In the old days our guests used to write “reviews” in our Guest Book, before they left,Â and you can see a fine selection of them on the next drop-down menu page.Â But nowÂ everything is electronic, so we have introduced an online Review form.Â Plus,Â Ripertoli is now listed by Trip Advisor and Vrbo and their subsidiaries;Â to save you the trouble of going to their sites, here are copies. All reviews so far have been 5-star, the maximum rating.
Perfect – a joy in every way
Ianto and Elaine, Oct 2023
Our second holiday at Ripertoli this year , because – there is simply no better place to be.
Enchanting location, with superb views from the huge marble table on the terrace ( one of many areas for outdoor relaxing) over the timeless Chianti countryside and hills beyond. The ancient farmhouse itself ( and outbuildings for extra guests to enjoy privacy) – glorious, so comfortable and beautifully restored and furnished by Nigel and Deborah, with silks and antiques from their travels, a centuries-old bread oven and olive press.
Marisa prepared a splendid and delicious Tuscan feast for us one night – dishes chosen from a list of her suggestions. Having experienced this during our first visit to Ripertoli, we were keen to repeat the experience!
What a joy to revisit lovely Panzano market on Sunday morning, for beautiful local cheeses and roast meats, stopping for a lazy lunch at one of the many little places surrounding the main square. Just a few kilometres from Ripertoli, we enjoyed long sunny lunches from the terrace of Poggio al Sole ( stunning views, and a really friendly owner ) and Bar di Vino ( probably our favourite lunch spot – Nigel’s suggestions are always a treat), in the nearby gorgeous hamlet Badia a Passignano ( with many relaxing shaded restaurants, and a Benedictine abbey to visit), followed by a swim in the huge, warm pool with its sunbeds and gazebo ( with a small kitchen and fridge for cold drinks) at Ripertoli. If we were planning a major event or party , Ripertoli would be perfect.
This second visit gave us a chance to discover more of lovely Chianti and to visit the nearby stunning walled towns of Sienna ( the Duomo! the Piazza del Campo, reputedly the finest square in Europe!), Lucca ( a full orchestra and opera singer arrived in the piazza where we were having supper, and played Puccini until the stars and moon rose over the rooftops), and Volterra with its amazing Etruscan history. There’s more to be discovered in our next visit!
Two glorious weeks
AF and his large group from Canada and the UK, July 2023
Our two-family party of 12 had a wonderful two weeks at this very special and tranquil place. From the moment we were welcomed by Marisa we knew we were in safe hands. The glorious views from the terraces created natural sitting points and we soaked up the peaceful atmosphere. We had many wonderful meals outdoors, two cooked in splendid fashion by Marisa and her team. The pool is simply the best we have had in 30 years of Italian and French holidays – marvellously clean and large enough for serious swimming. The beds are super comfortable and the air-conditioning simple to use and effective. We loved exploring the area and had some memorable meals, notably at Ristoro di Lamole as recommended by Nigel and Deborah. The Sunday market at Panzano is an experience to savour and the produce, meats and cheese are excellent. We also went early to San Gimignano and parked right outside the gates, the Duomo is not to be missed and the free audio guide to the frescoes is worth a linger. A short walk from the house towards Panzano is the Poggio al Sole – this lovely outdoors seating area became a regular haunt for the view, the wine and the simple but tasty food; the hospitality is friendly and it was a super way to begin the end-of-the-day aperativo cycle. All in all an absolutely fabulous and memorable holiday – we hope to return.
Superb property – the Tuscan dream is a reality here!
Ianto and Elaine, June 2023
This stunning property really is the perfect Tuscan idyll. Ideally situated in the heart of the beautiful Chianti countryside , it is tranquil, secluded, private, yet minutes away from the lovely hillside towns of Panzano ( be sure to profit from Nigel’s suggestions for the best stalls for local cheeses and roast chickens at the Sunday market), Greve, Badia with its Benedictine abbey and lovely places for lunch ( we loved Bar di Vino, another of Nigel’s recommendations). Within an easy drive of Florence, Pisa , Siena…..
I wish I could share with everybody the experience of relaxing on the main terrace with its huge marble table ( perfect for special meals), gazing across the uninterrupted vistas, marvelling at the viewsÂ over the hills and valleys of the Chianti countryside, dotted with distant castles – rural vistas unchanged since they formed the background of Renaissance paintings of Tuscany. Swifts wheel overhead while bees and butterflies enjoy the lavender . At dark, fireflies twinkle like fairy lights in the wooded areas just along from the olive groves. the sunny terrace is perfect at breakfast, for a lazy lunch or, if you wish,Â for one of Marisa’s unforgettable Tuscan feasts- she is a gifted cook who delights in using her talents for our considerable enjoyment. Marisa and the younger generations of her extended family look after Ripertoli devotedly, but they are completely unobtrusive during your stay.
The pool area is delightful – withÂ ample seating , lounging areas, a rustic gazebo with its own fridge and sink so refreshments are at hand. The pool itself is fabulous – huge, with an electrically operated cover,Â heated to a lovely warm temperature and with those glorious views. Great for a dip, or a proper swim, after a day’s exploring.
The ancient farmhouse of RipertoliÂ has been lovingly and sensitively altered to provide every imaginable comfort by Nigel and Deborah, the owners. Ripertoli is their beloved home for part of the year, which means that we guests benefit from the love and very hard work which they have lavished on making Ripertoli the perfect place to be – the beautiful interiors, stunning decor and attention to detail, fromÂ 5 ways to prepare your coffee, to using the olive oil made by Deborah and Nigel from their own olive groves, to a well – stocked library, to games, separate TV room, music system in the vast beamed kitchen , with its long polished wooden table , perfect for banquets, celebrations and other feasts.
Our words can’t really do justice to Ripertoli. It is unimaginably lovely and special. The entire week was a joyful and wonderful experience for us. It really was the holiday of a lifetime in what we can only describe as a Paradise. If you are considering how best to enjoy Tuscany in a breathtaking setting, let us urge you to discover the joys of spending time in glorious Ripertoli.
I can not say enough about staying at Ripertoli
Peter, September 2022
I have stayed at Ripertoli several times over the years and for me, the magic never ends. Interestingly enough, each of my visits were with different groups of friends or family and each time, no matter who it is, they have felt the magic. Besides the remarkable accommodations, the unsurpassed views, the ease of getting to and from everywhere (only 20 minutes to Florence), the property has a spirit that enters you making your vacation all that you could had hoped for and more! In addition, to everything mentioned, Nigel and Deborah have laid out all the information you could possible use on how manage appliances, internet, the grounds as well as having the best references for restaurants and shopping. We only went to recommenced restaurants and each more spectacular and charming than the other and when told that Nigel and Deborah sent us, we were treated royally. I can not say enough about staying at Ripertoli.
Ripertoli from a teenagerâs perspective
Upon arriving at Ripertoli we were first greeted by the splendid views of rolling hills, a plethora of olive tree farms and the town of Greve that we explored throughout the week.
The main villa itself is a stone, rustic farmhouse. It was spacious for our big family of 18 and very welcoming with its cosy interior. In the main house, a highlight for the kids was definitely the living room on the second floor that provided entertainment in films, books, games and even a guitar and piano, which I enjoyed playing myself. The other two outbuildings had more modernised interiors providing comfy beanbags, a tv and a ping pong table which was perfect for our post-dinner tournaments.
One highlight to take away was the delicious food that the housekeeper and chef Marisa made. The food was delectable and very authentic. Marisa was lovely and it was easy to contact her as she lived close by. Nearly every evening we ate dinner on a large dining table on the deck outside. From here we could appreciate the breathtaking landscape of Chianti. It was a perfect location to spend time dining and laughing with family.
Continuing, I believe that if I asked all my cousins what they thought was the best part of the villa, they would all gush about the pool. Whether it would be a dip after dinner, an early morning splash or a desperate dive after a hot day it was always something to look forward to. The water was a perfect temperature and the sun loungers beside the pool was used to read, recline and relax on. Whilst lying on the chairs you would observe the kids in the pool for hours on end, playing pool games, jumping on floats and delving into the depths of the water. Beside the pool a fridge was used to store ice cream and soft drinks to enjoy after swimming.
Some days we would go on family walks. At first we explored the garden of the villa. The downhill slope of olive trees was perfect for a quick stroll, but as the days went on we branched out and explored different towns that were unique and insightful.
Overall I would highly recommend this villa to anyone wanting to have fun with their family during the holidays and learn more about Italian culture.
Millie Seaton aged 15
An excellent vacation villa for a multi generational family vacation
Michael and Deborah, Florida USA
We found Ripertoli ideal for a family vacation in Tuscany.Â Ripertoli is well located near several charming hill towns between Florence and Siena, and with easy access (either by car or on foot) to Greve.Â The house is charming with great views.Â We were there in August when temperatures reached 100 degrees several days in a row.Â The air conditioning, combined with thick solid walls kept every room comfortable.Â We even turned the air off on some of the hottest days, as it simply was not necessary.Â The pool area was comfortable and got plenty of use on hot afternoons.Â Dinners outside were a treat each night, with Marisa’s local dishes.Â This is an excellent vacation villa for a multi generational family vacation.
Una vacanza veramente perfetta! – A truly perfect vacation
Chiara del Guasta – Florence native
Meravigliosa scoperta questa villa situata in Greve in Chianti, la quale garantisce giorni di completo relax.
Nigel e Deborah sono proprietari competenti, seri e disponibili a risolvere ogni dubbio e ad accogliere le nostre richieste.
Appena arrivati ci ha accolto Marisa, signora molto gentile e disponibile che ci ha guidato allâinterno della tenuta.
Pur essendo fiorentini, Ripertoli ci ha permesso di scoprire nuovi panorami tra le fantastiche colline toscane.
Ă circondata da un grande spazio intimo e immerso nel verde. Sia la Main House che le Middle Capanne sono capienti, pulite e dotate di ogni comfort per qualsiasi evenienza. Molto piacevoli i momenti passati nella zona piscina, grande, spaziosa e che guarda verso le colline toscane.
Una vacanza veramente perfetta!
[Translation] This villa located in Greve in Chianti is a marvellous discovery which guarantees days of complete relaxation.
Nigel and Deborah are totally professional owners, serious and willing to solve any problems and welcome our requests.
As soon as we arrived we were welcomed by Marisa, a very kind and helpful lady who guided us around the property.
Despite us being natives of Florence, Ripertoli allowed us to discover new landscapes among the fantastic Tuscan hills.
Itâs a large but intimate space, surrounded by greenery. Both the Main House and the Middle Capanna are spacious, clean and equipped with every comfort for any eventuality. The pool area – large, spacious and overlooking the Tuscan hills â is brilliant. A truly perfect vacation!
We will be back
After joining some friends at Ripertoli a year ago, we knew we’d be back. The simple elegance of the property, the abundant connection to nature and the quiet invitation to enjoy the moment are some of the things that come to mind when I think of Ripertoli. Our immediate family joined us there this September and our youngest daughter exchanged vows with her new husband overlooking the vineyards & hills of the Tuscan countryside. It was an exquisite setting and unforgettable moment in time. We will be back.
A little bit of paradise
Our second stay at Ripertoli was this time with 11 friends and relatives.Â It proved the perfect place to celebrate a major birthday while also enjoying the peace and quiet, the excellent facilities and the amazing views.Â Evening meals on the terrace were a delight and the support from Marisa and her team unobtrusive but supportive.Â Everyone at the end had only one thing to say: when can we come back?
A peaceful Tuscan hideaway
Ripertoliâs setting is truly beautiful and its charms grow on you; the peace and quiet becomes more seductive day by day. Beyond the olive trees, the Tuscan countryside stretches out in front of you, to the mountains in the distance. Not much has changed in this landscape over centuries. Whilst undoubtedly Ripertoli can be used as a base for seeing other cities, it can also be enjoyed as a restful and enjoyable location in its own right. A gentle journey to nearby Panzano for the Sunday market and a cappuccino, or a visit to the larger Greve-in-Chianti for shopping for items like Tuscan oil and wine, or handmade crafts (and supplies from the small supermarket), is all thatâs necessary. Sample the different kinds of olives oil at Pruneti, or try the wines at the Enoteca Falorni, both in Greve, or visit a local vineyard. Indulge in the excellent gelato (ice-cream) available in a multitude of exotic flavours. Whilst our own intentions were to sight-see beyond Greve, we found we just wanted to slow down and enjoy the loggia, terrace, or pool. Make the most of what Ripertoli has to offer, be there with family or friends, enjoy sharing wonderful food and wine together. And of course if you donât want to cook, you can indulge yourself in good Tuscan fare cooked by Marisa. Visit!
2 Family, 3 Generation trip of a lifetime
Lori J Wrightwood, California
Ripertoli did not disappoint! Secluded expansive property overlooking gorgeous view, driving distance to many scenic and historical sights. Private lodging for minimum 8 couples, homey open kitchen area, large group settings for meals, lovely large pool that accommodated all of us happily. Recommend having Marissa cook at least one night, she is such a wonderful woman! Nearby Panzano hosts a darling Sunday farmers market. We also took day trips to many places (Siena, Positano, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Montreggiono) but suggest staying at least a couple of days just to enjoy the grounds! Lovely!
neilewen, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Ripertoli is without question the most exquisite setting for a relaxing family holiday. This is the second time my wife Lily and I have been, this time to jointly celebrate a significant birthday for my wife and brother. Six of us stayed here this time and we were able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings that Ripertoli offers. It is sufficiently excluded for those times when we just wanted to sit back and relax around or in the heated pool taking in the views which are stunning but for those days when we wanted to venture out, transport links to Florence, Pisa and other attractions are easily accessible from Greve in Chianti. The local restaurants also offer fabulous options too. We feel lucky to have experienced this more than once and strongly recommend it
Magnifique propriĂ©tĂ© au coeur du Chianti
Laurent, Toulouse, France
Magnifique propriĂ©tĂ© idĂ©alement situĂ©e dans le coeur du Chianti entre Sienne et Florence ou nous avons passĂ© une semaine de vacances de rĂȘve Ă 15 personnes de 2 Ă 70ans. Maison trĂšs bien Ă©quipĂ©e et spacieuse. Literie, draps et serviettes de bain de trĂšs bonne qualitĂ©. Vue magnifique de la terrasse sur les collines environnantes. Grande piscine chauffĂ©e (Ă 28deg C Ă notre arrivĂ©e le 21 avril..) & bien sĂ©curisĂ©e pour les enfants. PossibilitĂ© de repas prĂ©parĂ©e sur place Ă un excellent rapport qualitĂ©/prix. TrĂšs bon conseils donnĂ©s pas les propriĂ©taires sur les excursions, magasins et restaurants du coin.
[Google Translation] Beautiful property ideally located in the heart of Chianti between Siena and Florence where we spent a week of dream vacation of 15 people from 2 to 70 years. House very well equipped and spacious. Bedding, sheets and towels of very good quality. Magnificent view of the terrace on the surrounding hills. Large heated pool (28deg C on our arrival April 21 ..) & well secured for children. Possibility of meals prepared on site at an excellent price / quality ratio. Very good advice given by the owners on local excursions, shops and restaurants
Views were amazing, Ripertoli was Terrific, it exceeds what website says.
cgreatore, Fulshear, Texas, USA
Ripertoli sits on a hillside with beautiful views of the Chianti valley, Rooms are all well appointed the main room has a huge inviting fireplace and ample room for large gathering. The Pool is large warm and very inviting after a day of site-seeing. Don’t miss he opportunity for Marissa to cook a great authentic Tuscan dinner.
Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend? Yes.
A really special place.
rblakeuk, Crowthorne, United Kingdom
We had a delightful 2 weeks with family (3 generations) and friends at Ripertoli to celebrate our significant birthdays. The views from the terrace are to die for â it is a really special place.
Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend? Yes.
A piece of Tuscan heaven
VALerie E, London, United Kingdom
Review left on Aug 8, 2016 for a stay in Jun 2016.
This holiday was a birthday celebration with family members of all ages. The accommodation surpassed all our expectations – not only a family home with personal touches – but also having modern bathrooms and facilities. The surroundings and views were typically unspoilt Tuscan scenery – all viewed from a wonderful terrace at the rear of the property. The gardens, with tubs of geraniums, and the olive groves below, all contributed to the idyllic surroundings. We spent most of our time by the swimming pool, beautifully kept clean – complete with loungers and loggia for shade. Marisa, the Housekeeper, was a delight and provided us with typical Tuscan home cooked meals when needed. I cannot find fault with any part of our holiday, only the fact that it was too short and we will certainly return again in the future. I must also stress the importance of the excellent communication and help from Nigel Tully, whose in depth knowledge of the area, was invaluable.
Bliss beyond imagination!
Sara G, Scotland
Look no further if you want to rent a large house, Ripertoli has it all! The location is so quiet & simply could not be bettered, the accommodation has been lovingly restored & the views are sensational. The large swimming pool and grounds are beautifully maintained, nothing appears to be too much trouble for Nigel, and Marisa really is a treasure & her cooking skills must be sampled! Birds, butterflies, lizards, fire flies & deer abound, and even a large group of wild boar visited us in the wee small hours on at least one night. In short, book it now you won’t regret it!
Stunning – a must have if you are going to Tuscany
Neighbour J, Hamilton, Canada
We were a group of 8 (3 couples and two singles) from Canada and took 5 rooms. Each room was its own paradise. The views from the villa are stunning. We had Marisa (local lady that prepares the rooms) make a dinner for us which was ready when we arrived at the villa. She had two kinds of lasagna, salad, antipasto, and fruit for 8 of us, which we were still eating well into the next day. Everything about Ripertoli is welcoming and relaxing. It is everything you would expect a Tuscan villa to be and more. There is so much to do in the Tuscany area, yet we spent two days just relaxing at the villa cause it was such a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Part of the group walked to Greve one day which took about an hour and a half, along the trail. We arrived on a Saturday and were lucky enough to hit the Panzano wine festival on the Sunday, which was a 10 min drive away. The location of the villa is a great spot to hit so many wonderful locations within an hour or less. Florence was 40 min. Antinori winery was 25 min. Casalosta winery was 10 min. Siena 60 min. We found ourselves getting out early and going to specific locations and then returning early afternoon so we could enjoy the property. This is a must see and experience property; we will definitely be back one day.
A little piece of Paradise
UKDOC49, London, United Kingdom
We return to Ripertoli time and again. The peaceful old Tuscan farmhouse has fantastic views. We have had many holidays here with family and friends – a home from home, and providing every possible facility. The accommodation is perfect. All bedrooms have bathrooms and there is a wonderful swimming pool, terraces for quiet siestas and olive groves to wander through. Within easy driving distance of many local restaurants, wineries and small villages and only 45 minutes from Florence. The owners could not be more efficient and helpful and Marisa, their housekeeper, is a real Italian gem.
Our week was simply amazing Ripertoli is magic
We were a group of twelve. Five birthdays to be celebrated from 50s to 60’s and we also had 4 20 or 30 something’s as well . The accommodation allowed for everyone to be together every night for dinner but to have space for themselves when needed. The weather was perfect so most afternoons ended by the pool and some birthday mornings started there with a glass of prosecco !! We took advantage of every suggestion that Nigel made ( he was unbelievabltpy helpful – answers were spot on and always within hours ). Marisa , their housekeeper/ cook provided great meals mostly eaten on the terrace as the sun went down and the huge full moon rose over the hills. We took advantage of a cooking class from Mimmo ( identified as a highlight for many ) and we did a bit of touring always happy to return to the Ripertoli for something with ice in it. The quality of the accommodation – bedrooms, ensuite and communal areas was great and we had everything you could possibly need. We will be back……
Charming Stay, Perfect Wedding
sreitz2015, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
My husband and I chose Ripertoli as both the venue and residence for the week of our wedding. Our 15 guests stayed with us the days leading up to the event, and all were blown away by the beauty of this little corner of the world. We can say, without hesitation, that it was the perfect location for our intimate wedding and the perfect vacation home for the week. The photos of Ripertoli are great, but they can’t do the property justice. The view from the property is expansive, the landscaping is gorgeous, and buildings possess a unique charm that combine to create a truly fairytale-like experience. It is necessary to negotiate some hills and gravel, but having spent a week on the narrow roads of Chianti, we know now that this is not a feature unique to Ripertoli. Our ceremony was outdoors, and the most difficult dilemma of the day (if I can even call it that) was deciding where on the picturesque grounds to have it. For the reception the choice was obvious: the property has a perfect flat space in front of one Cappane’s arched door. It is flanked by flowers and several old-timey streetlights. Weâll cherish our trip because of our wedding, but it would have been an amazing week regardless. We visited local wineries, rented mopeds in Greve, arranged for a cooking class at Ripertoli, and spent time in Greveâs markets (outside of the hustle-and-bustle of Florence). Marisa, the property’s caretaker, is wonderful. She greeted us the first day with a delicious Tuscan meal. And while she spoke no English, her affection was unmistakeable. She stayed for the wedding day to make sure it went off without a hitch. She even came the day before to give us each wedding gifts and a bouquet of pink roses from her own garden. Throughout the week she was willing to come by and cook dinners or breakfasts — we just had to arrange that with her when we got there. The property’s owners, Nigel and Deborah, have also clearly devoted a lot of time to improving the property and spending much of their own time there. Their website (and a bulletin board at Ripertoli) is full of suggestions for restaurants and activities — I think mostly from Nigel’s and Deborah’s own experiences. Also, Nigel (our primary contact) was very communicative and extremely professional in both arranging for the week ahead of time and in concluding our business after the fact. When we first approached them about the possibility of hosting a wedding at Ripertoli, the couple offered to Skype with us to ensure that every need was met and question answered. It was largely this conversation that convinced us to have our wedding at Ripertoli. They took time out of their own trip to Ripertoli the week before we arrived to show our caterer (Preludio catering out of Cortona) around the property, and helped advise us where to have our ceremony and reception. During our time in Italy, we had no trouble getting ahold of Nigel quickly. Nigel’s transaction process and communication were very professional and made the business aspects of the rental smooth and easy. Our only point of concern going into the rental was the propertyâs handicap accessibility (my husband’s grandmother has trouble walking up and down stairs in particular, making most of Tuscany a bit of an obstacle). We voiced this to Nigel and Deborah during our initial conversation, and they were very straightforward with us: Some stairs were going to be inevitable, but certain rooms were fairly accessible without many stairs. We had his grandmother stay in the main building (which has several stairs at the entrance) — once we’d helped her inside, she could get around fine in the living and kitchen area with only a couple of short stairs down to her bedroom. One of the out buildings also had bedrooms accessible without stairs — it just depends where you plan to spend the bulk of your time. With Nigel and Deborah’s warning and advice, we were able to prepare, and it worked out fine for us. In sum, we give Ripertoli our highest recommendation.
Ripertoli is not just in Tuscany; it is Tuscany.
geese14, Pell City, Alabama, USA
In June, my extended family, numbering 17, spent two weeks living the Tuscan dream at Ripertoli. The 1000 year-old farmhouse, beautifully restored, is set among olive groves and rolling hills. The view is stunning. We were actually reluctant to leave on our pre-planned (“quickly tours” as our guide put it) visits to Rome and Venice and delighted to come home to the tranquility of the loggia. The charming villages of Greve and Panzano are close by; Florence is an hour away, as is Sienna, Cinque Terra two hours north. Marisa, the housekeeper, is delightful and a marvelous, generous Tuscan cook. Her family came and went, keeping the place in order. Grazie, Nigel, for your help and quick responses and your obvious love for Ripertoli.
Wonderful place to explore Chianti
8 of us stayed for the last week of September and the first week of October. The location is great, the bedrooms are spacious, the bathrooms are up-to-date, the housekeeper is helpful and the views are tops. The owner was very responsive and there were no surprises. I highly recommend Ripertoli.
Wish I could give Ripertoli a 10!
MJCollins, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
A perfect vacation of a lifetime. 3 generations – 17 in all and everything worked at Ripertoli.
Great location with a wonderful picturesque setting. Very well maintained and perfectly clean and orderly. The owner Nigel is a wonderful host – he resides in the UK but is a terrific communicator – even when we had to call him with a question during our stay. Marisa the housekeeper/cook is a treasure. Be certain to have her prepare dinner for you with wonderful service in the veranda overlooking the valley and olive groves.
Loved Our Stay, Hated to Leave
James V, Annandale, Virginia , USA
We stayed at Ripertoli in Mid-April of 2014. Everything was as stated on the web site, www.ripertoli.com. The only surprises were pleasant ones. We had a couple issues arise and they were dealt with swiftly to our satisfaction by Nigel, the owner, and his network of local support personnel. If you ask Nigel, he will hook you up with people in the area who will take good care of youâŠ tour guides, restaurants, etc. This was a great way to have a pleasant Tuscany country experience and simultaneously visit Florence and Pisa. The meals we had the resident cook prepare were excellent. The facilities are a pleasant blend of original buildings with modern improvements/upgrades. I would love to go back and spend another week and a half there!
Wonderful Easter at Ripertoli
Marie V, Aesch, Switzerland
We were a party of 17 (3 generations family and friends) that spent 10 days at Ripertoli over Easter 2014. From the moment we drove in Ripertoli exceeded our expectations. The villa is in a wonderful, secluded location with beautiful vistas. We woke up every morning to singing birds and barking deer. We spent a few days exploring Florence and Pisa as well as the charming nearby villages of Chianti. On a sunny day, some of us hiked down to Greve while the kids splashed in the pool and played ping pong.
Marisa cooked 2 fantastic meals for us and we also enjoyed dinner at the fabulous restaurant in Lamole as recommended by Nigel. We took advantage of the grill to BBQ Italian style with meat from the famous butcher in Panzano.
For us the house was perfect: Rustic charm with all the modern conveniences. This is a home and not your typical rental property. The bedrooms are all very comfortable and have well appointed, modern bathrooms, The kitchen has everything including a lovely view, an open fire place and a dining table with seating for big groups.
Nigel himself is the icing on the cake. He is easy and pleasant to deal with and quick to react if a problem arises. The neighbours indadvertedly cut off the water supply to the house and Nigel had a temporary fix within 2 hours and a permanent one the next day! (from the UK!)
If you get the urge to dance, hidden away in Nigels Jazz and classical collection, you will find a DarkBlue (Nigels band) CD which made a party of a few of our evenings!
Fantastic stay at Ripertoli
London, United Kingdom
We arrived at Ripertoli for a lovely week in August and had the pleasure of Marisa making a lasagne for our arrival. The property is beautiful. It’s comfortable and homely and has everything that you could possibly need. We would highly recommend the house to anyone looking for somewhere special to stay even if there is only two people like ourselves.
We had a fabulous time lying by the pool and looking at the views some days and other days following Nigel and Deborah’s detailed directions into Florence and Sienna.
We cannot fault Ripertoli in anyway at all and hope to return soon.
Karen, Sahuarita, Arizona, United States
The place is so beautiful and peaceful off the beaten path in the Chianti region of Italy. It is close enough to a small village and within 30mins of Florence. It is restful and quite lovely. I really appreciated the way the modern features complimented the ancient architecture to create an enchanting setting.
Second visit as great as the first!
Steve L., Denver, CO, USA
We have rented the Ripertoli property twice in the past three years. We spent a wonderful week there in 2010 and then two weeks in October of 2013.
The location is exceptional, both for it’s proximity to the heart of Chianti Classico, and for the sheer beauty of the area. Great cycling, hiking, and relaxing. As a professional caterer, I particularly enjoy the great availability of local foods and the well equipped kitchen that Deborah has put together.
The home is large, plently of privacy as well as wonderful common area with a great kitchen and sitting area. The grounds are great as well.
There are a plethora of great restaurants in the area, varying in price and style. Greve has plenty of local grocers including a wonderful local butcher shop run by Paulo and his mother, and a great green grocer as well as two bakeries, excellent gelato, and all of the other typical but essential shops.
An experience of a lifetime
Nancy B., Alameda, CA, USA
Just returned from a week-long stay at Ripertoli in Greve in Chianti hosted by dear friends, one of whom was celebrating a very round birthday. There were 16 of us and Ripertoli proved to be the ideal location for relaxation, stimulating conversation, great meals cooked by the group or by the wonderful caretaker, Marisa, iconic Tuscan views, wine and olive oil, and myriad day trips to Tuscan locales, well-known or otherwise. Oh, and romance. Everything was perfection.
Owner Nigel went far, far out of his way to accommodate a special request and we could not have asked for a more special week long celebration of friendship, laughter, life and love. The accommodations were lovely – each couple’s room had a modernized ensuite bath, plenty of privacy, good books, music, good lighting, and comfortable beds. The open floor plan allowed the cooks among us to enjoy the company of the rest of the group while we prepared fabulous meals from the local market and butcher.
We could spend as much or as little time together as we wanted and looked forward to sharing our day’s activities over wine and a beautiful meal each evening. We could not have asked for a better experience and it is one we will remember forever, thanks to our dear friends and the Ripertoli host and staff.
We would come once a year if we could – it was a lifetime famiy holiday
Nina and Scott McCampbell, Norwich, VT, USA
Although we were expecting something wonderful, Ripertoli was the best!! Nigel couldn’t have been more accommodating as we planned our stay and we felt honored that the Tullys shared their special home with us. When we drove up to their beautiful estate, it took our breath away-spectacular is an understatement. We were greeted by Marisa who cares for the place as if it were her own. Her cooking was spectacular and with the help of her granddaughter alice we were treated to the best of Italian home cooking, abundant and delicious. She was so caring of the 4 little grandchildren and treated us to a surprise lavish dessert when she found out it was our 45th wedding anniversary.Our 4 children and their spouses,4 grandchildren,AuPair, & a nephew were thrilled with the special bedrooms in the main house and 2 capannas, pool, movies/games, hiking, nearby villages and markets.It was easy to travel to Florence, Siena, Pisa, hilltowns and lesser known castles and forts. We loved the location in the rural countryside, close to Panzano and Greve, but truly in “the country”. We kept finding nearby hidden treasures. We also loved that the Tully’s share what’s in their house-from olive oil to whatever happens to be in the larder to travel books-we really felt at home! After long days exploring and traveling around, it couldn’t have been better to come “home” in the afternoon to the pool and to Marisa’s creative cooking. We could eat outside enjoying the incredible views or inside in the expansive living room/kitchen-it was great no matter where. And there were always delicious leftovers for snacking! We loved the separate “capannas” each with their own small kitchen and allowing for extra peace and quiet for their inhabitants! And, we also loved that the main house has the separate “tower room” and “terrace room”; even with a bunch of 17 people, we could all have separate spaces-and more bathrooms than bedrooms! We give huge thanks to the Tullys and highly recommend their place!
To spend a week or 2 at Ripertoli is a spectacular experience
Anthony & Ann Marie Sterling, Massachusetts, USA
What a beautiful, warm, accommodating and relaxing home you have. We would love to come back some time in the near future!!!
I want you to know how wonderful & sweet Marisa truly is! She is such a wonderful cook and better yet, such a special woman to get to know! She was precious!
Ripertoli will have a special place in our hearts for ever. I would truly recommend this beautiful home to everyone who wants to experience the true culture, food & beauty of the Chianti area… We loved it here!!!
Exceeded all (very high) expectations!
The Hancocks, E Sussex, England
We spent 3 magical weeks at Ripertoli with many friends and relations coming and going during this period. The owners were extremely helpful before, during and after the stay. It really was like staying with friends, except they couldn’t be there with you. The housekeeper, Marisa, is a Tuscan treasure. She cooked and served many wonderful meals for us. The dining terrace is the most stunning feature of this very comfortable house, with views forever and sunrises and sunsets to make you weep. The pool is very large and also has spectacular views over the valley. There are all the charms of Ripertoli and then there is Chianti all around you. We recommend Elenatours (Elena Pietrunti) for very well organised private tours of olive oil producers, wineries, and the area in general. We learned so much. We unhesitatingly recommend a stay at Ripertoli – and probably in any season.
The perfect villa in Tuscany
Pat, Anchorage, Alaska
We were a little apprehensive renting a place, sight unseen, over the internet but it was the best decision we could have made. The place is exactly as advertised – quiet and secluded with only a couple of distant villas in view. Nigel, the owner, quickly returned emails and we became very comfortable working with him. Marissa, the housekeeper and cook, welcomed us and quickly got us settled. We hired her to cook for us the first evening and it was one of the best meals we had that week – 4 courses with enough leftovers to feed us another entire meal. There are many excellent restaurants and wineries in the area and plenty do to (or not to do in our case). Sitting on the deck sipping Chianti was our preferred activity versus seeing the many tourist highlights in the area. There were five in our group and we had plenty of room and could easily added several others and not got in each other’s way. The bedrooms were large and separated and each had it’s own bath. If you have a group looking for quiet and privacy I doubt you could do better than this place.
Stunning stay in Tuscany
C Rees, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Ripertoli is a lovely old Villa in the heart of the Tuscan countryside near Gereve and Panzano. The views from the back of the house are truly amazing over rolling hills and the cycling locally is wonderful. There were 10 of us (5 couples) and all were accommodated in nice rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The local maid/housekeeper/cleaner/cook was also available to cook us some wonderful local cuisine in the evenings. Visits to local Vineyars were also amazing.
I only have ten minutes to write a review, but I could easily write more
P. Massa, Atlanta, GA, USA
First of all, you have an extremely accomodating owner you will work with Nigel Tully. When you are helping to plan a week in Tuscany for a group of ten, there are many details to be worked out and Nigel answers any and every question that may arise. Secondly, the accommodations are second to none. The design of the main house is such that no bedroom backs up to another, no bedroom is above or below another bedroom. You will have total peace and quiet. The kitchen is awesome and I cooked for 10 and enjoyed every minute of it. There are multiple refrigerators, dishwashers and washers and dryers. Next the views-because you have no neighbors you have beautiful views over the Tuscany hillside. At night it is totally quiet and you and your group can sit at the large table with multiple chairs and enjoy wonderful views of the stars. All in all this was the best setup we have enjoyed in our four visits to Italy. I would highly recommend staying at Ripertoli and we plan to return in the near future.
Can’t wait to return!
Tim Garland, London, UK
Our family have been to Ripertoli twice now. This is a true retreat from urban life high up in the sunny hills. Now you might wonder if the peace of it all might not be so suitable for active kids, but the pool is a really good size and serves as a great centre piece for all ages, also the table-tennis room allows for a great teenage hang-out.
Add to this that Florence is 40 mins drive away(other great places like Lucca and Siena are also wonderful if a little further) and you don’t feel isolated! The farmhouse is stylish, spacious and easy to keep cool in the heat. The owners are very caring and use the place regularly themselves, it is beautifully kept.
I feel boring putting 5 stars down like the others but it deserves them! As a musician I found the place an inspiration, there is a good electric piano there, my daughter was singing and playing quite a bit also.
The nearest town is Greve and it’s stylish but pricey for touristy things. Its Co-op is easily big enough to stock up however, and you might well feel inspired to try Tuscan cooking in the spacious traditional-style kitchen. Tip – don’t hire a tiny car, it is hilly and you’ll be glad of a decent size engine. Another tip – leave enough space in your packing for a couple of bottles of great (&cheap;) Chianti. We travelled around a bit but if you stayed put the whole time you’d easily be happy. Hmmm…whats that availability spreadsheet look like?…
Delightful villa, fabulous views, excellent service with attention to detail
Gillian, Hampshire, UK
17 had a fabulous week – our only disappointment was it couldn’t have been longer.
We ate to delightful meals cooked to the housekeeper and ate out at so many wonderful restaurants close by.
The villa is brilliantly situated to visit all the major Tuscan towns as easy day trips. When back at the villa it is peace and quiet in truly fantastic scenery. Swimming or relaxing by the pool or wandering in the olive groves.
Nigel has thought of everything over the years and is really helpful during the whole booking process – and on hand by email or phone to ensure you are making the most of your time at Ripertoli.
Jim, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Ripertoli was everything we were looking for. We were 4 couples and every bedroom was on a different level with ensuite baths which allowed privacy. I have spent my career in the Hospitality Business and the owners and staff could not have been more hospitable exceeding our expectations. Some of us are in high stress jobs and this was the place to unwind. The views from the patio where we ate dinner cooked by Marisa were breathtaking. We never wanted to leave the grounds. We took walks every morning (be in shape before you attempt) and would run into deer or a charming village and discover a restaurant where we would go back to for lunch, never disappointed. We would sit on the patio of the restaurant overlooking the vineyards and point to a vine and the waiter would bring us a wine from there. I have been visiting Italy twice a year for the past 15 years and this by far has been my best experience. We took a day trip to Florence and I couldn’t wait to get back to Ripertoli. Thank you Deborah, Nigel, Marisa and Roberto for sharing this part of heaven with us. We will be back.
A memorable property of character and comfort for our special family
Blow-in, Mitchelstown, USA
We were a large family group with ages ranging from 70 to 9 months. We took the whole property and were spaciously accommodated. Reading material, music, games, TV and wi-fi catered for all indoors. The swimming pool mocked us because weather was mixed and we were early in the year but Ripertoli is at the heart of Tuscany, with fine walks, wine, restaurants and artistic and architectural treasures in all directions. Meals can be arranged: we had an excellent dinner in the house on the day of our arrival.
The house is the owners’ home, restored, equipped and furnished for their use and not as a business. In welcoming guests to share it in their absences, they are warm, businesslike and helpful and we discovered that their name is a password for special treatment in many local establishments. Their website is first class and gave an accurate impression of what we found.
Even more magical 5th time around
Kathy Troidle Jackson, Ghent, NY, USA
I have been coming to Ripertoli since 1998. I loved it so much I have brought 4 more groups of family and friends through, this last time in October 2011 when we were able to catch the tail end of the grape harvest. Somehow each trip turns out to be more magical than the previous ones as owners Nigel and Deb have added new special touches each time I come. The villa itself is charming, spotless, and comfortable with vistas looking our over the “valley of goldâ acres and acres of Chianti Classico vineyards. Each bedroom is beautifully appointed with antiques and newly renovated en suite bathrooms. The gorgeous stone floors, exposed beams, huge fireplace and comfortable furniture make the first floor kitchen/dining room a perfect gathering spot at the beginning and end of the day to laugh, eat, and plan activities. The beautiful, well kept in ground pool is refreshing after a hot day of sightseeing and on this past trip we used it almost every day. It is surreal as you look out at the valley you are swimming! Some of our best nights are when Marisa sets up a home cooked Tuscan feast on the villa’s terrace.
But the best part about Ripertoli is it’s location in the heart of the Chianti Classico region making it a perfect spot from which to tour all of Tuscany or just hang out in the delightful local towns like Greve-In-Chianti and Panzano. Every trip we add new experiences – this time it was Tuscan cooking classes and a few new wineries. Some of the best family run wineries and restaurants are within 15 minutes of Ripertoli so you don’t have to go far for these adventures. Many of the proprietors have become friends and we feel like VIPs as they greet us in their hospitable Tuscan style. Even Montalcino, Siena, San Giminagno and Pisa are all within 60-90 minutes making easy day trips. Florence is only about 30 minutes and always a highlight on my visits.
I highly recommend a visit to Ripertoli but be advised – it is addictive!
A little piece of Heaven in the Tuscan hills!
The Meadows Family, Hemel Hempstead, UK
We have just returned from one of the best holiday experiences we have ever had! Ripertoli is a beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse set within an olive grove and overlooking hills and forests, which in the autumn are a myriad of colours. Our party consisted of parents, grandparents and teenagers and Ripertoli catered for us all.
Upon arriving we were greeted by a very friendly Marisa who showed us around our accommodation. The house is tastefully decorated but also warm and welcoming. Pictures on the walls, numerous books and a selection of Dvds and CDs make you feel this is a home. The owners, Nigel and Deborah, had also supplied a very helpful folder containing everything you needed to know about the house and the local area. There are also phone numbers to contact Nigel and Deborah should there be a problem – there wasn’t! The kitchen was well-stocked with every kind of appliance possible and the most wonderful view over the olive grove and hills (even the most reluctant chef would be hard-pressed not to enjoy cooking in these surroundings!). Because we went in the autumn and the evenings were a little chilly, we made good use of the log fire and central heating – both worked very well and warmed up the house quickly and efficiently.
If you can manage to drag yourself away from Ripertoli, Florence and Siena are well worth a visit. The local town of Greve in Chianti is closer and postcard pretty with a selection of good quality shops and restaurants (all reasonably priced). Rome is a two-hour drive away but we opted for a second visit to Florence as we felt we hadn’t done it justice in one visit. Nigel and Deborah recommend several restaurants in the local area, but we chose to stay in during the evenings with a glass or two of red wine in front of the open fire and a game of Trivial Pursuit (one of many games provided). After all what’s the point of staying in such beautiful accommodation if you’re never there? Excellent!