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Review 3131: Rentvillas, Monastero 1

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Review by Jean from NY

apartments on farm near Pianello, Tuscany Chianti


Our first view of Monastero 1, photo by Jean Tocci

When

September 2007, one week

Location

My sister, niece and I loved the old world charm of this country villa which is a working vineyard and olive grove. The proprietor, his wife and staff were wonderful and accommodating. The vineyards were full and we got to see them harvest. We took day trips into Siena, Poggibonsi, San Gimignano, Cortona and even took in the opera, La Traviata, in a charming old church in Florence.

Though out in the country, it was easy access to the Autostrada and Superstrada. A good map is a must!

The local grocery has just about everything you'll want for a light breakfast or lunch. Or as we did one night, cooked a wonderful pasta dinner from items purchased from the little grocery store.

The local restaurant in Pianella just a few miles from our villa was wonderful. We dinned there three nights. As well as a few others quite close. We had a wonderful experience, would do it again and recommend it highly. However, if you are looking for room and maid service, this isn't for you. But it sure is worth trying!

Nearby Amenities

A car is a must. This villa is located two miles out of Pianella up a winding unpaved road. In Pianella, you'll find a grocery store, which by the way has wonderful homemade dishes for take out, a couple of restaurants and a gas station.

The House/Apartment

On this vineyard/olive grove, there are three rental apartments, as well as the owners living quarters and five families who work the vineyards. Ours was a two bedroom/two bath. The buildings and surrounding grounds are beautiful, and keep immaculate. Surrounded with rosemary and lavender shrubs, the fragrances were awesome. As well as Signora's lovely roses and flowers. We walked the premises everyday. It was very quiet and peaceful with a beautiful view of the valleys surrounding us. We enjoyed sitting out at the pool in late afternoon enjoying a glass of wine before going out to dinner. And by the way, the wine produced at the vineyard is wonderful. The Villa dates back to the 1500's with additions of a chapel and bell tower added on by the Bishop of Siena in 1780.

Garden

This sitting areas are shared. Although we had it all to ourselves when we were there. The pool area is lovely as well and has a covered patio area.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was very clean, neat and very comfortable. All furnishings were in good condition. The kitchen/living area was a combination, which separated our bedrooms and bathrooms. Seating in this combination room is sufficient for four to six comfortably.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The beds were very comfortable and decorated to suit the old world charm of the villa. There were two bathrooms and both were updated.

Kitchen

The kitchen was very usable. There were enough pots and pans, dishes, glasses and cups for our daily use. Most mornings we had a light breakfast before heading out, and we cooked a simple meal of pasta and salad one night. If you're looking to do more of a gourmet meal, save that for the local restaurants. There are some wonderful ones in the area.

Problems or Bonuses

The surprise was, it was everything we expected and more! The beauty and old world charm steal your heart. I can not find one bad thing about our experience.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency was very helpful and I would use them again. The owner and his wife spoke English very well, but not the people who worked the villa and vineyard, or the keeper of the keys. However, we communicated well and they were wonderful and helpful people to deal with. Our price $2000.00 for the week, which was from September 15 to September 22, 2007. As beautiful time of year to be there.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would definitely stay there again as well as recommend it to my best friend. I have no qualifications with my recommendations.

Things to do in this area

Our favorite restaurant in Pianella was La Ponte. It was two miles from the villa. And Siena was the closest city for shops.

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