Concierge.com's insider take:
Il Poggiale, opened in 2003, is a welcome addition to the local scene; it's also excellent value for money by local standards. A 16th-century patrician villa with characteristic pietra serena entrance loggia and deep-red terra-cotta floors, this rambling family home has been transformed into a 22-room hotel that still has an intimate country house feel. There is nothing ostentatious about the place, but the makeover has been done with style and taste, with pastel-painted walls, Moroccan rugs, comfy silk-striped armchairs, and antique furniture finding a happy modus vivendi. There's a sense of space throughout, enhanced by the decision to leave plenty of communal areas—including a huge drawing room and a library—rather than squeeze more rooms out of the complex. It can get pretty chilly in winter, but the lovely long pool among the olive groves benefits from the breeze at the height of summer.