Lovely room with own bathroom in family house; independent access, private terrace, opening out onto garden where deer roam and birds sing. A secluded and peaceful location, immersed in countryside, opposite a 10th century fortified village.
Our house is an oldish (about 150 years) farmhouse that we have spent the last sixteen years renovating. This has been a massive labour of love and I think (hope) we have pretty much finished. The result is a house that is Comfy and Rustic rather than House and Garden, but we are very happy with our work.
In the summer the house has sun all day from dawn until about 4pm. From then on you have to go up into our olive grove above the house to get the rays.
All around the house there is land with a somewhat haphazard flower garden, woodland and olive groves. There is also a stream at the bottom of the hill. I say stream - in winter, or when it rains a lot, it is a raging torrent, whereas in the summer it is a trickle, but it's very picturesque.
The best thing about our house, in my opinion, is the silence and the incredible bird song of an evening. Also the stars in the nighttime. The trees. The garden is pretty nice too, although somewhat unkempt. It is definitely a place to relax and unwind. And walk. There are some wonderful walks around here, some of which I have even recorded on a hiking trails app so you can download them and not get lost!!!
Oh, the room - cosy (estate agent speak for small) but lovely. Opens out onto its own little terrace in the garden. Clean, comfortable, fresh linen. There is a MOSQUITO NET too - this is an important feature, not to be sneezed at.
The bathroom is spacious and has a shower and bidet. Towels and soap are provided. And it's bright blue. (I just threw that in there to pad the description out a bit…)
As we are often out at work in the mornings We don't provide breakfast but when you arrive you will find orange juice, tea, coffee, sugar, milk and fruit. There is a fridge, and an electric kettle, french coffee press, plates, glasses, cutlery, bottle opener. Anything else you need please just ask!
There is a barbecue in the garden that you can use whenever they like.
The road - to reach our house by car there is a pretty disastrous road - about 1km of non asphalted road of which the last 400m are 'rugged'. This is a perfect deterrent for burglars (fast getaways would be impossible) and I do it every day countless times in my Renault Twingo with no problems, but if I had some kind of fancy BMW I would probably have to sell up and go elsewhere. Then again, if YOU had a fancy BMW you probably wouldn't want to stay in my cheap and cheerful room. Anyway, the crux of the matter is the road is bad - don't say I didn't warn you!
WIFI - yes, we are now wi-fied. I resisted for a while as I was afraid that my kids would turn into brain-dead zombies if we had a constant supply of WEB, but I realised that our guests' needs are greater so wifi is go. Be warned though that we are in a iffy network zone, so when a cloud passes by the connection grinds to a halt. This could be a problem if you need to do 24 hour online trading, but if you just need to check your messages, make online reservations and lurk on social media sites then you're laughing.
You have your own room and private bathroom. This is attached to our house but accessed independently from our part.
Outside the room there is a private terrace but we might be wandering around the garden, so please warn us in advance if you intend to do any sunbathing 'au natural'.
Interaction with Guests
Our household consists of four human elements - me, Giovanni and our two teenagers. There are also animals - we have Billy the dog and various cats, some official and some unofficial.
We're all very friendly, laid back and easy. (Unless you leave cigarette butts around - see house rules - then I turn into a screaming harpie).
If you've read this far you might have gathered that I'm English. Questionable sense of humour - Giovanni my companion is from Greve. He's the family cook, so we complement each other pretty well (in other words if I was the cook and we had to put up with his non sense of humour we'd be bloody miserable).
We live in the house and will be present during the your stay, although we will both be out at work most of the time.
I am happy to talk about anything and everything and am a mine of useful information about the area. I am more than happy to suggest itineraries and make reservations or anything else that helps you get the most out of their stay here.
If you want to be left alone then that's fine too!
This is a wonderful location as we are immersed in the countryside, but not isolated as we are a five minute walk from the village of Montefioralle (one of the most beautiful villages in Italy) and a twenty minute walk from the popular market town of Greve in Chianti.
Montefioralle has a bar and a couple of excellent restaurants. In Greve there are shops, a supermarket, banks, restaurants, bars. Everything you need. There is also a market on Saturdays which is very jolly and busy.
What else do people do around here - well wine making is pretty much the raison-d'être of the Chianti area so wine tasting is a must. There are even a couple of vineyards within walking/staggering distance…..
From Greve there are regular buses to and from Florence and the journey takes about an hour. Unfortunately there is not a good public transport network in Chianti, so if you are travelling without a car you would always need to take the bus up to Florence to then get a train or bus to wherever.
I am very happy to pick people up from the bus stop and take them back at the end of their stay. I do this at no extra charge and am very happy to do so!
If you do have a car we are very centrally placed in the Chianti area for taking day trips out to San Gimignano, Siena, Pisa, Lucca and even Arezzo.
Other Things to Note
Lastly, for a small consideration, the cook (i.e. Giovanni) can make a delicious tuscan meal that you can partake of at our rustic kitchen table, en famille, as it were. If this is of interest please contact me for more information.
Why would you want to come and stay in our rustic heaven? - Peace, quiet, wonderful walks. Friendly hosts.
No wild parties or carousing into the early hours.
Please remember to lock the door when you go out.
You can sit outside and smoke, but please don't throw cigarette butts into the garden. An ashtray is provided.
Don't squash insects.
Use water sparingly.
Julia met us in a designated spot as we had a hire car and we followed her to her lovely little Tuscan getaway. The room was cute and comfy, and the garden and view great. Loved having all the cats and billy around too. Julia was very helpful and friendly too. Thanks for having us!
My wife and I had a great stay at Julia's retreat. Out in the nature and quiet. Loved waking up to the sound of birds chirping every morning. Julia was an excellent host, excellent communication and eager to assist with any question. Picked us up and dropped us off at the bus stop. Room was perfect, comfortable and clean with great facilities for coffee, tea and cereals, even made a barbecue the one evening. Lovely walks to Montefioralle and Greve in Chianti. All in all an excellent stay and highly recommend Julia's retreat if you need to escape the bustling city life for a while. Thanks again Julia!
We had a great time at Julia's place! It's peaceful and beautiful, the room is just perfect and has everything you need. The pets are delightful :) It's a longish walk from the main market square and Julia was kind enough to save us a couple of those walks as well as bring us to and from the bus stop. Charming Montefioralle is close by and a must visit as is the town of Greve itself. The room is the perfect getaway from big city tourism! Thanks for a lovely stay Julia :)
It was a wonderful room that we stayed in, private with its own entrance. Very clean with a bowl
of fruit, plates, olive oil,etc. Giovanni was kind enough to make us an amazing Tuscan style dinner from scratch! He and his son ate with us as Julia had an emergency trip. There was a bottle of the best wine ever waiting for us and we were picked up and dropped off as well. Their daughter made the BEST lemon cake and their son was equally as welcoming. We highly recommend staying with Julia. You will feel at home but with all the privacy that you could ask for!
This place is exactly what we need. Get away from the city, enjoying the silence, and peace. The host family is helpful and friendly. Hope to come back to such a beautiful place again when Autumn comes.
We absolutly loved our stay with the Julia and her family. We felt very welcome and we had a very tasteful dinner from Giovanni in their family kitchen. The room is perfect and cosy. With good weather the view from the terrace is amazing. A perfect place to visit Florence and Siena and many other cities.
Julia and Giovanni's place was so lovely! From pick up at bus stop to drop off at bus stop ( thanks Giovanni!) they were both so hospitable. We had a great private room with breakfast foods provided, a yummy meal- with homemade wine from Giovanni's father and lots of help getting around Greve and planning for Firenze! Couldn't have asked for a better way to start our holiday! Thank you both!!
I'm Julia, transplanted from London many, many years ago and now firmly rooted here with my companion and our two children.
I'm definitely not a great traveller, but I love having travellers come to our place and tell me about where they're from and where they've been.
I love to garden and grow vegetables, I knit obsessively and I walk a lot, and slowly but surely I am studying astrosophy.