It is hard to believe we were in the same place as that reviewed here. We were emailed a few days before and given directions which were easy to follow. We were invited to contact with any other questions and we replied to ask about an evening meal. There was no reply so we bought provisions - just as well as we arrived on a Saturday and all food shops close on Sundays. We were not warmly welcomed - indeed we were not welcomed at all - we could not get in until another guest kindly opened the gates, A perfectly pleasant young man came to find us to say they were busy with the harvest. He let us in to our apartment and left. The apartment was fine with two doubles and two en suite bathrooms but the kitchen was in a cupboard and we were provided wiht just four knives and forks, no cooking implements at all - not even a wooden spoon. The oven still had bread crumbs in it. We had to go out to buy dishwasher tablets and loo rolls. There were a few tea bags provided but no milk and only Ersatz coffee.
Our terrace was a dark dingy area with a view of a brick wall (see pic). Later we discovered for ourselves a communal kitchen downstairs with cutlery and implements we could borrow. The place was not particularly clean and everything was very basic. We had a bad storm and discovered the storm light did not work. There were a couple of candle stubs but no matches. Breakfast was perfectly adequate and we met some nice people round the communal tables. But we already knew them perhaps too well as the apartments are the noisiest I ever experienced. A fart in the bathroom next door can be heard in the bedroom! Every word from the apartment in front of ours is audible through the jerry built walls. Yes the location is beautiful but there are many beautiful locations in Italy where there is also service. OK this is a farm and there is a harvest but there are also guests paying a lot of money - not discounted at harvest time - who are basically left to fend for themselves. There is a pool but you are requested not to use the towels from the apartments - how many people travel with bath towels? I was bitten horribly one night and not by mosquitoes...some bugs in he bedroom I could not identify or find. On Sunday some people in the room next to us with no kitchen at all decided to cut their stay short. Fortunately we had some fod to give them. There is NO restauarant on site whatever your tour agent says...and it is a very long walk (3Km) to the nearest one along a dusty track or a difficult night time drive and in any case they do not open on Sundays. The owners did not seem to us to be remotely hospitable, just canny. Fortunately we were only here for two days before we moved to a fabulous apartment in Siena...I really would not go back - you can do much better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Podere Lamberto is inspired by the country hotel: it offers few rooms and a hospitality that's attentive to every little detail. The farmhouse and the owners' house are surrounded by the soft, green Tuscan hills whose numerous shades of colour make a spectacular backdrop to the changing seasons.The atmosphere created by antique furniture, wrought iron beds and period carpets is enhanced by the warm colours of the walls, the old-style charm of exposed wooden ceiling beams and beautiful oak floors. The bedrooms are located on the upper floor of the old farmhouse, while on the lower floor is a large salon with a fireplace - the perfect spot in which to relax with a book or gather to sample some of our farm's products. This is also where you'll be served a buffet breakfast that includes fresh, organic products, and fragrant biscuits and cakes baked by the owner. ... more less
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