Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2083: La Crociona, Apartment
Apartments on an estate near Montalcino, Tuscany South
April 2006, One week
The farm (vineyard that produces Brunello)is about 3 km south of Montalcino on the road to Sant'Antimo. It sits in the village of la Croce (population of about 25). There are seven apartments in three buildings (along with the wine cellars this is almost half the village).
There is a very good restaurant in the village but we drove into Montalcino for most of our meals. You could walk it (I have) but mostly I'm lazy and drive the 3km. Montalcino has almost everything you need: coop(supermarket), cleaners, internet point, bakery, tourist office, castle, take away pizza, lots of restaurants and wine bars and gift shops, museums and churches.
The apartments are in a building constructed in the 1400ís (walls are over a meter thick). The furniture is a couple hundred years old (armoire is hand carved, doors inches thick). It is comfortable but not elegant. The dining table is a five-foot slab of marble (so you can roll your pasta). The kitchen is equipped with everything you need except food (there are even spices and kitchen tools). The bathroom is modern. Everything is very clean.
There is an outside sitting area with chairs and table and a glider. There is a fenced in pool. There is a barbeque. There is a glassed in area with a hot tub and sauna.
All the furniture is in good shape and is comfortable. Everything is very clean. There is plenty of room and seating for everyone.
The bedrooms were large and well furnished, dresser, armiore and night stands. The bathrooms were modern and clean. The bathrooms were larger than most of the hotels in Italy (that I've been in) but the shower was just a bit larger. The beds were very comfortable.
The kitchen is fully equiped with everything to make as big a meal as you would like. Stove has an oven, four burners. The refrigerator is only half size. There were plenty of dishes and silverware and pots and pans and gadgets (corkscrews, garlic presses,etc.)
Problems or Bonuses
There is a hot tub and sauna. A new wine cellar has been built and the tasting rooms furnished with 17th century antiques.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The on site people are Barbara and Roberto (sister and brother) they both speak English and are very helpful. The website is accurate. A one bedroom apartment is about 600 euro a week.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I highly recommend La Crociona and have taken family and friends here.
Things to do in this area
There are many little towns very close (within a half hour): Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni, Sant Antimo, Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Buonconvento, Murlo and San Quirico.
Taverna del Grappolo Blu Via Scale di Moglio, 1, Montalcino This is a good restaurant with typical Tuscan menu. About $20 per person for a full meal.
Osteria di Porta al Cassero Via della LibertŠ 9 / Via Ricasoli 32, Montalcino This is my favorite place for wild boar and white beans. About $15 per person for a full meal.
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