Stayed here for two weeks with two very small children. The Villa we rented was essentially a three storey town house adjacent to the hotel itself. The surrounding scenery is typically Tuscan, that is to say stunning and breath taking! The beautiful outside swimming pool was cold but once you were used to this, the views made for an incredibly relaxing experience. They have a small bar next to the pool where drinks are served as you lounge in the sun. It really does not get any better than this when one considers how over crowed, noisy and claustrophobic some hotels can get. This is a real exclusive find.
The villa we had was very simply furnished (maybe old-fashioned) with a television that was small, old and with terrible reception. Now normally this should not matter, but when you have two young children to entertain, it does! The kitchen was fine with plenty of old but working pots, pans and crockery.
The restaurant within the hotel is not cheap, BUT it is very fine in terms of quality and innovation. They put on an open barbeque evening with live entertainment one day, which whilst expensive (they charged for both my children who slept through 90% of it!) was an example of the service that only a small family run business can provide.
(Tip - there is a family friendly trattoria just 100 yards up the lane from the Villa which
serves excellent food at good prices)
They installed a very small play area for young children while we were there which became most useful for us!
My only gripe, when the restaurant emptied at night (12 - 1am), the well fed and watered visitors woud often awake us as they left. The car park is situated right outside the villa!
Certainly not a cheap holiday, but the quality of the location, the service and the overall ambience made it just about worthwhile. If they updated their decor and furniture i think it could be considered could value for money, but not until then.
If i stayed again i would stay in the hotel itself.
Hope this helps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to the Medieval town of Pistoia, Villa de' Fiori is an ancient presence of the XVII century architecture, wisely restored with deep respect for the original style. The Villa offers sober and elegant halls, perfect for all those who are looking for quiet and relaxing atmospheres. ... more less
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