In an inspiring panoramic position, facing across endless unspoilt countryside dotted with vineyards, forests and dramatic hills, Bellavista is 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 thee apartments. The swimming pool is on a terrace with never-ending views over the Tuscan countryside. The helpful custodian and his wife look after the estate. They live in nearby Radicondoli and are very conscientious and sensitive to guests'... needs.
Camelia has a furnished patio at its entrance, shaded by a conker tree. There is a comfortable living room with a small but well-equipped kitchen area, a twin bedroom and a shower room on the ground floor, and a double bedroom with shower en suite on the first floor.
Surrounding the house are gardens with roses and herbs, and on one side, next to "Olivo", is the amazing pool, fenced for safety and with a large paved terrace and plenty of sun furniture. There is a shower in an ancient (dead) olive tree, and there are playground toys for children in another part of the grounds. Bellavista as a whole house is an excellent choice for a family or a group of friends, while careful insulation and private patios make each of the three apartments suitable for individual rent as well. 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.
Left on 10/07/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Marie Green
We had 2 apartments for 2 weeks at the end of July for a family celebration. It is a beautiful, tranquil place, fantastic scenery and great pool that you can swim properly in. Everything was very nice, plenty of room and generally well equipped. Sofas were comfortable, plenty of sunbeds round the pool, etc., for relaxing.
We had no problems walking into the village with 2 push chairs for lunches or back at night time after evening meals - just carry a torch or use your mobiles to find the way in the dark.
The place was well looked after with regular pool checks, grass cutting etc.
If you're intending to cook quite a bit yourselves I'd advise taking a good kitchen knife - the ones there are completely blunt. And if they regularly have parties like us then I would suggest putting one really big pan in each apartment - cooking pasta or other dishes for 8 in small pans made preparing meals a bit more laborious than necessary. Also the barbie was a bit remote. It was quite big but away under the trees with no lighting so difficult to seen when things were cooked - bring a torch. The other apartment had brought there own portable barbecue - a pretty good idea.
There are a few house rules, such as not using the pool between 1-3 pm, although everyone treated this as by negotiation when we were there and as the people using the other apartment were either out or wanted to swim too, everyone was happy with the arrangement. Good to know in advance though in case you don't have like-minded neighbours.
Phone connections in the area are very iffy -same if you want internet through a dongle.
If you are intending to do a lot of day trips then it does take a while to get anywhere from here and the road is quite twisty. Fine if you are out every 2-3 days but it could be tiresome everyday. But if you are looking to chill out, relax, enjoy some local food and wine and take a few day trips out, then this place is perfect and provides a very special holiday.
Left on 09/27/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Moosifer
We stayed at this property for one week with two children aged 5 and 7. It is not at all suitable for children, although this was not stated on any information I had seen on any websites. The swimming pool has little to no shallow end and would be suitable for only a confident swimmer. No pool toys or inflatables are allowed and the times of access to the pool are restricted. It is supposedly closed for approx 2 hours at mid-day. The pool was in a very exposed location on the side of a hill which, while providing beautiful views, meant that it was extremely windy and the pool water was very cold. My 5 year old swam twice in one week which I think says it all. The advertising bumpf for this property suggests it is a nice walk into the local village; it is a long walk on a very twisty road with no footpath and could certainly not be attempted in the hours of darkness so, for example, a walk back from a restaurant at night would be out of the question. I certainly would not have attempted the walk with children. This means someone in the party must drive everywhere. There is not much to do in Radicondoli and the supermarkets there are tiny and pretty primitive. Because of its location at the top of a hill it takes quite a while to travel to any of the other towns in the region for shopping, sightseeing etc. I am a huge fan of Tuscany and have holidayed there for the last 7 years but there are much better places than this.
Left on 07/05/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Natasha Stern
The house has the most extraordinary location - you see a gorgeous valley for miles and miles from the lawn outside the apartment, while the swimming pool has a view of the same valley one way and of the lovely old hilltop village Radicondoli the other! We stayed at Camelia with 2 adults and 1 baby but it is certainly spacious enough for 4 adults to stay there comfortably. Having the outside table was delightful and we ate breakfasts and dinners under the chrestnut tree, looking over the open valley. Radicondoli - the local village - is a shortish (but hot!) walk away and has 2 foodstores as well as free internet, so it is quite possible not to drive at all while at Camelia. A wonderful find!
Left on 08/31/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | review
Really enjoyed our trip and the staff there were incredibly friendly and helpful! my only compliant was the first floor flat we took didnt have a proper outside eating area only a very small landing. if we hadnt been with the other family we wouldnt really have had anywhere outside to eat. i do think that given the size of the appratment yuo should amke this clear. other than that we really enjoyed our stay
Left on 03/29/2010 for a stay in May 2008 | Lott Family
This beautiful agri-tourism villa is divided into 3 apartments, each sleeping 4 people. Our family party of 8 took 2 apartments and it worked perfectly for us, giving us both togetherness and some separation time. I don't think we would have enjoyed it as much if we had had to share the premises with an unrelated party. The apartments were attractively and comfortably furnished with all necessaries provided. The views from the apartments and the beautiful pool were spectacular! It was a long view past the villa's olive grove and vinyard over valleys to other hill top towns. The charming estate manager was available and was very helpful and a good source of advice, information and fun! Radiconoli is a small town, but had everything needed including internet access at the town information center. We had hoped to be able to walk to town, but that proved difficult around the very narrow hairpin turns and we ended up having to drive whenever we had to go some place. Radicondoli, though, made a great base for day trips around Tuscany and we had a marvelous time exploring Florence, Siena, and other wonderful towns within easy access.
Left on 03/15/2010 for a stay in August 2008 | Lyn
Bellavista is aptly named - the view from the pool is beautiful. I could have sat peacefully and looked out over the countryside for hours, and sometimes did!
The location was excellent for our purposes as we did not want to be in the middle of nowhere and Radicondoli is just a short (uphill) walk away. This village is large enough to have several restaurants and shops where we could buy food for self-catering. It was also within easy reach of places such as Siena, Florence and Volterra for trips out.
Camelia was excellently suited for two couples, which we were, as both bedrooms had their own bathrooms and were at opposite ends of the accomodation, giving a certain amount of privacy.
In our opinion, it also had the best outdoor space of all the properties being next to the grassy area. We used to eat our evening meals looking out at the sunset over the hills.
The only downside - we did get bitten a lot by the insects.
All in all, an excellent holiday.
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