Can anyone suggest good websites to use for reasonably priced villa or farmhouse rentals in Tuscany for this summer?
Yes, you can use any of these below, and most can sort by the number of beds/baths, city, pool, cost, etc:
These are ones we have used and can vouch for, if you google villa rentals in Tuscany you will get a host of other sites as well.
A few things that may help: Most villa/apartment/farm locations (called "self-catering") only rent by the week during the high season, usually Saturday to Saturday;
It will help you if you know what area of Tuscany you want: Pisa/Lucca, Florence the city, the Chianti area around Greave, the Val d'Orcia further to the south, the Siena/ San G. area or closer to the Tuscan/Umbrian border in order to do day trips to the Umbrian towns as well.
Do you want to stay in the country or in a city or in a small town, each has it's benefits and draw backs. If in the country or you wish to tour the back roads and small walled hill top towns, you will probably want to rent a car. Trains are mostly, but not exclusively, for larger towns and cities.
Finally, you have the choice of hotels, self-catering apartments, villas, apartments in villas, agritourismo (farm) stays, or B&B's in a variety of luxury (or non) price ranges, If possible, try to move locations as few times as possible by picking a base and doing day trips from your base location.
Having said all that, here is where we are staying in September on the Tuscan/Umbrian border to get the best of both regions, etc: www.anticavetreria.net/
Hope this helps, but you best not wait too long as the good places began to be booked up for 2011 and '12 last summer and fall. Mike
Thanks so much. That's really helpful.
Here is a good website to try - especially if you want personalized help and very reasonably priced accommodations:
I suggest you look through their very descriptive accommodation list and then contact Stefania directly via email or Skype (or phone - contact info is on the website). She speaks very good English and has helped us, our family and friends find "just the perfect place" a number of times over the past 4 years. Best to tell her what you are looking for and she'll come up with great options. (Her fee is included in the very good prices - tell her your budget).
Mike's advice above it also good - it is helpful to know what part of Tuscany you would like to base yourself and what you want to do / see to help pinpoint what you need. Example: the very extensive region north of Siena - including Chianti, Volterra, Lucca, Florence - is quite different than the equally as large region south of Siena - including Val D'Orcia and hilltowns such as Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano (and many more) as well as Siena. Depending on the time you've allotted for this trip it might be best to immerse yourself in one area this time - relax and enjoy the food, the people, the history, the scenery, etc. instead of trying to see it all on one vacation. A typical experience is that you'll want to return once you've experienced Tuscany!
You can also try with
There a lot of offers, Adriana is the owner and she is really professional
Parker Villas is very reputable.
I agree with VRBO, you could also try www.ownersdirect.co.uk, or www.holidayrentals.co.uk. Our villa is on all of these and we get most of our enquiries from Owners Direct. www.lolmo.com.
Hope this helps - Martyn
yes homeaway which is the sister web site to www.holiday-rentals.co.uk
Use the search engines to fine tune what you want and budget
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