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Historical Traveler Reviews The Lodge Edinburgh
Loved Sant Antonio
Have just returned from a two week holiday in Italy. Spent the first week just outside of Rome and the second week in Tuscany at the Sant Antonio Resort, very close to Montepulciano. We loved it at Sant Antonio, which far exceeded our expectations - it is a very beautiful place in the perfect setting, very peaceful (best weeks sleep we had) and Nico, the owner, and his staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. Nico recommended some great places to visit and we had a brilliant week exploring some of the nearby towns and monasteries. We also visited Siena, which was only about an hours car drive away. Would also highly recommend eating at Nico's restaurant in Bagno Vignoni, cos as well as the food being extremely good, the scenery blew us away!
Would most definitely recommend this place to anyone and would certainly go back there again.
Spitzen Land Hotel im Herzen der Toscanna
Ich hatte das Sant Antonio Country Resort als Ausgangsbasis für meine Erfahrungen der echten Toskana gewählt.Es liegt in der Nähe von Montepulciano, aber immer noch weit genug entfernt, dass man genügen Ruhe und Privatsphäre hat. Diese Ferienhäuser bieten den perfekten Ausgangspunkt für Fahrten nach Florence, Siena, Pienza und viele andere, schöne und berühmte Städte. Das Sant Antonio bietet viel Komfort und Luxus, die man für einen angenehmen Aufenthalt benötigt sowie einen Pool mit wunderschönen Blick auf den Trasimeno See. Lake. Für ein privates "al fresco" Abendessen stehen außerdem genügend Terrassen und Gärten zur Verfügung. Außerdem gibt es eine Tiefgarage, einen Internetzugang und, und, und! Alles was Sie hier vermissen werden, sind die nicht stillstehenden Telefone - und das wars. Ich hatte eine klasse Zeit im Sant Antonio und obwohl ich die ganzen Ausflüge in die nahe gelegenen historischen Städte, Museen und die wunderschöne toskanische Landschaft unternommen habe, habe ich mich immer auf meine Veranda an meinem Ferienhaus und ein Gläschen des leckeren Vino Nobile di Montepulciano gefreut, umgeben vom Aroma des Lavendel, Rosmarin, Zypressen und eine frische Brise aus dem angrenzenden Eichwald. Ich fahre auf jeden Fall wieder hin!
Schön, ruhig, perfekt
Wir kommen gerade aus unserem Italienurlaub zurück. Unsere letzten 5 Tage haben wir im wunderbaren Agriturismo am Montepulciano verbracht. Sant' Antonio ist ein restauriertes Kloster mit 13 Apartments, unter denen man wählen kann. Es ist ruhig und friedlich, genau das, was wir nach unseren aufregenden Erlebnissen in Italien gebraucht haben. Der Besitzer lebt mir seiner Familie auf dem Grundstück und ist zu jeder Zeit erreichbar. Nico gehört sogar ein Restaurant im nahe gelegenen Vignoni, was wirklich klasse ist! Montepulciano ist die perfekte Stadt in den Bergen mit genügend Annehmlichkeiten und einem tollen Markt jeden Donnerstagmorgen. Überall kann man Weinbauern besichtigen, auch das berühmte Avignonesi Weingut, indem Nico und seine Familie den leckeren Vino Nobile und andere Weine herstellen. Obwohl es in der südlichen Toskana liegt, ist Florenz nur 1-1/2 Stunden auf der Autostrada entfernt. Auf dem Weg dorthin gibt es noch so viele andere Plätze zu entdecken, auch Richtung Süden nach Val d'Orcia.
Service with a huge smile
We had read the usual books about how wonderful this area was, and to be honest went with some scepticism after visiting the Disney world that is Venice.
However, all our fears were allayed as we drove through the fantastic countryside, and amazingly, quiet roads as we headed towards Montepulciano.
When we drew up outside the gates of Sant Antonio, Nico ( the owner ) met us with the widest smile in Tuscany and proudly showed us to a superb appartment in this converted 12th century monastery. There are 13 appartments all individual and, from what I saw, all stunning. The monastery is set in 200 acres with woodland and olive groves, the gardens immediately around the appartments are layed out with secluded tables and chairs for outdoor eating and a lovely swimming pool.
I could feel the hassles of Venice disappearing, and when we asked for a restaurant reccomendation we couldn`t have been advised better. La Porta a rustic typically Tuscan place with a terrace with a view to die for, served us with great food and a surprising bill, we could afford it.
The following 2 weeks was spent walking the beautiful hill towns of this area and trying many trully wonderful eateries, the best being La Porta in Monticchiello for the view and Osteria Del Leone in Bagno Vignoni for the best food in the area.
We will cerainly be going back and will definately stay at Sant Antonio, it was Nico who really made this holiday, the whole place is quiet and peaceful and run with the service that we in Britain, and I previously thought Tuscany, have forgotten about. His advice on where to eat and visit was always top notch.
I would recommend this area and Sant Antonio to anyone.
Fantastic Country Resort in the Heart of Tuscany
I chose the Sant Antonio Country Resort for my base to experience the true Tuscan countryside. Situated very close to Montepulciano but just far enough away to have absolute privacy and peace I needed to relax, these holiday villas offer the perfect starting point for excursions to Florence, Sienna, Pienza and many other beautiful and famous cities. Sant Antonio offers all the comfort and luxury for a pleasant stay including a great pool with view down to the Trasimeno Lake, plenty of terraces and gardens for private "al fresco" dining or bbq's, underground parking, 24 hours internet access and, and, and. The only thing you will miss at Sant Antonio is the sound of a ringing telephone - finally.
I had a superb time at Sant Antonio and although I enjoyed the excursions to the nearby ancient towns, museums, picturesque Tuscan Landscapes and traditional restaurants, part of my mind was always already back on the veranda of my villa drinking a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano surrounded by the aroma of lavender, rosemary, cypress trees and the fresh breeze from the adjacent oak-tree forest.
I definitely will be back!
Sant' Antonio, The Perfect Place
This was our second trip to Tuscany and, after a lot of searching on the web, we found Sant' Antonio Country Resort, near Montepulciano. Sant' Antonio was the perfect place for our two-week stay in Tuscany. It is beautiful, quiet, and very well kept. Our host, Nico Pannevis, who is the owner, and his staff were very hospitable and made us feel at home from the moment we arrived. It truly became our "home in Tuscany," as advertised.
Sant' Antonio is located on a hillside just outside of Montepulciano and is surrounded by an olive grove. Our 2-bedroom apartment was modern and sparkling clean. It was comfortable and was fully furnished. There even was a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen had everything necessary for making meals when we chose to do that. We enjoyed having coffee and making breakfast there each morning before venturing out and also cooked several delicious dinners using fresh vegetables and other ingredients from the local market. The beautiful swimming pool is located just up the hill from the apartments and has great views of Lake Trasimeno and the Valdichiana. The weekly rate for our apartment was a very reasonable Euro 680.
A highlight of our stay at Sant' Antonio was Nico's guided tour at Avignonesi, a noted Italian winery which is owned by his wife's family. Nico was a wonderful tour guide and the vineyard and winery were beautiful.
We found Sant' Antonio's location to be perfect. Montepulciano is a short trip on the autostrada from the airports in either Florence or Rome, and it's close to so many other great places to visit: Siena, Cortona, Pienza, Montalcino, Assisi, and Orvieto among them.
My wife and I were sad to leave Sant' Antonio, but we both agreed that this was the best vacation ever. We've already booked 2 weeks in 2007.
Beautiful, peaceful, perfect
My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Italy. The last five days were spent at a wonderful agriturismo at Montepulciano. Sant' Antonio is a restored monastery with 13 apartments to choose from. It is so quiet and peaceful, just what we needed after a whirlwind tour of Italy. The owner and his family live on the property and are available for any assistance needed. Nico also owns a restaurant in close-by Bagno Vignoni which is amazing! Montepulciano is the perfect little hill town with just enough conveniences and a great market on Thursday mornings. Wineries are everywhere, including the famous Avignonesi Winery where Nico's wife and her family make marvelous Vino Nobile and other wines.
Although the location is in southern Tuscany, Florence is only about 1-1/2 hours on the autostrade and there are so many other places to discover along the way and to the south in Val d'Orcia.
Research paid off -- beautiful, private, and affordable
I spent weeks doing my research (including TripAdvisor, of course) before our trip to Tuscany in December 2005. I knew we'd be in Firenze for half of the time and we wanted to explore the countryside for the other half. An overabundance of similar-sounding places to choose from! (Important note: my partner and I are VERY picky. We're both quite analytical and routinely define numerous parameters around our decision-making. My first trip to Italy saw me setting a new standard!) After considering and rejecting many places, I saw the listing for Sant' Antonio. This 800-year-old renovated monastery is an amazing find: it sits behind big, iron gates on almost 200 acres of olive groves and other trees, with the main buildings on the east (sunrise!) side of a lovely hill overlooking a postcard valley. A short hike takes you to the top of the hill where you have a view for miles across Tuscany, including the walled city of Montepulciano close by.
As many have said, with so many choices of where to stay, the difference lies in the people managing the place. In that department, you need look no further. Nico is a gentleman and accomplished man of the world who makes sure you enjoy your stay, from before your arrival to the moment of your reluctant departure. He met us in town when we arrived so we could follow him to the property a short distance away. While we'd asked for a small apartment in the main building, Nico suggested we would be much more comfortable in the separate, little cottage known as "Signorelli". He was right - it was perfect: a lovely home away from home with fully-equipped kitchen (for trying to duplicate some of the incredible Tuscan dishes we were enjoying in the local restaurants), a cozy living room with fireplace (and lots of firewood - remember, we were there in December!), and a big bedroom furnished with wonderful antiques.
Regarding privacy: although we were told other guests were in residence during our stay, we never saw them! Nico was available by phone whenever we had a question and left us to ourselves otherwise, just what we wanted. We had underground parking steps away from our door and a remote control for the front gates. It felt as though we lived there from the first.
Nico, our consummate host, turned out to also be an award-winning chef with a restaurant in the nearby town of Bagno Vignoni, one of the best of the local hot springs. (If you're getting the impression that Nico keeps himself busy, you're right; he also speaks I don't know how many languages, all of them fluently it seemed). Here again we'd done our homework looking to find the "terme" we'd want to visit and we needn't have bothered - Nico listened to what we wanted and made the appropriate suggestion - a solution closer, less expensive, and less touristy than what we'd found. Ahhh, sitting under a fall of mineral water, gazing across the valley at the castle on the hill opposite, looking like natives with our yellow and white caps on our heads!
Thank you, Nico, for providing such a peaceful, private, luxurious centerpiece for our stay in Tuscany. We look forward to our next visit to your magical land and the Sant' Antonio.
Craig and Terri, San Diego, CA, USA
A good place to stay
We stayed at Sant'Antonio for a week in September. This former monastery has been renovated to a high standard and enjoys breathtaking views over the Val d'Orcia, Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding countryside.
We booked late and took the last apartment available. Our apartment was spacious, with two bedrooms, sitting room with wood burning stove, dining room, kitchen and shower-room. All apartments are well equipped with good quality bedding, china, glass etc and each one has some outside space with a garden table and chairs. Linen is changed mid-week as well as on arrival - very welcome. There are also three/four communal terraces (two with barbeques) and a largish pool (all with good views) for everyone to use.
The owner is extremely welcoming and suggested several lovely villages and abbeys nearby to see, as well as inviting us to visit the Avignonesi winery run by his wife's family. Montepulciano with it's many restaurants, shops and a supermarket is just a short drive away.
On the downside, our apartment was rather dark without much of a view. The furniture layout was inconvenient, with a spare bed in the sitting room, the sofa in a bedroom and the TV in the dining room. Photographs and now floor plans of each apartment are on the web site - so I guess you could see the layout before booking. The kettle and toaster had to be used on the floor as there were no power points near the worktop in the kitchen. We did not mind, but perhaps a safety issue if you had young children around? The thrice weekly rubbish collection from the kitchen was intended to be helpful but was something which we found intrusive. There was some road noise outside - particularly on the east side of the estate.
Would we stay here again? Well no, not in the same apartment - but certainly in one of the other apartments facing the wonderful views over the lakes.
Amazing gem in the midst of gorgeous views
I can not give enough praise for the owners, Nico and his family, for our grand stay at Sant' Antonio in April, 2005. Friends flew in from the states and we picked them up at the Chiusi station for a 4 day stay. We arrived and Nico gave us a brief overview of the area and our second floor villa with amazing views. Our space had 2 bedrooms, a large sitting area with a dining room table, a HUGE kitchen with an old style fireplace and all the other amenities needed for our tuscany style dinners, and a large bathroom. All the rooms had windows which you could stare out for hours (if you weren't driving around sampling wine, cheese and olives of the region).
All the places sit on the land they have had for over 150 years in their family. You can wander around there or walk into town (2 km). Nico spent time once we were settled answering our questions, giving us a bit of history and stories of the area and making suggestions of places to see, eat and relax. He was the perfect host!
We have already started making plans for our return this fall for at least a week. The one bonus was their web site which provided views and layouts of each of the spaces.
For value, hospitality, comfort, views and a tuscany experience, you can not find a better place!
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Travel Blogs from Montepulciano
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