Sunday, October 27, 2013

Agriturismo Marciano Vineyard/Bed and Breakfast- Tuscany


Hello There, I am back from Siena, Tuscany, Italy and had a fabulous time! We stayed at a vineyard bed and breakfast . Today I wanted to take you on a tour of our B&B, Agriturismo Marciano. It is a farmhouse with six guest rooms located on a working olive grove/vineyard.  Sections of the house are over 300 years old.

Let's view the outside of the property first:




The property consists of a farmhouse with six guest rooms, wine cellar, vineyards and olive groves.




The grapes had already been harvested, however the vines were still green and there were still some grapes left on the vines....This was my view outside of my guestroom.  Now can you get any better scenery than this?




Pots of lemon and lime trees located on the courtyard


The olives will be harvested in a couple of weeks.






Next lets go inside the farm house:


 We were welcomed with a glass of wine from their vineyard and fresh baked items.



This is the terrace leading into the farmhouse.  The tables were provided for the guests where they could relax with a glass of wine or have a conversation with other guests.



The cat stayed in this same chair the whole time I was there, purring away!


Another copper pot as a planter




This is the door leading to the wine cellar.  The walls are covered with jasmine.



Now onto the kitchen:




This was a true rustic, Tuscan kitchen.  Guests were provided with a full breakfast each morning.  The breakfast would include egg frittata with organic vegetables (from their gardens, different vegetables varied each day), Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Assorted Teas, Fresh fruits from their orchards (apples, plums, figs, kiwi, grapes, oranges, bananas), Assorted Yogurts, assorted homemade pastries (Yogurt Pound Cake, Chocolate Croissants, Apple Cake, Fruit Filled pastries) Cheeses, Parma Ham, Homemade Tuscan Bread and Homemade Jams.
Dinners were optional to guests.  We had two dinners and they were fabulous.  Dinner consisted of:
Pasta or Soup
Meat
Organic Vegetables from Garden
Tuscan Bread
Dessert
Wines


Check out the 250 year old runner on this table.  It was so beautiful!!!



I just loved the kitchen along with her farm sink, vintage stove and breadboards.


Nadia (owner), Me and Maggi - Assistant



Lovely copper collection


Now we will visit the guest room:





Hallway leading to the guestroom, notice the lovely beamed ceilings?



Check out the beautiful dresser along with beamed ceilings again in the room......




These chairs were so adorable...They had homemade cushions on them.  All rooms had terracotta tiles ...so pretty.








Now we will go into the wine cellar:








Two of our favorite wines (we love reds) were Chianti which is 95% Sangiovese and Canaiolo which is 100% of that variety.  Some of their wines are available in the US.  The Chianti was priced reasonably at 8 Euros, just over $10 per bottle.  The vineyards are organically farmed.

Well that is the end of the tour.  I sure hope you enjoyed it.  Please stop back as I have many more photos to share with attractions on Sienna and Florence, a cooking class in Cortona and some of my loots that I purchased on my trip.
CIAO!




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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ciao From Tuscany UPDATED PHOTOS

Ciao from Tuscany. Wanted to share a couple of photos with you. Will have lots to share when I return to the US. Have a great week.  This is the farm house where I am staying.



Tuscan style kitchen
Vineyard scene from my room

Farmhouse where I am staying





Thanks for your visit!  Take care.















Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cotton Themed Table Setting and Instagram

Hope you are enjoying your week. I just realized that I never shared with you my table runner and napkins that I received as a gift back in June. It has a cotton themed logo and it fits well here in the Low Country.








Close-up



I used my textured, woven placemats along with my white dishes.  I then added a smaller mustard colored plate on top.


My flatware is also a new purchase.  I was in desire need of a new set so I found this beautiful set from Reed and Barton, pattern is Palmer with a natural, lightly hammered design and bright mirror finish.

The napkins have a striped (ticking) on one side so I used this side instead of the white side and then tied with jute along with a cotton stem.




For the centerpiece, I added cotton bolls to a rattan wrapped vase.  I just love the look of cotton in a vase, it looks so natural!




If you want to follow me through my Tuscany journey, please visit here.


I will make sure I will share plenty of photos with you when I return.


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