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Il Paretaio
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“We keep coming back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

We returned home from our third trip to Il Paretaio and are both missing it already. The setting is stunning, the staff are all so friendly and helpful, the horseriding and tuition superb and the food is the best we've tasted anywhere. It is also an ideal base for sightseeing and just relaxing. Already planning trip number four.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

A wonderful break spent at Il Paretaio, my only complaint is that I had to come home at the end of it! The quality of the teaching was exceptionally high, and seemingly available in a variety of languages, and the owners' uncanny ability to match horses and riders meant that every lesson was enjoyed to its full. The atmosphere and hospitality were warm, welcoming and authentic, the staff friendly, helpful and efficient, the horses impeccably well-looked, well-educated and as adept at teaching as the instructors themselves. The food was irresistable, the company delightful, and the views of the Tuscan countryside unparalleled. I'm already planning my next trip!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Nesodden Municipality, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

I have been to Il Paretaio many times. I love the place, I love the landscape, I love the instructors and I love the horses!
Last autumn I went with a friend who was new to Il Paretaio. This friend had thought that she would never ride again after an injury, but now she is back on the horse after one inspirational week at Il Paretaio! We also found out that riding here was as demanding on the brain as the body! Small groups and instructors who follow you up constantly requires your full concentration! Pleasantly tired after one day you can relax at the long dining table with delicious lokal food and wine , - and other like-minded riders.
I hope to be back soon!

Ritva

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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New York
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

I spent 4 weeks at il Paretaio mid October into November and the weather could not have been better. October is a perfect month to be taking riding lessons, during the day we rode in t-shirts but at night just cool enough to have the fire going in the huge fire place while having dinner. At dusk we saw the most beautiful colours with the sunsets and there were no mosquitoes this time of the year. The horses continue to be so well trained and because I have been going to il Paretaio for 9 years, it is interesting to now ride some of the horses that were still in training when I used to go there many years ago. The instruction level remains very well suited for each individual rider or for any group of riders that were scheduled together according to their riding level. 26 years of weekly practice doing this with international riding guests have given the owners who are the instructors the ability to pinpoint exactly what the rider should improve upon and it is done in a very professional way. I will return each year in order to keep learning from their well trained horses and their superior instructors.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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New York city
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

I have booked five weeks starting at the end of April. I spent five weeks at il Paretaio this fall, riding, touring the gorgeous countryside and visiting my favorite hill towns and museums. I also had time to work on my watercolors! I had such a wonderful time, meeting guests from all over Europe, and chatting after dinner at the communal dining table. The food, the company and the horses were all outstanding. I have returned to Il Paretaio twice a year for eleven years. Truly, there is no other place on earth I want to visit. No hassles with hotels, trying to figure out where to eat, fighting crowds. All I have to worry about is what to choose from the breakfast buffet and which pair of breeches to put on. Everything else is taken care of! Sheer heaven for a stressed out New Yorker like me!
I just can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

Il Pareteiao is situated in the beautiful Chianti Region.

As you arrive you are directed to a beautiful and huge stone historical villa , through a nice garden and then a huge land decorated by olive trees and various plants.

It is a family business run buy Christina and , Gianni a nice couple experienced in riding for long years.Their kids also add up to this experience by teaching to ride and making the stay a very pleasant one.

The facility offers good level of instructions in dressage riding,which is also visited by show jumpers to refine their ridng skills.


As the villa is situated in the heart of Chianty region,there are plenty of towns and villages
very colourful and fun to visit,in order to sample delicious and traditional Italian cuisine and
wines as week as see lots of historical sites.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Great horse riding experience in an amazing landscape. Teachers are very patient and professionals, you feel you improve your riding every day. Fantastic food. Very friendly staff. Sunsets in November are absolutely superb.
Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Il Paretaio
Address: Strada delle Ginestre 12, 50021, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Barberino Val d'Elsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Il Paretaio 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
IL PARETAIO is a classical riding centre situated in a picturesque valley surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and woods. Its central location, in the Chianti area, makes it a good base for touring the area without changing accomodation (Florence and Siena are just 30 min. by car; San Gimignano only 20 mins). We offer riding programmes for all levels of riders from beginners to advanced or hacking out in the wonderful tuscan countryside. ... more   less 
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Il Paretaio Tuscany, Italy

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