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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Podere Spedalone Pienza, Tuscany, Italy