We stayed there for a 6 days in September, a couple with 2 toddlers 3 and 5 year old.
The pictures on the website doesn't do justice to how beautiful this villa and apartment is. The winding and narrow road leading up to the villa was adventure itself, trying to maneuver our car in those narrow lanes. However, the view when you get up to Villa Sestini was rather spectacular. The location in the Tuscan hills, but yet just a 10 mins drive into Florence central was perfect for us as we were looking for space for our active toddlers.
The hostess Giovanna is amazing, warm, conscientious and responsive. When we arrived and found the beddings for the kids were not very suitable, Giovanna and her son acted on it immediately and setting up new beds and scurrying around to get us settled quickly. That was much appreciated.
The apartment Il Rosso was perfect for our family. The master bedroom is divided by a door, providing privacy when the kids are sleeping in the room while hubby and I chat in the living / dining area. The kitchenette was great but perhaps could be better equipped - a grater, ladle, chopping board were not part of the inventory. We didn't mind as we only cooked 2 meals there so didn't bother to ask Giovanna for those items either.
Otherwise, the apartment provided all the comforts of modern apartment, beautifully restored in centuries old building. The kids was happy with cable TV and was glued to the cartoon channels, we were soon led to believe perhaps they do understand Italian afterall!
Hubby and the girls got to use the pool once, when we thought the weather was warmer but we have forgotten how cold the pool water could be. It was a refreshing dip for them nevertheless!
Most of all we enjoyed the casualness of the hostess. We were not ushered for details and payment when we arrive. In fact I had to hunt her down to pay! Instead we were rewarded with a family home and great hospitality. We would return in a heartbeat and would recommend this apartment to anyone visiting Florence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Sestini B&B is located on the beautiful hills overlooking Florence, 15 minutes by car from the city center.The villa, from the 15th century, offers an enchanting stay to guests who want to enjoy a holiday dedicated to: arts, excursions, nature and sports. Very close there are: a riding-school, a golf club, tennis courts and a wood for open air walks.On request the breakfast is served in the Italian-style garden. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Sestini Province Of Florence/Bagno a Ripoli, Italy