Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2536: Sant' Antonio, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
November 14-21, One week
Sant'Antonio is located on the outskirts of Montepulciano. The location is perfect for touring many Tuscan towns/villages and for just enjoying the spectacular natural beauty of the countryside.
The nearest grocery was about a ten minute drive as were the many stores and restaurants of Montepulciano. There are no business within walking distances.
The buildings were part of a 12th century monastery and are in excellent condition. There are individual cottages and also apartments. We had requested a cottage, but it was already rented. Because it was off season, Nico, the owner, gave us a two bedroom/two bath apartment for the same price as the one bedroom cottage. This apartment had a kitchen with a four burner cook top, a toaster and an Italian coffee maker. There were ample plates, pots and pans, etc. for food preparation. There was a small sitting area in front of a great fireplace. The master bedroom was en suite. It was very comfortable and spacious. The other bedroom had a daybed with another bath in the adjacent hallway. Both baths had shower stalls, bidets, toilets and sinks.
There were lovely tables/chairs and huge grills located all around the property. There were olive groves adjoining the resort, a volleyball net, pool and a variety of spaces to sit and take in the wonderful views.
The furniture in our unit was in good shape. The apartment was spotless. There was ample seating for four people.
The beds were comfortable and had great views of the hillside. The tiled bathrooms were spacious with lots of shelving for toiletries.
As mentioned above, the kitchen was well outfitted. We did not cook many meals here, but one could easily prepare full meals there.
Problems or Bonuses
Nico and his assistant, Susana warned us that the gas for heating was very expensive, but that we had an unlimited supply of firewood, so they urged us to use that source as opposed to turning on the furnace. We tried to follow that advice as often as possible.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Nico and Susana are just lovely people. Nico speaks several languages and his English is perfect (educated in England). We purchased a bottle of the house wine, and used the provided computers (€20 a week). We paid €600 for the week and this included utilities. We felt this was an amazing value.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would recommend this resort to our friends and family. Nico felt bad that we weren't experiencing the resort in the full bloom of summer when the pool is open and communal dinners are offered on Wednesdays. We could imagine the fun of this season, but we thoroughly enjoyed the quiet and colorful beauty of our November visit.
Things to do in this area
We toured many nearby towns and especially enjoyed Montepulciano and Pienza. Both towns have several interesting shops and many restaurants. One of our favorite restaurants was Caffe Poliziano. This is just a beautiful place for coffee/pastry or, a delicious lunch/dinner. A lunch with two entrees, salads and drinks was €30. The views from the windows are spectacular. The only down side was that some of the wait staff have attitude.
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