Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 622: TuscanHouse, Villa La Selva
4 bedroom house near San Giovanni D'Asso, Tuscany South
Tuscany, 2 weeks
Very private, outside a small village. The view from anywhere in or around the house was scenic. Easy to get to many towns from here.
Nearest grocery was a 5 minute drive into the village. Don't miss the local bakery - it's worth searching out. Great bread and they will make croissants to order. Try the jam tart with nuts and chocolate.
Historical in good shape and nicely furnished. Very nice accomodations for 3 adult couples with a fourth room nice for young or teenage children. Great kitchen.
Private pool, sitting areas, and a covered eating area. Beautiful gardens and planters filled with herbs and flowers. Lavender and rosemary abounds.
All furnishings were very nice and comfortable. Excellent cleaning staff came 2 times per week. Plenty of linens, towels, and thoughtful amenities. Washer was appreciated.
Beds were very comfortable. Bathrooms very nice, especially the upstairs bathroom - it was huge.
Great kitchen - beautiful and useful. We took full advantage of the kitchen and the herbs in the garden to make wonderful meals.
Problems or Bonuses
No problems at all. Just a warning - bring insect repellent for mosquitos. They are plentiful at night outside (the house has screens so no issue inside) but you will want to be outside to look at the ceiling of stars.
Bonus - There is so much lavender, you can pick a stalk whenever you like and enjoy the wonderful scent.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
TuscanHouse was great - extremely helpful. The pack of information including driving directions and maps was perfect - very detailed. Also, great recommendations for activities and local spots.
The owner was also visible, available, helpful - but not invasive.
I would use this agency exclusively on another trip and have recommended it to friends.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
YES - no question - it's the best we have used.
Things to do in this area
1. Have the owner set up the local village ladies to cook dinner at least once. What a great evening! Wonderful food (they made spinach ravioli in the kitchen and it was to die for) and they washed every dish. Very reasonable price too - same as dining out in a local restaurant.
2. If you are seriously into wine and want a great experience, have Zak put you in touch with Kate at Firefly. She is a food writer and we spent an incredible afternoon with her at 3 local wineries, doing barrel tastings.
3. Drive to Hotel Selina (Kate or partner Rachael can tell you about it - her recommendation) for the lunch of your Tuscan dreams. The tiny gnocchi with white truffles is worth the trip. But don't miss the pigeon ravioli and the wild boar with olives. Afterward, walk in the nearby Sculpture Garden.
4. Nearby Pienza is the home to Pecorino cheese - visit it early in the week to have wonderful cheese on hand. WOW.
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