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Drumcreehy Country House

Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland.                                                         Tel:00 353 657077377 Email:info@drumcreehyhouse.com

Located in Ballyvaughan on the Wild Atlantic Way, this delightful country style home boasts superb views of Galway Bay and the surrounding Burren Landscape. A quintessential Country House with its open fires, antique furnishings and a friendly and personal service from your conscientious hosts Bernadette and Armin, this is an ideal lodge from which to explore all that the Burren has to offer! Accommodation at Drumcreehy Bed & Breakfast is made up of twelve en-suite bedrooms. Some enjoy magnificent sea views while others overlook the splendor of the Burren. The beautiful surrounding landscape has made its impact on the décor of this lodge – each room has an individual theme based on the wild flowers found in the Burren.

This region offers a wealth of activities, from sea kayaking to art classes, dolphin watching to turf cutting and relaxing seaweed treatments to rock climbing! With such a range of adventures open to you, it’s important to start off the day with and excellent breakfast. Drumcreehy delivers with an extensive continental buffet and a choice of 8 delicious cooked breakfasts. At the end of the day relax by the open fire and enjoy complimentary tea or coffee or help yourself to wine in the cozy honesty bar where you can exchange tales with fellow travelers.

Villa Boscarello

Villa Boscarello is private villa ideally located for visiting the most famous art and historical cities in Tuscany including Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Cortona as well as the Chianti wine towns of Castellina, Radda and Greve.

The Villa is a great example of a large traditional Tuscan Villa dating back to the 1700’s. it is situated in the area of the Crete Senesi, 35 km south east of Siena, on the top of a hill commanding extensive views over the surrounding Tuscan countryside to the towns of Montalcino, Radicofani, the cathedral of S.Anna in Camprena, Montisi, Trequanda, the Gallico castle, Serre di Rapolano, the Mount Amiata and Siena.

The villa is part of a large wine producing estate but is completely independent and private. The surrounding land is organically farmed and guests staying at Villa Boscarello are welcome to take part in wine and olive oil tastings and tours of the estate. Moreover, for those interested in truffles, this is an area where the precious and rare “white truffle” grows naturally. Morning truffle hunting in  private truffle fields can also be arranged.

Cooking courses can be organised. Participants can learn how to prepare simple, tasty dishes with seasonal local ingredients. Recipes are explained step by step with a translation in English upon request so guests can get ‘hands on’ experience of preparing a complete Tuscan meal from the starters to the dessert. At the end of the cooking course guests are treated to a delicious dinner where they can taste all the dishes they have made.

The medieval village of Trequanda, with its ruined castle dating back to 1200, is just a few minutes drive. The village, with a restaurant, shops, small supermarket and petrol station, is picturesque on its hill surrounded by woods, vineyards and olive groves.

A large private garden surrounds the property. The swimming pool is private to this property and along with fabulous views, has plenty of poolside furniture including loungers and umbrellas.
The villa can be rented out to a maximum of 16 people or the villa plus Bellaria to a maximum of 20 people. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

La Bandita Townhouse

La Bandita Townhouse highlights one of Tuscany’s attractions that is often overlooked: the sweetness of village life.

Corso Il Rossellino, 111
Pienza (SI) 53026, Toscana, Italia
Tel +39 0578 749 005
Email: info@la-bandita.com              www.la-bandita.com/townhouse

La Bandita Townhouse is a 12-room luxury boutique hotel tucked inside the historic center of Pienza, a tiny Renaissance jewel of a village in southern Tuscany. The building is a rambling Renaissance-era palazzo where nuns have lived for over 500 years.

With its main door on the Corso Rossellino, a cobblestone lane, the property itself blends in completely with the Renaissance character of the rest of the village, its façade indistinguishable from the attached buildings. No exterior changes were made in the renovation, and a not a single square meter of space was added.

La Bandita is a comfortable, fun, and stylish place to relax, eat well and get caught up in the daily rhythms of everyday life here: the stillness of the main piazza in the morning, the old ladies making their daily shopping trail, and the evening hum of bustling trattorias.

The Townhouse Caffe is the small in house restaurant and wine bar with an open kitchen for guests to have direct interaction with the chef while he is working. There is an intimate covered outdoor seating area inside the walled medieval garden. The chef creates a focused daily set menu of Tuscan classics with the freshest seasonal local ingredients as well as a small list of well-crafted dishes meant to be shared.

Upgrade your tour accommodation or book La Bandita Townhouse as part of your Tuscany Tailor Made Bike tour today! Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

 

Masseria Cervarolo

The Masseria Cervarolo complete with trulli is a fortified Puglian working farm, built in the 16th century, just 6 km from Ostuni village.

Ostuni, Puglia, Italy                                                                                      Tel. +39.0831.303729, Email: info@masseriacervarolo.it http://younglionsspeedway.co.uk/wp-content/themes/younglions/css/style.css?v11

The Masseria Cervarolo was once  a residence and a working farm and has been lovingly restored, respecting the original architecture and materials, the trulli, the courts, the walls, the altar, the fireplaces and floors. The surrounds ignite your senses: the sight of the white stone contrasting with the cobalt-blue sky; the scent of orange trees; the comforting sounds of nature; the taste of fresh, local cuisine. Come evening, personable owners, Teo and Patrizia, may join you for a craft beer or a glass of local wine before you settle down to superb fresh Puglian produce. What is not to love!!

Each of the 6 trulli, once a peasant’s workshop, is now a serene bedroom. Every one of the hotel’s  18 rooms have been furnished with restored furniture and have been embellished with traditional fabrics and handmade crafts.

Activities include wine and olive oil tastings, cookery classes, spa treatments and, of course, biking in the beautiful surrounding country side. Unwind with a yoga session, explore the historical region, hike or bike the much-conquered Puglian plains, or take a quiet moment in the Masseria’s baroque chapel.  The masseria is home to a small church, dedicated to Our Lady Of Sorrow Virgin Mary (1798), with a wonderful polychromatic baroque altar and several frescos.

The hotel has been awarded an EU Ecolabel for its environmentally sustainable practices, and power is supplied by solar panels. Food served on site is all locally grown or hand-made.

You will discover the superb landscapes of the Valle d’Itria while participating in our Cooking and Cycling in Puglia bike trip,  that leads you from Alberobello to Ostuni and Lecce. Enjoy!!

Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

il Melograno

Il Melograno, Puglia, overlooks the Adriatic Sea and lies on the green hills that are directed towards the Murgia. Here you will find trulli (cylindrical homes with cone roofs in Southern Italy) and caves, the hills and the sea, the olive groves and woods, traditions and flavours, smells and vibrant colours.

Monopoli, Puglia, Italy                                                                                 Tel: +39 080 6909030, Email: info@melograno.com

Located between the majestic olive trees of the Puglia countryside, halfway between the green hills and the blue of the Adriatic Sea, the 5 star hotel Il Melograno enjoys a location of rare and striking beauty.  Built in the sixteenth century as a commission of the Order of the Knights of Malta, the farmhouse, known as “La Torricella” (the little tower) due to its shape which is reminiscent of a fortified tower, has for centuries been at the heart of the district where it is located so much so that it has given it its name. A careful restoration, begun in 1986, has transformed the farmhouse into a 5-star hotel. The owner Camillo Guerra, a known antique dealer, personally oversaw the restoration, which has been faithful to the building’s original appearence.

Nestled in a square draped with bougainvillea, between the jasmine and wayfaring trees, the 31 rooms and 6 suites are beautifully decorated by the owner. Guests can relax at il Melograno’s private beach ‘Lido Tamerici’ 8 km from the farmhouse or remain at the hotel and enjoy the newly built and highly refined “Wellness Workshop” SPA which offers a wide selection of personalised treatments for the face and body. Two floodlit tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and jogging track satisfy guests who prefer outdoors physical activity.

In the hotel restaurant you can enjoy typical dishes of Mediterranean cuisine prepared with great skill to enhance the simplicity of the carefully selected ingredients. The flavor of fresh garden vegetables and its self-produced olive oil, give the dishes a genuinely authentic taste. Puglia, known in ancient times as Oenotria, thanks to a mild and temperate climate, produces well-known high quality wines in the inland areas, which are exported all over the world and can be tasted in the hotel cellar, along with a wide selection of Italian wines.

Il Melograno is one of the luxury hotels as part of  the Mediterranean flavors of Puglia bike tour.

Il Melograno can also be booked as part of a tailor made itinerary in Puglia.  Please contact us as tours@cycleswest.com for more information.

Palazzo Squarcialupi

Situated in the heart of the historical center of Castellina in Chianti, you will find the 15th century Palazzo Squarcialupi.

Castellina, Chianti , Sienna , Tuscany, Italy
Tel. + 39 0577 741186  Email: info@palazzosquarcialupi.com

In the past, the Palace was a noble residence with surrounding farmland and has recently been restored and reopened as a luxury hotel . Underneath the main building, in the ancient vaults are the antique wine-cellars where wine is produced to this day from the grapes grown in the vineyards surrounding the village. These ancient underground stone tunnels have also provided the idea location for Palazzo Squarcialupi’s spa.

The hotel, with 15 rooms, two Superior rooms and three elegant lounges, transports you into a medieval world, offering the maximum comfort for a pleasant and relaxing stay.  At the hotel bar, small enoteca and at the panoramic terrace, guests can taste the hotel’s own wines whilst admiring the magnificent scenery of the Chianti hillside. The hotel also has a swimming-pool in its spacious garden, and guests can enjoy pleasant walks through 170 hectars of woods and vineyards which surround the property.

Palazzo Squarcialupi can be booked as part of a tailor-made itinerary. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

Il Chiostro di Pienza

Il Chiostro di Pienza is an ancient Franciscan convent converted into a 4 star hotel in beautiful Pienza at the heart heart of the Val d’Orcia.

Pienza, Tuscany, Italy                                                                     Telephone: +39 0578 748129 Email:info@relaisilchiostrodipienza.com

 

Il Chiostro di Pienza is a historical Franciscan convent converted into a 4 star hotel in beautiful Pienza at the heart heart of the Val d’Orcia. The history of the hotel is linked to the history of Pienza itself, as the ancient building has played an important role in the development of this famous and enchanting Tuscan city. The Monastery of St. Francis was certainly the most important religious and cultural institution in old Corsignano, at least until the radical transformation of the city into Pienza in 1459 under Pope Pius II.

The historic pedigree of this unusual building is combined with great hospitality and comfortable rooms, which have views of the medieval town and the beautiful Val d’Orcia. While the hotel is in the city center, it boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a beautiful restaurant with an outstanding  view of  the Val D’Orcia hills. Guests can dine in the terraced garden of the old monastery, and enjoy Relais Chiostro’s  chef’s interpretations of the local Tuscan cooking, with its many scents and flavors, all sourced locally.

Il Chiostro di Pienza can be booked as part of a tailor-made itinerary. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

 

Villa Marsili

Villa Marsili is a four star hotel in Cortona, characterised by a discrete luxury as a result of its antique furniture and fabrics and frescoed walls.

Cortona, Tuscany, Italy                                                                        Email: info@villamarsili.net Telephone:+39 0575 605252

This lovingly restored 18th century residence is made up of 26 rooms, combining comfort and elegance. Accommodation here is spacious, bright and furnished with style while every room offers a view over the valley, as far as the eye can see.

Cortona, on the crossroads between Tuscany and Umbria has a fascinating history, rich with historical and religious events, and of very important art. Villa Marsili is located in an ideal location, offering guests the chance to explore this beautiful area its rich traditions in gastronomy, history and art, iconic streets and museums.

Villa Marsili can be booked as part of a tailor-made itinerary. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

Palazzo Ravizza

The Palazzo Ravizza is an elegant Historic Hotel in Siena

Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Email: bureau@palazzoravizza.it Telephone. +39 0577 280462

Located in the historic centre of Siena and within walking distance to the famous Cathedral, Palazzo Ravizza is a convenient base to see the city, take heritage day trips and enjoy food and wine tours to the surrounding countryside of Chianti, Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi, as well as to visit the famous hilltowns like Pienza, San Gimignano, Montepulciano and many others. The hotel boasts beautifully styled rooms, a lush tiered garden and gorgeous panoramic views of the Sienese countryside.

A stay at Palazzo Ravizza is a leap into the past: this historic building was converted into a hotel in 1924 and is still managed by the same family. It has mantained not only the style and classic ambiance of a heritage hotel but also the atmosphere of an elegant and welcoming private home. Within its renaissance walls, the Palazzo appears today the way it was arranged as a family residence in the 19th century and later as a Pensione in the 1920’s, retaining an elegant ambiance of classic design with antique family furniture, perfectly blended with the private and tranquil atmosphere of a home.

Palazzo Ravizza can be booked as part of a tailor-made itinerary. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

Vecchia Oliviera

Just beside the Porta Cerbaia, this former olive mill has been tastefully restored and converted into a stylish small hotel.

Siena, Tuscany. Italy                                                                           Email: info@vecchiaoliviera.com

The Vecchia Oliviera Hotel is located in a fascinating old olive oil mill which has been lovingly renovated. Its beautiful location and wonderful service make for a relaxing and laid back experience. This small hotel has thirteen rooms, each  of which are individually decorated and have views of the  hotel garden. There are also wonderful vistas from the swimming pool, which makes the most of the terraced garden.

Located on the edge of the charming walled town of Montalcino, famed for its wine most notably Brunello, Vecchia Oliviera is also within a small ride to the abbey church of Sant’Amino, one of the most beautiful church buildings in the region.

Vecchia Oliviera can be booked as part of a tailor-made itinerary. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.