None of the pictures on any website do this wonderful hotel justice. I chose it initially for the tail end of a two week driving tour of Tuscany and Umbria because it had a sauna, Turkish bath and small heated pool. I knew that we would be tired and travel worn by this point in the trip and this seemed just the ticket.
I was delightfully surprised by the beautifully decorated common rooms. The colors were traditional and soothing, but with touches of edgy modern tones for punch. All of the furniture was chosen for comfort as well as texture and beauty. The two adjoining main rooms held a chock full bookcase and fireplace with comfy couch and armchairs, a game table, more sitting areas perfect for conversation and sipping a snifter of Grand Marnier.
The breakfast room featured wall to wall windows, and it was very pleasant to enjoy the view of the countryside with your morning capaccino. I was also impressed with the size and amenities of the suites. The views from every window and terrace were gorgeous. The hotel also features small apartments in a separate, vine covered building, each with its own outdoor sitting area. This building also is the site of the immaculate and well appointed spa features I mentioned earlier.
The snifter of Grand Marnier( I'm picturing it now) was offered by our gracious host Paolo when he recognized that not only was I travel worn on our arrival, but besieged by a very viscious cold bug that had settled in my chest. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to luxuriate in the sauna and sip that golden healing liquid.
Both Poalo and his son Nicolo were excellent hosts, able to point out art and areas of interest in the surrounding villages and cities, yet never intrusive. The late March weather was perfect for touring, warm enough to feel and look like Spring, but cool enough to be comfortable for walking and hiking the hill towns. The location is great also. Just on the edge of Tuscany and Umbria, daytrips to many popular cities and, my favorite, smaller quaint villages. One of our favorite memories is a spontaneous stop at a roadside store near Pienza, where pecorino is king. We could watch the sheep responsible for this wonderful cheese and gaze at the olive trees while tasting their fabulous fruit.
I would recommend this hotel highly. I only wish I had organized my photos, so I could share how beautiful it really is.
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