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La Sorgente di Francesca
Ranked #4 of 10 Pontassieve B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful B&B in Tuscany”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

We stayed at La Sorgente di Francesca for a week in June and absolutely loved the place. We were 4 adults and 2 kids. The kids had so much fun here and we enjoyed the pool every day. The location is great and only 20 minutes by car to get to Florence. The restaurant up the street is absolutely worth a try. I get the comment about the breakfast selection. Unfortunately breakfast was the same throughout the entire time we were there and we had hoped for some sort of change in selection, but what was offered was still pretty good. We also tried dinner a couple of times and it was ok. The only negative thing, my husband needed to use the Internet to check in with his office once a day and Internet connection is really bad and slow :-( Monica and her staff are wonderful and very helpful.

But overall, we are so glad we found this place and stayed for a week.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2012

We stayed at this B&B for a long weekend in June. I booked for a group of 12 people (3 kids) and we stayed in a total of four different rooms, all very nice. The place, an old farm house and a manor house is simply fantastic and very well restored and extremely well kept. The staff is very friendly and available to help you for any needs. The surrounding area inspire peace of mind, but you need to like the nature and the country side! What else to say, the pool is also great and they also have MTB for free if you like to cycle a bit (great paths nearby). I would also like to say that I found the breakfast to be very good, tasty and plentiful with a wide selection of things to choose from (juice, yogurth, cheese, ham, cakes, cereals, coffee...). Given I had read some "negative" reviews about breakfast I was happy to find out that also the breakfast was up to the standard you would expect from such a place (and for the price you pay). For us it was only a bit difficult to organize a dinner there since they use an external catering. We called the guy from the catering but what he offered us did not attract us (very basic and common dish at a relatively high price). Anyway in the end we just decided to go out for dinner every night and we discovered many great places, s we suggest to do the same!
highly reccomended!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

I stayed in this charming B&B with my family last year and fell in the with the place as soon as I saw it. Wonderful position and beautiful internal renovation. Monica was extremely helpful and made our stay wonderful. It is the perfect place to enjoy the Tuscan lifestyle - great views, glass of wine relaxing by the pool. I agree with a few of the earlier comments that the breakfast could be a little better (would be nice if they only offered homemade, home grown) but I must say the evening meal we had there was amazing. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2011

We rented the entire property at La Sorgente di Francesca to have our close friends and family with us for our wedding. With the help of a wedding planner (Helga of weddingsitaly.com) we were lucky enough to find this gem and immediately I fell in love with the photos. I did get jitters on the way, hoping that it was all it seemed to be - and I was shocked to find that it was more than I could have dreamed.

The hosts, Monica, Massimo, and Francesca, are all wonderful and so accommodating. They helped to pick all of us up at the nearby train station no matter what time each person arrived. Everyone was coming from all over, so the arrivals were staggered. The rooms are all beautifully decorated, cozy, and spacious. The common areas are lovely, and large, and the views are stunning. There are several outdoor areas to sit and enjoy the views as well as a beautiful inground pool. Everything was clean, and comfortable. Each day we had breakfast served buffet style with coffee/tea to order. The selection at breakfast included fresh cheeses and meat, home-made croissants (that I still get cravings for), juice, jams, yogurt, and breads. Many nights we chose to order dinner for at least some of our group, and at 20 euros per person for a three course, home made Tuscan meal it was well worth it. We were never hungry. Some of the selections included a wonderful risotto, wood-fired pizzas, barbecued ribs, and more. Francesca is a wonderful chef. They were even able to easily cater to our vegetarian and gluten-free guests.

The day of our wedding was fantastic. We had worked out the menu in advance, and it was some of the most wonderful food I have eaten. Everything was done perfectly, they kept the wine flowing, had a beautiful cake, and made our day exactly what we wanted it to be.

There was much to do in the area, and again our hosts helped by transporting us to the train station when we wanted. Hiking right from the villa is easy, bicycle rentals are available, and there is another wonderful restaurant in walking distance.

We will be returning in the near future to relive some memories and to reunite with the staff who become close friends.

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  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2009

This bed and breakfast offers stunning spacious rooms, overlooking the beautiful countryside of Pontassieve.
Staff are very helpful and kind
I am so glad I chose to spend my days surrounding my Tuscan wedding in this amazing place. Will definitely be back for an anniversary!!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2009

We just returned from a week-long stay at La Sorgente di Francesca. We couldn't have found a more beautiful spot, more lovely accomodations, or better hosts. Located in Pontassieve, not far from Fiesole and Florence, La Sorgente is nestled on a hilltop surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and absolutely gorgeous views of the Tuscan countryside. Monica and Massimo, a lovely young couple, are the consummate hosts. With the help of their friend who is a chef, they provide delicious gourmet meals created from ingredients grown on their farm, from wine to olive oil, to fresh vegetables from the garden. Even the water is pumped in from a freshwater spring on a neighboring hill! (Hence the name, "Sorgente") The rooms are boutique-style and gorgeous, there are large common rooms, a pool built into the hillside. Smells of lavendar and rosemary fill the air - to us it was like heaven! On top of it all, the prices are quite reasonable. Good alternative to a villa. A gem, and we think a well-kept secret - but maybe not for long!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about La Sorgente di Francesca

Property: La Sorgente di Francesca
Address: Via di Montetrini 34/37, 50065, Pontassieve, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Pontassieve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Pontassieve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — La Sorgente di Francesca 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Sorgente di Francesca bed and breakfast is a small borgo located in the gentle hills of the ancient village of Fiesole, just a few km from Florence and from its artistic and architectonic beauties.Il Borgo is composed by an ancient farmhouse with tower dated back to 1400, and by an elegant Villa whose basic structure maybe always dated back to the XV° century. In the farmyard in front of the farmhouse there are other two ancient buildings in stone where are Alexandra B&B and Monica B&B. Each B&B has a private outside area on the farmyard with umbrellas, tables and chairs.The entire estate has just been completely restored. A conservative restoration where the using of new materials has been reduced as far as we could, trying to recover the original features built hundred years ago. A conservative restoration linked to the most modern technologies to give our guests the possibility to live a piece of history with all the comfort of our times.The interiors of the bed and breakfast have been furnished with particular care combining ancient furnishings and accessories perfectly restored by old and experienced artisans with modern elements of fine design as the lights and lamps of the famous Terzani collection.From each part of the bed and breakfast, as much from the apartments as from the halls and the rooms you may enjoy a breathtaking view on the Tuscan hills. A magic place, where silence and tranquillity are just broken from the rumors of animals and from the dives of our guests into the beautiful swimming pool located just a few steps from the bed and breakfast.La Sorgente di Francesca also has 3 beautifully renovated holiday apartments in a perfect traditional Tuscan style. All apartments are located in ancient stone buildings adjacent to the farmhouse. La Sorgente di Francesca apartments may accommodate from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 6 guests. ... more   less 
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