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Wonderful views, Chianti and Prada on your doorstep
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Wonderful views, Chianti and Prada on your doorstep
Sun-loungers, shaded sitting area and dining table below the chestnut tree. Your huge terrace! The sitting room has everything you could need. TV, DVDs, books, guides, music ... everything
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Wonderful views, Chianti and Prada on your doorstep
Sun-loungers, shaded sitting area and dining table below the chestnut tree. Your huge terrace!
The sitting room has everything you could need. TV, DVDs, books, guides, music ... everything
The indoor dining room - it's there if you need it but you'll spend all your time on the terrace
The kitchen is superbly equipped. For instance coffee lovers will find Gaggia, moka & French press!
This is the 'cantinetta' of organic local wines for sale at 4-5 euro a bottle
This is the welcome pack for every guest. It's a full fridge!!
The bedroom is air conditioned
The bathroom has a large bath tub and a shower
The view from the terrace as the sun sets
A glass or two of wine as the sun goes down
The village shop at Moncioni
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Moncioni, Montevarchi, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany

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alan c
Rye, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfect getaway”
Reviewed 20 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

We have just returned from staying in the most beautiful little cottage in the heart of the Chianti mountains in Tuscany. What a tranquil spot off the beaten track.
We were greeted by Bob and Ally (the owners) together with Luna their Maremma sheepdog. The welcome could not have been better. The fridge was stuffed with all manner of local food as a welcome pack and this more than allowed us to not go shopping for that weekend.
Bob and Ally run Summers Leases and if this cottage is anything to go by, we will be booking again.
The area is stunning even though they have had the worst drought since records began (1 day of rain since April) The wild boar come through the garden on a daily basis and we also saw roe deer. Eagles and buzzards fly overhead but other wildlife seemed scarce because of the drought.
To sit on the patio and watch the sun go down was a magical experience.
Ally could not have been more helpful in suggestions of places to go and talking about local traditions etc: There are some wonderful restaurants and Osterias locally and the supermarket in Montevarchi has everything you could possibly need. We did have one day of rain, luckily coinciding with a day we decided to stay at home. When it rains, IT RAINS, but soon after we noticed everything was greening up.

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Management Response
24 Oct 2017
Many thanks Alan for your nice review and hope to see you again soon! Bob
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casanne22...
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
“Serenity in the heart of Tuscany!!!”
Reviewed 17 May 2017 for a stay in April 2017

What an amazing place to stay. Bob & Ally the owners who also live on the property were very welcoming & could not do enough to make our stay in Podere La Rota most memorable. The 7 nights we spent here were the highlight of our one month adventures in Italy. From the amazing platters that were left in the fridge on arrival to the gorgeous view from the veranda where we spent most afternoons it was just wonderful. Our only disappointment was the fact that we traveled a little too early in April with a couple of the Osteria's close to Podere La Rota not opening until after Easter. We will have to come back to try them!!!

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Pascale R
Glastonbury
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“FABULOUS!!!”
Reviewed 23 February 2016 for a stay in July 2014

Amazing views, gorgeous house, super friendly owners. In the middle of Tuscany. What's not to like??? We've been twice already...

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Liked best: Sitting under the chesnut tree at dusk sipping a glass of local Chianti.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Andrew W
Evreux, France
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69 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Wonderful property, very calm.”
Reviewed 26 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

The property is a very nice Tuscan cottage, carefully renovated to include exposed stone walls, arches, and beautiful beam and tile ceilings. The interior has been decorated, furnished and equipped to a good standard, and very clean.
Outside, the good vibe continues. A tiled terrace with views over the olive groves and the valley and hills beyond. Furniture, sun loungers, parasol etc are there.
The overall standard of equipment and decor (quality and condition) exceeded the standard that we have typically found in rental properties.
There is a good selection of books, music and DVDs.
The welcome food pack is excellent. So nice not to have to jump straight back in the car and go in search of food after a long journey to arrive.
The welcome from Alli and Bob is equally excellent, and they are attentive to any needs or questions you may have.
To be aware of:
This area is forested and hilly. The local walks from the gite involve mostly ups and downs with limited views through the trees and a lot of bugs.
The local village shop has basics, but you will need to go to Montevarchi (10 min drive) for anything other than dried packet pasta and sauce in a jar. Montevarchi has plenty of shops and an excellent large Coop supermarket (you may never leave the deli section!). Also plenty of festivals and events.
Florence and Sienna are fairly close (Florence is best by train. Parking is free around Montevarchi station but leave time to search further afield for a parking spot).
There is free wifi which it is slow but perfectly adequate for checking mails and news/weather websites.

Overall, an excellent property and a real oasis of calm.

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Liked best: Standard and cleanliness, calm, the owners, convenient for Florence & Siena
Liked least: Going home
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Jan 2016
A couple of comments on Andrew's nice review:

The village shop is actually well supplied with edibles. I suspect Andrew just looked through the door! I'll take a picture inside as soon as I get a moment.

There was an area fault with the internet when he stayed (for which I apologised profusely at the time). It's been working normally since October and for 2016 we'll be getting cable!

Bob Monroe
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runnerjed...
Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Exactly What We Wanted!”
Reviewed 28 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We had looked forward to this trip since finding this gem of a place on the internet. Looking at the images it was perfect for what we wanted: a quiet "get-away-from-it-all" place with little or no distractions! We couldn't have asked for more!
The driving directions (from Switzerland) were spot on, and arriving slightly later than anticipated was of no concern for the owners. We were made to feel immediately welcome and were able to relax (collapse?) in tranquil peace and quiet!
Our week was spent eating, drinking, sitting in the sun and trying not to attract too many bitey beasties. In a place like this, however, it is difficut to care about such little annoyances! Even the (one) thunderstorm was an amazing spectacle! The immediate surrounding area is beautiful, and there's Sienna and Florence within easy driving distance.
As for the accommodation, again we could not have asked for much more. It was a fabulous size for the two of us, and we definitely took advantage of having the place to ourselves: tidying up and packing the day before we (reluctantly) left was a bit of a chore and took longer due to our laziness throughout the week!!! All living areas, including the bedroom and the bathroom, were very well maintained, equipped and furnished. The well stocked kitchen was again simply ideal for our needs.
All in all, this was a spectacular find and well worth the wait and the lengthy drive. Would we reutrn to the area? Sure! Would we return to the same accommodation (this one)? Why not? When you find somewhere this good, why would you look anywhere else?

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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