We have just returned home after a very enjoyable two weeks in La Torre ai Mari. We can't speak highly enough about this small treasure of a hotel which we would recommend to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in this area. We were really spoiled by the kindness of Rentato and Barbara who were our hosts. The hotel was a perfect base for us to explore Southern Tuscany and we did about half a dozen day trips to gorgeous places within very short drives. Pienza, Montepulciano, Montelcino and so on were all within a hop and easy to visit, leaving at a civilised hour and still be back with enough time to relax by the pool for the rest of the day.
The hotel is set in woods on a hillside and has a spectacular view over the surrounding countryside - ideal for people who want nature all around them. We enjoyed walking in the forest near the hotel and exploring the caves there (where St. Francis lived for a time). Although you are in such a quiet and beautiful place, it is still only 5 minutes from the pleasant town of Sarteano which seems to be a less touristy version of the other places we visited, mentioned above. As we were there for a long break, we dropped into town for pizza a few evenings but most evenings and a good few lunches we took in the hotel. The food was all good as was the wine and the menu included typical Tuscan items as well as a good variety of interesting specials that changed from night to night.
The hotel is spotlessly clean and the service was charming. Renato speaks impeccable English and was able to advise us on everything from visiting the local hot spring baths to buying a train ticket to Rome for our day out there. Nothing was too much trouble. The vast majority of guests were Italian and there was a very pleasant atmosphere with everyone greeting each other at mealtimes and smiles all round. It seems that this hotel has not been discovered yet by the rest of the world which is surprising given how well located it is.
We were travelling with two children and all the staff were completely delightful to them (which makes all the difference) all in all a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all of us and we are already counting the days until we can return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is a reconstructed farmhouse set in the woods and recently has been completely renovated. On the ground floor, past the reception, one enters the spacious cocktail bar with verandah and panoramic restaurant. On the first and second floor are ten double rooms and four single rooms.Also available ample parking area, tennis court, outdoor bowling alley and a swimming pool with solarium.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Torre Ai Mari Sarteano, Italy - Tuscany