Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 202: Villa Luisa, Apartment
apartment and B&B on an estate near Siena, Tuscany South
Dec/Jan 2001-2002, 10 days
Beautiful hill town of Ville di Corsano. Centrally located for drives to all destinations in Tuscany. Luisa speaks fluent English and is an incredibly accomodating hostess. Rental car is necessary, takes about 20 minutes to drive into Siena (beautiful backroad, winding drive). This is my favorite area in Tuscany -- view from upstairs apartment and B&B room is incredible. Very quiet and peaceful with fruit trees/gardens, can see the city of Siena in the distance.
One fantastic, inexpensive Osteria within walking distance (we ate there almost every night, even though we were in plenty of other towns and could have stayed for dinner). Post Office within walking distance. Excellent cappucino at the Osteria. Short drive into Ville di Corsano for grocercies (or long walk).
Part of the building is very old, all is refurbished. The bathroom for B&B guests is amazing -- HUGE bathtub, and beautiful tile. The two apartments are also completely refurbished and beautifully decorated. I believe one apartment has a washer (but need to confirm this).
Beautiful outside sitting area, but not private (but at most there could only be four other guests). No pool. Nice grounds/garden. Nearby opportunities for hikes ("trekking" as Luisa calls it).
Everything was in great shape. There were only two of us, but plenty of room for us -- think a family of four would be fine as well. We stayed in the B&B room, and two young couples shared one of the apartments. Luisa has a cleaning woman who comes in every few days. She is a stickler for cleanliness. Everything in her house is just right!
We did not stay in apartments, but kitchens looked small but usable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would not hesitate to go back. The B&B room is not as private as I would have liked, so probably would opt for the upstairs apartment if available (though would be a difficult choice as the house bathroom is incredible!). The upstairs apartment has a better view, otherwise both apartments are pretty equal.
Things to do in this area
Castello di Grotti is a famous restaurant in this area. We went there for New Year's Eve and were unimpressed. Very expensive and not worth the price (the worst food we had in Italy). Central to all major Tuscan destinations, and the drives to other towns are so beautiful I cannot even describe it! Luisa is fabulous, and enjoys conversing in English (and likes to teach a bit of Italian, too). She ensures that her guests are well acquainted with the area and able to do all they want to do.
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