We stayed here for 4 nights for a family wedding, with about 20 members of family. And we will be back.
The place is difficult to find, and the road up the mountain side from the little road below is terrifying, but it is so worth it when you get up there. This was obviously once a house with lots of different out-buildings which have been converted. We stayed in room 23, which is a one bed apartment with a huge kingsize bed, and 2 zed beds in the lounge/kitchen area for our 2 kids. This was west facing looking out over absolutely spectacular scenary and sunsets. Sadly our terrace faced the other way into the side of the mountain.
The room had very basic/rustic italian decor, it did feel a little damp, and not everything worked perfectly. Showers only, no baths. No maid service or cleaning at all in the time we were there. The rooms are not deluxe accomodation in anyway, but there is something about the place which meant it really didn't matter to us, as we spent very little time in the room. We were not phased by the faults - which is unusual for us, as we are quite picky and we love deluxe things.
There are beautiful flowers and pots and plants everywhere you look, and they have tried very hard to make it very romantic. There are also lots of different bricks and styles of building which work beautifully with the plants and trees, it is a feast for the eyes.
The pool area was clean, had plenty of sunchairs (only 5 actual sunbeds, but about 20 deck chairs) and the pool itself was a really nice size. The view from the pool is breathtaking, and we were treated everyday to the awesome sight of paragliders coming down the mountain above us and below us. The pool is quite deep, kids who cant swim need armbands at all times.
Food: we were disappointed by the breakfast which was not nice, they charge 10 euro for it and its a cup of coffee or choc from a machine, a warm sweet croissant (literally one - as they deliver them to your table), dry bread and jams. There was also coco pops and orange squash. Dinner however is a totally different thing, they are brilliant at their dinners here. The pasta was fantastic, the grilled meats were amazing and we loved the salads. The house wine was also great. We paid about 80 euro for dinner for 4 including wine and it was well worth it. They do not do any lunch service which was a real shame.
Tips for making the most of this place:
Bring candles for the evening
Bring plug-in mossie killer
On the way in to the resort, go to the Carrefour or BANCO supermarket and stock up on lots of things for breakfast, lunch and snacks/drinks during the day
Bring a portable DVD player with a SCART socket/plug so you can avoid the TV
This place was fab and we will likely go again, as without all the distractions of modern life, we spent very good quality family time at this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The locals call this "paradiso," and quite rightly so. The Residence Capanne is well worth the steep and winding climb for its spectacular, unbeatable views extending to Pisa. From the pool and flowered terraces, Pisa can clearly by seen in the middle of the plain below and it is just 4 km down to the little spa town of San Giuliano Terme. Restoration of this 17th C villa, and its cleverly converted five adjacent buildings, provide varied accommodation and the setting for a delightful restaurant. Stone steps link pathways and apartments to the main courtyard of the villa, with a parking area above. We are able to offer two self-catering apartments, both with a slightly different aspect. Simply furnished, they are equipped with kitchenettes designed for only light holiday cooking, to encourage guests to take full advance of the restaurant. When this is closed, a pizzeria opens in the courtyard below. Apart from the obvious attraction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it is also easy to make day trips to Lucca, Florence or Siena. The nearest good sandy beaches are to the found at Tirrenia, a short drive from Pisa. The splendid nature reserve of San Rossore, which stretches along the coast from Pisa to Livorno, is also well worth a visit-although check with the local tourist offices for opening times, which are restricted. Apt. Studio (2 people): ground floor living area with double bed, kitchen corner, bathroom with shower. Private equipped terrace with view. Apt. Bilocale (2+2 people): ground or first Floor living/dining room with kitchen corner (equipped with fridge, freezer, gas fires), double sofa bed, double bedroom, bathroom. Private and equipped area Apt. Trilocale (4+2 people): ground or first Floor living/dining room with kitchen corner (equipped with fridge, freezer, gas fires), double sofa bed, double bedroom, twin bedroom, bathroom. Private and equipped area 8 Dbl bedrooms with bathroom have been recently introduced on the second floor of the main building . All with TV Sat and Air Cond. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Le Capanne Hotel San Giuliano Terme
- Le Capanne Province Of Pisa/San Giuliano Terme, Italy