Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3655: Cuendet, Il Gabbiano
3bed/3bath apartment near Talamone, Tuscany South
from July 5 to July 19, 2 weeks
The rental is located on a beautiful spot on the Gulf of Talamone. The location is really unique and the sea is clean and blue.
Nothing near. Groceries about 5km. Restaurants over 7km.
The "house" was advertised as private and ideal for relaxation. The place is very quite but what the agents did not say was that the house is divided in two different apartments. The one I was in with my family is about 100m2. The other is just over 50m2 and it is separated only by a wall. We didn't know the other apartment would be occupied and that the other guests would have the same right to access the sea via a private descent that landed on a 2m by 2m concrete platform
There is no pool. We knew about it and we were happy to descend to the sea. The outside sitting area was advertised as "private" but the people in the other apartment had to pass through it to go to the sea.
The furniture was in a reasonable shape, but not the baths. The bath tub was rusted. There was a sufficient number of chairs and sofas.
The bedrooms are small but comfortable. The baths have no windows or AC or any other form of ventilation.
It was a very well equipped kitchen but again no windows or other form of ventilation.
Problems or Bonuses
Yes, the adjacent apartment that was occupied by other guests who had to walk through our outside sitting area to descend to the sea.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The price for two weeks was €6,752.00. For that money I could have rented something really nice. The sub-agent of Cuendet (the agency that has the legal agreement with the owner) is Seafront Villas registered in Spain and managed by David whom I called the same day of my arrival to inform him of my disagreement with the adjacent apartment. He cut the line on me. The owner came to explain that this was the way she had presented her property to Cuendet and she was not responsible for any misunderstanding. Cuendet contacted me once, just to hear what I had to say. Never herd from them since. They had no representative on site.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
At 50% less then what I paid, yes! And make sure you pay only when you get there.
Things to do in this area
The sea is great. You can do all sort of activities in the water. In land a lot of places to visit. Good food in small restaurants about 10/15km from Talamone. Talamone it self is a little to touristic but it is still a nice place to rent a boat for the day at €150.
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