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“Charming retreat and excellent base to explore wonderful Tuscany”

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Residence Santa Maria
Reviewed May 13, 2012

We spent a lovely week at Santa Maria in the heart of Tuscany. For starters, we arrived at the residence very late on our check-in day (Saturday close to 1am). I had emailed Laura and Stefania to let them know and they had arranged everything for our arrival. When we finally got there, they had left us a welcome letter with very specific directions on how to find our way to our apartment, our keys, maps of the area and some handy recommendations. They were very thorough. Our apartment was adorable...rustic and simple. It had a kitchenette area with a small fridge, full cooktop range, and even a dishwasher! All the cookware, utensils, and tableware is provided so you can truly live "la dolce vita". We ended up making breakfast most days before taking off for the day so it was nice. Did I mention they also have free wi-fi!! The grounds and the houses are beautifully maintained. One thing to note, make sure you bring your own toiletries products (i.e., soap, shampoo,etc.).
The location is amazing. Off the beaten-path but it is centrally located to all the main sights. To do Tuscany justice whether larger cities or remote towns, a car is the way to go. Just get ready for some winding roads with spectacular views!
Laura, Stefania, & Guiseppe (their dad) were awesome. They really do make you feel like family even if like us, you barely get to see them because your running around Tuscany all day long. Thank you all!!
Tuscany is simply enchanting and I so look forward to visiting again and staying at Residence Santa Maria.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

We stayed at Santa Maria for our honeymoon for 9 nights. We had a wonderful time. The stay was really nice and so are Laura, Stefana and their father, in the end I was very sad to leave.

Upon arriving, Laura was very friendly! She explained everything from how to get to supermarkets, work the TV and how to use the internet. Every morning Laura helped us plan our itinerary for the day, gave us maps, helped to make ticket reservations for museums, and recommended wonderful restaurants and things to do.

Entering the room, it was clean and quiet (couldn't hear a noise except for the birds chirping outside). The bathroom is also spacious and very clean; it was bigger than the bathroom in our house. The bed was perfect for after long days of sight-seeing; firm in the right places and very comfortable.

We had a rustic Italian cooking class with Laura and she taught us how to make a traditional Italian meal. We made soup, handmade pasta with pesto, beef in a red wine vegetable base, delicious potatoes, tiramisu and a complementary bottle of wine which paired wonderfully with all our courses. With each bite we became more spoiled. It was extremely fun and would recommend anyone to take the cooking lesson in a heartbeat!

These are the things that made me enjoy our stay at this property, but our warmest thanks to Laura. She really knew how to really make you feel at home, and if you need anything it is like asking a family member. Thank you for making our stay so wonderful, you all were fantastic.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Boccaccio room. We highly recomend it as it has it's own private balcony.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

We've spent 6 wonderful days in Santa Maria and really enjoyed ourselves. We brought our whippet dog along and he had lots of fun exploring the garden and running around the property. The location is in the middle of all "must-see" places and it takes you less than one hour to get to Florence, Pisa, Livorno, Siena... The kitchen is well equiped, the bed was very comfortable and I had no back pain from sleeping in it. :)
The mornings were beautiful while having your first coffee under the Tuscan sun...

Highly recommended!

Room Tip: You have to have a room with balcony / priceless!
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2011

Very nice place. Very nice owners. Many other towns and villages near: Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Voltera, Chianti hills and many more. Best food.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2010

The service we received was faultless, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were basically furnished but if we needed anything we only had to ask. It was easy to find with good restaurants and shops within a short car ride. It is a good central point for Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Sienna although we prefered to stay locally most of the time to enjoy the surrounding countryside and small villages. The sunny balcony was great for breakfast and lunch or just to relax as was the swimming pool area.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2009

October was quiet not many other guests there but we didn't mind this. The position of the accommodation is in a quiet village in beautiful countryside. The autumn colours were outstanding.
When we arrived Stefania was really welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. There was a vase of roses on our table which I thought was a nice touch. The apartment consisted of a small kitchen dinning room a small shower room and large bedroom. As it was cool at night we didn't sit out so it did seem a little cramped in the kitchen but sitting at the table in summer in the evening I can imagine would be really nice. The shower was in a strange position and I think that room design needs a re-think. I really like a bath so was a little disappointed that there wasn't one.
We had a car ( a must as you are too far from the supermarket to walk) and was in easy driving of all the famous towns and cities. When not sight seeing we went walking - Stefania gave a walking map of the area which took us to some really beautiful out of the way places. The weather was mainly good until the last day when 'winter had arrived' and it rained. As we holiday a lot off season it is something you are prepared for. I would recommend this time of year as the tourist places are reasonably quiet and the cooler weather is ideal for sightseeing. We were made very welcome and really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2009

We were looking for a country retreat from which we could go to the surounding towns including Sienna. In santa Maria we found a very affordable base from where we traveled to all the towns and villages. We also took many fantastic walks in the surrounding countryside. The local shop, to which we walked (about 10ks) then delivered all out groceries to the villa for us...great friendly service with all the Tuscan flavour to imerse yourself into...we will be back.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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Address: Via Alberi 74/80, 50050, Montaione, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Montaione
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Montaione
Price Range: $100 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Residence Santa Maria 1.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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