We just back from our Italian holiday. We flew to Venice and stayed there for a few days, then hired a car and drove (approx. 3 hours) to Olive Tree Suites in Tuscany where we stayed for a further 7 days in the Honey Suite. It was perfect for 2 with breathtaking views of the valley from our bedroom, the lounge and the terrace. We were the only ones staying due to it being low season so we had the pool and hot tub to ourselves. Again, the views from the hot tub which was surrounded by olive trees were out of this world!
Our hosts, Alberto and Natalia were great, their English was incredibly good, far better than our Italian (not difficult) and they were very much on hand in case we needed absolutely anything but at the same time left us to enjoy our holiday. Even when we locked ourselves out at midnight Natalia was incredibly understanding. They left us 2 bottles of their own wine when we arrived which was excellent as well as their own organic olive oil and a huge bowl of fruit. They recommended a great local restaurant which we walked to and my husband is still raving that it was the best T-bone steak he's ever had! They also suggested some fab places for us to visit like Vinci where Leonardo da Vinci was born and grew up and Lucca which had a wonderful botanical garden with terrapins and huge Carp in the pond. Florence was only an hour away but we decided to visit more local towns and villages as we had visited Florence in 2013.
A hire car with a bit a umpf is a must for Olive Tree Suites with it being up on the mountain but without the mountain you wouldn't get the incredible views!
We'll definitely be recommending our friends and family to stay with Alberto and Natalia again!