|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Beautiful stone villa set amongst the olive clad hills above the ancient medieval town of Monte San Savino. The town is full of interesting and important buildings dating from the Middle Ages to modern times. During the year there any many cultural events which attract tourists from all over Italy and Europe. From both the garden around the house and the rear
terrace there are lovely views across the Val di Chiana from Arezzo to Monte Amiata. To one side of the completely fenced garden equipped with outdoor furniture and barbecue, there is a 6 x 12 meter swimming pool (depth mt 1,20-2,20) with bathroom with shower.
Distance from shops km 4,00
Distance from main cities Arezzo km 25,00, Siena km 50,00, Perugia km 75,00, Firenze km 80,00, Roma km 210,00
-- ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTION
GROUND FLOOR: large and airy sitting room with fireplace facing on one side the terrace and on the other the porch. The terrace has lovely views and is especially suitable for outdoor meals; kitchen/dining room, two double bedrooms, twin bedroom, two bathrooms with shower. FIRST FLOOR: twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower, small sitting room with fireplace and double sofa bed. There is also a partially underground garage and laundry room.
INDOOR EQUIPMENT: washing machine, dish-washer, SAT TV, freezer, oven, iron, filter coffee maker, high chair, hoover, CD player, microwave, toaster.
OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT : swimming pool, table tennis, table, chairs, barbecue.
The pool is open from 6/5 to 30/10
Lovely house, met by Dorina who couldn't have been more helpful, she waited for over an hour for us. The fourth bathroom is actually an outside loo by the pool.As it was so hot we really could have done with more than one fan in the house. Decor is tired, peeling paint on the ceiling in the lounge and serious lack of storage for food in the kitchen, having said all that this is a house that is in an amazing place with beautiful views (the trees need topping to really open the view) The pool is a fine size, I don't think it's suitable for young children due to the low walls on the terrace and the steps could make it difficult for those with mobility issues. We would go back so I suppose that says it all!
We spent a fine 2 weeks at Gli Oleandri. While there were a few minor problems with plumbing and a missing corkscrew(!), they were quickly addressed by the owner and his rep. Our group ranged in size from 4 to 8 people, including a 3-year-old, and we were all comfortably accommodated. The web photos accurately depicted the villa (which was spotless when we arrived), but did not do justice to the view of Val di Chiana from the patio/porch. The kitchen, while small, has all the equipment you need to cook a nice meal. The Coop in Monte San Savino was an excellent source of fresh food, and is open until 8 pm on Saturdays. If you are renting late in September, as we were, be sure to bring some warm clothes, as the villa can get chilly and heat is $6 Euros/hour. A few suggestions to the owner to make his property even better: 1) Provide wi-fi access. I didn't notice until too late that the villa had none, and it made planning our daily itinerary difficult, even with a guide book and maps. There is wi-fi available in the village at the Caffe della Luna, but it is a little too far for frequent trips. 2) Add a few more blankets to your supply in the late fall -- they would really make a difference when it gets chilly. 3) While we generally had enough hot water for our needs, there seems to be a lot of air in the pipes, which made for some erratic water pressure. Of course, we understand that it is an old house, not a hotel, and that systems will therefore be more idiosyncratic. 4) Put a couple of good reading lamps in the living room -- even with all the ceiling lights on, it was rather dark and gloomy at night.
We really enjoyed our time in this well-located villa.
It was comfortable and accommodated our family of 6 adults & 2 children well.
The owner took care of two problems that cropped up immediately and without fuss.
Bring all supplies including the most basic things for the kitchen/bathroom. Thank you for a great stay.
The McClellans, Canada