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Review 465: Cottages to Castles, Il Querceto

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Review by Paul from MA

2bed/2bath apartment on Chianti estate, Tuscany Chianti


When

September 28 - October 5, 2002, one week

Location

Il Querceto is a group of converted farm buildings located off of the SS 222 road (Via Chiantigiana), about 6 km north of Castellina in Chianti. You turn off onto a white road at the marker for Km 36, and follow the white road (very bumpy and rutted) for 1 km until you reach Il Querceto. Once you're there, it's very quiet. We were in a building on the edge of the property, so it was even quieter.

Nearby Amenities

You can't walk to anything from here - a car is a must. Castellina is a 6 km drive, and it has the nearest restaurants & grocery store.

The House/Apartment

The building we were in isn't particularly historical. It is a converted hayloft (fienile). There is only one apartment in this particular building. There are other buildings on the property, containing the other apartments. I think that there are 8 or 9 apartments in total in the complex.

Garden

There were two very nice sitting areas outside - one on the lower side and one on the upper side (the building is on a small hill). The upper one has a flagstone terrace, and a table & chairs for 4.

There is a pool on the property. We didn't use it, as the weather was rather cool when we were there.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture was in good shape. You walk into a living room dining room combination, with several sofas, and a table with chairs for 4 to eat at. The kitchen is off of the living room. There was a fireplace (we didn't use it), and wood was available. There's also a full bathroom on this floor, along with a 3rd bedroom (which we didn't use). Plenty of seating for everyone.

On the 2nd floor (inside stairway, no railing) are two more bedrooms (one with Matrimoniale, one with two twins) and the 2nd bathroom.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The beds were comfortable. The bedrooms looked through the angled bricks used to direct the wind into the fienile. The bathrooms were clean and modern. However, there was no lip to hold back the water; it just drained into the recessed in the center! We got used to it.....

Kitchen

The kitchen was very usable and functional. There were enough plates & cooking utensils. Again, there was no toasting device, so we speared the bread with a long fork and held it over the gas burner.

Problems or Bonuses

The view! We were at the edge of the property, right at the end of a ridge. We had fabulous views over the Chianti hills, and we got some wonderful pictures at sunrise & sunset.

There's a "Common Area" for all of the guests. It has a large common room with the TV, and there's a washing machine for everyone to use.

The one surprise was the condition of the road to access the property. It is a farm road, and is very rough. We had a VW Passat wagon, and were able to negotiate it daily without incident.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We booked with Cottages to Castles from the USA. We emailed them to obtain information, faxed to sign the booking form, and I phoned them to give my credit card information. It couldn't have been easier! I dealt with Claire Woolett, who was extremely pleasant and professional. I recommend this agency without reservations!

The pictures & description accurately represent the property.If anything, it was better than it looked!

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I'd recommend this rental to anyone. It's a very pleasant apartment, and it was very quiet at night. We weren't around during the day, but it is on a working farm (olives & grapes) and they were harvesting when we were there. The views are spectacular, and if you're a walker, you could stroll over adjacent hills (along the tractor paths).

Things to do in this area

Castellina in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Siena, San Gimigniano, etc., etc.

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