Posted Jun 7, 2013 on Hotels
This is a beautiful grand old building in lovely surroundings on the outskirts of Florence. There were oranges and lemons on the trees, large gardens and olive groves. The sweeping gravel drive and high ceilings in the main house and breakfast room are spectacular. We booked 2 double rooms but in fact had an apartment with 3 double rooms ,2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and upstairs outside terrace.The advert said there were bbq facilities which we didnt find. The microwave didnt work( turntable missing) and we were advised not to use the stove as it caused too much cleaning afterwards. We had booked this villa specifically so that we could cook when we returned late each evening, this was a disappointment. There is a bus or 30 minute walk downhill (and 60 minutes back up!) to Florence for restaurants,but we didnt find any local shops selling groceries. After some negotiation we eventually got a kettle for use on the stove and cups so could at least make tea, but cooking facilities should not be advertised - and charged for - if in fact they are not available. The television did not work,and the wifi/internet was only available in one of the bathrooms in our apartment! This aside,the apartment was clean, the bathrooms and showers were great and the beds comfortable. The young lady who checked us in and served the continental breakfast each morning was very friendly. I would definitely stay here again, but ensure use of all the facilities as advertised before going!