Locanda le Boscarecce is a charming, rural hotel nestled in the Tuscan hills, about 40 kilometres from Florence. Fourteen individually designed rooms offer a harmonious blend of rustic farmhouse ambience with contemporary touches. Set on a hilltop, the hotel provides panoramic views over the enchanting Elsa Valley with its cypresses, olive groves and vineyards. Traditionally painted furniture and stylishly designed chairs give the 14 spacious rooms a chic, elegant atmosphere. All have original ceiling beams, emphasizing the authentic farmhouse character of this 200-year-old estate. The warm, attentive service of this family-run hotel pampers guests with Tuscan traditional cuisine, whose secrets you can learn in on-site cooking classes.
The rustic ambience and quiet location make this intimate rural hotel ideal for couples on honeymoon or just getting away from it all. The 14 bright and pleasant rooms are quite stylish, with dark wood furnishings and neutral colors creating a warm, cozy atmosphere. Each room is named after famous Italian personalities. The Ravalli Family has been managing this farmhouse hotel for four generations, providing attentive care for their guests - though always with a quiet discretion as to provide for a high level of privacy during guests´ stays. In the evening, sit out on the hotel´s covered terrace with a glass of Tuscan wine and watch the sun set over the Elsa Valley. As the amber sunset light spreads across the land, the terracotta colored terrace tiles of the farmhouse shine with intense reds and wrap the Le Boscarecce in a graceful evening glow.
Locanda le Boscarecce is a truly typical Tuscan farmhouse. From a distance, approaching guests can spot its green shutters and the contrasting cream and terracotta colors of the facade. The old walls of the farmhouse and barn were renovated in 1996 - preserving many original features such as exposed beams. Small room heaters were also integrated. The collection of modern designer pieces and rustic farmhouse furniture creates a cozy atmosphere. Air-conditioning, TV and free WiFi provide modern comfort, with colorful ceramics and ornate paintings maintaining the hotel´s authenticity. Outside, more reminders of this establishment´s history can be found, with evidence of early agricultural practices heralded through old wine carafes and a small courtyard water fountain. The surrounding scenic landscape is one of knotty cypress and olive trees, with well-kept rose gardens, herb beds and fruit trees adding to the rich natural bounty.
An exclusive highlight of the hotel, Locanda le Boscarecce offers cooking courses under professional guidance of the onsite chef Bartolo. With much dedication, cooking novices are introduced to the secrets of Tuscan cuisine and learn the creative preparation of local ingredients. The cuisine is based mainly around olives, basil and thyme, the ingredients which give Mediterranean cuisine its characteristic taste. On the site of the former farm, a modern kitchen has been installed to meet the high demands of the chef, guaranteeing a true culinary experience. Cooking class participants also help with the joint preparation of bread and pizza in the outdoor traditional stone oven. A separate lounge area welcomes guests after their successful cooking lessons to linger and relax, true to style with champagne and wine.
Enjoy a perfect start to the day with the extensive buffet breakfast served on the covered terrace. Stunning views of the fog lifting from the Elsa Valley will make your morning coffee that much sweeter. Alternatively, breakfast may also be taken in the rustic barn. During the day, the restaurant offers small, freshly prepared plates - and at dinnertime, guests journey through Tuscan food culture including highlights such as smoked salami, juicy ham and seafood specialties. Chef Bartolo places great emphasis on the use of seasonal and regional products, and pampers guests with a daily changing menu. Rustic charm permeates the air when on warm evenings, the two stone ovens are fired up and crispy pizzas delight the palate.
The Tuscan hills of the Apennines provide hiking and mountain bike trails which wind through remote areas away from busy roads. After a strenuous day out on the trails, guests can cool down at the hotel’s pool area, which offers sunning lounge chairs or green lawns to lie down and relax on. On less sunny days, visit the solarium to work on your tan. To relax in the shade, a secluded gazebo in the garden is a splendid place to read books or just sit. For guests seeking a more active vacation, try out the artificial turf tennis courts on the hotel grounds. Further afield, take a day excursion with train or rental car to Pisa (80 km) or Florence (40 km). Much closer and more intimate, visit the nearby village of Castel Fiorentino, just three kilometres away. Here the Museum BEGO exhibits works by the famous Italian Renaissance painter Benozzo Gozzoli.
In the heart of Tuscany, the Locanda le Boscarecce is set on a hill and surrounded by cypresses, olive groves and vineyards. From its hilltop, guests are treated to a picturesque panorama spanning from the deep Elsa Valley to the snow-capped peaks of the Apennines. The nearest village Castel Fiorentino is just three kilometers away, and via the road to Siena, Florence is 40 kilometers away.
Air conditioning, Parking, Restaurant, Pool
Romantic Hotels, Hotels with Cooking Courses, Country House Hotels, Small Hotels, Nature Hotels
- Lovingly restored farmhouse with a flair for modern interior design
- Low number of rooms creates a personal and relaxing atmosphere
- Family and discreet guest services
- Restaurant terrace with panoramic views over valleys and hills
- Professional and personalized cooking classes
- Diversity in food by daily changing menu
- Car hire is recommended, as the hotel is a little off the beaten track
- Nightlife and restaurant alternatives can only be found in the surrounding towns
- Mainly suitable for resting and relaxing, less ideal for active holidays
|Internet||Wireless LAN, 24 hour internet access|
|Air conditioning||In all rooms|
|Night porter||Available Mon to Fri from 01.00 to 07.00 , Available Sat to Sun from 01.00 to 07.00|
|Parking||Free, Parking with wheelchair access|
|Terrace||Breakfast served on terrace, Views of|
|Garden / outside area||Sunbathing area, Sunbeds, Deckchairs|
|Bar||Open Mon to Fri from 07.00 to 22.00, Open Sat to Sun from 07.00 to 22.00|
|Wheelchair access, Concierge, Fax machine, Open fireplace, Non-smoking building, Laundry service, Currency exchange, Tour and excursion bookings|
|Half board||Breakfast and dinner|
|Organic & healthy cuisine||Regional specialities, Vegetarian cuisine, Modern, light cuisine, Gluten-free cuisine|
|Pets in the Hotel|
|Sports & Leisure|
|Bicycle rental, Table tennis, Nordic walking, Mountain biking|
|Families with Children|
|Sustainability & Health|
|Country, Nature & History|
|Cooking courses||In the restaurant, Min. no. of participants, 8 € per person per day|
|Background noise||Peaceful location|
|Motorway||Firenze Pisa Livorno 10 km|
|Train station||Castelfiorentino 1,5 km|
|Airport||Firenze oder Pisa 35- 40 km|
|Nearest city||Firenze 38 km|
|Shopping||San Gimignano 15 km|
|Golf course||Montelupo 10 km|
|Historic district||Certaldo 5 km|
|Tourist sights||San Gimignano 20 km|
|City center||Castelfiorentino 2 km|
|Hunting, Bowling, Bicycle rentals, Fitness center, Outdoor pool, Mountain biking, Tennis, Hiking|
|Leisure & Entertainment|
|Nightlife district, Bars / pubs, Discotheque, Shopping, Restaurants, Cinema, Museum / gallery, Opera / theater, Tourist sights, Library, Parks and gardens|
Nestled in the Tuscan hills, the Locanda le Boscarecce offers elegant, rustic charm with panoramic views over Italy´s famous landscape of olive groves and vineyards. Discover the magic and secrets of Tuscany cuisine with the on-site cooking courses. More details
15 m², View of garden, Panoramic view, Quiet, Bed for infants available, Double bed (min. width 180 cm), Heating, Cable or satellite TV, Coffee maker in room
15 m², Panoramic view, Quiet, Bed for infants available, Double bed (min. width 180 cm), Heating, Cable or satellite TV, Coffee maker in room, Air conditioning