Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4317: Rentvillas, Montagna I
3bed/3bath house near Montespertoli, Tuscany Chianti
2009, 1 Week
Our villa was in the country overlooking beautiful countryside with views of hills, small towns, vineyards, sunflower fields and olive groves. The location was high and gave nice, cool breezes from the heat of the city. The owner had his home on the property but he was very helpful at all times. There was a second villa behind ours, but we rarely saw the occupants and they were from Germany, very friendly and wanted to talk with us. We were about 100 yards from a winery and bought wine there as well as watched the harvesting and early stages of production. This was fascinating since we had no other opportunity to see a winery on this trip.
We were about .75 miles from the town of Montagna, where we could purchase food and there were a few small cafes. We could also catch a bus to Florence there although we decided to drive instead. Usually we drove into town, but walking was very possible. Just about 200 yards from our villa was a castle that was converted into a resort. There was a wedding there part of the week we were at the villa. Later we experienced their wonderful outdoor dining and found it to be a beautiful location with very good food.
The villa was described as a former barn. However, it was completely remodeled with new air conditioning, electrical outlets, kitchen, etc. The building looked and felt like a new home. There was a very large country kitchen with dishwasher, stove, refrigerator and was fully provided with everything we needed. There was a living room adjoining the kitchen with a full bedroom and bath on the first floor. Upstairs were three nice sized bedrooms with two full baths. There were fans in every room and the windows opened to beautiful views.
Downstairs there were two sets of French doors opening unto a patio where we enjoyed breakfast. There was a large swimming pool that was shared with the adjoining villa. This was never a problem and there was ample furniture for sunbathing for everyone. The villa had a washing machine but no dryer. There was a drying rack outdoors that worked very well.
The furniture was very nice, well taken care of and in good shape. Everything worked well and the sofa and chairs were very comfortable. A special treat for us was that the figs on the fig tree were ripe and we had never had them fresh from the tree. There was also an outside grilling area that we used to make dinner one evening.
The beds were all queen sized and very comfortable. The bedrooms had extra room for chairs. Bathrooms were clean, and in like new condition. Each had a shower and they worked well and there was plenty of hot water for the seven people in our group.
The kitchen was very nice. The only complaint I heard was that there was not a can opener and the coffee pots took some getting used to after having electric coffee pots in the United States. Everything else was good. The pots and pans were plentiful as was the dishware. The refrigerator was very large and included a nice sized freezer. The dining room table was very large and easily seated all of us. We had plenty of towels for bathing and for the pool and they were changed mid-week.
Problems or Bonuses
Lots of pleasant surprises. No negative ones. We would go back anytime to stay at this location again.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were given VIP treatment by the agency and the representative assigned to us. She contacted me continuously to give me answers to any questions we had prior to leaving home. The on site manager was very friendly as was his wife. The manager spoke English and was very helpful.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would go back anytime and we would recommend this location to our best friends. We had no qualifications other than the few minor thing mentioned earlier.
Things to do in this area
We did a great deal of traveling from this location. Florence was 18 kilometers away, Siena was about 30 minutes. We visited many small, quaint walled towns and really enjoyed them. There were many nice restaurants everywhere we went. We spent one day at Cinque Terra, which was about 1.5 hours by car. One day is not enough time to see this area, but what we did see was beautiful. We will go back to that location to spend more time in the future.
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