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Reviewed May 16, 2008

We rented the villa Petrolo with 24 guests for a week for our wedding in April.

The villa and some of the people who run it are featured in Jamie Oliver's "Jamie's Italy" cookbook. The villa itself is huge.. perhaps a little run down but that's part of the character. It was very comfortable and the facilities were good.

The estate produces olive oil and wine, both of which are made available to the guests.

The location is great for exploring Tuscany.. a good central location between Florence, Arezzo, Siena, and the Chianti hills.

The people really make it though... Marco and Nada went out of their way to help us during the stay as well as organising a wedding reception with little more than half a dozen emails and half an hour sitting down with the cook... the food was amazing and a bargain too.

Also.. we found and booked the villa through another website (which I will not name) which listed hundreds of villas available for rent in Tuscany, and which had obscured the real name and instead called it "Villa Petra"... no doubt to stop you googling it and finding the estate's own website. It was only afterwards we discovered its real name and website. If were booking it again I would do it direct on Petrolo's website and avoid the middle man as they did not reply to my emails once they had taken our deposit.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2007

Had a wonderful time staying at Costa on the Fattoria Petrolo estate. House was beautiful and welcoming. Views were gorgeous, and behind the house and up a STEEP hill is a historic tower you can climb and see an even more amazing view. Centrally located between Florence, Sienna, and the wine region to the South- @ 45 min.s in any direction. It is about a half hour walk down into the local small town, and you can even take a train from Florence or Rome to the station in Mercatale/Valdarno, and a taxi from there to the house (still recommended to rent a car somewhere as it is isolated). Unfortunately did not have a chance to use the private pool, but spent every morning by its side sipping coffee, soaking in the sun, and planning the day's activities.

Management was incredible- doing whatever they could to make the stay a memorable experience. Also enjoyed the excellent wine they make on premises. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Robert004
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Reviewed June 23, 2004

The house is part of a winery estate, Petrolo.

They have several rentals ranging from 4 people to 20+ in the main villa. We rented “Fierele I” for 1400 Euros (plus 13 Euro per person cleaning fee) which was the top floor of one of the houses – had 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms as well as a large kitchen/dining room and a separate living room. It was in a remote part of the estate reached by a dirt road. There was an apartment on the ground floor that was vacant during our visit and another rental next door – but we only saw the next door people once during our visit. The house was rustic (i.e. not very fancy but had everything we needed), kitchen well supplied with equipment and a small refrigerator.
We especially enjoyed the area around the house – vineyards, a small “forest” and a pond. There was also a swimming pool although most of us just sat next to it as it was still pretty cold in May.

The estate is 5 min from Mercatale a small town with a small grocery store, fruit/veg stand, butcher and a bakery.

  • Stayed: June 2004
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Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 6, 2016
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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