One of the best things about running a bed and breakfast-besides the hodgepodge of guests in and out of your door-is meeting other B&B’ers throughout the world. I’ve exchanged emails with B&B proprietors in Scotland, Spain, Rome, Piedmont and Tuscany and we all have more or less one thing in common.
We like people.
We like to meet new people. We like to listen to their stories. We like to feed them or share a glass of wine with them or tell them about our area.
Well today, I’m going to tell you about a little guest house tucked away on a Tuscan farm.
The owners are American-born expats Martha and Ben Taccarino. After a three-year struggle to secure her Italian citizenship, Martha, Ben and their dog, Siena, set sail for the Bel Paese and landed on a 50-acre farm just outside of Monte San Savino in Tuscany.
In addition to their home, they’ve leased a Guest House, where they welcome friends, family and guests to their little slice of paradise. The rate is $75 USD per night with a two night minimum but they are currently running a special of $60 USD per night when you book at least three nights.
And-breakfast is included.
Imagine watching the sunset over the Tuscan hills with a glass of your favorite red wine, then waking up to Martha’s specially prepared Italian breakfast and really getting away from it all …
Tempting, isn’t it?
Since I am always interested in what makes other innkeepers tick, I asked Martha. She said,
“I enjoy seeing our guests’ reaction when they get out of the car and see the view-which is exceptional from the top of our mountain. When the weather is nice, I make a few appetizers and we all have a glass of wine and watch the sun set. I can visibly see most people relax. For many of them it is a real escape and a ‘little love nest.’
“I think, for many people from the states who might not have traveled in Europe before, just being on a farm, staying in a stone cottage, seeing the farm house which dates from the late 800s-the view, the simple, good produce, cheese and wine makes a whole package that is very memorable.
“We loved coming to Italy so much that we moved here. We just want to share that with as many people as we can.”
I know what you mean, Martha.
If you are interested in visiting their Guest House in Tuscany, you can check out their website, Friends and Family in Italy. If you want more information on moving to or living in Italy, visit Ben’s blog that is full of updates and links for people planning to-or dreaming of-moving to Italy.
Although I grew up in southeast Texas and have seen my share of Texas farms, I’ve never visited a Tuscan farm-and I’d love to! Have you ever stayed on a farm? What was your experience? Would you recommend it?