We booked three apartments for ten people (our two families).
To my knowledge La Riplina offers apartments in different buildings.
We stayed at the Pieve di Sant'Innocenza complex and had the "Pieve di Piana" apartment with four rooms as well as two other smaller apartments in the same complex.
The whole place is picturesque and the large apartment was great.
One of the other two smaller apartments was a bit dark and the other had an awkward extra bed for our niece in the living room which in the end meant she slept in a room in the large apartment which worked well for all.
But all apartments that we saw were very nice.
Anything involving my family leads to confusion, complications and drama. Incorrect weekdays were given, people arrived later or departed earlier, breakfast and dinner numbers kept changing and a friend arrived requiring a fourth apartment.
We made everything as difficult as possible and our host Laura kept being friendly and helpful.
La Ripolina offers dinner and breakfast when organised in advance.
We only had dinner once and breakfast twice and it was very good food.
We also had cakes which looked beautiful and tested great.
We had a great time and if we ever organise a trip like this to the Tuscany again, we would definitely try to stay there.
We had the most amazing stay here. La Ripolina is located on a hill with beautiful views to the tuscan landscape. We stayed in a room with breakfast. Laura and her family were very friendly and helpful. Our room was nice and spacious, the whole area has lots of little corners to sit, a very nice pool, I couldn't recommend it high enough if you want to spend some relaxing days. The little town of Buonconvento is only a short drive away, you can find plenty of shops and restaurants there. I hope to come back soon!
We spent two nights here in May. It is set in wonderful Tuscan countryside with great views. There is lots of different types of accommodation. We had the three person room attached to the owners house but you could stay in rooms near in the main centre or apartments in different parts of the grounds. We walked up to the central building in a minute for breakfast each morning. Breakfast was fantastic- the best we had in our week in Tuscany. Laura bakes a cake each day and boy are they good. Laura and her husband made us feel very welcome and Laura cooked for us both nights (euro25 each) because we did not have a car to get to Buonconvento. She is an excellent chef. The place is 3km from Buonconvento and we walked there and back for a day trip - an easy pleasant walk. If you have young kids and you want to chill out in Tuscany this is the perfect place. There is a swimming pool and playground.
Such a beautiful peaceful place! And their breakfast are unique. Pool and apts are clean and comfortable. We liked the idea of having the wi-fi only in a common room, so we finally could take a break enjoying Tuscan landscape! Owners are friendly and available anytime during day and night. We recommend this bread and breakfast!
We stayed at La Ripolina for a night whilst walking the Via Francigena this summer. It is ideally situated just a short distance from the path, a little outside Buonconvento. Be warned that google maps (at the time of writing) has marked the location of the farm incorrectly, nearer to Buonconvento than it really is. The actual location is easily found by tracing the path alongside the railway - where it deviates from the track around a large farm, there's a junction (with a wayside cross) from which La Ripolina is signposted.
We had two rooms in the farmhouse. Our sons' room was beautiful - a very pretty first floor twin bedded room with an en suite bathroom. Our room had an unusual layout with an entrance hall, then a few steps up to the bathroom (small but nicely fitted and well-equipped), and a staircase up to the bed, which was on a sort of balcony under the eaves. In the event we spent much of our time at the large breakfast table on the first floor, which was a lovely place to sit and talk or use the wifi, as the room has large windows with views of the church and countryside. In the grounds there were a number of holiday cottages and a swimming pool - a great place to watch the sunset.
Because we had no means of transport other than our feet, Laura offered to cook dinner for us at the farm.This was a truly wonderful experience. Our table was set with a gingham cloth in an open farm building. The table was lit by candles in jam jars which had yellow and orange tissue paper tied around them to create a soft light. All the produce was local and completely delicious - bruschetta served with a basil leaf in a puddle of honey, pasta with meat sauce, and cold sliced pork with fried potatoes and a big bowl of salad, accompanied by ice cold water and two bottles of home produced wine. It was a meal to lift the spirits.
Next morning, we ate our breakfast at the table in the farmhouse. There were eggs, big juicy plum tomatoes, cold meats and salami served on a platter with fresh rosemary and basil, yoghurts, bread, cake and cheeses.