Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3805: Sant' Antonio, Leonardo Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
September 08, 2 weeks
The location was absolutely stunning, beautiful countryside, very private. Set in a huge estate of over 100 acres , among Olive groves. Set about a mile away from Montepulciano in rolling hills.
You can walk to town but I recommend driving. Nearest shops are about a mile away and the same with restaurants, but as the apartments are very well kitted out you don't always need to go out for coffee etc.
The building is a 12th century monastery with 13 apartments done to a very high standard. We had 12 Leonardo, which was a huge two bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, both a very good size, an absolutely massive living room with vaulted ceilings and a brand new superbly fitted kitchen.
There was masses of outside sitting and eating areas with BBQ areas set up in fantastic secluded areas away from apartments with lovely views.
The estate has electric gates to keep it private and the grounds are maintained to a very very high standard. I give it 10 out of 10 (i.e., 10/10)
There are loads of sitting areas and sunbathing areas with garden and sunbathing furniture, which looked new and expensive to me and was also very comfortable. There is a large pool, which was never too busy and is away from the apartments to make sure there is no noise.
We never struggled to find a nice quiet area to sit and sunbathe, again 10/10.
The furniture in the apartment looked brand new and fitted well with the Tuscan style. There was loads of comfy seating if you wanted to lounge and watch TV or listen to music, and a large dining table with eight chairs around it to entertain.
The apartment was very clean and maids came in nearly every day,the linen and towels were changed twice a week and both were high quality. 10/10
The bedroom were extremely comfortable and we all slept like the dead. The bathrooms were lovely with both having showers and one having a bath as well. They were big bedrooms and bathrooms and were very well equipped. Hairdryers etc. in the bathrooms and loads of space to hang and put clothes. 9/10
The kitchen was really well equipped and we cooked evening meals regularly. Huge refrigerator and a freezer four-ring cooker (i.e., stove) and toaster and kettle. There was loads of pots and pans all of a good quality. The crockery and cutlery was also to a high standard and there were more serving and salad bowls than we could ever use. The only thing missing is an oven. 9/10
Problems or Bonuses
The surprise is Nico, the owner who is an absolute delight. Very helpful, booking restaurants etc. and when our car broke down he just took over and sorted everything out while we swam in the pool.
No problems at all, this is a superb place to visit.
This place scores 10/10, no problem at all.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly from the web site and then by phone with Nico, he speaks seven languages fluently (better English than me).
We were astonished that we did not pay more for the apartments. When we booked we thought the price was fine, when we arrived and saw the quality and beauty of the place we realised it was exceptionally good value.
The web site is very accurate and easy to use.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend this to anyone, I have pretty high standards and Sant Antonio surpassed all my expectations. I am going again in three weeks and have already booked for next year.
I can't rate this highly enough, I am not usually the kind of person to write reports but felt on this occasion I really had to.
This report really doesn't do the place or the people justice, you need to visit.
Things to do in this area
The small hill towns close by, Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Monticchiello etc. are every bit as good as Siena and Assisi etc.; you really don't need to join the hurly burly of the larger towns.
Do visit La Porta restaurant in Monticchiello; book a table on the terrace and sit and watch the sun go down, probably the best view from any restaurant I've ever eaten in, also try Aquachetta restaurant in Montepulciano, superb food for not silly prices.
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