La Rignana

Rustic furnishings and sloping brick ceilings laced with wooden beams characterize this B&B.

By Reid Bramblett, Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005, 11:31 AM

La Rignana

About this Hotel

Price From $109

A long way from the main roads in Chianti wine country, the refined retreat of Cosimo Gericke and Sveva Rocco di Torrepadula has two old guesthouses.

The Fattoria, enlarged in the 18th century, is based on a structure more than 1,000 years old. It contains seven rooms with rustic furnishings and sloping brick ceilings laced with wooden beams.

The rooms lack TVs, telephones, and A/C, though there is a common area with a stone fireplace that has satellite television and a modem hookup.

The other guest building is the two-floor Villa Stella: eight rooms with plank floors and frescoes that are available on a nightly basis only in April, May, September, and October. (At other times of year, you must rent an entire floor by the week as a single unit—four rooms, each with its own bathroom, with a common kitchen and fireplace.)

The Villa is open year-round, the Fattoria from late March to mid-November.

There is a horizon pool amid the olive trees, with views of the rolling hills. The restaurant, in another cluster of farm buildings and under separate management, has tables on a patio and serves traditional Tuscan fare, including wide papardelle pasta with wild boar sauce, and delectable involtini (thin veal slices wrapped around cheese and prosciutto) stewed with zucchini disks.

Rates include breakfast.