I recently enjoyed a 4-night stay at L'Olmo with my wife and our two children aged 12 and 9. As I sit here looking at the pictures I am counting the days to go back there again like someone who is missing a lost love.
This place is amazing. Not only the surroundings which are beyond compare but the service and the unparalleled attention you receive from Julia, Gabriella and Anthony are amazing. You fell like you have your own staff to ask for advice, make bookings for you and share the secrets of nearby places. I am sorry I don't know the names of the cook and the wonderful woman who clears your table but they couldn't be nicer.
We had planned to do many things once we were in Tuscany but I have to admit that many fell by the wayside as we elected to hang by the pool and have dinner at L'Olmo. We had just had a busy few days in Sorrento and L'Olmo was the perfect rest stop we needed before moving on to Florence. Next time we will budget a week in the area so we can tour a little more and rest by the poolside.
We enjoyed the L'olmo suite which gave us a sense of home. The children had their own room ( and their own bathroom complete with robes!) and we enjoyed our beautiful room which was wonderfully separated from the children's room by a cosy and comfortable sitting room.
Incredible views, beautiful rooms, attention to detail and an incredibly awesome staff. There were many times where we felt we were the only ones in this serene environment.
I suppose to be fair I should say we were the only ones with older kids there. The place is set up very well for couples both young and old who wish to spend some quality time together.I was a bit worried about the level of disruption our children are capable of causing. Fortunately for us, they loved the vanishing edge pool and were happy to spend hours in it and the others around the pool didn't seem to mind. But it wasn't busy at the pool ever.
So if you need a luxurious base to explore around Pienza and environs I highly recommend L'Olmo. You'll love it. At least I know we did!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L'Olmo is a small hotel de Charme in the heart of Val d'Orcia. An ancient farmhouse from XVII century, placed on the top of a gentle hill overlooking one of the most beautiful Tuscany valley. L'Olmo has been renovated in its interior and exterior designs, furniture, wall colours, hydro systems, air-conditioning and strong Wi-Fi. Surrounded by a green garden rich of plants as roses, geraniums, olive and cypress trees, L'Olmo offers a heated pool (12x8mt) equipped with all necessary to sunbathe all day long enjoying the stunning view of the hills all around and little paradisespots where to sit for a light lunch or a snack by the pool. Hidden beside the pool you will find a romantic Pergola, where the shadow will recover you after a sunny day; tables and chairs arethere for breakfast or candle light dinners. A cosy courtyard with sofas and armchairs accompany you to the interior of the house. The Billiard room is the main common area of the whole house. A stoned fireplace surrounded by velvet sofas, a furnished library with books and antiques then the billiard room, with chessboard and the grand Cannon Carambola table. By the sofa area, you will find also a projector where to enjoy a good movie or sports events. Still on the ground floor is the dining room for breakfast in the morning and dinners at night. The dining room respects the country style of the house: light colours for tables and chairs fabrics, white linen for the tables. Three Suites are on the ground floor, each with private garden with roses and climber grapevine Pergola, sunbathe bed chairs and tables for room-served breakfasts. The other four Suites are on the first floor: two can be connected and become a large apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a common living room with sofa bed and fire-place. The grandestroomof the house is "Suite Olmo"composed by a double bedroom with bathroom, common living room with fireplace and a smaller bedroom with single bed and private bathroom. The most scenery room of the house is for sure the "Library Suite"; it was the original Granary room for the old farmhouse and offers a 180° view on the countryside with a spectacular bricked wall which illuminates the high ceiling room (4 mt). Each roomis equipped with satellite tvs, safes, air-conditioning/heating; beds are covered by romantic canopies, wear cotton satin linens and have comfortable mattress (most of them are Simmons, except two special sized) Bathrooms have bathtubs and grand shower stull with powerful shower heads. Equipped with professional hairdryer, courtesy service with an Argan line of soaps and cremes, soft terry towel and bathrobes; from most of the bathrooms you can enjoy the marvellous view that L'Olmo offers form every side. The location is central with the most beautiful cities of Tuscany renaissance and is the ideal place to enjoy the nature, the peace and beauty of the Val d'Orcia and, last but not least, thanks to the special colours and lights of the landscape, it is perfect for photography lovers. ... more less
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