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“First time in Tuscany”
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L'Ippocastano
Lockport, Illinois
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7 reviews
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“First time in Tuscany”
Reviewed 10 January 2012

It was a very clean apartment. Advise to speak a little more Italian than in larger cities. We were here for 4 days. No one came to give clean towels even though the note in washroom stated if you leave towels on floor means you need clean ones. There is a washing machine on site, but only took tokens. Was not sure how to obtain these tokens. Bring small packets of detergent to handwash clothes. They did have a drying rack in the apartment. Also garbage was not taken. The proprietor was not available by phone after we checked in. We managed, but it was good learning experience to ask a lot of questions before making that final payment.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

but the L'Ippocastano Archi holiday home was a bit too low maintenance for me. At the start of this review, I rated it poor, but upon reconsideration, I have changed my rating to average since the faults and failures are mostly minor. Although when added up, the things I am about to mention became annoying.

First of all the positives:
- the location was absolutely fantastic
- I loved the rustic charm of the place with its beams and brick
- the beds were very comfortable
- the size of the master bedroom was excellent
- the water pressure in the showers was excellent
- the dining area was fine

The big negative was the lack of attention to detail. I am not a foodie or one who spends much time in the kitchen. Yet even I would have spent a few $ to supply this property with necessary items in the kitchen and elsewhere. Examples:

- basics such as egg lifter, whisk, proper big knives, proper serving spoons, and an oven. At the end of our week, we spotted a portable oven at the coop which would have been useful, for only 30 euros. The lack of an oven limited us in meals, and we had to purchase the necessary kitchen utensils
- essential items such as soap, shampoo
- better quality towels
- extra bedding, and single bedding
- wifi, which is becoming very essential to today's traveler
- updated TV as this one was very very old and small, and could have been updated very inexpensively

The inside was lovely but a quick coat of paint on the prominent ceiling stain in the dining room would have made it look less run-down. And the showers had quite a bit of mildew which should be scrubbed before the arrival of visitors.

There was an absence of essential signage in English, except the obvious 'do not' signs; since this place is advertised as a holiday home, English signage should have been present

The other big negative was the poor lighting outside, specifically near the gate and on the porch. There were lights there but they were either shut off or burnt out light bulbs had not been replaced. It was a real hazard and we had to be sure to remember to carry a flashlight. Considering it was dark at 5 pm, proper lighting should have been in place.

For under 300 euros, the above things could have been addressed; in that case, this property would be excellent and I would highly recommend it.

With all this said, if this were the only place you could get in this location, then I recommend that you take it because the location could not have been better. We had a plethora of choices of wonderful places to visit, all within an hour or an hour and a half's drives.

The other thing worth mentioning is that even though the property manager, Rinaldo, did not speak English, he did make an effort to make up for the problems we had with the malfunctioning washing machine (English instructions by the washing machine might have prevented the malfunction). Rinaldo's note to us and bottle of wine was appreciated, and thoughtful.

Suggestions to Rinaldo. Spend a bit of money on a coat of paint for the ceiling, the above mentioned kitchen utensils and items, and perhaps a newer (not extravagant) TV. Clean out the mildew. Replace the burnt out light bulbs. And put up English signage. And then you will have yourself a wonderful holiday home.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Warks, England
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

We stayed here 1st week of August 2010, grounds are stunning, peaceful location and all facilities you would need. Remember Gas has to be turned on by a handle nr the sink ( we didn't know this until check out day !! ) Owner very helpful. Restaurants not great in the town & take your Italian phrase book, you will need it, but its part of the adventure. Scenery stunning, Cortona, Siena, Florence & Pisa all accessible & go to Lake Trasimeno, the village itself is just gorgeous.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Gilbert, Arizona
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Reviewed 11 June 2007

We have stayed at l'Ippocastano 4 times and have booked again for Sept. 2007. The owners are wonderful people and very helpful. The apartments are comfortable and clean. The grounds are quite lovely, and you feel like you are in the countryside, but in reality, the town is just up the road. There are restaurants, shops, grocery stores all within walking distance, and the Thursday morning market is spectacular! The train station to Rome and Florence is just 2 blocks walk. We love this place!

Stayed September 2006
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Adelaide South Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2007

L'Ippocastona is wonderful - we have stayed twice & will do so again.
The location is fantastic with easy access to Perugia, Assisi, Cortona, Arezzo & the hill towns of Tuscany. Not to mention the outlet shopping at Val de Chiana within 10 kms. The property has everything you could possibly need. We stayed both times in the apartment Archi - two bathrooms, two double bedrooms. Friends stayed in apartment Camucia & that too was well equipped & very comfortable.
Within easy reach of the supermarket, restaurants. Great place to stay. Thank you Maria Grazia & family.

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  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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Property: L'Ippocastano
Address: Via Fratelli Cervi 14, 52044, Cortona, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 79 Speciality Lodging in Cortona
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
L'ippocastano, your holidays Under the Tuscan Sun "Ippocastano" is an restored villa located in a convenient area within Camucia, near Cortona. Cortona is famous for the film "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Ippocastano" was the temporary home to several of the film's staff. At "Ippocastano", you will have access to all that Italy has to offer including beautiful vistas, beautiful flower gardens, olive groves, boutiques, restaurants, grocery stores, and easy assess to the train station (line Rome - Milan). "Ippocastano" (meaning Lucy in ancient Etruscan), is also located on the famous wine and gastronomic route "Vino Terre di Arezzo". The apartments have a large swimming pool; lounge area, a hot tub, a picnic table and covered area, and a playground with swing set for the children. There is also a washing machine to be used for individual consumption at the apartment complex. The city of Cortona is located within the Valdichiana, which is famous for its fabulous views of the Italian countryside. "Ippocastano" was recently restored to provide you with "all the comforts of home". We have comfortable beds, modern kitchens equipped with eating areas and all of the cooking utensils you will need. In addition, we have television sets with Satellite TV, a washing machine, and an iron and ironing board. Our beautiful gardens overlook the swimming pool where you can bask in the "Tuscan Sun", smell the fragrant flowers, and drink some wine or simply relax with our comfortable lawn furniture. Ippocastano has a large swimming pool that is open from May to September. Things to do: There are many things to do in the local area. There is cycling, tennis, golf, horse riding, country walks, shopping, wine and olive oil tasting, and many fine restaurants for dining indoors or outdoors. In the summer, there are many festivals and gastronomic events. ... more   less 
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