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“Two nights in beautiful Colognole”

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Agriturismo e B&B Colognole
Ranked #1 of 2 Rufina B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Two nights in beautiful Colognole”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

My husband and I stayed two nights in Colognole and we had a wonderful time. We were travelling to various places nearby (Florence and Cinque Terre as well as Colognole), so we'd decided not to rent a car as it sounded like having one would be more of a hassle than a convenience for the most part. We were right in all cases except Colognole--we tried to get there by taking the train from Florence to Scopeti and then a regional bus from Scopeti to Colognole, but the bus never showed up! The agriturismo is up a very windy road on the mountain and there's really no good way of getting up there without a car. Luckily, we called reception and the lovely Federica came down in her car to rescue us, which she was in no way obliged to do, so we thought that was really above and beyond! The staff even gave us a lift back to Scopeti at the end of our stay so we wouldn't have to risk the bus again. We were only there for one full day really, but I think for longer stays it would be worth having a car, not just to get there easily but to be able to visit nearby points of interest. As it was, we spent the day very pleasantly hiking on the nearby trails, relaxing by the pool, and taking the agriturismo's wine and olive oil tour, so we found ways to keep entertained without a car.

The wine tour (led by Federica, who was very nice and impressively knowledgeable) was very interesting, and ended with a tasting of some of their wines and their extra-high quality olive oil--yum! The wines ranged from quite good to excellent.

The property itself is beautiful, the pool is nice (not heated so I found it too cold to actually swim in, though the day was quite hot, but lots of other guests were able to handle it so it was probably just me), the air is fresh and the views are stunning, Our room was really spacious, clean and comfortable, and the decor was charming. The staff, whether at the front desk or in the restaurant, was unfailingly friendly and helpful.

Finally, I just have to add that the restaurant itself is wonderful. We chose the half-board option, which included both breakfast and dinner, and I can't recommend that option enough, as it really seems to be a bargain. When we were there the system was very casual; half-boarders are given a ticket for each meal that they hand in to the host at the restaurant; this entitles them to an antipasto, pasta course, and meat course of their choice from the menu (wine, coffee, dessert etc cost extra, of course.) As far as we could tell there were no limitations on menu options for half-boarders versus restaurant clientele, so my husband in particular went crazy and had three courses on both nights (I only managed an antipasto and a pasta course as portions were very large.) Everything we tried was excellent, and the recommendations from the host were particularly good (she suggested a sausage and grape pasta for me that I was a bit skeptical about, and it ended up being the best thing I ate over seven days in Italy.)

If I had one little quibble it would be that the breakfast was a bit limited--continental, of course, but not even much in the way of choice for pastries and breads. It would be really nice if they offered some fresh fruit, since the evening meals are so heavy. (I realize that the desire for fruit in the mornings is probably a bit of an Americanism, though.)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We have spent there a week.
Nice, quiet place with swimming pool and good restaurant.
The only thing we did not like - dry bread for breakfast.
Very good service, nice and clean rooms.
We attended also wine testing - very nice experience :) and wine quite good (red wine, not the white one).

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We rested 5 days, it was a memorable stay. Fresh air, beautiful mountains, beautiful scenery, delicious wine!
The farm is located high in the mountains (450 meters), just around the nature and the mountains.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Valkenswaard, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We were very surprised by the magnificent location and view of Colognole. We were hospitably received bij Mario our host. The room was luxurious en clean. It is definitely worth the price, You get great value for money! We were two nights at Colognole. If there is a next time we will definitely come back and then we will make sure we stay a few days longer!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Escazú, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Colognole is truly an amazing place, definitely the best place of our entire trip (we went to Austria, Venice, Firenze, Roma, Trieste, Croatia and Positano).. Mario is a wonderful host and the property is breathtaking... I wish I had spent additional days at Colognole!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cesare C, Proprietario at Agriturismo e B&B Colognole, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Hola Carolina y Carlos,
our first guests from Costa Rica. Thank you for your kind words and hope to see you soon back to Europe and .... to Colognole of course!
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Brevard, North Carolina
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

We had arranged a visit to the winery and were hosted wonderfully by Signore Cesare Coda Nunziante. It was a good choice also to stay on the estate's B&B. There was restoration going on at the main building (ready June 2013 maybe), so we stayed in the "Acorn" room near the restaurant. The host, Matteo, is a fun guy and having lived in England (with a Kiwi mum) speaks our lingo well. The food was very plentiful...'antipasto uno per due' was enough for dinner...and the main course almost too much meat. Skip the pasta unless you weigh over 250 lbs. Too cool to use the pool, but it looked great. Getting there from the north via SS67 is pretty zig-zaggy; but if you come that way try the trattoria in tiny S. Euphemia. A great location with a view, and tranquility.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

Even with the chilly weather (we went in March and were the only guests, right at the beginning of the season but we had wedding documents to organise) the scenery was breathtaking and the place (once we found it) was really lovely. They were renovating the main building and so had some scaffolding around it but it didn't detract from the beauty of the place.
The room was perfect and even better it was a steal (very surprised at how spacious and comfortable the room was for the money) the staff welcomed us with a nice glass of colognole's own chianti and Matteo stayed slightly later than we thought we'd be checking in to greet us and guide us from the road :0)
The restaurant was another 5 stars and very busy with the locals which was great to see as we had arrived out of season :0) we were again very looked after by the staff who helped us translate the menu and find whatever we wanted to eat. With a great chef also, the food was superb and I think we both came away 5 lbs heavier at least!
We were heading into the region for wine tasting etc and again Matteo came up trumps helping us out with our wine tour enquiries his English was top notch.
All in all we had a wonderful trip and a lovely stay here

  • Stayed March 2013
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Cesare C, Responsabile reception at Agriturismo e B&B Colognole, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
It was an absolute pleasure to look after you. I hope you will come and see us next time and I will make sure there will be two glasses of wine here waiting for you. I wish you the very best for your wedding in Tuscany.

Matteo
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Property: Agriturismo e B&B Colognole
Address: Via del Palagio, 39, 50068 Rufina, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Rufina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Rufina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Agriturismo e B&B Colognole 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Agritourism Colognole lies in the hills that rise on the left bank of the river Sieve, some 30 km east of Florence. Set in a spectacular environment, surrounded by amazing colours, is the ideal location both for some relaxing days by the green and the pool, enjoying excellent food, and for nature walks, mountain biking, horse riding, tennis players. All of the buildings on the estate boast panoramic views of the Valdisieve, and our guests may enjoy our English-speaking hospitality staff, make use of the swimming pool, enjoy local dishes in the Restaurant "Il Colognolo" located right in the heart of our winery complex, stroll the hiking trails which cover the estate, as well as arrange for tastings of the docg Wines and Olive Oil produced on the estate.Guests staying at our agriturismo can reach all of Tuscany's important cities within an hour or two. The town of Rufina, just a few kilometres away, offers frequent trains to the city centre of Florence, just 30 minutes away.Colognole's nearness to the Apennine mountain chain makes its landscape quite rugged and wild, but its location also means that the summer heat is more bearable here, thanks to the light breezes that flow down from the mountain heights. ... more   less 
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