My husband and I spent 3 nights here on a 3 week trip. the Palazzina was our favorite place we stayed. It is NOT for those who want constant action - it is close (30 minutes - close by Tuscany standards) to Montepulciano and Montalcino, Siena is only an hour away, but the beauty of the Palazzina is the relaxation of not being near the tourist madness. We spent one whole day of our stay just relaxing on the property. The meals are an excellent value - beautiful fresh food, reasonably priced, fabulous house wine and good wine cellar if you want to upgrade, and no driving after your meal. Italy is really cracking down on drinking and driving, and with the curvy nature of the area roads, you would be somewhat crazy to drink and drive here. Why bother? Eat at the hotel in the evenings, relax with your fellow "residents" and walk upstairs to bed. Kittens, a dog, sheep down the road, resident burro, awesome staff and owners - who could ask for more? If you have to be stimulated every minute, please go somewhere else and leave this paradise for the rest of us
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Palazzina is a hunting villa built in the second half of the XVIIIth century, set on a hill at an altitude of 580 meters above sea level, maintaining its original status of private residence, open to friends and available for rentals. The villa is surrounded by a rich evergreen park with holm-oak and cypress trees and by an olive grove with over 1700 trees, which are sufficient to cover the estate's demand for fresh olive oil. A circular garden adorns the entrance, once utilized as a bird trap for hunting purposes. The villa holds the original traits of a country house used for celebrations of spring harvest festivals. Three large rooms, with fireplaces, as well as a double room with private bathroom, are found on the ground floor leading to a semi-circular outdoor solarium paved with terracotta tiles. Those large rooms are used primarily as a dining room, bar, library and piano room. A fully equipped kitchen and storeroom is located in the service wing. The 6meters x 12 meters swimming pool offers a breathtaking view of the rolling hills of Tuscany. A 3 double bedroom apartment with bathroom is on the same side as the swimming pool. The first floor has 8 double rooms, 3 with twin size beds and 5 with king size beds, all with private bathrooms and shower. There are 4 rooms facing the front side, overlooking the garden and facing west and the remaining 4 face the valley of Radicofani to the east. The annex building has two double rooms, each with private bathroom and is located within the garden, 10mt south from the main building. The whole villa is furnished with masterpieces from the 1800's and early 1900's. The Main entrance of the building can be reached by car and guests can park their vehicle next to the large plum tree field. ... more less
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