Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1792: Montefili, Il Forno
apartments on an estate near Greve, Tuscany Chianti
October 05, 1 week
Montifili is a farm complex on a hilltop approximately 3 km from Greve. It is in a vineyard and olive grove in the beautiful countryside of Chianti Classico. The old farm house and farm buildings have been renovated since 1994. The farm buildings have been restored into 4 apartments.
Greve is approximately 3 km and the town is quite big with supermarket, butchers, wine shops, and cafes. Montefili is 1400 ft above sea level and Greve is in the valley so it is a steep walk back from town. There is a good restaurant at Monefiorelle which is a medieval walled village between the apartment and Greve. Other hilltop towns are a short drive away.
A beautiful stone farmhouse and buildings now restored. We stayed above the old bakery (the oven is now a BBQ ). There are 4 apartments all with different layouts. Il Forno was 2 bedroom/2 bathroom.
Each apartment has a separate table and chairs outside, however not particularly private. We were there when the weather was getting cool and didn't sit out. In summer I imagine the tenants would all enjoy the outdoor setting and privacy may not matter. There was a pool with a lovely view over the hills and valleys.
The apartment was spacious and comfortable. The living area had a table and dining chairs for 4 people. There was a 2 seater couch and an armchair - seating for 3 people however we moved a small low (uncomfortable) chair from the bedroom for the 4th adult. The kitchen and bathrooms were very clean.
The beds were comfortable with good linen. The pillows were large and comfortable. The 2 bathrooms had showers, a basin and toilet. Modern and clean. The bedrooms were quite large, one double and one bunk. The top bunk was very high and reached by a longish ladder. May be too high for very young children. The shower in the bathroom for the main bedroom had low pressure and it took a long time to get the hot water. The other bathroom had a good shower with instant hot water and good pressure.
The kitchen was very small. There was no oven or microwave. It had gas hotplates, a sink, dishwasher and a small fridge. The pots were good quality as was the cutlery and crockery. In summer with the BBQ the kitchen may have been large enough however we found it very limited.
Problems or Bonuses
The kitchen was disappointing. The website did say small kitchen but there was no photo. We did manage an evening meal most nights after a long lunch in one of the towns we visited, however the small fridge and no oven made it a little difficult. We had tried to book the larger apartment but it was booked when we organised accommodation earlier in the year. It turned out that the apartment was vacant the week we were there and I am sorry I didn't ask about this when we arrived. It has a full kitchen. There was a dishwasher which we didn't use. It would have been nice to have 3 or 4 tablets or powder in the cupboard.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Owner Direct took the booking, for a fee, then left contact between owner and tenant. On reflection the owner's website would have been cheaper. The owner Roberto speaks very good English. He welcomed us and showed us around, giving us information about the surrounding areas including markets, restaurants and shopping. Il Forno was E800 (Low season).
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
It was a beautiful place to stay however I would have an apartment with a full kitchen and I will ask about that in future. We found the roads narrow and winding which was a little stressful at times. We toured during the day, usually calling in at a reccommended restaurants for lunch, then returning to Montifili for our evening meal and a few local wines. It was hunting season for pidgeons and we were woken early by shotgun sounds in the close hills and valley.
Things to do in this area
Restaurants: Taverna del Geurrino - Montefioralle; Ristoro di Lamole - Lamole
Antica Macelleria Ceccini - Butcher Panzano
Macelleria Falorni - butcher / deli Greve
Le Cantine de Greve in Chianti - Wine store
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