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Castello Di Colognole - Colognole Castle - Quaratesi

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

Description

Quaratesi

The Quaratesi apartment is on the second and third floors. On the second floor are two bedrooms, two modern baths with showers, as well as the kitchen and a large dining room with a fireplace. The third floor contains a third bedroom and a very large living room with a second fireplace. Architectural features include an entrance hallway with a vaulted ceiling and a private courtyard with a typical Tuscan loggia. The apartment has access to the lovely garden through the courtyard and another room.


About the property

Authentic castle of 12th C.

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:

- Housekeeping.

- Tuscany cooking lessons.

- Cook available for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

- Oil and wine produced by owner.

- Bicycles for hire.

More Details

Owner
Rosita Ricci
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

Available Rentals

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Notes

A 30% deposit is required when the reservation is confirmed by us. The deposit should be made by wire transfer. In case of cancellation made more than 30 days prior to the arrival date, 50% of the deposit will be returned. The deposit is forfeited when the cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to arrival date.
Final payment is due 30 days before arrival by wire transfer or by PayPal.


Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Greve in Chianti in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • castle
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Beverly - 1 Large Double Bed
    Lina - 1 Large Double Bed
  • EQUIPMENTS FOR CHILDREN, LIKE COT, HIGH CHAIR, ETC. ARE AVAILABLE
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • tennis

Reviews

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average rating of 4.981818 based on 55 reviews
5

Fairytale getaway

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed at Castello Di Colognole with my husband, two kids (2 and 5 years old) and another couple. We stayed in the Quaratesi apartment. From the moment I booked the property Rosita was incredibly friendly and hospitable. She always replied to any communication promptly and made sure we knew how to get there and how to contact her. When we arrived none of us could believe the beauty of the property. The pictures do not do it justice. The castle is on a hill and overlooks a vineyard. The view from the back garden is spectacular. The apartment itself had everything we could have possibly needed. The rooms were spacious. The bathrooms were clean. The decor was beautiful and to top it off, the view from every window was breathtaking.

The town of Greve was a short drive from the castle so we could easily get groceries or go there for dinner. Rosita and Rita were delightful to talk to and were there to help us with recommendations and anything else we needed. We felt like we were staying on a movie set for 4 days. Our stay here was definitely the highlight of our ten day trip to Italy. If we ever are lucky enough to come back to Greve, I will only stay at Castello Di Colognole.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Magical

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was one of the high points of our two week family exploration of Italy. For two days we took a step back in time, soaked in the beautiful vistas and history of the castle while imagining the lives lived here through the centuries, and enjoyed an authentic Tuscan experience. The amenites are simple with rustic farmhouse charm. Rita and Rosita were the most gracious hosts, very kind and helpful. Rosita even made a special trip to town to buy milk for our grandson. Originally we only asked Rita to cook one night for us, but after the spectacular Tuscan dinner she made for us the first night we were hooked and did not bother to eat anywhere else! All vegetables and herbs were picked straight from the garden, the red wine was from their own vineyard, homemade jams from their own fruit trees, and when asked to prepare Tuscan wild boar stew for us Rosita was able to produce that, too, from her own reserve of meat. A truly special place run by two very special women.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Experience in Greve in Chianti

  • 5 of 5

Our family of spent four blissful days in the Castello Di Colognole July 7-10, 2017. We cannot say enough about our experience there. It was completely unique, and so relaxing that we really didn't want to leave. We look forward to coming back, and really hope that we get the chance.

First, the hospitality:

Rita and Rosita Ricci (two sisters who run the Castello) welcomed us on arrival – texting us along the way to be sure we knew where to go. We happened to be the only guests there at the time, and they made us feel right at home. We arrived late and they recommended a nearby restaurant that turned out to be one of the best meals of our two weeks in Italy. They shared information about the very historic property and the region, and made sure we had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. They live on the property and are accessible whenever needed.

Next, the property:

This is literally a stone castle dating back 1000 years, perched on hilltop overlooking miles of gorgeous vineyards, orchards and farms. Parts of the property have evolved over time, but it very much retains its character. The owners have not turned it into a hotel, but have created several very unique apartments within the original building. The furnishings are appropriately a mix of old and regional furniture that has not been 'over-modernized' in a way that would affect the true charm of the place. It is not fancy, so if you need matching dishes and a swimming pool, this may not be the place for you. This place is best suited for those who want to experience Chianti in a very relaxed and authentic setting.

I was initially worried that our 12 and 13 year-old sons wouldn't appreciate the environment as much as my wife and I, but they loved it every bit as much. They quickly found out that the owners have two dogs, a few cats in the garden, and six turtles. The boys played with the animals and kicked soccer balls in the yard, and swam at the public pool down the road. We hiked, sketched and read under the huge shady trees in the garden. We did a day trip to San Gimiano, visited the local farmers market and some of the neighboring villages, and hiked in the hills adjoining the property. All great, though I’d recommend visiting some of the local small towns over San Gimiano.

Honestly, this was the most relaxing four days my wife and I can remember.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Heaven in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

I never knew this place was on my bucket list until the day we arrived. I cannot possibly express how incredible Colognole Castle is. It is beautifully perched at the top of a hill, overlooking the vineyards of Greve, the neighboring medieval town of Montefioralle (must see), lush gardens, and breath taking Tuscan hills. There are simply no words to capture the stunning evening views from the beautiful gardens of Castello Di Colognole ...Heaven in Tuscany!

I did not believe there could be any way to make Castello Di Colognole any better until we met Rosita and Rita! Rosita and Rita manage the castle and are the most thoughtful, caring, and sweetest hosts you could ever imagine! My husband and I came with our 3 children ages 18, 19, and 20. They immediately made us feel like we were home with family, the functional ones that is. :-)

Our family was lucky enough to stay at Colognole Castle for 5 out of our 21 nights in Europe. By far this was the highlight of our trip (Barcelona, France, Firenze, Amalfi Coast, and Rome) throughout Europe. From the great Chianti wine made from the Colognole Castle vineyards, home cooked meals created by Rita that are AMAZING (set up in advance), to the the private cooking lessons that Rita gave our children in her own kitchen...priceless!

I could go on and on about the incredible experience and memories that were made during our stay with Rosita and Rita. Instead, I will use my energy to talk my husband to death about the fact that we need to book our next stay at the castle or move there permanently if possible! :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible!

  • 4 of 5

Calling this castle our home away from home was an incredible experience! The grounds and view are absolutely beautiful. We were warmly welcomed and really enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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REVIEW – CASTELLO DI COLOGNOLE – Under the Tuscan sun – an experience to cherish

  • 5 of 5

We have just completed a wonderful 15 days living at the castle. Our hosts, the very kind, generous, and caring sisters, Rita Meiners and Rosita Ricci, are an absolute delight and made our holiday very special.

Our apartment had fabulous views over the rolling Tuscan hills and valleys, the nearby flourishing vineyards and olive groves, the assorted farmhouses with their stately pencil pines and cypresses forming part of the architecture, and an ancient walled hilltop town in the distance. It was a great joy to awaken each day to this beautiful and tranquil landscape. The apartment was spacious and catered to all our needs. The local market town of Greve-in-Chianti with its charming piazza and a history dating back to the middle-ages is a half hour walk away, or a five minute drive. We visited daily for coffee and treats.

There is so much to see in the Chianti region, the heart of Tuscany. Despite plans to explore widely we enjoyed the locality so much that we rarely ventured more the 30 km from the castle. Every day in this beautiful setting was filled with the pleasure of immersing ourselves in the traditional landscape and learning from Rosita some of this area’s history, traditions and legends added to our appreciation. Not to be missed is sitting in the castle’s beautiful garden gazing out across the Tuscan landscape. It is peaceful and soothing environment. We regularly ate lunch in the garden and it also quickly became our favourite space to relax at the end of a day’s exploring.

One of the highlights of our stay was the opportunity, which we took on several occasions, to experience Rita’s exceptional cooking. Rita is a truly gifted cook and passionate about organic and seasonal fruit and vegetables. The four course meals we enjoyed in her home, served with the castle’s own wine, were absolutely stunning. We also had an educational and joyful cooking lesson with Rita which we will long remember.

The castle is a magical, enchanting place that will leave memories to cherish for years to come.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
24 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Leghorn
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Firenze - Certosa
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: necessary

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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