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“Very Relaxing” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Country House Croce di Bibbiano

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Country House Croce di Bibbiano
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Poggibonsi
Certificate of Excellence
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“Very Relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2008

Stayed here in Oct 2008 for a massive family reunion(38)of us, accomodation is situated in a fantastic get away from it all area, with a brilliant view of San Gimiano.
However inside the rooms are rather basic, it seems that one set of furniture has been bought for each apartment so one room has a chest of drawers, another a wardrobe etc etc, so its rather basic.
The swimming pool had been closed down for the winter, despite high 70 s temps still. The hosts are very nice and friendly, and it is very relaxed and an ideal base to explore the Tuscany region.
Would go again.

  • Liked — The views
  • Disliked — Minimum equipped rooms
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2006

It sure looks beautiful in the photos. But its what you cant see that can hurt you. Literally. This farm has no air conditioning (which is not surprising for Italy), but it also has no fans or cooling of any kind (which is a little surprising) and no screens on the windows (which is very surprising). All of the above would be very inconvenient, but tolerable except the farm is also home to THOUSANDS of wasps (I do not exagerate the number).
In the first five minutes of walking into the oven hot room, we had to open the windows. Within minutes there were dozens of wasps in the room. Within an hour, hundreds. We complained of course.....How helpful were the managment team ?
Us: There are no fans or screens. Them: We did not say you would get fans or screens in our advertisement.
Us: But the wasps ? Them: You are in the country.

I was stung in bed by one which had nested behind the pillows (fortunately I am not allergic or I would be dead). We spent the trip terrified for our toddler. We developed the art of staying out of the room all day, opening the windows at dusk and getting up at dawn to close them again. Even this battle plan required the spraying swatting and exterminating of dozens of wasps.

There are many beautiful places in Tuscany. Stay somewhere else.

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Lucavitali, MANAGER at Country House Croce di Bibbiano, responded to this review, 5 October 2006
Dear Sirs, my name is Luca Vitali and I am the Manager of the Agriturismo Croce di Bibbiano in Poggibonsi (Siena). I was surfing the net and I found this review regarding the wasps in our property and I would like to have the chance of answering to this client. First of all, 2006 will be known as the year of the wasp (and it is not a chinese zodiac sign!) Yes, we have been invaded by thousands of wasps everywhere and this happened suddently, from one day to another, and not only in our place but in the entire area. The week when the customer came was when that happened and we had to take some serious action about it but it took a while for some different reasons:
1. AIR CONDITIONING is not possible to have as our building is an historical building from the 13th century, underthe authorityof the Ministery of Art and Culture, and we are ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED to have air conditioning units outside the building.
2. We ordered and placed the screens at the windows, but again as for the age of our building and the beauty of it we had to have them made in a special way and colour, on top of a very particoular size (13th century windows are not perfectly shaped and sized!)
and of course this took a while.
We do now have screens on all the windows, (since the 1st of August 2006) and we had also a team to come over and kill and destroy all the wasps and the nests. The place is clean, and finally wasps free and life went back to normality in 3 weeks time. I am sorry for the customer who wrote this complaint who happened to e there when this thing happened. I do not accept that the staff, which I do represent was not helpful and rude as this review shows. We do have at least 25 guest per week staying at our place and over 200 a week just passing by for wine tours and tasting. We are very well knowned in all of Tuscany for our kindness, tolerance and professionality, as we do also speak 5 languages FLUENTY. As for all of you guests that would decide to come over to our place I would like to say that you are and always will be very welcome and we will make your stay be memorable, but please remember that you will be coming into a tuscan farmhouse and winery, in the middle of the country, so if you are looking for air conditioning and absolutely NO INSECTS, you should seriously think to pick up a room in an hotel in Florence or Siena, where, by theway, there will be thousands of mosquitoes........
We do have screens now....
Thankyou for the chance that you gave me to answer to this....
Arrivederci a Croce di Bibbiano.......
Sincerely
Luca Vitali Manager
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Additional Information about Country House Croce di Bibbiano

Property: Country House Croce di Bibbiano
Address: Localita Bibbiano 1/3, 53036, Poggibonsi, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Poggibonsi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Poggibonsi
#4 Romantic Hotel in Poggibonsi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Country House Croce di Bibbiano 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Estate/Country House Croce di Bibbiano is an ancient monastery located in the heart of Chianti, on top of a hill that overlooks the magnificent towers of San Gimignano, about 6 km from the center of the medieval town , 25 km from Siena and 35 km from Florence ; ideal base for exploring the wonders of Tuscany with its rolling hills , ancient villages sprouting from the green of the landscape as painted postcards , culture, religion, art cities, numerous wineries , and last but not least the typical Tuscan family welcome .La Croce di Bibbiano , which offers accommodation in rooms and apartments finely restored , is created inside an ancient stone monastery in medieval times, located along the ancient ' Via Francigena ' , at the center of an estate of about 30 hectares, comprising less than 8 hectares of vineyards, forest, walking tracks, and more than four hundred olive trees.The restaurant is always available to our guests and the cuisine and authentic grandmother’s traditional.The perfect Tuscan experience..Feel free to contact us any time ... more   less 
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