We were very lucky to find Casina Valloreci at the last moment, through friends. The proprietors, Angelo and Umberto, have created a little paradise out of an old farm. Set amidst olive groves, the premises’ garden is full of flowers, fruit trees and cypresses, with stunning views over rolling hills and century-old hilltop villages. During the pitch dark starry nights, there is nothing but the sound of crickets. It all gives it an unmistakable Mediterranean feel.
As to the facilities: There is one apartment and one little bungalow, which we stayed in. It is comfortable, clean and has a small, but well equipped kitchen. Upon our arrival there were coffee, tea, milk and breakfast cereals enough for the whole of our stay.
The large garden has several shaded terraces and one bigger gazebo with outdoor kitchen. Enough spots to have your breakfast, dinner, or just sit, relax and sip lovely Tuscan wines…. The 14-meters-or-so swimming pool is big enough to do your laps each morning or simply cool off. As there are only two apartments for two persons each, we virtually had the pool to ourselves.
Our hosts, Angelo and Umberto, certainly know what hospitality is and did everything to make us feel at home. They provided information on the area, restaurants and maps and treated us on an occasional glass of wine. Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino and numerous charming little villages are close. If you are looking for an absolutely quiet, peaceful place in fantastic surroundings, while at the same time having enough interesting Tuscan sights within reach, this is an ideal place to stay. It was our intention to stay for a few nights, but after the first night we decided to prolong our stay as long as we could. Casina Valloreci is a beautiful place, with wonderful hosts, and we definitely will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first time I fell in love with this place was several years ago while watching the movie, "The English Patient." I loved these forests, cypress trees and valleys. I was impressed in particular by the Abbey where the movie was filmed, at Sant'Anna in Camprena. And now this movie is repeated for me every night, and every night is always more beautiful. I would like to share these feelings with you. ... more less