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Review 160: Lucignanello Bandini, Apartment

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Review by Kathy from FL

apartments on an estate near Pienza, Tuscany South


When

October 2000, 5 days

Location

Lucignano Bandini is a cluster of small houses in a village in central southern Tuscany near Montalcino. It is fairly remote and is reach after driving down a long dusty road. Other than the rental houses in the village there is not much more in the immediate area but that does not detract from the beauty of the area. The town itself is exceedingly small with beautiful well-kept apartment houses. The area is dead quiet at night and very peaceful.

Nearby Amenities

There is an extremely small grocery in the town but it really did not sell much other than somme breads, rice and pasta. Be sure to bring with you any foods you desire to eat while there. No restaurant in town so you do have to fend for yourself and there is nothing extremely close. There are 3 small picnic type tables in front of the grocery store and I know you can order wine from them but I am not sure about sandwiches or other foods.

The House/Apartment

Houses and apartments are all located in beautifully updated buildings. The interiors are beautiful although some of the furnishings are beginning to be a little worn.

Our apartment was Casa Remo and consisted of one large room containing the kitchen, dining room and huge living room with an absolutely beautiful fireplace. The 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are located down 3 steps from the living area. The plumbing in the bathrooms is a bit antiquated but you can live through it. The bathrooms are beautifully tiled and their look is gorgeous. Bedrooms are sparsely furnished but contain everything you might need. The kitchen was beautiful with a tiny refrigerator, pots and pans and beautiful glazed tiles on the wall. From the brochure, I would say most of the apartments are similarly furnished.

Garden

No true garden area but the swimming pool area and the garden surrounding it were extremely beautiful BUT not easy to get to! The pool is found on the very top of the hill in town and is reachable only by 2 sets of very tight circular stairs and then another steep climb to the pool. Beautiful but difficult to get to when you have a bottle of wine in one hand and the other hand full of pecorino cheeses!

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Favorite piece of furniture was the huge farmhouse table in the dining room. Living room furniture was comfortable if a little worn. Our apartment had 2 good size sofas and 4 overstuffed chairs along with some hard-back chairs. I think there was a TV but we could never get it to work.

Kitchen

See above. However there was no coffee pot and we had to use our emergency coffee bags we brought along with us. When making reservations, verify if breakfast is or is not included in the price of the apartment.

Problems or Bonuses

We only encountered 2 negatives but they were not bad enough to keep us from coming back 2 more times. All brochures and web sites indicated breakfast would be provided. However, when we checked in, we were told by the Contessa that she would not provide breakfast and we would have to fend for ourselves. I believe her assistant was on vacation the week we were there and she did not want to be bothered. I am afraid I would have to call the antiquated bathroom shower plumbing to also be a negative - not real easy to get hot water consistently.

Otherwise, we loved the quiet and beauty of the little town and apartment. After busy days in the hilltowns of Tuscany it was great to come home to a glass of Brunello wine by a roaring fire.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

I made my reservations through Caffelletto and they were absolutely great - they work only with middle to high class italian properties.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We will be staying here for the third time this coming October so we obviously like it! The Contessa can be a little difficult at times but others times she is very charming.

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