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Santa Maria a Poneta
Reviewed November 3, 2011

What a wonderful place to stay. I don't even know where to begin. The property is perfect. Absolutely no complaints. We (2 adults and a 1 year old) stayed in the Barberino apartment and it was everything we hoped it would be. Very spacious, great patio, wonderful furnishings, etc. This apartment was great for us, but could easily fit a larger family or another couple comfortably. The hosts, Riccardo and Suzanne, were wonderful and helped with anything we needed while staying with them. They had a baby crib and high chair available for our daughter so we didn't have to travel with them, which was a huge help. We also had the chance to visit their other property, Il Paganello, for a wine tasting with Riccardo and it too was a perfect Tuscan setting. Riccardo's wines are wonderful and shipped some back with us to enjoy back at home. The location is central to almost all the Tuscan highlights so you can easily travel all over.

I only wish we could have stayed longer. We'll have to return soon and stay at Il Paganello next time so we can compare.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

WOW!!! If you are looking for a Tuscany experience and hospitality that is top of the line than this is the place. Riccardo and Suzanne go out of there way to ensure you trip to Tuscany is all you want it to be. We asked for help with private cooking lessons, tours of historic wine cellars as well as state of the art wine production and they delivered everything we asked for. Everything I imagined and hoped for. Our apartment was a dream. The grounds are beautiful and the area is so charming. You are within 30 minutes of some of the most popular places to visit in Tuscany. San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena and Firenza are all within an hour drive. Riccardo is very knowledgable about the historic sites and whatever we wanted he had solutions. What a wonderful place. I only wish we could have stayed longer. By all means, this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

The property was really fantastic. We are a family with an 18 month baby, he adored playing in the garden, playing in the pool, and visiting the horses every morning. We didn't even need to head out to explore to have a great time with him!

The apartment was lovely (we stayed in the Vico apartment). Perfect for a couple with a baby.

Our only real complaint is that we had specifically enquired about WIFI access as we both need to work while we travel, and WIFI is crucial for us. We were assured that all apartments have WIFI. However, when we arrived, we were told that in fact our apartment did not get WIFI, but that you had to sit out by the pool or on the terrace of one of the apartments in the main house, so there was a direct line of sight to the antenna.

This was unacceptable to us as we had to be near our son, and you cannot work effectively out by the pool (in the cold and the rain on some nights), as there is no power supply.

Riccardo did his best to try to find an alternate solution for us, running a cable from the main house, through our window and into our apartment. However, we then had cables running all around the apartment (dangerous for the baby to pull and trip over) and we could still only get one computer at a time to hook up to internet as it was a land connection and not Wifi. Which meant that only one of us could work at a time, and we had to take turns. it made for an extremely stressful holiday, as we ended up having to work until the middle of the night most nights because we had to share the computer.

We would not have booked this apartment if they had been up front with us on the Wifi limitations.

Otherwise, if Wifi access is not of great importance to you... then I'd highly recommend Santa Maria a Poneta.

One other note to any families with young children... beside the main house is a children's playhouse. My son happily went inside to play, and instantly a nest of wasps from inside the playhouse swarmed him. I had to dive in and pull him out. He was uninjured, but I was stung. PLEASE don't let this happen to you. It could have been disastrous. The playhouse is not kept up, don't let your children play near it.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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ricbord, Owner at Santa Maria a Poneta, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2011

Dear Deborah
thank you for your review, and your good words about our property.
Unfortunately, as you know, we had a bad storm which damage all our wi-fy sistem.
We try to do our best for guarantee to you the use of internet access, even if it was not a wi-fi access.
We have a daily care of the pool area and of the big gardens but in the countryside it is quite normal to have some animals, especially in the summertime.
If there are some problems, we prefer our guests make direct complaints because we can try to solve them. As you know we have a very helpfull staff.
Hoping to guest you again, we will do our best for guarantee to you a good stay, as we do for all our guests.
best regards
Riccardo

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Reviewed September 11, 2011

We stayed at the Santa Maria a Poneta for a week in August. We had the San'Appiano appartment that is just perfect for a couple. A nice and well maintained little appartment with a nice bedroom, a small sitting room, a well appointed kitchenette and a bathroom. Everything clean and welcoming. The only small negative point is that there is only a small fridge with no freezer making it impossible to keep frozen food or ice-cream.
When at the house, we took all our meals in the very pleasant veranda. Nothing better than breakfast in the veranda on a sunny morning.
The pool was very pleasant and never crowded and was like a magnet after returning from a visit in beautiful (and hot) Tuscany.
Santa Maria a Poneta is very central and we visited Florence, Sienna, Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra and many other places while staying.
Riccardo and Susanna the owners are leaving on the grounds and are just perfect hosts, discreet, helpful and very sympathetic.
Santa Maria a Poneta is a beautiful place that can definitely be recommended :-).
Thanks again to Riccardo and Susanna.

Raoul and Pascale

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

We stayed in a bueautifull apartment, well kept and fully equiped. A small sittingroom and kitchenette, a large bedroom with a terrace where we can eat outside.
The bathroom was a bit small but clean and fresh towels and bedlinens.
Everything was tidy and wel maintained. The beautifull swimmingpool with the chairs and umbrella's, every day clean and setup by a nice man, Danillo, he maintained the property very thourough. We will come back one day, that is for sure.

Alice and Ben Weemering.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

Off the typical touristic routes, but still close to the main places of interest ( San Gimignano, Siena, Florence, and so many other cute hiltop towns to discover!)
Our apartment was very nice, with access to a beautiful pool in a very peaceful garden.
The silence and the fresh breeze at night after hot days around the area, with nobody to stress us... I wouldn't have left!
Very relaxing!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

They say the first is always the best. Well, we can confirm it. We came to this place five years ago first. Then we stayed at many other places in Tuscany, but we could not forget out first Tuscan experience, so we decided to return. Nothing has changed. It is still one of the most wonderful farmhouses in Tuscany. The house is hundreds of years old, the garden is huge and the whole atmosphere is very unique. There is something special in the air, that we can not explain. You have to feel it yourself. Highly recommended place, such as the other property of Riccardo and Susanna, called Il Paganello.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Strada di Poneta 50/a, 50021, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Barberino Val d'Elsa
Price Range: $110 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Country House Santa Maria a Poneta, rental holiday apartments in Tuscany facing Sangimignano. Traditional farmhouse with trained horses & pool, for a relaxing vacation in Italy near Florence and Siena ... more   less 
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