How to choose the most suitable farmhouse for you

15 May 2018

Sleeping on a farm has become a favorite choice for many tourists in Italy and, in particular, in Tuscany. This is because this accommodation allows us to fully enjoy the countryside and nature, to relax, play sports, experience rural life, get in touch with the local people, taste delicious genuine and fresh food and all this without having to give up comfort and at the service. Tourism on a farm has become so popular as to diversify a lot, thus managing to satisfy every type of tourist:

  • the ecological tourist, looking for a total immersion in nature;
  • the wellness-loving tourist looking for relaxation thanks to the wellness treatments offered;
  • the sports tourist who wants to devote himself to trekking, horseback riding, climbing or cycling;
  • the simple tourist looking for low-budget accommodation, who is not interested in the service but in an economic alternative to accommodation;
  • the gourmet tourist who wants to taste authentic and genuine Italian food and wine;
  • the relaxed tourist looking for a place to rest, enjoy the warm Italian sun, take a dip in the pool and enjoy good food;
  • the romantic tourist looking for a refuge away from the chaos of the city;
  • the tourist who loves country life, looking for an experience of Italian agricultural life, who for once in his life wants to milk the cows, collect the olives and go in search of mushrooms

In short, the farm holiday is able to satisfy a large number of travelers! Whichever farm you choose, you will surely experience an authentic piece of Italian culture and rural life that you cannot find in a traditional hotel! But precisely because the offer is so differentiated it becomes fundamental to know how to choose the structure that suits you.

When selecting your farmhouse, we advise you to read the site carefully and ensure the services offered, so you can avoid bad surprises.

Here is the basic information to look for:

Where is your farm located?
Is it close to the city? Is it important for you to explore the surrounding area or stay on a farm to enjoy a relaxing holiday? It is important to understand whether or not important tourist destinations can be reached in the vicinity.
Do you want to spend a lot of your time inside the farmhouse without taking a car? Are there nature trails or walks to do in the surroundings? Is it possible to borrow bicycles? Is there a swimming pool? Is there a bar service? Is there a common room? Can activities be carried out?

How do you reach the farmhouse?
Do you have a car or motorbike? Most farmhouses are not accessible by public transport. Sometimes the shuttle service is offered from the bus or train station, but then you have to agree on wanting to spend your holiday inside the farmhouse.
Are you willing to travel a piece of dirt road? Several are immersed in the woods or in the countryside, in magnificent locations, but sometimes it is necessary to take a stretch of dirt road to reach them. Always make sure which roads lead to the farm, how long it is, and what the conditions of the unpaved stretch are.

What is the level and type of accommodation offered?
Accommodations can range from simple rooms with rustic furnishings and shared bathrooms to ultra-luxury suites or apartments with whirlpools and other exclusive benefits. They can be independent mini-apartments or simple and welcoming rooms in the main house. Prices vary based on comfort of course. Look carefully at the photos and read the descriptions carefully making sure they match the level of accommodation you are looking for.
24-hour reception, room service, television, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning are not guaranteed services in a farmhouse, if they are necessary for you, make sure they are present in the farmhouse you have selected.

Also, inquire about the frequency of room cleaning and linen change.

Are the rules the same as a standard hotel?
Read carefully and follow the rules of the farm, for example, the times for book meals, to have breakfast, to check-in or check out, to go in and out at night, or to use the swimming pool or of the equipment. If time slots are indicated, always try to respect them or notify the owner if you have a problem. The farmhouses are very often family-run. The staff is always present and very helpful but limited. Remember that the managers not only work in the structure but live there and that, first of all, you are a guest of the family, even if a paying guest of course.

Is a minimum number of nights required?
The length of your stay is not important. You can spend a night or one or more weeks on a farm. Only in some cases, a minimum stay of 3 nights is required, but it is absolutely not a rule. Sometimes apartments are rented for a minimum of one week, but generally not rooms

What is meant by a family atmosphere?
Don’t worry about the family atmosphere. The owners know how to be friendly, easy-going without being intrusive. If you prefer more privacy, we recommend choosing a farm that will seat guests alone during meals. There are in fact farmhouses where everyone sits and eats together with the owners. This is a very interesting and stimulating experience, but if you are looking for more intimacy, choose a farmhouse that offers a standard restaurant service.

We just have to wish you, good trip!

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