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“Fabulous Tuscan experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Frances' Lodge Relais
Strada di Valdipugna 2, 53100 Siena, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 107 Siena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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28 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous Tuscan experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We just completed a wonderful stay at the Frances' Lodge near Siena. The owners provide an incredible experience as they see to every detail with genuine enthusiasm and passion. Franco and Frances met us on our arrival, gave us a tour of the property and had us quickly settled in for our five night stay. They offer unlimited detail about the history of the area, favorite restaurants and the best driving tour routes in the region. We did a two hour tour in Siena, with our hosts able to book the tour and sell us the tickets at the lodge. The breakfasts are the best we have had anywhere in our three weeks in Italy so far on this trip, with home made croissants right out of the oven, eggs to order, bacon, home made jams, yogurt and other fine offerings. The warm atmosphere of the main lodge, as well as the spacious grounds, provide a genuine rural experience behind the privacy of an entry gate, while the city of Siena is in full view across a small valley. Although they do not have internet access in any of the six rooms, there is a very comfortable and large guest lounge near the rooms with wireless access that is quite fast. This accommodation is a wonderful place, but the owners make it a truly special stay. We left wishing we could take them with us!

Room Tip: We were in the yellow room, which is spacious, has three windows and a nice cross breeze if desired...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Siena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The hosts Franco and Franca are amazingly knowledgable of the region and can set up guided tours, wine tastings and pretty much anything else you would like to do in Tuscany.

All of their recommendations were spot on and Franco can direct you to your destination with such precision, you'd think you we're from the area! We rented a car and did day trips all over the Senese region.

I will stay here again on my next trip to the area. You should too!

Room Tip: Rooms are all amazing and unique. If you can take the junior suite in the pigeon coop. It is beautif...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had been travelling around Europe in a relatively budget 2-3 star hotels decided to splurge when we got to Siena. And it was well worth it! We originally wanted the white room but was unfortunately booked out and chose the yellow room instead. The room was cute and very clean. There was 2 big shower heads side by side each other which made it very luxurious. The bed was big and good quality which gave us really good sleeps.
The lodge is a bit secluded which meant the views were amazing.
I would recommend hiring a car to get around or even a vesper.
The breakfast each morning was to die for. The amount of selections they had was unbelievable.
This place would truly blow you away!!!
Frances and Franco were truly great hosts and so accommodating to your every needs. They have the highest of high quality service you can imagine. So friendly and warm too.
I have recommended this place to my family and friends!
P.s we stayed here in sep2011

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Franco and Frances provided incredible hospitality. This property is absolutely stunning. Franco grew up here and you can see the love that he and Frances put into it. The breakfasts in the garden were extraordinary - outstanding food, gracious hospitality, beautiful surroundings. It was like a dream come true. The gardens are lovingly tended - lemon trees, roses, jasmine.

Phil and I delighted in finding our own private spot - two lounge chairs overlooking the town of Siena, just beyond the pool, enjoying a bottle of wine after a swim, watching the sun go down, reviewing the highlights of our day and anticipating our dinner plans for the evening.

We stayed in the Moroccan minisuite June 3-6. This room has two levels with the bedroom on the second level.

We chose not to rent a car and used taxis and the bus / walking to get back and forth to Siena. This was the only downside of the location but it was well worth the views and the total experience that Frances and Franco deliver.

We loved Frances' lemon marmalade.

If you are visiting Siena, plan ahead and book a room at Frances' Lodge. We loved our experience there.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kelowna, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My wife and I spent three weeks traveling Italy to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary and the 5 days we spent at Frances Lodge was the highlight of our trip. Frances and Franco are incredible hosts, warm, welcoming, and knowledgable. The accomadations were excellent and the food, both the breakfast and the evening picnic diner, were wonderful. We especially welcomed the late afternoon swim with the great views of Siena. Restaurant recommondations in Siena were perfect. We definitely liked the vibe of Siena and look forward to spending more time in the near future to explore the town while staying at Frances' Lodge. Thank you Frances and Franco for making our trip so memorable!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Milwaukee, WI
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Frances and Franco's place. They were the perfect hosts of this 6 bedroom working villa. The gardens, pool and views were awesome. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in one of their gazebos. We stayed in the LEMON ROOM and loved it. Spacious, views and refrigerator. Breakfast was more than we could eat. They greet their guests and tour the place upon arrival. Excellent with touring information. We rented a car for 2 days for other hill top towns (expensive), but worth it and Franco helped us with a map. Somewhat downside is the 1 mile walk to catch a bus to Siena, or eat at the nearby restaurant (it's a beautiful walk, but uphill on the way back). Bella!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

1. the hosts, franco and frances - 5/5 - faultless. really wonderful, caring people.
2. location - 3.5/5 - not our favorite part of tusancy, didnt love siena, but others might. town is a 5 min drive away. ugly industrial area between lodge and town. we preferred val d'orcia but this is fairly close by.
3. food - 3.5/5 - basic but fine breakfast. lovely homemade farm produce. NO restaurant. but F&F offer a 'picnic' in the evening of tuscan meats, small pasta bowl etc which was superb
4. lodge - 5/5 - lovely farm, nice pool, nice view of siena, really rustic feel

small quirks: no wifi in room and pool loungers not very comfortable.these are pretty trivial though.

overall though, we wouldnt hesitate to recommend frances lodge. we had a great time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Strada di Valdipugna 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Siena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 107 B&Bs / Inns in Siena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Frances’ Lodge is a loverly restored country guest home set on a hill across from Siena. Its unbelievable view looks out over the old walled city from the top of a beautiful hilltop. It is here that, since the start of the 18th century, noble families of Siena kept their “villa”—the country house where they summered from May to November, to get away from the heat of the city and to watch over the harvests from their farm holdings; and here the Owners restored the 1853' largest "Limonaia" overlooking the Historical Garden, as part of a fascinating, rich of History, wonderful Estate, belonging to the same Family since quite 3 centuries.The commanding position of the house with its 360-degree panoramic views, the closeness to the city(only 1.8 km.—little more than a mile—as the crow flies), the silence and peace of being in the open countryside just outside the city walls... all of these features await you as soon as you pass through the gates, enter the lovely driveway, and behold the incredible view of Siena’s skyline amid vineyards, fruit orchards, and olive groves. You’ll be revived by sounds that busier parts of the world have forgotten: birds chirping, cicadas singing in summer, the wind blowing through the trees. ... more   less 
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