Catching up with my reviews so feel I have to start by saying we stayed at this fab B&B for three nights in June 2012 whilst on a month tour of northern Italy.
I've split my review into good and not so good points so here goes:-
This very old Florentine villa has been turned into a very stylish B&B by the owners. The meet & greet was immediate & very friendly. Assistance was offered with our cases. We were shown to our very large bedroom on the ground floor (not sure if there’s a lift so you may wish to check) and the bathroom is adequate and of the period. Toiletries were of a good standard.
The gardens are absolutely fabulous and the views of Florence magical. After two full on sight-seeing days it was lovely to return to the haven of Bellosguardo and admire the stunning views of Florence. The words “far from the madding crowd” came to mind as we sat by the large, clean pool drinking in the view as well as a much appreciated gin & tonic. Bellosguardo is at the top of a hill and at least a 30 minute down hill walk into the centre of Florence. We are both able bodied so don’t mind walking but we always returned by taxi!
We wanted to visit the Uffizi Museum and reception, very kindly, organised two tickets for us. This, as it turned out, was a blessing in disguise as the queues on the day were horrendous.
Not so good points:-
As I previously mentioned, our room is on the ground floor so didn’t have a view of Florence – ask for a room with view if this is important to you.
Our room, although large, had the smallest of beds (see photo) which was a problem for us as we are used to a larger bed. There was no air-con in our room but this didn't cause us a problem as it was always nice & cool - probably due to the thickness of the walls.
Breakfast is continental style and everything served fresh. However, we didn't like the coffee table height of the tables where you had to sit to eat breakfast – the stooped position is not good for one’s digestion or indeed posture.
Also, the pool is super but there are no sun beds.
The main complaint is the TWO HUGE speed bumps on the drive. Even taxis had problems driving over them without scrapping their exhausts etc., so if you have a low slung sports car (as we had) then AVOID. Access to the underground car park was also a non starter as the pitch of the ramp meant the car would ground when attempting entry! Luckily the villa is at the end of a very narrow lane and passing traffic is non existent therefore my husband felt comfortable leaving the car overnight on the drive which begs the question - why the huge speed bumps??
Conclusion: We choose this B&B because of its position and the fact that we could leave our car there for three days without incurring expensive parking fees. (Warning: It is nigh on impossible to take your car into Florence without incurring a massive fine.) I don’t think we’ll return though as we accomplished what we set out to do which was to see Florence. I would however recommend the B&B to anyone wishing a peaceful place to rest one’s head and get away from the hustle & bustle of the city. It is a beautiful building in a fantastic setting. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 13th.century historical tower with extraordinary view of Florence, a stone's throw from the city, yet a country haven of peace and silence. Each room, very large, has its own character with antique furniture. Modern bathrooms and facilities. Vast garden with outdoor swimming pool. Extremely friendly staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Torre Di Bellosguardo Hotel Florence
- Torre Di Bellosguardo Florence