I almost want NOT to post a review here because I want to keep this place a secret. It is that wonderful!!
Everything was just lovely: the postcard worthy location, the place itself, the manicured grounds, the friendly owner and staff, the amenities, the food, the recommendations they gave us for restaurants and day trips... EVERYTHING was just great. We came from Venice and Rome (which are pretty pricey cities) and I was also pleased with the price of the room.
I think it is a really good place for a family reunion (perhaps soon!); we brought our 9 months baby with us and they had everything we needed: high chair, baby bath, baby cot, etc.
Pool wasn't heated but when it's hot, that is refreshing. We loved having breakfast every morning in the garden.
I would love to be back again and stay for a month or so...
Irene, Chiara and Dori were great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Al Gelso Bianco is located in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Chianti area, the Val d'Elsa, just a stone's throw from the cities of Florence and Siena (16 miles from Florence and 19 miles from Siena). Arriving to the resort along the cypress lined avenue will give visitors a preview of the love and care that the owners give to this enchanted place. Practically a hamlet in itself, it enjoys the privileged position of sitting opposite the 10th century Romanesque church of Sant'Appiano (X a.C) and the soaring towers of San Gimignano in the distance. Al Gelso Bianco is immersed in the green of the Valacchi Agricultural Estate Typical products of this marvellous land, such as Chianti DOCG wine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grappa and Vin Santa dessert wine, have been produced here for many years. During your stay at Al Gelso Bianco you can enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting in the cellar, a relaxing time at the swimming pool, a visit to the most important cities of Tuscany just few kilometres away, a cooking classes, a Tuscan dinner prepared in our amazing garden or having fun at a pizza party. We are available to help you in booking museums, licensed professional guides for private tours, restaurants, mountain bikes, baby sitters, and whatever you need to make your stay a pleasant, relaxing and true Tuscan experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Al Gelso Bianco Farm-Holiday Resort Italy/Barberino Val D'Elsa, Tuscany