I won't repeat all the great things others have written ... well, maybe some of them ;)
We stayed 5 nights, and were very happy with our choice. I'll list the pros and cons, although the cons are all minor
-short drive to Siena, yet allows you to stay in a rural setting with beautiful views
-the patio, where you can sit anytime, and where we ate breakfast, has a great view of Siena and the countryside
-the pool was a fantastic way to refresh from the July heatwave we were in, and they even have colored lights in the pool for swimming at night
-nice breakfasts, with snacks and cold drinks available at anytime in the kitchen
-I worry about soundproofing in bed and breakfast type places, but our room had separate doors just inside the main door: one door to the bathroom and one to the bedroom - so with both doors closed, we found soundproofing very good (if you just close the main door, and leave the door to the bedroom area open, you can hear people walking of talking if they are in the hall, but then again, I have found this in most hotels)
-as everyone has said, Mario and Elisabetta are wonderful hosts - to give you an idea of this, my wife was crying when we said goodbye to them! They truly want their guests to be happy.
-if you don't have a car, you will likely find the location inconvenient. I guess it's possible to stay here without one, but if I didn't have a car, I'd probably look at one of the hotels inside Siena itself
-since you are out in the countryside (although only about a 5-7 minute drive from the outskirts of Siena) and there is no restaurant on site, you don't have the amenities of a city hotel
I would easily stay here again if I wanted to be in the Siena area. It's actually a perfect spot to have as a home base to explore most of Tuscany. Most of Tuscany's highlights are within an hour's drive, including Florence, Monalcino, Chianti region, Arezzo and Cortona, San Gimignano, etc.
Keep in mind they close over the winter, and they get booked up very far ahead, so if you are planning a trip, book with them early, or you might be out of luck ;)
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