We spent a week in a one-bedroomed apartment at Il Paggino, and found overall that there were some very good points to our stay, combined with some that were average.
Firstly, the good - the location is beautiful as others have said (the road is close by, but we didn't find that this detracted from the tranquility of our visit). Our apartment was quite spacious for our party of three (2 adults and teenage son), with two bathrooms. It had a beautiful terrace with plentiful garden furniture, perfect for sharing a glass of wine and watching the sun set over the hills and valley. We liked the pool area and found that there were enough sunbeds and parasols for everyone - had some lovely swims in there, admiring the views. Also, Il Paggino is close to Radda in Chianti - there is a wide choice of restaurants and trattorias in every price range, together with some interesting shops. A great way to spend a morning is browsing the little shops whilst stopping for a coffee & pastry in one of the cafes. The Co-op there is well-stocked too.
However, on balance we felt that our particular apartment was somewhat tired, in particular the kitchen area and two bathrooms which would benefit from some general improvement. Our main bedroom was large and decorated in a rustic style which was ok, and my son had the sofa bed in the living area, but this was old and tatty with stained cushions etc. Kitchen equipment was on the poor side. This contributed to our overall impression that the apartments particularly (and I cannot comment on the B&B rooms) are suffering from a lack of close attention, which echoes the experiences of others staying here at the same time. Maintenance around the grounds, particularly near the pool where broken glass was not cleared for a few days, was not done regularly. As others have commented, we did not see the owners after our check-in at 6pm on Saturday - we had a friendly welcome, but upon leaving a week later were nowhere to be seen.
So, our fair assessment of our holiday accommodation was some really good features, but others not so great.
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- Il Paggino Radda In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany