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Review 103: Corsanello, Corsanello


Review by Tina from FL

4bed/3bath house south of Siena, Tuscany South


May 2001, 2 weeks


For two weeks in May 2001, my family and I rented Corsanello, a house in Tuscany 15km south of Siena. I did extensive research online for several months early last year trying to find just the right house. If I remember correctly, I just did a web search for "rental properties in Tuscany Italy" and this was one of the houses that came up.

The house more than met our expectations. It was perched atop a hill with an unbelievable view of the Tuscan countryside. It is next to another house that is occupied by some really neat people. They are jazz musicians and they do practice during the day. But the sounds emanating from the house are wonderful. While we were there, they did not play into the late night. The only other sounds were that of the cows in the field two miles away, the frogs, the pheasants, and the birds.

The house is located on a private dirt road that is only used by the residents that live off the road. The house was about 3 km from the town Ville de Corsano, which had a great little grocery store. It was stocked with produce, pasta, canned foods, milk, cheeses, etc. It wasn't as big as your chain supermarket store, but it had everything we needed to stock the house for our first few days. The next town over (about 7 km away) was called Monteronni. It had a chain store of Italy's big supermarket, the COOP. This store is fabulous! It had everything from food, fresh breads, to clothes (yes, clothes!), electric adapter plugs, espresso makers, coffee makers, and so much more. We drove to both stores. A car is a must for this house.

The house has been completely gutted and remodeled from an old granary to a modern house with antique flair. The wood furnishings are all beautiful antiques. The house has 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms, a dishwasher, a washing machine, fully stocked kitchen, a living room, dining room, fireplace, and a pool. The first level holds one bedroom (double bed) with a bathroom en suite. The second level holds three bedrooms (2 with double beds and 1 with a single bed), and two bathrooms. The owners are preparing to build an outside bungalow by the pool for dining al fresco. There is a patio set outside on the stone deck.

The house holds every modern convenience from tiled floors downstairs, to the lacquered hardwood floors upstairs. The owners were very friendly and we were able to communicate with the husband and vice versa, as long as we all spoke slowly and carried a dictionary. You can rent directly through the owners.

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