We just returned from 16 days in Italy and 5 nights at the Il Canto Del Sole B&B (and farm). While the location (about 6 miles south of Siena) is superb for day trips anywhere in Tuscany and Umbria, it is warmth of it's hosts that made a lasting impression on the four of us in our group. Laura and Luciano bent over backwards for us during our stay there. The grounds and the countryside are fabulous. They had a play area for children (well away from the rooms) and we had use of a washer and dryer which was perfect since we were traveling with carry-ons only (best move ever - too many stairs everywhere). This place will only work for those that have rented a car since you are outside the city, but if you want to see the real Tuscany I would suggest a car anyways.
We stayed in the newer building adjacent to the saltwater swimming pool. Each room was HUGE and very well maintained. Since we had booked 2 rooms we had use of the entry/common room that connects the two of them to the outside. This room had a table and chairs it's own access outside to the patio area, and kitchenette. Each room also had a door that led to a canopied patio which had nice landscaping seperating from the pool so it was very private.
The rooms where we stayed had air conditioning - very quite and with remote contol, TV, mini fridge armoire, chest of drawers, and a private bathroom. If you like firm beds you are going to love this place. The bathrooms had a spacious shower (by European standards) and very modern fixtures.
If you book here make sure you ask which night(s) Laura may be cooking - we made sure we were there, and it was the best meal we had in our 16 days in Italy bar none. It also helped that it was my 54th birthday and they went to the trouble of adding a personalized cake to their already fantastic desert selection.
We found the Il Canto Del Sole a wonderful oasis of calm in what can be a hectic vacation schedule. Away from the noisy cars, motor bikes AND CHURCH BELLS, I would highly recommend this place. I feel so strongly about this place and these people that this is the first review I have ever written - the story needed to be told.
With love from MN