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Agriturismo Cretaiole (Farmhouse), Pienza (Siena)-Tuscany / Italywww.buongiornotoscana.com
Vacation Rentals, Italy, Tuscany
Enjoy an authentic Tuscan experience with panoramic vistas of Pienza and Val d’Orcia
Location: Pienza, between Montalcino and Montepulciano
Agriturismo Cretaiole (Farmhouse), Pienza (Siena)
An agriturismo is a uniquely Italian experience where guests can stay in a farmhouse residence in the countryside and enjoy a rural lifestyle with many modern comforts.
(pronounced in Italian as "CREH-tie-OH-leh", with a soft roll of the "R".)
Our family-run agriturismo is located just outside Pienza and only a few minutes from Montalcino and Montepulciano on a beautiful hilltop where you can enjoy amazing views of the surrounding countryside. Cretaiole is one large farmhouse originally built in the 1400's. It has been remodeled into six spacious, comfortable apartments with independent entrances. Each apartment is furnished in traditional, Tuscan style, with terracotta floors and beautiful beamed ceilings. All apartments have great views, cozy living rooms, fireplaces, and bathrooms. They all have fully equipped kitchens, and guests can pick vegetables from our organic garden (free of charge) and use our barbecue outside. The thick stone walls keep the apartments cool all summer long, making air conditioning unnecessary. Screened windows and electric fans are available.
In the beautiful big yard around the house our guests are able to fully relax in peace and quiet, soaking up the sun and panoramic views of the Val d'Orcia. They can choose their private corner to eat, read a book or just enjoy the peaceful atmosphere while tasting a glass of our Orcia DOC sangiovese wine.
Our location also makes it easy to make day-trips to many wine-producing towns like San Quirico d'Orcia (5 min.), Montalcino and Montepulciano (15 min.), along with famous destinations like the thermal hot springs of Bagno Vignoni (10 min.), Florence (1 hour 15 min.), Siena and Cortona (45 min.), Arezzo (40 min.), Perugia and San Gimignano (1 hour).
OUR SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE...
Many of our guests return year after year because they feel a part of our extended "family". We really try to make feel our guests like at home. We stop into Cretaiole every day and assist our guests for any necessity or special request. Isabella is fluent in English and guests call her "a veritable font of local information"!
Our aim is to make your holiday a very special experience, not only at Cretaiole but also "outside", that's why personal contact is so important!
To help you better explore the area each apartment has a guidebook of nearly 150 pages written by us (in English) offering information on restaurants, museums, suggested itineraries, and other information. You will be given a calendar that we prepare every week for special events, concerts, exhibitions, and local fairs going on while you stay with us.
At Cretaiole you can learn as little or as much as you wish about traditional farming life because we still make our own agricultural products (that you can also taste and buy!), such as wine, olive oil, fresh vegetables, pecorino cheese, eggs, proscuitto, and sausage.
During the grape and olive harvest, if you wish, you may join our family at work and take back home one bottle of "your own" olive oil!
A very special thing at Cretaiole is our organic vegetable garden. You have free access there and you'll find more than 12 different varieties of vegetables, depending upon the season of your visit!
We include a cooking class, a tour of our family farm, and an olive oil tasting evening at no extra charge for weeklong stays!
While there are archaeological ruins and churches dotting the countryside, we are especially proud to take you on a tour of the Hermitage that is located on our private property in Pienza. Originally an Etruscan tomb, it was later used as a hermitage by monks in the Middle Ages.
If you wish to take part in wine tours and wine tastings, bread and pasta cooking classes, mountain bike tours, one-day spa treatment programs in the local spas, we'll be glad to organize them for you! These activities will be charged extra, but at very reasonable rates.
We always do our best to meet our guests' needs. For example we have extra cell phones for guests to use for free during their stay with us so they are "in touch" with the outside world and with us for any need. [Guests can replenish the phone with additional time in small increments at the local TIM store in Pienza.] Bring your laptop, smart phone, or iPad and use the free wifi connection in the veranda.
Our mountain bikes (free of charge) will help you to take long rides and better explore the area for a romantic getaway.
You can take in beautiful views while soaking in a number of different hot springs nearby. We can recommend many cozy, candle-lit dinners at restaurants tucked away in the surrounding towns.
OUR 2013 RATES...
The weekly rate for a cozy studio apartment (about 30-32 square meters) with kitchenette and fireplace will be Euro 990,00 for two people.
If you prefer a larger and more comfortable two-room apartment (about 50 square meters) the weekly rate will be Euro 1'290,00 for two people. Please ask for a quotation for other than two people.
Family Discount all year long: Our two-room apartments are the ideal accommodation for families. Children can sleep on the comfortable double sofa bed in the living-room at no extra charge!
Larger Groups: We have a three-room apartment that sleeps 4 people and a four-room apartment that sleeps up to 7 people. Please ask for a quotation.
Our rates include taxes, gas, electricity, wifi, wood for the fireplace, sheets for every bed (changed weekly), and bath and kitchen towels to use during your stay at Cretaiole. (Extra changes of bed sheets can be requested during your stay for an extra charge.) A washing machine is available free of charge. Final cleaning is included in the rate. All the weekly activities including a large Tuscan dinner with the other guests (summer time only) are included!
The only additional charge is if you use the independent heating, which is typically about Euro 21,00-35,00 per week for a studio apartment (depending on the season, current rates, and use).
We recommend making reservations as early as possible because we fill up quickly, especially in the summer and in the fall.
The Moricciani Family
Please visit our web site: http://www.cretaiole.it/ to see our picture gallery and our guestbook with all the comments and reviews of our guests!
We have been a SlowTrav Favorites vacation rentals since 2006!
Thank you to our guests who have taken the time to send in reviews and trip reports with your kind words and descriptions of your travels to Tuscany and your stays with our family. We hope you may return some day.
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Company: Agriturismo Cretaiole (Farmhouse), Pienza (Siena)-Tuscany / Italy
Name: Isabella Moricciani
Street: Via San Gregorio, 14
Zip/Postal Code: I-53026
Phone: +39. 338. 7409245 - +39. 0578. 748083
Fax: +39. 0578. 748083 - +39. 0578. 748378
Website: www.buongiornotoscana.comE-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry
Listing #1783, on Slow Travel since 6/25/2005
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