My wife and I stayed here briefly as part of our honeymoon and had booked our stay on the strength of the reviews here but were really disappointed with pretty much every aspect of this B&B.
First of all, it is situated right next to a road, so any illusion of a peaceful Tuscan retreat is shattered as soon as you arrive, it's not a hugely busy road, but certainly busy enough for the traffic noise to disturb your sleep. It is also with noting that the pool is visible from the road and is heavily overlooked by the car park so it's not the most inviting or relaxing place to spend any time. The rooms are large but sparsely furnished and the bed was absolutely rock hard. We also noted that the shower in our room did not drain properly and the A/C was extremely noisy, although that did help drown out some of the traffic noise. One other point to note is that there is currently some construction going on nearby so you can hear the diggers running during the day and guard dogs barking all night adding to the A/C and traffic noise cacophony whilst you lay awake on bed that is seemingly cut from a slab of granit.
As for the food, we ate there one night and whilst the terrace is quite romantic, the food is average at best and one of our fellow diners was served some rotten lamb that had to be sent back to the kitchen. That said, the staff were friendly and helpful, so it definitely has that going for it, but, honestly, given that there are so many great places to stay in the area, this one is best avoided.
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September 7, 2012
We are sorry that we were not able to meet your expectations and we will be sure to improve from your constructive notes !.
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Having said that we would like to highlight some elements.
This building after renovation has been recorded as an " hystorical building" and has to be preserved as it is. There is a big part of the region's history that can be discovered from this architecture. In the good and bad this means for example that for A/C we had to use an "all internal" equipment....it is a little noisy but we try to make it as unnecessary as possible respecting the environment.
The building is located in a farming area and so it is normal and typical to ear tractors going up and down the fields to harvest or plow... the beauty of country houses .... we did not have any construction going on. Next time I would suggest to came in July, spanding more than just an overnight (!), and stay when sunflowers in the fields next to our property are spectacular.. or in june when the greens of the growing corn and the blues of the sky together with a perfect weather makes this place a paradise.
As for the food we never served and never were appointed of serving rotten lamb !! on the contrary we continuosly receive clients from all over the region and many of them comes to eat here from other resorts and hotels as we are recognized to offer a high quality food. What might have happened probably is that the client asked for a deeper cooking of the meat ... we consider ourself expert of the regional recipes and serve the food as our traditions teach us.
Some meat should not bee overcooked to remain soft and juicy .... some people don't like this... but we try to teach !
Finally ... we are open since 2 years and we have received not many comments on Trip Advisor ... this should proof that those comments are genuine and sincere .... on the contrary there are 1 or 2 competitors in the area that adds hundreds of comments every month .... and this is really unusual ...there is a suspicious high concentration of comments for them !
The gentle and friendly staff is very passionate with this job and look forward to meet you again !
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