Ca Lucano is a beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse located high up in the hills near Arezzo. It's not the easiest place to find initially, but whatever you do don't follow a satnav to get there - it will lead you up a tiny track that is ultimately impassable to regular vehicles! Instead use a satnav to get you to the village of Palazzo Del Pero, then follow the written instructions on the website; making sure you drive all the way up the tarmac road right to the end, then turn right onto the white track and follow that all the way to the end too.
On arrival our first impressions were not the best, mostly due to the nature of the welcome which though business-like and polite, was simply perfunctory: more like that which you would expect in an anonymous impersonal hotel. After a long, hot and stressful journey we needed something more warm and open. Had we been met by Nello, the owner, I am absolutely certain this would have been a different matter as he is a gregarious, open and flamboyant host that is always pleased to see you, so we were just unlucky with the timing I guess.
In terms of managing your expectations here it is vital to read the detail on the website thoroughly. Everything is explained there. This is neither your average Agritourismo/B&B. The room facilities are pretty basic: they lack a fridge, toiletries, hair dryer and even drinking glasses, but in fairness they are exactly as described online. Ours was a little grubby on arrival, as if it had been unused for some time, which was somewhat off-putting. Wi-fi access is charged separately at 13 euros for 4 hours: for 110 euros a night you would expect this to be free as it is almost everywhere now, except in big hotels. Also the shower was very weak and for 2 mornings running there was no hot water.
On the positive side the infinity pool is just fabulous with great views across the nearby valleys. Also this is a very peaceful location and the quality of sleep here is excellent. Breakfast is simple but ample and the evening fixed-price menu is perfectly fine and good value for the weary traveler. Lunch is provided a la carte which is a nice touch as it means you can spend all day relaxing if you wish, rather than have to forage out for food. However, the absolute jewel in the crown of this place is Nello: his personality, bonhomie, enthusiasm and sheer 'joie de vivre' is fantastic - he is a great host!
In summary this is a very good place to stay with a great pool and an engaging, gregarious host. Just be careful to read the small print before you book, so you know exactly what to expect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The agriturismo completely built in stone, was probably founded on the ruins of a medieval holy building.The recent renovation, which made use of original building materials such a stone, fired brick, and wood, is a careful restauration which culminated in the rebirth of the beautiful original structure.Green farm. In recent years we have worked consistently to reduce the environmental impact of our complex by pursuing all those ecological improvements that would allow such a result. With regard to the supply of electricity the entire complex is completely self sufficient and independent from the grid thanks to two photovoltaic systems.In addition to this we have basically wiped out the consumption of hydrocarbons such as LPG, natural gas, heating oil, thanks to the installation of a large and modern biomass plant, using timber from our forests;the heating system is integrated with latest generation of solar thermal panels. ... more less
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