About the property
- Apartment1614 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Mininum Stay2 nights
It features a private courtyard, shared garden, free WIFI
Two charming apartments in an authentic castle dating back to 12th C. in the typical green hills of Chianti Classico. The castle has undergone various restorations over the centuries which have highlighted its architectural features giving it a particular charm and giving its structure an aura of olden times. The castle itself is very picturesque, built in stone in a square hill overlooking Greve in Chianti. It has a peaceful and a dominating position in front of Montefioralle Castle. From the garden and the windows you have a magnificent, panoramic view of rolling Chianti hills, olive groves and vineyards. The apartments have use of a large lovely private garden (450 m²). The Colognole Castle is ideally located for short day trips to all of the sights of Tuscany. Florence is an hour away by car or reliable, comfortable bus service, the recommended way to visit the great city. Siena is about 1 hour and half by car.
The castle: The Colognole Castle has undergone several restorations over the centuries which have highlighted its architectural features giving it a particular charm and giving its structure an aura of olden times. The castle itself is very picturesque, built in stone in a square surrounding on a hill overlooking Greve in Chianti. It has a peaceful and a dominating position in front of Montefioralle Castle.
The garden: From the garden and the windows you have a panoramic view over the surrounding green hills with olive trees and vineyards. The owners spent long time to choose particular type of plants from three generations. In early June, the wild jasmine and herbs in bloom, adding another magical touch.
General amenities: On request: to be agreed when booking and to be paid directly on the spot:
- Tuscany cooking lessons.
- Cook available for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Oil and wine produced by owner.
- Bicycles for hire.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 09, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Our castle in the clouds! Can't wait to return.
We chose this location midway between Florence and Siena for the accessibility of sights in the region. We ended up falling in love with it because of all it had to offer on its own. The castle is singular in beauty and the panoramic view from the garden brought tears to my eyes the first morning. Rolling hillsides are lined with grapevines and olive trees (we enjoyed the Colognole olive oil and Chianti wine throughout our stay.) On our final day our four children (ages 7, 9, 9 and 10) helped collect olive branches to burn in a bonfire just below the walled garden. Seriously, so cute. The courtyards and towers had me itching to pull out paper and paint to capture the stunning beauty of this romantic location and the interior was immaculately clean and comfortably furnished with stacks of books and comfy seating beckoning. We stayed in the Bocca suite (I think that's the name?) with a large kitchen perfect for cooking and a door to the gardens. The sitting room with a fireplace large enough for the whole family to stand in was a favorite cozy nook as we had unseasonably cold weather for March. Our kids bunked together easily (with their own bathroom) up a short flight of stairs and we were tucked cozily in a small bedroom perfectly appointed for two. Rosita and Rita made wood available to us for fires in the fireplace and were very helpful in making sure the home was warm enough for us all after our days of touring the countryside. La Cantina downtown was a perfect dinner spot that offered affordable fare, a terrifically friendly staff, a charming stone interior and unlimited gluten free options (not always easy to manage in Italy!) The outdoor market in the square on Saturday morning was a charming shopping experience where locals and tourists gather to buy fruits, meats and even clothing. Throughout the week the town offered small stores filled with pottery, cured meats, gelato and more. An easy bus ride from Greve to Florence allowed us to see all the sights without the hassle of parking. We also visited Pisa (boring town but ah, the tower...), San Gimignano (love!), Siena (LOVE!), and Monte Fiorelle (so cute.) Each evening we were charmed again by the warmth of our sweet hostesses who were always available but never intrusive, as well as our century-old castle. We can't decide whether to return on our own for a romantic getaway for two or to invite friends to rent the other apartments for a huge Chianti Tuscany fest. Either way, perfetto!
First of all many thanks for your great review. We appreciate your comments very much and wish to let you know that to learn that your stay at the Colognole Castle was a positive stay is a great gift for us. It has been a great pleasure for us to meet you all and look forward to your return. A strong hug to the parents and to their wonderful four children. Ciao!
Dream come true in Tuscany
It's fantastic. The castle is beautiful, the oldest in Chianti. The apartments are charming, although the ground level floor is better in my opinion. Rosita and Rita were the perfect hosts and we left feeling as if we had made friends. Rita cooked a delicious meal for us our first night which was perfect after a day of traveling. Rosita gave us a tour of the grounds and castle including the cellar which was fascinating. Views are fantastic!!
The castle is at least a mile from town so if you want breakfast, you should bring everything you need with you.
Also, soap for the shower was not provided and we didn't find a hairdryer, not a problem, just good to know in advance.
The driveway is steep to the castle, a little challenging the first time you drive it, but part of the adventure and after that we knew what to expect.
We only were able to spend 2 nights there but want to return for a longer time. Loved it. Thank you Rosita and Rita!!
The gardens and the views from this hilltop castle were awesome.
We are two retired couples from the USA who have been to Italy several times and have visited all the major tourist sites so we decided to stay 10 days in Greve and visit the surrounding small towns. The highlight of our trip was staying in the castle and having so much personal attention from Rita and Rosita. Our most memorable experience was having Rita cook for us and eating at the dining table in the garden.
Absolutely fabulous!! Our second time and Rosita and Rita made us feel like family.
This is a beautiful castle with unique features throughout, however, the views are spectacular and the host sisters, Rosita and Rita are lovely in every way. I highly recommend!
Amazing place, great hosts
From the moment we walked through the huge doors into the courtyard we were spellbound by the Tuscan charm. Given its a renovated heritage building the rooms are very comfortable and the views of the surrounding countryside are spectacular.
The hosts are very friendly and accommodating and will take cooking courses and sell you exclusive bottles of the delicious family wine made from the surrounding vines.
Highly recommended as a unique Tuscan experience.
An amazing experience
I stayed here for 3 nights in August with family (wife, 3 sons ages 12, 10 and 6).
It was the highlight of our trip to Italy.
The castle is spectacular. Even my kids could appreciate that we were staying in a special place. The apartment we stayed in was very spacious. My kids had the top floor all to themselves. My wife and I had the 2nd floor with a bedroom, sitting room and small kitchen with quaint courtyard. There was a living room on the first floor as well, along with a larger courtyard. But, we spent most of our time in the backyard, with a stunning view of the surrounding countryside, and a large wooden table under the shade of an enormous tree where we had most of our meals, including some that were wonderfully prepared by one of the proprietors. We also got to walk through their a section of their vineyard.
The proprietors made us feel like family and were very attentive to my kids comfort and needs.
The castle is located near Greve in Chianti, a nice town with a nice public pool that we took advantage of. The town is located ideally for trips to Siena and Florence, as well as other smaller towns.
Only negative was the mosquitos at dusk.
I can't wait to come back.
Dear wonderful family,
We enjoyed so much meeting you all and we are very thankful to have booked one of our apartments. Your satisfaction for the apartment and the surrounding makes us happy. It has been also a great opportunity for our 9 years old grandson to meet your kids. The only regret was your too short stay but we look forward to your return in a future not too far. All the best to all the family.
Colognole Castle is ideally located for short day trips to all of the sights of Tuscany. Florence is an hour away by car or reliable, comfortable bus service, the recommended way to visit that great city. Siena is about 1.30 h away by car to the south as is San Gimignano with its dramatic towers to the west. Colognole is perfectly located for day trips to Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo, Volterra, Perugia, Assisi and other Tuscan sites. There are many other lesser-known but equally charming Tuscan hill towns close by like Radda in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti , Castellina in Chianti, Volpaia.
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