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Review 2506: Appartamenti Al Poggiolo, Apartment
apartments in Montepulciano, Tuscany South
Nov. 4 - 11, 2006, one week
These apartments are located right in Montepulciano, walk out the front door and down the block and you are right on the main street. The location was very quiet. Of course, we were there in the off season, and the only ones renting one of the apartments.
The owners leave a booklet with instructions and information in the apartment including stores for groceries, restaurants, anything you might need. We did drive down to the larger Conad supermarket, included on their list.
The building includes four apartments; we were in #3 (2bed/1.5bath). There are lots of steps up to the entrance of the apartment and more once inside. These apartments are accessible from the street and from the private rear garden.
The garden was lovely, quite large and included a terrace. It is shared by all four apartments and the owners' apartment in the adjoining building. There is gated access from the street and private parking at one end of the garden. The area was very quiet.
The apartment was spotlessly clean. The living room had a sofa and two chairs, a fireplace and satellite TV. There was also a large selection of reading material and travel info. I added a few books that I had finished reading to their collection.
We had a large bathroom with shower, toilet, sink and bidet and a small bathroom with just a sink and toilet. The heated towel bars are so nice and they really keep the bathroom warm, too.
The master bedroom had a double bed and was comfortable. The second bedroom had two or three twin beds, depending on your climbing skills (third bed was up a ladder to a loft.)
The small kitchen had everything we needed to make our meals including a range with four burners, small refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee makers, toaster, and microwave. There were plenty of dishes, pots and pans, and utensils. There was a table with seating for four people. A small balcony opened off the kitchen and had a barbeque, two chairs and a small table. Everything looked new and very nice.
Problems or Bonuses
We chose apartment three because of the balcony. Unfortunately, the weather was a little too cool to enjoy.
The gated parking was another attraction.
The apartment was heated and we could set the temperature to what suited us. It was quite cold the first two days but then the rooms warmed up and we were able to turn the heat down. No extra charge for the heat, another bonus.
The building includes two sets of washers and dryers for use by the four apartments. We used both at once because we were alone for the week.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were met by two of the owners, Margherita and Georgio, who live in Rome. We called from the Conad supermarket after giving up following their directions. They kindly drove down and met us and we followed them up to the parking area. We had been quite close to the location on our own, but were a little unsure about the streets. After following Georgio, we were fine on our own. They even make sure to explain how to leave the apartment to get out of town.
Margherita speaks excellent English and Georgio's is much better than he thinks! Their web site accurately describes the apartments We paid €550 Euros for the week, Nov. 4 - 11, 2006.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a real taste of Tuscany.
We preferred a location in town rather than being isolated in the countryside. We wanted to be able to leave the car and walk rather than having to find and pay for parking every time we wanted to go into town.
In all honesty, we look forward to returning to "our town" and another stay at Appartamenti Al Poggiolo.
Things to do in this area
We drove all over the area, really enjoyed Pienza and Montalcino. Of course we enjoyed dinner at Taverna Grappola Blu in Montalcino one evening. Sant' Antimo was lovely as was San Biaggio just below Montepulciano. We also drove up to Volterra one afternoon.
The Montepulciano area is beautiful with many places to see, or just stay in town and enjoy your little bit of Tuscany!
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