|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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Located in the heart of Chianti just 2km from the center of Radda in Chianti 20 min from Siena and 45 Min fro Florence, this VERY LARGE AND LUXURIOUS UNITS WITH LARGE PATIO. Centrally located in this small romantic hamlet, surrounded by Vineyards. Built from traditional Tuscan stone, the property has been exceptionally well restored in ‘09, retaining many of its original features from the 1600’s. This is the perfect property for couples wanting a romantic holiday.
The property has handmade terracotta tiled flooring and traditional tiled and beamed high ceilings throughout. The furnishings have been carefully chosen to create a stylish modern interior.
The lounge is comfortably furnished with two leather sofas and chairs, and has a flat screen TV with DVD and video player at one end.
The dining area has double doors which lead out to a small private terrace which has a table with a stone bench seat and barbeque.
Down two steps to the left of the kitchen is a small corridor which leads to the bedroom. The two windows which look out to the front of the property let in plenty of light, making this a very bright airy room with a kingsize bed, writing desk and chair and exceptional bath. Portable A/C unit is provided. Please visit our video on this site
The first 3 minutes 50 seconds is of Radda and our exterior grounds. Please skip forward to 3 minutes 45 seconds for the one bedroom and skip to 4 minutes 4:47 seconds to see the video of this 2 bedroom unit and the pool.
You can upgrade your stay to include 2 Vespa 125cc Scooters for a daily supplemental cost plus IVA tax.
Ask when booking about the scooters! All tourist must pay a local tourist tax Euro 2.5 per night per person in Cash at check in and this is addition to what you pay at time of booking
I have been operating our Italy by Vespa and Italy by Ferrari luxury escorted tours on a Vespa or Ferrari since 2000 and rent our home when I am traveling about Italy doing our Ferrari and Vespa tours
Stan Gallery purchased this house in 1996
This home was just restored to full Tuscany fine detail from ruins in 1995. The property was a olive pressing facility for a church in the late 1600's. Every detail has been address in this exceptional restoration of the 4 homes in our Borgo (community). You can upgrade to add the use of our Vespa scooter or even to one of our Ferraris
Exceptional classic Tuscan beauty and privacy but still just 3 minutes to the center of Radda in Chianti or Lecchi in Chianti and 15 minutes to Siena and 45 minutes to Florence. The other 16 hill town of Tuscany are all less than 1 hour away by car or scooter
We were first timers to Caravaggio and to Italy. Well, we hit a home run with this Villa. It was the respite we were hoping it would be and so much more! Thank you for the wonderfully appointed villa in such a central location. Our time in Galenda will never be forgotten and we are anxious to rebook.
Maison très pratique et confortable. Difficile à trouver surtout si on arrive de nuit ! Les distances pour faire des excursions d,une journée à Florence ou Sienne est très raisonnable. On apprécie également de pouvoir aller dans les petits villages du Chianti aux alentours.
The apartment itself was nice, but it was in the middle of no where. We arrived by taxi on a Sat. afternoon. (€60 from the Siena) We weren't able to get a rental car until Mon. (Rental car = €200 a day.) After about 20 min of driving, the taxi turned off the main road to drive on dirt roads. We stopped on the dirt road when we reached about 3-4 isolated houses to ask directions. They told us to keep going. When we finally arrived at the apartment, the cleaning lady and the manager, (whom we talked to by phone) seemed to be surprised that we arrived by taxi. There was no welcoming packet like indicated on other reviews. I was told later that the welcoming packet needed to be ordered and paid for separately. The closest store was 4-5 km away, and it closed early on Sat. and didn't reopen until Mon. The bus didn't run on the weekend. We went inside the apartment and found it to be lovely and very much like the pics. It did have a funky smell; I assumed from being closed up and the mobile AC unit in the bedroom. There was a lizard running around in the large bathroom and 3 centipedes in the bath tub. When I opened one of the wooden shutters, a cricket fell on the floor. As is typical in Italy there were no screens on the windows, and there was lots of nature just waiting to come in. And while the place was clean there were quite a few cob webs, and we were being bitten alive by every bug known to man. We knew ahead of time we needed to provide our own food, which we were happy to do, but there was absolutely no food in the house: no bottled water, condiments, napkins, nothing. We were stranded in the apartment with no food for the next 36 hours. The cleaning lady took pity on us and brought us 1 bottle of water, some coffee, some lemons, and sugar packets. After about 2 hours or so and talking by phone to the property manager, we agreed with her and decided it would be better to head back to Siena and find a place to stay there. The property manager arranged a local man to pick us up in his personal vehicle and drive us to a new hotel in Siena, which cost us €70 more for the ride. When we got a hold of the owner and explained the situation he did refund us about 25% of what we had paid for a six day stay. Staying in Siena we did not need a rental car; so we saved money on that end.
It was a nice place, but you need to be prepared with food, a car, and bug spray and be prepared to drive everywhere.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely, spacious, nicely decorated apartment in the tiny hamlet (perhaps 8-14 buildings) of Galenda in the heart of the Chianti area of Tuscany. Tastefully restored from an old olive mill and horse stable, the property is situated amid lovely rolling hills, vineyards, and ancient stone buildings that all have a real charm. The amenities were all there -- laundry facilities in a nearby building, espresso maker, fully furnished kitchen, WiFi, A/C, TV/DVD Player (though we had trouble getting these to work well -- but who needs TV when there is all of Tuscany to explore!?). The staff (Thank you, Patrizio!) provided us with the extra linens we needed and worked with the TV. The shared pool was a real joy, and the grounds were suitable for relaxing in the sun (or rain, on a couple of days). Trails leading from the hamlet provided daily explorations of the nearby olive groves, vineyards, and forests.
The apartment was fully furnished, and the welcoming information binder was chock full of useful information not only about the apartment, laundry, A/C, etc., but also about all the surrounding towns and attractions. As well, the owner offered suggestions via email prior to our arrival. We used this lodging as a convenient hub from which to visit many neighboring towns, including Radda in Chianti (fine town with good restaurants, and only 10 min drive from Galenda), Greve, Panzano, Gaiole in Chianti, Lecchi, Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, Montalcino, and others. Several of these had produce and craft markets on particular days of the week, all spelled out in the information binder.
In summary, we had a marvelous time in this well-equipped, clean, furnished apartment in a lovely ancient hamlet, well-situated as a central point from which to visit the charming area of Chianti in Tuscany.
Our stay was fantastic, a great family vacation launched from this countryside Villa. We arrived at dusk after a playful rendezvous in Florence with family members. I want to call out the “Starter Pack” feature of the rental - fresh bread, coffee, jams, pasta, sauce, etc.- that helped begin things off right with some snacks for arrival night and the next morning before heading off to Radda to a delightful café.
The apartment was spacious, open, great lighting and very inviting. Everything was clean, sparkling and ready to go, from dishes and utensils for our own try at Italian cooking to laundry facilities. We alternated with relaxed, easy going mornings, to up and out day trip adventures to Sienna, Florence, Elba Isle and the Coast. The maid service was impeccable with new linens, and cleaning. We enjoyed the gentle countryside drives from the Villa, finding the view and grooming of the vineyards and olive groves enchanting. Nearly every turn brought you by incredible country estates, small little villages, and a connection with the Tuscan countryside that we had not experienced on prior trips to major Italian cities.
I am an early riser and did a few morning runs, where I saw olive groves and fields of sunflowers and deer moving amongst the grapevines. Getting that country quiet and view of nature was an added benefit of staying where we did. I also had a bit of deadline work to complete and made use of the provided internet. I appreciated that convenience and knocked off some forecast reports and key emails to keep things going at work.
Beautiful rental in the heart of Chianti, the property is beautiful.
Very quiet, very nice.
The nearest city is Siena, 40 minutes by car,
The small village of Radda in Chianti (beautiful) is 10 minutes.
Unfortunately the pool was quite cold.
The apartment is very well equipped.
A DVD player for the European DVD would be welcome...
Radda in Chianti is the official seat for the Chianti Vineyards and the home of the Gallo Nero Roster certified agency for all Chianti wines produced and is central to the other 16 hill towns of Tuscany such as Volterra, Siena, San Gimigiano, Castelina and is just 50 minutes from Florence
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee only one per rental||$120|
|Refundable damage deposit||$326|
All tourist must pay a Euro 2.50 per person per night in cash at check in to the check in agent this is in additon to the rent you pay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.