Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1231: Chianti Cashmere, La Penisola
house and apartment on a farm near Radda, Tuscany Chianti
Oct. 2004, 5 days
Located in the beautiful hills of Radda in Chianti. Very private. Close to the main center of Radda. Radda is near Castellina in Chianti, Greve, Gaiole in Chianti. A great central location for day trips in your rental car.
Having a car is a must. La Penisola apartment is about 2-3 miles from the center of Radda. There is a COOP in Radda for groceries, although we picked up our groceries in Greve about 30 minutes away. There were restaurants in Radda although we ate at the same restaurant 2 nights because we enjoyed it so much!
Peaceful and quiet ..... YES! I think my heart rate and blood pressure dropped immediately when I saw this place. The apartment was in excellent shape. The owner, Nora Kravis, lives in the farm house connected to the apartment although you never heard anything, just the cute puppies barking or the beautiful cashmere goats "baaa-ing". It was heaven. There is also a farm house about 50 feet away that sleeps 6 (this is a rental too). Nora's farm overlooks the Volpaia valley. Her goats graze "free-range", the babies are so adorable! I cannot describe how beautiful and peaceful it is here.
There is a nice little area outside to sit and have coffee in the morning or to have wine in the afternoon or evening. This was private to the apartment, although Nora's outside sitting area is down a few steps but there are fig trees and other foliage that you don't even realize you have a neighbor. If you're lucky one of her adorable Bolognese dogs may sneak through the fence and visit with you! The farm house rental has a pool. She also lets you use her washing machine.
The apartment is small, but perfect for 2 people (a couple) as there is only one bed upstairs in the loft. Very comfortable bed (wonderful down comforter and extra quilts if needed). There are low hanging beams up where the bed is but after you've knocked your head on them a few times you don't do it again, **smiles**. There is a skylight over the bed. A treat on a clear night. Italian stars everywhere!!
Oh, I already mentioned the bed but I'll repeat again here, it was very comfortable. Fluffy down comforter and sheets crispy cleaned, line dried. Nothing better. The bathroom was small; toilet, sink and shower. Of course there were the lovely goat's milk soaps to use.
**just a note about the farmhouse that is also available for rent**. We were able to look around and this place is AWESOME. 3 bedrooms, full bathrooms (bidets, shower, ironing board, etc.). A full kitchen, fireplaces, dining area. Very nice. An ideal place for 2 or 3 couples or large family.
Adorable little kitchen area, gas stove top and small refrigerator (no oven). Plenty of pots and pans, utensils, dishes. Toaster oven, coffee pot (American style) also the cute little silver Italian style coffee pot (which we preferred).
Problems or Bonuses
No problems at all. After staying at the lovely apartment in Florence we weren't getting our hopes up, but once we walked into the La Penisola apartment we knew that this was even better. We absolutely LOVED it here. I cried when we drove away.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Nora usually would be there to greet you but she was out of town when we arrived. One of her staff from her shop walked us around to the apartment door and said "have a nice holiday, ciao" and that was that! Too funny. Nora is American so yes, she speaks English. We paid 80 Euro per night. Nora is very nice. She is a busy lady but took the time to answer our questions and give directions when needed. We really liked her a lot. She loves her goats and her dogs and is passionate about her business. We dealt directly with Nora when we booked the apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay here again, and again, and again. It was the most beautiful and peaceful place I'd ever stayed. We found printouts from the SlowTrav.com site amongst the books, etc. that other travelers had left behind). Great minds think alike I guess!!
Things to do in this area
Radda has a lot of nice shops and restaurants. We ate at Pizzeria Trattoria Da Michele twice! We loved our waitress Francesca, a real sweetheart. Day trips to San Gimignano, Colle Val D'Elsa, Volpaia are very easy and not too far away. This was a great central location for our time in Chianti.
Nora has a small shop/distribution center just up the road from the farmhouse. You can buy her cashmere, handmade blankets, scarves, goatsmilk soaps, cashmere washing soap. Beautiful items. Great gifts! I wish I had bought more soaps.
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