Frances’ Lodge Relais | Bed & Breakfast in Tuscany | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Bed & Breakfast

Frances’ Lodge Relais - Bed & Breakfast in Tuscany

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Strada di Valdipugna 2, 53100 Siena
Tuscany, Italy

Franca Mugnai

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+39 337 671608(mobile)

A very special place with a big heart. Breakfast on pecorino and fresh figs, head for Siena and return to the lush garden and perfect peace

You stay in a converted hilltop lemon house, a ten-minute bus ride into the city. Catch your breath at views that soar across olive, lemon and quince groves to the Torre del Mangia of Siena. The old farmhouse was built by Franca's family as a summer retreat. Now she and Franco – warm, charming, intelligent – have filled the lofty, light-filled limonaia with beautiful things: an oriental carpet, a butter-yellow leather sofa, family antiques, potted plants and vibrant art by Franca. In the cooler months, guests may take breakfast in this lovely living room which is divided by a glass partition etched with a lemon tree from the kitchen, Franca's domain. And the first meal of the day – in the historic garden in summer – is to be lingered over: Tuscan salami and pecorino, fresh figs, delicious coffee. Bedrooms burst with personality and colour – one, funky and Moroccan, another huge, white and cream, with an outside area with a view. Chic coloured bed linen, huge walk-in showers, a fridge stocked with juice and water. A special place with a big heart.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Working farm
Or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

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  • 5 Doubles
  • , 1 Suite
Price:(i) 180 to380 per night

Booking info:

Minimum stay 2 nights.


Restaurant 800m.


10 January-10 March.


Strada di Valdipugna 2, 53100 Siena, Siena

B&B 5 Double rooms
Price: (i) 180 to 220 per night
B&B 1 Suite
1 suite for 2-4.
Price: (i) 240 to 380 per night

Franca Mugnai

Visit website

+39 337 671608(mobile)