We spend one week on this wonderful place and loved it. The food and wine are excellent, the service are the best. The pool area has a wonderful view over the wine fields. We will for sure come back again.
This was our second visit to this resort (first visit in 2018) and it was really disappointing this time around. Lots of screaming unsupervised children in the pool, families wandering around not observing any kind of social distancing, without masks etc. Owner and some staff not wearing masks when interacting with guests. All in all, our holiday was ruined by badly behaved children and we worried quite a bit about the risks of catching Coronavirus because the hotel's own policies weren't followed. Best avoided I'd suggest.
La Sovana is a family-run farm stay in Southern Tuscany. The property is stunning with nice views of their vineyard and countryside. You enter the property through a long gravel driveway lined with cypress trees. The rest of the property is meticulously maintained with flower pots and gardens everywhere. La Sovana has many amenities including a hot tub, pool ( not heated), 2 tennis courts, bocce court, restaurant, free parking and numerous places where you can sit to relax, read or enjoy a glass of wine.
The room we stayed in was spacious, had a large modern bathroom and the windows had screens. A huge plus if you want to sleep with the windows open and not get eaten alive by mosquitoes.
The breakfast buffet is excellent and so are the dinners. The dinners are a little expensive but they are totally worth it. The food and wine are very good and the service is superb. One night we had a fowl dish but since my husband is allergic to poultry & fowl they cooked fish for him. That was a nice gesture. Another night we had the Florentine steak which was very good. They had a huge table full of appetizers and prosecco was complimentary. The owner Guiseppe and his daughter Francesca check on every diner & they go out of their way to make sure everything is ok. They even brought us extra servings of the pasta. Some reviews say that the dinners are long, this is true but it is a 4 course dinner and Italians like to dine not eat & run. We didn’t mind having a relaxed dinner enjoying the good wine and nice ambiance.
Thanks Guiseppe, his wife( I’m sorry I forgot her name) & Francesca for your hospitality and for providing a memorable stay. We will recommend it to our friends traveling to Tuscany and we look forward to coming back.
We stayed at La Sovana in early October on a Secret Escapes deal as a wedding anniversary treat.
Our plane was a bit late, and by the time we arrived after a bit of a stressful two hour drive in the dark from Pisa, it was already well into the evening and we were late for dinner. The owner kindly drove us (incredibly fast!!) to the neighbouring vineyard and hotel & Spa called Le Buche where we were having dinner. This place is run by his son and family. The restaurant was wonderful and had a lovely friendly atmosphere. Food and wine was delicious. We were driven back to La Sovana after the meal to settle in for the night.
The next morning after breakfast (which was fabulous), we were able to explore the place, which is set in very lovely grounds. There are some bicycles to use, and a huge deep pool. I was warned it was cold, but tried it anyway and it was indeed freezing! Next time we visit we’ll go in summer.
The wine tour and tasting is free and recommended as they have some really delicious wines. However, there was one slight negative during the tasting - we had been given a bottle of Le Buche 2010 at dinner by the owner’s son who mentioned it wasn’t actually officially released for sale yet, but when I said we’d had tasted a 2010 the previous night, the girl doing the tasting was actually quite rude, insisting that we were mistaken, this was not possible and we must have had a 2009. It felt as if we were being told off in front of the other guests for lying, which didn’t feel very nice.
However, they are some really good wines which we had delivered on our return and are looking forward to opening for Christmas.
The bed was very comfortable and bathroom very good, however the dinner in their restaurant was a bit more subdued and perhaps the food was not quite as good as at Le Buche.
We drove everywhere and explored the area and had one evening out at the local restaurant, which was delicious, not expensive and very pleasant. Our taxi however, cost over 55 Euros for a 10 minute journey each way - possibly because he waited for us at the restaurant. The taxi was arranged by the hotel, so maybe something got lost in translation as we were not expecting him to wait for us! Advice is to check before you order a cab. Overall, a lovely friendly, family run place in a very pretty area.
There is no other way to describe this hotel than peaceful. It's a relaxing bit of paradise in Tuscany. The room was lovely, as was the pool. The food was amazing. The dinner is expensive, but it is worth it. We ate one night there and there were things on the menu I normally don't like, but I enjoyed them that night. But what really made the hotel great was the staff. From the moment we arrived they were friendly, welcoming and helpful. Never once, from dinner to any breakfast, did we have to identify our room number. I'm not sure how they keep track of each person's room number, but it was nice not to have to remember it (especially when you are on a two week road-trip, remembering each hotel room number can become challenging.) We enjoyed the free wine tasting they provide as well. It was great to show the care they have for their wines. We bought a large quantity, and while we could have transported them with us, they wanted to make sure the wines arrived at their best and so suggested they ship them instead. They made sure when we would be home so that they would wait to ship them so we would be back. If I'm ever back in Tuscany, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here.