What is(are) your name(s)?
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
We decided to open our B&B in 2000. Bed and breakfasts were just a few in Italy and we were sort of forerunners of this type of accommodation but the results were encouraging since the beginning!
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
The two rooms of the apartment are just beautiful, very spacious with two windows each, full of light, each with one bathroom with shower. They are located in an ancient building (dating back to the 17th century) with thick walls that keep you cool even in the hottest days of summer. It is this mix of romance and "antique" that characterizes the B&B and its nice courtyard where breakfast is served in the summer.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Our continental breakfast made from home made products is appreciated by all our guests. Guests also like the romantic atmosphere of the rooms and the garden reminiscent of past centuries, the art nouveau decoration of one of the rooms, and, of course, the fact that we are so close to the historical center of Florence, and yet in the quiet of the countryside.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
Guests are hosted in a wing of the Villa, facing a lovely courtyard/garden with cotton flooring that gives access to the area reserved for guests. The two bedrooms are furnished with typical Tuscan antique furniture. The guest area is made up of two double bedrooms. The apartment is completed with two bathrooms (one for each bedroom), a little dining room and a kitchen, where the host prepares breakfast in the morning for all her guests. The apartment can be rented as such or as double bedrooms with private bathrooms, with or without breakfast. They have independent access.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
We have 2 rooms, with a total capacity of 7 guests (max 3+4).
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
The guest area is made up of two double bedrooms. The first room is frescoed in Art Nouveau style with a grand piano, about to be restored (frescoed room). The second one is more romantic, full of flowers (flower room). Every room has a private bathroom and use of the kitchen and of the living room + access to the garden and private parking.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
Bathrooms have shower and heating. Bedrooms have access to a fully equipped kitchen where guests can prepare independently their meal, coffee, tea and the like. Iron facilities can be provided on request. Hairdryer is provided. Use of the washing machine for a minimum charge. Use of the Internet for one hour max per day. Baby sitting upon request (please require it in advance).
Which room is your personal favorite?
Most guests prefer our Flower room, it has a nice view on the garden and is probably more romantic. The frescoed room though is wider and gorgeous in the morning light.
What do the room rates include?
Breakfast and parking are included.
Do you offer any special packages?
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Breakfast includes bread, butter and organic marmalade or jams, orange juice, two pieces of a handmade cake and home made biscuits plus you can choose between coffe, tea, chocolate, milk and coffee or "cappuccino". Special breakfasts can be arranged upon request (eggs, bacon, cheese, salami).
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 10.00 a.m. in our living room or in the garden.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
Special cake for vegans upon request.
Do you serve other meals?
We do not serve any other meal, but there is a fantastic restaurant nearby that guests can reach on foot. Pizza and Chinese food can be requested by telephone and consumed in the living room or in the garden. Coffee and biscuits or orange juice may be served as welcome.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
A fully equipped kitchen with microwave and normal oven, kitchen, refrigerator.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Children are welcome.
Do you accept pets?
Pets are allowed as long as they do not sleep on the bed or the sofas.
What is your smoking policy?
Smoking is not allowed in the B&B, only in the garden.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Private parking facility in our cypress grove.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
Our B&B rooms are at the ground floor, but bathrooms are not equipped for disabled persons.
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
Fire and gas alarm.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Check in time is scheduled at reservation time or during the day before the guests arrive.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
2 nights minimum.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Please contact me in advance by mail or telephone, I speak English and French, plus Italian.
What is you cancellation policy?
Cancellation implies no charge until two weeks from the arrival date. In all other cases the 50% advance payment is not given back.
What types of payment do you accept?
Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Diners, travelers checks, cash, wire transfers, Paypal are accepted.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
No special etiquette.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
Nearby there is the ancient Cistercense monastery of La Certosa dating back to the 13th century, Florence is just at 2 kms, the Chianti regio, Siena, Lucca and Pisa at one hour drive from our B&B.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
No special requirements, you have independent access to the apartment where other guests may or may not stay. You can come back any time, you have the keys, but you will have our guidance to the city and you will receive and can request from insiders any kind of in depth information on the city and its surroundings.