We booked a 2 bedroom top floor "cottage" for our family of 5. The place was very nice but definately needed some new amenities for the price and quality expected. The big problem was there is no air- conditioning, which in August, is an issue. We would have loved a fan or two--how costly could that be??? but had to deal with just the fresh air and occasional breezes however the mosquitos were vicious so it was very hard to open the windows and doors without being swarmed. We had to leave the lights off in the evening--no joke--as to not attract too many bugs inside. We immediatley went to the local supermarket to buy bug candles to light outside so we could dine alfresco. But that did not help our situation inside. We got eaten alive. It would be nice if the Fattoria would provide a bug candle but also mosquito netting or screens for the bad buggy months.
Also, the kitchen was very lacking with cooking utensils. We had no oven, which was a surprise, but not a huge issue as we had a BBQ. However, inside, there was no kettle, no potholders, only a few knives, no dish rack so we piled the wet dishes all over the counter etc. We did have a toaster but many of our neighbors did not. No salt & pepper & dish soap was also a real pain. I think they could put the salt/pep in the refrigerator if they are worried about bugs. Many places we stayed across Italy had condiments in their cupboards and we appreciated it! Also, it was very hard to find charcoal as many stores were sold out. We were almost not able to use our BBQ and cook our big steaks until we tried one last hardware store and bought the last bag. I am sure the Fattoria has charcoal and salt/pepper etc from when guests leave, as we left plenty. It would be nice if they offered these items to new guests who wanted it.
One last negative: our bedroom window was upstairs and our neighbors would often sit outside their side of the cottage and drink and smoke and chat to all hours. We had to have some air in the bedroom so had to leave the wooden shutters open a bit or would have died. Needless to say it was hard to sleep. Then sometimes in the morning when we were trying to sleep-in, they would get up early to catch a train or whatever and would be talking and banging around. We didn't want to say anything and cause a rift with our neighbors but it would be nice if there were some general rules posted about this sort of thing.
We did love the setting and the area is not far from Florence and Siena and there is loads of space for the kids to run around and play without worry. There is a swing set and tennis court and ping pong table. The Pool was very nice although loaded with WASPS--i would suggest some sort of wasp/hornet catchers/deterrents.
The other big issue is the lack of WIFI. It is available at the main office area but this is not convenient and many of us do have to do a bit of work on holiday, check in with family via email, or book museums online [a must!] so Wifi should be installed at all cottages. Their complimentary wine tasting was very nice and they even let the kids come and have juice. All in all it was a nice place but needs some updating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 18 apartments, surrounded by greenery, are located amongst the vineyards and olive groves of the countryside. All have recently been renovated making best use of the typical elements of Tuscan farmhouses. Fattoria Pagnana is divided into 2 separate complexes: il Loggiato and il Borgo, each with its own swimming pool and parking. Il Loggiato, open all year, is composed of a single L-shaped farmhouse with 4 apartments (in addition to the Alla Pagnana B&B), whilst il Borgo of 4 individual houses has been divided into 14 apartments. Designed to accommodate from 2 to 6 guests, all apartments are tastefully furnished retaining the traditional flavor of the area, each with either a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette thus allowing complete autonomy. To enhance your stay there are two swimming pools, a tennis court, a playground, a mini football pitch and volleyball area, as well as numerous barbecues ready for use. Every week we organize tastings of our wine and olive oil, as well as a typical Tuscan grill and/or pizza night to share an occasion with friends. We highlight local markets, guided tours and other selected activities to help you discover the most authentic Tuscany. ... more less
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