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Review 2923: La Crociona, Apartment

www.lacrociona.com

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Review by Pat and Henry from KS who is a SlowTrav Contributor

apartments on an estate near Montalcino, Tuscany South


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March 2007, one week

Review

La Crociona has beautiful apartments in the heart of Brunello country. The website is a little sparse on pictures but the apartments are lovely. This year I rented two apartments ‘A’ the two bedroom and ‘B’ the studio. There is an outside door then a small hallway with separate entrances for ‘A’ and ‘B’. This allowed us to keep the outside door closed and open the doors to each apartment giving us a lot more room for five people. My wife and I had a bedroom in apartment ‘A’ and our two granddaughters had the other bedroom. My sister-in-law had the studio. We all congregated in the two bedroom apartment and there was plenty of room to eat and hangout but having the second bathroom available with four girls was a help.

All the beds were comfortable and there was enough furniture for five in the two bedroom apartment. There were enough dishes and cookware in apartment ‘A’ for the five of us. The studio had a small kitchen and dishes and cookware but we never used it.

There is a pool but it was too early in the season for it to be open. We did use the hot tub. My granddaughters thought the hot tub was fantastic. We used the hot tub after dinner so it was dark and cold and the steam frosted the windows. The heat from the hot tub made it warm inside the enclosure but it was very cold for the 100 feet I had to walk back to the apartment.

The new wine cellar is very large and furnished with 17th century French furniture. My wife and sister-in-law were very impressed with the décor. Personally I thought the wine was the best part.

The location of La Crociona is one of its best features. Less than three kilometers from Montalcino you can walk to the town in twenty minutes or drive in three minutes. There are plenty of places to visit that are easy short drives (see my travel notes, Wagon Wheels in Southern Tuscany - Planning Your Days) . Having a very good restaurant (La Crocina) just a 100 meters from the apartment is great. You can also walk to Fattoria dei Barbi, which is the next farm, for wine tasting or dinner. Sant’Antimo is about a five minute drive or an hour hike down the road.

Barbara and Roberto take care of the farm; Roberto is in charge of the wine and Barbara takes care of the apartments. Their mother Fiorella can’t seem to let the kids handle the farm so she is still there most days making sure everyone is happy and things are running smoothly.

I have stayed at La Crociona many times because I love the area and I am treated so well by the family. When I get to La Crociona it seems like home. I highly recommend it to everyone. At €100 a day (or less for the one bedroom apartments) I think this is a great value.

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