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Mercatale Val di Pesa

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Luxury Chianti Villa Near a Small Town

Casa dei Frati

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About The Experience

Originally a medieval monastery, this luxury accommodation in Tuscany has evolved over time into the current lovingly restored farmhouse. Suitable for a large group or family, this farmhouse for rent in Tuscany is located in the Chianti wine region of Italy. The choice is yours to explore the countryside, the surrounding villages and towns, or stay home at your luxury villa in Tuscany and relax next to the pool and whirlpool.

Location Description

This villa is located on a hilltop near Mercatale Val di Pesa in Tuscany's Chianti Classico wine area. There are expansive countryside views over the olive groves, vineyards, and woods. This villa is private and tranquil with close proximity to local hill towns and within driving distance to Greve, Florence, San Gimignano and Siena. The nearby villages of Mercatale Val di Pesa and Montefiridolfi have a few shops, restaurants and cafes. Greve is a little town with a cute market square lined with porticos, the oldest part of the city from when it operated as a stopping place between Florence and Siena. It also has an art museum in the former convent of San Francesco. The area surrounding Greve is littered with picturesque villages, great for exploration, and there are also numerous castelli in the countryside that host wine tasting. The countryside surrounding Greve is also an excellent place to go walking, horseback riding, and bicycling. Florence, only 30 km away, is too tempting to miss! World-renowned for its art, culture, and architecture, you can immerse yourself in Florentine life in countless ways. Shop the Ponte Vecchio, marvel at the Statue of David, step back in time at the Pitti Palace, or tour the artistic wonders of the Uffizi Gallery. With all there is to see and do, don’t forget to spend an hour or two relaxing with a cappuccino in one of the squares before heading home.

Nearby Attractions: Mercatale Val di Pesa (shops, restaurants, cafes), Montefiridolfi (shops, restaurants, cafes), Greve, Siena, San Gimignano, Florence

Monteriggioni: 43 km/27 mi
Florence: 18 km/11 mi
Montefiridolfi: 6 km/3.5 mi
Mercatale Val di Pesa: 2km/1 mi
Exterior Description
(10,000 m2/107,639 ft2)

This vacation rental was originally a medieval stone and brick monastery. Over time, the monastery evolved into the current farmhouse which has been renovated recently (2006). Beautiful vineyards and olive groves surround the farmhouse as well as an extensive vegetable and fruit garden, which visitors are welcome to pick from. This farmhouse has a swimming pool (15m x 7.5m), open from early May to late September, and a whirlpool (cold water, only) area furnished with sun lounges, tables, and chairs with umbrellas. Near the swimming pool is a changing room with two showers and a WC and a fitness area. Barbecue for dinner or experience an ‘al fresco’ lunch on the shaded stone patio which is furnished with a table and chairs. Access to the property is via a dirt road and there is plenty of parking within the grounds.

Interior Description

(530 m2/5,705 ft2)
Ground Floor: This two-story villa has beautiful terracotta tiles and beamed ceilings throughout. There is a living room with a double sofa bed (available for an extra cost), satellite SKY TV, DVD player, and CD player. There is a dining area with a table for twelve people. There is a fully-equipped kitchen which features a microwave, oven, dishwasher. Five steps up from the living room you will find the first bedroom which has a queen-size bed (160 cm), air conditioning, a fan, and screens on the window. There is a bathroom with a sink, WC and shower. There is also a study situated between the dining room and kitchen which has a double sofa bed (available for an extra cost). This room does have curtains so that it can be separated from the other rooms.

First Floor: Going up a flight of stairs, there is a living room with a fireplace, satellite TV, and PC computer with printer. The master bedroom has a king-size bed (180 cm) and an en suite bathroom with a sink, WC and Jacuzzi tub. The second bedroom has two twin-beds (90 cm) which can be joined together, and an en suite bathroom with a sink, WC and Jacuzzi tub. The third bedroom has a queen-size bed (160 cm) and an en suite bathroom with a sink, WC and shower. The fourth bedroom has a queen-size bed (160 cm) and an en suite bathroom with a sink, WC and shower. There is also a separate WC. There is air conditioning on this floor.

Basement:There is a wine cellar and a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer, iron and iron board.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Cook Service: Upon request
  • Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
  • Laundry Service and Ironing: 12 Euros per hour
  • Transfer Service: Upon request
  • Sofa Bed: 200 Euros per person per week

Please Note:

  • This property can be rented under the name Casa dei Frati with Cottage to accommodate more people.
  • Air conditioning is only available in the upstairs bedroom.
  • Due to the stone steps connecting the two floors, this villa is not suitable to people with walking difficulties.
  • Housekeeping is provided for 3 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • Jacuzzi Tub - Inside
  • TV - Local Channels Only
  • Computer Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Mobile Telephone Available - Extra Cost
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Partial House
  • Fans Available - Upon Request
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Firewood Available - Included
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Safe
  • Housekeeping - Included

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Jan-02-2021 - Mar-13-2021 $10,395
1 wk
Mar-13-2021 - Jun-12-2021 $15,120
1 wk
Jun-12-2021 - Sep-11-2021 $17,325
1 wk
Sep-11-2021 - Oct-30-2021 $15,120
1 wk
Oct-30-2021 - Dec-18-2021 $10,395
1 wk
Dec-18-2021 - Jan-01-2022 $15,120
1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 1000 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen (Weekly Charge): 100 EUR
  • Weekly Cleaning Charge (Mandatory): 250 EUR
  • Arrival Fee (between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, Upon Prior Request) Payable upon Arrival: 100 EUR
  • Air conditioning: According to consumption
  • Electricity: According to consumption
  • Utility Deposit (Payable in Cash Upon Arrival) - Weekly Charge: 500 EUR
  • A sofa bed for an extra person is available upon request for the weekly rate of: 200 EUR per person
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption

Other Notes

  • Housekeeping: Usually available upon request
  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Arrivals (After 9:00 pm): Not Accepted

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Based on 6 Reviews

Customer Reviews

What a lovely villa! The location was perfect to get away from the crowds of Florence. Such a beautiful setting amongst the olive trees and vineyards nearby.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved hearing about the history of the property. For small children the pool was wonderful!
Enjoyed Least:
July heat means mosquito season. The property manager was very helpful trying to help mitigate them. However you have to decide between keeping the windows open to enjoy the fresh air, or run the A/C which is so expensive in Italy.
Surrounding Area:
We loved visiting some of the nearby vineyards and wineries. The Antinori vineyard is very close and worth a visit. The town of Mercatale is a lovely nice Coop market that is clean and has everything you might need. The baker in Mercatale is so patient when dealing with a non-Italian speaking tourist and has a nice selection of bread, pasteries and cheese.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Mercatale, five minutes by car.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bug spray and mosquito repellant in July. The property manager, Babeth will have great restaurant suggestions.
This is not an easy property to locate without GPS. Once you are off the main road there are a couple of turns...with GPS its easy and our rental car had no issues.
Check In Out:
Professional and prompt.

Cyndi, July

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Amazing. There were eight of us and we all had the same positive experience!

Maureen, September

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Casa dei Frati is like someplace out of a dream. We loved staying there and are already looking forward to returning. The house is utterly charming and very comfortably appointed. The grounds and views are beautiful, with ample outdoor "living" spaces. The staff (key holder, housekeeper, and gardener) were lovely and a great pleasure to interact with.
Enjoyed Most:
The house has been thoughtfully renovated while still retaining its architectural authenticity and unique historical vibe. We really had the sense that we were staying somewhere very special. We especially loved the grounds, the stunning views and the abundance of outdoor "living" and dining spaces. Having a pool house down at the level of the swimming pool was also very much appreciated. We were pleasantly surprised by the generous size of the property and the privacy it provided.
Enjoyed Least:
The main stairwell in the house is a tad unnerving if you have toddlers or young children in your group. It is a stone stairwell with a slight "downhill" pitch to the stairs. The dirt road leading up to the property becomes bumpy in the last 50 yards or so leading up to the house. Travelers are encouraged to rent small cars for driving in Tuscany, but as a results navigating the dirt road was challenging. Our small rental cars did not have the clearance to make it over the bumps (and deep trenches) without "bottoming out".
Surrounding Area:
The epic beauty and stunning views - olive groves and vineyards for as far as the eye can see. Tuscany feels like it exists on its own planet - it truly is a world apart. The villa is in a great location for a variety of day trips. The furthest we ventured was the Cinque Terre and even that was only about a 2 hour drive. We also enjoyed day trips to Florence, Siena, Volterra, Greve and a number of wonderful wineries. We particularly loved visiting and shopping in the nearby town of San Casciano in Val di Pesa - very sweet town.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa is situated about halfway between two hilltowns San Casciano in Val di Pesa (larger) and Mercatale (smaller). You could certainly walk to either town, but it would be a considerable hike roundtrip. I would not attempt to walk to the towns if I was going after groceries. In terms of food, there are more shopping options in San Casciano. The grocery store (Coop) is much larger here and a wonderful assortment of specialty shops (fresh pasta, butcher, cheese shops, etc.) can be found in this town. Mercatale does not have as many options and the grocery store (Coop) is considerably smaller, but it will do in a pinch.
Tips or Restaurants:
The house is well stocked in terms of standard household items, but if you're traveling with children bring some toys--pool toys, too. Casa dei Frati is a wonderful place to enjoy your own cooking - we loved eating al fresco at the large outdoor dining table.
We did not use a GPS as none were available for our rental cars. Having GPS might have made things easier, but we had to rely on the written directions provided by RentVillas. The written directions were fairly good.
Check In Out:
We very much appreciated Patrizia's (the key holder's) flexibility in accommodating the staggered arrival times of the members of our party and the challenge this presented in collecting everyone's passport photos for her. We also had early flights on the morning of our departure and Patrizia very kindly allowed us to handle the check out procedure on the night before our departure.

Keri, May

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