Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5151: Le Torri, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montespertoli, Tuscany Chianti
Oct 1-8, 2011, 1 week
Le Torri, a 700 year-old renovated farmhouse, is in the Tuscan countryside surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. It is within a 10 minute walk to the small village of San Quirico in Collina, where you can buy most essential items. The closest supermarket is in the larger town of Montespertoli, which is about a 10 minute drive away.
The property is secured, very nicely landscaped, and has beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside and nearby Castello Poppiano. The sunset views from our room were magnificent!
In the village of San Quirico, you can buy essential groceries, get something to drink such as coffee, wine, beer, etc. There is a pharmacy and a bank/ATM. The nearest restaurant, Da Buzzanca, can be walked, but since it is on a gravel road it is best to drive - maybe three minutes from the property. A few other restaurants are maybe a five to seven minute drive. Montespertoli, the closest "real" town has many more restaurants, supermarket, etc., and is a 10 minute drive or so.
The building is a 700 year-old stone farmhouse that has been renovated into nine apartments, five one-bedroom and four two-bedroom. The building is in excellent condition and our apartment was very spacious, nicely decorated, had a full kitchen and very comfortable living areas. Almost all the time it was very quiet, although one night you could hear nearby dogs barking. Our apartment (#3) had a large foyer with a bench, a large combination kitchen and living room with a large table that seats four very comfortably. Our bedroom had a king bed, a nice dresser, two nightstands and two very nice closets to store clothing. The bathroom shower was on the small side, but my wife said other apartments had larger showers.
The grounds, which are shared among the guests, are beautifully landscaped with olive trees, lemon trees, flowers and shrubbery. There is a large built-in pool with a good number of comfortable lounge chairs. There is a wood grilling area and several more "private" seating areas. It is a beautiful setting.
The furniture was in very good condition, comfortable and everything was clean.
The bedroom was very spacious, had a lot of storage space and king size bed with a very comfortable mattress and pillows. The bathroom had a sink, toilet, bidet and shower. As mentioned, I thought the shower in our bathroom was on the small side, but then this is Europe. The floors and walls were ceramic tile.
The kitchen was fully equipped with a refrigerator, oven/stove, dishwasher, and sink, but we did not cook any meals. There was an adequate supply of glassware, pots, pans, etc. so if someone wanted to cook a complete meal they could.
Problems or Bonuses
The welcome buffet, which is included in the price, was fabulous. The food, cooked by the owner's mother, consisted of 23 platters plus desserts and wine. Everything was delicious. There is an optional dinner mid-week that was also mouth watering.
The owner also offers several items for sale including olive oil made from the olives on the grounds, limoncello made from the lemons grown on the property, wine made by a cousin, and homemade jams, all very reasonable priced and from the items we bought, yummy.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner, Gabriele, treated us very well before, during and after our stay. He speaks fairly good English, much better than my Italian. I though the price, €465 in October, was a very reasonable price for what we received.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay at Le Torri again in a heartbeat and would recommend it to anyone, including friends and family. Gabriele, his wife and his parents are wonderful people and provide a memorable vacation experience.
Things to do in this area
Le Torri is within fairly easy driving distance of most of the places people come to Tuscany to see including Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Volterra, Greve, etc. as well as many wineries. If you want to go further south such as Montalcino or Montepulciano, you are now talking over an hour drive.
We enjoyed the restaurant Da Buzzanca, which is in San Quirico and the closest restaurant. The owners were very friendly and treated us nicely, plus the food was very good. About 20 minutes away by car is Osteria Cinque di Vino in San Casciano in Val de Pesa. I will write a separate review about this restaurant since it was a highlight of our dining experiences.
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