Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2379: InTuscany, Romitorio di Serelle
apartments on an estate near Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany Chianti
Sept 17 - 22, 2006, 1 week
Romitorio di Serelle was in the countryside yet only 12 km from Poggibonsi, five km from Castellina de Chianti and a short bike ride from several vineyards. The grounds far exceeded our expectations in terms of beauty. We could see vineyards and olive trees for miles in every direction. There were several apartments but entrances and private terraces were arranged to allow as much or as little interaction as we desired.
Romitorio di Serelle offered breakfast and dinner. We tried both and they were very good. The nearest village was 5 km and had a grocery store, a quick breakfast was available and several excellent restaurants. There was also a roadside restaurant about 2 km away, La Postella, where we had a wonderful Tuscan dinner. (Bistecca, pasta with truffles, limoncella).
The building had been restored from what appeared to be an old stone farm building. The restoration was well done and our apartment was lovely with all the modern conveniences. We had windows on three walls affording views in almost every direction. Guessing, I would say there were about 10 apartments of varying size and each with a unique configuration. Every apartment had it's own outdoor sitting area. Our studio apartment was under a wisteria arbor with a magnificent view overlooking the grape vines and olive trees.
Our private terrace had a table under an arbor plus two canvas lounge chairs. It was ours alone. There was a pool area also overlooking the vineyards.
All furnishings were clean, comfortable, and appeared to be new. The apartment was very clean and seemed fresh.
The bed was comfortable with extra covers and pillows in the cupboard. The windows had interior wooden shutters to keep out the morning sun. The bathroom was fine for two and very up to date.
Honestly, we ate out. We conversed with many other guests who cooked full meals daily so I suspect that the kitchen was well equipped. The kitchen met our two requirements of a corkscrew and wine glasses!
Problems or Bonuses
The surprise was that Romitorio di Sirelle was better than our expectations! It was beautiful, it was peaceful, it was a great location, the hospitality was wonderful (Marco and Roberto), there were ample activities available (pool, bikes, bocci ball, chess). We could not have found a better place to stay.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I communicated via email with Manola of intuscany.com. She was responsive and accomodating.
We paid $700 euro in September for a week in paradise.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely recommend Romitorio di Serelle to anyone.
If we return (which we would definitely like to do) we would fly into Florence rather than Rome. Also, we would plan more days on site rather than multiple days of sightseeing.
Things to do in this area
We rode the bus from Poggibonsi to Florence one day, a quick 45 minute ride for $4.30 Euro.
We spent one day visiting villages in Chianti - Castellina de Chianti, Greve, Radda and San Gimignano all in one day and still back for sunset.
We spent one day seeing Lucca (rode bikes around the fortress wall) and Pisa (climbed to the top of the Leaning Tower)
We spent our last day on site with a picnic lunch on our terrace, swimming and riding bikes to the nearby vineyards.
It was a great week.
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