My husband and I spent a glorious 2 weeks in the La Porcilaia section of the Pretaccione farmhouse in August 2007. We'd return in a heartbeat.
The seperate unit (it was the former farm's pigsty!) is surrounded by lavendar, and other lovely plants, has a rose-covered covered patio - perfect for outdoor eating and resting - and lies a few steps from the pool which was much appreciated in the hot weather.
The apartment itself is beautifully and comfortably furnished, has a knock out bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen overlooking vineyards. Everything we needed for a comfortable stay seemed to have been provided, including lots of local travel information and personal recommendations from the owners for restaurants in the area (which all turned out to be true!).
Pretaccione is secluded without feeling distant, a short drive to the local village which has an excellent restaurant and about a 15 minute drive to Gaiole where all necessary provisions for that lazy meal on the patio can be purchased. In addition, it is about an hour from Siena and a couple of hours from Florence.
One could not ask for more. We recommend Pretaccione without reservation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Podere Pretaccione, 1000 year old, was once the home of itinerant priests. Located in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region, Pretaccione provides a restful, rural setting just 20 minutes from historic Siena. The main building has been carefully restored into eight spacious accommodations; each comfortably furnished in keeping with the terracotta floors, stone archways and beamed ceilings. A large swimming pool and tennis court with garden furniture are set on a lawned terrace just below the farmhouse. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pretaccione Italy/Province Of Siena, Tuscany