Stayed here in august 2011. It is also known as Fattoria le Capanne. Later we read the reviews on this site, seeing also the Rustica Progenie name on the road to this place. If we had read these reviews, we would have never booked this place.
So, our conclusion is that Paulo, the owner, has listened to these reviews, or something, because we don't recognize this place in the reviews. We were not staying in the main building, but in a little house with our own terrace and view on olive yards and the wineyards. Our house was clean, no mildew and no damp beds. Yes, it is "simple". The only mildew I saw was some in the shower, but I have also seen that in Disney's Sante Fe resort.
The pool was properly taken care off, although the pavement around it does need some work, but nothing serieus. Paolo could be seen on a daily basis cleaning the pool, vacuuming it. There is a shower with warm water made by a simple solarboiler. There are now more parasols to protect against the sun and we never had a problem finding a chair or bed. Also in the wooden builing at the pool is now a 42 inch TV with Wii and Playstation 2 and some games like Wii Sports Resort and Gran Tourismo. When the sound is used properly by the guests using it, you dont here it. Very nice. Also the sportsequipment is still there and also some mountain bikes (+one for a child6-10) you can use free of charge.
The complaint I saw about lack of view because trees are to high, you have views and it is beautifull there, but not all around, especially around the main building.
Negative points: Some stuff do require just a little bit more of attention. In front of our house was a collecting point of rainwater with no waterlock to prevent smell. And it smelled!!! We solved that by putting a plastic bag over it, covered with a mat to clean shoes and the fine stones lying around, otherwise it smelled like a sewer.
We were "lucky" that our house was between the terrace and mainbuilding (where the owner lived), because they, ofcourse, had windows/doors open and when TV was on, this was very present. But we didn't hear that, but if you would be staying in the main building...
The seats in the garden were OK to eat meals, but not to relax in the evening and read a book. We put pillows on them...BTW, there newer then the ones on the pictures you see in all the adds, the chairs.
Also some portection against flies and musqitos would be handy, like mosqito nets in front of door and window.
Also, if you are looking for absolute peace and quit, Paulo has put a gokart track on his land. Now, it is not in use every day, but is is not yet well known. Some local youth came to run a few laps. For us not irritating, but if it becomes well visited....
Also a lot of stinging flies around, therefore, musqito netting ;-)
The playground is also very simple. There is one swing, that is not secured to the ground, so useless and a small house for kids. There is a covered place with pingpong table with balls and batts and a soccertable with balls. Also some chairs and tables. Connected to this place is an appartment. if you have this appartment and children are playing pingpong, you will hear that. Missed point.
All in all in a nice stay, nice house. We also talked to other guest and they also had no problems with there appartments.
- Also Known As:
- Rustica Progenie Apartments San Gimignano, Italy - Tuscany