Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4371: Le Manzinaie, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
October 2009, One week
Podere le Manzinaie is located a few miles from Montepulciano in Tuscany Italy. It is a renovated farmhouse that is surrounded by fields dedicated to the growing of sunflowers and other crops. As for location, the Podere le Manzinaie could not be a more perfect base for exploring the cities and villages of Tuscany. Of course, Montepulciano, with its world famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines, is very nearby. Other destinations, San Gimignano, Assisi, Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, Greve in Chianti, Cortona, and countless other fantastic Tuscan villages are within easy reach for day trips.
The local supermarkets, Coop or Conad, are within five to 10 minute drive from the farmhouse. They are superbly stocked with all the great Italian specialties of fresh produce, wines, pasta, and all the other items necessary to stock your kitchen for the week. With all the great selections you will be making return trips to the local supermarkets.
Restaurants are nearby in the village of Montepulciano. They are numerous and all are great. Half the fun is exploring the village and deciding on which restaurant to dine in.
We were thoroughly impressed with the beauty of this lovingly restored farm house and apartments. The farm house is owned and operated by Marzia and her family. Marzia will show you photos of the farm before restoration and you will be amazed at what she and her family have accomplished. We rented a two bedroom apartment with a fully equipped kitchen. Our apartment was one of four apartments and an independent villa.
Although late October was too cool, the property boasts a large swimming pool that must be a total delight during the hot summer months. Lovely garden area with a sitting area for picnics and barbecues, if so inclined.
The apartment was beautifully furnished with kitchen table, sitting for four, sofa, TV, writing desk, and tall, spacious bedroom chests.
The two bedrooms have their own large bathrooms with one having its own Jacuzzi bath. The spacious rooms have vaulted ceilings throughout with brick archways separating the rooms. The rooms are beautifully decorated with hand-painted flower and garden motifs. Beds were king sized and very comfortable.
The kitchen was fully equipped with all the pots, pans, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, glassware, four burner gas stove, microwave, coffee maker, and everything you would possibly need to prepare a quick breakfast or a full sit down dinner for four. It was delightful cooking and preparing our dinners in the apartment's kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
What makes the Podere le Manzinaie precious and endearing is the warm welcome you will receive from Marzia and her family. This family should be appointed ambassadors of Italian tourism and hospitality. Marzia greeted us and quickly got us settled in our apartment. We arrived in the evening without stopping for essential grocery items and found that Marzia had the fridge stocked with eggs, bacon, milk, coffee, bread, and everything you would need for the following morning. Marzia or other family members were always available to answer questions or assist in any way possible. Any questions about the area, shopping, distances, routes, whatever, are easily answered and very informative. What Marzia cannot translate into English, her very capable and fluent daughter, Alice, can, as well as French and German.
The weekly dinner with the family and other guests is totally delightful. Making homemade pasta and pastries, sampling wines, and finishing the evening with some grappa is not be missed and a truly Italian family experience.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We prefer to book directly with the owners of the properties and this can be done with Podere le Manzinaie through their website. The owners, Marzia and Fiori, are there to greet you when you arrive. Marzia speaks enough English to assist you in any way. Whatever else might be necessary in English is easily handled by her daughter, Alice. The price was very competitive with other comparable farmhouse rentals and we were well pleased with the price.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would absolutely and unequivocally recommend Podere le Manzinaie to our best friends and have already done so. We would encourage anyone contemplating a visit to Tuscany to book a week at the Podere le Manzinaie immediately before all the apartments are booked. Would we stay there again? In a heartbeat!
Things to do in this area
Day trips to the surrounding fabulous Tuscan villages and towns. Assisi, Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, Greve in Chianti, Cortona, and countless other fantastic Tuscan villages are within easy reach for day trips. Medieval walled villages, renaissance art, cathedrals, wine tasting, exploring, getting lost and not caring, Tuscan sunsets, learning a little Italian, works for us!
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