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Review 1163: Invitation to Tuscany, Villa Strega

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Review by Nancy L from TX who is a SlowTrav Contributor

villa, sleeps 10, near Siena, Tuscany South


When

Oct. 9 - 16, 2004, 1 week

Location

Villa Strega is situated in the outskirts of Siena, off a long private road giving you the feel of being far removed from city life, yet only 5 km. from Siena. The villa itself is spacious and features 5 bedrooms and six baths. All baths have been modernized. Furnishings are classic Italian, with lots of comfortable seating. A large dine-in kitchen is only one highlight of this house. Full-length French doors open to an outdoor porch, overlooking the house's rose garden, with seating for outdoor dining.

There is an on-site pool that we did not use. The lack of a fireplace is a drawback for the fall, when nights can be cold and rainy. The property contains several large pots of blooming geraniums and hydrangeas, orange, lemon, and olive trees.

We worked with Colleen Lamont of Invitation to Tuscany, and she was most helpful in every way. I only felt that driving directions to the villa were confusing and need clarification.

Nearby Amenities

We were too far away to walk to anything. The nearest grocery was the COOP on the highway outside Siena.

The House/Apartment

The building has been modernized, yet there are historical ruins on the property. The villa itself was in excellent shape.

Garden

There was a lovely porch overlooking the rose garden, with seating and dining furniture. There was more outdoor furniture on the back of the house with a spectacular view of Siena. There was a fenced-in pool.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Furniture in good shape and comfortable - lots of seating. The villa was clean, although some bedrooms were a little dusty.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bedrooms were really nicely decorated and furnished. Some beds were more comfortable than others. All 5 bedrooms were upstairs with 4 baths upstairs. 2 baths were downstairs, one with a shower. All baths have been modernized.

Kitchen

Wonderful dine-in kitchen, with diswasher, coffee pot and toaster, although I read in the villa's log that the coffee pot and toaster had been "gifts to the house" from a summer renter. Otherwise, the kitchen was furnished with lots of good quality dishes and pots and pans. Certainly, you could cook full meals in this kitchen (although I could not find a colander for draining pasta).

Problems or Bonuses

A fireplace would have been nice. The kitchen and large dining room were bonuses.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Colleen Lamont of Invitation to Tuscany was wonderful to work with and accurately represented the property. The villa's caretaker spoke no English, however, there was an agency person available (who spoke English) to help with any problems.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would stay in Villa Strega again in the summer. The house was very cold and damp in October when an unexpected "cold front" moved into Siena. For some reason, the caretaker balked at turning on the heat, even though we were willing to pay the additional fee for it.

Things to do in this area

We made several day trips into the Tuscany area, using the villa as our base. We discovered a charming osteria, Vecchia Osteria, right off highway 408, near the front road to the villa and ate there twice in one week.

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