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“Disappointing service but Tuscany is lovely”

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Agriturismo Pieve Sprenna
Reviewed 10 September 2015

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.

Room Tip: Probably ask for the room up in the tower - better views than our cell window had.
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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

Beautiful farmhouse with charm. Location superb on hill top with fantastic views over vineyards and olive groves and rolling hills with sunflowers blooming in nearby fields.
Gardens and pool maintained well. Room was cleaned every morning and towels changed regularly.
Lots of shade to sit under when too hot (38C in July). Sun loungers and hammocks were great and nice having plenty of space to to relax with scattered chairs and tables too.
Restaurant outdoors was lovely. Great choice of food at breakfast with homemade cakes.
Evening set meal was very good at 25 euros for starter, pasta course, meat course, dessert , wine and water. My husband loved the T bone steak for two himself.
We bought the home made olive oil and wine which we have yet to try.
The owners were friendly and we must try and learn more Italian so we can communicate better next time. Wish we had booked a week instead of 5 days.
Hiring a car was needed to get around.
Having a gazebo with lovely Maurizio offering massage in the corner of the garden overlooking the hills was bliss and so relaxing.
Siena is worth a visit. Florence, easy to get to by train from Siena, but was too hot to appreciate the day we went. On way back to Pisa airport we stopped at a little town called Piccioli for a wander which was nice.
Hope to go back soon.

Room Tip: 'Panse' room on ground floor looked onto pool and had good views. Simple decor and quite dar...
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

My wife and I stayed a week at the Villa. It is very well located close to Siena, Buonconvento, Montalcino and Sprienza We hired a car in Siena to ensure we could see Tuscany. The Villa has a restaurant and it's own vineyard and small winery and uses own produce in meals. The apartment suited two people and the pool on site is just fantastic. A few wifi unavailability issues seemed to be more representative of the local network than In house capability. The adjacent rolling hills, covered in vineyards, sunflower and cereal crops is spectacular. Groceries or restaurants are obtainable in nearby Buonconvento, a short drive away. We recommend guests pick up the basics before arrival as these things are not supplied in apartments eg tea, coffee, detergent etc. Try Di Marios restaurant for an authentic family run typical Tuscan meal. It is a hoot. The Brunello and Super Tuscan wines from Altesino Winery nearby are superb and the wine tasting experience to die for. Great stay and great location, albeit the site could do with a little more maintenance especially the grounds.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2015 via mobile

Our second nights stay in Tuscany and Wow!!! After a 5k slight uphill walk from Buonconvento we were bowled over by this charming old farmhouse and which ever way you look the views across rolling hills, vineyards, olive trees and the countryside are stunning. We stayed in The Tower Room after climbing 2 flights of stairs the views got even better if that is possible!! For the romantics among you this is the room for you This is a very special agriturismo.

Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Francesca G, Proprietario at Agriturismo Pieve Sprenna, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2015

Thanks a lot of nice review .... I hope that in future you will still be our guests.
Lots of love from Tuscany
Francesca Annalisa e Brando

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Reviewed 29 May 2015

This was the second time we spent a week at agriturismo Pieve Sprenna. We rented a separate house with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen with dinning room, terrace...
Excellent accomodation, nice fireplace, grill outside, perfect view from the terrace.
Perfect location to visit wine producers from Chianti in the north, to Montalcino and Montepulciano on the south. Very nice walking and cycling possibilities.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Agriturismo Pieve Sprenna

Address: Localita Pieve Sprenna 59, 53022, Buonconvento, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Buonconvento
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Buonconvento
Price Range: RM 425 - RM 971 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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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