Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1140: Casolare San Lorenzo, Apartment
apartments on estate near Montespertoli, Tuscany Chianti
Oct 2 - 16, 2004, 2 weeks
Casolare San Lorenzo is located outside of Montespertoli. It is about a 6 minute drive to and from town. The nearest train station is at Montelupo Fiorentino, where trains to Florence, Pisa, Empoli, etc. are available on a regular basis.
A portion of the access from town to the property is by dirt road.
The actual house is perched on a hilltop with absolutely stunning views from the balconies of the apartment. The location is very private with a few local houses just down the road.
There are multiple apartments available for rent in the villa and while we were there, there were only a handful of them that were also rented out (1 during the first week, and 2-3 during the second week).
It was very peaceful - a real country retreat!
A Coop was located in the town of Montespertoli, accessible in six minutes by car. In Montespertoli, there were also coffee shops and restaurants. Several very good restaurants were also available in the other direction, also five minutes away, in Montalbino, Lucardo and Marcialla.
This property is very large and includes two joined villas, each with 4 apartments (3 are 2 bed/2bath and 1 is 1bed/1bath). The property is relatively new and everything was in very good shape. It's obvious that very high quality windows, doors and such were used.
As I mentioned, the property is very large, so there is many amenities in the garden. Firstly, there is a pool, which was still open during our stay in October (we were blessed with some great weather). There is also a children's pool, children's trampoline, fooseball table, ping pong tables, and soccer pitch. There are also BBQ spots available, with wood supplied.
Walking paths are carved out in the property and are lit at night until midnight.
The garden is full of beautiful roses, cypress trees, huge rosemary bushes, lavender, olive trees, etc.
The same owner also owns a property just down the road (accessible by foot), which also has wonderful views and walking paths that are good for a stroll.
Everything was very very clean. All furniture was very comfortable. There was a table with six chairs in the kitchen and a table with six chairs on the balcony for outdoor eating.
The beds were also very comfortable. Both of the rooms included large closet space, and the room with the ensuite included a dresser and mirror as well. The bathrooms were in excellent condition and water pressure and lighting were more than adequate.
The kitchen was small (by our North American perceptions), but more than adequate. The cupboards were beautiful and well equipped.
There was cutlery for eight, espresso cups for six, capuccino cups for six, plenty of large plates, soup plates, and small plates. There were plenty of wine glasses, water glasses and juice glasses. There were multiple sizes of pots, a strainer, a tomato mill, 2 sizes of frying pans, sharp knives, wine bottle opener, cheese grater, vegetable peeler, hot rack. There was also a large serving plate, a tray and several sizes of glass bowls.
That's about all I can remember, although I'm sure there was more. In any case, we didn't feel that we were missing anything at any point.
Problems or Bonuses
I cannot rave enough about the view from our apartment - whether it was morning mist or evening thundershowers or just regular old views of the countryside, it was amazing to just sit on the balcony and enjoy!
We thought that this rental was a perfect blend of location, view, amenities and price.
An additional bonus was the chance to talk to the owner during grape harvest time, to learn about the process and details of agriculture in Tuscany and Italy, as well as to taste 1 day old wine, 2 day old wine and 10 day old wine.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Our hostess, Cristina was amazing. It is obvious that she cares a lot about the guests. She spoke perfect English. She had wonderful restaurant recommendations and she even arranged for a meeting for us with the owner so we could ask him questions about agriculture in Italy.
The website is absolutely 100% accurate in all of their descriptions and pictures. Pricing was quite frugal compared to many other places I had looked at. The website provides detailed pricing information.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, yes, yes!!!
Things to do in this area
The commune of Montespertoli is rich in panoramic scenery and wineries. We had some very good wines from the area and also sampled more from the area wineries.
Enoteca Recommendations: - Castello di Poppiano (www.conteguicciardini.it) - Fattoria Parri
Restaurant Recommendations: - Trattoria Montalbino, in Montalbino - Il Frontoio, in Marcialla - Le Grotte, in Lucardo - C'era Una Volta, in Lucardo
Close by are the towns of Certaldo, Cestelfiorentino, and Montelupo Fiorentino (for ceramics). Florence, San Gimignano and Volterra are less than an hour away.
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