Just back from a superb week staying in the Tartagli accommodation (Sangiovese room) which is part of Il Fontanaro.
This was our first proper holiday with our 10 month old daughter so we were very keen to ensure we found somewhere that would be suitable and child friendly. We couldnt have picked a better choice.
The tartagli accommodation was slightly better for our needs in our opinion with the baby because you could buggy walk into Paciano from there (which we did many evenings!) whereas it would be a bit more challenging from Fontanaro as its a few minutes further from the town along a hilly unpaved road.
Without a baby Il Fontanaro is possibly more charming as it is a beautiful farmhouse, however staying at Tartagli you're more than welcome to go there for wine/oil tasting or the cooking class so we ended up spending some time in both.
A high chair, travel cot and baby bath were all provided and of a high standard, and the whole accommodation was very baby friendly (easy to cordon off areas for playing in etc).
The vegetable garden is also terrific and we cooked much of the food for the baby from the garden (and a few dishes for ourselves!) which was a real treat.
Paciano is small (2 restaurants, 2 bars) but very unspoilt and charming and a great option for evenings where you dont want to be more ambitious and venture to the many hilltowns within an hour drive.
Lucia and Alina are fantastic hosts and make a great team. Alina is very knowledgeable about the local area and helped us build up an itinerary of fun things to do over the week (thoroughly recommend the winery / lunch visit to Avignonesi which is spectacular, at house massages were also great).
We also did the cooking course at Fontanaro which was a fun experience, Alina organised a babysitter for us who came to the house and did a great job keeping our daughter entertained while we cooked nearby. The baby was then able to join us for lunch afterwards and try the food. All in all it was very comfortable and impeccable support for helping parents have some fun adult time comfortable in the knowledge the baby was only metres away and well looked after.
We would gladly go back and are considering another trip with some friends with similar aged infants next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At FONTANARO the main estate there are 2 homes for rent: the leccino and frantoio. Fonte Cicerum is the private maxi villa available also with private chef. Tartagli estate have the homes named Brunello Sagrantino Sangiovese Fontegirasole is shared with Sassicaia Tignanello Ornellaia guida al tasso and Desiderio homes. Each unit have its own eco infinity swiming pool, AC (but not at fontanaro as it is 100 ecological and run by solar panels) wi fi, fully equipped kitchen with dish washer and washing machine or separate laundry satellite TV ipod speaker, welcome soaps, welcome breakfast for the first day with eggs, organic honey, milk etc etc. ... more less