Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1760: Easy Reserve, Montefili (aka Montefilione)
apartments on an estate near Greve, Tuscany Chianti
September 2005, one week
The location of Montefili is spectacular, set high in the Chianti hills among vineyards and olive groves. The setting is remote and peaceful. It is accessible via Montefioralle on the narrow, windy road from Greve. Roberto and Elena, the hosts were very gracious and hospitable. We loved the isolation, but needed a car to go elsewhere.
A ten minute drive to Greve where there are several food stores including a Co-op.
An old farm consisting of four buildings has been faithfully restored by the owners to a very high standard. There are four apartments, but each has its own private exterior areas.
We spent a lot of time by the pool set a hundred yards from the property, with spectacular views, and a week of great sunsets. We barbecued local sausages on an open fire set-up below our apartment.
The apartment (Forno) was very well furnished. The decor showed great flair. In excellent shape. The kitchen was a little small. We weren't happy about driving the road at night, so we ate our main meals at lunchtime in various towns and villages, and cooked light at night.
One double bedroom was excellent. The other (to our surprise) was smaller and contained bunk beds! Bathrooms were both fine.
It was functional, but only one of us could us it at a time.
Problems or Bonuses
We specifically requested two double beds, and were told by the agency that this is what we would get.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency, Tuscany-Villas (aka Italy-Villas) advertised the property as Montefilione, not by its real name, Montefili. We didn't discover this until after our visit. If we had known it was called Montefili we would have found that six other websites plus the owner's website (Montefili) that offered our rental for €900 per week, instead of the €1,100 we paid to Tuscany-Villas.
We originally booked the more expensive Piazzetta apartment, but after we had paid our deposit, we were advised that it was no longer available, and that we were being moved to the equally well appointed Forno. We were disappointed by the agency not knowing about the bunk beds, because it meant that one sixty year old male had to spend a week of nights on the top bunk!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would love to stay at Montefili again, and recommend it to our friends, but next time we would book directly with the owners: www.montefili.it.
Some of my photos are online at: ukitaly2005.blogspot.com
Things to do in this area
Montefili is close to the ancient village of Montefioralle. The Taverna del Guerrino, is a favourite of ours from previous visits to Chianti. Castellina, Greve, Panzano, Radda are a short drive away. We took the bus into Florence from Greve (the best way to visit).
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