Reading about Casa Portagioia does not do this little piece of paradise justice, yes, it sounds inviting but the setting tucked away down small roads leading you over little bridges, tiny villages and small enclaves, past fields of sunflowers, olive groves and vineyards, yet only a few kms from closest town is seriously special and relaxing.
Your hosts - Terry (a highly intelligent, caring man with a very dry English wit and banter) and his partner Marcello (gorgeous, caring and endlessly patient) have created a delightful bit of Italy with all the well thought out touches one would expect from an award winning B & B.
You do need a car to explore all the special villages and walled towns dotted across this wonderful part of Tuscany, yet my suggestion would be to not try to arrive late in the day or during night time.
Having had my luggage waylaid by Heathrow baggage failure (with Terry spending hours trying to get hold of information on my behalf was such a support at a difficult time) still allowed me to enjoy Marcello's great degustation dinner, meeting fellow travellers from UK, US, Germany at wonderful breakfasts' included in room price, wifi, clean crisp linens and spacious charming bedrooms, modern bathroomswith Italian touches (ladies - they have great hair dryers and quality bathroom amenities!), views over the wonderful gardens filled with plethora of colour and insects ( that Marcello loves photographing), 2 cute but demanding dogs - Tosca and Sammy that look soulfully and sing to you to be given tit-bits from the fresh tasty breakfasts including cereals, yoghurts, fresh bread rolls and jams, fresh fruits, wonderful aromatic coffee, melt in the mouth croissants, soft goo-ey omelettes filled with proscuitto and tomato was a great start to the days!
Their extensive grounds include olive groves (they make their own olive oil) a huge blue sparkling pool surrounded with hedges, flowers and lavender walkways so you do feel that lethargic relaxed mood take over when lounging around the pool and enjoying the views over neighbouring valleys and hillsides dotted with villages and towns. Should you wish to enjoy the surroundings and have a light lunch under the shady pergola with clumps of grapes and roses entwining around the pergola, looking out at the vistas, ask Marcello to prepare you a sandwich with prosecco! Take a moment to look at all the photos to get a feel for this piece of paradise, your hosts Terry and Marcello will offer advice and make bookings for events, restaurants', offering suggestions to enjoy scenic drives and special festivals to stop off and see.
I can only offer my personal views that after staying here, other places do not seem to measure up so do consider making this your last stop, I can understand why those who visit become return guests. Its' closed during the northern winter months so make sure you book a few days to experience this jewel you'll look forward to revisiting!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Portagioia - an elegant yet relaxed country retreat in Tuscany - somewhere between a country hotel and your best friend's home. A place where you can relax, take time to reflect on your travels and to be energized and enthused in to seeing more of the wonderful places Tuscany (& Umbria) have to offer. Always fresh and inviting. 5 Guest bedrooms and 2 suite apartments, all with luxury bathrooms and air-conditioning. Everything 'just so.' LAST MInute? Please visit our website or send an email for an immediate response. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Portagioia, Bed And Breakfast Tuscany Hotel Castiglione Fiorentino
- Casa Portagioia, b&b Tuscany
- Casa Portagioia Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy