We had a pleasant stay at Le Caggiole over six nights. The room was spotless and the freshly-ironed embroidered linens an unexpected treat. The highlight had to be the wonderful homemade breakfasts prepared with pride by sweet mama Ornella, who spoke little English but is a baker extraordinaire. Each morning the large and satisfying continental spread included three different kinds of exquisite, artisanal-quality coffee cakes, often fruit-filled. Luckily, our days' adventures involved so much walking and climbing that the calories did not seem to matter!
We know Ornella's cooking skills extend far beyond breakfast and were very disappointed that not once during our stay could a special homemade dinner be arranged on the premises. Giacomo had warned us in advance that the availablity of the meal was not guaranteed, and he told us one morning that they need at least eight guests signed up for dinner in order for it to be economically feasible. Because of people's different schedules, unfortunately the most we could come up with on any given day was six. We understand this and only want people who are making new bookings not to count too much on having Ornella's Tuscan dinner. We heard nothing about cooking classes either and perhaps should have asked, but it probably would have been the same thing, with a minimum number of enrollees required.
One thing I'd point out is that, if you're relying on the website for information, as of this date it does not appear to have been updated for some time because Giacomo's father has apparently passed on, and also, saffron is no longer grown on the farm. Giacomo himself, a beekeeper incidentally, is a reserved gentleman and tends not to fraternize with guests; but when asked for assistance during regular office hours, he very graciously provides information and can be drawn into conversation about the interesting history of his family on their property. He also offers helpful suggestions on dining and lesser-known places to visit in the area (heavy on scenery and views, maybe a bit less on absorbing real-life Italy). We recommend not loading too much into one day's itinerary so you can enjoy time at each stop. Also, be proactive in asking about farm tours or other advertised services you might be interested in (and any associated fees). You should have a lovely time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by secular olive trees, oaks and helm-oaks, immersed in the heart of a faunal reservoir. All the premises,have been wisely restructured, and enriched with original furnishings finely restored. .The intention is that of making our guests feel a dive in the calm rural environment of the past, without lacking any comfort: nature, history, art and relax in this part of Tuscany where you will rediscover the pleasure of simple things. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Le Caggiole Hotel Montepulciano