When we arrived at the Romitorio, Marco had already prepared the specials we had asked for. The service of all employees (inlcuding cleaning ladies) was impeccable throughout our stay. The domain is just wonderful, all on top of a hill, with nothing at all around it save wineyards, olive trees, and forest.
The next habitation is at an estimated 500 - 800 meters. The Romitorio is ideally located in the heart of Tuscany, making it a excellent spot for those who take the Romitorio as a home base for visiting Radda, Greve, San Gimignano, Siena, Firenze, Pisa, there are a dozen of wonderful towns in a cirlcle of 50 kms)
The thick walls (renovated ancient farmhouse) keep the inside temperatures pleasantly cool (provided the windows are closed during the day).
The appartments have all one needs, gas for cooking, sink, fridge (with freezer compartment), television, bathroom with shower and alarm rope (should you fall and not be able to stand up independently) the rooms are very nicely finished and arranged with style, every room has a firedetector in the ceiling. Towels for bathroom and kitchen are provided, as well as all other house linen.
When standing up in the morning and watching from the room's window the view is very impressive, wineyards, wineyards and even more wineyards, in a landscape of hills which look like heavy waves at sea, suddenly frozen.
The garden is well maintained and has several olive trees and bushes of lavender, oleanders and others all with nice scents but their main advantage resides in the fact they are arranged in such a way as to offer privacy for every appartements' residents (without being boring rectilinear divisions). These plants and bushes are also a place in which bees and butterflies are continuously looking for nectar. Wonderful to see so much life around...
And then there's the dot on the i or the cream in the coffee if you prefer :
The wonderful food that's served at evenings.
Marinella is the name of the cook, she's very humble and truly has gold in her hands.
We've stayed at the Romitorio for two weeks and not once did we have the same menus (always four courses, totalling at 26 €. Hard to find a better price in Italy and most and for all in Tuscany for four courses menus.
Day after day (Wednesday through Sunday) we received very fine dishes, discovered new tastes, all based on original Tuscan recipes.
At all times one can limit the number of courses to just one, till all four, The bill will only be for what you ate. Moreover, they offer other dishes in case the kids don't like the menu's (by simple request in the course of the day).
The service of Lorella, Marco and Roberto was, as I had already said, impeccable.
Always ready with pieces of advice and deeds, always in a good mood and very well organised (impression one already receives before travelling, when writing them emails).
100 % perfection does not exist, but the Romitorio experience comes very close to it.
Thank you Lorella, Marco, Roberto and Marinella for making this journey the very best ever.
Anne, Henri-Pierre and Morgane
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romitorio di Serelle has been completely restored, preserving the original characteristics and using traditional materials of Chianti rural architecture. The hospitality is offered in apartments of different types, exclusive and comfortable flats, independent from each other, furnished according to the rural tradition, but offering high quality standards. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Romitorio Di Serelle Hotel Barberino Val d`Elsa
- Romitorio Di Serelle Italy/Barberino Val D'Elsa, Tuscany