3 bedrooms, 2 bath, living rooms, fireplace, 2 terraces, large kitchen, 6 people
- english, french, german, italian
About Familie Elsholz
The warmth and hospitality of our Italian neighbours has made it easy for us to find our second home in this beautiful area. Light, perfume of nature and thousands of impressions of the countryside are the reasons for our long stays in Lecchi. We would like to give you the opportunity to share with us this beauty, the vast view over the countryside, the good wine and our tasty olive oil. We'll be happy to welcome you at our beautiful Casanova di Ricavo.
Familie Elsholz purchased this House in 1989
Why Familie Elsholz chose Lecchi in Chianti
The country house is situated on the top of a hill, right above the pittoresque medieval village Lecchi. Thus we are in the midst of nature, but can also walk in a few minutes to the lively community with a small grocery, a bar and a restaurant.
What makes this House unique
In the course of the rebuilding the Aia (threshing floor) was converted into a generous and sunny terrace with a fantastic over the hill scenery of the Colli senese (Sieneser Chianti mountains). Here you can enjoy your breakfast, have a lush lunch, and in the evening marvel on the colourful sunset. A snug terrace overshadowed by a gigantic oak joins the lower floor. From here one has a dreamlike look over the wine yards and olive groves of the countryside of Lecchi. Especially on hot summer days this terrace offers a miraculously cool resort outside.
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We stayed here for the last 5 days of our holiday - it was lovely and peaceful but close to a Chianti village with shop, bar and restaurant which was all we needed. It would have been even much better if the weather had been kind but unfortunately we chose the wrong time to visit.
Just a couple of niggles - there were only 2 easy chairs to sit and relax on indoors and due to weather we would have appreciated one each!! Also we were surprised to pay 30 euro tourist tax on top of the villa cost - not a lot but this could maybe be mentioned on the Homeaway website. - we did not have to pay this on the other property which was also booked through Homeaway.
Having said this the house had everything we neeeded, a beautiful upstairs terrace to sit and read plus a terrace outside the kitchen to eat breakfast when the sun was shining!!
Just one more problem we had which was probably our own fault but we arrived at the wrong Lecchi at first - not that far away but maybe again worth a mention on your website!!
Great Stay; Great Hosts; Great value
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this home in Lecchi. The residence is located on a large property which the owners also have a home. There is complete privacy at the rental home, with a large terrace with lounges at the rear and an outdoor eating area off of the kitchen. We have 2 large dogs who loved the property and house and the owners' 2 friendly Great Danes (which mind their own business on their side of the estate). Our only wish would be a more user-friendly kitchen with more lighting and a bigger refrigerator (we are American, so our experience is bigger). This is not a problem, however, and we adjusted without issue. The bedrooms are large and the bathrooms are beautifully tiled. The house is very clean.
The owners are a wonderful couple who genuinely care that you have a good experience on your visit. We loved talking to them although our Italian is pico and our Deutsche is zero. Juergen speaks English very well so never a problem. Thank you Juergen and Dana, our family had a wonderful time and we hope to visit again!
Wir haben mit unseren Hunden eine wunderbare Zeit in diesem schönen Haus mit tollem Garten verbracht. Sehr nette Vermieter alles schön sauber und großzügig. Die Gegend lädt ein zu Spaziergängen und kleinen Wanderungen. Wir werden sehr gerne wiederkommen.
Erholsame Zeit im Chianti
Das Haus hat optimal für unsere Bedürfnisse gepasst.
A wonderful house in a very beautiful setting. Close to Sienna and Chianti villages. The house is clean, spacious and comfortably equipped. We had a great stay.
Dave & Lina
Dear Dave and Lina,
We are happy, that you spent a good time in our house!
Geräumiges Haus mitten in den Bergen des Chianti
Die Kommunikation mit dem Vermieter verlief reibungslos. Im Haus war alles vorhanden, was es für einen Aufenthalt braucht. Eine Flasche Wein sowie Olivenöl standen als Willkommensgeschenk bereit. Auch Holz war ausreichend vorhanden, um den Kamin aufzuheizen. Die Aussicht über das Tal war wunderschön und im Ort Lecchi fanden wir neben Dingen für den täglichen Gebrauch auch einige Spezialitäten der Region sowie eine ausgezeichnete Auswahl an guten Weinen. Ausgezeichnete Restaurants sind in der nahen Umgebung zu finden.
Casanova di Ricavo lies in the midst of old trees on the shoulder of a Chianti hill with a scenic look over the Colli senese richly covered with woods, vineyards and olive groves. It lies only a few walking minutes above the picturesque medieval village Lecchi, which belongs to the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti.
The immediate surroundings offer many travelling possibilities. In a 10-minute drive you reach f.e. Radda, the historical principal place of the ‘Lega del Chianti’, in day trips you can discover Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Montalcino or Pienza.
In Lecchi you will find a small grocery store with many local culinary specialties as well as a bar, where you can start the day with a typical Italian espresso. There is also a restaurant, which offers typical Toskanian dishes. As a guests of the house you have the possibility to try the products coming from our own farm: wine, olive oil ‘extra vergine’, Vinsanto and red wine vinegar.
In the hot season you can jump into the "pozze", which can get reached within fifteen minutes walking downhill. Le pozze are basin-like shaped potholes, that were eroded into the rocky ground of the Toscanian mountain.