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Review 53: Colle Lungo, Montone


Review by Jane from CA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

apartments on estate near Castellina, Tuscany Chianti


October 2001, 1 week


I am happy to confirm that Colle Lungo was delightful and the owners most pleasant and accommodating. The place is beautifully restored and maintained. The apartments are thoroughly cleaned and sheets changed weekly and towels twice a week. Kitchens are well equipped, although not as nicely as the one in Sant' Antonio (an estate near Montepulciano, reviewed separately) -- which was quite superb. Fresh rolls are delivered daily and Francesca and Margharita, the cleaning staff, left a bouquet of flowers and roses from the garden with a nice note when they clearned. The views over the vinyard and close hills are lovely and relaxing. There is a gorgeous pool with lounges. I would highly recommend Colle Lungo.

Apartments vary in size with some being quite small so if people are like us and like a roomy feeling, it would be important to select size carefully. We had the largest and it was fine. No matter the size, all of the apartments are charming and cozy -- each one is different as this is a restored 16th century farm complex and so space is creatively used. And -- their wine is wonderful -- it has received a very high rating from Robert Parker and has been in the Wine Spectator. I had taken a Mr. Coffee with me so that I could have plain breakfast coffee in the morning and ended up trading it for two bottles of wine when we left. We had planned on leaving it anyway (to make room for such things as 3 cutting boards), so it was a bonus when Tony (owner) indicated he would like it.

The only downside is that the property is not really close to any village so that you must always drive to do anything. Castillina is about a 5 minute drive or a 30 minute walk. This was ok with us but it would be good for people to know. It is well situated for striking out in different directions. Tony and Mira provide a very nice little pamphlet which they update regularly with restaurant recommendations, local drives through charming countryside, etc. The upside is that the quietness is wonderful -- at times there is total silence except for the birds and the rustling of leaves. It is a very serene and soothing place to be.

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