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Review submitted by Matt from Truro (Submitted: 29 Aug 2012)
We had a lovely stay with very helpful and friendly hosts. The apartment is relatively basic but none the worse for it - clean, well maintained and fairly priced. There is a nearby road at the front of the property, which isnt very busy but if you slept with the windows open then you may hear the odd moped... such are the trials of Italy! It is a beautiful area to explore, but also well situated as a base for travelling further afield, being nearby to Chiusi and the mainline railway.
Review submitted by Jane and Andrew from Eccleston (Submitted: 3 Jul 2012)
We have recently returned from a two week holiday based at Casa degli Olivi. Of course, before booking we read the reviews which were all very good and a reflection of the warm hospitality and cosy , immaculately clean standard of the accommodation which has lovely views over the Tuscan countryside.
The property owners, Adrian and Fabio make you feel so welcome and obviously enjoy sharing, at a very small cost ,the fruits of their land we enjoyed the mellow wine, delicious olive oil and fresh eggs daily, as well as other seasonal fruits, vegetables and home made passata which is all organic. Yummy.
We had left our beloved dogs at home, so were delighted when we found that the owners had an 8 month old puppy who is such a lovely natured and playful creature. It would be a real shame if anyone was put off by her breed which is an American Staffordshire> dogs are a product of their owners who in this case are very responsible caring animal lovers who are training her very well. She was therapy for us.
We travelled widely, and a car is needed to make the most of the area which is quite simply stunning. The village of Cetona itself is very pretty with the friendliest of people. We loved our mornings visits to the village bakery for the most delicious breads, pastries and Italian specialities, and leisurely evenings over a traditional Tuscan meal in some very nice restaurants.
We have stayed at some fancy hotels but not enjoyed it half so much as the simple, warm and perfectly relaxing holiday we have enjoyed here and of course the location for visiting some of the most beautiful places we have seen. The lack or aircon during very hot weather was assisted by the provision of a fan, especially welcome at night.
We will always look back on a memorable holiday and hope we can return. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to taste La Dolce vita for a little while...
Wonderful....thank you Adrian and Fabio
Review submitted by Meg from London (Submitted: 11 Oct 2011)
We enjoyed a really lovely few days at the Casa Degli Olivi. The apartment was clean and had all amenities that we required. The owner, Adrian was also really helpful and kindly printed out train times for us to go to Florence. He had also thoughtfully provided us with some basic groceries from the farm and must say that the olive oil was especially good! Overall, we would recommend staying here as a good base for exploring the southern and central Tuscany area or just for a relaxing break but would recommend hiring a car to get around. Really good value for money too.
Review submitted by Tim from Southampton, UK (Submitted: 11 Sep 2011)
We stayed at Cada degli olivi for 9 nights and enjoyed our stay immensely.
The property is a self-contained apartment adjoining the owners house. The apartment is compact, but absolutely fine for what we needed. The kitchen has everything we needed given we werent staying for weeks and weeks. The bathroom is well done too - clean & well kitted out. The bedroom doubles up as the lounge & is relatively spacious.
From the apartment you can walk to the nearby village of Cetona, which is absolutely stunning & has some nice restaurants / cafes. It is about a 15 minute walk and half of the walk doesnt have a pavement, but if you take a torch (as we did) then youll be fine.
The apartment faces out towards a road (albeit there is garden between the apartment & the road - so you cant really see it), but to call it a main road is not fair. Whilst we were there youd probably see 2 or 3 cars per minute, and after a very short time you dont even hear it any more.
The apartment is on a small farm, and Adrian & Fabio (the two owners) are simply wonderful hosts. Were into home-grown food and we were provided with fruit, wine, etc. on a daily basis & we only paid for the wine & a few bits in the end. They were very friendly & we felt very welcome.
We really enjoyed sitting out on the balcony with some of the wine made by the owners & enjoying the wonderful atmosphere & reading books!
We stayed at Casa degli olivi during a period of unseasonably hot weather. We came during the hottest summer for almost a decade, with temperatures of almost 40 degrees centigrade each day. The fact that there was no aircon was a bit of an issue, with some hot nights, but we were soon provided with a fan by Adrian & Fabio & that really made a difference. If you are planning staying during the height of summer, be aware that this might be an issue, but whilst we were there the windows were being measured for mosquito screens that would have allowed the windows to have been left open, which would have made a big difference.
The apartment was really clean when we arrived, and we were provided with clean linen & towels during our stay.
We would certainly recommend staying at Casa degli olivi, and we would certainly like to go back at some point too.
Review submitted by Michael from Brighton, UK (Submitted: 6 Sep 2011)
This is a great little apartment for two. Lovely setting within the owners own smallholding. Lots of wonderful home-grown produce. The setting is ideal for getting either to Florence, Rome or Lake Trasimeno conveniently located close to the A1 Autostrada or the mainline station via Chiussi. Adrian and Fabio are the ideal hosts !
Well be back !!
Review submitted by John & Dot from Stratford-upon-Avon (Submitted: 16 Jun 2011)
Casa Degli Olivi is a delightful, spotlessly clean apartment in a very picturesque area of Tuscany. The owners, Adrian and Fabio could not be more helpful. The view from the balcony is fantastic and having breakfast, or just a glass of the guys home made wine, there was a real treat.
Casa Degli Olivi is an excellent base for touring the Tuscan towns and villages and a rail station in the nearby town of Chiusi (6km) has fast trains to places like Florence and Rome as well as local services to nearer places. Fares were well priced, too. Check them out on www.trenitalia.com (English option) before you go.
Cetona itself has 3 good restaurants so it was a pleasure to have a lovely meal with local wine and stroll back to Casa Degli Olivi afterwards. But do take a torch as the streetlights end just outside the main streets.
Review submitted by paul and steph from swindon (Submitted: 23 May 2011)
After hours of internet searching,my partner and i decided on Casa degli Olivi purely for the fact it is an Organic smallholding. On our arrival we were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the property and surrounding areas. Adrian is the perfect host supplying us with, lemons asparagas,home made wine,and the best honey and extra virgin olive oil we have tasted. If you want to sit and read,or visit the many beautiful Tuscan villages,we recommend the apartment to be ideal. Hope very much to go back in the future,to see more of Italy, and to catch up with Adrian.
Review submitted by Jon from Witney (Submitted: 22 Jun 2010)
The property was very well looked-after and well-presented throughout: very clean and comfortable. It was in a quiet and relatively secluded location - but not so secluded that we felt cut off from the outside world. The balcony had superb views over the Tuscan countryside: an ideal place to forget about things back home and get absorbed in a good book.
Cetona was an easy walk away, and the apartment itself acted as an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. (While not essential, having a car on hand was definitely a good thing.)
Adrian was a thoughtful and attentive host - and being able to purchase home-produced goods from him was a really nice touch.
In short, we were both very glad to have chosen to stay here, and would certainly recommend it to others.
Review submitted by Malcolm from Roleystone (Submitted: 15 Oct 2009)
The owners have a beautiful property with outstanding views from the apartment. The apartment is complete with all amenities that a visitor needs for a very comfortable stay. The garden is delightful and has an area where visitors can have an evening sitting watching the sunset.
It is located in a wonderful area of Tuscany within easy reach of all the places of interest.
We will recommend Casa Degli Olivi to all our friends.
Review submitted by Joanna from West Mersea (Submitted: 2 Jun 2009)
The apartment was spacious and well maintained, views from the balcolny terrace were lovely. Great place to explore the area from. The apartment was a little closer to the road than we had anticipated although not noisy enough to keep us awake at night. The home made honey made by Adrian was absolutely delicious!
Review submitted by Deb and Bob from Stratford-upon-Avon (Submitted: 19 Sep 2008)
"What a wonderful stay we had at Casa Degli Olivi, it exceeded all our expectations. The owners Adrain and Fabio were excellant hosts. The apartment was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. We loved the location, surrounded by olive trees, a lovely garden and not forgetting the chickens.Produce on sell from the owners was exceptional especially the red wine and the olive oil. We will definatley be returning. What a wonderful relaxing time we both had.
Thank you so much Adrian and Fabio for a fantastic time."
Review submitted by Hayley from Nottingham (Submitted: 4 Sep 2008)
We really enjoyed our stay here. It was so central to everywhere and sooo beautiful!! The owners were really helpful and pleasant. It was like being n a hotel which exceeded our expactations. Thank-you very much for a wonderful holiday.
Review submitted by Andy and Amy from Manchester (Submitted: 25 Aug 2008)
This is a lovely little apartment surrounded by beautiful countryside and just a short walk away from the really charismatic small town Cetona. The owner was really friendly and welcoming and was more than happy to help us with advice and directions to enable us to get the most out of our holiday. The produce on sale from the owner is exceptional - especially the oil, wine and jam!
Overall a great place to chill out and take in the Italian culture or explore the interesting towns and places of interest around (a car would probably be needed for this). Highly recommended!
Review submitted by Philip from Lutterworth (Submitted: 3 Aug 2008)
Very clean appartment in a wonderful location. The owners hospitality was second to none - they could not have been nicer.
Review submitted by Rosemary from Wotton-under-Edge UK (Submitted: 14 Nov 2007)
We had a really happy holiday and enjoyed a very comfortable stay. The apartment was extremely clean and very well appointed, especially the kitchen where there was everything one could need and more - next time I will know I don't even need to bring my own hairdryer! Our host was very thoughtful and attentive and could not be more helpful. He translated the instructions on some medication we needed and even lit the fire for us while we were out, as the weather had turned a little chilly. We loved the location and were fascinated with the gardens and the chickens etc. Thank you so much Adrian for being such a perfect host.
Review submitted by Colin from Jaywick, England (Submitted: 9 Oct 2007)
The owners and their apartment were very good. Compared to other property rentals we did NOT have a problem with the standard of accommodation or attentiveness of the owners. However, when I read descriptions of a property such as 'quiet', 'serene' and 'with unspoilt views' I do NOT expect to have my bedroom window and the apartment balcony 15 yards from a busy road. Although my wife and I 'sort of' got used to the heavy and constant traffic noise (because we had to) this had a big influence on our enjoyment of our holiday. Wearing earplugs at night and keeping windows and shutters tightly shut impaired our overall enjoyment. Fortunately, there were plenty of opportunities to find quiet wlking lanes and Cetona itself offered quiet terraces and areas. However, we would have preferred the peace and quite to have been at the apartment itself. Perhaps we are used to more peace and quiet than some of the other reviewers who did NOT mention this aspect at all.
I am sorry to hear that the noise from the road into Cetona marred your stay Casa Degli Olivi, comments such as serene and unspoilt views are neither villarenters nor mine but originate from past guests.
The Strada Provinciale (B) road between Chiusi and Cetona can get busy at peek times and especially during harvest times with farm vehicles etc, but to say its heavy and constant traffic noise I feel is being a little over critical and makes this normal small town road sound like the Autostrada/motorway, neither my self or past guest have had any problems with traffic noise in the night, your wife did mention to me your concern re the noise of the traffic but only on the very last night of your stay if I had been informed at an earlier stage of your stay maybe I could have helped you out with a different room or apartment.
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Review not verified by RentalSystems* (Submitted: 2 Sep 2007)
May 19th to June 17th 2007, 1 month
Review by Jules S. from Canada
The apartment is situated above the owners’ home and is accessed through a separate door. The owners are into bio-culture of fruits and vegetables and also raise a few animals on their mini-farm.
The décor is typical of the Southern Tuscany panorama with incredible views and a sense of calm and serenity emanates from the beauty of the olive trees interlaced with numerous flower beds .
The premises are situated in Cetona, a little village with a rather lively piazza when the weather is nice. One will find all basic necessities in Cetona including a variety of boutiques that sell anything from meat, fruits, vegetables and sundries. We counted at least five restaurants in the village mostly frequented by locals. The Sports Bar at one end of the piazza is remembered for the conviviality of the staff.
Close by in Chiusi, you will find a train station and most of the amenities of a small Italian town with supermarkets and plenty of shops.
The house is just wonderful and quiet. Our quarters were located above the owner’s house and the general appearance was even better than we expected. There is a large bedroom with a king size bed, a well equipped kitchen and a large balcony with table and chairs offering a wonderful view of the Tuscan countryside. We found the place to be extremely clean and very private. We rarely saw the owners and they knew how to make us feel at home.
The surrounding gardens are also beautiful. We were welcomed to use the table and chairs in the garden to relax amongst the smell of roses and lavender. Olive trees are plenty and we enjoyed walking through the elaborate landscape of the garden.
Furniture is new and spotless. The apartment is very well appointed with all accessories that made our stay very enjoyable.
Both were large and offered the comfort we were looking for.
Though limited in size, the kitchen offered anything one would need to cook a dinner for two. There are plenty of pots, pans and dishes, even an espresso coffee maker.
All appliances were almost new and we did enjoy the wood stove (warmer) on a few evenings where the temperature was lower than normal. There is even firewood on the terrace for that purpose.
Problems or Bonuses
Problems: absolutely none.
Bonuses: the kindness of our hosts and their family. We were offered organic honey (the best we ever had), olive oil from the olive trees on the property, pasta sauce, wine, strawberries, raspberries and loganberries, not to forget the tomato sauce that we used for some of our pasta dinners. Moreover, the owners were even helpful in getting us to the Chiusi Avis agency and they had made arrangements for us to pick up our car a couple of days after our arrival. The service at this Avis agency is extraordinary.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We had reserved directly from the owner a few weeks before our scheduled arrival through email. Both owners speak English fluently (one is British) and we booked everything in the most pleasant manner.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely. It is a place we will recommend to anyone wishing for a home away from home. The apartment’s location allows for anyone to easily visit Southern Tuscany and Northern Umbria. The location calls for the use of a rented car but the train station is within a 10 minute drive from the house. Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi and many smaller towns are within 100 kms.
Things to do in this area
Having spent a full month at Casa degli Olivi in Cetona, we found great pleasure in discovering most of the suggested tourist destinations in Tuscany and Umbria: Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Rome, Perugia, Pienza, Arezzo, Colle di Val d’Elsa, the Chianti wine region and the Thermes of San Casciano dei Bagni found in the vicinity. However, we found even greater pleasure in discovering little towns or villages away from the tourists where the Italian lifestyle has been preserved from outside influences.
To name a few, we loved taking in the Saturday morning market activity found in Chiusi or Citta della Pieve, discovering villages like Monteleone (where the total absence of tourism allows for an unforgettable experience of calm and serenity), Piazze (for its Gentili vineyard) and Sarteano for an outstanding vantage point on the Tuscan countryside.
We both enjoyed the food, especially Pecorino cheese, pasta and *pizze*. The wine selection is awesome; we will never forget the rose trees flowering in the vineyards and the fields of sunflowers basking in the Tuscan and Umbrian sun. The weather was great between mid-May and mid-June with a mixture of hot days followed by more comfortable periods of cooler temperature.
The speed limit on the Italian autostradas is surprising to North Americans and the unending bends of national roads took some time to get used to. To summarize our experience, we can find only one way to express our satisfaction: we would do it again if the opportunity arises.
Review submitted by Nicola from Leicester (Submitted: 13 Jun 2007)
Beautiful location, wonderful views nice and peaceful. Area is very nice. Apartment feels homely and comfortable and the terrace from kitchen is particularly nice. Equiped with all you need.
Welcomed by hosts and lots of information about area given too.
Review submitted by Collette from Oakham (Submitted: 13 Jun 2007)
Fantastic apartment with all home comforts catered for. Beautiful rural location, ideal for touring Tuscany. Cetona only minutes away with charming local shops and cafes. There is so much to see, we went to local towns, museums, the lakes and even took the train into Rome to see the Colluseum. Thank you for a lovely holiday!
Review submitted by Tracey from Coventry (Submitted: 12 Jun 2007)
Set in a fantastic location, the host ensured that every question about travel information and accessiblity was met.
The property was wonderful, relaxing and extremely clean.
I would not hestitate to recommend the property to my friends and family.
Review submitted by Mark from Leicester (Submitted: 12 Jun 2007)
The property was excellent and I enjoyed my stay very much. The personal service where extremly pleasant !
Review submitted by David from USA (Submitted: 24 May 2007)
We had a wonderful stay at Casa Degli Olivi. It was a in a great central location (Cetona), allowing access to all areas of Toscany and Umbria. The accomodations were well suited for my wife and I, (a nice kitchen, clean bath, and spacious bedroom). The morning views and evening breeze from our balcony, which over looked Tuscany's rolling hills, were priceless. The owners of Casa Degli Olivi were very helpful with directions, places, to see, etc., and also shared some of their delicious homegrown foods with us. Overall, if you are a couple who would like an affordable and peaceful place off the beaten path this is an excellent option.
Review not verified by RentalSystems* (Submitted: 29 Nov 2006)
Review by Heather D from US
The apartment was attached to the owners home on their beautiful, organic farm overlooking vineyards, olive trees and sunflowers. It was in the country, but still convienient for touring the rest of Tuscany. The area was absolutely stunning with incredible views. It was completely peaceful and serene.
It was about a 10-15 minute walk to the town of Cetona where you could have coffee in the piazza with the locals. There is also a shop that sells produce, one that sells meat, a bakery and convienience store for anything else you may need. There are only a few restaurants in the town.
The apartment was beautiful, well decorated, and comfortable. The owners went above and beyond in their consideration of the guests that would be staying there. It was the only apartment on the property. The bedroom had one large (king size) bed as well as a futon couch if needed. Looking out the bedroom window you see beautiful hills, an old stone house and fields of sunflowers and olive trees. The bathroom had everything you could need, as did the kitchen. Each morning I would sit at the table eating my breakfast looking out at the most spectacular views. There was also a balcony to sit and relax and enjoy the view.
There was a table and chairs in the garden to use sitting amongst the flowers and butterflys. This would be shared with the owners.
Everything was in perfect condition and the apartment would be comfortable for 2-3 people.
The bed and bedroom were fantastic. Bathroom had everything you would need.
The kitchen was perfect for however much or how little you wanted to cook. There were plenty of dishes, pots and pans. When I arrived there was organic, home made olive oil, honey, pasta sauce, wine, and eggs waiting for me.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surprise was how wonderful and peaceful the place was.
would you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone, friends and family included. This was the most wonderful, relaxing holiday I've ever had and the apartment had a lot to do with that.
Things to do in this area
In Cetona I enjoyed having coffee in the piazza as well as wandering the narrow stone streets. There is also a thermal spa nearby, but I didn't go. There is easy access to the main highway (A1) so I was able to see a lot of the area (Florence, Siena, Chianti wine region, and numerous beautiful hilltop towns).
Review not verified by RentalSystems* (Submitted: 29 Nov 2006)
Review by James from Canada
May 2006, 7 days
The apartment is located on the upper floor of a house on a beautiful small farm on the road in to Cetona. The area generally is a stunning, wild and rugged part of Tuscany, a little off the beaten track, but within easy drives of Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Cortona, Lake Trasimeno and Orvieto. The A1 motorway is about 10 minutes from the house if you want to travel further afield. The area is totally charming, quiet, peaceful, free from hordes of tourists, and an excellent place to relax for a week while taking in the charms of the area.
The centre of Cetona, a classic Tuscan hill town, is about 15 minutes brisk walk from the house. There is a supermarket, bakery, restaurants etc. in the town centre. It was beautiful to walk into town for an evening meal and stroll back under the stars.
The house is in excellent shape. The house consists of the upper floor apartment that is rented out to visitors and, via a separate entrance, the part where the owners live. The apartment consists of one large bedroom, a large bathroom, a ktichen and a large balcony where you can sit out and eat admiring the views of the Tuscan countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well maintained by the owners who, since they live in the same building, were always on hand if we needed anything.
There is an utterly gorgeous garden where you can sit out and have breakfast, read etc. In late May the roses were out and the scent was exquisite.
All the furniture was in good shape, either new purchases or sturdy country antiques.
All was spotless and comfortable. The bath is large and inviting, and there is also a shower.
The kitchen was fairly basic but well equipped and perfectly adequate for two people. There were plenty of pots and pans, cutlery, glasses etc. It's not a place for cooking elaborate dinner parties for eight, but since we were just there to relax, it was just fine.
Problems or Bonuses
The owners had provided organic olive oil, wine, honey and eggs from their farm. The eggs were so fresh and delicious, and the owners took me to visit the hens that had laid them. Also, the honey was probably the best honey that I had ever tasted anywhere, with scents of lavender and clover from the owners' farm. I bought three jars to take back as gifts.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are Italian and English and were very helpful in giving advice about the local area. Unlike many other farms rentals, they only have one apartment to rent out, and since they live right next door we had the reassurance that if any poblems were to arise, they would be on site to fix them. The price was very reasonable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would aboslutely recommend this without hesitation to anyone who wants to live in Italy for a few days or a week away from the tourist hordes, but with the convenience of being able to tour around the small towns of southern Tuscany or northern Umbria.
Things to do in this area
Dinner at the fabulous nearby Frateria di Padre Ligio is worth it if you prepare yourself in advance for the 100 euro eight course tasting menu set in a lovingly restored monastery.