Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 449: Toskana Ferien, Villa a Sesta
3bed/3bath apartment in a hamlet near Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany Chianti
October 1996, 1 week
This apartment is in an old hamlet or "borgo" in the middle of the beautiful Chianti hills, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. Although it's a tiny village, the feeling is definitely "country," with the peace and quiet the country offers and the added advantage of having 2 restaurants in walking distance.
A car is necessary to go grocery shopping -- the closest shops are in Castelnuovo Berardenga, about 4 miles away. The borgo, however, has a cafe, the Camelia, which offers simple but good food, and a wonderful, well-known restaurant, the Bottega del 30, with a Michelin star.
The buildings of this medieval stone village have been beautifully restored. There are 6 apartments in the borgo itself and 4 in a neighboring house.
There is a nice outside sitting area overlooking the vineyards, olive groves, and shared swimming pool.
Our apartment is simply but well-furnished in rustic Tuscan style with a mix of antiques and modern furniture, and spotlessly clean. There is a combination kitchen/dining/sitting area -- the kitchen and dining area are good-sized, but the sitting area is small. It doesn't feel cramped, however, because the whole room is open. There is comfortable seating for 4 but not 6.
The bedrooms are spacious and have antique armoires and good beds. The baths are sparkling and modern and quite good-sized. There is a lovely view of Siena in the distance from our bedroom window.
The kitchen is large and has plenty of counter space. It's well-equipped with good-quality dishes to cook a full meal.
Problems or Bonuses
How large the bedrooms are and how modern the baths are.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked with the agent via telephone -- we stayed here back in 1996. Booking via the internet is now available. Oskar speaks good English and is very helpful.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would certainly recommend that friends stay here, and I'd return if there wasn't more of Italy I want to see! I think the borgo offers a wonderful introduction to Tuscany, especially because of its central location. It also offers the serenity of staying in the country with the proximity to good restaurants.
Things to do in this area
These apartments are close to Siena and the towns of Chianti, and less than an hour's drive from the towns of San Gemignano and those of southern Tuscany (Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino). The Bottega del 30 is expensive but worth it -- a great meal.
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