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Farmhouse -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Montalcino, Tuscany

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Gary31951
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Wonderful Property!”
Reviewed November 14, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Everything about our stay at Fonte Aulente exceeded our expectations. Lovely apartment, very comfortable bedroom, and an amazing property. Relaxing on the patio, sipping a glass of wine, enjoying the incredible views, is not an experience we will soon forget.
Alexandra gave us great advice about restaurants, things to do, and is most knowledgeable about wine. When our rental car broke down, her husband Michelangelo treated us like we were family, picking us up, helping us with the logistics of getting the car towed, driving us to town and to the train station.
Cottage is in a great location. Easy to find, a short ride into Montalcino, and a great base for exploring a truly beautiful part of Tuscany.
One of the highlights of our trip!

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Liked best: The Property
Liked least: Honestly, nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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sunflowii
Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Great location. Make sure to confirm booking with owner.”
Reviewed November 7, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Next time we book accommodations other than with a hotel, we will make sure to confirm our arrival time with the owner. We did not hear from Alexandra and assumed that because she also lived on the property that she would be there when we arrived. She was not. My husband then left a voicemail and she arrived in about 15 minutes. But we were not expected as the place had not been cleaned yet.
Not a big deal since we just drove to Montalcino and visited the fort. Got great pictures as it was close to sunset.
Came back, unpacked and prepared dinner only to find that the plates and pots inside the cabinet were not clean. There were crumbs or oil. Alexandra said that she has cleaners who clean for her. So it's either they didn't do a good job or previous renters were rude and left the dirty dishes in the cabinet. If it was the latter, c'mon people. How rude can you be?
Then found out that the towels smelled like they didn't dry properly. Unfortunately at this point, I was now more embarrassed to complain as it was just too many things.
On the plus side, the wifi signal is very strong and the bedroom was warm and cozy with the heater.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Nov 11, 2015
Dear guests,
We are very sorry to hear that your experience was not perfect. As I explained upon your arrival our cleaner had a small accident on that day and she could not clean the room on time. I was very sorry on your arrival and proposed you a winery visit while we were going to arrange the cleaning. You said you preferred to visit Montalcino and I have asked one of the girls working for us to clean the apartment and I have checked it myself. I am sorry if she missed the plates in the cupboard. It is the firs time since we have opened our farmhouse to guests that our usual cleaner could not do her job. Alltogether I was very sorry for it, I have explained that it was very exceptional and I offered you a bottle of wonderful Brunello 2009 to apologise for any inconvenience. I am happy that you acknwledhe that the room was cosy and warm. We really put all possible efforts to keep our guests happy and the appartment cosy, warm and clean. And fortunately other feedbacks confirm that.
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Fred-Alic...
San Francisco
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Comfort & tranquility on Montalcino hillside”
Reviewed October 1, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We had a wonderful week at Fonte Aulente. The house was very comfortable and decorated with care and sophistication. We made good use of the large picnic table with views of the rolling hills below. After a day of hiking the large natural pool was just the thing. Alexandra was a wonderful hostess. She is a sommelier and very knowledgeable about the Montalcino wine producers. She recommended top quality wineries that were not so well known which lead to some very interesting visits and tastings. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

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Liked best: location, the house itself & Alexandra
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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worlditra...
Princeton, NJ
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Under the Tuscan sun…a gorgeous, tranquil stay!”
Reviewed August 29, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Nestled in the seemingly endless and gorgeous UNESCO world heritage protected Tuscan hills of Val d’Orchia, you should definitely reach out and reserve this beautiful property rental, Fonte Aulente. It’s conveniently located just a few miles from town, this apartment is part of a converted 12 th century farmhouse. It is truly charming and comfortable, especially with a nice kitchen area to prepare a meal if you want to just stay in for the evening. It also has a beautiful garden setting, which features a swimming pool, hammocks and an outside table for dining. One of the owners, Alexandra, is also a sommelier, so this rental comes with an option to purchase some excellent Brunello wine selections for your own tasting/dining experience! (Note, if you are interested in wine tasting, ask Alexandra about her local wine tasting class, it was incredibly fun and informative!). We only stayed for 2 nights and wished we had spent more time there. Another impressive feature of Fonte Aulente was its amazing location. It was incredible to be outside in the quiet evenings and look up at such a clear and beautiful sky, full of bright stars. Then also be able to wake up in the morning and literally gaze across those rolling hills in the heart of Tuscany. If you are looking to truly experience Tuscany organically, minus a commercial or touristy feel, you should stay at Fonte Aulente. You won’t regret it.

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Liked best: The bucolic views
Liked least: Having to leave!
Traveling group: Friends
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ian2005wi...
Australia
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Very well appointed apartment with beautiful views”
Reviewed August 16, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Alexandra provides a warm welcome and friendly and knowledgeable advice when you stay at her delightful old farmhouse with stunning views across the world heritage listed Val D'Orcia. The extensive grounds with an amazing natural swimming pool, complete with attached lily pond and frog colony, provides a wonderful extension to the spacious and well appointed apartment. Being a professional sommelier living in the middle of Brunello wine country, there's very little that Alexandra doesn't know about the local wines and vineyards to help you make the most of the area.

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Liked best: Friendly helpfulness and beautiful views
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Nick36536...
Beckenham, Kent
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“An amazing stay”
Reviewed June 26, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

The views are exactly what you'd expect from the pictures (stunning) and the flat itself was really lovely. There's also loads of outside space for al fresco dinners and sunbathing.

The location's perfect too -- really close to beautiful Montalcino and right in the middle of the most beautiful place on earth, the Val d'Orcia.

And our hosts couldn't have been more helpful. Alexandra gave us loads of tips when we wanted to book a wine tasting and even called them up to book for us. Her husband greeted us when we arrived and made us feel really welcome too.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Michael J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Perfect location to explore Val d'Orcia”
Reviewed June 2, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

My wife and I spent the first few days of our honeymoon at Alexandra's beautiful apartment. It was a tranquil and beautiful place, tucked onto the hillside. Alexandra provided some useful recommendations of wineries to visit in the area. What we loved most about Fonte Aulente is the location. It is very close to Montalcino, of course, but it is also a short drive away from other beautiful towns such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Sant'Angelo in Colle and San Quirico--perfect if you are there to explore the sights and sounds of central Tuscany.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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