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Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We stayed as a family of 5 for 1 week after visiting Rome and Siena tow weeks ago. Overall we enjoyed it but there was room for improvment. like the previous review I agree Claudia was wonderful as was one of the waitress in the main restuarant, but some of the other staff really had no interest in their guests at all. My daughter, granddaughter and myself did the cookery course which had been recommended by friends who stayed earlier this year. Our experience was not as we hoped, althhough we got to chop some vegatables and stuff a courgette most of the other work was done by the chef. We had expected our lunch at a proper table and were initially told it would be with wines paired with the different courses. In fact the plastic table cloth we had prepared lunch on was wiped down and a piece of paper set as our placemat, only water was availalable. At 65 euro's each a bit pricey after expressing our disappointment we were given a 15 euro refund. The pool was very good but short of chairs and sunshades and the only lunch was a set buffet ( a choice of rolls or salad would have been nice). We also found the main restuarant rather soulless in the evening, beautiful views but very quiet and only a few people eating. We did enjoy our stay in spite of the above but these problems could easily be put right for the future, we felt maybe they were short of staff.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

We absolutely loved the stunning scenery around Fattoria Lavacchio and the accomodation was great - rustic but comfortable, and a large pool area which the children loved. The wine tasting and tour of the cellars etc was worth doing, the guide was very knowledgeable and made it enjoyable (2 hrs). Breakfast was good, but some of the food tended to run out by 9.30.

We found a couple of really simple, but fantastic little restaurants in the mountains of Pontessieve for dinner (eg restaurant Artemide)- excellent, traditional Tuscan food. The Fattoria lavacchio restaurant also had very good food, with great views from the terrace. However, it was a little soulless on the two occasions we ate there, and a couple of the waitresses were not particularly helpful.

Some of the members of staff were very nice and helpful. Eg Claudia. Unfortunately, we found Valentina to be particularly unhelpful, surly and unfriendly. We were made to feel as if we were an annoyance to her, as every query was treated with disdain and irritation. The young lady working at the poolside bar area was equally rude- we never saw her smile once. On one occasion she reprimanded my 8yr old son in Italian for kicking a plastic ball on the terrace where the tables were set up for lunch- he was quite embarrassed and she did this right in front of me- she did not apologise.

Overall, stunning scenery and location, let down by a lack of a feeling of warmth- we did not feel particularly welcome, unlike the other agriturismo s we stayed in during our stay. That was disappointing.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

This place is a real piece of heaven on earth. The accommodation was fantastic, rooms and guest house have a great feel about them and the staff were fantastic, especially Valentina and Claudia. The chef prepared the most beautiful breakfasts each morning and a wonderful dinner upon our arrival, I can not remember her name but I can still taste the delicious flavours of her cooking....I think it was Antonella. My only regret is that our family of 5 could not stay longer, 3 nights was not enough. We had a great room facing the pool which was just being prepared for summer as we were departing. With the region to explore the only use for the pool maybe at the end of a hot day. I can not wait to return. Thank you all from Charles.

Room Tip: Book any activities you want in advance, such as wine tasting or horse riding.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We were given an excellent tour of the property and a history of its establishment.

We were treated with tastings of an excellent Traminer wine with grapes subject to noble rot. We also sampled a first class Chianti Rufina.

I would advise anyone visiting the Fattoria to take in the surrounding countryside.

Room Tip: Did not stay, this was a day visit
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

My wife, 3 daughters, 3 sons-in-law and I had the privilege of staying at Fattoria Lavacchio for 4 days in late October and enjoyed it immensely. Faye and the staff were wonderful, the rooms and accommodations superb, the views and grounds breathtaking and the food and service top notch. Our guided tour of the winery, led by sommelier in training Sean Saunders, a native upstate New Yorker, was most informative and humorous. Sean was a great guide throughout our stay, and his wine insights were superlative. The highlight of the visit for me was the cooking class that Mirco, the sous chef, held in Faye's own home kitchen and dining room since the restaurant kitchen was under repair that day. Faye was gracious enough to open her home to us, complete with her own linen and china, for our own use for an afternoon of delightful cooking and dining. All in all, the highlight of our tour and vacation in Italy was our stay at Fattoria Lavacchio. We will definitely stay there again when we return to Tuscany. We hope to see Sean again upon his return to our area of NY, and would love to see Faye again should she ever visit the Albany area.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

I had an opportunity to stay at the Fattoria Lavacchio and first of all would like to express my compliments to the owners - Faye and Dimitry! They are wonderful people who create beauty around, care for guests and enjoy this life! Fattoria Lavacchio occupy quite a big territory and has beautiful and stategic position. Its a perfect place for families, friends and couples who is looking for tranquility and harmony but at the same time want to visit Tuscany region, taste a good food and wine, ride a horse ecc. I`d like underline that Fattoria is a biological farm which has interesting master-classes - cooking, ceramic, herbalist; a lot of activities for childrens and their parents!!!! Don`t miss opportunity to visit this place, i`m sure it`ll surpass all your expectations!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We just spent 5 nights here and will be back. We booked over the Internet so we were naturally a little worried. I can assure you all of our worries were put to rest the minute we arrived. It exceeded our expectations. Getting up into the hills the first time can be a little scary however once you do it a few times you get use to it. I would suggest you arrive in the light of day

We were in a suite in the main house which was great as it was close to the pool and breakfast room.
It did not have AC however it was not an issue since you get such a lovely breeze at night. I cannot explain what it is like to wake up and see olive trees and vineyards. If , or should I say when, we return I will book the suite with the private terrace since it has a much larger bathroom. Our bathroom was small , which would be my only complaint. It probably would not have been an issue had we not been there so long

We took the cooking class and loved it, highlight of our trip. My daughter also Horseback rode twice and was amazed with the experience. We ate in the restauant and were treated to excellent food and a view on a terrace that that can only be explained as spectacular.

This establishment exceeds service. They truly care about your Tuscan experience. We will be dreaming about our vacation through our long Canadian winter

Thanks to Faye and her amazing team!!!!!






Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Via di Grignano 38 | Monterifrassine, 50065, Pontassieve, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Pontassieve
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Pontassieve
Price Range: £79 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fattoria Lavacchio is an ancient Organic Tuscan farm of the 16th century situated between the towns of Sieci and Pontassieve on the top of the "Montefiesole" hill (450 m), only 18Km distant from Florence. The Lavacchio Farm holiday resort is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, between incomparable landscapes and testifies the ancient presence of simple but great men, with fine taste. The landscape surrounding Casabella is well preserved and the ancient rural tradition has modernized itself in a moderate way. The farm has been completely redecorated and furnished with great care in order to ensure the most unforgettable and comfortable stay to our guests, it jhas been certified ecologic. With all its varied facilities, the Lavacchio farm holiday resort offers different vacation possibilities: either in comfortable rooms or suites with private bathroom or in independent fully equipped apartments, or in an independent villa with private pool and garden. ... more   less 
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