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Feb 16th, 2013, 02:54 PM
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What's wrong with over enthusiastic reviews? I have left many such reviews, and raved about certain properties

The links from owners direct have little info, scarce photos and no reviews, I'd be wary.

How's the trip going? Did you see Doppio's post above? That place looks great. Just a bit over your budget, but great place and location.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 09:40 PM
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I can appreciate your need to have a budget. We travel on a tight budget as well. In 2010, we stayed for a week in an apartment in the hilltop village of Montefioralle which is on the edge of Greve in Chianti. I am sorry, but cannot find the link, but the name was La Loggetta and from memory it was 350 euro a week. We found it a good base for exploring Chianti.

Our second week in Tuscany was in a much less visited part- the Lunigiana region. It was a studio apartment in a restored water-mill. Very picturesque. It was a few minutes from the town of Fivizzano which had everything we needed. We did a day trip to Cinque terre, across to the Garfagna area and other lovely drives. There are a host of lovely villages to visit. We really enjoyed our week there, but then we are more inclined to stay in less visited areas I suppose. It is just that most people think of Tuscany as Chianti, Florence etc. And there is nothing wrong with that because they are fabulous. But you did indicate some flexibility so I thought I would throw it into the mix. Here is the link

http://www.dimora-la-cascata.co.uk/D...20comments.htm

I reviewed both on Slow Trav [ review numbers 4899 and 4897 ] and they are also on trip advisor I think.

As far as Owners Direct goes, I did not look at your specific links, but we have used this agency for booking in France and had no problems.

I hope you can find somewhere in your budget and have a memorable honeymoon.
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Feb 17th, 2013, 03:03 AM
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Have a look at http://www.fattoria-pagnana.it/?lang=en

This place is in the Chianti Fiorentino rather than Chianti Classico area but since you have a car this should not pose any problems for visiting Siena, San Gimignano etc. To visit Florence you could park for free near the station of Rignano and take the train therefore avoiding parking charges in Florence as well as the feared ZTL traffic cameras.

The price for two should be within your budget. Also I know the owners so I am sure you will get special honeymoon treatment. My email address is available on this site if you are interested.

A plus is that nearby you can find many factory outlets - Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana etc etc with some excellent prices!
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Feb 19th, 2013, 05:06 PM
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We stayed at this agriturismo near Greve in Chianti. For the four of us, it was a dreamy sweet place, relaxed, pretty, small, rustic yet with everything we needed. The owner Cecilia makes it the special find that it is:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...i_Tuscany.html

I am linking you to TripAdvisor because we stayed there a few years ago, and I wanted to see what the recent feedback was (enthusiastic!). Three sets of friends have stayed there since we did, including a mom and her college age daughter and a 30 something couple on a low-key honeymoon. All of them rated it is one of their favorite stays on their respective Italy trips.

It must be just up the hill from the apartment that 'rhon' mentions, above, as we could walk to the tiny village of Montefioralle for dinner.
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Feb 20th, 2013, 04:54 AM
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annabelle2 - mabe a nice place but out of price range!
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Feb 20th, 2013, 07:05 PM
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Yes, it is over the budget (450-500 Euro for the B&B room two of us had), but still could be a possibility if something else cheaper does not pan out. Definitely well worth it, but I do know about being on a budget, believe me!
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Mar 26th, 2013, 06:59 AM
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Thanks a lot guys I really appreciate your help
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Mar 26th, 2013, 07:30 AM
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SalmaSh - have you decided on anything yet? How's it coming along?
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Apr 23rd, 2013, 09:44 PM
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Hi Doppio!

Sorry for replying way late,
We actually haven't decided yet, we've been really busy with the new house and wedding preparations and everything.

We're currently deciding between the ones I mentioned (VBRO and Flipkey), and the two properties that rhon and nochblad mentioned, the others are either way over budget or don't have enough reviews.. The thing is, we can't really make time to sit and and choose together and get done with it! There's always something more urgent!

Bottom line, engagement sucks! I can't wait to give mum the wedding she wants and go on the honeymoon I want!
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Feb 10th, 2016, 08:40 AM
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Hi ,I'am Ilaria and I have a tip for you that you would love , if you like countryside , close to Fivizzano, witch is in the norther part of Tuscany , there is an hamlet called Quarazzana , there are still cows and donkies taht walk wild in the village and an amazing view of Alpi Apuane ! The agriturismo is a mannor 160 dated and is an hide gem !Here the link
www.quarazzana.it
I am the owner honestly but probabily because I love my place but worth the look ! ceck the comments ! You are close to Lucca , Pisa , Cinque Terre , good point to start !
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