Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2162: Owner, Casa degli Olivi
1bed/1bath apartment on a farm near Cetona, Tuscany South
May 2006, 7 days
The apartment is located on the upper floor of a house on a beautiful small farm on the road in to Cetona. The area generally is a stunning, wild and rugged part of Tuscany, a little off the beaten track, but within easy drives of Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Cortona, Lake Trasimeno and Orvieto. The A1 motorway is about 10 minutes from the house if you want to travel further afield. The area is totally charming, quiet, peaceful, free from hordes of tourists, and an excellent place to relax for a week while taking in the charms of the area.
The centre of Cetona, a classic Tuscan hill town, is about 15 minutes brisk walk from the house. There is a supermarket, bakery, restaurants etc. in the town centre. It was beautiful to walk into town for an evening meal and stroll back under the stars.
The house is in excellent shape. The house consists of the upper floor apartment that is rented out to visitors and, via a separate entrance, the part where the owners live. The apartment consists of one large bedroom, a large bathroom, a ktichen and a large balcony where you can sit out and eat admiring the views of the Tuscan countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well maintained by the owners who, since they live in the same building, were always on hand if we needed anything.
There is an utterly gorgeous garden where you can sit out and have breakfast, read etc. In late May the roses were out and the scent was exquisite.
All the furniture was in good shape, either new purchases or sturdy country antiques.
All was spotless and comfortable. The bath is large and inviting, and there is also a shower.
The kitchen was fairly basic but well equipped and perfectly adequate for two people. There were plenty of pots and pans, cutlery, glasses etc. It's not a place for cooking elaborate dinner parties for eight, but since we were just there to relax, it was just fine.
Problems or Bonuses
The owners had provided organic olive oil, wine, honey and eggs from their farm. The eggs were so fresh and delicious, and the owners took me to visit the hens that had laid them. Also, the honey was probably the best honey that I had ever tasted anywhere, with scents of lavender and clover from the owners' farm. I bought three jars to take back as gifts.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are Italian and English and were very helpful in giving advice about the local area. Unlike many other farms rentals, they only have one apartment to rent out, and since they live right next door we had the reassurance that if any poblems were to arise, they would be on site to fix them. The price was very reasonable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would aboslutely recommend this without hesitation to anyone who wants to live in Italy for a few days or a week away from the tourist hordes, but with the convenience of being able to tour around the small towns of southern Tuscany or northern Umbria.
Things to do in this area
Dinner at the fabulous nearby Frateria di Padre Ligio is worth it if you prepare yourself in advance for the 100 euro eight course tasting menu set in a lovingly restored monastery.
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