Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3641: Owner, La Croce Tuscan Farmhouse
2bed/2bath house near Greve in Chianti, Tuscany Chianti
2006, One month
In 2006, we had the opportunity to travel through Europe on a lecture series. We were looking for a peaceful setting in which to spend a month in Chianti and have our children join us for part of our stay. We found our peaceful setting at La Croce.
Set in the midst of vineyards and olive groves, La Croce is a restored farmhouse close to the Via Chiatigiana in Chiocchio. There are stone farmhouses nearby, a restored fienile just up the road and the historical church of San Donato in Mugnana.
We walked every morning to the bar in town or the restaurant Locanda Il Gallo to have coffee and listen to the strong Tuscan dialect of the workmen preparing for their days in the fields, neighbors greeting neighbors, mothers buying a panino for Alessandro or Luisa to take to school for merenda.
There is a small grocery store in Chiocchio if one runs out of milk, but we did our weekly shopping in Greve at the supermarket. We also frequented Falorni, the butcher shop in piazza Matteotti selling cinghiale sausages, and the bakery for fresh bread.
Restaurants are within a ten, fifteen minute drive serving simple Tuscan meals.
La Croce was built in 1693 and is under the auspices of La Belle Arte, the landmark preservation society.
The walled terrace leads to the kitchen. The second floor has two en suite bedrooms, two long sitting areas and a recycling fireplace. La Croce looks out over the vineyard countryside, the 17th century church of San Donato and the castle of Mugnana.
The private terrace is where we enjoyed Chianti wine watching the sunset before dinner with our family. There was a mosaic tiled table with chairs in addition to lounge chairs for relaxing (which we sometimes moved under an olive tree in the garden).
The sitting rooms upstairs had comfortable furnishings, love seats, high-back upholstered chairs with hassocks to fall asleep in while reading a book. The entire house was spotless.
The two master bedrooms had full/queen size beds. One bedroom had a bath with shower; the other a tub with shower. The linens, towels, kitchen rugs and towels were abundant and changed on a weekly basis.
The kitchen was grand. It had table and chairs for eight persons, a refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher. There were linen table cloths, napkins, extra wine glasses and kitchen knives that cut.
Problems or Bonuses
We were dismayed to find the computer was on dial-up, and we had to be patient with our correspondence. Once into the rhythm of life in Chianti, we relaxed.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Based on a referral from a trusted colleague who has stayed at La Croce, we reserved directly with the owner, Rita and Lino.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, we most certainly would stay again.
Lino and Rita are the most delightful people, very professional and accommodating.
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