Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1552: Owner, Casa degli Olivi
1bed/1bath apartment on a farm near Cetona, Tuscany South
27 June - 4 July, 2005, one week
The apartment was attached to the owners home on their beautiful, organic farm overlooking vineyards, olive trees and sunflowers. It was in the country, but still convienient for touring the rest of Tuscany. The area was absolutely stunning with incredible views. It was completely peaceful and serene.
It was about a 10-15 minute walk to the town of Cetona where you could have coffee in the piazza with the locals. There is also a shop that sells produce, one that sells meat, a bakery and convienience store for anything else you may need. There are only a few restaurants in the town.
The apartment was beautiful, well decorated, and comfortable. The owners went above and beyond in their consideration of the guests that would be staying there. It was the only apartment on the property. The bedroom had one large (king size) bed as well as a futon couch if needed. Looking out the bedroom window you see beautiful hills, an old stone house and fields of sunflowers and olive trees. The bathroom had everything you could need, as did the kitchen. Each morning I would sit at the table eating my breakfast looking out at the most spectacular views. There was also a balcony to sit and relax and enjoy the view.
There was a table and chairs in the garden to use sitting amongst the flowers and butterflys. This would be shared with the owners. No pool.
Everything was in perfect condition and the apartment would be comfortable for 2-3 people.
The bed and bedroom were fantastic. Bathroom had everything you would need.
The kitchen was perfect for however much or how little you wanted to cook. There were plenty of dishes, pots and pans. When I arrived there was organic, home made olive oil, honey, pasta sauce, wine, and eggs waiting for me.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surprise was how wonderful and peaceful the place was.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I booked directly with the owner (from the Slow Travel Classified listing) and he made it as easy as he could for me. He was British, so yes he spoke English. He was extremely friendly and helpful, but also gave me space and privacy. The place was better than what I expected from the published information. I paid 250 British pounds for a week in June/July.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone, friends and family included. This was the most wonderful, relaxing holiday I've ever had and the apartment had a lot to do with that.
Things to do in this area
In Cetona I enjoyed having coffee in the piazza as well as wandering the narrow stone streets. There is also a thermal spa nearby, but I didn't go. There is easy access to the main highway (A1) so I was able to see a lot of the area (Florence, Siena, Chianti wine region, and numerous beautiful hilltop towns).
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