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Podere Sant'Elena
Ranked #14 of 68 San Gimignano B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

This quaint bed and breakfast is on a hill across a valley from San Gimignano. The view of the city is fantastic. The location is very quiet, in the farms, with no traffic. Our room was spacious and very clean. The breakfast was very good, better than most Italian hotels. Our only problem, and it was a little problem, was that the bed was a bit hard for our tastes. Do not stay here without a car unless you like hiking up and down hills.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

We stayed one night in this lovely b&b whilst visiting Tuscany and what a find!
We were booked into room n7 that has breath taking views of San Gimignano and the tuscan landscapes. We watch the sun rise from our bed and enjoyed delicious fresh breakfast.
The room was very clean and very nicely decorated. Only 5 min drive from the village it has an excellent location and a fabulous pool. The only disappointment was that it wasn't warm enough for us to swim but certainly next time!

Room Tip: Room 7 has 2 windows with views on the village and the country and pool
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

If you don't want to stay in a city or town, but want to be close to them, this is the place to stay in San Gimignano. Fantastic rooms overlooking the pool or the vineyards towards the town, great breakfasts with wide variety especially of pastries from the owner's bakery. The hosts were helpful and spoke good English. The pool was so refreshing after a hard day of sight seeing! You need a car if you want to avoid about a 2-3Km walk to the town. Parking is provided.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

We loved Podere Sant'Elena!! It was quiet... it was peaceful... and had a great view to San Gimigniano!!! The rooms were very clean and nicely decorated. Our room had a great view but I'm not sure that all rooms were all equal in matters of the view...
The pool was marvellous and a great break from all day excursions around Tuscany.
The stuff was very friendly & helpful even though the reception desk was not open every hour of the day. But I guess it was not really necessery...
The breakfast was very good (super pastries & bread) and get us going till noon!
The location was even greater but you need a car to get around... San Gimignano is so beautiful!!
Overall we had a great time and we will be back!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

Within a few minutes drive-time of San Gimignano's several public
parking areas, is Podere Sant'Elena - surrounded by vines and unspoiled
countryside. These converted farm buildings atop a hill with the
unique San Gimignano gracing the horizon, capture the very essence
of Tuscany. To add to the visitor's pleasure is a magnificent pool.
Parking is a two minute walk away within a secure adjacent area.
Breakfast is not one of their strong points, but its shortcomings are
more than offset by the facilities and splendid location. Within a few
minutes walk along a country road, past an old church, is a good
restaurant.

Room Tip: Go for ground floor opening onto pool area
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights at the start of June. Podere Sant'Elena is so quiet, scenic and peaceful. We enjoyed relaxing by the pool in the afternoons after our days of touring Tuscany. It was the perfect home base and distance from San Gimignano and the view of town was gorgeous, be it day or night. Our only complaint was that after a few nights we could tell the bed was a bit hard for our liking.

Irene who works there was always willing to offer suggestions on where to eat in town, where to park or even where to go for local shopping for food and other items. She was helpful, friendly and was always interested as to what we had done that day. It was a pleasure to talk to her when she was working and she made our stay that much more enjoyable.

We highly recommend staying here. Be sure to have the pastries with breakfast every morning, which come from the pastry store/bakery they also own in town.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

We just finished our family vacation to Italy, and of all the places we stayed while we were there, this was by far our favorite. The staff here go the extra mile and Irene was amazing, anything you needed she was there with. The views from the pool side were amazing, the pictures on their website are exactly the views you get when you stay there. The rooms were comfortable and breakfast was excellent. This place delivers on all their promises and you can get a better view from anywhere. I would reccommend anyone to stay here. And it really is a short walk from town and a lovely walk.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Podere Sant'Elena

Address: Localita Racciano 42/A, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 68 B&Bs / Inns in San Gimignano
Price Range: £86 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Colonial house, fully rebuilt, respecting the original Tuscan architectural lines and antique traditions. Panoramic view over San Gimignano and its tower. Characteristic furnishing with terracotta floors and wooden ceiling-beams. The rooms, as well as being surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan countryside, are sound proofed and fitted with satellite TV and bathroom with shower, air conditioning and telephone. ... more   less 
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