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
We stayed with Suzanne and Fabio for two nights during our Tuscany road trip! It was a best part of our Tuscany trip. Lovely place and hosts, a home away from home. Highly recommended! Thank you, Suzanne and Fabio! Hope to visit again soon!
The rooms are a unique mixture of whimsical and wholesome - think teapots hanging from string and linen sheets and exposed beams. It’s a great fusion of Italian country house pared back with eco friendly ideas. The hosts look like an advertisement for health supplements but are welcoming and kind. A great base for exploring Tuscany.
We stayed three nights at Follonico. The entire place is very personally decorated and it feels like visiting old friends once you meet Fabio and Suzanne. Breakfast is a special highlight as it’s uniquely individual, prepared by the hosts and served on the terrace, great freshness and quality. A pool has just been added to the property.
The B&B is a perfect starting point to southern Tuscany, just a couple of minutes away from Montepulciano and even better - because you probably haven’t heard about it - Montefollonico. The place is not overrun by tourists and offers great dining options.
In advance of your trip you’ll receive an ebook that’s well worth reading and keeping. It contains lots of information about sights and dining options in the region.
The road to the place requires some serious fixing, not the hosts’ fault but more as a word of advice for your approach ;)
I deducted a point for the value for money only.
My husband and I went back to Tuscany to explore the Val D'Orcia and we based ourselves in Follonico and it was the best decision! It is a typical Tuscan country farm, beautifully decorated and run like a BnB by the beautiful couple Fabio and Suzzane that make you feel like family. We also got upgraded to the suite, which was supper spacious and comfortable.
Fabio will cook you the best country breakfast in the morning, served in their beautiful garden with a view of the vineyards.The house is also lcoated about 10 min drive to the beautiful town of Montepulciano.
They just opened their new pool, which is amazing in the afternoon overlooking the vineyards.
We loved our time at Follonico, and hope to be back soon!
f you want to experience the real Tuscany country life and the beauty of nature from that area, you most definitely have to stay at Follonico. This country house has a lot of personality, filled with authentic vintage pieces of furniture. The moment I've stepped into the property I knew that I had just to breath in all the beauty and relax. Loved chilling in my seat in front of the building with the best view over the immense vineyards near by with a book in one hand and a lemonade in the other. They even have there a little pond with geese and some lavender planted just along the most beautiful roses. It is really a dream to wake up in such a place and enjoy a good traditional breakfast with organic ingredients grown in their own yard, served by the owner himself. I loved also meeting the other guests from all over the world and hearing their stories at a cup of coffee. It is really interesting to see how people were more kind and relaxed in this kind of environment.
We've stayed at one the rooms upstairs and loved everything about it from the furniture, to the natural linen fabric of the sheets to the breathtaking view we've had at every window from each corner. It was a really great authentic experience and cannot wait to go back again and stay a little longer. Now every time I need to unplug from the chaos of a hectic city we're in, I think of this magical place located near by Pienza and Montepulciano and I instantly feel relaxed.