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Sofia Meacham

Member since: 2008
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Speaks English, Greek

Tuscan style apartment with pool ideally situated on the outskirts of Cetona

9 Reviews
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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Cetona - La Madonna

Panoramic views, two minute walk from local amenities, cultural explorations

The apartment is ideally situated on the outskirts of the medieval town of Cetona, with a splendid view over the valley and distant mountains. It is a short walk from all the local amenities, including restaurants, cafes, and shops. Within a few minutes you can be amongst the hustle and bustle of a truly Italian atmosphere with its busy piazza, but the house itself is in a quiet location.

The apartment is brand new, built a year ago and is available for rent from summer 2008. It has been tastefully designed in the old traditional Tuscan style. It is on two levels, connected by a spiral staircase and accommodates 5 people in 2 bedrooms (one double and two single beds). Outside the kitchen there is a balcony, where you can eat al fresco. On the top floor there is a roof top terrace with loggia (summerhouse), where you can enjoy magnificent views over the surrounding countryside or sunbathe in total privacy. There is a shared private swimming pool that can be used by all apartments.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Sofia Meacham (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks English, Greek

Reviews

4.3
based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Tuscan style apartment with pool ideally situated on the outskirts of Cetona
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 9 reviews
5

Reliable excellence!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time staying at the beautiful La Madonna as we know we are assured to have a wonderful stay.

The apartment is very spacious offering a lovely cool environment in the summer but equally as comfortable in cooler months. The pool was the main draw for us and we were able to enjoy it in relative peace and quiet for the majority of our time there.

Lucia is a wonderful host who met us on arrival and left a bounty of fresh produce and pasta to ensure we had something to eat on our first night.

The apartment is situated within just a few minutes walk from a lovely pizzeria which I'd heartily recommend. Not much further is the town centre where there are a number of lovely restaurants and places to have an aperitivo.

We hope that this won't be our last time at La Madonna. We have found that every time, there have been more and more places to visit, and more and more delicious food to be sampled!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful experience and highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

This was without a doubt the most relaxing place we have ever stayed. We enjoyed the flat for a week at the beginning of our belated honeymoon and couldn’t have been happier with it. The rental is very spacious and comfortable. The kitchen is well appointed and the views are just stunning. So much so that we only dined out one night….couldn’t resist cooking fresh meals and relaxing on the kitchen deck with a few glasses of local wine. The photos do not do justice to the view, overlooking olive orchards, vineyards, and farmland. Amazing place to watch the summer storms roll through!

Sofia was great to work with from the beginning, very timely in her responses. The caretaker, Lucia, was lovely and helpful. The day before our scheduled arrival she emailed me to remind me that it was a national holiday and as such stores would be closed, and offered to pick up groceries for us! She provided us with great information regarding local amenities, such as the larger shopping center off the A1 that contained a large supermarket (well stocked) and a laundry. It was a lovely surprise that Lucia brought us plums from her garden, fixings for breakfast the next day, and ingredients to make an excellent pasta dinner.

Honestly, this place was just so perfect that we had to force ourselves to go out to explore the countryside. We can’t wait to stay here again. Thank you, Sofia and Lucia, for such a wonderful experience.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2

Recommend with caution

  • 2 of 5

Our experience may be an anomoly however having an absent owner caused numerous challenges. The onsite caretaker (who had the key to the unit) was unbeknownst to the owner, out of town. Ultimately, we were able to reach the owner in England who stated "this has never been a problem before." We started to prepare to find a hotel until the situation could be resolved. The owner was able to reach the caretaker, who contacted the cleaning team who STARTED to clean the unit at the time we were to check in. I do need to acknowledge that the owner provided a nominal discount for our inconvenience. The cleaning team could not speak English so they asked the neighbor downstairs to interpret and provide us pertinent info on the unit. The neighbor was very helpful but we did feel we were putting her out. There is no internet access in the unit so you need to go down to one of two restaurants if you want to book tours, etc. The views are lovely, the kitchen and bathrooms are in good condition. The tile floors were quite stained which was a bit unexpected. Loved being able to walk to restaurants and the grocery store. Learn how to use an Italian coffee press beforehand as there is no traditional coffee pot. I would stay again only if the cost were reduced significantly.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Charming & Recommended

  • 4 of 5

Delightful apt with great views over the surrounding countryside & over olive groves. We were met by the lovely Marina & were very grateful to the owner Sophia who both, at short notice were able to arrange a day earlier arrival for us so excellent customer service . A bottle of wine & a welcome pack of goodies awaited us on our arrival too. The apt is in a block of apts ( most of which seemed unoccupied so are prob. holiday homes ) & is quiet & peaceful. Free Wifi was available . The apt was spacious & had nearly everything you want ( a washing machine would be a great addition ! ) there is plenty of information & books with places to visit & things to do. There is nice wee balcony to sit outside & look at the lovely view - maybe a wee table & chairs outside here would be nice . I think you could use the inside table if you removed the legs but this is a bit of a pain. Having a wine & pizza on the deck was a bit of a balancing act !! The owners have thought of most things here so it is nice & relaxing . The rack above the sink to dry dishes on is a great idea ! the bed was comfortable & all the linen was of good quality.Is very handy to a great little restaurant about 100 m down road that serves nice food & great cheap pizza ( dine in or takeaway ) & Caffe Sport in the Piazza about 400 m down road is great to sit in sun , have an excellent coffee & do your emails. In the afternnon go to have an Aperitif with lovely complimentary nibbles. Has an excellent night restaurant next door & there is another really nice restaurant under the bell tower to the L of cafe. Cetona very well situated but not as touristy to visit Sienna, Montepulciano, San Gimignano & other delightful hilltop villages. For laundry & to get train to Florence go to Chiusi . A nice, clean laundromat with English instructions behind the supermarket .A great place to holiday

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We try hard to have everything in place for you to have as relaxing stay as possible. The table and chairs are normally out on the balcony for the summer, so we'll organise this for the next guests. Kind regards, Sofia.
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Great apartment, perfect town

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was a good size and fully equipped with everything we needed, the pool was lovely and surprisingly unbusy - although we were over from Scotland so it seemed warm to us! 4 stars because apartment was a great size and location but there were a few tiny niggles so it wasn't quite perfect but no major problems. Bathroom with shower is small but as I say niggles, not problems.

Views from the kitchen balcony were beautiful and "Tuscany in a box".

The location of the apartment - within walking distance of the charming town square and the reliable Cafe Sport - all needs catered for and all facilities within walking distance.

Location was excellent and I am fairly sure you could use this as a base without a car if you took the train to Chiusi-Chianciano and then used the regular local buses.

If you go - and you should for a convenient slice of Italy do visit the local Archaeological Museum who seem to get very few visitors but are really helpful and very informative guides - it's really interesting to see the Neolithic remains and the Bronze Age settlement and they were utterly lovely to our 8 year old daughter who had a holiday highlight taking part in an archeological dig in about 4 languages.

The pizzas at the Bistro on the way to the square are the best I've ever eaten and the restaurant next to Cafe sport is very, very good.

In short all needs catered for and great for exploring - the area - do visit some thermal baths if you can.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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4 ladies from New York - October 24, 2009

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this new, beautiful, clean, conveniently located apartment the last week of October and it was fantastic. We had the best weather, and the views from every window are breathtaking. You could just lay in bed and watch the sun rise over the mountain tops while drinking your coffee. It is very restful and quiet this time of year. The town of Cetona is lovely, and has some very good restaurants as well as a butcher, baker, and some interesting little shops. Even though most of the town does not speak English, we managed to communicate with the locals very well (we used alot of sign language). A welcome basket was much appreciated the night we arrived. All was perfect and we can't wait to go back to Tuscany to this wonderful apartment which is only a 12 minute drive from Chiusi train station and the A-1 autostrada. You can easily drive to many famous places, like Orvieto, Montepulciano, thermal baths, wineries, etc. This is a paradise and a great place to stay if you are looking for a Tuscan holiday that includes great food, special wines and olive oils, relaxation, and peace and quiet especially after visiting all the many beautiful and hectic cities of Italy. The owners are very helpful and attended to all our needs even though they do not live locally. Choosing this apartment is the best vacation decision you will make for your family and friends. Just advise them that they will be carrying their bags up stairs and to pack lightly. Ciao! Cara, Joy, Eileen, and Bev

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Perugia
Nearest Ferry
230 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Chiusi
Car: recommended

Cetona is a beautifully preserved medieval hilltop town, strategically situated midway between Rome and Florence. It has fine views of Monte Cetona, is surrounded by pretty hills planted with cypresses and pine trees, and has a typically medieval, circular plan centred on the crest of a hill.

Recognised as one of the most beautiful medieval towns of Tuscany, Cetona has everything you need: restaurants, cafes, markets, grocery stores, interesting shops, and it's all on your doorstep. The tourist office is in the central square (the piazza) and offers maps of local hikes plus many suggestions of what the area offers.

Although a vacation in Cetona typically means rest and tranquillity in a picturesque landscape, in the last few decades the area has become fashionable for all kinds of tastes: culture, vineyards, thermal baths, footpaths, monasteries, sports, excellent food, cafeterias, and numerous festivals.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Cetona, Val di Chiana

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season
25 Jun 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
4 night minimum stay
£400
for 4 nights
From
£100
£600
 
 
High Season
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
£400
for 4 nights
From
£100
£600
 
 
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£260
for 4 nights
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£65
£400
 
 
Med Season
17 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£320
for 4 nights
From
£80
£500
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£343
for 4 nights
£600
 

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

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* 25% of rental fee due to secure booking non refundable.
* the rest of rental fee (75%) plus refundable breakages deposit of £100 (to be refunded within two weeks of your departure and subject to satisfactory property inspection) due at least one month before the actual stay.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Cetona in Siena Area

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Upstairs study - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountaineering
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis

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