Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4644: Tenute di Pecille, Villa Pecille
apartments on an estate just outside Panzano, Tuscany Chianti
June 20-23, 2010, 3 nights
The Villa Pecille is located in the small town of Panzano in Chianti. Panzano is midway between Siena to the south and Florence to the north. You can walk to the village in five minutes. Villa Pecille is very close to the town but it feels like you are in a vineyard in the countryside. There are rows and rows of grape vines across the road and olive tree groves close by.
There is a very nice market in the town. It is within walking distance, as is everything in Panzano. But keep in mind, this is a hill town and some of the streets in the town could be somewhat difficult for people with mobility problems. Walking in hill towns probably requires some prior conditioning. I would probably not want to walk back with more than one or two bags of groceries. The restaurants are certainly within walking distance.
It is a 17th century building that has been refurbished to include all the modern amenities. Air conditioning is provided in the bedrooms, but we did not need to turn them on, even in mid June. It was very peaceful and quiet inside as well as outside. There are five apartments in the building with various numbers of bedrooms and baths. We rented the 2bed/3bath apartment with an additional room with a sleeper sofa.
There are very nice sitting areas for each unit. A table and chairs with an umbrella and a picnic table. There is a shared pool with lounge chairs and cushions in a very nice patio area. Each unit also has a small barbecue pit if you so inclined to grill the wonderful steaks from the famous Dario Cecchini's butcher shop.
The unit was perfect in every way. The furniture in the living room and bedrooms were comfortable and in excellent shape. The dining table in the kitchen area served us very well. A baby high chair, baby gate and baby bed were offered to us and we gladly accepted as we had a two-year old with us.
Our unit, "La Vigna" had two bedrooms upstairs, each with their own full bathroom, and a third room downstairs with a sleeper sofa and a bathroom with a shower. Walking up the stairs each night felt like living in a castle. The bedrooms had awesome views and comfortable beds. There was ample closet and storage space. The bathrooms were simply marvelous. The floors marble and the tub was deep. Plenty of how water was available.
The kitchen was great. An American style coffee pot was provided! Yea! There was a four-burner stove with a large oven, a dishwasher, and a very large refrigerator. The pots and pans and dishes were of good quality and plentiful. We did not cook full meals, but took advantage of the stove for heating up food. A full meal could easily be prepared in this kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
A bonus to the Villa Pecille was the abundance of lavender, rosemary and sage hedges growing all around. The smells were heavenly!! When I smell these things again, I will have such fond memories.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Dealing with the owner, Giovanna, was a dream. She was so accommodating and helpful in every way. The on site person, Gabriele, was so very helpful. He made restaurant reservations for us and was very hospitable. Villa Pecille prefers weekly rentals. Our unit rents at the rate of $2750 per week (US dollars)or $392 per night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would highly recommend the Villa Pecille to my friends. As a matter of fact, I am hoping to return there myself.
Things to do in this area
During our stay in Panzano, we did not feel the need to leave the area. It was the perfect place to relax, after the hustle and bustle of Rome. Our favorite restaurant in Panzano was Oltre il Giardino. There is a wonderful garden overlooking the Conca d'Oro (Golden Valley). Unfortunately, it was raining and we ate inside. The food was unbelievable!!. My favorite shop is the Academia Del Buon Gusto (The School of Good Taste). Stefano Salvadori owns a gourmet food shop that is most interesting and he is a warm and inviting person. There are several artisans in Panzano. Janine Loohuis is a potter and decorator. Her things are lovely. Carmine Errichiello has shop off the main square and sells his watercolors of the area. A sculpter, Jan Praet, has a studio there and was getting ready for an exhibit of his wonderful creations.
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