Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuscan Paradise: Follonico

My boyfriend was visiting me in London, so we took a quick extended weekend trip to Tuscany, as you do when you live a 2-hour plane journey away from Italy. I had previously been to some of the main cities in Italy like Milan, Florence, Rome, Venice, but never the countryside. The Tuscan countryside was pretty much everything I expected and wanted it to be, and I wish we could have stayed longer. We stayed in two different farm houses, one near the town of Volterra and one near the village of Montefollonico, making my pastoral dreams came true. There are many farm houses and villas in Italy, but I would like to highlight Follonico, a farm house bed and breakfast we stayed at between the villages of Montefollonico and Montepuciano.

Follonico has only four suites and two rooms situated between the main farm house and the smaller out building. Each space has its own rustic charm and ambiance while still offering luxuries like high quality linens and modern bathrooms.

(Warning, *quality* nighttime iphone pictures ahead)

We arrived at night, when the ambiance of the suite was at its height, but nothing beat the beautiful view of morning mist rolling over the Tuscan hills and the sounds of chickens.

The story of Follonico is something I think many people, including myself, daydream about:

"Being tired of wasting our lives in commuting and city traffic, 10 years ago Suzanne (Dutch) and Fabio (Italian) felt it was time to give the right value to their lives and making FOLLONICO has been the right opportunity.

2 years of searching, more than 60 properties visited, 3 years of works to transform a ruin into FOLLONICO. There is only one word to describe your host (Us): PASSION!

Of course it wasn’t always so easy, highs and lows have been part of the journey and still are. But PASSION makes the difference, a huge difference.

Since the day we started this project most of the people we met on our way thought we were going in the wrong direction. The fact was that we were not following the stereotype of restoration that most of the people followed."

It's quite remarkable to see the "before" pictures of Follonico before the restoration began, considering what it looks like now.

The "after" pictures of the suites and rooms:

Our suite, called "Blu Notte"

Alba Chiara:

Verde Intenso:

Rosso Tramonto:

White Essential:

The breakfast served was excellent and full of local flavour and artisan touches (Pecorino cheese with drizzles of honey is my new favourite thing) and Follonico's hosts could not be more welcoming. I definitely want to return for a longer stay!

Reception rooms (my pictures):


Stephanie Clayton said...

That's some major renovation! What a peaceful location to spend some down time.

Beauty Follower said...

The place looks amazing!