We just spent 2 weeks Summer vacation here. Overall we were very happy, and look back at it very positively. The location is great: quiet on a hill top, good accommodation, nice interior design, great views on the surrounding vineyards. We also enjoyed the pool a lot, it's quite big, and we always found enough sunbeds to be available. Other things we enjoyed were the pizza night which was organised during weekends, the breakfast & lunch buffets, the garden next to our apartment with its BBQ, and the dinner at the restaurant.
On the negative side I can mention 2 things: 1. we stayed in an old (beautifully restored) house, split into several apartments. Even though it was nicely done, it can be noisy as sometimes there's only a door separating you from the neighbours. As we have young kids ourselves we don't mind the occasional noise, but for other people this could be an issue. 2. As mentioned in other posts, I think improvements can be made on hospitality and friendliness. Part of the charm of an agriturismo for me is that it's small scale, and that you can meet and talk to the local people for a chat of for advise. I missed this part of it. The manager was around sometimes, but did not pay much attention to us (a simple 'good morning', 'how are you', 'do you have any plans for the day?', could be enough already). And I also had the feeling that some people/groups were getting more attention than others. Plus some staff indeed could work on their friendliness, even though it was maybe more related to local style of interaction instead of bad intentions.
Overall though, I still think it's a great place, and I can recommend to give it a try.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Fattoria Lavacchio Pontassieve, Italy