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Review 2551: La Pietra Grezza, Ancient Fireplace
2bed/1bath apartment near Cellai, Tuscany Chianti
Middle of August til End of September 06, six weeks
La Pietra Grezza is located approximately 20km south-east of Florence and is near the top of a hill from the small village of Cellai. This is a beautiful quiet area surrounded by olive groves vineyards and forests. It has beautiful views of the Valdarno valley, you can see three castles off in the distance.
The village of Cellai is about 1.5km down the hill. It has a small alimentari where you can purchase bus tickets to Florence (a 40 minute ride) and small grocery items. We would drive into Rignano sull Arno a small town about 10 minutes away to go to the larger COOP. There were many local fairs in the small towns near by on weekends.
La Pietra Grezza has three units. The owner lives on the lower level. On the other side are the two rentals. We were in the lower unit called the Ancient Fireplace. Above us was the Lilac Apartment. We had two bedrooms, bathroom, a modern kitchen, living room, and a dining room with an old large stone fireplace. The furniture was a contemporary/antique mix. All the rooms had framed prints or original oils, a nice Tuscany touch. We had everything we needed for a comfortable stay.
We had our own 30'+ 30' walled stone patio, with two lounge chairs and a covered eating area. A few feet from the kitchen to the outside table where we ate almost all of our meals, plus read/painted, and shared wine and star gazed. The owner, Alberto, had three large clay containers of hydrangeas and numerous smaller pots with geraniums around the patio.
The apartment was clean. We had two bedrooms, with a queen bed in one and two twins put together in the other. The furniture was family antique's that had belonged to the landlords grandparents. The beds were fine. There was enough lighting for reading. We also had a sitting room, with a TV also a TV in one of the bedrooms. They only had Italian TV.
The bathroom was large enough with a shower that always had hot water. There were lots of towels.
We had a fully functional kitchen with everything we needed to cook our meals. Which we did most of the time. We had a dining room with a dining table with six chairs. Also a small table with two chairs in both the living room and kitchen. The dining room had a wonderful old fireplace that worked but we didn't use it because it was two warm while we were there.
Problems or Bonuses
The two big bonuses were (1) the patio, was a beautiful extension of our apartment. We had no stairs to climb and a close parking space. The second bonus was Alberto, the owner. He was our unofficial guide and translator. He would go over maps with us, make suggestions about places to go and things to see. He went out of his way to help us make phone calls and made our stay a pleasant experience. He picked us up from the train station in Figline and waited while we got groceries before taking us to La Pietra Grezza on our first night. He also drove us to the train stain when we left.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We found this apartment on the web and book though the owner. There is another apartment upstairs and the owner lived below us. Just across the driveway was another old caste with 3 short term rentals. Most of the people staying at the five apartment while we were there spoke English as did the landlord. So it was nice.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We really loved our time spent at La Pietra Grezza and would love to come back someday we would recommend it to anyone.
Things to do in this area
This was a wonderful part of Italy to visit. It was very centrally located. About a 40 minute bus or train ride to Florance. In the center of vine country. A beautiful view everywhere you look.
We rented a small old car from our landlord. It got us where we needed to be. We did day trips to Siena, Lucca, Greve and many more wonderful small Italian towns.
My husband is an artist and spent most of his time on our beautiful patio painting, while I spent a lot on time visiting Florence. We didn't have any favorite restaurants as I cooked most of our meals although we ate at many wonderful places in the area. There are some wonderful pictures of La Pietra Grezza on their website.
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