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Review 355: InTuscany, San Donato di Villa Arceno


Review by Jim and Kate from USA

2bed/1bath house on estate near Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany Chianti


August 31 - September 14, 2002, 2 weeks


The location was wonderful! About a 3 - 4 mile drive on gravel road to get to villa ... very peaceful and private ... great views ... one other villa close bye but not distracting ... loved having the hotel Villa Arceno nearby ... GREAT food and wine list, beautiful hotel ... very warm help ... we ate there quite a bit and our best meals in the whole 3 weeks in Italy!!!

San Donato was everything and more we hoped it would be. Extremely beautiful grounds and views. Adam called twice to check on us ... a nice touch ... The town of C. Berandenga was great! A good market on Thursdays, wonderful pastry/fresh pasta shop/good restaurants ... especially Da Antonios and Bottega de Trenta(sp?) in Villa Sesta ... A great tour and lunch at Felsina winery. If we return to Tuscany we would stay at San Donato again! Unfortunately the weather was cooler than normal so the unheated pool was too cold to swim ... oh well ...

Nearby Amenities

The grocery store Despar was a 10 minute drive ... the hotel Villa Arceno a 3 minute drive ... Many excellent restaurants within 10 - 20 minute drive.

The House/Apartment

The home was is excellent condition. Very clean and orderly! Very simply and tastefully decorated. Just missed an oven in the kitchen (only toaster oven) ???? Is this customary? My husband is a chef and we would have liked to know this detail ahead of time ... we made do ...


Beautiful outside sitting area ... nice cushioned chairs and couch, table and also lounge chairs. The pool was shared ... too bad some unfriendly people were sharing the pool from the other villa when we were there .... The garden/yard of the villa was beautiful. Nicely landscaped, many roses, potted plants, green lawn... Nice sense of space and privacy.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Very clean!!! thank you! and plenty of room ... Furniture great!


Beds were great! Beautiful iron works with wonderful linens ... Bathrooms immaculate! Loved the all white.


Adequately stocked with pots, pans, cleaning stuff, plates, wine glasses, etc. Just would have liked to know there was no oven ... could there be an outside grill?

Problems or Bonuses

The tour group Cicloposse that Adam Derrick referred us to was excellent! The owners Guilliana and Marco provided bike rental, bike rides and hikes/tours that were great!

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Published information very accurate! Rebecca is a star! She knows everything about Tuscany one would need to ask.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Yes, we would stay here again! And let us say we are extremely picky about accomodations we stay at ...

Things to do in this area

Restaurants: Villa Arceno, Da Antonio excellent! Bottega de trenta (sp?) very good.

The Prada Outlet was VERY GOOD!

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