Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1017: Sant' Antonio, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
June 19 - 26, 22004, 1 week
Recently, our family of 8 adults and 2 children spent one of those always hoped for but seldom realized, perfect Tuscany vacations. Much of the enjoyment was due to Nico and his beautifully renovated 14th Century Franciscan monastery outside of Montepulciano.
Like many vacation seekers, we went to the web and began wading through an enormous amount of material designed to lure us to Tuscany. Almost by accident, we found the Sant Antonio website and began corresponding with Nico, the owner and host of these quality accommodations.
The monastery contains several apartments, each unique, with kitchens, living rooms, one or two bedrooms with an equal number of bathrooms and all the amenities that one needs to live comfortably. He reserved the units he thought would fit our needs, both for privacy, and for spending time together. One unit, which housed one couple and their 2 children, was large enough to accommodate all of us for family dinners and get-togethers.
The grounds of the 300 acre estate are carefully tended and provide lovely outside spaces to enjoy dining alfresco (each unit has its own outside table and chairs with umbrella) or to allow the children to run around and play. Two large barbeque areas are available; we could easily grill enough food for the 10 of us, plus new Aussie friends who were also staying at Sant Antonio.
Outside amenities also include a large swimming pool and an underground parking garage along with natural beauties like lovely views of the Tuscan hill country, olive groves, and a real forest that is part of the estate.
The one element that made the vacation extra-special was Nico and his staff. They were extremely knowledgeable about the area. They recommended restaurants and day trips and baby sitters. We were never disappointed in their recommendations. They were available for any glitch, such as allowing their phone to be used when members of our family were trying to meet up with one another as we were all arriving at various times and from various parts of the world.
One of the couples who had brought over bicycles to ride between hill towns was dismayed to find that one bike’s derailler had been damaged during transport and was inoperative. Since there was no local bike shop, Nico had his right-hand man, Paulo, fix the rather delicate mechanism, so that bicycling could go on as planned. One of the family members was arriving on her birthday. Nico ordered a very special cake and had it waiting for us so we could all celebrate. These are just examples of the excellent service provided by the Sant Antonio staff and made the week especially memorable.
We cannot recommend them too highly.
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