Beautiful farmhouse close to San Gimignano
While driving around Tuscany, my mother and I spent two nights in the guest apartment of Podere Pretoia. Our hosts were incredibly welcoming and hospitable, and although they didn't speak a lot of English, we had no problems with our booking because we did everything online through Expedia. They greeted us as soon as we arrived and presented us with a fresh loaf of bread, homemade pasta, wine from their vineyard and fresh tomatoes from their garden. Needless to say we enjoyed a delicious dinner that evening. The accommodations were rustic which we enjoyed because it reminded us of our old farmhouse in New Hampshire. They had a lot of pamphlets and books with recommendations of where to go and what to see. I only wish we had booked our stay earlier so we could have stayed all week!
Pros: Free wifi, privacy in the apartment, beautiful grounds for exploring, proximity to San Gimignano
Location: Quick drive to San Gimignano, lovely to walk around on the roads and watch the sunset over the Tuscan hills.