Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4258: Sant' Antonio, Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo and Verrocchio
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
June/July 2009, 2 weeks
There are a number of reviews for Sant' Antonio on Slow Travel and I can only agree with all that has been said. Sant' Antonio is a perfect vacation rental made absolutely superb by Nico.
The question that seems to pop up a lot on the forums relates the individual units because reviewers often fail to mention the unit they rented. The purpose of this review is to give some specifics about the units we rented.
It is testament to the popularity of Sant' Antonio that, although we booked almost a year ahead, we were unable to get the particular two bedroom unit we wanted for both weeks. We rented two one bedroom units for the first week and then our favourite two bedroom unit for the second week.
Week 1. We were in unit 7, Piero della Francesca. This cottage is in a very private location very close to the terrace and barbecue area. At the entrance is a covered arched patio with a wonderful view across the Valdichiana to Lake Trasimeno. Inside the cottage the open plan kitchen/dining/sitting area has a huge window with the same panoramic view. One could spend hours just admiring the view.
We had stayed in this cottage several years ago, but since then Nico has made some changes to the bedroom/bathroom area. The bedroom has generous closet hanging space plus a huge chest of drawers. The usual ultra comfortable Sant' Antonio bed has a small cupboard complete with reading lamp on each side. A door from the bedroom leads to the newly renovated bathroom. I think the architectural changes have resulted in a slightly larger bathroom. Certainly it is a perfect layout, with lots of storage for toiletries etc.
My sister and BIL were in #10 Verrocchio. I know we are only supposed to review units we have actually stayed in, but we spent enough time in Verrocchio over the week that I feel qualified to make a couple of comments. First, this unit has never appealed to me because in the photographs the windows in the main room look rather small, and natural light is important to me. In fact the room is incredibly bright so don't allow that to deter you. Secondly this same main room is huge! The other little perk in this unit is that it has its own barbecue right outside the door. This is a two bedroom/two bathroom unit, but the second bedroom is smaller with just a single bed.
For our second week were were all in our favourite two bed/two bath unit #10 Michelangelo. Although all units have their own outdoor space I think this unit is perhaps the most private, having a garden completely enclosed with a bay hedge - and a cherry tree if you happen to be there at the right time. It is in a separate building from the main Monastery and also looks out over the valley to Lake Trasimeno - but because it is a bit lower the view isn't quite as spectacular as from Piero della Francesca. One of the bedrooms is slightly smaller but with more storage than you could possibly need, and this bathroom had a large window. The other bedroom is a bit bigger, has less hanging space and no window in the bathroom. Really nothing to choose between the two. The main room has a large picture window looking out over the garden.
Truthfully I don't think you can go wrong with any of the units at Sant'Antonio. Just remember to book early because Nico has many guests who become so enchanted that they return year after year.
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