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Review 2158: Rentvillas, Terra di Siena 4

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Review by david j from NY

Apartments on an estate, Tuscany Chianti


When

May 20-27, One week

Location

A mile or so from Siena, the other side of a hill, so very bucolic. Great pool, just big enough to do laps. Nice smallish house with a patio and table over looking vineyards, olive groves and a few villas on the hill opposite. Very peaceful and restful. Good for parents and two kids. Might be a bit cramped with two couples as there is only one livingroom/kitchen, but if the weather's good you'll be out anyway.

Nearby Amenities

One restaurant you could walk to. Short drive, maybe 1/2 mile to a big grocery store. Lots of places in Siena to rent bikes. Lots of restaurants in Siena.

The House/Apartment

Very fixed up old farm building on one level with two bedrooms, one bathroom, very nicely done with a small shower and clothes washing machine. Basic kitchen with small dining table and living room combined with couches and TV. Nice table with umbrella outside to sit and have breakfast or lunch. Pool fiftey steps up the hill.

Garden

Yes, private sitting area as above. I took a chaise lounge from the pool and set it under the trees to have afternoon naps in the shade and gentle breeze.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Everything nicely clean, enough seats and room. There were three of us (one daughter).

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Very comfortable beds, nice bedrooms. Very nicely done bathroom, good water pressure.

Kitchen

Kitcchen was okay for doing basic meals. When we arriuved there was only one drinking glass and no forks, but lots of spoons. Try eating pasta with a spoon. The next day, sunday, I found an open air market in Siena and bought forks and glasses cheaply.

Problems or Bonuses

We were surprised pleasantly by how wonderful the surroundings were and had been worried from pictures that the house was too small but it was fine. Plus, the size of the pool (big enough for laps) was a great bonus. We couldn't tell from the pix. From previous reviews we had been warned about bugs and there were some but no mosquitoes (they agency lady said "not yet" and it was May). No big deal. I mean, how are you going to have a house in the middle of olive groves and vineyards and expect it to be bug free. Also surprised we didn't have to pay a deposit as indicated in the info, just a cleaning fee.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency was a great, friendly and helpful in our selection and interested to find out what our needs were. They sent us a complete package with instructions, phone #s etc. When we arrived a delightful young Italian lady with pretty good English showed us everything. It was all very easy and hassle free.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I'd go there again easliy. The biggest bad thing was my wife and daughter had hay fever and it was bad there as well as in Rome.

Things to do in this area

The hill towns are fun to visit, go early miss the tourist hordes. Siena's great fun at night.

The restaurants in Siena we liked:

  • Taverna di Cecco, via Cecco Angiolieri, 19 - reasonably priced local fare
  • Nello, Via del Porrione 28 - more nouvelle cuisine italian
  • Da Guido, Vicolo Per Pettinasio, 7, a little more formal and expensive.

All of these very near Piazza del Campo.

In Pienza, had a fine meal al fresco at Dal Falco, Piazza Dante Aligherieri 7.

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