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Saturnia - Manciano: Agriturismo: Quercia Rossa


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Reviewed by: Michael S from NY, review #2887

When: June 2010

Escape from Roma

If you need an escape from Rome or simply driving North on the Via Aurelia, because you are fed up with the A1 route... In two and a half hours you could be in rural Tuscany, on top of the gentle hills of the Maremma, overlooking the sea 20 miles distance.

This charming B&B has large rooms, 19th century antiques and a family dinning room with locally grown food. You will be greeted by Alex or Roberto (your dinner will be cooked by Maria) and you will feel right at home.

The pool is out of sight of the house and only the sheep on the next hillside will watch you dip in. Alex is a fine host and will talk to you late into the night, but he is smart enough to know when to leave you to the peace of this rural retreat that he has created here.

Reviewed by: CVH128 from VA, review #2536

When: July 2008

Nice rural setting, a little too far from everything. See review for additional details.

This was my first visit to this part of Tuscany and I enjoyed the area very much.

The hotel is a good 4 miles from the main road and so a little tiring getting to and from everywhere, especially at night. I had a superior room with no air conditioning, but there was a fan, and a wonderful breeze. The bathroom was a little spartan.

Breakfasts were standard fare; nothing special. Dinners were buffet family style at a long table with the other guests. Dinner included all the wine you wanted and generally a couple of pasta dishes for 30E.

The pool was refreshing, but the stairs into the pool still had not been repaired (noted in an earlier review) and so it was difficult to haul yourself up and out once you were in. The area around the pool was well kept and relaxing, but not having stairs or steps into the pool spoiled it for me.

The owner/host was generally friendly, but very busy, so I didn't feel open to asking questions or recommendations. If you weren't having dinner, there was not really a place to sit and enjoy the outside. There were a few chairs outside the dining room.

The owner indicated that they are building another place to rent and perhaps that accounted for what I felt and saw as deferred maintenance at this property. I paid 86E a night.

Reviewed by: cjo from VT, review #2011

When: June 2007

Highly recommended. Quiet rural setting, near lots of Etruscan sites and hot springs at Saturnia. Excellent meals are available - not to be missed.

Very quiet rural setting in a part of Tuscany that is much slower paced, and less visited by tourists than is typical. Quaint and comfortable room, very friendly and helpful staff. Nice pool.

Meals are not to missed. Maria prepared excellent (and generous) meals for our family of four that are not to be missed. We ate at the B&B for two nights. We paid about E124 per night for the room, and dinner for four was about E125 - including pasta course, meat course, cheese, dessert, wine, coffee, etc.

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