Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3864: Le Torri, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montespertoli, Tuscany Chianti
October 25-October 30 2008, 6 nights
The location of this villa is in the Tuscany valley, and a 20 minute bus ride to Florence - a beautiful area of olive trees and vineyards.
It is within walking distance to groceries, coffee, pharmacies, and bus stops.
The original building was built in the 1300s and has been beautifully renovated. It was beautifully decorated and maintained, with all modern amenities. The apartment had two large bedrooms and two full baths, a full kitchen and living area. There were several other apartments, maybe 9 or 10 total.
The garden area was lovely and well maintained, with shared spaces. There was also a very clean pool, with nice lawn furniture and umbrellas.
The furniture, many of which were antiques, was in very good shape, and everything was very clean and comfortable.
The beds were very comfortable and the bathrooms were modern, with toilet, bidet, sink and shower. One bathroom even supplied a hairdryer.
The kitchen was very usable, with a refrigerator, four-burner gas stove, double sink, dishwasher, and plenty of pots, pans, dishes and utensils. It was very easy to cook in and everything was of good quality and in good repair.
Problems or Bonuses
No bad surprises. Everything was lovely.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were treated like royalty by the owners. One spoke very good English and was very easy to communicate with. They had maps and brochures available for the nearby sites, and were able to give directions and recommendations. The website was excellent and accurately described every detail of the villa. We only paid approximately $700 USD for six nights - an incredible bargain.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Not only would I stay there again, but I would recommend it to anyone wanting a quiet, authentic Tuscan experience, especially if someone was wanting to spend time in Florence but have a nice, quiet retreat to come home to at the end of the day. The owners supplied, free of charge, a delicious, home-cooked welcome buffet on Saturday night, and gave guests the option of participating in an authentic Tuscan meal prepared by the owners on Tuesday night (for a nominal fee). The food was fabulous and provided us with some of our favorite memories. It was a very nice way to get to know the other guests staying there. The owners also offered the use of a washer/dryer, which was a wonderful thing while traveling.
Things to do in this area
From this location, we drove to many of the hill towns of Tuscany, and visited wineries. We also took the bus (a five-minute car ride to the bus stop) into Florence.
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