Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1108: Colle Lungo, Aquila
apartments on an estate near Castellina, Tuscany Chianti
Sept. 18 - 25, 2004, One week
Collelungo, an agritourismo owned by Monica & Lorenzo Cattelan, is located on the outskirts of the charming village of Castellina in Chianti. The farm is perched on the side of a mountain, surrounded by vineyards, with a steep stairway running through it from the car park to the fields below. This is a very private location. Some of the guests did walk into Castellina through a trail in the vineyard, however the drive to the highway on the rugged, rut filled lane and white road was enough adventure for us.
We were only a few minutes by car from Castellina, which has a Coop, butcher, green grocer etc., and quite a few restaurants for such a small town, and other towns such as Panzano, Greve and Radda were really not far.
The historical buildings had all the modern conveniences inside and in excellent condition. We were in Aquila, a two bedroom with fireplace, dishwasher (which we couldn't figure out, not that we really needed it), small stove top and fridge and lots of dishes, etc. The huge lovely bedrooms had comfortable king size beds and good size bathrooms. Very clean.
There are eight apts in the complex, a lovely, though extremely cold, pool, a BBQ area, and another location with a clothesline. They have a common room were you can buy their olive oil and wine. Both are very good and we ended up bringing eight bottles of olive oil home for gifts. After a week of walking up and down the steep paths I would not recommend this location to anyone with knee, hip or walking problems in general.
The outside sitting areas were, for the most part shared, and great for meeting your other fellow travelers. We met two other couples that researched their trips on Slow Travel, so it was a great spot for sharing a few glasses of wine. All and all there was quite a bit of seating area so you could be social, or not, depending on your mood.
All furniture was comfortable and in good shape and very clean.
A tiny cooking area in the living/dinning room was perfectly fine for our stay. I wouldn't necessarily want to cook a big meal for four, but we had a small breakfast every morning, with croissant's that are optional and delivered to the common room each morning. We only ate in twice and other than the trek's down to the dark BBQ area and back up it was no problem and very enjoyable.
Problems or Bonuses
No real surprises except for the steep stairway's. However, if you are able it's fantastic excersise! Even with our wonderful meals and pasta daily none of the four of us gained any weight!!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
All and all the owners were very good, the place accurately reflected the published information. The rate for our place, which I think is the most expensive, was 1,589 euros for the 7 nights.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, we would recommend this rental and we would stay here again.
Things to do in this area
We had great pizza in Tre Porte in Castellina. All our meals in Castellina were very good though nothing exceptional.
The only disappointment was Al Gallopapa, which received raves from Slow Travelers. The place, atmosphere and servers were excellent, but the quality of the veal dish was not good, especially at the price. Way too much fat and very small amount of meat. My lamb was very good however, but we would not return or reommend based on value for our dollar.
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