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Az. Agr. La Ripa
Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

We found La Ripa not by looking for a suitable establishment in the village/city we wanted to stay in, but by looking at the highest-scoring agriturismos in Tuscany. Sorting by highest scores first, La Ripa was the first we found that had an apartment with two bedrooms and was available during our holiday period, i.e. the first half of June 2013.
The only apartement available was Padronale, also the one with the highest price. We read on the website of La Ripa that it was also the biggest apartment, hence the higher price. On a weekday night I phoned La Ripa and was directed to Duccio, the son of the owners who spoke better English and could help us further. A reservation was quickly arranged and awaited our arrival.
At our initial arrival, we had some difficulty finding the agriturismo, which more visitors experienced as can be read. The trick is finding the entrance to the road up the hill in Ulignano, at the start of the final bend just before leaving the village again, when northbound.
The gravel road up the hill was not difficult as we read earlier, at least for us. The final part is a bit steep, but has tarmac.
The arrival proved to set the standard for our stay at La Ripa. The estate is stunningly beautiful, with a nice garden and swimming pool outside of the "main garden". We were welcomed most friendly, and Duccio gave us a tour of our appartment. The Padronale apartment is located on the ground floor, and has a private patio overlooking the garden. This alone justifies the higher price, let alone the larger rooms and 2 (!) bathrooms.
Usually pictures of the establishment look better than reality, but in this case reality is much better. We only spent one lazy evening in the living room with the TV on (it was raining outside), the rest was spent under the roofed comfort of the private patio. The kitchen is large by any standard, and contained all the luxuries you can think of including washing machine.
The main garden is privately located and closed with small doors, due to the two sweet dogs Didi and Pimpa. Our 3 year old daughter loved them, and due to the small doors our daughter could play freely in the garden as well. The swimming pool is located outside the main garden, privately located on the slope with a few steps to take. The pool is larger than we thought compared to the pictures, and we usually had the pool to ourselves. Having a small girl around playing, she couldn't bother anyone else which eased our parenting duties a bit.
La Ripa is located just fine; San Gimignano (albeit a bit too touristic for our tastes) is 7km away and can be seen from La Ripa, and groceries can be done in various stores in Poggibonsi, also around 7km away. Florence and Siena can be reached just fine as well (45 minutes each) en Pisa is a 1.5 hour drive. We planned to visit Florence, Siena and Pisa, but were so relaxed at La Ripa that most of our drives were short to restaurants in the area.
Our daughter enjoyed the stay incredibly much, with the pool, dogs and most friendly owners.
The owners Alessandro and Margherita deserve praise, we felt most welcome. They are truly nice people. Their son Duccio deserves special mention. He did even more to make us feel welcome, by helping us around, making recommendations for restaurants and activities and the occasional chat. He also organized a wine tasting tour, where we looked around the vineyards as well and bought too many bottles of delicous wine, olive oil and even honey.
Eventhough were normally not the "staying around" type of traveller, and we certainly never visit the same place twice... We are 99% sure we will visit La Ripa again next year.

Room Tip: The only reason I can think of NOT to recommend the Padronale apartment, is that you would book prio...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

We are a married couple travelling with our friend.
After a 6 hour drive to La Ripa - Tuscany - It took us a extra 1 hour to find the villa driving down a narrow bumpy dirt road, this was not expected but never the less we did find it and were really living the italian culture, the landscape is one of the most beautiful undulating places we have ever seen. Everywhere you look are vineyards, olive groves, old buildings and a world of all shades of green colour, most positions of the area offers the most spectacular views.
We can reach in 1 hour driving to the seaside, Florence, Pisa, Sienna and many small villages. 7k from our villa is San Gimigano beautiful place to visit, it is a medi evil stone walled village with 7 towers.
Our villa was very comfortable and home-like with 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms so our friend was comfy too, we can cook, sit on the terrace, play with the 2 dogs, swim in lovely clean pool.
Our hosts Alex, Margarite and their lovely son Duccio are a typical italian family made you feel very welcome with a nice bottle of sparkling wine, nothing was too much trouble and when you walk around the farm there is a breathtaking atmosphere.
Thank you for making our 10 days so pleasant and relaxing.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Edgewood, New Mexico
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

La Ripa is a lovely property and our apartment was the perfect villa for our Tuscan vacation. Looking out our kitchen french doors to the Tuscan garden was a perfect way to start our day. Located mid-distance between Florence and Siena surrounded by hilltop, walled medieval cities, it is the perfect home base for exploring the Tuscan landscape. The owners are wonderful people and were very helpful. We'd recommend La Ripa to everyone and if we're ever in Tuscany again, we know where we'd stay.

Room Tip: Great kitchens to try all the Italian recipes.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We visited with two young children and found that the accommodation suited perfectly. There is a lovely garden with roses and olive trees and a pool. The bonus was having a view of San Gimigano from our bedroom window! We found it an idesl location for exploring the area between Florence and Siena. A car is definitely required.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

Yeaaaah, that was better than Caribic :-)
Place:
The one of the most beautiful places in the world. Everywhere you look are vineyards, olive groves, old buildings and a world of all shades of green colour. You can reach in 1 hour driving seaside, Florence, Pisa, Sienna...all great places + to drive a Ferrari around Ferrari Museum in Maranello in 2 hours :-) Supermarket in the near village with plenty of Italian specialities, wines and everything for very good prices.
House:
We took Il Padronale for 1 week, take 2 weeks as minimum, especially if you come by car. Nice, spacy, very ancient place where you can cook, make your own pizza, sit on the spacious terrace, play with dogs, swim in clean pool. Very nice and friendly family, many thanks to Duccio for teaching how to make pizza :-) You can buy outstanding home made olive oil, taste is much far from supermarket products...
Season:
We chose September, it was a great time, all the grapes were ripe, breathtaking atmosphere when you walk around the farm.
General: Very good choice if you want to spent more types of holiday in one place - countryside, ancient places, seaside, biking, sleeping in beautiful garden... That all is included :-) Wifi if you want to work, or browse internet. Very nice people all around.

The best place (and time) for real relax. Worth to come back.

Room Tip: Il padronale, but I have not try any other.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 September 2012

We spent a week at La Ripa and wish we could have stayed much longer. Il Fienile was perfect for the two of us with everything we needed inside plus a lovely little garden and terrace. The apartment itself was very clean and homely, which we loved. The pool was fantastic - really close to the house and always seemingly in the sun. Located so close to San Gimignano but also within easy distance of Florence and Siena, we found it the perfect launch pad for exploring the area, but at the same time far enough removed that we were able to relax in peace too. Duccio was a wonderful host. We are already planning our next visit and really can't wait! Can't recommend La Ripa enough.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Duisburg, Germany
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

It was our forth time in Tuscany, but for sure the most comfortable, clean and beautiful house we have had so far. The garden was very nice and the pool was quite large, very clean and perfectly equipped.
The owners spent much effort to make their house special and individual. They were very friendly and gave a lot of helpful advice.
Besides La Ripa is an ideal starting point to go to the most important towns in Tuscany as it is located in the heart of the region.
In summary: we perfectly recovered and very much enjoyed our stay in La Ripa. For sure we will come back and recommend the house to our friends

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Az. Agr. La Ripa
Address: Via Santa Maria 70, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 111 Speciality Lodging in San Gimignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Ripa is a farmhouse with an old fashioned taste. Four apartments that look like they grew up one on the other along the centuries without a precise project, they have given birth to an interesting and unique structure.To embellish the whole structure, a deep green, scented crown: our garden. And a shining blue pearl: our swimming pool. ... more   less 
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