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Farm House La Moraia
Localita Talciona 37, 53036 Poggibonsi, Italy   |  
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Wollongong, Australia
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“Not worth it.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

Only go here if you are very well prepared for a week away with your family or friends. This is not the place to stay if you are just passing through and unfamiliar with the roads and your GPS is not working. We were not provided with clear directions so we were lost in Poggibonsi for two hours trying to find parking and the tourist information office. We did not have a problem with the gas charge or cleaning charge as we understood that when we booked but when we found that we didn't have dish washing liquid or toilet paper or even a sponge we felt that this information should have been provided in the description. After a trip to the supermarket we shared some of these things with a NZ couple downstairs. If you want to be left alone and already know the area then stay...if you want to meet friendly owners who can help you with information about where to eat and where to go then find somewhere else. We never met the owners only a manager. She was nice enough but never volunteered any helpful information about the area. The map she gave us after we arrived was great, not sure why they can't give you this when you book. It did say all supermarkets are closed on Sunday but this is incorrect. There is a big supermarket open which she knew about and only told us about after we returned from our trip into town. All in all not a pleasant experience when this is the only place we had booked in Tuscany.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

We were for the 4th time in this region (Tuscany/Umbria). We just stayed over night, having breakfast (self-catering) in the morning heading for splendid Tuscany sights everyday. We travelled as a family with one (adult) child.
We had a spacy apartment with one large bedroom one living room with kitchen and bathroom. We got all what was stated. The only claim is uncomfortable bed in the living room which you can bear for one week being young. The extra charge was for gas (hot water).
We did not like Poggibonsi town, you can easily get lost equipped only by hand-made plan by the house-lady.
The house made wine can be skipped, no extra .experience in this region.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

We stayed at La Moraia in October 2011. We stayed in a two-bedroom apartment in the main house, wiht two adults and two children.
La Moria is outside of Poggibonsi, 1 km past the small village of Talciona. The paved road ends at Talciona, and the remaining drive is a gravel road, in need of maintenance. The road is quite rough. The directions from the owner were clear and we had no trouble finding the property. Once the road is graded, it will be better, though the passage through Talciona is narrow with two sharp turns.
The lady at the property checked us in, and showed us the rooms and provided a copy of a hand-drawn map of Poggibonsi with the important places noted (post office, banks, grocery store, bus/train station, etc.)
We found the rooms to be quite large, the beds were comfortable, but the pillows at very thin and flat. The kitchen is equipped as expected for a holiday apartment, with minimal but adequate dishes, tableware, pots and pans. There was a cooktop, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker, but no oven. There are no condiments, salt, pepper, etc. provided, nor is there soap for the dishwasher. There is an outdoor grill, but no charcoal provided either.
Though the weather was warmer than normal for October, the pool is not heated, so it was quite cold. However, many places close their pools before October, so at least it was available. There was small bookshelf inside the entry with a few books in several languages.

The inconvenience is that you must go into Poggibonsi for groceries or restaurants, and though it is not very far, it was 15-20 minutes each way given the roads. There is also no internet access, so it is best if you have planned all of your activities before arriving.

Overall we found the apartment to be good value and it suited our needs very well. It would be even nicer when it is a little warmer to use the pool, and if you are prepared with dish soap, condiments, and things for grilling.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

I must disagree with previous comments regarding extra costs at 'La Moraia'. My wife, my daughter and I stayed at 'La Moraia' in late April 2011 for 5 nights. We booked over the internet and all extra costs (final cleaning per person, plus gas) where clearly stated on the booking form and on the official website. Even with all extra costs added, we ended up paying a little over 400 Euro for 5 nights, which is a very good deal for this location, especially during the Easter holidays. Self catering accommodation in Italy (especially Tuscany) always requires a payment for final cleaning: this can be per person per night or per apartment per night. I understand that many tourists and travellers might not be aware of this (I live in Italy).
Overall, 'La Moraia' provided simple but clean and comfortable accommodation, with a spacious self-contained apartment for the three of us, the use of the swimming pool, a section of the garden at the front door with table and chairs and the use of a well equipped barbecue, which we used often at dinner time. They even had excellent Chianti wine sold at a very reasonable 5 Euro a bottle. 'La Moraia' was inexpensive, pleasant and perfectly located accommodation for exploring the Chianti, Val D'Elsa and Volterra areas of Tuscany.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2010

We didn't stay at this property so can't say much about the accommodation but we can wave a flag of warning to anybody thinking to book this property - CHECK THE EXTRA CHARGES!!
We arrived having booked what seemed a good rate - €46 for a single night, room only - the young girl who welcomed us disappeared for a few minutes and returned with a pile of sheets and towels as the rooms are not pre-prepared for guests. Then we got to the registration process and money. We were told that we had a per person cleaning bill of €15 to pay in cash before checking in and any gas we used would be charged in the morning. I don't know how much cleaning is required after a couple stay in a room for one night but €30 would surely buy several hours.
This property offers great rates per night and attracts people like us who are on a budget, then they add additional charges so you pay more than you would at properties who include breakfast and prepare the rooms before you arrive.
We left without staying but the property still charged our Ccard - sure we're a bit miffed, yes we know we should read the small print, but at the end of the day if you advertise rooms for€46 per night like a hotel/B&B is it morally right to then demand cleaning charges?

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
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Address: Localita Talciona 37, 53036 Poggibonsi, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Poggibonsi
Amenities:
Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 22 Specialty lodging in Poggibonsi
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