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“Beautiful place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Podere Ampella
Localita Ampella, San Giovanni d'Asso, Italy   |  
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cheshire
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

We spent a wonderful week in Villa Ampella la Torre. High spec accommodation with plenty of space and quality furnishings -the firm yet comfy mattress was just right for someone like me with a dodgy back! Views from all the bedrooms were wonderful particularly those from the tower bedroom.

The outside seating area had a view that took your breath away - perfect for early morning coffee or warm evenings with a glass of wine. Wildlife lovers will be delighted by views of bee eaters, hoopoes on the lawn,views of deer and the dusk song of the nightingales- amazing!
We spent our days visiting the hill top towns of Montalcino, Pienza , Montepulciano not forgetting Siena of course, We recommend a visit to La Foce a beautiful garden open for garden tours on Wednesday afternoons - close to Chianciano Terme. Take time to visit the abbey of Sant Antimo just south of Montalcino for its peaceful beauty and for those that like walking try a forest/river trail in the lower slopes of Mount Amiata.
This is the time of year when everything is lush and green, the poppy fields were just amazing as were the vast array of wild flowers. It is also a quiet time of year outside of the busy tourist season so the towns (apart from Siena) were relatively uncrowded.
We loved the nearby town of Montisi and highly recommend eating at Da Roberto (see our trip advisor review).
One week at Villa Ampella is not enough!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Bucks
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67 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

Does what it says on the label. Recently built, well appointed, on top of a hill with stunning views to all quarters from somewhere on the property. Great to sit out on the terrace or by the pool and soak up the sun and the tuscan landscape.

Minor niggles or would have been a five star:
- Mingy pillows, far too thin, had to borrow cushions from downstairs
- No sign of the usual local tourist info or guest comment book for a quick steer on local attractions
- Has internet on site but wireless does not work in all of the houses so you need to go down to the laundry room.
- If you are with friends rather than a family then the rooms vary in terms of en-suite, size and views so make sure that you understand what is on offer.

Other useful info.

Satnav location N 43 9.038 E 11 36.652 (Still empty fields on google maps!)

Eat first at Locanda del Castello in San Giovanni, you will want to go more than once.

Nearest horseriding is pieve a santi (local bagnacci caters to guests only)

Visit Montalcino

Best Nobile di Montepulchiano we tried was Avigonesi
Best Brunello di Montalcini we tried was Mastro Janni
Be careful, many wines from these two areas are living off the brand, are ridiculously overpriced and actually not very nice.

Overall, great location, great place to stay and would happily go back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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robroy54, Owner at Podere Ampella, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
Thank you for your kind review.

We have taken you comments on board and have change the pillows,
included a guestbook in the house and now have wifi in each house.

Again thank you for your comments and we look forward to seeing you again.

Regards

Paola
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

We stayed for 2 weeks in Casa Beppe Villa. It has the best location in the complex as it overlooks the communial pool. We could sit in the patio and safely watch our children swim in the pool. The overall location is breathtaking and the views from the villa were stunning.

The villa is large enough and has everything you need, we were a family of four, including two young children. The villa has been finished to a high specification, and the kitchen included a great fridge freezer and dishwasher. Casa Beppe also is one of the villas which has it's own washing machine, so it means you dont have to use the shared laundry room.

The local staff were fantasitic and could not do enough to help.

There were other families there with young children, so the children made lots of new friends.

This is a great location for touring the Siena area of Tuscany, and good value for money.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

We stumbled across Podere Ampella on the internet, and like the previous reviewer were a little concerned in wiring over money - especially when i could not find the place on Google Earth (It appears that Google Earth image is pre 2008 when the place was built). So a little bit of a gamble, but it paid off.

We stayed in Casa di Sotto, and had access to a shared pool, which the children made full use of and made friends with other children.

Idea for day trips, both near and far:

- Florence ~ 1 hour on Auto Strada
- Siena ~ 40mins on normal road
- Stunning mountain top road to the hot water springs at Saturnia (2 hours)
- Montalcino, for the Brunello wine (1/2 hour)
- Montisi - 2km gem of a hill top village - not in the guidebooks - narrow streets - and da Robertos taverna (simple, not rushed home cooking - remember to book !).

Get up early and see the hot air balloon ...

Self catering food is available in small coop in San Giovanni D'Asso, but a bigger one is in Singaluna (near Autostarda - 20 minutes). Remember small shops are not open on a sunday, and closed 12-4:30 daily, so if you arrive on a Saturday get your provisions in early ;-)

Paola and her husband were very helpful to resolve minor issues.

There is a laundry open in the afternoon, which does have wifi access (if required).

Relaxing time, especially swimming in the pool as the sun sets over San Giovanni D'Asso

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

We scheduled our trip to Tuscany and Podere Ampella with really only a few reviews posted online, and none on Trip Advisor. Since you have to prepay some of the bill ahead of time ( in cash ), we were really nervous going over, not really having any idea what we were going to find.

What we found was stunning. Podere Ampella sits atop a hill in Tuscany looking down at the small village of San Giovanni D'Asso. We stayed in the Santa Catarina villa, which looked out over the gorgeous Val D'Orcia with no obstruction. We watched the sun set right over the mountains from our back patio each night. It, from what we saw, had the best view and setting of all of the villas there. Some had a view of the pool, others were closer to the road.

The interior was spotless when we arrived. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to cook there if you so choose. The bedrooms are quite large from what we saw, and there is ample space to just sit and relax as well in the other areas.

We stayed for two weeks and had a really difficult time leaving.

The location is really nice if you are interested in visiting the hill towns as well as the larger cities of Florence and Siena. Most of the hill towns were 30-45 minutes away, Siena is about an hour, and Florence is about an hour and 15 minutes.

I would highly recommend this to anyone considering this part of the country.

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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Address: Localita Ampella, San Giovanni d'Asso, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Giovanni d'Asso
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty Lodging in San Giovanni d'Asso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Podere Ampella is a collection of 11 houses and villas perched on a hill overlooking the val dorcia valley. Each home has a private garden and large dining and living area with fantastic views.All homes have access to the swimming pool and some have private swimming pools.We generally rent weekly but can also offer short stays in the off peak periods.The properties are self catering and are fully fitted for all your needs to make your holiday a truly home from home experience.Each home is equipped for al fresco dining with individual barbecuesand outdoor furniture. ... more   less 
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