My wife and I and our 4 kids, age 1-11, spent two weeks at Borgo Pignano in July 2014. Apart from the weather, it was excellent. Borgo Pignano is a collection of buildings on a huge own terrain, right between Volterra and San Gimignano with post card Tuscany views over the hills. We stayed in two rather basic appartments in the main building, with fine bathrooms.
What made our stay so special was two things. First of all, (child) friendliness of the staff. Of course, Italians are on average already very friendly towards children, but this was even better. An example: one of our sons forgot his sneakers after a swim in the (rather spectacular) pool. He was lent shoes of the son of one of the staff members. The day after, the sneakers were delivered. The reception staff is excellent.
Secondly, and my wife and I are critical on food, the quality of the serving staff and kitchen. That was really exceptional. The daily menu is exactly what you hope to find in Italy (the chef is American by the way), balanced, traditional but with a slight twist, local or even self produced products, excellent wines, fabulous staff. Besides, staff organizes once per week a barbecue evening and a pizza evening. That may sound not too convincing, but it truly is. All kids are allowed to help the cooks in preparing the pizza's in an outside kitchen, and both the pizza as the barbecue night is of high quality. Another example of the client attitude of the staff: the chef comes by the tables every evening to make chat with the guests and inform how they liked the food. One time I mentioned I like lentils. On the menu next day: lentils. In my opinion, that is really exceptional and causes a "WOW-effect".
Was it perfect? No, but close. Personally I am not too fond of the Borgo's website (hard to find factual information), and housekeeping seems to struggle sometimes in keeping up with the overall high quality (please note there's nothing wrong with the hygiëne!).
Overall assessment can only be excellent and that good I decided to write my first Tripadvisor assessment for it. We hope to be able to revisit soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Borgo Pignano is a charming private Tuscan estate on 750 acres of secluded and unspoiled fields, hills, woods and gardens near Volterra and San Gimignano, in the province if Pisa, between Florence and Siena. Pignano’s main building is an eighteenth century villa, surrounded by English gardens, with pristine landscapes that are unchanged from Renaissance times. To the west, a series of hills unfolds towards the sea; to the east, woods and gardens are alive with the song of birds. There are 14 elegantly furnished rooms and suites, some with their original frescos and all with white marble or travertine bathrooms and spectacular views. An elevator serves every floor save the cellar. There are generous public rooms and dining areas and WI-FI is available throughout the villa. On top of the Villa, it is always possible to lodge at the Podere La Fonte, Casa del Lago, the Artists’ house or to rent one of the Borgo’s apartments. The public rooms of the villa include a two-storey ballroom with a terrazzo floor and a balcony; a large library with a fireplace flanked by comfortable sofas; a music room with an antique Bechstein grand; a banquet room in a two hundred year old kitchen, a smaller dining room, a television room, a billiards room, a children’s activity room, a small gym, and a yoga and meditation room. The infinity swimming pool was carved from a limestone quarry on the slope of a hill directly beneath the villa. There is an adjacent outdoor bar and an outdoor shower. Borgo Pignano’s chefs prepare three healthy, authentic Tuscan meals every day, using the freshest local and organic ingredients, which vary by season. Bread, croissants, pizza, and biscotti are baked in our wood- burning oven. Vegetables, oil, grains, honey, and fruit come directly from the property, or from neighboring organic and biodynamic farms. We pay particular attention to the special dietary needs of our guests for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or anti-allergenic menus. ... more less
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