My girlfriend and I found this B&B on a Google search by chance after we had decided to stay somewhere in the area. Luck really smiled at us with this decision. The surroundings and the view is second to none. Our room had everything we needed. And the hostess Graziella welcomed us with open arms and made us feel right at home.
Originally we had planned to stay for only two nights but after a day at La Colombella and the nearby villages we simply had to add another night. In the morning the hostess had prepared a lovely and varied breakfast in the local spirit.
La Colombella is decorated by beautiful ceramics all made by Graziella. It gives the old house it's very own flavor.
There is no way that I can recommend a place more than I recommend La Colombella. A truly special taste of Tuscan lifestyle was passed upon us.
My fiancé and I found La Colombella online and decided to try it for a couple nights while in Italy. We really had no idea what the place would be like, but my fiancé had recieved quick and very nice replies from Graziella when we emailed her about our stay. We had rented a car, which you will need to get there, and got there a bit late on a Saturday night. The B&B is nestled high in the mountains, a stunning location with plenty of nature to explore. Graziella and her son welcomed us, and showed us to our room in her 1,000 (!) year old house. It was the best bed we had for two weeks in Italy, as well as being a super cool, clean, and warm house. We ate grapes that grew in her yard, and jams that she made herself for breakfast. Not only did they spend time with us that they did not have to, but gave us a full itinerary of amazing, locals-only places to explore while we were there. Graziella speaks Italian, Spanish, French, and a little English and we got along great speaking our mix of English, Italian, and Spanish. I can't say enough how awesome this part of our trip was. It was where we did not feel like tourists, it was where we felt like family. We were treated to food cooked with love, warm hearts, great conversation, and a truly unique and amazing experience in one of the most beautiful places I've seen. This part of Tuscany is, in my opinion, THE place to visit in this region. It is jaw dropping scenery, with amazing wine and food and plenty to do both inside and outside. Graziella knows all the spots and is hosts the best B&B I've stayed at. I hope we get a chance to come back, we will definitely stay here again. An absolute gem.
I am a convinced user and an active contributor to this site, and always start my research for places to stay on a city trip or summer vacation here, and have never been disappointed. Except for this one time.
This agriturismo looks good on paper, the communication with the owner was most charming (with some hindsight: maybe with an undertone of desperateness that revealed something…), so it ended up on my shortlist. Great was my disappointment when I arrived. The place is situated in a small località, surrounded by some shabby dwellings, with a difficult access and some improvised small pieces of land that serve as parking spaces, good enough maybe for the small italian 500’s, but if you are driving anything remotely bigger than that, you wonder how you will get out of there without damaging your car. But these are the not so important details. Maybe I was unlucky getting the worst room in the place, but really, it was bad: to start it was very small, approx. 3 by 3 meters, no place to hang or lay your clothes, except for a few hooks nailed into the wall; had to slide the suitcase under the bed for sake of a better place; nightlamps without bulb; white curtain that did nothing to keep the sun out in the morning; bathroom a tiny 1.5 m², including a sink, toilet and shower. Tiny walls that did not stop the noice of the neihbours.
I have no doubt about the good intentions of the owner, a lady with Argentine roots apparently running the place entirely by herself, but it just is not good enough. I had booked for 5 nights, and when after the first day I had to leave for a family emergency, (in a way this was a welcoming nightmare, I cannot imagine to have to stay there for 5 days!), I had hoped for some understanding and empathy, but no: instead the lady wanted the rest of the money (I had already paid more than 50% upfront!). I did not honour that request, left, but got a sadly threatening mail afterwards about her calling local government for help…
This is a very beautiful B&B set in the breath taking Val D'Orcia and run by Graziella who is kindness itself. It is not that easy to access by public transport (car would be fine) though Graziella will collect you from Buonconvento train station for a charge if needed (this is how we got there - 3 trains and a bus - though usually 4 trains but the tracks were closed due to floods south of Sienna - from Pisa airport - took about 4 hours).
Graziella does not speak English but this in no way hinders her from being the perfect hostess. After collecting us she took us to see Bagni di Vignoni on the way to the B&B and then to Campiglia D'Orcia to get some pizza for dinner. The room was lovely with incredible views and an ensuite. We stayed two nights and were very sad to leave.
Breakfast was amazing as Graziella is a fine cook. Little circular fried breads ('friciula' I think, cakes, fresh fruit, fried eggs - all sorts really. Fresh caffe latte (of course).
Graziella is an ceramic sculptor and throughout the house are many of her beautifully created and painted pieces which include the sinks, lamps, tiles and pictures. So the whole house is like an extension of her wonderful personality.
About 3 km walk away through woods are the Bagni di san Filippo which was our main reason for staying at La Colombella. I was travelling with my 6 year old daughter Alice and Graziella very kindly took us by car (12 km by road) to the baths. We spent all day there and she told us to phone her for a lift back but we were offered a lift to Campiglia by an Italian family who were also there for the day.
We were there the last weekend of October and there was a big La Festa going on at Campiglia to our pleasant surprise. All locals - not a tourist in sight (except for us!). The other guests at the B&B were all Italian (from Rome). On our last day morning Graziella took us to Campiglia to catch a bus to Buonconvento - she rang a friend to find out the times for us.
Alice has asked me to write that "Graziella is the nicest person in the world and that Tango (the Alsatian puppy) is very good with children."
I took loads of photos because the surrounding countryside is all so spectacular but I'll try to just post the best ones.
This is wild and remote Tuscany at it's best and worth any effort to get there - Graziella, Tango and La Colombella will see to that!