On my recent trip to Italy, the majority of the time was spent relaxing at a farmhouse in Tuscany. We stayed in a gorgeous place, Croce di Bibbiano, in the Chianti region and it was every bit as dreamy as it sounds.
Choosing a place to stay wasn’t so dreamy. There are so many options, from super cheap to ridiculously expensive, then you’ve got to decide which region of Tuscany you want to stay in, do you want your room to have a kitchen or not, is it close enough to some of the towns and villages you want to visit, etc etc. The search began a couple of months before departure, and I would spend hours trawling the internet, only to find somewhere, enquire and then receive a reply that they were fully booked. STRESSFUL FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS. By a fantastic stroke of luck, Greg aka The Boy Next Door, came across Croce di Bibbiano on one of his searches, we enquired, and thankfully they had space, our farmhouse in Tuscany was finally booked.
As soon as we pulled into the long cyprus tree lined driveway leading down to the farmhouse, we knew this place was going to be great. And we were absolutely right. We were greeted with a warm welcome from the coolest of couples, Esther and Federico, who run the farmhouse. They showed us to our room, and it was gorgeous! Our room was very large, with a rustic, farmhouse feel, complete with a bed, sofa, desk, and wardrobe, and a good sized bathroom too. It was everything we had hoped for and more.
Dropping our bags and wandering around Croce di Bibbiano, we knew we were in for a week of relaxation. It’s located on a hilltop that looks over the vineyards and out towards San Gimignano, one of my favourite Tuscan towns. The large pool is lined with plenty of sun loungers, and we often sat poolside to watch the sun go down in the evening, whilst sipping on local wine.
The restaurant is gorgeous. We dined al fresco, and for the gluten intolerant and coeliac’s amongst us, I cannot sing Croce di Bibbiano’s praises enough. They go to extreme lengths to make sure you are able to enjoy a lovely gluten free dinner. The same happens at breakfast each morning, where Esther would bring me my very own plate of meats and cheeses, yoghurts and gluten free cakes. I love Italy for this, there is no country in the world that caters to us gluten intolerant lot more!
We were lucky to be staying in one evening when Esther and Federico hosted a tomato festival, inviting guests and locals to enjoy everything from bloody mary’s, to tomato salad to tomato sorbet (surprisingly good!), outside on the lawn. All for ten euro’s. It was amazing, with everyone milling about, enjoying wine and the never-ending tomato themed buffet.
Our time at this amazing Tuscan farmhouse ended all too soon, but we enjoyed every single minute of our stay there and cannot recommend this place enough. If you’re looking for pure relaxation, and a location that is in close proximity to some of Tuscany’s bests towns and villages, Croce di Bibbiano is the perfect spot. I cannot wait to return here for another vacation!
Thank you Esther and Federico for making our vacation so wonderful. We enjoyed everything from breakfast, to the pool, to our conversations with you both! You are wonderful hosts.