near Castiglion Fiorentino, Southern Tuscany
In the farmhouse there are 5 rooms (3 doubles and 2 suites); in the
Canonica, a converted priests’ house, there are 4 more (2
doubles, 2 suites). They come in a variety of shapes and sizes but
they are basically of the same style, each named after a flower
(Clematis, Rosa Antica, Orchidea - denoted by flower-sprigged straw
hats hung on the walls). All have beamed ceilings, shutters at the
windows, white cotton bedspreads, wrought iron headboards, kilims
on glazed terracotta floors, white-washed walls, hand-painted doors
and matching furniture. The look is classic Tuscan farmhouse
– simple, uncluttered, hand-crafted – but with an extra
layer of comfort.
As in most old farmhouses, some of the rooms are a little dark, with small windows and sombre colours, but dark means cool – though they are all air conditioned except for the single (Mimosa) and the smallest of the doubles (Charming). Each is provided with mineral water, fresh fruit and flowers (there was a huge vase of fragrant longi lilies in our room); some have sunny aspects and lovely views. The bathrooms (most just have showers) are clean and white-tiled, with bathrobes and L’Erbario Toscano toiletries.
Our choice would be Peonia (a sunny Deluxe Suite in the Canonica, with a little living room and views of the hills), Rosa Gialla (a spacious Junior Suite) or Rosa Blu (a double in the farmhouse).
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