Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5311: Agriturismo La Bruciata, Apartment
apartments on an estate outside Montepulciano, Tuscany South
September 2011, 1 week
Agriturismo La Bruciata is located in the countryside about 10 minutes from Montepulciano, 15 minutes from Pienza, 45 minutes from Montalcino and an hours drive from Siena and Cortona. The location is perfect for day tripping through Southern Tuscany and parts of Umbria. La Bruciata is located down a private driveway lined with cypress trees. The farmhouse is surrounded by vineyards, olive trees, and gardens. This is a working farm that provides fresh produce that they use to prepare their meals. The grounds are stunning!
I loved that breakfast was included. Every morning in their dining room was a beautiful buffet of specially prepared breakfast cakes, focaccia, fruits, yoghurts, cereals and homemade jams. The cafe and cappuccino were amazing! There is also two big grocery stores just outside of Montepulciano. There are so many great restaurants just a short drive away. One of our favorites was in Monticchiello called Osteria La Porta which is a beautiful hike from the farmhouse.
The guest cottages at La Bruciata were built about eight years ago. There are two 2bed/2bath units and two 1bed/1bath units. One of the 2bed/2bath units can be converted into a 3bed/2bath unit. So with only four guest apartments it is very peaceful and quiet. The units are all very beautifully decorated retaining that rustic Tuscan charm.
The farmhouse has a gorgeous swimming pool. As your sunning yourself by the pool you can smell the lavender and rosemary that grows everywhere. The landscaping around the farm is beautiful. There are canopied tables in the yard near the pool to enjoy lunch or a glass of wine at sunset. There are also two hammocks in the yard to relax in or read a book. They also have a small play area for young children with a slide, swings etc.
We stayed in the 2bed/2bath unit. My wife and I along with our four year old son had one of the bedrooms and my mother had the other. Next door to us my aunt and uncle stayed in the 1bed/1bath unit. In the evening we would gather in my unit which had a large kitchen with a large gorgeous dining table. We even invited another couple over to join us for dinner one evening and there was plenty of room for all seven adults and one child. There were plenty of utensils and cookware to make your own meals.
The beds were very comfortable to me and my family. I hear some complain about the firmness of mattresses in Italy but I never had any problems whatsoever. The bathrooms were spacious and modern with excellent water pressure and plenty of hot water!
The kitchens had everything to prepare and enjoy home cooked meals. If you needed anything (which we didn't), the proprietor Laura, would be sure to accommodate you if you needed anything.
Problems or Bonuses
With your one week stay they include a four course welcome dinner with wine and cafe! On top of your breakfast included, this is a superb deal! These are self-catered units as with most agriturismi. So don't expect daily maid service or other "luxury" amenities. They do provide towels and your initial toilet items but you are expected to provide your own toilet paper and throw out your own garbage.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
You book directly with the owner Laura. She does not advertise or work with rental agencies this way she keeps her rental price very low. We paid €1150 for the 2bed/2bath (about $1500 total for the seven nights) and my aunt and uncle who stayed in the 1bed/1bath unit unit paid €750 or $950 for the week. This was their medium season price and the high season price only goes up another €100. This is a family run business and the hospitality can't be beat. Laura and her mother Marissa (who everyone calls Mamma) cater to the guests. Laura speaks excellent English and will greet you everyday with her big smile and genuine warmth and the best cappuccino!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I found Agriturismo La Bruciata through another travel website and couldn't fine any reviews here on Slow Travel. I decided to take a chance based on my intuition. This was the best choice I made and was without a doubt the best experience for all of us during our two week stay in Tuscany. All you have to do is open those big windows in the bedroom and enjoy the stunning views looking out at the vineyards and you know you made the right choice!
Things to do in this area
The Brunello, Nobile di Montepulciano, the pecorino and salumi. You can find the best "pici" in all of Tuscany at La Bruciata!
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