Fattoria Pieve a Salti was the final two-day stop on a week's cycle tour of southern Tuscany, organised by Inn Travel (who were great). There's a huge amount going for it: an agriturismo in its own grounds, serving its own food and wine, with spacious, clean and well-provided guest rooms (the best loos and showers we encountered all week) and in a great location for accessing the countryside north to the Olivetan Monastery at Chiasone or south to the gorgeous Tuscan wine centre, Montalcino.
We had a good welcome from a friendly receptionist with good English; the room was big and comfortable; but all our other dealings with the hotel, whether for refreshments, main meals or when checking out, were very business like and we felt rather "processed" - it felt less like a friendly farm-based place to stay and more like a business where we had to fit around what was most efficient for them. For example, we met two other couples who we wanted to dine with and this was not considered possible on the first night, even though other tables were visibly available: we each had to sit at our assigned table based on room number. On the second night, we did sit together but it felt like we were transgressing some rule, rather than being made welcome as guests who wanted to spend an evening eating and chatting together. When we checked out on the final Saturday, the driver was willing to take us straight away to the station (5 minutes by car) but was forbidden to do so, so we had to wait half an hour - it wasn't a big inconvenience but it added to the feeling of us needing to fit in with the system, rather than the service being there to serve us.
The location is amazing. If you're coming by bike from Buonconvento, expect to spend at least some of the time pushing your bike up one of two steep hills but it isn't very far and the views trom the Fattoria are amazing, we shared some great sunsets over a glass or two of their very good local red Tuscan IGT wine or the Brunello di Montalcino, which was local, organic and excellent value.
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- Fattoria Pieve a Salti Buonconvento, Italy - Tuscany