Recently spent 3 nights at Villa Cicolina and it could not have been more perfect. It is just an absolutely gorgeous setting, the house is charming, and the staff went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful.
There were three of us, so we booked a suite which was comprised of a bedroom with two double beds, and a sitting room with a pull-out sofabed. The bathroom was nice with good amenities - shampoo, soap, olive oil body lotion, etc. While the place is definitely old, it never felt out-dated. The views out all of the windows were breathtaking - the front overlooking a beautiful valley of vineyards, the back overlooking the gardens, kitchen and small restaurant on the property. There was a gorgeous pool, but unfortunately it wasn't quite warm enough to use it yet. But I can imagine sitting poolside in the warm summer months, enjoying a cool glass of white wine, and taking in the fantastic view of the vineyards below.
We participated in two cooking classes while we were there, and they were both fantastic. We didn't realize we'd be cooking the food that was served in the restaurant during the evening's dinner service! While that did make us a little nervous, Chef Mimo (with the help of one of the English-speaking members of the staff) provided excellent guidance. The classes were so much fun and we learned a lot about traditional Tuscan cooking. And the food was just out of this world.
I can't say enough about how wonderful the staff was. I will admit, the Villa can be a little difficult to find. We had a printed Google map and an English GPS in our rental car, and it still wouldn't get us all the way there. However, I was able to call the villa from a gas station nearby, and they provided me with the final directions. And once we arrived, it was just peaceful and relaxing. After our stressful drive there, the last thing we wanted to do was drive into town for lunch, so Sayed, the day manager, went into the kitchen and pulled together a wonderful sampling of local cheese, meats and delicious ripe tomato bruschetta for us. That's just another example of how accommodating they were.
From the villa it's a very easy drive into the beautiful down of Montepulciano. We also took a day trip to Siena, which took less than an hour. I know there are lots of other nice towns in the area to visit, but unfortunately our time was limited.
HIGHLY recommend Villa Cicolina for a nice, relaxing stay in Tuscany. Definitely take advantage of the cooking classes. They were a highlight of our trip.