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Review 5508: Podere La Casa (Caparzo), Apartment

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Recommended
Review by Mark DeWolf from Canada

Apartments on an estate near Montalcino, Tuscany South


When

Fall 2012, 1 week

Location

La Casa's location is its best feature. Situated on vineyard north of Montalcino, the view from its pool area is unequaled. Rolling hills, beautiful vineyards and a view of the town of Montalcino in the distance as your backdrop.

Nearby Amenities

Closest and most convenient grocery store is in nearby town of Buonconvento (about a five minute drive). Outward appearances are deceptive as the town doesn't look like much from the main road that runs around it but there is a good grocery store, a few restaurants and cafes and a little train station that you can use to make day trips to Siena or Florence.

The House/Apartment

The building is a restored farmhouse. It is split into three apartments. It is well maintained. The rooms are large and airy. It is ideal to rent the entire villa if possible as the best thing about La Casa is the feeling of being on your own with friends or family (despite in reality being very close to Montalcino and well suited for day trips in Southern Tuscany). The pool area is great and a wonderful place to entertain.

You can view the property directly Podere La Casa.

Garden

There is a large pool area, with plenty of seating. I've only rented the entire villa. If you rented only one apartment you would share the pool area with others.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

All the beds, furniture etc., are well kept and very comfortable. The apartments are very clean. They spend a lot of timing on upkeep of the pool area.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Beds are comfortable. There are eight total bedrooms and seven bathrooms (not all are en suite). Two of the bedrooms are only suitable for singles. Bathrooms are well equipped although some only have European style showers.

Kitchen

The kitchens are fine if you don't plan on doing a lot of cooking there. Stoves are functional but aren't great if you are trying to cook for a large group. They could really do with some espresso/coffee machines in each apartment.

Problems or Bonuses

The hostess who also manages the tasting room at the winery (Caparzo) is very accomodating and friendly. Be wary that the doors blow closed very easily so you can get locked out if you don't have your keys always with you. The bonus of La Casa is the beauty of its surroundings and absolutely feeling of tranquilty that comes over you when you are there. It is simply a magical view.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Book through Caparzo. Ewa who looks after the villa is very accommodating and fluent in English.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I've stayed here 20 times so I can honestly say that yes it is worth it and highly recommend; especially if you are big group that want to enjoy yourselves without worrying about making too much noise. Don't expect a five-star Relais but if you want a very well appointed and beautiful retreat, La Casa is for you.

Things to do in this area

  • Sant'Antimo
  • Il Leccio restaurant in Sant'Angelo in Colle (have them bring you a selection of antipasti - it just keeps coming - its all you need for lunch)
  • Boccon di Vino restaurant as it has the best views in the area and wonderful hostess (Marina)
  • Baricci winery (how Brunello should be made - honestly and without pretension)
  • Day trips to Pienza and Montepulciano
  • Visit fortress in town of Montalcino if only for the amazing views.
  • Cafe alle Loggia in Montalcino central square for WiFi and a glass of wine
  • Down the road is great shop for leather purses (well-made and inexpensive)

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