As a group of us are nearing another adventure in this beautiful region, I was looking back over my previous reviews and I was surprised to discover that I had never reviewed our stay at Villa il Castellaccio in June 2013.
Having had a number of options for large villas when we rented this property, we found the location to be exactly what we were looking for, but more importantly, it had a large number of rooms, each one with its own private bathroom (which was high on our list), and it also had a washer / dryer. But that's just for starters. Situated in Greve in Chianti, our group of ten (5 couples) were privileged to have been able to secure this villa and our host Leonardo was as gracious as you would hope for. He welcomed us upon our arrival, gave us the grand tour of his villa, pointed out all of the key items to ensure we were comfortable before his departure, and even made arrangements for our first evening after a long day of traveling so have an executive chef prepare a fabulous Tuscan meal for us - which we then proceeded to wash down with a dozen bottles of wine (over a 5 hour period of course). The villa is nestled in a wonderful vineyard complete with olive trees, and a fabulous view of the rolling hills which are typical of a postcard photograph (I've included a couple here for reference).
There was nothing left to chance, we had the full run of the villa, access to his wine cellar (if needed and we ran out of purchases from the local store), a large pool, outdoor patio, BBQ, lounge chairs - and so on, as you can appreciate from my description so far. We visited the Co-op in the village which is a very large supermarket that had all of the ingredients / supplies we would need for breakfast and lunches (which we rarely had at the property as we were out and about), and Leonardo gave us excellent recommendations for local restaurants in the area that were all within 30 minutes or less.
We would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone with a large family or group of friends. It has everything for the discerning traveler, and it is in a great location for touring several excellent towns and villages in the region. Cannot wait to be back again in May / June again this year when we will continue our journey into Umbria.
Grazie mille Leonardo for the wonderful hospitality !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Panoramic location in the heart of Chianti at Lucolena near Greve, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Villa il Castellaccio makes an ideal homebase for relaxing in the quiet of nature but also being near to famous Tuscan cities: Florence, Siena, SanGimignano, Arezzo it’s great for day trips ,exploring medieval villages along the way. The Structure has a Villa with a private garden and pool and 4 apartments sharing another terrace and pool. ... more less