We stayed at Sant'Egle for 3 nights with our 2 children... and really regret that our visit was so short.
First and foremost, Erika and Alessandro are 2 extremely good hosts; there is always someone present to answer questions and they provide many helpful tips on how to visit this very nice region (that is not that well known to tourists visiting Tuscany). By the way, staying at Sant'Egle entitles you to reduced prices for a series of local visits, such as the Etruscan necropole close to Sovana and the vie cave which can be found at various sites close to Sant'Egle.
Besides their hospitality, they are also extremely efficient, as we were able to discover within the first seconds after our arrival with our dying dog in our arms. After a few phone calls, they managed to find a veterinarian for us on a Sunday afternoon in August, and Alessandro actually drove us there himself (almost an hour's drive on difficult roads unknown to us) and stayed with us, on his own precious time, until our dog's condition improved thanks to treatment.
Secondly, the accomodation itself: the house (400 years old?) and rooms are beautiful. We stayed in the Piccioni room. The decoration is warm and has been chosen with taste. There is a small fridge in the room containing several local products (organic apple juice, beer, dried sausage), and which is very convenient to store excellent local produce bought in Pitigliano for example, to eat as a noon picnic in the garden at one of the tables made available to guests. As for the garden, it is absolutely magical: there are a series of spots to sit or lie down down, each with their own charm. The material used is simple and natural: no bright-colored plastic chairs here... just wood, hay, metal, cloth, cane etc. Each spot has a different view, for example on the grape vine, or towards the more distant horizon with a wheat field. Some spots are in the sun, others in the shade. We didn't have enough time to test each spot... too bad.
For those who are interested, there is a TV in the room... we forgot to turn it on... even the children. There is also wifi.
Breakfast is served in a pleasant well-decorated room; every morning there are fruit jams and conserves produced at sant'Egle (and which can be purchased in a little shop in a separate room), and excellent cakes (although I assume it is the case, I forgot to ask Erika if she makes them herself), in addition to cereal, bread, and very nice yoghurt. Given what we tasted for breakfast, we regret we were not there on a weekend when Erika cooks dinner... it must be excellent, and this is actually an excellent excuse for going back to Sant'Egle one day! You can also buy various fresh organic vegetables.
Another thing we appreciated at Sant'Egle and that we have already experienced at rare other farms where we have stayed in the past is that Erika promotes local producers, artists etc... products from neighboring farms like apple juice and beer can be bought. She was preparing to expose paintings made by a Florentine artist in the breakfast-room. We saw a program for concerts/representations that take place in the garden during the summer.
This is not an agriturismo... it's an ART DE VIVRE that we should all take a lesson from.
I'm sure I have forgotten some things about sant'Egle that are worth noting... not to mention all there is to visit in the region: Pitigliano is beautiful and this is an authentic town not only for tourists, Sorano Baths, Sovana with it's etruscan necropolis and museum, the lago di bolsena not far away, the vie cave with beautiful walks in the woods, Saturnia Baths are breath-taking, etc etc. Horse stables nearby. Bikes available at sant'Egle of you don't take your own to visit the surroundings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic home was Customs in 1600 where those who crossed the border between the Papal States and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, stopped in search of refreshment. The charm of a historic mansion so full of legends has been carefully restored and is the destination for those looking for an exclusive place, tastefully decorated, featuring organic Tuscan hospitality and genuine flavor. We grow spirulina , saffron , stevia RebA, fruit and vegetables following the method synergistic biological and biodynamic, we are organic certified from Suolo e Salute with operator number 31152. Sant'Egle is a eco-friendly, zero-impact and preserver of biodiversity. WWF Italia has rewarded as the best farm in Italy for sustainability and conservation of biodiversity. 100% of the energy used comes from renewable sources. The heating, as the hot water of santari is provided by solar panels, fireplace and a condensing boiler. The rainwater is used for irrigation of the agricultural part. The breakfast as all the dishes of our restaurant are made with farm produce bio or organic farms in the area. The garden, the property and each room create environments through objects, colors and communicative artifacts exhibited in rotation by artists from around the world. We have maximum 18 beds in double single use , double, triple and quadruple, all with private bath and private entrance . All guests have access to a porch furnished with comfortable sofas and pillows, a garden with an old tree under which there are tables, chairs, chaise long , hammocks , a gazebo to enjoy unique moments of relaxation and a theater where straw during the summer you can watch the movie under the stars and performances of various kinds . ... more less
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