Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 687: Le Torri, Apartment
apartments on an estate near Montespertoli, Tuscany Chianti
July 2003, 1 week
Le Torri is located in the country (20 minutes S/W of Florence). The nearest decent size town was about 10 minutes away, on the neightbouring "hill", of these hill towns. The road was similar to all the country roads in the hilltowns, twists and turns but fun. The property was surrounded by olive trees,and vineyards. We had apartment number 2, which was fairly close to the road, so we did get some road noise at night. But it was a quiet road, with little traffic. The apartments at the back of the building would have been quieter, as they overlooked fields. We loved the area. It was what I expected from a typical tuscan villa. The property sat on a hill, with a nice view. Even from our bedroom window, we saw only fields and other farm houses.
There was a very small town which you could walk to, but I did not like the selections. We drove the a neighbouring town, 10 minutes away. It had a coop grocery store with an excellent selection of everything we expect in a grocery store. It had late hours also.
Gabrielle at Letorri recommended numerous nearby restuarnts. A couple in this town 10 minutes away. He also recommended a resturant at a nearby villa, which was wonderfull. It had an outdoor patio, with hill town views. On arrival at Letorri, Gabrielles mother, cooked a tuscany dinner for all occupants. It was included in the price of the villa, and gave us a great opportunity to met the other guests. We were the only ones from North America. Many were returning guests, from other European countries.
I'm not sure about the historical view of the property. But it was very well maintained. They have a great web site, and the apartments were exactly as shown on the web-site. The kitchen was my favourite, it was a typical tuscan kitchen! With a dishwasher! The kitchen was well equiped, with plates, pots utensils. There are 9 apartments both one or two bedrooms. The apartment we had was number 2, and quite large.
Lovely out door gardens. Check out their website. It was exactly as shown. In the evenings, most of the guests went out side with a bottle of wine. There was numerous little areas to sit- either by the pool, by the BBQ, in the gardens etc. You never felt crowded. You could talk talk to the other guests you met, or sit by yourself. It was very comfortable. It had a large pool, with numerous pool toys for the kids. My kids had a great time. Even though it was very hot in Italy, my husband and I never felt like going in. But our kids did, almost every nite.
The furniture was in good shape and clean. The dining table was huge. Sitting room for 6-8. The beds were comfortable. I do suffer from lower back pain, and I had no problems with the mattress. We did find that the chairs around the apartment, were not that comfortable for sitting in the evenings. This is why we usually ended up going outdoors, and sitting by the pool. It was also very hot in Tuscany when we were there, so we tried to keep the lights off in the apartment.
Beds were comfortable, even with my bad back. The bedrooms were simple but clean. Enough storage space. The master bedroom had an ensuite. One room with a tolet , and on the other side we had a shower with a sink. The second bathroom had a shower, toilet and sink. It also had a drying rack in it, which was great for drying bathing suits and towels.
Great kitchen with plenty of pots pans and dishes. I regret not cooking more in the kitchen. On the Le Torri web site they have a section for groceries. We ordered some basic supplies to get us through the first 2 days. They had it all ready for us, on arrival. The grocery bill was left on the table, to be paid at departure. I paid it immediately, just because I didn't want to forget, but Gabrielle requested at departure only. What a great service, to make arrival go smooth. Many of the guests would be cooking dinner after dark, and one group would than take things down in the gardens to eat. LeTorri had an open BBQ in the garden that you could also cook with.
Problems or Bonuses
Bonuses: Dinner on arrival, to meet other guests. An optional Thursday night dinner at an additional cost, was also very nice. The gardens were lovely. Very nice setting in the back. Gabrielle was a great host. Very accommodationing. The grounds and units were well maintained.
Bad: Uncomfortable chairs for sitting around. No screens on the windows. There was some sort of no-see-uhm which kept biting my husband (20 bites over the course of the week) - the kids and I never got one bite. But it seems that screens on the windows are not easy to find in Tuscany. We left the windows open all night for a breeze.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owners. Gabrielle speaks English, but somewhat broken, but we had no problem communicating with him. The villa looked exactly like the pictures. The website has a web cam which allows you to see any of the apartments.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, we already have recommended it to some friends considering Tuscany. I might recommend one of the units facing the back gardens instead, but I would stay in the same unit again.
Things to do in this area
We ran out of days. It was very well located. Convienent to get to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, etc. I can't think of a better location to do these towns. Check their website for directions and times to each town.
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