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
B&B in a gorgeous setting, with good breakfasts (including eggs if requested), spacious rooms, gorgeous grounds and a pool (in warm months) with stunning views. It is more rustic-luxe than luxury but our room (the Blue Notte suite) was very roomy, with vaulted ceilings, a double-vanity bathroom and a wood burning fireplace (that we didn't have cause to use). There are animals on the grounds - dogs, geese, chickens, bunny rabbit, a horse, a mule and sheep - and in our case a pigeon that decided to roost over our door (that was a small issue for us but at least they cleaned the poop outside our door daily!). One small issue we had is that the hot water would run out in the afternoons sometimes - so if we wanted to shower after time at the pool it would be a cold shower. All in all a lovely stay.
The room we stayed in (Rosso Tramonto) was beautiful and light. Excellent bed and sheets.
The breakfasts were unbelievable - fresh and varied.
The views from the property are just stunning. The garden beautiful.
The animals (particularly the geese) are great.
The hosts, Fabio and Suzanne, are so helpful and attentive.
This is honestly my favourite place I have ever stayed and I will be back. Lovely place to relax and see beautiful Tuscany.
Follonico is a true jewel of Tuscany. The views, the spaces, the people and the animals are all part of its rustic yet luxurious experience.
Fabio and the whole family and staff, which includes the two adorable dogs Priscilla and Charlie, will make you feel right at home in a matters of minutes. The serenity of the place and its majestic scenery will make it hard to get up and visit the surrounding towns.
I strongly recommend the place to anyone who's looking to slow down and enjoy
Tuscany in all its glory, alone, in a group, couple or family, it really is for everyone.
I can't say enough good things about Follonico and we definitely intend to go back one day.