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Chianti Classico Cottage Rental
What mysterious force drives some of us to relinquish all we know for the promise of a dream? Here is one account. In the early 90's a Florentine family led by Laura, Giorgio and their two sons, Jacopo and Filippo left behind the bustle of their famous city for the lure of a simple life beneath the Tuscan sun.
They settled atop a Chianti hill found midway between Florence and Siena laden with a bounty of vineyards, olive groves and soul-cleansing vistas. Four stone structures, once part of a 13th-century monastery, were lovingly restored and converted into a private wine estate made up of the owner's home, a recreation cottage and ten well designed vacation units amid a setting of flowers, shade and fruit trees and the heavenly scent of lavender.
A few decades have passed and today, the Querceto estate remains one of Parker's most popular and beloved vacation rentals in Tuscany.
At this boutique winery in the ancient heart of Chianti, "Laura" is the name given to the best vintages. Parker guests receive a complimentary sampling of these elixirs. The estate produces organic Chianti Classico wine and olive oil. During the week, it's possible to order a casual light lunch paired with the estate wines. Purchases of the estate's wine and olive oil can be shipped back home - a wise investment since this small production, high quality winery exports to only a few locations.
The four cottages we chose are all part of the same stone structure. Mandorlo has its own covered, furnished patio that opens to a level expanse of lawn. Inside, the simple country decor complements the authentic setting. Mandorlo's living area features a large open-hearth fireplace. All the windows are screened, and the bathrooms have hairdryers.
At one end of Querceto, set apart from the vacation units, is a tree shaded children's play zone, barbecue pits and a salt water pool open during the season from 9 am to 8 pm. On the opposite side of the estate, about 100 yards away, is a small pen with some goats, a donkey and an occasional peacock. Everyone, guests included, seems to enjoy eyeing one another through the fence.
A recreation cottage set in the middle of the grounds is open to all guests and offers an inventory of estate wines available for sale. Morning cooking classes take place in this cottage and must be reserved when booking. Participants can request taking a trip into Castellina to shop for fresh ingredients to make a scrumptious four course meal.
One night per week, the owners schedule a Tuscan dinner served in the recreation cottage or on its lovely covered patio with sensational views over the vineyards. Reservations are taken upon arrival. The price of the dinner includes one bottle of wine for every three guests. Continental breakfast can be arranged with the option of having it delivered to your cottage or served on the recreation patio.
An unpaved yet level wooded half mile leads to the SS222, one of the main wine routes through Chianti leading to a number of exceptional producers. From there, it's a 10 minute drive to either Castellina's quaint shops and restaurants or Panzano's Sunday morning outdoor market; Radda in Chianti: 15 minutes; Monteriggioni: 25; Siena or Greve in Chianti: 30; San Gimignano or Florence: 45; Montecatini Terme: 60; Volterra or Arezzo: 70; Montepulciano, Cortona or Lucca: 90; Montalcino: 100; Assisi or Pisa: 2 hours; Cinque Terre: 3 hours.
A tourist tax collected by the town is paid separately on the first seven nights. Children under age 14 are exempt.
The links to view the other rental apartments on this estate:- Querceto in Chianti - Laura for 2
- Querceto in Chianti - Moro for 2/3
- Querceto in Chianti - Tinaia for 8