Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1149: Sant' Antonio, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
9 - 16 October, 2004, One week
Sant' Antonio is a thirteeth century monastery on a hill a couple of kilometers from Montepulciano that has been divided into a dozen or so apartments. It is gated and each apartment is quite private. The grounds are lovely.
We did walk to Montepulciano, but it is a 30-45 minute walk. We went a back way through a plowed field to avoid walking along a major highway, but this route is probably not feasible all year. Our only negative for Sant' Antonio is that it is a 5-10 minute drive to shopping and restaurants.
The buildings are historical (although "only" 800 years old) and beautifully reconditioned. Everything was in excellent shape.
We had our own private patio, and there are several common covered barbeques and a shared pool. There is also covered parking.
The Tuscan furniture was very good and the apartment clean. There is excellent built in storage in the two bedrooms. The greatroom had an adequate kitchen, a dining area that sat six and a living area that had a sofabed, a comfortable chair, a TV and a woodburning fireplace, with plenty of wood. When it rained we found room to move the clothes drying rack in our patio inside in front of the fireplace. There is no charge for firewood.
We had two large bedrooms with two large (by Italian standards) ensuite baths with showers. The beds were comfortable and queen sized.
The kitchen was adequate with a sink, gas stove and fridge. There was no microwave. The dishes, pots and pans were adequate and of good quality. There was a covered barbeque nearby where we grilled (even in the rain). We cooked full meals.
Problems or Bonuses
We chose Sant' Antonio because of its excellent reviews on Slow Travel and were not disappointed. We were concerned about the availability of clothes washing facilities in the area, but found the drying rack, which we moved indoors when it rained, to be adequate. Our host Nico spoke perfect English and treated us to a private tour of the Avignonesi winery, owned by his father-in-law and one of the premier producers of Montepulciano wines
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Nico speaks perfect English and was very helpful. His staff spoke adequate English. The reality reflects the published information. We paid 800E for one week in October for this two queen bedroom apartment with two ensuite baths.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would love to stay at Sant' Antonio again and hope to do so. We would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Our only qualification is the necessity for a car, and although that adds to the expense we didn't find driving in this part of Italy any problem, even coming from a rural American environment, thanks in part to the helpful driving information on Slow Travel.
Things to do in this area
We hiked, shopped, visited historic sites and enjoyed wines and dining in the immediate area which includes not only Montepulciano but also S Albino and Pienza. We found day trips to Montalcino, Sienna, Orvieto, and Civita well within range, and other hill towns would be as well. We found Ai Quattro Venti in Montepulciano and Latte di Luna in Pienza to be very good dining values. The short hike to the top of the hill at Sant' Antonio is interesting and a trail up and around the hill provides a postcard view of Montepulciano. The private tour of Avignonesi winery was a highlight of our trip.
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