Winter Sun in glorious Tuscan Farmhouse!
Wow! Our expectations were blown away when we finally arrived at Podere Borgacciano.
We (6 adults and 4 young kids) went for the winter half-term break and left a dreary Manchester to arrive mid-afternoon from Pisa after a supermarket shop.
We were so lucky with the weather that we went straight over to the amazing pool complex and cracked open the Prosecco, basking in the glorious Winter sun, while the kids jumped into the pool!
Having chatted to the owners, Danny and Janette, to sort out the deposit and get the info, keys etc, we all had a good vibe about the place even before we arrived. But this time, unlike so many other holiday rentals, the website pictures, do not do the place justice!
The views were incredible, on one side the rolling Apennines into Tuscany, and on the other the Umbrian Tiber Valley! Amazing, especially in the morning when the mist was rising.
We met the housekeeper, Imperia, who was so lovely, and made sure we had everything we needed, and gave us a few great cooking tips!
We and the kids became friendly with the local supermarket owner Marshmello! (Marcello) who has everything. His meats, salamis, sausages and cheeses were excellent. We even got him to vacuum pack some stuff to take home!
The local greengrocer, Papaya, was sensational. We were in the Porcini and Tartufi season, and happily over-indulged! How we now miss the real taste of tomatoes!
The gardener came twice during the week and helped us replenish the wood store for our nightly fires and also our wine stocks! We bought local wines but then sampled the house wine which is a lovely clean Chianti and a fab price too! Thanks Danny!
The house and the rooms all ensuite were clean and comfortable. We also hired the extra studio flat which the kids loved! The rooms are all colour coordinated with bedlinen and towels which is a bit twee but it works.
The kitchen had everything and we really ate well both in and out - some amazing local restaurants. Enoteca Guidi in Sansepulchro especially!
The stereo could be updated but we brought all the right cables to dock our ipods. The Wifi worked well, even up in the hills, and we could stream to the TV.
All in all, we had one of the best holidays! A really comfortable farmhouse in a great location with good walks, food, wine and a chance to relax together.
We'd recommend this place easily and would love to get back at this season and for a summer!
Best Wishes, Leon & Karen Wilkins,family and friends,Tarvin,Cheshire,UK
Owner's Response: Thank you, Leon and Karen,for your praise of "Podere Borgacciano".
We are so delighted that you, your Family and Friends, enjoyed such a good holiday, that you would easily recommend it and plan to return for the 2014 season.
How wonderful that, towards the end of October, the weather was kind enough for all your children to enjoy the pool and for you to "bask in the glorious sun" on the surrounding terraces and gardens, as the south-facing pool complex is always so warm and sheltered - so perfect for a late summer/ autumn and even winter break.
It always gives us so much pleasure to know that others feel as we do about our "Angolo di Paradiso" and that, year after year, we are able to share this beautiful part of the world with so many guests from all over the world.
We certainly look forward to welcoming you and more of your Friends, back again for another memorable visit. Janette and Danny.
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