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“Possibly Tuscany's best agriturismo - fantastic!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Podere Spedalone
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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Possibly Tuscany's best agriturismo - fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

I cannot comment on cost or value as I was on a tour and did not pay direct.

OK, so this place is out in the middle of nowhere and not even on a proper road, but it wasnt really hard to find. The reward has to be one of the best places you could possibly stay, with the best views you could imagine.

I was with a group and both my and (I think) others rooms had all been recently refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and I was told that all of the artwork on the wall was by a local artist. My single was spacious and had a superb bathroom. There was a problem on that day with the hot water and I must have been lucky (and quick) to get a hot shower. Most had no hot water and Alessandro was running round and desperately trying to get a plumber to sort it as soon as possible. The problem wasnt great, but hey stuff happens and he couldnt have tried harder or apologised more. In the mean time, we were served bread and cheese and home made beer or prosecco to keep us happy. It took a while, presumably because of the remoteness of the location and the plumber having to travel but all was sorted and the plumber was paid with a wheel of home made cheese!

On the subject of cheese, there seems to be nothing that this place doesnt make - we had an olive oil tasting, with bottles from several different years, all made here, were shown round where they hang the various different types of meats, store the cheeses they have made and wine they have made.

The food was absolutely superb and very plentiful. During dinner, everyone made you feel like part of the family and the kitchen staff spent as much time in the dining area chatting and laughing with us as they did in the kitchen (which you could see through the great glass arched doors between the rooms). Dinner was finished off with olive oil ice cream, which wasnt to everyone's taste but was certainly different! After dinner we had liqueurs and grappa and Alessandro made us feel like part of his family. We all went to bed full of food, fully stastfied and very happy.

Breakfast was equally good - the bread was a bit hard but as well as all the normal stuff, they offered us fried eggs which were from their own hens and really really tasty.

We were all very sad to leave here and all thought it the best place we stayed at.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Rob B
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London, United Kingdom
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30 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

Everything is great, Alessandro is so welcoming you feel like his friends, everyone we came in contact with was lovely, the food, much of which is grown on the land, is perfect, home made balsamic and salami is absolutely fantastic. Lunch today was the best meal we have had on the trip. I feel I've stayed at a good friends house, albeit one who can cook very well and has a great wine collection. Say hi to Alessandro from me when you visit :) we will be back, so leave some salami for me;)

Room tip, I have seen three rooms, from their most expensive to the cheapest, and I couldn't see much difference.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

Podere Spedalone is a truly beautiful place away from everything and everyone...a place where you can relax and forget about what strees is!!! a perfec place surrounded by green and nature and the only sound you can hear is birds singing!Room are clean and big with everything you need. there is a swimming pool too but you need to bring your own towel. food is amazing everything is organic! they have chickens wild pigs and turkey. Alessandro and all his staff were really friendly spending time with us and we felt like part of the family. they cooked a special breakfast for us ( as we like English breakfast) and didnt charge for my little girl meals!! I really didnt want to leave....is heaven!!if you like a peaceful place this is a place for you! Thanks Alessandro we had an amazing time!! Silvia Paul and Samantha!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

Ciao a tutti, i had the pleasure to visit the beautiful Pordere Spedalone last saturday.
I have to tell you that this is one of the most genuine places i have visited at my time in Italy.
Not only for the interior design that was selected, (as an former visual merchandiser in sweden i was stunned), the buildings in it self was very lovely, and the location. The view from your spot was magnificent. AND the food, the common table, the hospitality. (As you can hear, im very happy that i had the chance to visit this place) . This is a place that you will remember with a warm feeling in your heart. Mille grazie, a presto!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 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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Thank Josefine F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Podere Spedarone is a wonderful, very friendly, relaxing place to stay in beautiful Tuscany. Our 3 days there were among our best holiday trips. The food! The scenery! The incredibly congenial company at the family-style dinner tables make Spedarone a very special place never to forget. The host, Alessandro, is as nice a person as you will ever meet. Weather (we were there in May) was fine.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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1 Thank Ken W
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Beautiful location with a very friendly host,amazing food and peaceful atmosphere a little piece of heaven!

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wanderluster1983
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Staying at Podere Spedalone was the highlight of our trip in Italy. Alessandro was an incredible host, and the property was magnificent. I've never seen any place so beautiful! We had dinner at the agriturismo both nights, and both meals were fantastic. Alessandro also accommodated my gluten allergy for breakfast and for dinner. I can't say enough good things about this place...it will exceed your expectations in a major way.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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3 Thank Zoe M
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Property: Podere Spedalone
Address: Strada per Cosona, 53026, Pienza, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Pienza
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 60 Speciality Lodging in Pienza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Podere Spedalone dates back to the 8th century, when it was a place of shelter for pilgrims bound for Rome, situated as it is on the Via Francigena, or Frankish Route. It nestles, perfectly at ease, among the Crete Senesi and, after strictly conservational restoration, begun in 2004 and completed in 2006, it is now the ideal spot for anyone wishing to refresh spirit, senses, mind and body. ... more   less 
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