A first floor apartment with a loggia and bird's eye views
1 double bedroom, 1 twin/double bedroom and 1 shower room.
Location: Central Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
In an inspiring panoramic position, facing across endless unspoilt countryside dotted with vineyards, forests and dramatic hills, Erica is a first floor apartment in Bellavista, a restored stone farmhouse below the Tuscan hill village of Radicondoli, 500 metres down a track from a country road. The present owners have restored olive groves and renewed vineyards, producing excellent wine and olive oil. Even more care has gone into the three apartments on the estate. The swimming pool is on a terrace with never-ending views over the Tuscan countryside. The custodian lives nearby and is very conscientious and helpful.
With its entrance through a small furnished loggia at the front of the house, Erica is on the first floor and enjoys wonderful views of the panorama. Bigger than the other two, Erica has a large kitchen living room with a beautiful fireplace rescued from an old villa, and a lovely antique store cupboard. Bedroom floors are made from restored old wood. The double and the twin / double bedroom share a shower room.
Surrounding the house are gardens with roses and herbs, and on one side, next to "Olivo", is the amazing pool with a large paved terrace, plenty of sun furniture and a cleverly concealed shower in an ancient (dead) olive tree. The views from the whole property, and in particular from the pool, must be among the very best anywhere, with mile upon mile of meadows, olive groves and hills leading into
mountains in the background, wonderful for exploring on foot, by car or bicycle. At the rear, Radicondoli is silhouetted on its hill, only 800 metres away.
We had a fantastic time. Erica really is in a beautiful spot – what amazing views. It has a v relaxed vibe and phenomenal sunsets. In terms of local restaurants we tried 3 in the village: La Pergola, Agriteca and Trattoria II Nazionale. They were all good but the first two were excellent – the food was really fresh and well prepared and the staff were friendly and attentive. We even managed to get a table on the terrace at La Pergola to watch the sunset. We were also in the village for the Notte di Giove festival which was great fun.
The tourist info in the village is great , extremely helpful but we didn’t manage to get as much done as we had info for! There is so much to choose from: walks in the forest; wine tasting ; seaside trips; cultural trips etc . We did trips to Siena, Piombino to the seaside, Massa Marittima and San Gimignano which were all easily accessible from Erica. It is the sort of place you could stay time and again and still have plenty to do and see.
In terms of the apartment itself, it was well stocked and comfortable. A couple of minor things - it could have had tea towels to dry up with and perhaps air con in the bedroom as it was v hot at night.
Erica was simply the best holiday home we have ever had, and we have had a few with ITT. Thanks for the recommendation. The wine was excellent and the caretaker Alessandro was great too. Erica epitomises ITT. Sheer refinement in the rugged Tuscan landscape.
Myself and my husband recently stayed in 'Erica' for a week recently. Wow, where to start! The views from 'Erica' are just amazing, actually words don't do it justice! If you are looking to switch off, recharge and just sit and be mesmerized by fabulous scenery then this is the place for you. I cannot describe the views enough. The apartment was really well decorated and furnished, all the furniture was of a very high quality (not one bit of usual cheap holiday rental furnishing). It felt like someone's home. There was even a radio which we liked. The caretaker and his daughter were really lovely and friendly. There are steep steps up to Erica so probably not ideal with either small children or someone elderly. The village shop is small (but has all the basics) so if doing a lot of cooking stock up in nearest big supermarket before you arrive. The walk to the village (10 min or so) is a steep uphill on an unpaved, unlit road and then on the road (no footpath). We only walked in the day time, I wouldn't recommend walking it at nighttime. The only thing we found frustrating was that the wifi was pretty poor, you have to sit in the window for a signal. That said, it is a place for switching off and recharging the batteries so wifi shouldn't be as important!
We rented "Erica" - one of the 4 apartments in Bellavista winery estate. The very friendly caretaker was expecting us at the estate as agreed at 5pm, did show us around, gave instructions how things work. The old house was indeed meticulously restored and remodeled to offer modern conveniences and still have that old charm. We liked layout and furnishing in Erica. Well equipped kitchen, very clean and airy. Bathroom is good size but the shower cabin is very small (for my big boys at least).Beds are on the harder side but it's a matter of a personal preference. We liked shutters that kept bugs away and let air in. The views are breathtaking! If you are a country side buff or a person looking for a divine inspiration: this is the right spot! We used outdoor wood grill. Excellent alternative to a picknick. You need to know how to prepare the wood coals though.
The village of Rodicondolli is a very good spot to start your medieval Tuscany trail exploration. Devote a good hour or two to walk around it. It is multi-level old town where every square foot is put to good use. In the village there are a couple of decent places to eat, a tiny grocery store for basics, post office. We did not see farmer's market but, to be fair, we did not ask for it. 2 hiccups with our stay. There is a pool at the estate, which, description says, gets opened in May. It was not opened for our stay (end of May). We planned to have children to entertain themselves in the pool, so we could relax for 2-3 days. Unfortunately, that did not happened... So, we have to change our program on a fly, which would not be a problem, if we would have wi-fi in the house (again, as property description says). But we did not. Caretaker said there is no internet and that is it. That created some logistic issues. Bottom line. Very beautiful, well equipped place for 4 people. If you plan to cook, get all the supplies you need in the town of Colle de Val D'Elsa, if you are driving from Florence.
The accommodation was simply but comfortably furnished. The pool was every bit as good as it looks on the pictures and the views from the property amazing. The caretaker was really helpful. We went as a family with primary school aged children and it was perfect. There are a lot of steps and the pool and windows mean it probably wouldn't be relaxing with little children. The village is walking distance (down hill on the way home!) with good restaurants. I'd definitely recommend it.