Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1547: Travel-Italy.com, Cellole 2 (San Fabiano-Calcinaia)
apartments on estate near Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany Chianti
June 2005, 1 week
About 1 km outside Castellina, high on the hill, overlooking a large valley - can see Siena in the distance on a sunny day. There are 6 apartments but you rarely see anyone else except at the pool. We really were lucky with location, as it was a 3 minute drive into Castellina, but close enough to San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra and lots of other towns.
You would have to drive into town. There is a Coop supermarket in town plus the usual smaller alimentari, a couple of coffee shops and bars, plus maybe 4 reasonably good restaurants just in the main part of town itself.
The building is divided into 6 apartments. All of the windows had flyscreens. It is a working farm, so at about 8am, you can hear people doing chores in the vineyard or around the property. The apartment itself was spotlessly clean, was large and we could hear absolutely no noise from other apartments. There was a well stocked kitchen, two good sized bathrooms, 2 large bedrooms and the living area was large. It had a TV but we never used it!
There was a private outside area for each apartment (ours was a vine covered gazebo) plus a larger shared one. The pool was gorgeous - large, clean, plenty of sunchairs - but the most spectacular thing was that it was infinity pool and looked like it disappeared into the valley below.
The furniture was in good shape, reasonably comfortable but we didn't spend that much time inside, preferring to eat dinner outside. Plenty of chairs and the kitchen had a table and 4 chairs.
Beds were OK - I like hard beds, and these weren't.
A very well stocked kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
The surprise was how much nicer it looked in real life. We had two groups of people stop in to ask how we booked - as they thought it looked gorgeous - they must really have been looking around, as it is on a road that goes nowhere - not a through road!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency were fabulous - sending great directions. We paid approx US$1,200 for the week - it was a great deal.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would have no hesitation recommending this property to anyone. One of the greatest things also was the location. I found Castellina a great place to stay - easy to get to towns we really wanted to see. Places like Greve, whilst pretty, were more difficult to get to by road.
Things to do in this area
Antica La Torre in the main square is great for dinner - very reasonable and a nice outdoor area - we sent the kids outside to play in the plaza when they had finished - we could easily keep an eye on them. We also ate at the Trattoria/Pizzeria on the hill on the Poggibonsi road (two minutes drive from Castellina on the right hand side) - the fixed menu at 20 Euro includes antipasti (HUGE choice), 3 types of pasta, a pizza, water, unlimited wine, dessert and coffee - there is way too much food!
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