We arrive well after sunset having navigated the dauntingly narrow roads that snake their way through the rolling hills of Toscana. With no GPS and a map that is barely useful, we decide the road signs are more often a hindrance than a help. Nevertheless, we make it into Gaiole in Chianti and get lucky, turning into Via Vertine where Cavarchino B&B is situated.
We’re immediately greeted by our attentive hosts, Andrea & Patrizia, and an overenthusiastic Labrador puppy called “Penny”. The welcome couldn’t be warmer. We feel like family from the outset and are treated to an aperitif and some nibblies before Andrea arranges a table at one of the highly recommended local restaurants specializing in typical regional food, Osteria al Ponte.
The bedrooms are inviting and sufficiently spacious, each one named for the small town that is visible from it’s window. There are six double bedrooms in total and one room has a balcony which would be nice during the warmer months but is not so useful in winter. The beds are firm yet comfortable with crisp, clean sheets. We feel like royalty as they’re made for us each day.
All the rooms are centrally heated using thermostat controls and the bathrooms are spotlessly clean with piping hot water and heated towel racks, especially nice during winter when temperatures are often sub-zero.
The common kitchen and dining area is large with breakfast served between a civilized 8am – 10am. A veritable feast is set before us each morning including a wide selection of ever changing local produce such as delicious salamis, ham, prosciutto, cheese, jams, naughty pastries, homemade tarts & cakes, yoghurt, juice and coffee. We’re also privileged enough to enjoy some of their homemade extra virgin olive oil on our fresh bread. It couldn’t get any better!
Fresh, purified water comes chilled at the touch of a button with the option to add gas if you prefer sparkling water.
Outside there is a swimming pool and landscaped grounds with uninterrupted views of Gaiole in Chianti and the surrounding vineyards as Cavarchino B&B is perched on a hillside overlooking the small town.
The silence at night is complete although the gentle toll of the town bell can be heard in the distance, pleasantly reassuring in it’s regularity as one eventually wakes up from a deep, dream-filled slumber.
Andrea is a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm and assists us each day in mapping out a detailed itinerary according to our needs and desires. With WiFi provided free-of-charge, we are armed with all we need to tackle the sublime beauty of Toscana. There is no need to use the TV in our bedroom as the natural scenery reigns supreme.
On our last full day we take a tour of his olive trees used to produce their home-grown olio. It’s fascinating to learn about the region and it’s perfect suitability for growing grapes and olives and to hear about his passion for all things Tuscan.
It’s easy to see why their motto is: “We welcome you as guests and we hope to say goodbye to you as friends!”
Although we’re sad to say goodbye, we look forward to returning in the not-too-distant future. Ciao.