A truly delightful villa in a beautiful setting. We’ve recently returned from our second visit to Le Ginepraie and found it even more enchanting than the first time. Over the years we’ve stayed at some stunning places in Italy and France but Le Ginepraie stands way above all the rest. Put simply, it’s the only place we’ve wanted to visit again.
Set in rolling Tuscan countryside near the hamlet of Pignano, this is a holiday location for those who want to relax away from the world. Yet, for those who want a break from lounging by the pool, the major attractions of Siena and Florence are less than an hour away, with the hill towns of San Gimignano, Volterra and Monteriggioni being much closer.
The accommodation is faultless and elegantly decorated and furnished. We’re thinking of making our next visit in Spring, Autumn or Winter in order to make more use of the interior. Because in Summer, life is spent outside. We take our meals, apart from some poolside refreshment, in the loggia (including some of the preparation). There is a terrace for those who like to be in full sun. And cooking outside is possible with either the barbecue or wood-fired oven. The latter takes a bit to get used to but after a couple of attempts a fresh-made pizza is sublime.
But what makes Le Ginepraie extra special are the owners, Valerio and Paola. Their enthusiasm for life and the locale is infectious. They are unobtrusive, yet are there anytime for help and guidance (from ideas for walks to restaurant bookings). This adds another dimension to a wonderful destination.
I have no doubt that we will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Le Ginepraie, a typical 17th century Tuscan farmhouse, with private chef and private restaurant only for the guest, stands on a knoll surrounded by hills, offering a superb panorama. Even though the location enjoys total tranquillity, it is in a strategic position between San Gimignano, Volterra, Colle Val d'Elsa, Siena, Florence and the sea, which can all be reached easily. The private swimming pool and large garden encourage relaxation, sunbathing and reading, while the surrounding countryside offers a number of pleasant walks. In other words, Villa Ginepraie offers itself as a unique place to spend a restful holiday with your friends and family, only a short distance from Tuscany's art, history and entertainment.The three roomy apartments and the two bedrooms that make up the Villa are elegant, but warm and welcoming at the same time. ... more less