I have come across an agriturismo called Il Poggio -- looks and sounds very nice, but limited reviews. Any information would be very helpful!
I have not stayed there but last November I visited some friends who were in the process of purchasing some of that families property. We met them at their agritursimo for dinner. They were lovely people. I wandered the property and remember saying "I'm coming back here to stay." Their wine is wonderful. She is a well know equestrian. I go there in a nano second. Be sure to visit the small hilltown of Radiconfini and have a meal at La Grotta. You will know you are in Italy!
Thank you for the information. Did you notice if the equestrian center is in a separate location, or is it on the grounds of the farm (near the rooms, pool, etc.)?
Chrissie, is this the complete spelling for this agriturismo? I've been looking at a place that is spelled similar to this. What is their website address? Is it close to Florence? Our friends are looking for a place to stay on the outskirts of Florence. Thanks for your help.
I think that particular farm is called Il Poggiolo, located outside Florence. It has a good review on the Graffiti Wall.
Have you read the reviews on tripadvisor.com?
If you have more questions, you can send an Email directly to one of the people that reviewed Il Pogo, and see what they have to say.
My husband and I stayed at Il Poggio several years ago; I was there for a week of horseback riding, and he spent his time visiting vineyards.
It's a gorgeous property, with beautiful views. The stables are down the hill from the residential part of the property; you can't even see them from the hotel.
Our suite, in one of the separate buildings, was very nice. We had a bedroom, bathroom, large living area and kitchen. Also a little terrace, though we always went to the larger terrace off the main building for drinks or enjoy the view.
The staff was nice and helpful, particularly in setting up vineyard visits for my husband.
The food was not the high point of our stay, though as we were part of the horseback tour, I believe we were getting a separate, more limited menu than the other people staying at Il Poggio.
One drawback (for us) to the property was that it was located in such an out-of-the-way location that it took a while to drive anywhere.
THANK YOU for your detailed response. It is really helpful!
Stay away from this place! We made reservations 5 months in advance. Gave her our credit card number to hold a room. She emailed us the week before to confirm we were coming. We said yes and she never indicated there was a problem. I gave her my mobile phone number to call me if there was an issue that came up because we would be in Rome for a few days beforehand.
When we get to her place at 8:00PM she tells us that there is a problem. Basically she double booked us. The people who pushed us out made reservations in September. We got put on a horrible futon in a bedroom in her house. The hot water was out. She never offered to lower the price. We would have stayed elsewhere but it was New Year's Eve. Steer clear. This place is hard to find and the worst agritourismo I have stayed at yet in Tuscany. The farm looks horrible. The scenery was nothing to take pictures of. I am so disappointed with this place. The breakfast was overpriced. 10 Euro for bread and jam! My last stay in an agritourismo in Torrita di Siena makes this place look like a barn. So our reservations were for the room overlooking the farm. The second night she said she would have a room for us. Nope. Not the one we reserved! There was an Italian couple in the one we were supposed to have. Save yourself the hassle...there are many other places to stay.
No reason to dredge up year-and-a-half old e-mails to flame a place you didn't like. There's a place for feedback on Rick's recommended hotels on the "Rick Steves Guidebooks" link on the menu bar above. And Tripadvisor is a better place for criticism of specific properties. But what you did is not appropriate here.
Doug- Not to criticize by why is what he did not appropriate? It answered the question that was posted: "does any one have information on a specific place". I wonder what your reasons are purely fir informational purposes. I answered a similar questions (different place of course) with my own negative personal experience. Why would that be inappropriate if a poser has specifically asked for information about that place?
Connie - Because the original poster (OP) asked the question in 2007. The OP's trip is likely long over and done now that it is February, 2009.
Posting a rant in the guise of answering that question is likely of little value to the OP now, and it confuses this site to revive old posts. This site is intended to provide answers to questions asked by posters. That's why I pointed out that there are other places to rant about a bad experience. There's no point to a "zombie" post - awakening a long dormant question.
Thank you Doug. I actually had not noticed the original post date and that is why I was confused. I didn't understand the part about old e-mails.