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 !
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Le Sodole Country Resort & Golf Italy/Pontedera, Province Of Pisa