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Review 3156: Rentvillas, Villa Sella
3bed/4bath house near Certaldo, Tuscany Chianti
10/13/07 - 10/20/07, 1 week
Villa Sella is out in the country in Sciano which is part of Certaldo. The location was exactly what we were looking for. It was out in the country in an extremely serene setting. Certaldo is in a great central location for day trips out into Tuscany. The back porch looks out into the Tuscan countryside. We drove into Certaldo to the grocery store, bakery, butcher shop and restaurants. We also drove to Poggibonsi several times to a bigger grocery store. There are also restaurants within a mile or two of the villa, and we walked to an old Catholic Church the Sunday we were there.
The villa is not close enough to walk to a grocery store. Certaldo is not far by car; I'm just guessing, but I think it was about seven miles away.
The villa is next to the owners' home and another larger villa, Villa Certaldo, and was remodeled by the owners. The house is immaculate and gorgeous. There is one smaller room downstairs and two rooms upstairs. Each room has queen-sized beds and their own bathroom, and there is an extra guest bathroom downstairs.
You can view the house directly: Villa Sella.
We were at the villa in early October and spent as much time as possible out on the back porch. There is a fairly large table for eating outside and a nice sitting area on the back porch. The porch was nicely decorated with geraniums and potted lemon trees just over the side of the porch. We also used the BBQ grill to cook.
The villa was just opened this year, so all of the furniture is in great shape. There is a couch, love seat and separate chair in the living room, so we had plenty of room for our group of six.
The bedrooms were very nice. Apparently there is no such thing as a box-spring or pillow top mattress in Europe, so the beds were very firm, but we didn't have any problem sleeping well. Each couple had our own bathroom. We did have to take fairly quick showers in order to not run out of hot water, but we had six people all taking showers at about the same time each day, so I think that is to be expected.
The kitchen was well-stocked. The only thing we had to buy was food. The three ladies in my group enjoyed creating feasts in the kitchen. The kitchen is fairly small, but the kitchen table has leaves that pull out, so we used the table like a kitchen island for preparation.
Problems or Bonuses
I was very impressed with the owners. Elizabeth is originally from the US, and is extremely helpful. I was very glad that we brought a European cell phone because we frequently had to call her for advice, and occasionally we had her speak on the phone for us when we needed a little help in speaking to someone in Italian.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
This was the first time I used Rentvillas, and I would definitely use them again. The office I dealt with I believe was in California, and it is so much easier to deal with a company from the US who speaks English. I thought the website, agent recommendations and literature sent from the agency were very helpful. I basically booked the villa on the agent's recommendation because this particular villa did not have web reviews yet because it was brand new.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely use Rentvillas and stay at Villa Sella or Villa Certaldo again.
Things to do in this area
We had the fortune of being at the Villa during the Boccacia festival in Certaldo Alto. The festival and the villa were two of the highlights of our trip. Certaldo is not a touristy town, so there were only a handful of Americans at the festival, so we felt like we were experiencing a small-town Tuscan festival almost like a local. We had a nice meal at Wilmas which is fairly close to the Villa, and we ate at Il Castello which is in Certaldo Alto for our last meal at the villa. The dinner at Il Castello was fine dining in a beautiful location and I thought the prices were very good for the quality we received.
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