We are a family of four (a 4 and a 6 yr old) and we couldn't have wished for a better place to stay and enjoy a virtually crowd free part of Italy. The maremma may not have the historical charm of the rest of Tuscany but if you want a crowd free (even in August) Italian coast line full of great beaches then this is for you. There aren't many English here, in fact we only saw one other in the whole two weeks so what is not to like??? You'll need a little Italian to get by but as with the rest of Italy, locals are welcoming and charming and they will reward any attempts to speak the language not matter how badly. The accommodation is amazing value for money, literally half the price of the equivalent elsewhere in Italy - don't get me wrong it isn't 5 star but it is comfortable and has a rustic charm. The Garden in our private accommodation had a hot tub all to ourselves which the children loved (it was cold nearly the whole time) and the shared Pool(s) were a great distraction when you didn't fancy a day at the beach. The owner proved to be a really helpful and welcoming bonus and her wonderful 'on site' maintenance and general 'helper' man was so friendly and genuinely nice. Nothing was too much trouble and when we managed to break a couple of wine glasses (doing the washing up - not being inebriated) they told us not to worry and to have a good holiday...how nice was that??? Things that went wrong (it is an old property) were instantly fixed and all done with a smile and a friendly chat (in Italian of course). For those nervous of the rumours about the area don't listen to the negatives, they aren't true. Sure there are smarter areas of Italy and there are more accessible places to stay but we haven't found anywhere that matches the value here. For a small family we had everything we needed (including Netflix to keep the kids quiet) and some amazing local wines (I have never seen so many local vineyards - even in the northern areas of Tuscany etc). If you really love Italy and you are on a budget - this one won't disappoint. Delightful.
We stayed here for two weeks in May. Unfortunately we had the worst wheather in last 60 years in Tuscany, but despite that we spent here a great time. The owner and stuff is very kind and helpful.
Accomodation is very nice, it´s situated between Bagno di Gavorrano and Gavorrano, so it´s suitable for families with children because of calmness.
Absolutely amazingly beautiful place. Heaven on Earth. Also this Summer we'll be there, can't wait ☀️
We have being there 2 times in 2016 and 2018 and we love the place.
last summer we get married there and our friends and family think the same .It's like heaven . There is so many things to do,swimming, playing and relaxin. Next summer we are coming back.
Apartments are very comfy and the view is amazing.
We visited in September 2018 on our first family holiday with our 6 month old and we had a magical time staying for two weeks.
On arriving to the resort the road is extremely rocky therefore I wouldn't advise bringing a small car. We were driving a Megane estate car and even with that we had to take it slow.
We were greeted by the owner who was very friendly and allowed us to drive our car to the villa to unload. Once we had done this we were shown to the car park where we could find our own personal car space.
We stayed in the smallest villa (Villino Il Corbezzolo) and were kindly provided with a high chair and travel cot (with blankets and sheets).
I was concerned that my baby would need to sleep on a hard travel cot mattress however the owners were extremely understanding and provided an additional mattress for her to sleep on.
We also found when entering the room some home made olive oil, red wine and biscotti which was a really lovely detail.
Our villa had a sofabed which we had concerns about but it was comfortable and easy to fold away each day.
The grounds are really beautiful with fresh produce growing everywhere (which can be purchased), barbecue area, hot tub, swimming pool, play area, ping pong and a lovely baby pool (with a nearby tortoise!)
We spent our days either by the pool or visiting local areas such as :
- Montalcino :amazing wine
- Sienna: historical. (Although we found it quite busy)
- Scarlino : really beautiful and nice restaurants
- Gavorrano : very quiet and not much to do however we did eat at Osteria Le Gazzere which we would recommend for its seasonal Tuscan cuisine
- Follonica: great beachfront (The closest)
- Castiglione Della Pescaia : this was our favourite beach to visit. Very clean and slightly more upmarket
The local town (Bagno di Gavorrano) has a great supermarket and also a fantastic pizza takeaway we wish we had visited before the last night!
A couple of points to note - it is a place where you need to drive everywhere. We did see people walking however particularly if you have children it isn't something we would choose to do. Therefore don't expect to be on the doorstep of a buzzing area with restaurants. - however that is also part of the charm. It is out of the way of any hustle and bustle!
We also visited when there was a slightly terrifying hornets nest in one of the barrels in the car park! They were attracted to the car lights so we did race back to the villa a few times!
Overall this place is extremely good value for money, rustic, eco-friendly and perfect for young families. The owners have their own children who were extremely friendly and very charming and made us feel extremely welcome. We are excited to return to Tuscany again.