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Part of the Villa entry garden, with roses in full bloom.
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antique headboard The 'La Soffita' Suite, with
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15 reviews
Part of the Villa entry garden, with roses in full bloom.
The 'La Soffita' Suite, with
antique headboard
The 'La Soffita' Suite, with
a 17th Century armoire.
Springtime in Sant' Andrea di Compito
The 'Cecilia' Suite with antique furnishings.
The 'Cecilia' Suite sitting area and HD TV.
Another view of the Villa gardens
Villa Gardens, with the Iris in Bloom
Part of the Villa Rose Garden
The Villa Cutting Garden
Petunia Fantasy
The front of the villa with the breakfast patio to the left.
Wisteria overhanging the Pathway in the Villa garden....taken in April.
Azaleas blooming on the entry patio, in April.
The Aldo Suite living area and patio.
Aldo Suite kitchen ans fireplace.
Aldo Suite loft bedroom and bath, with double bed and luxury linens.
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Private Room, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Sant'Andrea di Compito, Province of Lucca, Tuscany

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Douglas G
2 reviews
“Exceptional Property and hosts – perfect place to relax in Tuscany”
Reviewed 3 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

After traveling for 3 weeks in Europe we arrived at Il Rifugio for our final stop. From the moment, we arrived to the moment we left all are expectation were exceeded. The property is beautifully restored and in a great location near Lucca, Pisa, and Florence. There are 3 bedroom suites and we rented all of them for the 5 of us.

We were concerned with the heat of Italy in the summer. The location could not have been more perfect. It was cool in the evenings where you did not need AC to sleep. Every morning it was still cool to late morning. We were meet with a wonderful breakfast every morning. In the late afternoon, we had a very enjoyable happy hour including great conversation with Bill & John.

Bill & John were wonderful host. By second day they were more friends than hosts. They were very helpful in arranging dinner reservations every night and recommending day trips.

When we return to Tuscany we will go out of our way to stay with them again.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Aug 2017
Our doors will always be open for these 5 great guys...it almost seemed like a vacation for us, also...We thoroughly enjoyed their company and the many stories of their travels. we will welcome them back anytime!
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Patrick K
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“A little Tuscany paradise”
Reviewed 30 July 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Just a must stay when you are visiting the Pisa and Lucca area.

A peaceful and beautiful hide away - a top renovated property with the touch you will love it!

Just stay and enjoy this property and the host

Patrick and Angélica

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Management Response
31 Jul 2017
Patrick and Angéica are new-found friends of Il Rifugio...we consider them family now. They arrived with another couple after a very long drive, so we did our best to get them settled...with an early "Happy Hour"...a cooling drink, something to eat, and an afternoon rest. We will welcome them back to our corner of Tuscany any time they have an extra few days...they are simply wonderful guests.
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Mary Elle...
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The best part of our Italian Vacation”
Reviewed 12 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

When people ask us about our Italian vacation, I have to tell them our stay at Il Rifugio was the highlight. We stayed in Rome and Florence, but what we remember most fondly is our stay will Bill and John in the countryside. They were great hosts, always attentive and never intrusive. No detail was overlooked. We took over the whole inn for our family. We were welcomed very warmly. We were so comfortable during our visit. The breakfast every day was delicious with fresh baked goods from a local bakery. We enjoyed happy hour in the afternoon on the patio overlooking the gorgeous gardens. Bill and John made excellent recommendations on activities every day. I honestly can't say enough about the inn and the wonderful innkeepers.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Jul 2017
Our rewards come to us when great guests such as these appreciate our efforts...our guests many times arrive after a hectic week or two, seeing the wonderful sights Italy has to offer...they come to Il Rifugio ready for some quiet down time, a glass of wine, and a good night's sleep...or two! These folks were ready to relax....and it was a real pleasure meeting them....hopefully they will return very soon...we'll have the wine chilled!
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EatDrinkT...
Terceira, Portugal
Level 6 Contributor
222 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem in Tuscany”
Reviewed 2 May 2017 for a stay in April 2017

What is not to love about a cozy home, outstanding hosts, a fresh breakfast, and beautiful scenery?!
You will get all of that, plus more at Il Rifugio. My family and I stayed here recently, for a little over a week, and we would all highly recommend this location to anyone looking for an absolutely stand out holiday!
First, lets talk location: nestled along the olive trees in the countryside, but conveniently located about 1 hour to Pisa, around 2 hours to Florence, 15 minutes to Lucca, and about 2 or so hours to Cinque Terre, this B&B presents the best for all interests! I mean come on, it doesn't get much better than that. This B&B is perfect for anyone looking to get away for a relaxing stay, but still has intentions to see the sights, then get away from the crowds at the end of the day.
Next, the atmosphere of the place: beautiful, comfortable, clean, and tastefully decorated. Flowers and plants spread throughout, as well as eclectic art and decor everywhere; just outstanding!
Lastly (although I could go on forever), the hosts Bill and John. They are now like family, I was actually sad to leave them. They were so insightful, attentive, and accommodating with everything and anything. Whether it was offering suggestions for day trips, providing light snacks to end the day, or just friendly conversation, they will steal your hearts.. I know they stole ours.
I cannot extend enough praise about our stay here, so I will end by saying that this b&b is a gem in Tuscany <3

Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
4 May 2017
A Few times times, in this business, you meet exceptional people....and these folks are at the top of the list. We greatly enjoyed their company.
It was a family reunion, with their son and daughter-in-law living in England, so the entire trip was devoted to talking, laughing, and catching up, for them. We are very happy we were a part of that wonderful 9 days. And hopefully they will come back to do it all over again!..
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dpb808
Princeville, Hawaii
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Exceptional--don't miss a real treat!”
Reviewed 7 March 2015 for a stay in October 2014
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person found this review helpful

Myself, my spouse, and two very dear friends rented a car at the airport and took off to find this place. Wow! If you want to experience really living in a small Italian village with all the comforts of home -- this is it, the best of all worlds. The hosts are magnificent in every respect of the word--they will handle anything that comes up, they have seen to your every need before you even show up, they guide you in all the right directions. Their home is right in the heart of the quintessential town you have been longing for. A neighborhood restaurant (incredible food-few tourists), ancient church bells during the day, silence at night, wonderful walks, and visual feasts every which way your turn. Our two bedrooms and two baths were completely separate, private, and well-appointed with luxurious amenities. Again, do not miss this opportunity (and take your TomTom for invaluable driving help). Also ask about where to go for the best gelato in the universe (try the very dark chocolate with dates, and the cinnamon--both world class!) Ciao Bella!

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Mar 2015
We welcomed these folks, who had always wanted to visit this part of Italy.
It turned out to be a great experience for us all..they appreciated the
help we gave them in finding the hidden gems we've found here in Tuscany,
and we had a great time just visiting. We now have an even larger
extended family, and will see them back here very soon. They were a pleasure to meet, and be with.
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Pattieute
2 reviews
“Paradise”
Reviewed 28 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

This beautiful home and it's owner's Bill and John were the pinnacle of delight on our 28 day holiday through 4 countries. We would in a heartbeat stay in their beautiful property and would stay a minimum of a week. Location, gorgeous gardens and Hosts who felt like friends when we left.... we miss it all !!!!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
29 Sep 2014
Great guests who have become friends and family...they appreciated our
suggestions, exploring so many beautiful places plus spending time with
us on the patio, enjoying the house wine and cheeses. We're so happy we were the highlight of their voyage....we'll see them back here soon at
"Il Rifugio"
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Frances R
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful break in idyllic surroundings”
Reviewed 1 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Lovely stay with my daughter at this holiday rental.

We had two rooms and a bathroom in our host's house, but with a quite separate staircase to our rooms, so it is very private. They were delightful, entertaining, good company, and excellent hosts. Their antique collection is to die for! We enjoyed our stay enormously and did a lot of travelling from this central location, to Florence, Barga, Vinci, Pisa, Cinque Terre, and Lucca to name but a few of the cities and towns we visited. Their fruit salad and toast for breakfast were second to none (thanks John!) and .what with John's cooking, and Bill's knowledge of the surrounding area and delightful stories, we were thoroughly spoiled!

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
5 Sep 2014
These ladies were an absolute pleasure. Always ready for another adventure,
they explored our area, and drove far afield to see the sights many
visitors miss...we were very impressed with their great attitude and
sense of wonder with Tuscany. We would welcome them back any time.
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