Radda in Chianti, Siena, Italy
A large Family villa and pool within walking distance of a charming Chianti village
- Sleeps 14
- 7 bedrooms
- Private Pool
Docciole was designed by the owners to accommodate visits from their large family - it manages to provide large communal spaces as well as give private areas to various parts of the building, together with individual kitchens. Everybody can congregate upstairs in the enormous living room or kitchen, but if you'd like a little quiet time just make your own breakfast and re-join the fray when you've charged your batteries. Together with its proximity to a fantastic village in Chianti, Radda, with excellent restaurants and cafes, this makes it a perfect location for a large family gathering, or a group of friends....
There are several entrances into the large farmhouse, perhaps the most obvious being up the well-trod stone steps to the top floor. Immediately through the front door one is drawn to the light flooding into the very large living-dining room to the right. With chestnut beams soaring over the dining area to double height, the sheer volume of air and light create a marvelously welcoming space. To one side of the dining table for 8 a wooden staircase rises to a mezzanine containing two single beds, while the far end of the living area has sofas set in front of an open fireplace and a doorway leading to a generous country kitchen. Modern appliances find a harmony with a cooking fireplace, bread cupboard and long refectory table and become, in time-honored tradition, the heart of this Tuscan home. Three double bedrooms are on this floor, one off the dining area and two down a side hall past a small study. All of the bedrooms are spacious and furnished with lovely fabrics and country antiques. The two bathrooms, one ensuite and one shared, make great use of terracotta, Tuscany's much beloved material.
Further accommodations are on the ground floor - four large bedroom suites, three double and one twin/double, each with a shower room, dining table, sufficient kitchen facilities to prepare a light meal and an independent access to the outdoors. While the ground floor of the farmhouse does not have an internal staircase to the top floor, three of the lower suites do interconnect, an ideal arrangement for a family unit. While the suites differ in look and layout, care has been taken to provide each with similar comforts.
The garden at the back of the house, planted in fragrant, flowering shrubs and shaded by towering oaks, extends the living space, for under a vine-draped pergola there is a table large enough for everyone to sit down to meals al fresco. There is a free-standing barbecue, a pizza oven, and sun beds to set on the wide lawn overlooking a raised pool bordered on one side by a wooden deck. Additional space is also available for group activities in a charming annex across the drive from the house.
Villa with a home cook and a garden nearby
With a very spacious country kitchen on the upper level and additional kitchen facilities in each of the four ground floor suites, it is easy to fashion meals for the whole group or for different ages. Yet a highlight of many a holiday is having a Tuscan cook come to the house and prepare a delicious meal. At Docciole a local chef produces a four-course dinner (€30/person; children under 8 yrs free) which features an antipasto, mixed grill, home-made pasta, fresh garden vegetables and dessert - wine included.
Best local restaurants
Though the closest restaurant, walkable in 1 km, is Vignale, and the Sandy Bar, which has good coffee, pastries, sandwiches and delicious gelato, the owner recommends a couple of favorites:
La Bottega di Volpaia near medieval village of Volpaia (+39 0577 738001) - La Bottega is a restaurant with an authentic menu, garden fresh produce and a beautiful setting with valley view. Definitely book ahead at this one!!
La Perla del Palazzo in Radda (+39 0577 735640) - La Perla del Palazzo, in the historic Palazzo Leopoldo, provides an excellent Tuscan menu in an elegant dining room or charming garden. They also do cooking lessons if you'd like to learn to re-create their delicious dishes.
Le Forchette del Chianti in Radda (+39 0577 738923) - Le Forchette is another place to pair quality red and white wines with Tuscan specialities.
Venturing a bit further, but still in the Chianti region, you might try:
Badia a Coltibuono near Gaiole in Chianti (+39 0577 74481) - Literally 'the abbey of good harvest', you know that the restaurant on the grounds must live up to its name, and this one does. Delicious Tuscan dishes done with flair and a little something extra. With a breathtaking view from the outdoor dining terrace and wine-tasting menus paired with their dishes.
La Bottega del Moro in Greve in Chianti (+39 055 853753) - Now located in Greve's historic piazza, La Bottega is a family-owned restaurant that feels like home and whose dishes are authentically delicious.
Antica Trattoria La Torre in Castellina in Chianti (+39 0577 740236) - La Torre is located in the central piazza of Castellina and serves food that has made this area famous.
Solociccia in Panzano in Chianti (+39 055 852727) - Though they do have a vegetarian menu, Solociccia is for the serious meat-lover. For €30/person they serve a full meal where the stars of the show are its 6 meat courses.