What a gem! Stayed in this charming B&B for only 5 days - initially for Andrea Bocelli concert in Lajatico, but then used it to explore surrounding areas. I only wished we stayed a little longer.
The place is ran by a family and they do their best to make their guests feel welcome. Even though only day time receptionist speaks English, with my limited Italian and friendly encouragement, we were able to not only communicate but also have a pleasant conversation. The owners do put their hearts into making the stay excellent - I even witnessed them stay way past bed time to lock up - (we're talking 1:30am) as some guests were still sitting out by the pool, drinking and having a conversation.
The rooms are big, air conditioning worked so well, we were actually turning it down at night. The pool was clean, calm, and at night I was even able to see the Milky Way!
The food - wow. The best cooking we had in a hotel or B&B stay! Watch out - the TBone steak is NO JOKE! It is HUGE!!!!!!!! Can easily feed a family of 4. Seafood was spectacular and even a simple plate of spaghetti was finger-licking good. They do not use canned sauce - it is all prepared from fresh tomatoes. The food alone is worth the stay. Breakfast was typical of most Italian accommodations - selection of ham, cheese, tons of pastries, jams, jellies and you also get a nice cup of whatever you want from the coffee bar - espresso or cappuccino - all were perfect.
The only reason why I give it 4/5 is that wireless internet does not work in the room and when it works in the lobby - it is painfully slooooow. We're talking like 150Kbps connection. Also, the fact that there's virtually nothing nearby - if you need something after 8PM - you're out of luck. All the stores are closed and nearest happening spot is 30 minutes away in Pisa (tip: there's a 24 hour pharmacy in Pisa center by the clock tower at the river). Also, as commenter below noted - the place does get rented out for local occasions - birthdays, wedding, etc. So it can get little noisy at times. However, even though there was a wedding on one of the days we stayed, we were given full and prompt attention by the wait staff (who spoke English) and we did not feel neglected, even though they had their hands full with the wedding.
One other thing - the driveway to the property is not paved either, so, if you have a car - it will get little dusty getting in/out. But, the thing that amazed me - I woke up one morning to see that the owner was rinsing my car - talk about doing little things to make clients happy. Only wish that some of the other places we stayed in had such an attentiveness to customer satisfaction.
Overall - one of the best places we stayed in in Italy - highly recommended... and do try the food - it's worth the trip back for some seconds ;-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoing a superb hilly position covered in olive groves.This old farmhouse belonging to a famous Florentine family has been restored with great taste and flair to offer 13 rooms. A delightful restaurant prides itself in offering delicious Tuscan and italian dishes with a great choise of local wines. Set in extensive grounds it also offers a particular walking through its vineyards and woodland with gymnastic facilities. Beautifully kept flower filled gardens and pool. Its great location will allow to reach many of Tuscany's famous towns and villages. ... more less
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