Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Montefollonico: La Chiusawww.ristorantelachiusa.com
Reviewed by: loveslife from HI, review #1946
When: Most recently 2006
La Chiusa is our favorite home away from home, offering warm hospitality, luxurious comfort, and traditional Tuscan cuisine done perfectly.
I recently noticed that there is only one review posted for our favorite home away from home — La Chiusa, a most wonderful inn and fabulous restaurant in rural Tuscany.
While not totally undiscovered by Americans (we’ve run into several bicycle tours and cooking school groups there), its location on the outskirts of a small, non-touristy village keeps it off most travelers’ radar screens.
We were first attracted to La Chiusa by descriptions of its excellent cuisine; we keep returning there because of the cuisine, most definitely, but also because of the utter warmth and charm of the owners and staff, the attention to detail and eagerness to please the guests, the fact that the same helpful-beyond-belief staff members are there year after year, the large, beautifully appointed and comfortable rooms, and the incredible views across the expansive valley to Montepulciano and Monte Amiato.
Co-owner/Chef Dania Lucherini is gracious, charming, delightful, and stylish, and her fine cuisine has won a Michelin star. Her kitchen produces marvelous regional Tuscan dishes, all prepared to the highest of standards with absolutely top quality ingredients and technique. An evening at the restaurant is as good as it gets, with attentive yet unobtrusive service, generous pours of perfectly paired wines, and absolutely fabulous food, served in a large, elegant yet casual and comfortable dining room. Simple perfection.
Breakfasts dazzle as well, drawing on what’s in season. Figs from La Chiusa trees, local jams and country eggs, prosciutto and fresh Pecorino from nearby Pienza, served outside on the patio or in a comfortable breakfast room graced with the most beautiful views over the Tuscan hills and valleys. Breakfasts are included in the rates, which start at E200/night for a double. We have always stayed in the least expensive rooms and been perfectly contented with their spaciousness and large soaking tubs; we have also seen some of the property's truly enormous and spectacular rooms/suites available at higher prices.
La Chiusa is a perfect spot for total relaxation or as a base for and retreat from excursions to the tourist attractions of the area—for instance the great towns of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Siena. But in addition, it is a great spot for hiking, wandering, and bicycle riding through vineyards, farms, towns and villages which have not become tourist magnets. As for my husband and me, La Chiusa is our perfect home away from home.
Reviewed by: Staci from USA, review #162
When: April 2002
Perfect Paradise in southern Tuscany.
My family and I stayed at this hotel for four nights. We absolutely loved this place! I could actually rave for hours about La Chiusa but instead I'll only hit the high points. We had a large suite and private terrace overlooking San Biagio and the valley below. Flowers were in bloom in April. The children romped all over the garden while my husband and I sat outside drinking a bottle of Brunello wondering if this were heaven.
The views were incredible - I have never seen anything like it (but I haven't been to that many places yet). The room was wonderful. The bathroom itself was large enough to house our family. We had a magnificent round jacuzzi tub that could accommodate all the kids at once. There was also a separate large two person shower.
The staff was incredibly helpful and generous. One woman even offered to drop off our laundry on her way home, and pick it up the next morning. Now the truly amazing thing about La Chiusa though, is the FOOD. We only ate one dinner there (it is as expensive as staying a night) but it was fabulous. Breakfasts were equally delectable. We had homemade breads, yogurt, jams, and other delights.
I highly recommend La Chiusa as a base from which to tour the Crete Senesi. You will love it.
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