In the middle of Tuscany's enchanting and beautiful countryside between Pisa, Florence and Siena is this charming village of Colleoli.
The hamlet comprises of a small church, a handful of houses and a pizzeria which stand in the shadow of the original manor house. The entire farm with the main building, stables and barns have now been converted into a large apartment complex with more than fifty apartments, an excellent restaurant, a large enoteca which also serves light snacks and breakfast, two swimming pools, and also a shallow pool for children. One of the pools is also heated so that it can be used during the off season (April and October).
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The apartments all vary in shape, size and location. Some are on the ground floor, whilst others are on the first or second floor. Only some of them have a private terrace or garden space on their doorstep and there are tables and chairs in the large public areas for guests of apartments without private terraces. The apartments vary in size also and since they are all privately owned, there will also be some difference in the decor and furnishings, but there are still some common features.
Apartments all have air conditioning, a microwave, a television with a DVD player, an electric kettle and hairdryer. There is an internet point on the farm and Wi-Fi is available in the common areas (restaurant, enoteca and reception). It works in some of the apartments but not all, due to the thick walls which effect the signal.
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We stayed a week at Borgo di Colleoli with three children of 2, 6 and 9. We were very positively surprised over the place, which is a bit hidden on a hill. We stayed in a very big and nice apartment, however with a bit special terrace, and enjoyed the very lovely restaurant every evening. The food was absolute the best, the atmosphere was so cosy, the service friendly, but perhaps a bit slow - but what difference does that make, when you're sitting in a farmyard surrounded by old stone walls, and can catch a glimpse of the sunset in the background. There are two pool areas in each end of the resort, one of them a bit smaller and with a pool for children - the other one, huge and with a beautiful location between the trees. We were a bit excited to see, how child-friendly it was, since the place, at our arrival, - despite it's size - seemed very quiet, and it said in the arrival mail, that water toys wasn't allowed in the two pools. But it was no problem in practice. The guests at the place was a good mixture of couples with and without children, and there were room for everyone, each with their needs. All in all we had a very lovely week!
We stayed barely 14 days at Borgi de Colleoli - a lovely resort wonderfully located in the mountains, and with a good starting point to get around in Tuscany. We visited Pisa, Lucca and Livorno - all places you could get to in about 40 minutes. The place was in a very nice condition, the apartments well-arranged, but a bit small for 6 people, the kitchen small and sparsely equipped (as usually in Italy), but the staff was nice to restock, when we addressed it. We stayed in apartment 4, which was a bit solitary and with it's own terrace, where we spend many hours with card games, etc. Lovely pool (especially the big one), an nice place also with 4 children. Perhaps we missed a bit of outdoor area to play and play ball, but other things made up for it. We visited the restaurant three times, really great food, but a more debatable service (they weren't completely in control of the service). In return, the additional service and staff at place, worked perfectly. All in all a really great place, where we had a very lovely vacation.