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Review 1876: Agriturismo Cretaiole, Apartment

www.cretaiole.it

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Review by Margaret from Australia

apartments on a farm near Pienza, Tuscany South


When

Nov 2005, 5 nights

Location

Located in the country about 4km from Pienza, which is about 40km south of Siena. Area is called Val d'Orcia, famous for Tuscan views.

Nearby Amenities

Car necessary. Closest groceries in Pienza, 4 km away.

The House/Apartment

Apartment was one of five, contained in renovated 14th century farmhouse. Located on the Moricciani family's working farm, although their house is on another property close to Pienza. Very peaceful and quiet - you could hear the sound of distant tractors working away.

Garden

Huge garden area shared with the other guests, so you can mingle or keep to yourself. Lots of kids toys to share. Vegetable garden maintained by the family is free to raided by the guests to use in their cooking.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Apartment well furnished, comfortable and clean.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Bedroom nice and large and comfy bed. Bathroom OK, but the smallest shower space we have ever seen.

Kitchen

Cooks well catered for in the kitchen.

Problems or Bonuses

Isabella and family will go out of their way to make your stay memorable. There's a compendium in the apartment with details on all things to do and see in the area, and Isabella is happy to organise almost anything. Kids will love the 6 (or was it 7?) friendly, well fed, farm cats that hang around. Our 5yo still talks about them.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Dealt with Isabella from the Moricciani family. She speaks excellent English, as well as French and German I believe. Happy with the price paid.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Highly recommended. We will stay again one day and we'll also be telling our friends.

Things to do in this area

Many things to do. Depending on the season, you'll be invited to take part in the grape or olive harvest. We helped pick olives (November) and were taken to the local olive pressing factory to see the oil being extracted. We were invited to their family Sunday lunch, as well as shown how to make the local pasta variant called "pici" before feasting on it with all the family with all their own produce. There's Pienza 4km away, hot springs 10km away, plus all manner of Tuscan villages.

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