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Review 72: TuscanHouse, La Fornacina


Review by Barbara from Chicago

2bed/2bath house near Pienza, Tuscany South


Sept 1-8, 2001, 1 week


Rented online from Tuscanhouse -- wonderful agency to deal with, both before and during rental. Zak and Gary were on top of things (first night we had no water and no electricity due to earlier electric storm, up and running within 2 hours).

Location is near several small towns, our favorite being Pienza.

Overall, I'd rate this rental as 8-9 out of 10. The house is huge -- two floors, living room, big kitchen which is incredibly well-supplied with cooking and eating needs, even lots of food items (olive oil, coffee, they left us a bottle of wine for our arrival, etc.) Well stocked with books, music, games, puzzles -- wonderful!!

The best-smelling place I may have ever been -- the yard was full of basil, lemon verbena, lavender, etc -- fig and plum trees were there for the picking. Nice table under a grape arbor for outside eating -- one very comfortable lounge chair for reading. Washing machine -- outside clothes line.

Bed was very comfortable -- two bedrooms AND two bathrooms -- modern fixtures, etc. Screens and great views from all windows.

I concur with Pauline's rave review of this place -- with one quibbling exception. The road/driveway to the house was a nightmare -- dirt road, VERY steep, VERY sharp turns -- on the first trip up our little putt putt of a rental car was groaning and smelling of burning rubber. It got a little easier, but we only came home after dark twice -- it was that intimidating.

I'd definitely go back -- but it may be difficult as this place is very popular and I also understand the American owners plan to start spending more time there.

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