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“Very unique and authentic experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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La Capanna di Sovestro
Localita Sovestro 29, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy   |  
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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very unique and authentic experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

My friend and I had a lovely stay at La Capanna di Sovestro. The place is located on a beautiful, rural property in the country and is owned by a couple who speaks only Italian (but are very good at explaining with facial expressions and hand gestures). They were so warm and welcoming and helpful despite the language barrier. You must have Bruno take you out back to show you the animals and gardens. Best surprise discovery. It's a stay I will always remember!

Only negatives - wifi only works outside up by their house which is annoying when it's cold outside! Also - the hot water doesn't last a very long time and it's a little chilly at night in the winter. Regardless, great value for the price.

Advice - Keep an eye out for Hotel Sovestro when getting close, it's hard to find otherwise and GPS couldn't locate the house.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I agree with the other reviewers - La Capanna is the place to stay in Tuscany!
It met all our requirements like a great location (1-1.5h to all Tuscany attractions), walking distance to picturesque San Gimignano, homely atmosphere, quiet location.
And it was more! Very kind and caring hosts, homemade cakes and flowers all around. Our 2-year-old still asks about Senor Bruno.
I recommend it to everyone.
Thank you for making our holiday the best ever.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BCN
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

Everything was as I read here and in other comments! Bruno, MariaStella and Damiane are very nice people, trying to help us in every moment, giving maps, explanation, suggestions. The house is exactly what I expected to find in "La Toscana", the views from the balcony are wonderful! The apartment I rented was perfect! with a big kitchen, everything was there (salt, oil, just pefect for a first meal if it is late to the super market)
The breakfast was perfect too for us, coffee or tea, pastry, fruits, toast, jam, yogurt, juice, every day a different piece of cake. They inaugurated a cute place for breakfast, is like an alpine house in the garden, with heating and wood in the walls. I would like to visit the place again and to see this nice family!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangalore
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Location Location Location - in the heart of tuscany in San Gimigano lies this beautiful cottage on a hill. the house is cosy and decorated well. the bathroom is very clean.
the breakfast was good - yummy homemeade cakes too.
Senor Bruno is the kindest, sweetest man we met on our 2 week holiday in Italy. we chatted endlessly with him.
the views from this place are breathtaking - there is a vineyard with tasting right next door.
http://www.lacapannadisovestro.com/ book directly with them.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Stayed here for 1 night with my pals in our tour of Tuscany. Its a bit tricky to find at first but look out for Hotel Sovestro and you are just a bit of distance away. The room is clean and have a homely feel to it (something we greatly appreciate after being away from home for a while). The nice breakfast just outside your room amidst the fresh air in the morning was wonderful.

Like the other reviewers said, its the service that warmed our hearts. Nonno was was such a dear. Although we spoke not a single word of Italian, he tried to help us as much as possible. He also tried to tell us where to explore in Tuscany but unfortunately we were there for 1 night only.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Basel, Switzerland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

The hosts make you feel very welcome and put a lot of effort into preparing your stay. The rooms are clean although a little bit dusty (lots of carpets & curtains) but generally well accommodated.
The view and panorama is limited, however a nice terrace to enjoy a relaxed breakfast on a sunny morning allows for a pleasant surrounding. The road up to San Gimignano is close (during day noisy, at night quiet) and the village can be reached either by car of foot quickly. An enjoyable walk (small dirt road behind the house) leads up to the village in ca. 20min by foot.
Damian and his father are very communicative and present a lot of useful information of sights & places to visit in the surrounding.
Prices are reasonable.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2011

There are many many positives about this B&B and they are covered by the other reviews. It is worth emphasizing how kind the owners, Bruno and Maria are. They do not speak English but are very caring and helpful. They are usually around their yard (the house above) during the day should you need anything. We were met the first night by Damiano, who does speak English and helped us get oriented.
Three negatives worth mentioning (and only the first is significant) are: (1) the internet is only through a router in the owner’s home. This means no internet inside of the rooms. In fact, to get a signal most days, we had to go to the top terrace or even into the owner’s yard, waving our computer around. Had it been raining and when there were other guests, this is a problem. (2) Although the location is great, you do hear road noise and in the spring, you can certainly watch the traffic go by. This is less of a problem in the lower unit and certainly less than at the Hotel Sovestro (you should read those reviews about location). (3) Somewhere online I got the impression that there was a washing machine available. There is not. Maria is willing to do your laundry though if you ask.
Instead of repeating the glowing remarks of other reviews, I thought it would be helpful to clarify the location as well as how the 3 “rooms” are arranged. Watch the video as well. The B&B is located a km from San Gimignano (an easy walk if you take the Vecchio road behind the B&B). When you see the Hotel Sovestro sign, take that road. Soon after the hotel on the left side is a steep, short, gravel driveway. This is one of the two places to park (the other is across the street). The B&B is above you as you look up and you must walk up one flight of stairs to get to the bottom unit surrounded by a terrace on 2 sides. The B&B is composed of 2+ levels. The bottom level has a full kitchen and nice seating area. The living/bed room has a matrimonial bed and a couch. Behind this room is the bathroom (very nice) and a spiral staircase that leads to the two other rooms (whose doors can be locked). This is the unit we stayed in and we were quite pleased. It was clean and well maintained. Bedding and linens of nice quality. The bedroom on the second floor is a rather small room best suited as a single but with trundle beds, can hold two people. There is no separate bathroom for this room and it must be rented with the lower floor. A few steps higher and there is another room with bath. All of the rooms have nice outdoor space. From the lower terrace, it is easy to walk the flight of stairs to the second bedroom and then a few more steps to the top bedroom. The garden has lots of flowers and is quite welcoming. All of the other glowing comments are valid.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Localita Sovestro 29, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 102 Specialty Lodging in San Gimignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The receptive structure is placet to the south of the hystorical center of San Gimignano. The house is also within easy reach walking along Via Vecchia an ancient Medieval road surrounded by green fields and rich of panoramic views. The absolute quiet is excellent for a relax holiday in the country. The property has indipendent car access, private parking and a large garden where is possible to doing barbecue, solarium or reading. The house was an old country cottage, now restored. ... more   less 
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