Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2873: Castello di Lamole, Mezzina
apartments on estate near Montespertoli, Tuscany Chianti
June 2007, 4 nights
We were delighted that Castello di Lamole was willing to rent us an apartment for less than a week, as we wanted just four nights. The apartment - called Mezzina - was everything we'd hoped for, in a remarkable setting. It is just as lovely as the website indicates.
From the 222 in Greve, you follow the road up, up, up to Lamole. It is a 15 minute amazing drive - extraordinarily scenic. We never tired of it.
You would not be able to walk anywhere from here, except for perhaps up the road into the town of Lamole. Shopping in Greve was everything you could want, and it was about 15 minutes away. Driving up there late at night in bad weather might be hair-raising, but the drive is not challenging for a good driver.
The Castello is indeed old and historic. It is very quiet except for the occasional sound of agricultural work in nearby vineyards. Our greeting in their office was warm and friendly. There are nine apartments I think, and we felt very private despite the presence of occasional workers, guests and cats.
The Castello is a rustic agriturismo, surrounded by its vineyards plus cottage gardens. I was impressed with the flower gardens maintained around the property. The roses were especially pretty against the scenery and the old stone walls. There were many nice little terraces scattered around the property for sitting - all with glorious views and flowers. This is shared space, but we rarely saw anyone. The pool looked great, but it was too cool and rainy during our stay to consider using it.
The apartment itself had lots of charm and was spotlessly clean. The living room had a wonderful view out a big window and a small table and chairs. I can't say much for the small sofa, as it sagged, but we rarely had the need for it.
There was a fairly new bathroom, which was quite nice. A hallway had a little bench, and then our large bedroom, with another beautiful view. The bed was excellent. All was well decorated - quality sheets and fabrics and nice pictures on the walls.
The kitchen was in a cupboard/armoire. We loved the ingenious little kitchen - just a good sink, a couple of burners, a small refrigerator and plenty of plates and basics for cooking. It was quite efficient - all that we needed. All was clean and convenient, but I think it would be challenging to cook a full meal there. Better for snacks, sandwiches, fruit & cheese...
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We dealt directly with this place online. They were always prompt and courteous in their correspondence.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We thought this place was a tremendous value for €100 per night. We loved it there.
Our only complaint was three days of rain, and we can hardly fault the Castello for that!
Things to do in this area
The Castello restaurant was just OK, and a bit costly, but it was certainly convenient. Given its location, that's understandable. Other guests mentioned that the restaurant up the road in Lamole is pretty good.
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