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“Bad room!”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Podere Bellavista

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Podere Bellavista
Ranked #16 of 66 San Gimignano B&B and Inns
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Greece
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Bad room!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

Maybe it is a nice country house and maybe the other rooms are great, BUT the room we stayed was not good at all. It was a room that stood alone away from the main buildings and I think that it was not suppose to be rent. We had a small, miserable balcony and a view towards San Gimigiano but also to the laundry and the yard. It was "cheap". We would never have stayed there if we know! Breakfast was OK and Mrs Virginia very polite but nothing could make up for the room which ruined our trip to San Gimignano.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

As we arrived at the villa, we were stunned by the beauty of the place: the view of San Gimignano especially during sunset is amazing, the pool, our appartement «Rita», was cute, spacious, very functionnal and cozy. We had a warm welcome by Virginia who was very nice and helpful.. and Dante, her funny cat!
The location is perfect : a 15-20 walk to the city through a nice cedar path or 5 minute drive to the multiple parkings just outside the city. It is also close to the Chianti region which we visited.
We had one breakfast and one dinner there, both were delicious, especially the homemade lasagna. We had the chance to taste their wine (white and red) and their olive oil.
Our only wish: staying there longer! We'll have to come back! Thank you for your hospitality, it was the highlight of our trip in Italy. Grazie mille Virginia!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

We stayed in Alice cottage. We didn't opt for the kitchen area. Just room , bathroom.
Things to note with this...
There is no air con. Only a standing fan which is noisy .
There was no where to hang wet clothes outside your room like the other cottages had.
There was no view from the room when you sat outside.
There was a fridge. It would have been nice to have had a bottle of water in it for when you arrive after a long journey.
There was a kettle and tea and coffee but no mugs.
There was no shower gel or shampoo. We did ask but got none. My husband said we wouldn't need to take any,!
It is a long walk into town on a very uneven path way. We walked back In the dark in a thunder storm .fortunately we had a torch.

The pool and setting is truly beautiful.
Lovely hammock to have a doze.
If you drive into town. Park in the P1 car park. I think it is the cheapest.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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East Molesey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

What more can I add to my previous review. The accommodation/views/hospitality/weather and of course Dante (the cat) were again fantastic. Perhaps we could have done without the odd thunder storm but when the sun shined boy did it shine. We stayed in the cottage Alice, what a setting with breakfast overlooking the valley towards San Gimignano, you have to see for yourselves because words cannot really describe the views that you have. Over the past few years Virginia has been putting her own individual stamp on upgrading the apartments. The changes have been superb with all apts/cotts having flat screen TV`s and Wi-Fi. Added to that you can help yourselves to Virginia`s own Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Red & White wine plus on request her superb Grappa`s both white and amber. The pool is unbelieveable so quiet like you are the only people staying there, again with views overlooking San Gim. + a small children`s section and the addition of a new hot/cold shower. Lastly I must repeat my thanks to Virginia and her team of helpers which again made are stay so wonderful. Look forward to seeing you in October 14.

Room Tip: My only tip is enjoy every room/cottage as they are all individual and equally fantastic. For 4/6 V...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

Podere Bellavista is a fantastic place to stay while in Tuscany!
The property is beautiful. The main house along with the rooms is beautiful, and everything is very well maintained. If you enjoy relaxing in the country side with only the sounds of birds chirping while looking out to gently rolling hills lined with grapes & olive trees = this is the place. I fell in love with Tuscany many years ago. When I think of the countryside around San Gimignano, it is paradise, the place I want to live!
Virginia is a wonderful person, takes great care of her guests & always has a pleasant smile. She along with the rest of the family & staff, including Dante, do a great job in making sure that you will never forget your experience here!
I hope that as many of you as possible can experience this beautiful part of the world. Staying at Podere Bellavista is worth every penny.

Domenico V.
Stati Uniti

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Huonville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

We spent a week in October 2013 in this fantastic place, Virgina cooked our 44th weeding anniversary dinner it was a beautiful meal. The apartment was roomy and clean with everything we needed including a great hostess.Overall we really enjoyed our selves, restful, romantic.
Thanks for the salami it was great .
Dennis & Mary Woolley . Tasmania. Australia'

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

We were made to feel very welcome with Virginia cooking us a fantastic pasta after we arrived tired from very long flights. The pool which has been remodelled was a must on a hot Tuscany day in a lovely countryside setting. Secure on site car parking, convenient location and fabulous outlook made for a wonderful stay. Virginia and her staff were extremely helpful and friendly.
Our accommodation in an apartment was fully functional and comfortable. Highly recommended in all aspects.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Podere Bellavista
Address: Localita Racciano 43 | Siena, Toscana, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 66 B&Bs / Inns in San Gimignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Podere Bellavista is an old refurbished country house, in the middle of Tuscany,consisting of a manor house and two cottages sorrounded by wide meadows, vineyards and oliveyards. Situated on the slope of the hill opposite San Gimignano (Siena), Podere Bellavista offers a panoramic view of the old town and of the stunning hilltop skyline of towers. Podere Bellavista offers accommodations in both rooms and apartments, to satisfy the different needs of guests, who have the chance to join us in our charming dining room on the first floor of the manor house and feast upon our genuine Tuscan cuisine (only for the evening). Each apartment is self-catering and available with a private, outdoor area with chairs and tables, and a personal barbecue to eat, relax, and enjoy the beautiful view. Guests can enjoy wide meadows equipped with sun beds, lounge chairs, and tables, and an outdoor swimming pool, that faces San Gimignano and the surrounding hills complete with patio, sun beds, and bath towels. Due to its location, only three kilometres far from San Gimignano which can be reached by foot through a country path (1,5 kilometres), and only 700 metres from the road to Volterra, Podere Bellavista is the ideal place to discover Tuscany and its many treasures. ... more   less 
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