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We ate here as part of our Saga package and pre-ordered the three course evening meals that were part of the package. Generally, the food was excellent and I particularly enjoyed their combinations of local cheese and wild honeys that often featured. How the a...la carte diners fared I can’t say, but I suspect that many of the dishes would have been first-class. Suffice to say that the standard excelled the usual buffets at many bigger hotels.More
We loved staying at the Hotel Franceschi. Gavinana is a small, friendly village in a stunning setting. We were lucky enough to have room 209 on 2nd floor, and it had air conditioning, only a few rooms had A/C apparently. It was friendly and our...rep Gessica was a nice girl although we didn't see that much of her, and she was unable to see us off at the airport so we had to fend for ourselves!
The food at the hotel was a bit hit and miss, sometimes we had strange accompaniments veg-wise e.g. pickled onions, beetroot (both with hot food) and red, green and yellow peppers. However the girls serving the food were lovely and friendly as were the family Franceschi. We did local walks and took buses to Pistoia and St Marcello, both nice places to visit and took the Vinci trip which was very illuminating. We eschewed the other trips as they were rather expensive and we had been to those places before. All in all we had a wonderful holiday and that part of Tuscany was a feast for the eyes.More
The weather was not good but the hotel was excellent, it is as the title says a family run hotel, it is not The Holiday Inn or Crowne Plazza, but it is a quiet , very friendly & clean hotel. The food is excellent and...there is plenty of it. There are some lovely walks in the area and I would like to go back when the weather is more as it should beMore
This is such a lovely family run hotel, exclusively for Saga guests. The food was very good and varied, each course had 3 choices so something for everyone's dietary needs. The rooms were very comfortable and had a warm quilt that was very cosy. We...did not have a bath, only a shower that was always good and hot. The family were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
The surrounding area was beautiful, fabulous views of the mountains etc, and lovely walks. There are local buses at very reasonable prices that can take one to the nearest towns, some of these can also be reached by walking. We have nothing but praise for this hotel and will certainly visit again.More
We stayed at the Villa Franceschi for 1 week travelling with Saga. The hotel is a family run hotel who also live on the premises. The food was excellent with 3 courses each evening and 3 choices for each course. The patron and his family...were friendly and helpful. We had excellent trips out to Florence, Sienna and Vinci, these cost extra. There were other trips available also. Wonderful walks in the area that is covered with forest. A wonderful and enjoyable holiday, very memorable. Highly recommended.More
This smallish, lovely, if slightly eccentric, 3 star family-run hotel in the Appenine mountains in northern Tuscany is really quite remote. It is set in a stunning location, in a medieval village with an imposing 13th century church and attractive municipal square complete with striking...statue of a warrior on horseback and trickling fountain. The views of the surrounding mountains are wonderful and tourists are few and far between. The hotel is a homely and welcoming base from which to go walking or visit by bus, train or private coach the great Tuscan cities of Florence, Sienna and Lucca and the hill village of San Gimignano. Wonderful provincial pasta, fish and meat dishes with fresh local produce, cheerful, friendly staff and, in our case, a rather cramped bathroom where the shower was too close to the toilet for comfort. Every surface in the hotel is crammed with knick knacks and family photographs – not for those who like their interiors minimalist. It’s also worth paying extra for a room with a balcony and views of the surrounding mountains. The walking can be quite daunting - some of the inclines are steep and the ground can be rough under foot. Serious walkers will need boots and poles. However there are easier walks for the more occasional rambler including a stroll around the village offering panoramic views of the encircling mountain settlements and the opportunity to stride along an old railway track to other nearby hamlets. Despite being 800 metres up the mountains, where temperatures are generally cooler than in the cities, it can get very hot here in the daytime. There is no swimming pool or outside garden, although there is a veranda with seating under an awning at the front of the hotel which abuts the village square. Nor is there any air conditioning in the bedrooms. There are two cafes, three grocers, one butchers, a pharmacy, a barbers, beauty salon and tabac. Gavinana is small and be warned very few locals speak English. In the comparative cool of the evening the locals gather in the square to gossip while the children play freely and house martins zoom in and out feeding their young in nests in the church tower. If you want a peaceful holiday away from hustle and bustle, this could be just the place. Simon MidgleyMore
Stayed at this lovely family run hotel for a week, the Franceschi family are delightful and treat everyone as a guest in their home. Gavinana is a secret hideaway off the main tourist trail and just the place to wind down and relax.
The food...in the Hotel Franceschi is exceptional as a non red meat eater they adapted all the menus to suit my requirements, lovely fresh vegetables and salads at dinner each evening, the deserts are to die for.
The rooms are comfotable and clean with quirky bathrooms.
Great holiday I have not laughed so much for a long time, our SAGA rep Michela was delightful with a wonderful knowledge of the area. Michela and the Franceschi family worked very hard to make our special. The one thing I would say is if you have mobility problems maybe this is not the place for you.More
Wonderful family run hotel in the Tuscan mountain village of Gavinana. We were there first week of July and the weather was superb. The little village its in has another bar a couple of shops and a delightful provisions store with a delicious chilled deli...counter. There's also markets a couple of times a week. The bus stop is moments from the hotel and is a wonderfully economical wat to get into pistoa , the main town, where you can easily get a train into Florence. The whole process for bus and train cost about 12 euros return. You can also get the bus to other villages further up the mountain . I recommend it. The food in this hotel is absolutely wonderful,. We upgraded our room and had a fabulous view from our balcony over the lush Tuscan scenery. A fabulous relaxing week. Highly recommended.More
A most wonderful hotel which is also home the most lovely family all involved in running it. It is set up in the mountains on Tuscany and served by a very good bus service. Half an hour into Pistoiae then half an hour to Florence....We went with Saga who also organised various trips to Vinci, Sienna etc dependent upon take up of numbers wishing to visit these places. The food is faultless, the owners daughters husband is the Chef. The local people are really lovely and most welcoming. This is like going back in time to the way things used to be. Happy children playing outside, welcoming people, good food, one other main Bar in the Square. If you want a quiet, happy holiday with lovely people, this is the place to come. Absolutely wonderful. Oh yes, and our Saga guide was absolutely brilliant too. I can't understand why anyone could write adverse reports of her. She did her very best for us and was really lovely!! We all got on extremely well with her and she also made this the most enjoyable holiday we have ever had. They all arranged and joined in the celebration of our Golden Wedding Anniversary - just like our own family here would have. Recommend it?? You bet!!!More
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I would think there are facilities for ironing, although I did not need them. The hotel staff would probably iron a garment for you if required. There are no tea or coffee facilities in the rooms but the drinks are available... More
I would think there are facilities for ironing, although I did not need them. The hotel staff would probably iron a garment for you if required. There are no tea or coffee facilities in the rooms but the drinks are available downstairs and there is also the Saga lounge where tea, coffee and biscuits are available free of charge.