I had a dream of biking Tuscany, and my travel goals were the following: bike a lot of hills, drink a lot of wine, and stay in some lovely farmhouse with a pool. With less than 24 hours notice, Lisa was able to accommodate me and my travel companion for two nights. We biked all day from Florence and arrived to a lovely location nestled in the hills, complete with local wine, chickens and pool. Lisa let us know of all the wonderful things we could do to entertain ourselves, like yoga, massages, archery - and though we didn't avail ourselves, it felt like she was working hard to make sure there was plenty to do. The room was large and the shower was hot! If you've got a car, it seems like this is a super place to take day trips to Florence, Lucca, Pistoia, or Pisa-- as cyclists, we ended up in some of the smaller hillside towns to the south, all of which were scenic and part of the Chianti growing reigon. The couple that was staying at the same time was doing the local trips and had their own personal party in the evening with 3 bottles of wine and pizza they'd bought in town and seemed to be having a super time doing just that.
In general, I thought this place was a terrific value- but I would have super loved it if the breakfast were fresher or more substantial (how about fresh local fruit! three eggs!) but that's me talking as an American- and if it had been mildly further away from the highway. Also, there wasn't a dinner the nights we were there - not enough guests, so I can't comment on those.
I know that this is a new business for Lisa, and she seems very available and open to suggestions. Make sure that you ask her for anything that's missing and it seems she would be happy to make sure that happens.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly Farmhouse with Panoramic pool in a Tuscan landscape. Available all year for groups (6 DBL rooms) or individuals. Ideal place for families or groups of friends. Le Poggiola is an Organic Farm where you can buy Chianti wine, white, rose and red wines, extra virgin olive oil. Wine tasting and visits on demand. Activities for guests: yoga class, shiatsu massage, archery field with instructor (world champion), private lake for fly fishing, cooking classes, restaurant. Sunflower room available on demand for party or local activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fattoria Le Poggiola Serravalle Pistoiese, Italy - Tuscany