We stayed while walking with friends from Sienna to Florence with Alternative Travel group. What a delight. The front door opened just as we arrived to a very warm welcome at the end of an excellent days walking. We were introduced to the family and to the house before being shown to our rooms. The room was excellent, very well appointed and certainly would challenge many a four star Country House hotel in the UK. The very large bathroom could best be described as typically Italian and full of character. The complimentary toiletries were memorable in being of an outstanding quality and presentation.
Wine from the owners own estate enjoyed in the garden overlooking the typically Tuscan landscape set the tone for the evening.
Dinner was one of the best meals on our holiday. Possibly as it was a truly Tuscan in style and presentation but we felt we were enjoying the dinner our hosts had cooked for their own meal. No menu, basically eat what is put in front of you, yes a simple either or choice for the main course, hotel keeping as it should be. Enjoyed with more wine from the estate.
We met all the family during our stay including Rocco the dog. All were charming and brilliant hosts.
We really want to keep this hotel our secret as we will be going back when we next visit Florence that is only a short bus journey away although we walked!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The story of this villa is also the story of the Landi family that lives there from nine generations. Old Medieval Tower House from the 1200, "Il Leccio" was transformed by the Landi family in Villa in the eighteenth century, and used as a country residence. Become prosperous farm in XIX Century with Emilio, and extended by the passion of his nephew Carlo, was finally converted into a beautiful country resort by his daughter, Maria Luisa. The recent restoration has brought back the original splendor of the halls, almost all painted, making the atmosphere sophisticated but at the same time warm and familiar. The villa has maintained its architectural integrity, with 11 rooms, as many as were those originally belonging to members of the family and its servants. Depending on their category they might have windows overlooking the inner courtyard of the Medieval Well, or the Tuscan landscape or on the shaded oak trees park which surrounds the Villa. ... more less
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