Beautifully renovated antique Mill, with splendid décor, retaining a charming feeling of the past.
Al fresco and internal restaurant space, intimate bar area, internal breakfast room and large parasol protected patio decked with flowers, cacti and herbs where one can choose to have breakfast, or enjoy a late evening drink as the sun sets.
A large barn opposite, which protects your car from the daily heat; and another large room for wedding receptions and events.
Riccardo is a most charming host, always ready to offer conversation and intriguing information about the Tuscan region, and ably supported by friendly staff, one of whom, his brother Marco, is the Master Chef.
The food is excellent; they grow and make everything themselves: bread, olive oil, pasta; a local farm provides the eggs.
Location is in the heart of Tuscany, giving you a solid base for trips out to Pisa in the Northwest and Florence in the Northeast. To the West is Cecina which boasts a lovely beach on the edge of a pine forest, and where one can explore many other small coastal villages. To the South is Montepulciano and Siena.
Above is the nearby Medieval hill town of Volterra. On Riccardo's advice we rose early and drove through a morning mist to the hilltop, watching the town emerge above us in the rising sun and finally gazing below at the cloudy landscape through which small houses and farms could be seen warmly glowing in the sea of white that curled around them.
We loved absolutely everything about this place and would thoroughly recommend it.