Booked this trip through Hidden Trails and was expecting a nice horseback riding trip. The hotel is nice although not 4 star quality. The rooms are big and offer spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside. The beds though are hard and uncomfortable. The bathroom is fine except for the shower which is very small and cramped. If the beds were updated and better showers installed then it might deserve the 4 star rating. The staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfasts has a good selection of cakes and fresh fruit. The dinners were good and offered a nice selection of local cuisine. The spa is nice although the massage was more a rub down than a real massage. I do recommend Stephie though for a facial. We did not have a car and can only spend so much time in the spa. Recommend that you bring your own car so you can explore the region.
As for the horseback riding this was my first trip of this type. The guide Luigi made this trip really disappointing. Although me and my friend were the only 2 who were there for this horseback riding stay we were largely ignored on the trail. Luigi had a friend visiting and Luigi would probably preferred to spend time alone together. On one ride when we were cantering and my horse slipped and almost fell I yelled out and all Luigi did was look back and then keep going. There was no checking if I or horse were ok. I had been looking forward to this trip for months and was deeply disappointed with the horseback riding and lack of customer service from the guide. Luigi clearly has his own way of doing things and doesn't care at all about the guests who pay a lot of money to come there for a nice horseback riding experience. I would not recommend this trip for anyone. For the hotel it is a nice place to stay a couple of days and explore the region (not a week but a couple of days).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Embedded in a fascinating countryside and close to the old village of Maremma, you will be guest of the four star Resort Antico Casale di Scansano, which emerged from the restoration of an ancient farm, in Tuscany. In the hotel, the spa is based on the oriental ideal of harmony between body and mind. You can discover the secrets of Maremman cuisine (the resort offers also cookery course), while enjoying an unforgettable horseback riding adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Antico Casale Di Scansano