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6 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Arezzo, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany

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Stefan R
Munich
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The perfect family retreat”
Reviewed 17 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012

We stayed in Villa Carda for the 3rd year in a row and it feels like 'homecoming'. The villa itself is in a fantastic condition, well kept and renovated, but still in the beloved 'Tuscany' style. Each room has it's seperate bathroom (very clean and comfortable).
The view is magnificent overlooking an super neat and large lawn and green valleys away from the 'big city' (30 minute or so drive to Arezzo) , where kids can play soccer or play with their kites.
Next to the house there is a wellness center on the premises (exclusively for the guests) with a Jacuzzi, Sauna, a small gym with a bike etc. It also has a (heated) pool which is right next to the house - everything in perfect condition. And finally it has table tennis, satellite TV, free WLAN, a barbecue station etc. In 2012 the kitchen will be redone, so that it is more spacious (after the season, so no worries)
Andrea and his father are the perfect hosts taking care immediately in case there is a problem or support with restaurant recommendations etc.
The only small drawback is it's location: Being up on the hill, it can be sometimes cold at night sitting outside - so make sure than you bring enough sweaters if you are not travelling during hot summer.
All in all, it is the perfect family retreat, truely relaxing and extremely well kept. The rather remote location is an even stronger 'pro' if you are into a true 'winding down' modus.

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Liked best: The perfect condition of the house
Liked least: The sometimes windy location in the hills
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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Chadandje...
Denver, Colorado
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“The perfect Tuscan wedding”
Reviewed 11 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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This place is more beautiful than pictures could describe. Andrea and his family were the perfect host for our week at Villa Carda. He and his wife even attended our wedding, which was such a special thing to us. There were 13 of us that stayed here for our wedding comfortably with an amazing cleanliness; each of our family have fond memories and many fun stories we will all cherish for a lifetime. Andrea and his family had everything under control. Furthermore, they arrived daily and made sure our needs were met at the villa, to suggested places to visit, even made reservations on our behalf. He even took my wife and the ladies into town the day of the wedding to shop at the local florist. The dinner that night was indescribable. The 6 course meal was made to satify every craving. The cooks were very attentive and knew when we needed the next course before we did; they laughed as we cheered and complimented the food. It was better than any 5 star restaurant I've ever been to. You do not see this attention and sincerity often and we are so grateful to have had this place for our wedding and to have met Andrea and his family. We can not wait to return!!

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Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Pritravel...
Miami, Florida
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“Just Perfect”
Reviewed 14 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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I would recommend this Villa to anyone who enjoys beauty, perfection, and peace. Magical is a perfect word to describe our experience at Villa Carda.
Andrea and Antonio are wonderful people who will go out of their way to help you out.
I got married in their beautiful grounds and I cherish every second of that trip. The house is just perfect and clean and you have all of the convenience of a five star Hotel in a timeless setting.
Please do yourself a favor and choose Villa Carda for your stay in Tuscany!
Este lugar es magico y hay muchos lugares hermosos para visitar. Las estrellas de noche, el vino, la comida y la compania de amigos en Villa Carda sera una experiencia inolvidable para cualquiera que tenga la fortuna de quedarse aca.

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Liked best: The House!!!
Liked least: We stayed only 7 days!
Travelling group: With Friends
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Caro305
Miami, Florida
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“Heaven on Earth, A Wedding we will never forget and a Thanksgiving close to the stars”
Reviewed 4 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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My wife and I had the pleasure of attending our friends' wedding in Villa Carda. There are no words to express the beauty of this place....well maybe Magical is the closest. The weather was wonderful -but the Franceschinis did tell us this was unusual for the time of the year we went (Nov 20 thru Nov 27). Villa Carda is a magnificent house fully equipped with everything you can think of - from electricity compatible with all of our american gadgets to tips on where to go, eat and things to do.
By far one of the best places we've stayed at.

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Liked best: The quiet and serene setting in which Villa Carda is located
Liked least: Six days are not enough
Travelling group: With Friends
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Toronto
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87 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“This is Heaven!”
Reviewed 27 October 2011 for a stay in September 2011

We (four couples) rented Villa Carda for a week at the end of September in 2011 in celebration of a 50th birthday. Two years ago we travelled as a group to Amalfi and rented a villa there with much success. I love doing the research and so when we decided on Tuscany, I happily started combing the internet looking at options. And boy oh boy, there are thousands. We settled on Villa Carda for several reasons: close proximity to other Tuscan towns/villages/cities, separate bedrooms and en suites for each couple, a swimming pool, a covered eating area directly adjacent to the kitchen for al fresco dining, a large amount of space so we wouldn't all be bumping into one another, good design, and service inspired responses from the owners during the back and forth emails as we were making our decision. We weren't disappointed. Andrea Franceschini and his father Antonio were wonderful hosts. Kind, helpful, informative and accommodating. The property is spectacular. The grounds immaculately groomed.

The eight of us arrived late on a Saturday afternoon from a variety of destinations so we had pre-arranged (via Andrea) for a local cook to come in and prepare dinner. All I can say is "do it!" Excellent value for the money, exceptional food and the comfort and ease of having your meal prepared for you while you connect with your travel companions over a glass or two of wine. The experience, the food and the cook were so amazing that we hired her again on our last night at the villa.

We had three rental cars between the eight of us. The group did day trips to Arrezzo, Sienna, Florence, Poppi, Cortona and a few other spots. All with ease and pleasure.

But do take the time to carve out a day or two and just sit still at the villa. The beauty, peace and glory of this property will soothe your soul and renew your spirit. Just writing about it causes a sense of calm to descend upon me. Very good for one's health.

Before I give you the one downside, let me restate how service inspired and helpful Andrea and Antonio were but if we were to give any criticism it would be as it relates to our day of departure.

Check out was at 10:00am. We reconfirmed our intentions with the owners the night prior. Our group had planned to have one last (peaceful) al fresco breakfast on the terrace before we departed but the grounds crew and cleaners descended on the property at 7:00am. The noise of the lawn cutting equipment and the proximity of the cleaners made us feel like we were intruders and that the owners were in a hurry for us to leave.

If one has paid to rent a property until 10:00am on the day of departure, then it was our expectation that we would have the privacy of that property until the agreed upon departure time.

Still, I would go back to Villa Carda. Still, I would recommend that you go to Villa Carda. Still, the memories of Villa Carda will live happily in my heart for years and years to come.

Go if you can.

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Liked best: The property.
Liked least: Clean up crew arriving too early (7am) on day of departure.
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
22 Nov 2011
First of all, thank you for your review and for the positive opinion about Villa Carda.
I'd like to clarify one point in the comment:
We respected the will of our guests about the check-out at 10.00 without showing impatience and without forcing them for leaving the villa in advance. For this reason we started to work (esclusively outside) only after we verified that all our guests were active (they were putting the luggages in the cars). In order to give them the possibility to enjoy their breakfast in the terrace we started to mow at 8 o'clock from the farest point of the large park ( about 500 m by the villa). Our guests always appreciate the huge park of Villa Carda but not everybody can imagine how much work and time it requires to be so well kept. To disturb as less as possible the guests of the villa, we mow the park esclusively on Saturday morning before the arrival of the next clients. The cleaning women start cleaning the external part of the villa (swimming pool, wellness area) and they wait the check out to clean the interior of the villa. This is what generally happens in all the hotels and in the holiday villas and it is necessary for a functional management of the structure.
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Jerr B
Dallas, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous week for a dozen Americans!!!”
Reviewed 6 October 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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person found this review helpful

Seven members of a 1962 Minnesota high school graduating class and five spouses spent a glorious week at Villa Carda. It's even more beautiful than it looks on the website and the owners always took the extra step to make sure we were having a wonderful time. The wine cellar was superb and one of the best parts of the week was the ability to visit nearby villages and wander the streets, tour the ancient buildings and generally soak up the Tuscany atmosphere. We would all return in a heartbeat.

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Liked best: Beautiful villa, immaculate grounds, wonderful staff
Liked least: That we couldn't stay longer
Travelling group: With Friends
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Billie Y
Redmond, Washington
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Heaven in Tuscany”
Reviewed 6 October 2011 for a stay in September 2011
1
person found this review helpful

Our stay at the Villa Cardine was simply heaven! The villa is absolutely gorgeous, luxury in the midst of Tuscany. Our hosts Antonio and Andrea were always available, keeping everything beautifully managed, willing to give suggestions of local places of interest, or just leave us alone if we didn't need anything. The bedrooms and common living areas are beautifully decorated with local colors and art, and the outside veranda for eating is heaven. The pool area and health spa are state of the art and made us feel like we were staying in a 5 star resort. The property is gorgeous, pictures don't even do it justice. Renting a villa sight-unseen can be a little scary, but this property far exceeded any of our hopes and dreams ahead of time. The location in a valley that isn't as well known to tourists was definitely a big advantage. The surrounding small villages and hill towns were welcoming, and not overrun with other Americans. I can't imagine what could possibly have been better. Our week with friends was perfect.

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Liked best: The villa, hosts, location. Perfect in every way.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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