Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4843: Le Casine di Castello, Il Nido
studio apartment in Castelmuzio, Tuscany South
October 2010, 1 week
Le Casine di Castello was in the small village of Castelmuzio, on the edge of the beautiful Val d'Orcia, in Tuscany. It was centrally located for day trips throughout the Siena area of Tuscany. It was the lower floor of an attached duplex apartment that was very quiet and private. The village was charming, and the residents were friendly. There was ample off street parking around the corner and down a flight of stairs.
There was a bank with an ATM, restaurant and grocery coop within walking distance of the apartment as well as a small market that was open on weekends that sold meat, sausage, cheese, pasta and olive oils. Everything was with a short and charming four to five block walk from the apartment.
The building itself was old (how old I really don't know). The apartment was in the lower level (down a flight of steps from the street) of an attached duplex. The main floor was an entry way, and upstairs was another larger apartment. Included was a washer for your clothes, and each apartment had folding clothes racks for drying.
The inside of the building was redone and was delightful. Our apartment was small and cozy but comfortable for two. The redone brick barrel ceilings were beautiful and the four poster bed was very comfortable. The sitting room held a large table and chairs and a kitchenette.
Outside was small private enclosed garden area with grass, a small stone patio, flowers and lounge chairs.
The upstairs apartment had its own ceiling deck.
The apartment was very neat and clean, and charmingly decorated. Although there was no living room, there were enough comfy chairs to sit at the table in the kitchen/sitting room. The furniture was antique and in great shape.
The bedroom was through an open arch and contained a roomy clothes cabinet, end tables and a couple of chairs as well as a very comfortable four poster bed.
The bathroom was roomy with a walk in shower, sink, toilet and bidet. The towels were large, fluffy and absorbent and there were ample toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotions, etc) provided.
The kitchenette contained a microwave, four burner cook-top, small refrigerator, and sink. It was fully equipped with pots, pans, coffee makers, dishes and utensils as well as basic staples. It also had a spigot for very cold, delicious spring water!
The utensils, dishes and cookware were a mishmash of styles, but were adequate for our use.
Problems or Bonuses
I was pleasantly surprised by the charm of the apartment and the pleasantness of the local people, who communicated with us as best they could with their limited English and our limited Italian.
Unfortunately, I was warned by many people of the dangers of theft in Italy. We did not encounter any problems - the people were honest and gracious and I never felt threatened.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The people at Agriturrismo Cretaiole were friendly, gracious and very helpful. They had scheduled events at the Agristurismo that we were invited to participate in which were great fun! We also were provided with a large spiral notebook full of information and maps of the area for individual day trips.
Isabella spoke excellent English, and her friend who helped us, Claudia, was an ex-pat American.
I think the cost was about €840 for the week.
Note: The same people that own and operate Le Casine de Castello, also own and operate Agriturismo Cretaiole.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would highly recommend staying here to anyone, and would love to come back with my husband. It was a very romantic apartment, and I was there with a girlfriend. If the apartment is not available, I would recommend the agriturismo as well, as we did see a couple of the apartments and they were charming in their own way.
Things to do in this area
Val d'Orcia is a lovely place to visit. There are numerous medieval walled mountain villages to visit as well as towns in the valley, each with its own charms. Within driving distance are several hot springs/spas, which we just did not have time to visit, but were recommended by other people who were staying there.
There is biking and walking/hiking everywhere and I found the Italian people to be delightful.
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