We spent 5 days during Easter holidays there and we loved it.
La Borriana is a very remote typical Tuscan country house. They have their own vine yard and olive oil production. The place is well maintained it looks like renovation took place yesterday (it was done in 2005). Our room (apartments are also available) was extremely nice and lovely furnished in a traditional rustic style. Besides the country house there is a restaurant in an extra building with a terrace including the swimming pool. Unfortunately we could not use it at the time of our visit, because the pool was just recovered from its winter sleep and the weather was not warm enough to enjoy a cooling dip.
Breakfast was not of the big buffet style with an endless selection of food (e.g. no ham, sausages, or eggs but if you ask you probably will get some). Nevertheless for us it was more than enough, because we had booked half board and enjoyed delicious dinner (including three courses) at their own restaurant every night. The dishes were typical Tuscan specialities, freshly prepared and served with a lot of passion. Thanks to Fedra (the good spirit of the restaurant) for the entertaining evenings.
We also tasted a lot of their own vine, which went perfectly together with the dishes.
The people running La Borriana, Alessandro and Francesca are very nice and helped a lot when it came to our planning of daily trips.
The country house is very remote, close to the village of Carmingnano and around 20 min by car from Florence. It is located on a hill, surrounded by vine yards, olive groves and small forests. If you prefer nature and quietness (besides birds twitter) than this location is perfect.
We used La Borriana as our home base and started our daily tours to Tuscany (Siena, Lucca, Pisa, etc.) from there, which was absolutely fine. But for exploring the very south of Tuscany we would stay further south, since we did not like to drive for 3 hours just one direction.
The remoteness of La Borriana also has one big disadvantage: it is very difficult to find for the first time. The address on their website (as well as on tripadvisor) is not accurate enough to find the place with your navigation system. Hint: find Via Arrendevole and drive until the intersection with Via Montalgeto. There you will find also one of the few signs directing you to La Borriana. Follow the sign on a dirt road up the hill and you will be there. Alternatively here are the GPS coordinates recorded by our GPS device: 43° 47' 30'' N, 11° 1' 39'' E (if you enter this on Google Maps you will recognise that there is no road leading to this point, but in satellite mode you will see the resort).
All in all we had a wonderful holiday, felt very cosy and welcomed by the staff and can definitely recommend this place!
- Also Known As:
- Tenuta La Borriana Carmignano, Italy - Tuscany
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tenuta La Borrana is the idela place to stay for holidays and life outdoor. Placed on the beautiful Tuscan hills, it is just 20km far from Florence and close to the most beutiful Tuscan towns. The farmhouse has rooms, apartments equipped with all comforts, a panoramic swimming pool with solarium space and a tyical restaurant placed in the old barn.To not forget the farm where guests can buy our wines, olive oil, jams and honey. ... more less
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