Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3929: Residenza Il Poggiolo, Casa Mucciola
apartments in a residenza just outside San Quirico di Orcia, Tuscany South
November 2008, 3 nights
This is a beautiful, very large Residenza just outside of San Quirico d'Orcia. We were shown two apartments upon arrival, by Michele, a very friendly and talkative young man who is the "caretaker" in this huge 11-apartment residence. We actually chose Casa Mucciola rather than our reserved Cassa Rossa (mostly because it was on a lower floor but also because it was more than big enough for two and was just as beautiful). I was dying for some coffee and after getting settled into our room, Michele invited us for some great cappuccino, on the house, and we talked for quite some time together. We went back to the room and had a picnic lunch in our large kitchen on the huge marble-topped kitchen table!
Our apartment consisted of two bedrooms (one with a large double bed and one with a single bed), a large bathroom in between the rooms (but with a really small shower stall) and a HUGE kitchen which included a HUGE marble-topped kitchen table, an apparently working fireplace and gorgeous views of the valleys beyond. The same view was seen from the double bedroom window and waking up in the morning to this sight was a pleasure. The bedrooms both had ample storage space for clothing if you wanted to unpack, (the single room had a lovely walk in type closet with shelves and hanging space and the double bedroom had an armoire.) The kitchen had dishes and flatware, a stove, refrigerator and huge sink.
The kitchen was so large that it could easily have served as a sitting area as well had it been equipped with a sofa and some easy chairs. This would make a nice addition in the future.
There are smaller and larger apartments available. The heating was individually controlled in each of the rooms, which was wonderful as we could heat, or cool, as we each individually liked.
Michele was at the residence for several hours in the morning and again several hours in the afternoon. I don't know if this was because we were there off-season and how it would work during the summer months.
There is a stable on the grounds and one can choose to take some horseback riding trips. There is also a large outdoor pool, which was not open now during the winter months and the house is surrounded by beautiful olive groves, various sitting areas beautifully landscaped, and two resident cats which befriended us immediately (and shared our meals)!!
The price for the apartment was €38 per person per night, quite a bargain. I would DEFINITELY stay here again and recommend highly.
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