Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4329: Sant' Antonio, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
October 3, 2009-October 10, 2009, 1 week
Sant'Antonio is located in the beautiful countryside a few miles from Montepulciano. Since it was a Franciscan Monastery, it sits on a large piece of property at the foot of a hill, which is heavily forested. It is very private and peaceful.
Montepulciano is several miles from the property and the walk would be rather long and scary, as the roads in the countryside are very narrow and not made for walking. There was a great little grocery store in Montepulciano, which had everything we needed, including great prices on wine.
The buildings are historical and built in the 12th century. The property is immaculate. There are 13 apartments and/or cottages and they are all in perfect condition for guests. We stayed in a little cottage at the back of the property with a wonderful view over the valley and Lake Trasimeno in the distance.
We had our own private outside area, but there are large decks and patios all over the property, including around the pool area. Anyone trying to find space to get away can easily find it at Sant'Antonio. The pool is large with numerous lounging beds and umbrellas. There are several built in grills with dining tables and chairs all around the property. It really is hard to describe how wonderful this property is.
Our apartment had a small sofa with a dining table and chairs for four people. There was also a very large armoire type cupboard in the living area, which housed the refrigerator, TV and china/glasses/flatware. The living room had a beautiful window overlooking the valley beyond.
The bedroom had a very comfortable bed with crisp sheets. There was a closet and chest of drawers which easily held all of our belongings for a week long stay. The bathroom was fairly large with a pedestal sink and stand alone shower. There were also shelves for all of our personal items. There was a nice high window which we kept open and brought in a lot of light and fresh air. The towels were huge and very soft and fluffy.
The kitchen was small by our standards, but had everything we needed for cooking a light meal. There was no oven or microwave oven, but we managed nicely and cooked a couple of meals while there.
Problems or Bonuses
We knew from past reviews that this place was going to be a special place, but nothing prepared us for just how lovely it was. Actually, the biggest surprise was how well the guests interacted.
There is a family style dinner on Wednesday nights if enough of the guest wish. I think Nico said there had to be at least 14 people signed up. Our dinner was held on Tuesday night and we found out later that one of the guest had asked Nico to schedule the dinner for that night because he was going to re-propose to his wife of 25 years and Tuesday was their actual Anniversary. She was stunned and it was simply a perfect night.
The old stable is now the large dining room/computer room/lounge and it's beautiful. Several of the ladies who work for Nico cook and serve the meal. The cost per person was €35.
A bonus for us was Nico's goofy, friendly white boxer as shown in this review.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
What can I say about Nico? This man is a hands on owner and makes sure that everyone's stay is perfection. He lives on sight, so in case of emergencies, he is available.
We arrived in Rome and found our luggage didn't!! Nico took over and told us to enjoy our stay and he would locate it. Well, it turned out that it took all three of us to pin Delta down and we ended up driving back to Rome one night to retrieve our luggage. Nico worked night and day helping us with this problem. He speaks perfect English and thank goodness, perfect Italian ... LOL, as he really made those people at FCO jump through hoops.
Thank you Nico, you are a jewel.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay again in a heartbeat and would recommend it to everyone, including our best friends and family.
Things to do in this area
We have stayed in this area two other times, so we slowed down a bit this time and visited little towns and places we had missed before. We truly feel the Val d'Orcia area is the most beautiful in Tuscany. Because of our luggage problems, we didn't get a chance to eat dinner out much and even missed a meal we were really looking forward to with one of the board members here.
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