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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Frances` Hotel Siena