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Review of Locanda dell' Artista

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Locanda dell' Artista
Ranked #1 of 65 San Gimignano B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“The perfect venue for a special holiday.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

We have just got back from the most wonderful stay in Tuscany and our family at Locanda dell'Artista made it even more special. We spent 4 nights with Baker, Cristian and Barbara and from the moment we arrived we felt so welcome, as if we were old friends. The setting couldn't be more stunning and the hotel itself is so beautifully decorated with so much thought having gone into every detail. The Locanda family were always on hand if we needed to organise a trip or if we needed a restaurant recommendation away from the usual tourist spots and the food served for dinner here was the best we ate in our entire stay. Constantino the chef is a marvel. Thank you Baker, Cristian and the gorgeous Barbara for making us feel like VIPs and for sharing our very special trip. We will be back soon for another stroll in the olive grove. All our best.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hannah W
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Dearest Hannah, We are so thrilled that you were engage HERE on our property...Our first, and forever a wonderful memory for us. We wish you both all the happiness in the world, and look forward to your return one day. We all send you both a BIG hug from the Locanda.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Spent a truly memorable but far too short 4 days with Baker, Barbara and Christian, earlier this month. A breathtaking setting, the warmest of welcomes and fabulous accommodation, prompted me to write my first ever tripadvisor review. The swimming pool was a welcome refuge after blissful days exploring Sienna and San Gimignano. Don't miss dinner on the terrace, delicious house- cooked food, served on the terrace by the ever- smiling Barbara and the ever- attentive Baker. Cristian away in Milan!
We loved it all and are already dreaming of our return!

Room Tip: No fitness centre or spa but clicked in error and unable to "unclick" (tripadvisor please...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jo E
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Dearest Jo,
We are so honoured to be your first Tripadvisor review. Thank you for taking the time do write about your experience...we appreciate it as do other travellers. We will look forward to welcoming you back whenever you decide to return. Warmest wishes from Tuscany, Baker, Barbara, Costantino and Cristian!
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Sometimes, there is trepidation as you travel to a new destination, about the place you have chosen to stay. However, on arrival at Locanda dell' Artista any such thoughts instantly evaporate. Excitement is the overriding feeling after walking in the door.

Later, when leaving, you will be sad. You will have become friends with your marvellous hosts, and your fellow guests. You will have wished you were able to stay a little longer. You will be thinking that your stay there will be the highlight of your trip.

You might later ponder over how this has happened. Simply, the warmest of care and meticulous attention to detail, without anything ever being a problem. More salubrious(that's for you Baker!)
accommodation within Tuscany could not be possible.

To quote a well known Australian "Do yourselves a favour"
Don't think about it any further…... stay there !

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
We are so grateful for your kind and thoughtful review. Thank you. We should use some of your words in our marketing materials! The departures are also sad for us...as we have indeed become friends. Life as an Innkeeper. We send you the warmest wishes way down under and await your return. Until then, a big hug from all of us at the Locanda.
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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

This was our first visit to Tuscany and it will not be the last. Baker and Christian were excellent hosts and the amenities were more than we expected. The rooms and grounds were well appointed and kept up to perfection. You could not ask for anything more.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank julian28
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Thank you for this kind review and we are so happy we could host you in your first trip to Tuscany. We will look forward to welcoming you back! Warmest wishes, Baker and Cristian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Locanda dell' Artista was by far the highlight of our trip to Italy. We spent two weeks touring around the country and this place was EXACTLY what we needed after the hustle and bustle of the larger cities. Christian and Baker make guests truly feel like royalty and excel at every aspect of this business. It is clean, quiet, the perfect balance of rustic and modern, and best of all, run by charming, and helpful hosts.

The most amazing part of the whole experience besides the clear passion and care that goes into every detail of the property & overall experience is the fact that the hosts are respectful of privacy, yet are ALWAYS available to answer questions or provide suggestions. As self professed foodies, my aunt and I were pleasantly surprised with the recommendations for places to eat. Christian and Baker were also able to hook us up with a cooking instructor last minute!

If you are looking for a clean, quiet, countryside location with superior customer service, this is the place to stay.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are FANTASTIC!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank avclark
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and for writing this review. I love the title! :0) We are constantly trying to improve our service, as we truly enjoy it...even if we make mistakes now and then. We are extremely warmed with your sentiments and gives us sustenance for the guests still to come. Thank you!! A warm hug from Cristian and Baker.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

This was my second stay within a year. It's my favourite place to stay in Tuscany. And now with the added great cuisine care of Constantino, it's even better than before. The welcome, rooms, location, breakfast are all perfection. I will be back as soon as possible. Thank you, Baker and Cristian for sharing your great place with us.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Carissima Anna,
We are so blessed you came into our lives last year. Thank you for bringing your fun friend, thank you for writing this review, but mostly thank you for being you. We hope to see you again in the year...if not here, then in Umbria! Sending you a big hug, Cristian and Baker
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Not a lot I can add that hasn't need said. A gorgeous place with wonderful rooms and the best hosts we have ever had at any B&B. Susan and I enjoyed visiting with Baker about his life and experiences and life in general. Barbara was great, the dinner was wonderful as was the wine suggested by Baker. We did not get to meet Cristian unfortunately.

I hate to see Artista get too popular...but I wish them every success!

We went to Volterra one day which was nice and less touristy than Sam Gimignano, but not as interesting. We did not stay long enough on our "highlights of Central Italy" trip and that was a huge mistake. This is one of this places when you get there you immediately know you should have stayed longer!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Thank Bill R
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Baker B, Owner at Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Grazie for this review. WE TOO...wished you had stayed longer. :0) We have learned, in one year, that it is the guests that make our Locanda special for you bring the joy into our home. Thank you for this and for taking the time to write this review!!!! Baker, Barbara, Costantino and Cristian (who is sorry not to have met you!)
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Property: Locanda dell' Artista
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in San Gimignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newest addition to the luxury bed and breakfast market in Tuscany, Locanda dell' Artista opened recently in June 2013 and has been receiving wonderful reviews and awards ever since. Located high in the hills between Florence and Siena, near the ancient walled city of San Gimignano, lies Locanda dell' Artista, a romantic country inn nestled in the heart of beautiful Tuscany. 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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