|Tipo de imóvel||apartamento|
|Estadia Mínima||3 - 6 noites|
Nous avons passé 2 semaines à la Casa Vecchia cet été 2016. Ces vacances étaient magiques. Nous sommes venus avec nos enfants de 3 et 5 ans. L'hébergement répondait tout à fait à nos besoins : simple mais super bien équipé, pratique, au rez-de-chaussée, beaucoup d'espace, supers terrasses, piscine nickel, espace jeu dehors avec un ancien bateau pirate...
La campagne environnante est superbe. De nombreux petits villages sont nichés en haut des collines. Même si les guides ne leur dédient que quelques lignes voire aucune, ils valent le détour pour leur ambiance et leur histoire, loin de la foule des grandes villes (même si Sienne vaut le détour :-)
C'est aussi la chaleur de l'accueil de Graziano et ses attentions durant le séjour, la rencontre de quelques membres de sa famille qui ont vraiment contribué à ce que ces vacances en Toscane aient été si belles !
We spend fine relaxing holidays days in a typical tuscany area ,- nice app. with 2 large bedrooms,- " private" pool,- very kind +friendly like a private personal athmoshere,- for the next trip we would like to reservate this object with our best friends in a fantastic scenery,-
Beautiful house and pool with great views in Tuscany . We have been here several times, in different houses that Graziano (the owner) has in agriturismo La Ripa. We have been in both the home that is fixed to his own house and the detached villas below and slightly further away ( la Madonna ). First time in 2006, the last time in 2013 and several times in between !
What makes that we have been multiple times? The great kindness and hospitality of Graziano, several beautiful houses , in terms of decor fine (including dishwasher, washing machine , very nice especially with children ), the fantastic views from the houses, but also from the pools ( at the house a little further down the lawn and at la Madonna these are private pools, wonderful, all of which are held perfectly clean).
On the site there is one small friendly dog and a few cats around, if you do not like cats , it is fine to send them away, but our kids loved it to pet them!
Graziano already been appointed by me as very welcoming; a drink , even a dinner at his home, that all makes you feel very welcome ! And our son got a ride with Graziano in the motor mower and a combine harvesting corn, fantastic for a 5/6/7 year old boy !
Graziano can recommend some nice or beautiful lesser known places to visit , such as a monastery with very well-preserved frescoes and Radicondoli Beach , a bend in the local river where you can swim.
Belforte , which in terms of distance is to walk , there's a nice restaurant (incl delicious wood-fired pizzas) , Radicondoli , 5 to 10 minutes by car , has several wonderful restaurants and two supermarkets, a butcher , a cafe , etc.
Belforte is quite central in Tuscany , which make the most important places like Siena , San Gimignano , Volterra and Florence all easily accessible by car (about an hour ) .
We have been here more often, but definitely come back another year to La Ripa !
This is a tough review for me to write. I will start off with the positives. Mr. Graziano or Graziano as he will tell you, his mother’s sister Francesca and his help are wonderful people. It is an operating farm/agri property and there is a bit of off road driving to get to the property. The views are fantastic and the property has wifi, LCD TVs, a DVD player, microwave (find in Italy believe it or not), dishwasher, decent sized refrigerator, two family rooms, two bathrooms, two bedrooms and a washer. The unit is tiled and sound travels very easily including when you use the upstairs restroom. So, it’s perfect for families, a couple or people very comfortable with each other. Light sleepers will be challenged with the acoustics and the early morning meowing by cats. The unit also has a number of screens so you can leave windows open. The pool is clean and is really all yours to use! It is a great place to relax and a good value for what it has to offer.
The figs were ripe on the tree and were a treat!
1. There are a number of cats you need to wade through and while cats usually aren’t a problem, I think people feed them and so they come around begging incessantly. This can be annoying. They also will try to get in the place so be careful!
2. I worked through Vacasol who works with a local broker who is supposed to work with the local owner. See problems below.
3. It turned out that Graziano had the wrong dates for our arrival and departure. He had no idea we were showing up and the negotiated time. We arrived and the place was not ready for us to take possession and we arrived 3 days after the original start date and this was communicated months in advance (our booking dates were 28 Sep – 5 Oct and we planned to arrive 1 Oct). We had to go running into Rosia (which has a nice coop you cannot miss) for a few hours. That was fine as we needed groceries but missing a booking can be a disaster. This is primarily the reason for my rating. I have to write this and suggest others if it happened to write as well. Graziano felt horrible (mortified were his words) and I hope this is only a one time occurrence but I cannot tell if this was his issue or a communication gap between Vacasol and the local company and himself. Bottom line: Nothing is worse when you have paid and drive in later to find they don’t expect you and you are in a rural area with limited to no options.
Graziano made us very welcome with coffee and cake on arrival. The apartment was very clean, and spacious for 2 adults and 2 kids sharing good sized bedrooms, with a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable dining and lounge area. Lovely views from the garden and surrounds and although I didn't get to see any wild boar, there were plenty of cats and a friendly dog wandering around.
Short steep walk to nearby village of Belforte although we didn't try the pizza restaurant here or in Radicondoli as they were bit deserted in the off season. Well located for days out in Sienna, Florence and the very many scenic medieval hill towns and sites of interest nearby.
We very much enjoyed our stay and even though it was a bit unseasonably chilly for much of the week we still managed a couple of days sunbathing. The pool wasn't available till May but I can imagine they would be very nice sun traps in warmer weather.
All in all, a very nice place to stay, run by friendly people at a reasonable price in a lovely area - would definitely recommend if you're looking for bit of peace and quiet in the countryside.
Graziano is a very friendly man, the house was clean and spacious. there were enough towels and bedlinnen. We would have liked some more knifes and so on. Having an dishwasher and washingmachine is very nice. Graziano is willing to tell you were you can find the nice places and restaurants, but it would be handy if there was more information in the hous, like for example a map of the area and numbers of doctors and other relevent information, or maybe a sort of guestbook where people can ad usefull information and tips about the area. To the restaurant in the village is a steep clime and we must admitt mostly we went by car, the trip was worth making, good food and reasonable prices. The house is a good starting point to trips to, San Gimiano, Florence, Siena and Col d'val de Elsa. We would certainly recomend this place and we would like to return one day.