Villa Le Pratola has a proud 500 year history both as an important farmhouse and as a look-out for monitoring the advance of the armies of Florence and Siena as they waged war against each other over several centuries. The villa’s thick stone walls, central courtyard structure, strategic hill top position and watch tower represent this history.
Le Pratola was once part of the Rocca di Castagnoli estate which in the eighteenth century was one of the area’s most celebrated wine and olive estates, as noted by the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo in 1773. In 1924 Rocca di Castagnoli, together with nearby Brolio castle’s Ricasoli family and a few other successful wineries, created the Consortium of Classic Chianti wine, the official body for Chianti.
Rocca di Castagnoli estate continues to produce wine and it’s most successful wine is a merlot/sangiovese supertuscan wine called ‘Le Pratola’, named after the villa that was once part of the estate and which is now under private ownership for your enjoyment.
In 2006 my husband and I fell for this ancient 600 square metre Tuscan farmhouse and embarked upon a restoration project to create a 21st century Tuscan home. This has been a labour of love and not just for us- we have been blessed to find an amazing team of local craftsmen and professionals who dedicated themselves to the Le Pratola project and continue to do so. You can read about our journey in Italy Magazine here.
We want to protect Le Pratola’s heritage in all senses so it is key to us that Le Pratola is as ecologically responsible as possible. Solar panels heat our water, the underfloor heating is fuelled by wood and the garden irrigation is provided by collected rainfall water. Water to Le Pratola is derived from it own fresh water well & the water is softened & sterilised so suitable for consumption.
We encourage guests to recycle as much as possible, to naturally keep the villa cool and to decrease waste. To this extent we provide many of the kitchen, cleaning & laundry products required to avoid duplicate buying. Please help us with our objectives of respecting the surrounding environment.