I hope to return to the wonder Sant'Lario!
I really enjoyed the warm hospitality, the variety and quality of home cooking at breakfast, quaint and romantic setting, the enchanting walk to the pool through forest trees and past a field of sunflowers, the clean and spacious room, the location (an hour from Florence and close to beautiful villages such as Volterra and San Gimignano) and the luxurious touches that made the holiday for special e.g. Seating area overlooking Sant'Larrio vineyard and cosy night lighting. The owner was extremely friendly and spoke excellent English. She had good local knowledge and was very willing to help me with any queries.
Me and my partner's time in Tuscany was very memorable and thanks for making our first visit so special.
My son and I only stayed overnight, so we didn't have time to enjoy the pool (which looked nice) or any of the other amenities, but I was underwhelmed by both the accommodations and restaurant. The apartment was on two floors. The first floor was a kitchen and seating area; upstairs was the bedroom and bath. The decor attempted "Italian modern" in style, but are now quite worn. Our rooms were dark, even when we opened the wooden shutters and turned on the lights. Worse, however, were the smells. On entering, I noticed a strong odor of (what I believed to be) insecticide. While I appreciate the desire to prevent the the guests from encountering insect or rodent pests, it would have been nicer to have the apartment aired out prior to occupancy. When I opened the kitchen cabinet which contained the sink, it smelled of mold. I'm guessing the kitchen (located within two cabinets) is rarely used. Overall, the apartment did not have the luxury feel portrayed by the website.
The restaurant also fell a bit short. The lounge area was empty during dinner and breakfast, but they had club music with a thumping bass going all the time. Since we only saw guests with small children, the "hip" music seemed out of place. The menu was limited for guests who were not on the "all-inclusive" package. Dinner was OK, but it took 30 minutes to get our check after we requested it: slow even by Italian standards :-). Breakfast was fine - pastries, cold cuts, cheese, juice and coffee.
The rate includes Buffet Breakfast,free access to outdoor swimming pool for adults and children, free bicycles rental, tennis …More
If travelling around Tuscany, staying at the Villa della Certosa is a must. Excellent location just on the edge of the Tuscan tourist area ( Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, Teatro del Silenzio). We stayed two wonderful nights. This place is epitome of hospitality. The owner and staff place alot of importance on a quality guest experience. The breakfast was awesome, excellent latté.
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