Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3178: Rentvillas, Poggio Antico
3bed/3bath villa near Montespertoli, Tuscany Chianti
October 2007, 1 week
The villa was in the country on a partial gravel road. The surrounding countryside was made up of olive groves and vineyards. Very pleasant, very quiet and most enjoyable. There was another home very close but no issues with the neighbors except for one afternoon of dog barking. We enjoyed the area and made several day trips to Florence, Pisa, Siena and Volterra.
You had to drive to the amenities. Nearby restaurants, Coops, etc were too far to walk but just a quick drive away, which was fine with our group.
The home was beautiful and well maintained. Everything was spotless when we arrived and very well equipped. The villa is a private home with one bedroom on the main floor and the remaining bedrooms upstairs. Each bedroom had a king size bed (sort of hard but warm) and each bedroom had its own bath with shower facilities. This was the only rental on the property.
You can view the property directly: Poggio Antico.
The villa had a covered patio as well as a pool with seating area that was lovely in the mid-afternoon. There was also seating around the grounds in different spots to enjoy the different views of olive groves and vineyards. The pool area provided seating and an outdoor shower to rinse after a swim. The villa also provided a back yard wood burning stove for late night snacks and gathering.
The villa was immaculate with plenty of seating for everyone in the dining room, kitchen and living area.
The beds were a bit hard for our groups' taste as were the pillows but we each had plenty of space for ourselves and our clothes. The bathrooms were nice especially since each had a shower and one bathroom had a tub for children if necessary.
The kitchen was very usable with plenty of pots and pans and dishes. We enjoyed eating and playing games at the kitchen table with our party of six.
Problems or Bonuses
Our only surprise was the Italian weather that turned cold when we arrived and since in Italy you can not turn on the heat until November we had a couple of chilly nights in the villa. But the fireplace lit quickly and everyone gathered around for warmth and conversation.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was fabulous. Every question was answered promptly and we were treated with graciousness and respect. The villa stood up to every description provided and we were not disappointed. The price was very reasonable - $2400 for a week in October.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay in this same villa again but probably earlier in the season and I would highly recommend it to my best friends - no qualifications at all! Make sure and have the owner prepare a meal for you - he has trained at the Culinary institute of America in Hyde Park NY (the same as my son) and we were extremely pleased with the meal he prepared. I can hardly wait to receive the recipes.
Things to do in this area
We visited Florence, Pisa, Siena and Volterra. There are several castles and vineyards to visit as well as cooking classes in two different establishments that I found on-line. Have a great time! Say, "Hi," to Otto!
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