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Tuscan Cottage in Radda in Chianti
Immersed in natural beauty, history and wine, Cottage Alexa occupies the very heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico region centered between Siena and Florence. Travelers eager to discover a myriad of wineries and vineyards along the country roads leading up to ancient hill towns will adore choosing this medieval stone farmhouse as their home base in Chianti.
Cottage Alexa occupies an intoxicatingly relaxing setting where guests are lulled by the gentle sound of birdsong. From Alexa's private pool, set on a spacious lawn, the view looks out across a valley toward the hill town of Radda in Chianti, seen in the distance yet reached within a 10 minute drive. A shaded pergola overlooking an olive grove is meant for your outdoor dining pleasure under the stars.
The Chianti hills have been continuously cultivated since Etruscan times, nearly 3000 years ago. This enduring landscape is now part of a Chianti Classico wine producing estate whose holdings span countless acres of prime Tuscan countryside. A Renaissance castle, just over a mile away, houses the winery's ancient cellars. Parker guests renting Cottage Alexa are welcomed to a complimentary tour and wine tasting. A variety of excellent wines, olive oil and grappa may be purchased on location. The English speaking staff can ship your estate purchases overseas. The castle winery can arrange for meals to be served at the cottage or organize a classic Tuscan cooking class with delectable results. These services must be arranged when booking.
Framed by the comforting stone, wood and bricks of Tuscany, Cottage Alexa is decorated in classic country style. One of the bedrooms is set at ground level and requires separate outdoor access. The two bedrooms on the uppermost floor are air conditioned with usage included in the price. Cottage Alexa offers screened windows and includes a mid-week refresh cleaning.
The groundskeepers are a quiet, unobtrusive couple employed by the winery who occupy a small apartment in the back of the cottage. They enter the property by way of a separate access road and do not face any of the outdoor areas occupied by Parker guests. This couple nurtures a small vegetable garden and will gladly share their bounty - please ask the Signora, who speaks English and she'll carefully collect what's requested.
A six minute drive leads to Radda in Chianti, the epicenter of the Chianti region. Castellina in Chianti, with more shops and dining choices is 18 minutes; Greve in Chianti: 25; Siena or San Gimignano: 50; Arezzo's vibrant historic center: 60; Florence 75; Cortona: 85; Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino or Lucca: 90; Perugia, Orvieto or Pisa: 110; Bologna or Assisi: 2 hours.
For larger groups, consider renting Villa Falco Nero along with Cottage Alexa. Owned by the same estate, Villa Falco Nero is within a mile and sleeps 12.
First floor: 13 stone steps lead up to a small covered loggia and into living room with fireplace and TV. Two steps up into eat-in kitchen with stove top, oven, fridge and dishwasher. Four steps down to air conditioned bedroom with two single, joinable beds and en suite bathroom with tub, shower and hairdryer. One air conditioned bedroom with two single, joinable beds. Adjacent bathroom with shower and hairdryer. Outdoor access to room with washing machine.