Pratello Country Resort
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes buffet breakfast, a welcome aperitif, use of the tennis courts and mountain bikes
- Traditional Tuscan styling in the guestrooms
- Peaceful hilltop location with sweeping views of the countryside
What To Know
- WiFi is an additional cost of $41 per day
- A car is recommended to explore the area
- There's not much to see within walking distance of the property
- Arrive in style: There's a private airfield attached to the property
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In the small Tuscan town of Peccioli, an hour’s drive west of Florence, the Pratello Country Resort is a 17th-century villa set on 800 acres of olive grove. The rustic retreat is home to a swimming pool and tennis courts that overlook the surrounding cypress-studded hills. Each of the 15 rooms is traditionally Tuscan, with dark wood furnishings, antique pieces and intricate mirrors. The Suites come with separate living areas and whirlpool bathtubs. Breakfast (an impressive spread of local salamis and cheeses) is served alfresco in the summer, and light bites are available by the pool throughout the day. In the evening dine on classic Tuscan dishes paired with wines from local vineyards, either in the dining room or on the terrace. The hotel can arrange a tour of the grounds, including a tasting of the organic extra virgin olive oil produced on-site.
In the Area
Peccioli is a cute hilltop town with bags of character. Stroll the charming streets, stop by the Piazza del Popolo to see the Praetorian Palace and the church, named after St. Verano, or hit the market on Tuesday mornings. The town is linked to neighboring municipalities by nature trails that cut through the countryside. Join a tour and tasting in nearby Chianti or head to the Tuscan capital, Florence (around an hour’s drive away), to explore the city’s greatest Renaissance sights: the Medici chapels, the Uffizi Galleries and the Accademia (home to Michelangelo’s David).
How to Get There
We had a family reunion there with close to 30 people. We basically had the place to ourselves (there was another couple there the night we arrived). The place is spectacular; the grounds, immaculate; the pool (and pool bar), heaven! There's a tennis court, a chapel, a billiards room, great common areas, a wonderful dinning room and dining patio, the views are gorgeous (and very Tuscan) and the staff is terrific! The meals were wonderful. It is a bit of a hike to the places in Tuscany most would want to visit. But it's a pretty hike (and by hike I mean you definitely need a car and a full tank of gas). There are very cool, old, old towns that are much closer. If (or when) I return, I would get the family suite that's available. It's not in the main house but offers a full kitchen. We booked through an English management company and thought we were renting the house; that we'd cook unless we asked otherwise. It's more like a hotel. Which was absolutely fine and no ones fault. It just wasn't clear when booking. The whole family was there for the week and everyone had an amazing, relaxing time.
We stayed as a grown up family of 5 in one of the apartments for a week and all had a wonderful time.
There are two particularly striking features of Pratello. First the staff were all super responsive to any questions and so polite. They made our stay so relaxing. Second, the venue is beautifully maintained. The gardens are full of flowers, there is a pretty kitchen garden, and the borders are long and beautiful. The pool area was jaw dropping for its seclusion, size and I loved walking on grass rather than concrete or tiles.
As a family of 5, we tended to drive to nearby Pellioci or Palaia for lunch or dinner or ate in. There were 4 hobs to cook on and the supermarkets in Pontedera and Peccioli were fine, both open on Sundays. There is a lot to do in the area. We used the tennis court, Pratello arranged a fun wine tasting visit to Spinetta and we caught the very efficient train from Pontedera to Florence. Would definitely recommend for a stay.
We stayed here for four days to attend an Andrea Bocelli concert in his home town. While a little hard to find, the resort was wonderful. It has a beautiful location with a spectacular view of the countryside. Breakfast on the terrace every morning was wonderful, we did not want to leave. The dinners in the evening were also memorable. We met the talented chef, who is the son of the owner. This is an Italian family business. It was wonderful to stay here.
My wife and I had our wedding at Pratello last September. We and all of our guests absolutely loved it. In organising beforehand, the staff were very accommodating and made everything really easy.
On the days we were there, the staff were so accommodating, helpful and cheerful, even when we might have stayed up a bit later than we should, and ordered more wine than we should...
The settling is stunning. The house is beautiful and so well maintained.
The food was great and good value.
A special thank you has to go to Claudia and Silvia who were instrumental and making the whole experience wonderful. We will definitely be back to visit.
I do not believe anyone could pick a better place for a small wedding venue. We numbered about 30 people, we all stayed from Friday to Sunday, with the wedding taking place on Saturday evening. The house, apartments and chapel are all beautifully appointed, the pool and gardens and just delightful and the views are breathtaking. The service and food was excellent. We had the most fabulous time with family and friends in this beautiful place.