My wife and I had the fortune of spending 2 nites at Villa Armena in June 2014.
The villa has been beautifully and painstakingly restored and decorated to a grace and grandeur only found in gorgeous Tuscany -- all by the husband and wife team of Edoardo and Elena (with adorable baby Leonardo!). The furnishings and appointments (many of which I understand to be family heirlooms) are so tastefully done to be inimitable (even though we tried with our own window treatments!). The bathroom was the nicest that we experienced at any spot visited while in Italy and France.
The beautifully maintained property is tastefully landscaped and surrounded by century old cypresses and verdant Edenesque Tuscan rolling hills. The property is so peaceful and quiet that we would have slept the morning away were it not for the rejoicing birds who awakened us with song in their own Garden of Eden.
We enjoyed a quiet dinner both nights at Villa Armena. As one reviewer aptly put it -- venturing out in the dark on the unpaved road to the Villa, to a restaurant elsewhere, might be a bit dicey -- especially if one had consumed wine. But no worries, the restaurant has ample selections to please the palette of the most discriminating gourmet/gourmand!
Breakfasts were delicious -- melt in your mouth fresh pastries hot from the oven, cereals, marmalades, fruits, home-made yogurt, etc. etc. with perfectly made cappuccino!
Only one word to the wise -- do not rely upon your GPS to get you to Villa Armena once you are close to Buonconvento because our Garmin GPS system (and we heard that others') took them to the wrong road. Instead, make sure that you get explicit directions from the Villa's front desk for the final 5-7 km of your drive to the Villa.
Lastly, if you enjoy bike riding, there is none better had than in this area of Tuscany and be sure to check-out the Villa's recommendation of Bruno Baldini for an excellent bike tour guide.
Grazie mille to Eduoardo, Elena, Laura and Barbara!!! and hugs to baby Leonardo and mascot dog, Franco :-)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the romantic heart of Tuscany, only 20 minutes from Siena, only a stone’s throw from Montalcino and Val d’Orcia, in a fairytale world exuding magic and beauty, Villa Armena is a late Renaissance structure. Built of red brick, with original oak beams and roof, and having terracotta floors and a beautiful Italianate garden, Villa Armena today is an exclusive establishment with just 10 rooms, each one unique, where service, attention to detail and exclusivity are the cornerstones of our offering. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Armena Luxury Relais Buonconvento, Italy - Tuscany