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CAPANNA AL LAGO IN TUSCANY - MARY's review
Our home in Tuscany, very near Sienna was a dream! We loved the beautiful home, spacious bathrooms, comfortable beds and sofa in front of the fireplace! This home is perfect! Francesca Vigni, the owner, was lovely, as she worked with our arrival times, and was always a phone call away if we need to speak to her.
We highly recommend. The mornings as the fog lifted up from the valley below were awesome to see.
We will remember this place always!
I am always happy to be back in Siena for a holiday after having lived abroad for 25 years. However, I have always struggled to find the perfect combination of being near the city, but also fully in the countryside.
This property is the exception. It is only a short drive from Siena's town centre (10-15 min), but the uninterrupted views on the Chianti countryside make you feel you are far away from city life.
The view form the garden/pool area is superb. Rolling hills with vineyards and olive groves and also a glimpse of Siena's Cathedral. On a good day the view extends all the way to the Mount Amiata and the barren south of the Siena province.
The facilities at the property are quite good. We made use of the barbeque a couple of times and the hot tub a number of times, absorbing the view all along! The pool is not big enough to do lane swimming, but then who wants to do that on holiday (well, my daughter did - and she quickly learned to do tumble turns)!
The interior of the house is kept at a very high standard. It does not have the feel of the "rented accommodation", rather you feel like you are staying at a friend's house.
Well done to the owners, and I hope to be back soon.
We have been at the Capanna al Lago this year in august and we really spent a great time.
We have been 4 adults and 1 child and we really had a lot of space. The bathrooms as well as the sleeping rooms are very beautiful and big. The kitchen is great, the garden with its wonderful view, the pool and the whirlpool is an oasis for relaxing!!!!
Everything in the house is very clean and you feel that the owner really cares about the guests - Francesca was extremely friendly, helpful and gave a lot of good leisure tipps to us.
This house is definitely a lovely place for a wonderful holiday and we will come again for sure.
Thank you very much for everything Francesca!!!
We just returned from a week long stay in Vitignanello (June 2013).
We had a wonderful stay. The apartment was very clean and comfortable. The location was great. We enjoyed the pool and the views. We also really enjoyed our interactions with the delightful owner, Mauro, and his family (very nice grandchildren).
Mauro gave us lots of information and advice about restaurants and places to visit - it is a huge bonus to have someone give you tips about the local area. He really cared that we had a good time. It was also fun to see him hanging out in his cherry tree every morning, picking cherries - which he most kindly and generously shared with us.
The house is located on a vineyard. Mauro welcomes you with a bottle of his wonderful wine when you arrive. How cool is that - to sip wine from the grapevines you are living with. After we left, we regretted not buying more of his wine.
We are so happy we chose to stay, and very thankful to our host for a wonderful stay.
We spent a very nice stay in Santa Lucia.
Mr and Mrs Faneschi gave us a very warm welcome upon our arrival and during our stay.
The apartment is decorated like if it was for the family of Mr and Mrs Faneschi, we really enjoyed, it's very "chic".
The Villa is well situated in the Chianti area, wine tour/Siena visits are easy.
The garden around the villa and the swimming pool are very pleasant.
We recommend warmly this destination.
We had a wonderfull stay in Santa Fiora.
The local tourist office (with English speaking lady) quickly advised us numerous excursions in the region.
The kids (2,5 and 5 years old) loved the seaside and the gelato of Beppe on the city square which is only a minute away.
The music festival under the balcony was a great added bonus.
We will gladly visit Santa Fiora again!
Ciao from Belgium.
UN ENDROIT DE RêVE POUR LES VACANCES! - XAVIER's review
Une semaine de rêve dans un endroit magnifique et extrêmement calme. Les propriétaires sont très accueillants et l'appartement est spacieux, propre et agréable.
BORGO LA CHIUSA - KIM's review
This is an immaculate property - very comfortable and well equipped.The grounds are beautiful. The proprietress Francesca could not be nicer or more accommodating. We stayed in the 2 bedroom property and it was perfect for my family of 4, which includes 2 college age sisters. There is an excellent grocery and ATM within 2 miles and many very good local restaurants. The location is perfect to access major roads for day trips to Chianti, the Sienese hill towns and southern Tuscany, yet very quite and bucolic. All in all, perfecto!
"Great place to stay, very warm and tactful hospitality of the owners,delicious food straight from the garden. Pina and Salvatore all the best!"
"Superbe maison rénovée avec goût. Très calme. Très fonctionnelle. Un petit paradis pour les vacances."
We spent 2 weeks here between December and January this year. A part from the fact that we ere blessed with the warmest and sunniest weather evr (often over 20?C), we loved Pina and Salvatore's warm, genuine welcome and acontinued assistance during our stay. They are ever only 1 phone call away, and when they came round to chek on us, they always had some gift for us from their organic orchard, or from Pina's kicthen. We even made pizzas together in the wood oven - Pina is a great cook and great teacher! The house itself is very very welcoming, every single detail is carefully attended to. The fireplace was a great thing to have at night. The house did not have heating, and on certain days it was chilly inside, but if you are touring in the day it is ok. The kitchen has everything you need, also a washing machine. The only thing I did not like was the toilet, it is on the ground floor, and if you need to go to the toilet at night, you have to come downstairs. I will definitely go back to this house in the warm season, it must be amazing! We chose this house because we wanted to have a real Sicilian experience, we travel a lot and do not like to be in touristy areas and be charged tourist rates. We like meeting the locals and finding out more about the local culture, the simple food and minor traditions. La Macina was the perfect balance for us, as we were only 25 minutes drive away (a very panoramic drive) from the motorway connecting Palermo and Catania and the coast, we found lovely people who introduced us to genuine Sicilian living, we ate genuine food and paid local prices - very fair prices (pizza euro 3,50). The rental rates of this house are very fair, too! All in all - best of luck to the owners and a thumbs up for all guests who may consider renting this house for their holidays
"Wir hatten einen wunderschönen, erholsamen Urlaub im La Macina in Aliminusa. Die Eltern der Vermieter, die im selben Ort wohnen, haben uns herzlich empfangen und über die 14 Tage bestens und liebevoll betreut.Wir hatten z.B. die ersten Tage etwas Pech mit dem Wetter und wurden von Pina und Salvatore regelmäßig mit Holz zum heizen versorgt. Das war so herzlich.Das Haus ist mit allem ausgestattet,wunderschön eingerichtet und für 6 Personen absolut ausreichend. Das Grundstück ist riesengroß und man wir mit einem traumhaften Blick belohnt.Weit weg vom Tourismus (für Partygänger nicht zu empfehlen!)kann man hier einen richtig ruhigen,ursprünglichen, sizilianischen Urlaub erleben, genau das was wir gesucht haben.Zum nächsten schönen Strand (Cefalu) fährt man mit dem Auto ca 30-40min, das muss einem bewusst sein, aber die Fahrt dort hin war jedes Mal traumhaft. Und wenn man mal keine Lust hat so weit zu fahren, kann der hauseigene Pool genutzt werden. Das Einzige was vielleicht wissenswert sein sollte, wenn mehrere Paare zusammen reisen (wir waren z.B. 2 Paare und 2 Singles): Es gibt 2 Einzelzimmer und 1 Doppelzimmer im oberen Stockwerk. D.h. ein Pärchen musste unten auf der ausklappbaren Couch schlafen. Da es nur 1 Toilette gibt und diese sich unten befindet, müssen diejenigen, die oben schlafen, nachts nach unten, um auf die Toilette zu gehen. Nur als eine klitzekleine Vorwarnung, sollte das unten schlafende Paar einen leichten Schlaf haben... ;-) Ansonsten war alles in allem tutto bene e phantastico!!! Wir würden jederzeit wieder hinfahren."
Nous avons été enchantés par notre séjour à Il Doglio. La maison est parfaitement équipée pour offrir le meilleur confort aux grands et aux petits. Mme Carega nous a été d'un grand secours quand on avait besoin de régler quelque chose, très serviable, elle a répondu à nos demandes.
Bien qu'en août, le temps était très chaud, la maison gardait la fraicheur et nous avons passé aussi bcp de temps dans la belle piscine. La région est splendide et nous retournerons certainement une prochaine fois en Toscane et pourquoi pas à Il Doglio! Merci
Bravo pour la bibliothèque extraordinaire!
WONDERFUL AREA, WONDERFUL HOUSE AND WONDERFUL HOSTS - CHARLOTTA's review
We stayed at the Villa Faneschi in August 2011 and had the most wonderful time. The house is beautiful and the surroundings as well. We feel so grateful that we had the possibility to use our wonderful host's, Marco and Marcela, country home for a week and the whole family had a relaxing and wonderful holiday at the house. We highly recommend the house, the area and last but not least the hospitality that the owner's showed us. If possible, we will definitely come back.
Charlotta, Anders, Daniel, Felicia, Erik and Elin.
We absolutely loved the Villa Borgo La Chiusa. We rented the Legnaia apartment and stayed 11 nights. Francesca is a wonderful hostess and helped us with directions suggestions and anything else we needed. The place is clean, quiet and awesome. We cant wait to come back.
I was a bit wary in booking La Capanna at Il Piaggione for a week on my first trip to Italy, because I could not find any recent English language reviews.
When I arrived with my partner, our jaws dropped at the beauty. It is on an east-facing hillside with views for kilometres over the Tuscan countryside. The bedroom windows open wide to the view and stream in the morning sun.
There is a patio in the back with shade trees and exposure to the setting sun, and the swimming pool in front has a huge deck and lounge chairs which seem to hang in the air with the gorgeous view. Close up there are trees down into the valley - I was surprised how much of Tuscany is still forested.
La Capanna is of traditional brick and stone construction, but was actually built in the early 1990s, so has modern appliances, kitchen, wiring and plumbing - dishwasher, smaller front loading washer, gas range and convection oven, nice shower. The kitchen is well equipped, everything worked, and the suite and the pool were spotless. The kitchen does have a few basics like salt, sugar, pepper.
The suite has heating and air coooling, but we had want of neither in mid-May.
At night, it is completely silent - no road or industrial noise at all - just an occasional dog bark in the far distance. In the day, it's a working hobby farm, with grapes, vegetables, olive trees, chickens, goats, a pig, and my favourites are the pair of white ducks who roam the grounds. During the day in May we heaerd cuckoos and lots of other songbirds. It's a working farming area, so we heard farm tractors but no other traffic. One day there were chemicals sprayed on the vines around us, so we kept the windows closed during that.
This is a small place, so you're on your own for food, entertainment and activities. We really enjoyed the quiet here as a contrast to the crowds in Siena.
There appear to be lots of small roads and trails in the area - even one that may go into Vagliagli, but we could not find a listing of them. We left a topo map in the villa which is helpful, but you need to be a good bush navigator. That would be a great project for someone to wander around, talk to people, and find them.
There are several ways in to Vagliagli, all of them unbearably scenic, but only the route from Siena (from the south) is completely on paved roads. If you rent a car to get here, the agreement probably forbids you to drive it on 'unsealed' (gravel) roads. This part of Chianti is criss-crossed with 'white roads' - gravel - in generally good condition when we were here.
Vagliagli is a very small town, so check if you need services. There are grocery stores and banks and all the rest within a half hour drive, and this is a good location between Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and probably lots of other sights.
I was glad to be here with a car - it's a hilly 2km walk to Vagliagli, and anything else is a lot farther. There is bus service to Vagliagli, but only a few trips per day.
The wireless Internet was hooked up just before we arrived, and worked great for us. www.speedtest.net showed 2+Mbps download, and 42ms ping, but only 0.28Mbps upload, which rules out Skype video. It worked okay for Skype audio only though, which was a lot simpler for me than the ItalCom pay phones.
The owners have a great attitude and really want to make it comfortable, without intruding. We really like them.
I don't have much to compare La Campana at Il Piaggione with, but we couldn't have been more pleased with the setting, the building, the amenities, or the management. If there wasn't so much more world to see, I'd book here again.
Great holiday! Fantastic 'podere' with great views and good walks. It is so rare to find a rental property that has this much style and homeliness. We loved the art and what an intersting of selection of books. Who would have thought you could learn so much about pre-war politics and Chinese Art while sipping a prosecco by the pool? Hope there's a week spare for us next year!
EVERYTHING WE HOPED FOR AND MORE! - JEANNE AND KITTY's review
We would like to thank you so much for providing the wonderful itineraries in your Borgo la Chiusa booklet. We followed 3 of the "trips" and had a truly fabulous time both driving thru the Tuscan hills and visiting uncrowded sites. And we didn't get lost even once!
We intended on completing the Val di Merse, Montagnola, and Chianti itineraries but we had such a great time everywhere that we only finished parts of Val di Merse and Montagnola and never made it to Chianti!
We spent several hours each at San Galgano, Radiacondoli, Casole d'Elsa, and Pieva Di Penina because they were so beautiful and interesting. There were other places we planned to visit, but we ran out of time, so it just means we have more to come back for!
By the way, the gardens at Centinale were closed for renovation--something else to see when we return. We are definitely slow travelers to Italy and share your love of the beautiful sights and peaceful tranquility Tuscany has to offer.
We especially appreciated Casole d'Elsa because they made it so easy to navigate the scooter up to the hilltop by providing elevators. That was an unexpected treat!
We also again want to thank you and Francesca for helping us navigate our way to Siena--we followed the instructions and for the first time we didn't get lost! We even went back there one more time before leaving Italy!
We would be remiss also If we didn't offer thanks for the wonderful restaurant suggestions. We ate in a bunch of them and found all to be wonderful!
Our two weeks in Tuscany were everything we hoped for and more, and we will be sure to recommend you to any of our friends who are thinking of a Tuscan holiday. Thank you so much.
Arriverderci and Mille Grazie!
ROMANTIC FLAT FOR NICE HOLIDAYS - MIRIAM's review
marvellous tiny flat, 2 minutes from Rialto, best place to visit all venice Quarters and there is no need to take a vaporetto (boat); the flat is very well kept, proper and good for two persons, perhaps the shower is not really comfortable, warm and cold water are difficult to mix for an ideal temperature, and on cold evenings in autum/winter the little electric chauffage gives not enough heat for people used to warm appartements. But this are things, the owner could change within minutes. Summa sumarum: romantic flat for nice holidays.
We loved the location, the villa, and the country. We were a group of 6 people and we rented a van and 6 Bikes in Sienna (DF bikes) We travelled all around Tuscany and discovered Sienna, Volterra, Cecina, San Gimignano, The Chianti and Montepulciano and much more. We visited some Castle and some Abbaye. We swam in Terme. The villa was the perfect place to go back every night where we had everything to cook and sit in front of a beautiful fireplace. We even used the pool on a very warm afternoon of October.
Luana's dog welcome us on our arrival and visited us every morning. The sound of the sheep bells in the morning remind us how lucky we were to be in the Tuscany countryside.
If you are looking for a remote place close to all major cities within an hour drive and wants to fully taste Tuscany, rent this place you will enjoy every minute.
There are not enough words to describe how lovely our stay was at Il Salcio. Laura Rotta and her family were most welcoming. Il Salcio is truly a labour of love and we were lucky enough to stay in such a beautiful apartment/home. Location is perfect for many day trips,but the town of San Quirico and the podere itself is so charming and peaceful it is easy to stay and relax, or hike or read a good book and drink in all the wondrous scenery. The town of San Quirico is very close for fantastic food shopping and historical sites. We hope to return to this magical "home".
Our trip to Boscarella was unplanned, but so wonderful that words don't do it justice. When there was an unexpected difficulty at the place we planned to stay at, we contacted Erica, who suggested the Pometti family's accessory dwelling near the restored villa, which turned out to be just what we were hoping to find. She genuinely cared about our trip, and that's what made the difference between an okay stay in Tuscany and an unforgettable one. We met a few families staying at the main estate, and I can see why they come back here year after year. We were lucky enough to enjoy San Lorenzo night, when shooting stars are at their peak, and after a delightful evening dining, enjoying the Pomettis' wines and the conviviality of the other visitors around the pool, we sat in the quiet darkness watching the spectacle in the summer night sky. Duccio and his daughters are indescribable. Earthy, refined, and warm-hearted. Highly recommended!
Thanks to Erica and Pure and Authentic, our month-long house party celebrating our 25th anniversary was nearly perfect. Because one of us is in a wheelchair, we had a lot of extra demands, and Erica was absolutely wonderful all the way through, from our initial contact with her until the day we arrived at the house and she and her partner came in to fix the toilet for us! She spent an amazing amount of time with us, both on the telephone and in person, trying to understand what we wanted and needed and helping us to find the best house. She also translated for the landlords the accessibility modifications we wanted made to the house, and everything was exactly as we had requested when we arrived.
We highly recommend Pure and Authentic for vacation rentals, and we are looking forward to exploring some of her other, smaller properties for holidays in the future.
I want to thank you for all your help as we planned and booked our vacation in Tuscany. We LOVED our stay at Borgo La Chuisa!!! The country house was absolutely beautiful and the new inground pool was a nice surprise and a great addition to our trip! Francesca was great too and please tell her we thought her English was great!
We will definitely recommend this place to friends and family and we will book again with you and come back to Borgo La Chuisa ourselves on our next Tuscany vacation.
Our group of four stayed in one of the 'apartments' at Il Piaggione di Serravalle. What can I say about the beautiful owneres who welcomed four very tired travellers with bottles of wine, bread, cheese and an invitation to their daughters party the day we arrived, not to mention fresh farm eggs each morning. We had an amazing week here. Our only regret was leaving! I recommend Il Piaggione to anyone from romantic couples to large groups (you can join the accommodations). You'll definitely need a car, and good directions to the property, but it's well worth it for this undiscovered gem.
Just to say how much we enjoyed our holiday at Borgo La Chiusa and many thanks for all your help whilst we were there. It is a stunningly beautiful area and a wonderful property to stay in. Hope to return!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - AUDREY's review
Our family recently stayed at this exquisite property just outside of Sienna. The home was perfectly renovated, extremely clean, bright, and pleasant. Beds, furnishings, and linens were all brand new and very comfortable.
The owners were wonderful hosts-even dropping by one night with several delicious pizzas cooked in their on-site pizza oven that must have been 300 years old. Highly recommended.
Just wanted to say how much we absolutely loved staying in your beautiful farmhouse last August. There was a party of 2 families with 9 in total and the house was enormous and full of Tuscan character. The pool and gardens were so clean and well looked after! The farmhouse was a fantastic size for us and very well decorated and equipped. The photo's of the house show how beautiful it is but you can only fully appreciate the property and surroundings by staying there. We really can't thank you enough for all your hands on help and tourist advice during our stay. I can promise we will be back again as we all fell in love with Radicondoli and it has been, by far, the most talked about wonderful family holiday we've all enjoyed! All the very best and hope to speak with you soon!
I would highly recommend this property and will definately be going back. We had a fabulous holiday last March at this beauitiful farmhouse set amongst the hills and countryside with breathtaking views. A car is essential as it is a little remote but that's my idea of a holiday, away from it all with time and room to relax and recharge those batteries. It was so peaceful with ample room for our party of five adults and it was great to feel the warmth of the open log fire after returning for the day. Luana the owner lives closeby and she made us very welcome, nothing was too much trouble.
We will definately be returning, hopefully one summer when I believe a new open air swimming pool is planned.
Highly recommended, a first class property 10/10.
This house is fantastic. The owners are fantastic. Their dog is fantastic.
A group of 8 of us stayed there for a week in August 2009 and had an amazing time.
The house is everything you would expect from a house in the Tuscan countryside - rustic (in a good way), secluded and oozing with character. The rooms are very comfortable and quite traditional with a mixture of old furniture, though there are some more modern design touches scattered throughout the house. The upstairs bathroom is a work of art in itself!
The pool was the real star of the holiday - perfect after a hard days sight-seeing in nearby Siena or Florence.
The owners were really approachable and helpful - they really helped us out when our hire car broke down, giving us a lift to the nearest big town and treating us to a calming cup of coffee.
There is a great bar and restaurant in nearby Radicondoli.
We had a fabulous time - I would thoroughly recommend this cottage. We spent a few days just reading under the old oak tree in the garden (nice and peaceful), and the location is such that we were also able to visit Florence and Siena on day trips, so a nice mix of activities is possible here. Radicondolli itself is a charming medieval hilltop town and the food is well worth sampling at Il Nazionale restaurant. The only (very) slight disappointment was that the footpath to Radicondolli from the cottage is now overgrown so you either have to walk on the road or take the car to get there. Generally though - brilliant.
We loved the cooking lessons with Giovanna and took home a real taste and passion for Italy from this.
Best memories were of sunny mornings spent playing with farm cats and messing around on the swing with the children.
The views from the pool were impressive.
Radicondolli was gorgeous place to close by to and really accessible to Florence and Sienna.
Paugnano is absolutely fantastic and I would strongly recommend it for anyone looking for a Tuscan farm stay.
We stayed at Paugnano in May for 8 nights and the farm was exactly what we were hoping to find in Tuscany. We stayed in the free standing villa called Capanna. It is a renovated barn and has a fantastic rustic feel whilst being spotlessly clean and very comfortable. We are a family of 6 (three young children and a baby) and we could easily fit into the villas two spacious bedrooms. The covered pergola area at the entrance is great and a nice place for watching the sun set over the hills with some local red. There is also a lovely pool above the main farm house, complete with deck chairs, which is great for keeping the kids entertained.
The owners of Paugnano, Giovanni and Giovanna are fantastic and along with their daughters Tamara and Natalie made us feel really welcome and at home. In the end it’s the really the people that you meet on your travels that make them what they are what we loved most about Paugnano was meeting the family. We really enjoyed having dinner on the veranda of the main farm house (which is optional). Giovanna has a big wood fired oven and cooks up some great feasts.
Paugnano is still a genuine farm and the sheep were walked past Capanna twice each day for milking which the kids loved. Giovanni showed them how the sheep are milked – which the kids found fascinating– and they also liked seeing the pet pigs, wild boar and donkey – although the pool was still favourite! You can also buy the pecorino cheese made from the sheeps milk on the property.
The family does speak some English so if you don’t speak Italian (like us) you can get by though a phrase book is helpful and is also useful around the whole Radicondoli area. .
The Radicondoli area is beautiful and less touristy than the more well know parts of Tuscany such as Chianti. You are still within easy reach of everywhere though. The farm it’s self is very large and there is a beautiful though rugged walk to the medieval town of Radicondoli which lies across the valley. Paugnano is also close to Belforte and although a little too far to walk on a regular basis to either town this really doesn’t matter as access by car is quick and easy. Make sure you also ask about the forest swimming pool which a friend of Giovanna’s directed us to
In summary we loved it!
Our holiday at Monna had everything we were looking for - friendly hosts, a beautiful apartment traditionally furnished in a wonderful old Tuscan house, lovely peaceful rural location, nice garden and pool. We alternated lazy days with other days when we visited Monday Volterra, Wednesday Siena, Friday Massa Maritima. Now in England in grey November we fondly remember those hot days of June in Val de Cecina and hope to return someday.
HIGHLIGHT OF OUR EUROPEAN TRIP - SIMONE's review
La Chiusa was one of the highlights of our european trip. Francesca and her son were gorgeous friendly people who went above and beyond our expectations to give us as much information about the area as we needed. The pool was cleaned every morning and night and Francessca was only a phone call away if we needed anything. La Chiusa was immaculate inside and out. Attention to detail was excellent. Thank you Francesca for recommending a visit to Lake Garda it really was beautiful. We hope to come back one day with our children. If you are looking for a little slice of paradise a quiet tranquil setting. I recommend La Chiusa
A REAL HOME TO GO BACK TO IN THE EVENING - MEL's review
I am not a very good writer, but I will say this. Your property was the last of 3 places we stayed. We stayed in an apartment in Florence that was good in size, had everything we needed, not the cleanest in the world, but just fine for our purposes. Then in Lucca, stayed in a B&B which was also fine, but cold, with bad bedding. We had spent alot of time sightseeing, out on the streets walking, eating and drinking. In general taking in all in and having a good time, but getting tired. We rented a car and left Lucca for Siena. When we arrived @ La Chiusa, it was too good to be true! The warmth and cleanliness and comfort of the house was so welcoming. It had everything we needed. Especially nice, was to go "home" in the evening, cook or just relax with some wine and a fire with our friends. The beds and bedding were great. Bathrooms were excellent! The price value was excellent. It was a great way to end our trip. I would definitely recommend it to anyone traveling to the Siena area. If I ever make it back to Italy I would definately seek out one of your properties. You are never REALLY sure what is portrayed on the internet will be what it really is. La Chiusa definately lived up to the picture and description and more. Francesca was so sweet. I only wish I spoke Italian. Shame on me! Also Erica always responded to my emails in a timely fashion. As you can see, I have so many good things to say about this place.
Our booking through the website was easy and without pain. Our time in Tuscany was as usual (3rd time in July 2009) unforgettable.
We were a family of five (parents and three teenagers aged 17, 18 & 19). Time constraints did not offer us enough time spent at the house and pool as we had so many things to see and do. We enjoyed unforgettable fresco dinners.
The property which is situated in a valley is immaculate. The beds were comfortable, the property clean and the owners very helpful and friendly all though only the daughter spoke English. The swimming is huge and beautiful and a holiday in itself.
Washing and drying facilities was more than adequate.
Only small little draw back was the location as it was quite a drive to Siena, Florence and the other small towns on the winding roads. The scenery however is breathtaking. It is not possible to stay at this location if you do not have a car.
The price was totally acceptable even for our weak South African Rand.
All in all, we loved every minute of it.
We 'd had a fabulous evening meal at Monna, sitting under the oak tree looking out across the valley and counting shooting stars. All we could hear were the odd grunts and snuffles of wild boar - or cingali - down in the woods. We struck up a conversation in wonderful "Englitalian" with Marcello as he was locking up his shed. The children were fascinated by the wild boar and Marcello offered to try spotting them, having explained about the hunting and local meats. He got his torch and we all walked down the path as he shone the beam around the bushes and woods and across the fields trying to pick them out. The Englitalian conversation , complete with many hand gestures and expressions, moved on to thermal springs and agricutural as we crept around the grounds. Well, we didnt see any cingali ! But it was a great evening that we will all always remember - simple, homely, with new friends and in a beautiful setting.
Oh, and in the morning, the pool was surrounded by cingali hoof marks - so it wasn't a dream!
My husband and I stayed at Borgo La Chuisa in Siena with his parents and our 9-month old son in October 2009. The villa was charming and exceeded our expectations on every account! It is spacious (allowing each of us our own room), beautifully decorated--modern, with a Tuscan flair--and updated with all of the comforts of home. It is the perfect place for families to stay. The property is very peaceful and is surrounded by gorgeous Tuscan landscapes which can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio. Finally, it is supremely located in the heart of Tuscany, allowing for convenient day trips to many of the nearby villages. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return again soon!
We really enjoyed staying at La Marcigliana in September this year.
We were hosted largely by Pietros parents and only met Pietro towards the end of the
holiday when he retuned from Sardinia. Dionigi and his wife were so generous with their hospitality and genuine friendship. It was an absolute pleasure to meet them and their daughter and grandson and as the 2 weeks went by, also their friends!
We miss them very much and often think about how them and hope they are keeping well.
La Capanna was perfect for us. We liked being at the centre of the farm watching the farm activities and even helping a little sometimes. We loved wandering about the Orto and olive groves accompanied by 2 dogs, 5 cats and often the occasional escaped chicken.
I guess the only downside of La Capanna was the bed which
was a bit too hard for us and gave us back ache! but it was a small price to pay for such a great experience.
We came away with 2Kg of cheese, marmellata and figs and bought beautiful oil (liquid gold), wine and eggs whilst we were there - and ate from the orto....it was just beautiful.
I loved my stay in Paugnano. It was the mosted relaxing holiday I have ever been on. Whilst communication can be difficult as I had no Italian and English was scarce on the Farm we got through. It added to the adventure. You will not find people who are more friendly or helpfull as you will here. A car is an essential to a holiday here but that allows you the freedom to explore Tuscany which is amazing. One would never tire of site seeing here. The farm was beautifull the childern loved the freedom you had here. You could relax in the knowledge that they were in a very safe location. Definitely a place to go relax, unwind and enjoy lovely local food and drink
We had an authentic Italian rustic week at Capanna; the house was simple, but immaculate and full of country charm. The two large bedrooms have comfortable beds and having two tastefully decorated shower rooms was wonderful. The kitchen was well equipped and we spent our evenings watching the sun go down whilst sitting on the veranda, which is just outside the living room door. From here, there is a wonderful view over the valley, towards Radicondoli.
Our hosts, Erica and Giovanna were extremely hospitable, and looked after us very well. If you go, you must try some of their farm produce, particularly the pecorino cheese, which was divine. Our two boys, aged 13 and 10 were very happy to spend time in the clean and beautifully situated swimming pool as me and my husband relaxed on the many comfy loungers. Radicondoli was just a short drive away and has a range of small local shops, including a fantastic baker, who supplied us with most of our needs. There's also a great pizza restaurant in Belforte.
We love sight seeing, and found the drive to Siena took between 30 and 40 minutes. Florence was a bit further. However, nearer at hand are the wonderful towns of San Gimignano, Montalcino (home of the Brunello wine) and Montepulciano. We also visited the hot springs at Bagno Vignoni.
Altogether, Capanna is a wonderful place, peaceful and quite and the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view, food and wine.
EXCELLENT LOCATION AND EXCELLENT HOSTS - FLORIDA's review
There were four of us on holiday in Tuscany from Florida. We loved the accomodation and our hosts were excellent. All you need when you stay is your personal stuff. The views of the country side were great we ate dinner and had morning coffee on the outdoor patio every day. We do recomend this location for your Tuscany vacation.
This was a perfect place to stay close to Sienna but with the peace of the countryside. The owners were very helpful giving google earth maps to the local supermarket and the house itself was spotless and very well equipped. The surroundings are picture postcard beautiful. The house is well situated to the motorway making it easy to get around. Close to the COOP supermarket was a great restaurant, called the green Frog(?) great food and good value also an ice-cream parlour just across the road. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending La Chiusa. just one question does Tuscany have more stars or is just a bit closer to heaven and therefore easier to see them!
We do recommend this lovely country house to all people looking for tuscany landscapes.
The descripcion given to us was accurate we were even surprised becaused in the reallity the proparty looks even better. Well kept garden, comfortable rooms - everything was clean and tastefull. Lot's of thanks to the owners !!
We will come here once again for sure!
Hi Erica - We just returned home from Siena. Our stay in the Siena area was fabulous. Your property, La Chiusa, was a welcome site. Every thing was very clean, comfortable and modern. The beds and bedding were great. The house very convienent to everything we did. It was a great place to end our trip. I would definately recommend it to anyone. Also Francesca was great.
We stayed at this property for 3 nights and could not have picked a better location to travel the Tuscan area.
The attention to detail at the villa was evident. All was perfectly displayed and in beautiful condition.
We appreciate the assistance that Francesca gave us. It was very informative and helped us acquainted with the area.
Again, thnks for a wonderful vacation.
Tulip and I made cantuccini at the weekend - not quite as successful as those made in the heat of the day!
Hope you are all happy and busy!
Tulip asked me to continue with the Italian words when we got back so we are all still learning!
Best wishes to all
We had a great holiday in Vitignanello. The House and it's surroundings are in top class. Very beautiful and peaceful landscape. The location of villa is ideal of going everywhere...of course you need a car. The nearby village (Pianella) is very small but you can get groceries and etc from there. Siena is only 12 km away from there.
Also we want to thank our host family. Everything worked more than well and they are very friendly people who helped us in everything we needed and more.
A BEAUTIFUL PLACE - LYNCH's review
Vitignanello is absolutely beautiful. It is exactly as it is pictured and described on the website. It is clean and well-maintained, and has the vibe of a much loved home. It was just too easy to develop an immediate attachment to the place.
Pianella, the closest town, and others in the vicinity, have basic amenities, restaurants, etc., and it is just a 10 minute drive to Siena. The motorway is easily accessible, making it suitable for day trips (Florence, San Gimignano, wine tours, etc); and the property itself is smack in a vineyard, surrounded by scenic drives and views in every direction. The villa itself feels homely. It is bright and airy, well-furnished (with a fully equipped kitchen) and tastefully decorated.
The owners are delightful! They were friendly, and took time and effort to help us with suggestions and directions. All in, the villa was perfect for us, and I would highly recommend it.
I booked Il Pietraio for a group of 10 friends and we all loved it!
We had great fun trying out the outdoor pizza oven and the massive bbq.
There is plenty of space, and plenty of bathrooms, so we didn't get in each others' ways but there are lots of places to be sociable in too.
The owners were very helpful too.
We'd go back!
Well, what can we say...............absolutely fabulous.
Cannot thank you all enough for making our wedding truly remarkable. Erica for co-ordinating our stay, Antonella and Roldano for being the perfect hosts and Luana, well what can we say about the food............amazing.
The Villa is beautiful, so much care and attention to detail - a labour of love for Antonella and Roldano.
Thankyou all again for making our day so special
With love from Ben and Rachel
TUSCAN LANDSCAPE AND FULL COMFORT - DOROTA's review
We do recommend this lovely country house to all people looking for tuscany landscapes.
The descripcion given to us was accurate we were even surprised becaused in the reallity the property looks even better. Well kept garden, comfortable rooms - everything was clean and tastefull. Lot's of thanks to the owners !!
We will come here once again for sure!
ROMANTIC GETAWAY - JOANNE's review
MY hols in this beutiful cottage was very memorable; had such pleasurable and peaceful time; the owners were helpful reg finding yourself round this area and I generally felt as if I went from home to home;
can easily recommend it to everyone!
IDEAL FOR FAMILIES WITH TEENAGERS - MARION's review
The appartment is very nice, clean and well-maintained. The kitchen is well equipped so that you can easily cook for a family (4 persons). The owner is very friendly and gave good advice regarding shops, restaurants and attractions.
A perfect area for cycling, running or moto-cycling. There are nice places to discover.
CHEZ TRIONFI - THERESA TRIEBEL's review
great stay at the apartment. Your agent was great all went as arranged . The apartment as per internet 100%. The location was second to none for the amount of walking to be done in Venice. The lift was very new and was most welcome after a long day walking .
Cheers Theresa Triebel