Marignolle Relais and Charme
What We Love
- Continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Secluded hillside location just six miles from Florence
- Check-in time is from 1:30 p.m.
- The hotel can arrange cooking classes at the property
What To Know
- The swimming pool is closed October through May
- There's no official restaurant on the premises, but the hotel can prepare light Tuscan dishes on request
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In the Florentine hills, six miles from the Tuscan capital, Marignolle Relais & Charme is an intimate 10-room family-owned hotel. This converted farmhouse was originally built as a country retreat to escape the city heat and is now managed by the second generation of the Bulleri family. It’s Italian to the core, with rustic fireplaces and large windows looking out over the garden, which is studded with cypresses, broom bushes and pine trees.
Bed & Bath
The 10 guestrooms (four of which are junior and superior suites) are appointed with antiques, parquet floors and spacious white tile bathrooms. Each is different, but the overall look is classic and refined, with period prints and floral fabrics. They all have air conditioning, large closets, free WiFi and tea- and coffeemaking facilities. All overlook the garden or the inner courtyard.
Head to the panoramic terrace for a glass of local Chianti. Thanks to the intimate size of the property, the terrace and the outdoor pool feel almost private. Guests who love Italian food (and who doesn’t?) can take part in a cooking class with owner Paola Bulleri to learn the secrets of traditional Tuscan cuisine. However, there’s no restaurant on the premises. The property is a great base for exploring Tuscan treasures; the cities of Siena, Arezzo and Montepulciano, as well as the ancient Etruscan town of Volterra, are all just a one- to two-hour drive away.
In the Area
Chianti is a charming region of hills between Florence, Siena and Arezzo, and the hotel can help organize a wine tour. After a few glasses, go for a stroll in the medieval town of San Gimignano, known as the city of beautiful towers. In Florence the Uffizi Gallery is the one museum art lovers never get tired of. One of the oldest in the world, it houses some of the most important masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. But the Accademia is where you can get close to Michelangelo’s David in a historic museum designed by Giorgio Vasari in the 1500s.
How to Get There
Yes it is charming, like being in your own big house. Rooms are a decent size. Breakfast in the gazebo is nice, though not a lot of variety offered. Adding some cheese, sliced tomatoes or even breakfast potatoes to the offering would be nice to enjoy in the setting.
Cabs are easily available and we rented a car for a day for which there is parking. I think though we would have preferred to stay in town itself to be able to roam around longer after supper (without having to find a cab) or explore Florence more early in the morning before our flight. That’s just a personal preference as we prefer to be in the middle of the action.
(Also as please provide hair conditioner along with shampoo!)
We traveled to Florence as a family, group of 8, including my 88 year old grandmother. The property felt like a home away from home. The common areas, the rooms, the bathrooms were all spotless. The beds were very clean and comfortable. The grounds were beautiful as was the pool. There are 2-3 rooms on the ground level itself, and my grandmother stayed in one of those, so she didnt need to climb any stairs. There are a few steep steps to the pool though, but once you get there the view is lovely. The location is a 12-15 minute drive from the centre of town. All taxis knew the hotel so it was easy to get home. Because the town itself was so full of tourists, it was a relief to have this beautiful space to come back to.
Secondly, the staff - we had a fantastic experience. It was my Dad's 60th birthday and the team prepared a special (and absolutely delicious) meal and ordered us the yummiest cake. They had champagne and candles set up at the dinner table. They went above and beyond.
My grandmother was a bit unwell while we were there and the staff looked after her as if she was family.
For the wine tour Lorenzo took us himself to a friends vineyard - what a fun the experience.
We did not feel like tourists, but friends visiting friends. If you want to stay at a very beautiful boutique property and get a sense of real Italian culture and hospitality, then this is the place for you. Thank you Lorenzo and family, we hope to be back someday!
My husband and I traveled to Tuscany to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I'm so thrilled we discovered this heavenly property through Trip Advisor. To say we LOVED it would be an understatement. From the moment we arrived it was perfect; the welcoming, the residence, our accommodation, the gardens, the breakfast buffet, the special dinners....every single day was perfect! The location couldn't have been better....close enough to everything and far enough to breath in the beauty of the Tuscan Hills.
Thank you Lorenzo to you, your family and your staff for creating and maintaining this 'heavenly' residence! We are very much looking forward to returning...and staying longer!