Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3599: Sant' Antonio, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
June 7-14, one week
Sant' Antonio is a lovely resort located 2 km from the hilltop city of Montepulciano, which is beautiful whatever the time of day, but looks like a golden city at night. Sant' Antonio is unique because of its gorgeous setting with incredible views over the Valdichiana, manicured lawns, fruit trees and multi-hued flowers.
The second we drove up the private drive and got our first glance of the former monastery, we knew we had made the right choice. It proved, quite simply, the most divine place to stay. Nico, the owner, greeted us with a bottle of wine and many ideas for enjoying this beautiful region. Bella Italia!
It is important to have a car because the nearest grocery store is in Montepulciano ... only two kilometers away. Many stores specializing in olive oil, herbs, cheese and wine are temptingly close to Sant' Antonio. As well, there are wonderful restaurants of all price ranges located in Montepulciano, as well as in other relatively close villages. Nico, the friendly owner of Sant' Antonio, supplied us with many ideas for restaurants, specializing in regional fare, and we loved them all.
Sant' Antonio was a former monastery, and you can certainly see why the monks chose this serene, but spectacular location so many centuries ago. There are approximately 10 units, and I believe, that at least one is freestanding.
Each apartment in Sant' Antonio is unique. They each offer different amenities. Our apartment had a private garden with a lovely table and chairs, so that we could dine al fresco or have a glass of wine. Other apartments had outside grills and some shared sitting areas, but there were also other places for relaxing while enjoying the beautiful view of the olive trees and Valdichiana. We did not use the pool during our week, but it looked very inviting!
Sant' Antonio was spotless -- something which we both really appreciated. Our apartment had a combination kitchen, dining and living area, which included a sofa, chairs, and large trestle table for family dinners. My one suggestion would be to include another lamp in the living area, so that one could read more easily.
It was chilly the week we were there, but we were cheered by the warm fire we were able to make in the corner fireplace.
The bedrooms were furnished with period furniture, a dresser and armoire, which supplied plenty of room for storage of clothes. The beds were also extremely comfortable. Linens were of high quality and towels were fluffy. The bathroom was roomy, and it definitely had one of the best showers of our trip! One of my favorite things to do was to throw open the shutters first thing in the morning so that I could enjoy the marvelous Tuscan air.
The kitchen was terrific for preparing simple meals. The refrigerator and gas cook top worked perfectly, and don't bother buying olive oil because Nico makes sure you have your own wonderful bottle! I can still taste our first Italian meal of pici with pesto ... to say nothing of the wine!
Problems or Bonuses
We enjoyed a perfect week at Sant' Antonio in spite of rain, which is unusual for that time of year. Nico, who is extremely knowledgeable, as well as fluent in several languages, made us feel as though we were his only guests. He has a knack for knowing just what suggestion to make to each individual guest. We will definitely return, and I hope that return will be soon!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked online.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Loved it ... would absolutely return.
Things to do in this area
Among the places we visited were the fascinating towns of Arezzo, San Martino, Cortona, Pienza, Orvieto and Montalcino. We loved Fattoria Pulcino, which is very close to Sant' Antonio. They have a wonderful trattoria, as well as a shop with cheese, bread, wine and especially their fabulous honey cake.
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