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Chianti and Prada on your doorstep
Chianti and Prada on your doorstep
Chianti and Prada on your doorstep
Montevarchi
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

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Greg N
Oceanside, California
1 review
“The Perfect Place, The Perfect Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

This was simply the best vacation we have ever been on. Not that a trip to Italy doesn't come with high expectations, but the quality of the accomodations at Podere la Rota combined with the proximity to so many destination spots in central Italy made this a series of memories that my wife and I will never forget. We truly fell in love with this little slice of paradise.

The cottage itself sits on the property of Bob and Ally who run Summer Leases. They were there to greet us, show us around and get us acclimated to the area. They also have a beautiful dog Livia that also comes to visit each morning and evening.Bob and Ally are truly wonderful people. I had read this repeatedly on other reviews and am very happy to share the same. We had one of those moments (flat tire in Siena) and Ally helped us find a tire repair shop in Montevarchi and translated for us to get the tire repaired. That sort of treatment doesn't happen at many places you pay much more money to stay at. Not to mention the wonderful food and treats that were waiting for us once we arrived. The house has everything that you need (including a blues/jazz cd collection that should be played during the entire stay). We listened to music, reviewed photos from the days events, and drank large quantities of the local wine from the fully stocked wine rack. Cheap and delicious. The views from the porch of the surrounding villages and olive groves are spectacular. I would wake up early to see the deer walking across the lawn. Incredible. And at night, we would walk into the little village of Moncioni for a couple of beers at the little bar and listen to the locals speak Italian.

The only thing I wish we would have done differently is actually spend more time at the cottage relaxing and taking it easy. Instead we opted to see as much of the countryside as possible. We were able to quickly get to Florence (via train from Montevarchi -- highly recommended), Cortona, Pisa, Rome, Sienna and pretty much every little town in between within a couple of hours. Would recommend bringing a GPS and brushing up on driving a stick shift, otherwise it is fairly easy to navigate.

I guess the only bad part about the trip was having to leave. The beauty of Italy and the pace of life is not easy to put away once you get back to the States. Guess that is why there is a Vespa sitting in my garage now. Can't wait to get back to the little town of Moncioni and our favorite little cottage- Podere la Rota. Do yourself a favor and check this place out, can't recommend it highly enough. Cheers!

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Bob and Ally (the owners) were very lovely people who rent out an amazing cottage that is perfectly equipped for a week long stay in Tuscany.
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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BulletBob...
Florence, Italy
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“Amazing Cottage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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This year in late spring, we made our fifth visit to Podere La Rota and without question, it is the most wonderful place we’ve ever stayed in Italy. The cottage is near the charming little village of Moncioni, nestled in the hills of Chianti. It’s a lovely property with kitchen, dining, and living room downstairs, large bedroom and bath on the upper floor. Vicki always says that the huge bathroom is the best in Italy - a large window over the tub looks out at the beautiful Chianti mountains. All the rooms are spacious and well appointed with comfortable furniture and beautiful art. We do a great deal of cooking and the kitchen is perfect for two people with an excellent gas stove, refrigerator, and plenty of pots, pans, cooking utensils, and a washing machine. There’s also a wine rack in the kitchen and guests can purchase Podere La Rota’s special bottling of organic Chianti at a bargain price to enjoy during their stay.

Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the cottage is the large terrace, which overlooks the olive orchard below and has a mesmerizing view of wooded hills and distant villages. At one end of the terrace a large chestnut tree shades a table and chairs, where we eat most of our meals. There are also lounges, wicker chairs, and a smaller table that is perfect for cocktails or a glass of Chianti. Aside from frequent naps and time on the Internet (the cottage has wireless Internet), the kitchen and the terrace are where we spend most of our time, cooking with local ingredients, reading, writing, painting, and sketching. It is the quintessential place to relax.

Bob and Ally, who own Podere La Rota and live adjacent to the cottage, are model hosts. Every detail is taken care of, from the welcome platter of delicious meats, cheeses, and local tomatoes, to advice on local restaurants, shops, and destinations nearby. Originally from England, they have lived in Italy for more than twenty-five years and their business of renting houses and villas throughout Tuscany and Umbria has given them an intimate knowledge of the region. There are few questions they can’t answer and they go out of their way to be both helpful and unobtrusive.

Podere La Rota serves as an excellent base for exploring the Chianti region and beyond. The major wine towns of the region are all within an hour’s drive, offering wine tasting, excellent restaurants, and beautiful views. Siena can be reached in less than an hour by car and Florence is just a thirty-minute train ride from Montevarchi, fifteen minutes away. Further afield are many must-see Tuscan and Umbrian hill towns - Cortona, Orvieto, Perugia, and Arezzo - all filled with stunning art and beautiful architecture.

We’ve become very fond of nearby Montevarchi, which has some lovely shopping, restaurants, and an year-round enclosed farmers' market which features produce, meat, grains, and other products from nearby farms. A little farther down the road is San Giovanni Val d'Arno, a lovely little town with a great Saturday market and an excellent art museum, the Museo della Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, which has a stunning Annunciation painted by Fra Angelico in 1435.

The cottage is an easy drive or train ride from Rome. For most of our visits we have spent a few days in the Eternal City then picked up our rental car at the main train station and made the three-hour drive to Moncioni, stopping for lunch at one of the many hill towns that dot the landscape adjacent to the A1 expressway. Last year, however, we flew directly into Florence where we spent the night before picking up our rental car. Once we reach Montevarchi, we usually stop at the Ipercoop for provisions before driving up the mountain to the cottage. It’s a huge store by Italian standards, filled with food, wine, and household items. As always, upon reaching the top of the drive leading down to the cottage, we smile and realize we’ve returned home to a small piece of heaven.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: View, location, ambiance
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Listed since : Jul 2012
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