It would be hard for Pieve Sprenna to suffer poor reviews for the location. This can be said for any property in Tuscany. Many have swimming pools and many have views. This one is very lovely indeed, and the gardens with plentiful tree coverage allowed for good shelter from the sun, a picturesque aesthetic and some well-needed peace and quiet together with my Italian partner.
The first night we decided to try the fixed menu as recommended by others. We were sat and served in silence. Upon asking what the courses actually were, we were stared at as if having just battered one of the many cats which also inhabited the Agriturismo. The food was OK. The wine was rough - go elsewhere for this.
On the subject of service, there was almost never any member of staff to be found. Requests for the purchase of food and beverage were accommodated, but not without feeling as if we had inconvenienced the owner. Having ordered a mixed platter around 1.30pm, this order was passed to the other (responsible for the kitchen) sister but then ignored while she ate lunch with the rest of the family. Only upon querying the progress of the food order in the absence of any other information did she start to prepare it. We then had to query whether we should wait on the spot, return, or expect delivery?! The bottle of wine became half a bottle, the water was flat instead of sparkling. Just impossible.
However, the other sister did kindly offer to organise a horse trek for us with a daughter of the family - this was very much appreciated and enjoyed and she was much more accommodating.
Our room was, as others have reviewed, old. Do not expect hotel facilities. One out of three lightbulbs in the centre of the room was missing. We only noticed this because we needed the lights on in the middle of the day. Hardly the "bright and light" experience promised on the website. Our room did not have a view of anything except the entrance gates, despite web promises that all rooms benefit from a view. No air conditioning; the fan provided on the table did not reach the electricity socket. A pretty well-used shower that my fairly average apartment wipes the floor with.
So, try not to be too disappointed with all this. This is realistically more of a self-catering family place rather than a young couple's romantic getaway. If you want to come and lie by the pool, without hassling the owners for anything, this is the perfect place. Come and enjoy the beautiful Tuscan countryside and keep to yourself. Use the house as a home away from home. Enjoy any glimpses of the nice hospitality that we saw, but be sure that they are the exception rather than the rule. And while you are staying there, go to visit Maddalena Cordella at her vineyard near to Torrenieri. She will show you food and drink that will perfectly complement the view from Pieve Sprenna and put it all in to context.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pieve Sprenna farmhouse is an old Country House in a peaceful setting of vineyards and olive groves. The gardens and swimming pool with whirlpool system are surrounded by Cypress and Pine trees.At the restaurant, you can sample delicious tuscan cuisine, created from local products: wine, oil, cheese, mushrooms and truffles in season.Our rooms and apartments all have views, all around you Sienese countryside, that harmonies the work of man and nature, and offers cultural, as well as scenic beauty.A magic scenery will lead you to visit beautiful villages such as, Buonconvento, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni, Monte Oliveto Maggiore, besides the famous Siena and Florence. ... more less
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