Follonico 4-Suite B&B
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast, free water and soft drinks, and a preprogrammed GPS device
- Gorgeous countryside views at every turn
- Tons of original features and quirky furniture
- An intimate retreat in an off-the-grid location in southern Tuscany
What To Know
- No restaurant, but there's an honesty bar and light dinners are available on request
- Breakfast can be taken on your private terrace (on request)
- Pets are welcome
- Free WiFi and parking
- Late check in (4 to 8pm) is permitted if previously agreed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In southern Tuscany, a 50-minute drive from Siena, the Follonico is an intimate retreat housed in a ninth-century farmhouse, a labor of love for owners Suzanne Simons and Fabio Firli, who spent two years searching for the perfect (derelict) property and a further three years renovating it. The six rooms are individually styled and combine traditional Tuscan decor (beam ceilings, terra-cotta floors) and eccentric furnishings including antique doors, vintage toys and ancient typewriters. Mod cons include free WiFi, iPod docking stations, large rainfall showers and Italian Ortigia toiletries, and the White Essential Rooms feature a private 215-square-foot terrace. The breakfast/brunch spread is an impressive array of local produce grown within 10 miles of the property, and it can be taken on your terrace (when requested in advance). There’s no restaurant or pool, but the owners are passionate about the area and can arrange food and wine tastings with artisanal producers and make reservations at under-the-radar restaurants in the region.
In the Area
The property is less than a 10-minute drive from the hilltop town Montepulciano and a 40-minute drive from Montalcino, both known for producing some of the region’s best wines. The picturesque town of Pienza is within easy reach and worth exploring for its grand church, tiny coffee bars and artisanal and specialty food shops. Sienna is less than an hour away. The stunning 14th-century Palazzo Chigi hosts classical concerts year-round, and theater fans should make a beeline for the unfeasibly elegant Teatro dei Rinnovati. For a hipper haunt, hotfoot it around the corner to Bar Cacio e Pere for live music and a local crowd.
How to Get There
My boyfriend and I wanted to explore Tuscany so we based ourselves in Follonico and we couldn't have made a better decision. This is such a cozy and beautiful place with an exceptional ambience. It is not a hotel, it is more a home away from home. Fabio and Suzzane make you feel like part of the family and none of the recommendations they give fail to exceed the expectations. And the animals around the farm add to the amazing atmosphere, the dogs Charlie and Priscilla were so very friendly. We loved spending time with them. Make sure you book the cooking class with Fabio. It was one of the highlights of our stay. We loved our time at Follonico and we'll definitely be back one day. Huge thanks to the hosts.
Fabio and Suzanne did a marvellous job in turning this farm house into a beautiful charming country side retreat. Wonderfully decorated, excellent breakfast, most amazing countryside views, a serene environment, overall a wonderfully refreshing oasis.
you want to relax and feel tuscany with all senses ? Follonico is the right place. Great view, beautiful rooms, excellent food, a lot off great places to go, the contact to staff and the people were very familiar
Aside from constantly being surrounded by the natural beauty of Sienna and Tuscany in general, our amazing experience in Follonico consisted of truffle hunting with specially trained dogs, eating freshly prepared bread, pasta, crepes and produce from the Follonico farm, walking around the Follonico farm and vineyard, and driving around Sienna. We were told that wine tasting was among the available activities but did not get to it. The hosts (a couple with their kids) are extremely respectful, attentive to your needs, professional, and overall honest and happy people; the property was quiet, clean, homey, and elegant with a rustic feel. You barely see their kids as the property is divided. We visited late November 2017 where some of the nearby restaurants and local businesses were already closed for the offseason. If we could do it again, we would go during the summer months for this reason and also to try the fresh olive oil and honey produce from the Follonico farm and see the Tuscany hills and trees in a different color. Overall an unforgettable experience - great for two or a small family.
The wonderful hosts create a unique and authentic tuscany experience. We enjoyed it very much and relaxed in a cosy and stylish environment. The breakfast is a highlight. Thank you very much! We will return for sure!