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We returned for a 5th stay at this apartment to a very warm welcome from Marina and the family. The location is very peaceful, yet the major attractions of the Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana are a short drive away. This area is a photographer's paradise, and the freedom of self catering permits early starts or late finishes, without worrying about getting back in time to catch set meal times.
Torrita di Siena is within a few minutes drive and offers a good supermarket and other shops, plus a weekly market, and railway station allowing access to the whole of Italy via connecting stations, although a car makes life much easier.
We hope to return again next year, and for several more after that!!
First impressions of this location is that it is a work in progress. A spacious villa for a couple or couple with a one or two children.
Clear directions need to be added to the website urgently! The property address advertised indicates a street and house number a quarter of a mile away in the village of Scrofiana with absolutly no indication of the villa posted at the roadside before you traverse the length of gravel road alongside the hill. The owners were quick to respond to our emails and attended within a short time to guide us in.
The villa is approached through the very narrow, steep streets of Scrofiana, once at the other side a private unmade road leads to the property. The nearest shop/bar is a ten minute walk into Scrofiana, where we were met with a friendly, helpful reception and some very reasonably priced wine and snacks. The nearest restaurants, supermarkets etc are approx 4.5kms distance into Sinalunga.
The villa has the basic equipment, a wonderful private pool although a short walk from the actual villa. The property is advertised and photographed with a tV, although there was not one in the villa at the time of our visit. This was our honeymoon and consequently we spent more time than usual at the villa and we found the lounge sofa to be tired, cushions torn and extremely uncomfortable. The bed was a large one but the mattress was very soft and not very comfortable. The wifi was not functioning for the first two days, but again the owner worked to resolve this issue for us. (We relocated the router which also helped). The supply of a sun umbrella, kettle, and functioning pool side loungers, clean deckchairs, would have been a godsend.
These few niggles aside, the privacy, seclusion and sheer beauty of the views from the terrace make this a villa to visit. The addition of the pool is a fabulous touch, along with the fresh picked figs to top off the dinner plates.
As stated at the start of this review, we got the impression that this villa is a work in progress and we would hope that with a little constructive input through reviews the owners could iron out these small issues and end up with a perfect retreat for travelers.
Despite the above feedback we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to return....
Thank you so much Manola and Massimo x