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Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Tuscany

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Mary17443...
San Antonio, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful stay, wonderful hosts”
Reviewed 2 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012

Our visit to the Tuscan countryside was a terrific experience, thanks to Ilaria and her family and her delightful villa. We especially appreciated hearing the background and history of the lovely villa (some elements from the 14th century, etc), and what happened near it during WWII. The Chianti town of San Casciano was very close and we loved eating at the country-style Tuscan restaurants every night. Location of the villa was perfect--the most beautiful countryside you can imagine, and smack dab in the middle of working vineyards of the Chianti region. Ilaria asked for our opinion on her newest vintage, and we were very happy indeed to provide it (consensus: Yum). Would we return here? Just try to stop us!
Just as a BTW--the villa's address does show up in the sat navigation system, so no problems finding the place.

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Liked best: Location and pool
Liked least: No bathtub, though the fact that each room had its own shower made up for it
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Tewkesbury
Reviewed 11 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
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Jonathan...
London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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“A Tuscan Paradise, warm and welcoming”
Reviewed 26 January 2012 for a stay in June 2010
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We first stayed in Podere La Villa in 2006 while travelling with another couple. We found the villa nestled in between olive groves and vineyards with picturesque, quintessentially Tuscan, views across the valleys to hills and villages beyond. We were given a warm welcome on arrival by the very charming (and multilingual) Ilaria who familiarised us with the villa and the surrounding area before sending us to dinner in the nearby town of San Casciano.

The accommodations comprise three double bedrooms set over several levels in a large villa providing a good sense of privacy between the rooms. There is a generous lounge/dining room and separate atrium room for relaxing indoors. The kitchen is large and we used it as our dining room for informal meals. We found everything we needed to cook fairly sophisticated meals. There are two outside patio areas with brick barbeques for dining al fresco and we found these to be a fantastic way to enjoy the weather and scenery. If cooking is not for you then there are a variety of good restaurants within minutes. There are laundry facilities available so you can stay fresh during your stay. The ‘infinity’ swimming pool area is set at the top of the vineyards with a stunning view over the vines and the valley. The location is fantastic for walking as there is little traffic and a number of valleys presenting good views.

The location of Podere la Villa is ideal for anyone wanting to explore Tuscany with quick access to major routes so that you will spend more time at your destination and not having to wind up and down a mountain for an hour each way. It is an easy 15 minute drive (or bus) into Florence and just minutes from the motorways to Siena, Pisa, Lucca and further afield. The Chianti villages are a short drive up the road. All this while being quietly tucked away in a tranquil location that feels a million miles from the busy modern world.

Ilaria is very knowledgeable about wine and can arrange wine tours and winery visits. One evening Ilaria arranged a local chef to cook a beautiful meal at the villa and Ilaria conducted a wine tasting to go with the food. It was one of our most enjoyable evenings on the trip.

For anyone happy with self-catering vacations we cannot recommend Podere la Villa highly enough. We absolutely love it there and we now count Ilaria among our dearest of friends. Our highest recommendation is that we have returned several times and look forward to visiting again in 2012.

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Liked best: Beautiful location and relaxed home-away-from-home feel
Liked least: slight hot water issue with shower on first visit
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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California
Reviewed 28 October 2011 for a stay in November 2008

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Travelling group: Solo traveler
Your age range 45-54
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Netherlands
Reviewed 27 October 2011 for a stay in September 2010

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Your age range 55-64
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Management Response
27 Oct 2011
Thank you, thank you!!!

Ilaria
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Belgium
Reviewed 27 October 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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Liked best: the surroundings and luxury
Liked least: too luxury with little children ( they can break things)
Travelling group: Family (extended)
Your age range 45-54
Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Families with teenagers Luxury-minded travelers
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Management Response
27 Oct 2011
Thanks and thanks!

Best Regards to all your beautiful family,

Ilaria
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Nj
Reviewed 26 October 2011 for a stay in May 2010

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Management Response
26 Oct 2011
Thanks, thanks and more thanks.

Ilaria
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