Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3056: La Pietra Grezza, Lilac Apartment
2bed/1.5bath apartment near Cellai, Tuscany Chianti
June-August 2007, 3 months
The location was perfect. You drive up a winding road until you reach this old stone estate with beautiful flowers growing everywhere. It is very private. There are only the owners on one floor and one other apartment for rent. Next door there are two apartments for rent in another estate. We enjoyed visiting with these other couples and families, but everyone respected each others private times.
You must have a car to live here. It is only a short drive down the hill to the alimentari for groceries, gas, etc. There is a large grocery only 10-15 minutes away in Incisa (a Coop). The local alimentari ordered an English paper for us and had it available each morning.
The apartment was lovely. They provided all the kitchen equipment we needed, plus towels and linens. It is furnished with the basics, including a small television, though we did not use it much with all there was to do. There were two bedrooms, and two baths, a living and dining area combined, and a small kitchen. The views from all of the windows were amazing.
We had a private outdoor area where we spent a lot of time. We enjoyed sitting on the lounge chairs overlooking the valley , with the old hay barn in the distance. Extremely relaxing. It was nice to have a private area to ourselves. We also had a separate yard area where our children spent hours in the hammock, chasing lizards, and pretending to be knights hunting for wild animals.
The apartment was very clean upon arrival. We had a bottle of Vin Santo and special cookies awaiting us, along with a welcome sign, and information concerning upcoming events. There is a couch and two upholstered chairs in the living room, along with six dining chairs, and two more in the kitchen. Both bedrooms had chairs. We were very comfortable and felt like we were at home.
The beds were comfortable. The bedrooms were furnished with beds, dressers, and a large closet. The large bathroom was modern, with a bath with shower. We always had hot water. The small bath had only a toilet and sink.
There was a brand new range which I used every day. There is a large refrigerator and a new dishwasher. There was not a microwave, but we did not find that to be a problem.
Problems or Bonuses
The only inconvenience was not having Internet access. It is available in the office, but I would not have wanted to use it except for an emergency.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Alberto and his wife, Donatella, were the best part of our visit. They are extremely hospitable and you feel that you are guests in their home. They were always there to greet you at the end of the day. For three months I never heard anything negative from either one of them. She brought me dried lavender, wild herbs to keep the mosquitoes out of the house, etc. They were so gracious.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again! At some time in the summer, five of our children were here visiting us. We all loved it.
Things to do in this area
Trips to Siena, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti, San Donato in Poggio, Florence, Citerna ... the list goes on and on.
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