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Review 427: ABV-Arte del BenVivere, Settequerce


Review by Rachel from TN

villa sleeps 6, Tuscany Chianti


August 2002, 1 week


Exerpted from Rachel's trip report (summer 2002):

We went on to Vagliagli, got a few groceries, met Martina Weigelt, the rental agent. This house was rented through ABV Italia - Holiday Flats in Tuscany. We were led to the house, Settequerce, by the housekeeper. It is off the road to Radda, a dirt road, past a couple of wineries. Then you turn off onto the long driveway, 2km or so, to get to the house. It is set all by itself in the woods and overlooks a valley. It is fenced and has a gate which we were asked to keep closed to keep out the wild boars. We never saw any wild boars but we did see a large, very dark deer.

We arrived in late afternoon and declared the house to be very good. It was for the entire week but with a very few improvements it could be really great. The setting of the house is fabulous. There are views from every window. It has a washing machine which we quickly got going. It has 3 bedrooms and all have ensuite baths with tubs. The master bedroom has a huge dressing room (but the mirror in the bathroom is from the grocery and hangs on a hook on the side).

On the other hand the view through the windows over the sink is unbelievable and we watched the fog rise from the valley every morning. The kitchen is just adequate and we felt that a few more towels and linens would have been nice. Everything about it was fine but it just did not have a warm, inviting feeling which it could have had with very little effort. There is an upstairs porch, a large terrace on the ground floor, a swimming pool which we did not use. There was a fireplace in the living room which we did use on a couple of chilly evenings. We went back to Vagliagli for dinner at La Taverna di Vagliagli which was excellent.

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