We (my family and me) were at the end of October in Pistoia (Agriturismo Barbicaio). We had a lot of fun, the houses were well equipped and the host was very friendly. I can recommend it to everyone, who wants to enjoy some days in the nature. :)
The Molino di Nelle, when you first see it, it takes you back hundreds of years into the heart of medieval Pistoia. A wonderful, tranquil, beautifully renovated old watermill. With two good (BIG!) bed rooms, two bath rooms and a friendly fireplace. The kitchen is simple, but cosy, and even though we missed a couple of small appliances, we started to appreciate it. The town is around a 20 minute curvy ride away and is a really nice alternative to all the more known touristic towns around, such as Lucca, Pisa and Florence. The hosts are phenomenal. We were received with the warmest welcome, got the best goodbye with cookies and home-made gifts. Sandro is so friendly and helpful! We had a little hick-up with our car on the road near the molino and even though he was an hour away, he arranged for his parents to stop by with the big jeep (on a Saturday!) and within a few minutes we were on the road again. I hope to be back with my complete family in the near future. Completely recommended for people who would like to take it easy, enjoy nature, an environment that breathes history and do not care about phone coverage, doing dishes or driving curvy roads! Some minor improvements for our amazing hosts: - some good sharp knives in the kitchen for fruit, meat etc. - Sandro mentioned that he will take care there is more coverage for the phone in the house. That will be good for the feeling you can call someone in case... - the wood was a bit humid still, so getting the fires started took me a while (luckily I had all the time in the world :-)) - a replacement for the laundry rack that had its best time - a bit more outdoor activity toys or articles so we could play with the kids: soccer, tennis, etc. when they are not in the river or looking for lizzards. but these are really minor things that can always be improved. Grazie mille per tutti!…
Good beds, excellent view, up in the hills, independant but in contact with the owner family, nice pool and plenty of outdoor space for BBQ and dining. Enjoyable to see the results from working and "playing with" the wood in all possibile ways. Convenient and friendly place, where you feel at home immediately.
This is our 4th visit to Barbicaio and always happy to see the Orlandini family again. Apartments and facilities are great. Every year I spot some new home made furniture. La Cascia is our favourite apartment, which is on the family's premised and closest to the swimming pool. See you next time, Sandro!
We've spent a lovely week at Barbicaio. It's quite, peaceful and views from the pool are breathtaking. Our appartment was very clean, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Our girls loved playing with the turtoise and hiding in the wooden cabin. The hosts are ever so helpful and friendly. Great value!Thank you very much for everything!