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Historic Chianti house & ex-church with idyllic views, garden, nr Florence/Siena

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 3,444 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Near Florence & Siena, Sleeps 8, Views of Chianti hills, idyllic outdoor areas

Featured in 'Architectural Digest' magazine, this outstanding country house with attached former church is protected by the Italian Ministry for Culture for its historic and cultural significance, sleeps 8. Set in the idyllic Chianti countryside between Florence (c.26km) and Siena (c.40km). The pretty market town of Greve-in-Chianti, with a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants, is just 3km away.

A former church, with medieval origins, and attached stone villa, have recently been converted by a leading Italian architect and featured in Architectural Digest magazine. They sit at the heart of a tiny and ancient 'castello' (a fortified castle-hamlet), surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, woodland and open fields. The house enjoys serene vistas all around, stretching to the Apuan Alps 70 miles away. Leonardo da Vinci was inspired by the scenery here in his landscape painting.

The house is far more than just a rental property: it is a home, lovingly decorated by skilled Italian fresco artists, furnished with a stylish mix of antique and contemporary pieces collected from our travels all over the world. There are hand-painted Italian ceramics, hand-made glass, local wood and wicker work, the latest in Italian design bathrooms - beautiful objects that reflect a life well lived. The rooms are filled with flowers, fragrant soaps, books, CDs, sheet music, board games, films...and other simple pleasures to reflect 'la dolce vita'. There is an 1885 Bluthner grand piano in the main sitting room. Regrettably, the property is not suitable for children under 6 or those with mobility disabilities.

The cultural sites of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Montepulciano, Greve and the Chianti hill towns, medieval castles and wine estates are all nearby.

There are lovely outdoor swimming pools at Greve & seven interconnected pools at Quercegrossa.

Around the house are beautiful and extensive walking trails.

The area is very popular with cyclists and many itineraries are available.

Chianti is known for its outstanding wines and fine local cuisine.

House: 330sq.metres (total), on 2 main levels plus taverna.

Ground floor:

Impressive main sitting room in former church, leads to lovely covered loggia outside;

1 study-bedroom with double sofa-bed; shower room/toilet;

Second lounge/dining room (with table for 6), double doors to courtyard garden;

Farmhouse kitchen with large open fireplace, dishwasher, microwave;

Utility room (washing machine, dryer); guest toilet;

Lower ground:

Large taverna, with wine racks and dining table for 8;

First floor:

2 double bedrooms, 1 with en-suite shower room,

1 twin bedroom; guest bathroom (with shower).


In addition to the courtyard garden, there is a covered loggia for sitting outside, and a few minutes walk around vineyards takes you to the property’s field with fruit frees (suitable for ball games, etc.) and hillside woodland.

More Details

Convertoie Bookings
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Convertoie Bookings

The owner speaks English, Italian, some French, and has lived in Italy for many years.

Convertoie Bookings purchased this villa in 2011

Why Convertoie Bookings chose Greve in Chianti

The extensive views here (reaching to the Apuan Alps 70km away) inspired Leonardo da Vinci's landscapes. The setting is idyllic and timeless, the light ever-changing, each season with its magic. The house, being a former church and canonic with medieval origins, is architecturally stunning and historic, yet with all mod cons. The place combines utter peace and tranquillity with easy access to some of the greatest cultural sites in the world.

What makes this villa unique

Views and idyllic Chianti landscape, architectural features, stylish and high-quality decor, some of the best wines in Europe and great Tuscan food a stone's throw a way. Florence, Siena, art, history... What's not to like?

Guestbook comments from the owner

The property of the villa was breathtaking. Situated amongst typical Tuscan scenery in a historically significant location, Le Convertoie was a pleasure to stay at. We had a wonderful time waking up to the early calls of the roosters and finishing each day sipping the local wine! The location was splendid, for any Tuscan destination was short car ride away. Greve-in-Chianti, was also nearby and provided a great home base for travel. Kate was an amazing host and made sure that we were most comfortable with her house! Our stay here was unforgettable and hopefully we can return soon!
Apr 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Greve in Chianti in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3444 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 09:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • For rentals of three weeks or longer, payment is due 90 days in advance.
  • For rentals of over one week, please add 40 euro supplement payable locally for weekly change of bedlinen and towels.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 1st floor hall
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ground floor (adjacent to study-bedroom)
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Ground floor (adjacent to study-bedroom)
  • Stylish, modern, Italian-design shower rooms in travertine marble.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Study-Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Study-bedroom
  • 6 guests in 3 double or twin bedrooms, plus 2 on double sofa-bed in study-bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Golf, horse riding, hiking, wine-tasting & wine tours, cooking lessons, art lessons etc. all available on request.


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Historic Chianti house & ex-church with idyllic views, garden, nr Florence/Siena
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews

Most beautiful vacation property ever!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Le Convertoie was absolutely the highlight of our month in Italy. The photos shown in the listing are very accurate but do not come close to being there in person and having the history and the beauty of the house and its' surroundings wash over you. The property was very well maintained, and the personal touches of the owner's wonderful antiques and books make it easy to imagine that you are living there in your own very well-loved home. My personal favorite day was a day I stayed behind alone while the others went into Florence. Working in the wonderful Tuscan kitchen and looking through the door across the gorgeous landscape was a dream come true. And strolling through the dining room doors onto the terrace and just sitting and watching the birds soar in the quiet of the landscape was bliss as I had never imagined. Another in our group, a professional musician, was transported every time he sat down at the grand piano in the wonderful acoustically live music room. His joy of spending any spare moment at the instrument was our joy in listening. Kate kindly helped us with printing tickets for the Duomo and even met us with them in Florence near the Duomo. They were both kind and helpful in walking us through the house when we arrived and pointing out how various features work. We all enjoyed drives through the countryside and visiting several of the other Chianti villages and the drives up to the tiny villages of Lamole, Volpaia and Vertine. I would absolutely recommend this property to anyone I know and I would go back again in a heartbeat, given the opportunity. Thank you so much, Kate and Francesco, for giving us memories like we've never made before.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Suzie, We were very touched and absolutely delighted to read your review. I am so glad that you all enjoyed your stay at Le Convertoie, and that you filled the place with music and warmth all the time you were there. Do please come back very soon - do some painting, play the piano, read the books, listen to music, and drink some more Chianti whilst soaking in the views! You would be the most welcome visitors. We're looking forward to it, and I will tune the piano for you! Our warmest wishes from Italy, Kate & Francesco
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So good, we will be back again next year for our third stay 😊

  • 5 of 5

The second stay was even better than the first! We explored more of the hiking trails, enjoyed the serenity of the sunsets, and peaceful setting of Le Convertoie.

A day long walking tour with Kate of Florence was filled with many great hidden surprises, and Kate’s knowledge of the area is incredible.

Kate arranged an afternoon with Dario at Fattoria Tregole which Kate recommended, an entertaining afternoon with Dario’s storytelling and history of the area - and enjoyed the great food and wine of Fattoria Tregole. We also enjoyed a bike ride through the countryside with Luca, a great way to see the area.

The location is perfect for day trips to many great towns in the area.

Thanks again Kate and Francesco for allowing us this incredible experience again. We are already planning our visit next year 😁.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really delighted that you had a lovely stay, and that you could find time to relax and to enjoy the local area and some of the endless hidden treasures of Chianti. Next year, you'll discover even more! We really look forward to welcoming you back like one of the family. Our warmest regards to you and yours, Kate & Francesco
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Minneapolis MN USA

A little piece of heaven in the Chianti countryside

  • 5 of 5

I read every review and did endless research so if that’s not your thing - just book this one. Happy to confirm it is all the good things everyone has already written about it and a great value for a group of lucky friends/family.

This home is the centerpiece of several adjacent houses/apts in a “hamlet” called Le Convertoie in a supremely idyllic setting. As one should expect with such a venerable old beauty, its a bit quirky. There are a few shared walls with neighbors. But its pretty much your sweet Tuscany dream come true (omg the CHURCH in the house). And it’s owned by hosts that make a great thing better. We wisely followed many of their local suggestions to get the most out of the surrounding area.

Personal favorites: mornings in the gorgeous back garden, with VIEWS and Italian coffee and roosters and cuckoo birds. Ristorante Lamole for views + great food/service. La Cantina in Greve for casual dining - great pizza/pasta and so friendly. So many sweet little hilltop towns close by, like Volpaia and Montefioralle and Panzano (The Butcher Cecchini!). Zoe, the super sweet dog next door. Gaia and Victoria, the chefs who came to our house for a fun evening preparing fresh pasta dinner and leftovers for the week. Scenic hikes to work off all the FOOD.

Kate and Francesco, thank you so much for a memorable week in your little piece of heaven (hi to Zoe).

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the trouble to write a review. It was such a pleasure to meet you and we do hope you'll come back soon! Warmest wishes from all of us, and a bear hug from Zoe!! Kate & Francesco
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Duxbury, MA near Boston, MA

Truly Gorgeous Villa and Superlative Hostess (Villa Veramente Splendida e Hostess Superlativa)

  • 5 of 5

Le Convertoie surpassed our expectations in beauty and convenience. It is conveniently located in the countryside of Chianti near Greve. There are beautiful views at sunrise and sunset from the terraces of the villa, and paths for hiking in the country. Vineyards on the property produce excellent Chianti wine, which one can buy during a stay.

As an owner and hostess for the property, Kate greatly exceeded my expectations for assistance during our visit. Kate is fluent in both English and Italian. She provided a document of several pages on places to visit such as medieval castles and medieval towns, recommended restaurants, local tips such as for parking, and contacts for cooking lessons. Before and during our visit, we exchanged numerous emails on various topics such as where to rent a car in Florence as well as driving directions to avoid the limited traffic zones (and fines) in Florence. At one point, she was even able to recommend a massage therapist in Greve for a couple of members of our party with aching backs. I enthusiastically recommend Le Convertoie, and would be happy to stay there in the future. This review is repeated below in Italian.

Le Convertoie ha superato le nostre aspettative in termini di bellezza e comodità. È situato nella campagna del Chianti vicino a Greve. Ci sono splendide viste all'alba e al tramonto dalle terrazze della villa e sentieri per escursioni in campagna. I vigneti della proprietà producono un eccellente vino Chianti, che si può comprare durante un soggiorno.

Come proprietario e hostess per la proprietà, Kate ha ampiamente superato le mie aspettative per l'assistenza durante la nostra visita. Kate parla fluentemente inglese e italiano. Ha fornito un documento di diverse pagine su luoghi da visitare come castelli medievali e città mediavale, ristoranti consigliati, consigli locali per esempio su parcheggiando e contatti per lezioni di cucinando. Prima e durante la nostra visita, abbiamo scambiato numerose e-mail su vari argomenti come il noleggio di un'auto a Firenze e le indicazioni stradali per evitare le zone a traffico limitato (e le multe) a Firenze. A un certo punto, è stata persino in grado di consigliare un massaggiatore a Greve per un paio di membri del nostro gruppo con le schiene doloranti. Raccomando con entusiasmo Le Convertoie e sarei felice di rimanere lì in futuro. Questa recensione è ripetuta di sopra in inglese.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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When heaven meets earth!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa just outside Greve...the stunning living room with acoustics that pay homage to whatever you choose to listen to, thenpeaceful loggia with views of stone homes in the distance, the sound of the river nearby, the neighbors dogs who welcome your return after a day of touring. Comfortable beds and linens... the total package that makes leaving a melancholy experience. Loved every second!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Warmest thanks for your kind review. We very much hope you'll return to Le Convertoie again in the near future, and look forward to welcoming you then. Kate & Francesco
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Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This villa was absolutely awesome. Firstly, the owners were VERY helpful, freindly, and approachable. You'll get an entire rundown of area towns and sites worth visiting. The kitchen is well-appointed, cozy, and his a history (the carved mantel stone is 1812 or thereabouts). From the kitchen you can enter the wine cellar, which is fantastic - cool, even older than the kitchen, and spotless; it's a perfect retreat from summer heat if you need it. From the kitchen you enter the dining room and what I would call a family room. We spent much of our time here just reading. These rooms exit onto a wonderful and well-furnished outdoor gravel patio with a view to die for across a small valley. The date on the stone block by the back door? 1752. The largest room is the living room, which used to be a of the original buildings on this ridge (further along the ridge used to be a watchtower for what used to be a small hamlet). This living room is SPECTACULAR. A piano, nice furniture, soaring vaulted ceiling, big screen TV, and parts of the old church are still 'built in". To complete the first floor there is a library. And two bathrooms. Upstairs are three very nice bedrooms and two bathrooms. Do I have any negatives about this villa? No. I will offer one word of caution: like much of Tuscany/Italy there are lots of small level changes...many rooms have a step or two up or down when entering/exiting. Best not to drink too much and walk around in the dark! We love the place. Would we go back? Absolutely.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review! We were delighted to know you all had a good time and do, please, come back again soon! Thank you for taking such good care of the house. My very best wishes to you all, Kate
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Castellina In Chianti
Badia a Coltibuono
Borgo di Badia a Passignano
San Gimignano
Castello di Meleto
Abbazia di San Galgano
Fattoria Castello Di Brolio
Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Florence (or Pisa)
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Ugolino Golf Course
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Monte Amiato or Abetone
Nearest Beach
70 Miles
Cecina or Livorno
Car: necessary

In glorious countryside yet close to Italy's most famous cultural attractions (Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti hill towns, Montpulciano, Montalcino, etc.). Wine tours, food markets, superb restaurants, cafes, extensive walking, communal pools in Greve, horse riding, Italian cooking lessons available on request.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
24 Jun 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Late Summer
25 Aug 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
10 Nov 2018 - 15 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
16 Mar 2019 - 3 May 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Late Spring
4 May 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
22 Jun 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
High Summer
20 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer
1 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Early Autumn
29 Sep 2019 - 25 Oct 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Late Autumn
26 Oct 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Final cleaning £120

SUPPLEMENT for groups of more than FOUR people: £15 UK sterling per person per night.
A Security Deposit (€ 300 or £250 sterling) is payable in cash on arrival, returned to you if no damages .
NOTE: The booking deposit (£250) is not refundable. Rate includes WiFi, bedlinen / towels, electricity, hot water.
Central heating (gas), if required (metered & charged per usage)
Additional cleaning is available on request.

CHECK IN: From 2.30pm
CHECK OUT: By 9.30am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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