Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4251: Agriturismo Cerreto, Apartment
apartments in converted farm building near Pienza, Tuscany South
November 2007, One week
Agriturismo Cerreto lies outside the village of Pienza in the rolling hills of Val D'Orcia. It's a large property surrounded by olive trees, a vineyard, walking trails, and incredible views in all directions. The location -- far from busy roads -- makes it feel very private and expansive, yet the towns of Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, and Siena are all within easy driving distance.
The nearest food stores and restaurants are in Pienza, a five-minute drive from the farmhouse. There are refrigerators in the apartments so storing food is not a problem. There is also a kitchen garden on site, and we were encouraged to help ourselves to the lovely, fresh produce, which we were happy to do!
The building was in excellent condition and the location was as peaceful as could be. We actually had the entire place to ourselves in early November and the only noise was the very distant sound of farm tractors during the day. There are seven rooms of varying size and amenities. We stayed in La Torretta, which is located on the second floor. It was basically a studio apartment, complete with small kitchen and dining area, a queen size bed, and a separate smaller (twin?) bed. The apartment had tile floors, a stone archway, exposed beams, and gorgeous views from all windows.
There is a lovely outside seating area, both for just lounging about and for eating. The outdoor seating areas were perfect for watching sunsets and stargazing. There is a pool (not open while we were there).
Furniture was in excellent condition, simple, clean, and very comfortable. There was ample room in the space for two and we could probably have had another person in there without any discomfort. It got chilly at night but the space was easy to keep warm.
The beds were comfortable and the living area was spacious, as was the bathroom. The two of us felt like we could stretch out and were never in each other's way.
The kitchen area is extremely small but workable for simple meals. All the tools we needed were on hand and we had a great time cooking lunch and dinner with local ingredients.
Problems or Bonuses
There were no unpleasant surprises. Monica, our hostess, was extremely helpful in showing us around and giving us tips on where to eat and how to get around. She has prepared a wonderful resource guide of local restaurants and activities. The agriturismo also sells wine, olive oil, and preserves from the farm on-site. A bonus was a breakfast basket dropped off every morning outside our door -- the fresh pastries and coffee were a wonderful treat.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were treated wonderfully by our hostess. Reservations were all taken care of online and were trouble-free. Their web site is an accurate representation of the property and the prices were reasonable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would LOVE to stay here again. I understand it's much livelier place in the summer when there are more guests. According to their online guest book they often serve communal meals in the outdoor seating area and I'm guessing that would be a highly enjoyable experience.
Things to do in this area
We had a wonderful horseback ride in nearby San Quirico d'Orcia, and an incredible meal at Ristorante La Buca delle Fate (reservations recommended).
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