Nothing seemed to go right here. Google maps couldn't find the address and it took us two hours to find it. The owner had sent coordinates,and he was quite huffy that I didn't use them even though I did not have a GPS with me. (It turns out that another couple tried using the coordinates and they were not correct. They also had trouble finding it.)
From there, everything went downhill. The parking is a long way from the rooms and even though we were two ladies in our fifties, no one offered to help us lug our heavy suitcases in. Our room was dark and small, and we had to walk down two steps to get to the bathroom--not that easy at night. We could hear road noise when we opened the window.
The biggest disappointment was the dinner we shared with others staying at the agriturismo. We had chosen Il Caggiole because of Mamma Ornella's cooking, which is also advertised on the website. Alas, the owner fixed the meal, not Mamma Ornella, and it was not worth the 35 euros. The pasta dish, in particular, tasted funny and I noticed very few people finished it.
I was a little unhappy that the owner had insisted that we stay for five days when I reserved. He eventually agreed to four, although our preference was three. It was ironic that none of the other guests stayed for more than three days, and in fact, some stayed for just a couple of nights.
Another oddity was that the office was often closed as we had no idea how to reach the owner to get pillows or extra blankets (it was really chilly the first night) or to ask questions or get directions.
It wasn't all bad. The view out our window was glorious. The room was clean and the bathroom was roomy. The location is very convenient once you know how to find it. The cakes cooked by Mamma Ornella for breakfast were outstanding. I would give it 2.5 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by secular olive trees, oaks and helm-oaks, immersed in the heart of a faunal reservoir. All the premises,have been wisely restructured, and enriched with original furnishings finely restored. .The intention is that of making our guests feel a dive in the calm rural environment of the past, without lacking any comfort: nature, history, art and relax in this part of Tuscany where you will rediscover the pleasure of simple things. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Le Caggiole Hotel Montepulciano