Medieval enthusiast? Adore Italian countryside? Then look no further. Nestled in the hills of Tuscany, a short drive from Siena, lies San Galgano, a spectacular, almost perfectly intact ruin of a 12th century Cistercian monastery. Behind it lies golden fields, rows of traditional Tuscan pines and 500 metres on a hillside behind, in a small, perfectly round 12th century chapel, you’ll find the sword in the stone; it’s where the legend of King Arthur began.
Nowhere else in this medieval Tuscan countryside is there a more spectacular position for a B&B. There is nothing else here; no shops, no traffic, no chaos, just breathtaking history and 500 hectares of woods and fields. The Cooperativa Agricola San Galgano, built originally as an early 19th century granary, has a bar/cafe downstairs- catering to the day tourists - and a country style restaurant that serves exceptional regional Tuscan cuisine and wines. If the traditionally warm summers don’t tempt you, then you will be in for a treat if you come in the cooler months. The restaurant has a fireplace big enough for eight people to stand and a bench on which another four can sit and warm themselves… inside the actual fireplace. The 12 ensuite rooms are simple yet charming, with shuttered windows that when opened bring the marvel of the abbey straight into your room.
Rooms: € 50 -€75 (double); € 40-€ 55 (single). Half board (breakfast and dinner) can also be arranged.