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Review 3892: Rentvillas, Villa Del Castello
4bed/3bath house in Torre Alfina, Lazio
October 2008, 3 Weeks
The house was at the edge of a small village, about a one minute walk to the "center" of the village.
There were two restaurants within a few minutes walk. There was a small grocery store, which carried food as well as household items (including light bulbs). There were two butchers, a bakery and two gelaterias.
The building would probably not qualify as "historical" having been built in the 1920s, but was in superb condition. There was a main hallway with tiled floors, and a library/living room to the left. Behind that was a bedroom and across from the bedroom a bathroom. To the right of the hall was large dining room, and table which could seat at least a dozen. Beyond the dining room was a kitchen with all modern conveniences, including a dishwasher. Upstairs were three more bedrooms and two additional baths.
The entire property was elegantly furnished but still very comfortable.
You can view the property directly: Villa Del Castello.
There was a lovely pergola just outside the kitchen with a long table that would seat at least a dozen people. There were several other tables and chairs scattered about the property where one could eat or drink. It was completely private and not shared with anyone else.
There is no pool on the property but there are pool privileges at a hotel, which is practically next door to the property.
Furniture was in excellent shape and the house was most comfortable. It was very clean, and the maid, who showed up twice a week to change the linens, kept it "spiffy." There were plenty of chairs for all (we had a maximum of seven).
Not only were the beds exceedingly comfortable, almost everyone said that they had never slept so well. The bathrooms (three for seven people) were more than sufficient. They were all very modern and very clean.
The kitchen was very practical and there plenty of pots, pans, dishes, glasses, etc. I had not intended to do much cooking (and cleaning up) but was enticed by the produce available (on the grounds as well as the markets) and the ease of doing so. We probably had a third of our meals at the property.
Problems or Bonuses
Yes! We were very surprised to find tomatoes, fennel, lettuce, herbs, figs, apples and chestnuts growing on the property and available to us. We were even more surprised when the owner made his vast wine cellar available to us. And when he gave us five bottles of locally produced olive oil.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was superb and guided us through each step in the process. There were no surpises from the published information (except, perhaps, that it was much more than we expected!). The owner, who is American, speaks English. The gardener and maid only spoke Italian. It was never a problem.
Approximately $2600 for the week in October.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely stay there again and would unhesitatingly recommend the same to anyone who wants to stay in the country and not want to spend time rushing about to all the tourist sites from Venice to Naples.
Things to do in this area
Walking is one of the activities that we enjoy so this was a great place to be. We took day trips up to an hour's drive or so to some of Tuscany's and Umbria's towns and villages: Orvieto, Montepulciano, Todi, Pienza, Pitigliano, the Val d'Orcia, and Civta di Bagnoreggio.
We ate in the restaurants in town many times, mainly for convenience, but enjoyed Il Poderetto a short distance away, and the restaurant in the Albergo Toscana in Acquapendente, the closest large town.
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