Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5150: Le Casine di Castello, Il Nido
studio apartment in Castelmuzio, Tuscany South
Sept 17 - 23, 2011, 7 days
Il Nido is in the small town of Castelmuzio and about 15 minutes from the working farm of Cretaiole. It was convenient to shopping and restaurants and a very pleasant area for a stroll.
The Coop (small grocery store) and restaurants were about two blocks from Il Nido.
The building was wonderfully Tuscan in origin, but has been renovated to include all the modern conveniences. It was very quiet with a private garden. There was another apartment in the building, but with a separate entrance. The only shared space was the laundry facility (washing machine).
There was a very private patio area just outside the kitchen although there was no view or pool.
The suite was very clean and well furnished. The kitchen contained a country table and chairs for dining. There was a metal table and two chairs, as well as two lounge chairs in the garden area.
The bed was very comfortable; there were nightstands next to the bed and a large wardrobe. The bathroom was a good size and there was lots of hot water.
The kitchen was small but equipped with a small refrigerator, dishes, glassware, silverware and pots and pans - enough to cook for and accommodate two people.
Problems or Bonuses
The goodies in the bathroom were a real treat - lotions, soaps, shampoo,and perfume - and very nicely presented.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I booked with Isabella, the owner who speaks fluent English. All email messages, questions and concerns were answered promptly and courteously by Isabella. Il Nido looks exactly like the pictures on the website. We paid €890 for the week.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay at Il Nido again, but would prefer to be at the farm, Cretaiole. At Cretaiole, you have access to a wonderful vegetable garden, great views and the opportunity to interact with other guests. Il Nido was about 15 minutes from the farm and somewhat isolated.
Things to do in this area
There are many, many small Tuscan towns to visit in the area and Isabella provides plenty of information. My favorite part of our visit was the time we spent with Isabella and her family. I learned more about Italy that week than I did in the rest of my four week stay in Italy. The activities that are included in the price of the stay - welcoming orientation, olive oil tasting, gift basket upon arrival, cooking lesson and dinner and farm tour make for a very memorable visit.
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