Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3580: Sant' Antonio, Casa Franceschi
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
May, 2008, 1 week
The farmhouse is just a couple miles outside of Montepulciano, not far from Pienza and convenient to the highway and much of southern Tuscany. There are a few buildings on the property, most with multiple apartments, but the layout is extremely well done, with covered parking and each apartment having a nearly private outdoor space.
Unfortunately, the roads are too narrow to walk to stores. A couple of restaurants are within a mile drive, and a grocery store is about three miles.
The building was great. We were told our apartment (Casa Francesca) was the former mayor's residence, and the murals are original 19th century. It is on the second floor, above the former stables, which is now a shared room with computers (Internet) for guest use, couches, and a CD player. There are a total of 13 apartments in a number of buildings, but we did not hear a soul, thanks to the thick old walls.
The farm is an olive farm, with plenty of hilly acres to walk. A nice sized pool and a separate patio provided places to relax, although the water was really too cold to go in when we were there.
The furniture was fine and the beds were comfortable. A small TV had satellite service. Heat was paid separate, but a few minutes in the morning was all we ever used.
The beds were comfortable, and the bathroom was clean and spacious. The shower was roomy enough, and the vanity had two sinks. One bedroom opened into the living room, but the other bedroom was more separate.
The kitchen was fine, and even had the original wood burning fireplace. Moka pot provided, and plenty of utensils, pots, and pans. They offered local wines and estate olive oil for purchase if desired. In addition, there are several outdoor wood fireplaces, which can be used for grilling, and eating outside overlooking the Tuscan hills was a treat.
Problems or Bonuses
One great touch was an offer for a Tuscan meal served family style during the week. For €35, the meal was a fabulous deal, the wines were great and kept coming, and the chance to meet and talk to the other guests was very enjoyable. If you get the offer, take it!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Nico, the owner and manager, couldn't have been more hospitable. He answered questions, made reservations at restaurants and wineries, and offered good advice. The cost was not much more than €100 a night (mid-season), and we had no issues with getting responses and reserving online.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay again. The location was great, the hospitality was great. In fact, a number of other guests that we met were on their second or third stay at this farmhouse.
Things to do in this area
Montepulciano is a great town to wander. Pienza is worth a visit, but Montalcino didn't hold much to see. If you need to book train tickets for part of your trip, the tourist office in Montepulciano can do it for you, which is handy. Siena was just about an hour away by car, Orvieto about the same.
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