Need an incredible place to relax and unwind? This is it!
My wife and I stayed here in the middle of a northern Italy vacation. After a fast paced week in Rome (with a short stop in Siena), we stopped here to get our energy back before heading to Florence and Venice. We arrived tired and late, made our way to the third floor of our suite, and fell asleep immediately. Elevated above the landscape, we awoke at sunrise to an awe-inspiring view: a light fog dusting the rolling hills of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves. Within an hour, the fog was gone and we set out to explore the grounds.
The rooms themselves are beautifully furnished with high end finishings. Our bathroom had an open shower, tub for two, and dual sinks. The beds are comfortable and the first floor of our suite had a kitchenette. The main kitchen area has a dual sided fireplace where you can warm your feet at the end of the day with a glass of wine in hand.
While the rooms are nice, there is plenty of property to roam here, so get out of your room and enjoy it. If sunrise was awe-inspiring, sunset from the top of one of the rolling hills is equally breath-taking. We drove a golf cart down a dirt road through the forest and past the lake. We stopped at the river, hopped out, walked up a hill to the east, faced west, and let the sun warm our faces while we soaked in the view.
The best part of staying here was how remote it feels while still being accessible. We came in from Siena (45 minute drive/15 minute drive to Asciano with a train ride). We went to the Archabbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore (10 minutes east) for the free tour, but they aren't open in the early afternoon, so we just walked the grounds. Instead, we drove over to the village of Buonconvento (10 minutes west) to pick up some fresh groceries (steak florentine, wine, bread, cheese, olive oil, etc.). On Saturday, there was a farmer's market style setup in one of the parking lots. We shopped through that and also stopped by the local markets.
In short, I would absolutely recommend staying here. My wife and I still talk about our short time in Tuscany as the best part of our long vacation. There's so much to see and do in northern Italy (and we did most of it), but I think it's worth remembering the Italian phrase "il dolce far niente." Whether you're looking for a long relaxing Tuscan vacation or a short break between sightseeing cities, this is where you can experience "the sweetness of doing nothing."