Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4997: Sant' Antonio, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montepulciano, Tuscany South
July 2011, 9 days
Sant Antonio is a five-minute drive away from the medieval town of Montepulciano. It is in the middle of rolling green hills, vineyards, and olive tree groves. Very secluded and peaceful location, perfect for a relaxing getaway and a great home base to see other towns in the region.
The town of Montepulciano is a mere five-minute drive away and has everything you may need for your stay. Sant Antonio is “country resort” there is therefore, no on site coffee shop, etc. But this is part of what makes it a great place. Quiet, peaceful, and relaxing. On site, however, there are several outdoor barbecues, a great pool, and a room with Internet access.
My wife and I stayed in two of the apartments. The first apartment was the Giotto (#9). The apartment had a living area, kitchen, a loft, master bedroom and a very large bathroom with a free standing tub and shower! The views from the bedroom and living area windows were incredible. The apartment was way beyond my expectations and it was a great “home away from home.”
We decided to extend our stay three days into our time there and Nico was kind enough to accommodate us. The second apartment was the Caravaggio (#1). It was spacious with a master bedroom, smaller bathroom than #9 but had an extra bedroom! The views were equally as stunning as the windows in the back of the apartment gave us the same views as #9 but the windows in the front (master bedroom and French doors leading to the patio) gave us the view of the other side of the Villa which is full of olive tree groves, more rolling hills, and cypress trees. I loved the fact that the two apartments were completely different but equally as charming and wonderful.
The entire villa is a garden! Lots of open areas of grass, olive tree groves, and trails to explore the grounds. There are also several wood fueled brick barbecues with tables and chairs nearby for outdoor barbecues. There are also recliners and tables and chairs about the villa in many places perfect for reading, relaxing, or just taking in the sun for a few hours.
Both the apartments were well furnished and clean. The living areas were all very spacious with plenty of couch and chair space.
Bedrooms were very spacious as well, both had very high ceilings (as do most rooms in the villa) which added to the spacious effect. Beds were very comfortable, my wife and I slept very well:) Bathrooms were clean and good sized (especially in #9, huge bathroom!).
Great kitchen, good sized refrigerator and all of the plates, pots, pans and utensils you would need for cooking are present. Apartment #9 had two small windows about waist level on the left hand side of the kitchen that opened to some more stunning views of the garden and hills.
Problems or Bonuses
No problems here, our stay start to finish was fantastic! Bonuses would be a “hidden” parking garage (it’s nice not to see cars strewn about the property), plenty of outdoor grills and seating as well and Nico’s olive oil! If you stay you need to get some; it is out of this world good!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I can’t say enough great things about the owner and host of Sant Antonio, Nico. He was always friendly, accommodating, speaks six languages (including fluent English) and just all around amazing. He gave us a lot of recommendations for not only restaurants but local destinations that might interest us. Word to the wise: If Nico recommends a restaurant, go! Every recommendation that he gave us was spot on and fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for a better host.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes a million times over! It is a fantastic location with great apartments, relaxing atmosphere, and an amazing host.
Things to do in this area
My wife and I spent most of the time exploring Montepulciano and some of the other medieval towns in the area (Cortona, and Assisi to name a few). There is a lot to see not only in Montepulciano but in towns just a half an hour drive away. We also did a fair amount of lounging around the villa just relaxing.
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