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Locanda dell' Artista
Ranked #1 of 67 San Gimignano B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

How ever many days you're planning to stay here, do yourself a favor and book an extra week! At Locanda dell' Artista, you will NEVER want to leave. My husband and I are still waiting for Baker and Cristian to adopt us :)

From the moment you arrive, you will instantly feel the love and dedication Baker and Cristian have put into their B&B and its guests. The views are stunning, the rooms are impeccably clean and exquisitely decorated, the breakfasts are delicious and filling and the hospitality you receive is UNMATCHED!

Baker and Cristian are the kindest, most caring hosts you will ever come across. Your happiness and comfort is their #1 priority here, and they will do everything they can to ensure a first-class stay. It has taken me a whole week to write this review because I feel that I cannot put into words just how AMAZING they are. You just have to experience "the magic" for yourself.

Thank you Baker and Cristian for everything!!! Tuscany will have a special place in our hearts because of you two! Please also give Barbara (aka Sharon) a big hug for us! We miss you all!

XO, Char & Rex

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2014

Dearest Charlene and Rex,
Reading your review brought tears to our eyes. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the emotions and kindness expressed herein. It was a complete delight to have you with us, and our only regret is that your stay was so brief. Saying good bye to guest is the HARDEST part of our job, as we make connections and then you leave. Needless to say, you are most welcome here in your home in Tuscany, whenever you may return...and i promise to show you both some Disney art...NOT on display. :0) Warmest wishes to you both. Baker, Cristian and Barbara (aka sharon). LOL.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

We went to the Locanda at the end of our 2-weeks-trip through Italy and were just stunned by the beauty of the surrounding and the Locanda itself when we arrived.

Baker and Christian welcomed us more than warmly and made us feel immediately "at home". It is quite difficult to find the right words in english that could describe how we experienced the Locanda, as well as Christian, Baker and Barbara, but we will try :-).

All three of them are such nice, warm and open-hearted people, who are nowadays not that easy to be found. Every day when we woke up, we looked forward to the cheerful "buongiorno!" that filled the dining-room, where we were welcomed to have a wonderful (!!) breakfast.

Baker and Christian are a lovely couple who put a lot of love and hard work in creating this beautiful, wonderful place, and you can see and feel that in every corner. We have been to many different hotels all over the world, but this is a place we would really love to return to.
Some nights we tiptoed to the beautiful terrace (they light candles there every night), a bottle of red wine in our hands, and just enjoyed the silence and the view over to San Gimignano.

To finish in German: Dieses wunderschöne B&B ist ein wahrer Geheimtipp und wir können es nur wärmstens empfehlen. Baker, Christian und Barbara könnten nicht herzlicher sein. Ein wahrer Schatz!

Thank you for everything, take care and hope to see you soon.

"Ciao";-) from Anna & Thomas

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

Dear Thomas and Anna,
It was such a pleasure for us having you stay at our Locanda last week. Though it rained every day, you both are such a bright ray of sunshine, it made it feel sunny! Your review of your stay humbles us and reminds us how lucky we are to be living here and hosting guests like you. With your help, we continue to experience our Locanda in new ways. We loved how you enjoyed the terrace every evening...moments like these fill us with joy as our home becomes your home. We also thank you for the delicious salame and wine which you o graciously left for us and which we enjoyed as we remembered you. We hope to see you soon, as it will be our complete pleasure. Thank you. Cristian, Baker and Barbara

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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Fabulous captivating views are just the beginning of our experience with Baker and his team. We have stayed in hotels that have charged far more and provided far less. Locanda dell' Artista is a truly magical experience. They went above and beyond in every way to assist and provide for our every need. If you miss San Gimignano you missed Italy. If you miss Locanda dell' Artista you cheated yourself out of an experience not to be believed.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

Ciao Patsy and Ann,
Thank you for this lovely note and review. We were so sorry you both fell ill at the end of your stay and were glad we could help you recover with a little TLC! We thought of you in Alabama the week after you left as we heard about the flooding and hope that you and your families were kept safe and dry. Our Locanda will be your home in Tuscany whenever you can return, and we will welcome you with big hugs. Until that time, we send you our very best wishes. Cristian, Baker and Barbara

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We stayed with Baker and Christian as part of our honeymoon trip around Italy. We were very warmly welcomed to their designer style home.The location is perfect, as it is close to the San Gimignano, but at a suitable distance to be set apart from the busy-ness of the town. Our room had a beautiful view toward San Gimignano over the rolling hills of vineyards. The bed was extremely comfortable, and we had all that we needed. Baker was always available and keen to help whenever he could. The breakfast was wonderful! Delicious cheeses, and fresh yoghurt were a highlight.

If you're looking for a place to stay near to San Gimignano then do not hesitate to stay with Baker and Christian. You will be well looked after!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

Ciao Ragazzi!
Thanks for taking the time to review your experience on Tripadvisor and with such lovely thoughts. Last week we were dismayed when the cheese shoppe failed to deliver the freshly made yogurt. Their supplier stopped making the plastic containers and didn't tell them so it took them 10 days to find new containers and continue their yogurt production. LIFE IN ITALY! lol. I was sorry for our guests who had to settle for store-bought yogurt and didn't know what they were missing but we are glad that you appreciate these small things. We pride ourselves in sourcing local, fresh and delicious products. We hope you have settled back into your lives in the UK and we will look forward to celebrating one of your wedding anniversaries in the future!!!!! Warmest wishes, Baker, Cristian and Barbara.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We have just returned home after a wonderful three week holiday travelling through Italy and France. We stayed at Locanda dell' Artista for just two nights, but it made such an impression and was a highlight of our trip. It is a beautiful place, restored with flare and creativity, set in picture - perfect surroundings. Baker is so hospitable and he gave helpful suggestions about restaurants, daily itineraries and even useful tips about getting to our next destination which was a 5 hour drive away. Barbara is his perfect, vivacious support. Christian was away during our stay so we will have to return to meet him. I enjoy exploring new places and I have a long list of desired destinations that I have not yet visited, so when I write that I'd like to return somewhere it has to have a magical something to attract me. There is so much about Locanda that is magical.

Dorienne and David

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Dorienne and David, Thank you for this wonderful note. Reading a review like this one fills us with joy and happiness knowing that we have met (and exceeded) your expectations. Having you here was wonderful for us and we will look forward to your return whenever that might be. Warmest wishes, Cristian e Baker

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We spent a week in March at Baker and Christians B&B. From the time we arrived to the time we left we were treated like family and nothing was too much bother. Baker was always there when you needed him. His enthusiasm for his place and the surrounds was infectious. He knew the area thoroughly and readily gave great advice on restaurants and daily outings and he was always eager to hear what our day was like. Breakfasts were perfect and we were lucky enough to have a dinner prepared for us by the visiting (proposed resident) chef. Five superbly light, delicious and locally sourced (truffles from their own forest) courses. The views from our spacious and well appointed rooms were breathtaking. Each day we woke to the stunning views of San Giminano and at night we enjoyed its twinkling lights. When it came time to leave my husband and I felt we were saying goodbye to family not just to good hosts. The time we spent with Baker, Christian and Barbara was the highlight of our three week stay in Tuscany.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Dear Henry and Anne,
I have written a response to your gorgeous review twice...and for whatever reason, it didn't post...so i am trying again. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. You were both a complete delight to be around. Thank you also for taking the time to write this review...A new business such as ours relies on great guests...and writing these reviews! You will be happy to know that chef Costantino is well into our season and continues to dazzle our guests with delicious dinners. Until our paths cross again, warmed wishes, Cristian and Baker

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

My wife and I stayed at Christian and Baker's (CB) place last fall. We stayed in a number of hotels and villas while in Italy, but this was our favourite.

CB have gone to great lengths to decorate their home. Each room is truly amazing. The view from the property is from a postcard. The pool is a great place to relax after a day out and prior to a big meal and bigger bottle of wine.

If CB are cooking while you are there, stay in! Food was fantastic.

I can't compare their home with others in the area, because I have not travelled throughout Italy multiple times, but I was more than satisfied with my stay and if I were ever to return to the area I would look now where else.

Thanks again Christian and Baker.

See you one day again.

Okay!

Matt and Grace

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2014

Greetings Matt and Grace,
Thank you for writing this lovely review. It was our pleasure having you here and now staying in touch in FB! Spring has arrived in full force, the flowers are blooming, the hills are green and the "postcard" view you reference is stunning. We feel so blessed to be here and have such wonderful guests like you. Come back soon! Take care, "CB"

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Address: Loc. Canonica-Lucignano 43, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in San Gimignano
Price Range: £231 - £284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Locanda dell' Artista, an award-winning country inn and restaurant nestled in the heart of beautiful Tuscany. Located in the rolling hills outside of San Gimignano, the Locanda's forty acre estate commands spectacular views of the towers of San Gimignano and the surrounding countryside, including sprawling vineyards, verdant forests, and the inn's own lush olive groves and luxurious swimming pool.With a maximum of twelve guests, this is a private retreat of newly restored 18th century farmhouses combining the modern amenities of a luxury hotel with the personality, individual service and comfort of an elegant bed and breakfast. ... more   less 
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