We are a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 grown up children (officially adults!) and stayed for 2 weeks end of July/beginning of August. We had an absolutely wonderful time. The house whilst being very rustic was perfectly clean and fully equipped with everything necessary to cook, etc. The swimming pool was just amazing and we were so sad to leave it behind. The location is ideal for visiting Pisa, Lucca and Florence with beaches about 20 minutes or so away. We particularly liked Castiglioncello which had a decent sized public beach area (quite rare in Itlay). Marcello and Franca were such lovely hosts, accommodating our needs. They were very discreet but always on hand if we needed them. We would love to return sometime in the future. Il Fontino definitely gets 5 starts from us!
We had a wonderful stay at Il Fontino. Marcello and Franke were so welcoming and helpful and the house was just what we needed. Franke even did our washing for us which was an unexpected treat! We went with our three year old son who loved picking fruit from the garden and playing in the pool. Our ten month old baby also had a wonderful time crawling around and splashing, and he was provided with both a cot and a high chair.
The house itself had comfortable and roomy bedrooms with good quality fans to keep cool. The living area with sofa, dining table and kitchenette was small, but perfectly fine for us. Maybe it would have been too small if we'd had older children. There was also no oven, only a hob, so we had to think about what it was possible to cook! This wasn't a problem for us but might be for some.
Would definitely recommend Il Fontino if looking to explore this quieter area of Tuscany. Thank you so much Marcello and Franke for being perfect hosts!
We, a family of four, stayed at the farmhouse a week in july. The house was just perfect for our needs. If you have a car, you can get to almost every place worth visiting in less than an hour. Including the beaches.
The kids, 10 and 12, loved the pool, and the garden and surroundings were just lovely. Although it says in the add that the pool is shared, it sure felt like it was private. The owners really respected our privacy, but they were always there if we needed help with anything. Marcello even got in his car and guided us the last kilometer to the house, as we had a bit of trouble finding the place. This was due to our late arrival (way after dark).
The only drawback was that we forgot to buy food and water in advance, and there was quite a bit of driving to get to the nearest store that was open on a sunday.
Apart from that, we could not ask for a better holiday. I doubt you will find any better value for money in this area.
When we left, Marcello even offered to wash our car(!), as the roads are quite dusty around the farm. A big thank you to Franca and Marcello. Highly recommended.