Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3079: Demesne, Troscione
6bed/6bath house and adjoining reconstructed barn near Castel Giorgio, Umbria
September 8-15, 7 days
Country and fine. Near electric pylons. Quiet road. Yes, liked the area.
Must drive to everything. Nearest stores in Castel Giorgio - 10 minutes away. Nearest restaurant about five minutes away driving.
Restored farmhouse and barn.
Yes. Nice old fig trees. Private yard.
Seemed to be 100% IKEA. Dining chairs very uncomfortable and poorly designed. Kept sufficiently clean. Why white covers?
Bathrooms were fine but some already growing mold. Half of the bathrooms had tubs instead of showers which was irksome for larger guests and those (non-UK) unaccustomed to the pleasures of a bath. Guests wound up fighting each other for the bedrooms that had showers.
Basic kitchen supplies. No tall glasses. Very basic frying pans.
Kitchen very poorly designed: getting a spoon while cooking entailed walking around the giant center table to drawers on the opposite side - very unergonomically designed. Giant table is widely-spaced planks so crumbs continually fall between them and under table itself. Windows above stove top useless since they open directly over flames.
No external handle on most-used patio door between kitchen and outside patio so it must be kept locked/closed to avoid flies and other bugs entering constantly.
Dryer not vented to outside so essentially just a decorative feature for those who need or want a dryer.
No instruction sheets for the dishwasher so making it work was a frustrating game of chance. Ditto washing machine. Just a simple page of instructions would have sufficed. Small fridge in furthest corner right next to dishwasher - work triangle non-existent. In addition, there was NOTHING in the house on arrival - no welcome basket of basics such as salt, sugar, oil, vinegar, dish washing liquid, pepper. Even leaving a few of these basics in canisters or starter sizes would be more welcoming than leaving nothing. Current system means that every renter must waste most of a pound of salt, sugar etc. I was left with a sensation of overwhelming cheapness/meanness on the part of the owners. Most other places I've stayed previous renters' left-overs are available to use. Why must you buy a new bottle of dish washing liquid or laundry soap if you're there for just a week and then leave the country and would not take that with you? That's just petty and bad planning, not to mention unforgivably wasteful.
Problems or Bonuses
Our group did far too much clothes washing and the grey water cistern overflowed making the patio a no-go area because of the smell. Their fault, but perhaps a charge for doing wash or a sign trying to discourage them would have avoided that situation.
Found bottle of snake repellent spray in the laundry room! Ick.
Ripe figs were a bonus.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
On site person generally responsive when outside lights failed to work he came and had them replaced. Ditto grey water seepage. Process of replacement meant about seven hours without power, however, which was a great source of grumpiness among those who'd chosen to have a quiet day at the house that day.
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