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8 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Barberino Val d'Elsa, Tuscany

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Ottawa, Canada
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Practically perfect, in every way”
Reviewed 27 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Our extended family group of 13 adults had a truly delightful stay in Villa Il Santo.

We loved:

The beautiful villa -- a plethora of lovely rooms, each with its own en-suite. The renovation of the villa is beautifully done. The kitchen and bathrooms are a pleasure to use. The details are thoughtful and tasteful.

The exquisite views -- these went on forever and encompassed vineyards, olive groves, cypresses, and lovely medieval structures, including the medieval Manhattan, San Gimignano.

Having a great base for visiting Tuscany -- the villa is situated midway between Siena and Florence (a full day visit ), in close proximity to Certaldo (historic centre is worth a quick visit), San Gimignano (beautiful, had dinner and a stroll there), Volterra (spent the afternoon and loved it; and the drive between San Gimignano and Volterra is spectacular), Monteriggioni (a fun and easy breakfast stop on the way to Rome). The villa is a short walking distance to the hamlet of Petrognano, site of a well-rated restaurant and a lovely collection of mostly abandoned honey-coloured stone buildings, and is a long walk (or short drive) to Barberino di Val d'Elsa, where the local co-op grocery store was convenient for quick supplies, and the Thursday morning market in the town square provided delicious treats (fine cheeses, excellent cured meats, fresh fish, etc.). We also made a day trip further afield, to the Cinque Terre, with a stop in Lucca, which we very much enjoyed. This is a two-hour drive though, so non North Americans may find it a little far to go. All that said, we also enjoyed just resting and relaxing on the property itself!

Annagloria -- She helped us a lot. She gave us terrific recommendations on what to see and do; she made arrangements and reservations for a wine tour, and a guided visit of Florence's Accademia, Uffizi and Vasari Corridor and organized a delightful classical concert for us in the Villa by a talented soprano and pianist.

Rosanna -- Rosanna, the cook, prepared our welcome meal. We hired her for breakfast the following day and for two more dinners. The food she prepared was traditional Tuscan, and very good home fare, with multiple courses based on local ingredients. But for several of us, even better was the opportunity to work with her in the kitchen and enjoy her instruction and company, while expanding our Italian vocabulary. She is a treasure.

Enzo and Annagloria's wine -- There is a wine fridge in the kitchen stocked with their very good and reasonably priced wine. We helped ourselves most liberally!

There were two drawbacks, one of which was very minor.

First, from the moment we arrived and for the next several days, there was an unfortunate septic odour that was pervasive outdoors. Thankfully, the smell dissipated with the arrival of the warmer weather towards the end of the week, so we were able to enjoy the outdoor areas and the (very cold!) pool. Since no other reviewer has mentioned this, I suppose that it is an unusual occurrence. Annagloria mentioned the weather/prevailing winds, and Enzo mentioned some recent work as the cause. Apparently, waiting for it to pass was the solution.

The second drawback was very minor (and would be easily addressed for the benefit of future guests): for such a high-end villa, offering perfect accommodation for large parties of adults, the coffee making set up is inadequate. Picture thirteen coffee-addicted adults standing around a mid-size electric drip coffee-maker and two small stove-top espresso percolators, waiting for their morning fix. We missed our Jura! Even having more of the espresso percolators (one per couple?) would be an acceptable solution.

These two issues aside, Villa Il Santo ranks with the most beautiful and comfortable places we have stayed.

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Liked best: The views, the style, the comfort...
Liked least: The unfortunate septic odour and the inadequate coffee-making facilities
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
21 Dec 2013
HI
thank you sooo much for your nice comments n most of all for pointing out to us the 2 inconveniences:
the smell: finally the week after your depart we found the reason why n solved it!!!!! so next time only nice countryside n roses smell.....;))
for the american coffee slow procedure, I think the major problem was that you were using the regular MOKA italian coffee ( which is a very fine powder) instead of the american coffee: now that you have poitned this to us, in order to solve the problem to future guests, we are supplying the coffee for that coffee maker...
again , thank you for having pointed all this to our attention: it is important for us to know things who don't work in order to try to solve the problem the soonest possible
Next time we will drink a good coffee together and it will be quick!!!
have a merry Christmas
annagloria
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FLisburn
London, Canada
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3 reviews
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“The Most Perfect Tuscan Experience!”
Reviewed 13 September 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Such a wonderful Villa with the most breathtaking views. Anna Gloria and Enzo are wonderful hosts with a wealth of information regarding the area. They suggested perfect spots to eat, shop and see. Villa il Santo was well stocked so we did not have rush to the market upon arrival. The wine fridge filled with good wine at a good price. A lovely restaurant within an easy stroll from the Villa. The kitchen was such a joy to cook in but for the times when we were too tired / lazy to cook, they had a wonderful woman named Rosanna cook scrumptious Italian meals. Thank you Anna Gloria and Enzo for your hospitality and your attention to every detail. We hope to see you again but this time in the autumn so we can watch the olives being harvested and go truffle hunting with you. By the way, thank you for the olive oil...each time we have it, we can't help but remember our Most Perfect Tuscan Experience!

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Liked best: The Villa itself and its location
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
21 Dec 2013
HI so glad to now you are enjoying hte olive oil n you have such good memories of your stay....re next visit, fall is wonderfull, not too hot, olive harvest, new oil pressing in the pressing mill ( Enzo will be VERY happy to have some help there....) and not only truffle,but some new wine too as well as sunrise on hot air balloon or a vespa ride in the country side and a concert in our new theatre!!
hope to see you soon again n enjoy all above
annagloria
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GSWSYD
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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“Superb villa, sublime views, gracious hosts”
Reviewed 18 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Beautifully appointed villa in peaceful location overlooking the magnificent Tuscan countryside. Numerous indoor and outdoor entertaining areas and securely fenced pool in a spacious garden setting. Vistas of San Gimignano in the distance. We were a group of 16, including children, and yet were always able to find a quiet place of solitude within the premises. The fantastic kitchen and amenities made self-catering easy and we also enjoyed the delicious cuisine prepared by the cook the hosts arranged for us for several meals.

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Liked best: Spacious villa and grounds.
Liked least: Did not stay long enough.
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
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Rockland, Maine
Reviewed 8 August 2013 for a stay in May 2013

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Liked best: It was fabulous for everyone in our group, collectively and individually
Liked least: We could have used a bigger coffee pot
Travelling group: Friends
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London, Canada
Reviewed 7 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Liked best: location and the property
Liked least: only minor complaint is the number of bees/hornets by the pool - would suggest moving the rose bushes along the perimeter fence would solve that problem. As a result we didn't use the pool as much as we would like to have.
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
8 Aug 2013
HI
thank you for you nice words
can't wait to have you back to suggest you some new experiences, hidden little magic hamlets to discover...waiting for you to be back!!
annagloria
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Rcoltrane
1 review
“Wonderful villa getaway in the heart of Chianti region!”
Reviewed 4 August 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Upscale villa with breathtaking scenic view of Chianti valley. Modern decor with spacious rooms welcome travelers to a week of relaxation with family and friends. Perfect location for day trips to San Gimignano, Florence, Siena, Pisa, etc! Villa is very close to wonderful wineries and the owners make their own wine and olive oil!! Lovely and charming owners take care in meeting guests on arrival, making reservations for tours and restaurants. Spacious dining table lends itself to wonderful dinners in-a must request Chef Leonardo for Italian cuisine at its finest, perfect blend of local delicacies and delicious traditional meals! We had 16 people in our group and were all very pleased and comfortable during our stay!

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Management Response
8 Aug 2013
Than k you for yoru wonderful review, we are sooooo happy to read tht our guests have good memories of their stay in our houses
We loved the house nt he place the minute we saw it n we decided to renovate it in order to make a kind of magic place for our guests: our words are pleasing us n make us happy
thank you
Annagloria
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Liverpoo
Reviewed 8 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

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Liked best: Enzo's Wine and the views of the Vinyards and Olive Groves. Breathtaking.
Liked least: The cold pool! (well it was early May)
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
17 May 2013
HI Daniel
it has been such a pleasure to have you both and your wonderfull families
I had a lot of fun preparing the surprise for your wife n to see how happy you all were....thank you for having selected our house for such an event n really hope to see you next year for the anniversary!
wishing you all the love n the best
Annagloria n Enzo
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