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“Rustic and Tranquil” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Sodole Country Resort & Golf

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Le Sodole Country Resort & Golf
Ranked #2 of 12 Pontedera B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Surrey, United Kingdom
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290 reviews
111 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
“Rustic and Tranquil”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

I found this resort last year on TA and was attracted by the vineyard, restaurant, golf and accommodation all on the same site. We usually stay in hotels, so an apartment was a bit of a change for us. The price was very favorable, and we were able to secure a 2 bed 2 bath apartment for 4 nights for the 4 of us.
We pondered whether to hire a car, but as we all enjoy wine, decided against it.
The resort is about a 20 minute drive from Pisa airport, and we arranged a transfer which cost 60 euros. The resort is quite close to the main road between Livorno and Florence, but we were not disturbed by traffic noise at all. You can hardly hear it.
Upon arrival we were greeted efficiently by Massiomo and shown our apartment. The apartment is quite new, and was very clean and functional. We had everything we needed. Rustic and Italian more than luxurious, but very fair for the price we paid. We had a wonderful view out over the grounds from our bedroom.
We had made no lunch arrangements, as I assumed we would be able to utilise the resort restaurant. However, the restaurant apparently does not usually open at lunchtime.
Massimo kindly arranged for a meat, cheese and bread lunch to be prepared immediately. Gratefully received with numerous bottles of wine.
That evening we had booked to eat at a nearby restaurant, which was a little too far to walk. Massimo kindly arranged for Paulo to drive us there and collect us in the bosses car !
On Friday evening, the vineyard owner Brando, kindly provided us with a wine tasting, which was interesting and informative. They try very hard to only use local produce in their restaurant. The wine is not high end, but reasonably priced and enjoyable. The weather was wonderful, and we were able to sit out and enjoy the grounds and tranquility. There were other people staying, but there is so much space that you hardly notice.
Brando told us that there was a cellar tasting on the Sunday that we ought to try. Our men went along on Sunday, and we were left to enjoy the sun by the pool. It turned out to be some sort of annual gala of local produce, and the men had a great time. They returned bearing all sorts of interesting cheese, ham and wine, that we enjoyed for lunch. Apparently this is always held on the last Sunday of May. The bread knife in the kitchen is not sharp, so we had all sorts of strange shaped slices of bread :-)
During our stay we went to Florence by train, which was no problem at all. Just took a taxi to the local station.
We had a great weekend, and the one drawback for us was having to preempt meals. Breakfast was 8 euros, and you had to order it the day before. On Sunday we thought we might have wanted lunch, but there was already a reception booked in the restaurant. I can understand why this is required in an apartment complex, and everyone there moves at a different pace to what we're used to in London. We are organised - just not THAT organised.
No problem if you have your own vehicle of course.
Overall we had a fantastic time. I would recommend this accommodation providing you realise that it's not a hotel, and the price reflects the facilities you receive. We were lucky that the weather was so good, as the grounds are lovely and we literally had the pool to ourselves. Yes, it was a bit chilly !
One of the best activities we did during our holiday, was cycle around the city walls at Lucca, so make sure that's on your itinerary !

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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coventry uk
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159 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

We stayed at this hotel for five nights while touring round Tuscany.

We stayed in the apartment named Villa Sole. It was simply wonderful. The apartment had a lovely bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom. The windows opened to stunning views.

The television had several UK channels including BBC World, CNN and Sky News. The wifi, was very strong and I never encountered any issues with speed.

The resort featured vineyards, golf course, a lovely pool, gym and restaurant. The whole resort is of a very high standard and spotlessly clean. As it is set back from the main road, it is very peaceful and relaxing.

I only ate at the restaurant once and it was very tasty and again of a very high standard.

The staff were really helpful and friendly. They all endeavoured to make our stay as lovely as possible.

I will definitely return if I visit Tuscany again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

,As a family of four we stayed in one of the larger apartments, which had two comfortable bedrooms, both with there own bathrooms.
The resort is set away from the main roads, with beautiful views . We hired a car so found it easy to visit places of interest near by.
The pool area is clean and was never to busy, and the food in the restaurant was very good.
All of the staff were friendly and helpful.
I would recommend Le Sodole it is a beautiful place to stay

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Best, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

We were surprised how beautiful this place is. The apartment was beyond our expectations and the team was extremely friendly.
The location is very convenient, not too far away from main roads, but very peaceful with wonderful views.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2012

We stayed at beautiful Le Sodole for 7 nights in August.
We are a family of 2 Adults and 3 kids (13, 12, 2 yrs. old).
There are several apartments in the resort, ours was a spacious and tastfully decorated 2nd floor apartment. The living space and compact yet efficient kitchen are seperated from the sleeping and bathroom area. The kids sleep in a gallery open to the main bedroom. Authentic terracota floor tiles and decor.
The view out the window is amazing - surrounded by vineyards (Chianti DOCG) and woods and a golf course - It doesn't get much better than this.
The pool is a real plus for the kids. The small gym a plus for us.
Free Wi-Fi and AC (AC is a must in August).
We took the self catering option. No breakfast by choice.
The owners were kind and very helpful and even invited all the guests for dinner one night at the resort restaurant. On another night a wedding celebration ended in a fireworks show much to the kids delight. The restaurant also caters for the resort guests, but we preferred a daily pit stop at the Pontedera Coop (an enourmous local supermarket 5 minutes drive away) .
A car is definately a must, and the location is ideal as a base to explore Tuscany.
Le Sodole is located less than 5 minutes drive from the main road connecting Florence Pisa and Livorno (Fi-Pi-Li) about 20 minutes to Pisa, 30 minutes to Florence. If you happen to wander off the main road, not far from Le Sodole are amazing small authentic tuscan villages, a joy to discover places which are off the main tourist track.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rome, Italy
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55 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

The location is superb between a vineyard and a golf court.
The owner, that is a good winemaker, and his wife were very friendly and gave us great suggestions to visit Tuscany; not only that, but the owner invited us to enjoy a wine-tasting of his wines for free..... we then bought a few bottles, that were by the way good and at a good cost, but we were not forced at all.
The rooms are all new, very big and with country-side elegance and good taste. We had also dinner there in the veranda outside the restaurant and the food was delicious. On top of that our children could play with the children of the people sitting next to us in the huge garden letting us enjoy hte dinner and the wines (our children are Italian and could play with French and Dutch children with no language in common...).
A must go.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Le Sodole Country Resort & Golf
Address: Via delle Sodole 1 | Le Sodole, 56025, Pontedera, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pontedera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Pontedera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Sodole Country Resort & Golf 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Sodole, a friendly Country Resort, is in the heart of Tuscany, between Pisa and Florence, on gentle hills covered with vineyards. Its 12 spacious apartments, with kitchens and rustic but elegant furnishings, are a natural refuge for those who want to relax, while perhaps enjoying an excellent local Chianti alongside the pool - or for those who need to stay because of employment in our area, and prefer to stay in the country, sharing our love and respect for nature, perhaps permitting themselves a relaxing sauna or a purifying Turkish bath. In a fascinating vaulted-ceiling room Le Sodole Restaurant propose particular review traditional Tuscan dishes. We also offer to all our guests the possibility of trying out the game of golf on our practice course, with its driving range and 9-hole putting green. ... more   less 
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