Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3012: Agriturismo Cretaiole, Apartment
apartments on a farm near Pienza, Tuscany South
May 2007, 1 week
Cretaiole is in the country near Pienza. I believe there are seven apartments and the surrounding area is beautiful. It is entirely private and comfortable.
Pienza is about a 45 minute walk through beautiful countryside. There are ample stores there for foods and for any other needs (including an Internet store). The restaurants were great and one could eat in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere.
Historical absolutely - 12 century. They have completely redone this building but maintained the history and beauty of it. It is comfortable and nostalgic. We absolutely loved it. This is an agriturismo.
Lovely grounds and private areas to sit. No pool.
Furniture in great shape and added to the beauty and nostalgia of Cretaiole.
Beds comfortable and the bedroom quite nice (this was a studio apartment). The bathroom was small but very convenient.
The kitchen was adequately stocked, but if we needed anything, the owners got it for us as soon as possible. We did a little cooking, but ate dinners mostly out because we were on the "go" so much of the time to visit nearby villages/towns. One certainly could cook more than we did.
Problems or Bonuses
We have absolutely nothing negative to say about Cretaiole. We loved it there and would return in a moment (and hopefully will).
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
No question, YES!
We only hesitate to write this rave review of Cretaiole because secretly we want to keep it all to ourselves! Our first trip to Italy was in May/June, 2007 and we spent a week at Cretaiole at the beginning of our trip. This was truly a warm, fun, enlightening and beautiful place to stay. There was not one thing that we would change about it and only wished we could have stayed longer. If we are ever fortunate enough to return to Italy, we will stay here in a heartbeat above all other places - only we will stay longer the next time. Our hostess Isabella and her husband Carlo, as well as their parents, did everything in their power to make this a meaningful and memorable week. We were taught how to make the Italian pasta called pici. We all participated in this activity while enjoying wine of their vineyard and being taught about Italian ways. We had special opportunities to enjoy meals and be toured of unique places, simply because we were guests at Cretaiole. If you are planning a Tuscany trip, we promise you that you will not be disappointed if you spend some time at Cretaiole.
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