information that the owners left for us was so helpful. We were able to take wonderful day trips throughout the Chianti region, we visited several wineries and the cities of Pisa, Luca, Siena and Florence. But the best part was always coming back home to La Valle. And e e plan to come back again soon. We give this very special property our highest recommendation!!
My family and I had a truly special experience at La Valle. The house is beautiful and provided an ideal "home base" for all and the guest cottage was perfect for my cousin and her family - affording us all a bit of privacy when desired. The pool and gardens are gorgeous. We spent two weeks at the property, with many side trips to the charming villages and markets nearby. The house is in an ideal location for action-packed day trips to Sienna, Florence, wineries, etc. or for a quick trip to a local market for a picnic and relaxing day by the pool. The hosts are extraordinarily generous with information about things nearby to do and see. Suffice to say: The wonders of La Valle defy complete description - you'll just have to go and experience this magical place for yourself!
We had the most terrific time at this villa.
The property managers were so lovely and we had great visits with them.
The villa was so special because Fabrizio and Valeria made it so special.
We had a heat wave but the pool made it bearable.
We are thrilled that you and your guests had such a great visit. As much as you enjoyed our cook, house cleaner and property managers, they enjoyed having you - "the perfect guests"!
The getaway of a lifetime!
This property is nothing short of breathtaking. From the moment you pull up to this majestic place with it’s regal gateway, you are instantly transported to a Tuscan dream! The house is impeccably kept, and perfectly located near all the best wineries and restaurants. The interior design of the house is perfect for the setting. Waking up to a coffee overlooking the hills, hiking the scenic grounds, or sitting near the pool with a glass of wine—these are experiences you’ll never forget! I could write a whole separate review on the outdoor wood fire pizza oven, but suffice it to say, one of the very best parts of our trip! I would stay at this property over and over again, and strongly recommend it to anyone who wants an authentic and memorable Tuscan experience :)
Thanks Ann for your 5 star review. Your words truly capture the essence of this spectacular property as well the beautiful tranquility of being immersed in a true Tuscan experience.
A Trip of a LIfetime!
Our trip to Le Valle was nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment we engaged Barry and Jody on the planning, the level of detail, professionalism and personal touch was second to none. When we arrived at Le Valle, we were greeted by Peter and Magi who not only run the property with an unmatched level of service and attention, they quickly became dear friends. The same is true for Valeria who kept the villa immactulate and the amazing chef, Fabrizio, whose creations we are still drearming about on a daily basis. We cannot say enough about the incredible service and support. The villa was everything we imagined and more....so beautifully restored and the furnishings were stunning. The property itselfis a slice of heaven on earth...private, serene and incredible views of the rolling hills of Tuscany. The location was perfect, far enough out for privacy yet close enough for excurions to nearby villages and of course Florence! We loved every minute and the only issue is that our stay was too short. We hope to have the opportunity to visit again one day. For our last family holiday before the kids went off to college, this is one that will have a permanent place in our hearts. Thank you Barry and Jody for sharing your exceptional home!
A Slice of Heaven on Earth
We had wonderful stay at Le Valle. It has stunning views of the Tuscan countryside along with a breathtaking pool setting, relaxing porches and a beautiful gardens. The inside of the villa has been completely renovated with the finest materials and touches. The staff is second to none and couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating. Peter and Maggie are wonderful care takers that made sure we were comfortable. they were always happy to answer questions and help us with daily plans. Valeria, the house keeper, couldn't have been more friendly. She went out of her way to help make our stay more than we could have ever hoped for. Fabrizio, the chef is an absolute gem. We have not had better meals anywhere in the world. If you are staying at this property, you need to utilize Fabrizio. The property is also very close to Florence and Sienna making day trips very easy. There are multiple little villages/towns with restaurants and grocery options nearby as well. In a nutshell, Le Valle is a slice of heaven on earth and we will be back!
Eric B. - Philadelphia
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.