Bed & Breakfast
In 2016 we took a giant leap into the unknown and invested every last penny into the derelict Podere dell'Alloro (Bay Tree Farm) in Palaia, a small pretty village in the Valdera region of Tuscany. We wanted to live in this beautiful part of Italy and share our home with people who want to come and discover its riches. Our farmhouse is over 100 years old and when we bought it the house had been empty for 20 years, slowly falling down. We have restored and converted the main house into four apartments – one for us and three to rent – 1 x 1 bedroom and 2 x 2 bedroom.
Our goal is to provide the same sort of experience that made us fall in love with Tuscany and show guests the best that the region has to offer. We will introduce you to our wonderful community and ensure you enjoy a relaxing holiday with us.
We are surrounded by 13 hectares of olive trees, meadows and woodland, mostly wild and untamed. You can wander through the woods down to the valley, where you may see another person or you may not! As well as lots of birds if you are lucky you may see deer, rabbits, hares, badgers and at dusk maybe even a porcupine or wild boar. From the top of the hill there are 360° views of the surrounding area stretching out to the Apennine hills in the distance.
This is our third year of trading. The landscaping and the pool are on the cusp of being completed. Our apartments are brand new and perfectly appointed and we provide every comfort to ensure you have a relaxing, enjoyable holiday. We can show you places to visit, where to eat and drink and help you with anything else you might need.
We can provide fresh bread and pastries each morning for you to enjoy in your apartment. We also offer continental or cooked breakfasts upstairs in the main house.
We have wifi via satellite dish so not super fast but not super slow! We like people to relax and not worry about emails, when they are with us.....teenagers may well moan about the speed!
There are extensive gardens around the main buildings for you to enjoy. You may also explore further afield in the woodland and olive groves although small children will need to be kept close as there are some steep drops into the valley.
The pool has just been completed and we are just tidying the surrounding landscapes. It is a lovely 12ft x 6ft size and 1.8m deep.
In-Room Dining Service
If you want to stay in but don't want to cook, we have a range of pre-prepared dishes available. If you would like something special, let us know what you like and we will prepare something yummy.
Your weekly rental includes cleaning, bedlinen and towels. If you would like any additional services such as mid-stay cleaning, change of sheets or additional towels these can be provided at an additional cost.
Wild flowers everywhere you look
Views from Podere dell'Alloro
Apartment 3 - bedroom
Our first cherry crop
Apartment 3 - kitchen and living area
Sunsets that are breathtaking in summer and winter
THINGS TO DO
Podere dell'Alloro is surrounded by vineyards and wineries and many producers offer tours for visitors. We can either arrange these for you or help with information on where to go.
All of the best known sites such as Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano are between 30 minutes and a two hour drive away. Beautiful unspoilt beaches are easily accessible for a day trip and the famous Chianti region is not far away.
Every day is market day somewhere. Stock up on cheese and wine and presents for the people back home or just absorb some local colour.
We are in the middle of some of the most beautiful and exciting cycling routes in Italy. Every day lycra-clad groups of men and women cycle past the end of our drive. We can arrange airport transfers and logistics for groups and help to plan your itinerary.
Even though we are in the countryside there are three good restaurants within walking distance and six in Palaia a short drive away. There are venues for all budgets and if you want to celebrate a special occasion we can recommend and book for you.
Palaia, the local village 4km away has all the basic amenities including a bank, post office, pharmacy, petrol station and various food stores as well as a great ice-cream parlour, coffee bar and a pub.
“Andy and Clare were the perfect hosts. Nothing was too much trouble and they did everything they could to make our stay an enjoyable as possible. You should definitely try the Full English breakfast experience. It'll set you up for the day.”