Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3667: Owner, La Croce Tuscan Farmhouse
2bed/2bath house near Greve in Chianti, Tuscany Chianti
May 2008, 1 week
La Croce is an old house located in Chiocchio in Chianti. This little village five minutes from Strada in Chianti and ten minutes from Greve in Chianti, is a small village of about 2000 people. The antique house is located on a hill surrounded by olive trees and grape vines, about one kilometer from the main road SS 222. The location was a perfect combination of privacy and convenience. One kilometer away was the little village. There is a café a restaurant and a small grocery store. It is definitely worth going for a little stroll down to the village, although the hill part of the stroll might be a bit difficult. All the locals from the area would go for the “passeggiata.” They must know that is the best way to experience and enjoy such a gorgeous place.
As mentioned above, the little village is about one kilometer away. It might be a bit too long of a walk for many, but my husband and I enjoy walking. The café was filled with locals in the mornings, and the sound of the Italian language was something I enjoyed very much. The restaurant of the village had very good food, although there was no outdoor seating. The grocery store in the village was expensive. However, a ten minute drive to Greve in Chianti would find you the “coop”, where groceries were much cheaper.
The house was built in 1689. One side of the house was noticeably redone, and we discovered that it had been bombed during the first World War and rebuilt by a local constructor of the town. The house was in perfect condition, peaceful and quiet. The only enjoyable sounds were the unrecognizable voices and laughter of nearby houses in the evening. Crickets and frogs are the peaceful sounds you hear in the evenings, from the nearby lake. This was the only rental in the house. There were no other rentals around.
A patio off the walk in kitchen was available. It was large, with a big table. Some sort of roses were immediately off the patio, but unfortunately not in bloom when we were there.
The rest of the garden was composted of olive trees and fruit trees. We were told to eat all the fruit we could.
The furniture was in good shape and comfortable. Chairs were available for both inside and outside seating. The house was very clean and tidy.
The master bedroom was large with a gorgeous view of the church and castle. The windows had screens. The beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was adorable. The view from the bathroom was the “Castello di Mugnana.” It was the ideal size for a bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet.
The second bed room was smaller than the master bedroom, but still a very good size. Off this bedroom there was a gigantic bathroom, with two sinks, a bathtub, the toilet and bidet, and the washer.
The kitchen was the best part of the whole house. It was a large built-in kitchen, with an island in the middle. There were enough pots and pans of good quality. It was a pleasure cooking in this Italian kitchen. There were two sinks, and a dishwasher. To the side there was a fireplace and a large table where you could eat. However we always used the outside patio since it was so convenient to use.
Problems or Bonuses
The house was very large, and although it is only a two bedroom house, it can easily hold many more guests. We felt like we were living in a palace for the week we were there.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We dealt directly with the owners of the house who were very helpful in all occasions. The husband, who was on site to great us was extremely nice. His English was perfect with his little Italian accent. The published information on the site accurately described the house.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We are already planning our next trip to Italy and planning on staying at “la Croce” again. We highly recommend it.
Things to do in this area
There are two many things to do in the area to explore everything in one trip. Florence is 30 kilometers away, and there is a bus in the village which brings you directly down into the heart of the city so you do not have to worry about parking.
Greve in Chianti is an adorable little town ten minutes away, which is worth seeing on Saturday mornings when there is an outdoor market. Excellent place to go for dinner as well, since there is a gorgeous piazza where you can walk around and enjoy your gelato after dinner.
Siena is an hour away, and definitely a place to visit. Also cities such as San Gimignano, Pienza, Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo are all at a reasonable distance to visit from here. The Mediterranean sea is about an hour away and is worth visiting.
So, as you can see, one week in this gorgeous house in the heart of the Chianti Hills is not enough to explore everything around.
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