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“Le Bolli, VILLA OF DREAMS”

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12 Bedrooms, 14 Bathrooms, Sleeps 36
Radicondoli, Tuscany

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“Le Bolli, VILLA OF DREAMS”
Reviewed 26 January 2015 for a stay in August 2014
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LE BOLLI, VILLA OF DREAMS

Let me tell you a story… a really wonderful story…

It’s a story about the perfect wedding wedding week at the most gorgeous Italian Villa in the most delightful, special village in the whole of Italy, full of amazing people who open their arms and go out of their way to help and bring joy to others.

Except, this is not a story, it is what happened to my husband and I when we (by chance and absolute good luck) encountered Le Bolli and the town of Radicondoli and its people.

We had the good fortune of finding Radicondoli, essentially by accident. My husband and I were living in Australia and we knew we wanted to bring our families (from New Zealand and the United Kingdom) together in a villa in Tuscany.

Our search began by identifying exactly what we needed in a villa, 12 rooms, wheelchair access, a pool and enough room to swing a cat (or 4 kids to be precise!). After a couple of days of searching, I kept coming up with one site – it had everything… 12 rooms, wheelchair access, a pool, amazing olive groves and a huge garden terrace.

Given that we were about to book from Australia, I made a few phone calls and was pleasantly surprised to receive very prompt and diligent responses from Angela who, very helpfully, even sent me close up photos of the accessible rooms – there are two and, from our guests accounts, up to a very good standard (especially in the middle of the Tuscan countryside!).

After booking Le Bolli (and in the interim, relocating to London), we decided that a reconnaissance mission was in order, so we rented a car out of Pisa and took the scenic route down through the rolling hills of Siena. We arrived in the gorgeous town of Radicondoli early on a Saturday morning – we had the town to ourselves and took the opportunity to wander around (pinching ourselves at what we were seeing – it was like walking through a dream trying to reconcile whether what we were seeing was real or not). We drove the road between Radicondoli and Le Bolli which is only a short 5 minute drive or so – imagine our delight and relief when we found the gate and could see that the villa looks exactly like it does in the pictures. Actually, it looks better!

August rolled around quickly and we soon found ourselves driving through the lovely big gates with the first carload of wedding guests. Le Bolli is simply stunning – it is everything you could want for an intimate wedding or family celebration. This is Italian villa chic (if you want a 5 star hotel go elsewhere) – this is real, down to earth and beautiful, and just perfect for hosting lots of family and friends (and for wining and dining them too!).
When we arrived we were greeted by Pier Angelo who is a fantastic host – and very helpful (no matter what the emergency… ironing dramas on our wedding morning were swiftly attended to). Pier Angelo and his lovely girlfriend Theresa helped us with so many different things throughout our stay – we really appreciated all their help and pointers. A really lovely couple!

Le Bolli has 12 rooms, each with a separate ensuite bathroom, a commercial kitchen, large dining room, lounge and TV area (lots of games), an amazing pool and, the best bit, a huge balcony terrace with outdoor couches and a table big enough for all your guests that looks out across the beautiful green rolling hills. Magic! If you have guests with kids, there are two rooms that have mezzanine areas with little beds for the kids (plus a cot for infants). Two of the rooms have doors out on to a roof terrace so as the bride and groom we took one of those. Some of the rooms are bigger than others but they are all generally a very good size and well equipped.

All of our guests fell in love with Le Bolli and I don’t think anyone wanted to leave – it truly lived up to the nameplate that our best man had made. LE BOLLI, VILLA OF DREAMS.

Tips for the lucky people making a trip to Le Bolli:

- Learn how the Italian rubbish/recycling/compost system works – there are special bins that you need to sort your rubbish into and then take them up the road to the large bins just at the entrance to the town – ask Pier Angelo if you are unfamiliar
- Learn some Italian!
- There is a supermarket about 30 mins drive on the motorway (Poggibonsi) where you can get most items – stock up before you arrive – there is also a small Co-op (grocery store) in Radicondoli if you run out of essentials (i.e. wine!) – and you can of course get some amazing food at Agriteca!
- Make sure you pack:
- some extra towels – there are towels provided but it is good to have a beach towel
- a few extra cork screws (amazing how they go missing)
- Italian adaptors (and a few spare)
- Mozzie repellent
- Sun glasses / bathing costume / hats / sunblock
- Wine glass charms – seriously I cannot recommend enough!
- Plastic bags for the rubbish trips (but make sure you only use the special degradable ones for the compost).
- Make sure you LEAVE SOME ROOM IN YOUR SUITCASE for what our guests nicknamed LE BOLLI OLLY (the Le Bolli olive oil that Pier Angelo and his family make). It is like heaven on earth and you are going to want to take A LOT home with you!

Thank you Pier Angelo, Angela and Theresa for a MAGNIFICENT wedding week that was a dream come true – Le Bolli is truly the best place we could have ever dreamed up as our wedding week venue. Mille grazie!!!

So, there you have it, that’s the end of my very real wedding story.

La fine (the end)…

PS. If you are thinking about having a slightly different (more amazing) wedding, holiday week or another special event in Tuscany, there is only one place to stay, LE BOLLI (provided you and your guests are nice people and will only bring smiles and happiness to Radicondoli!).

Here are my recommendations and please get in touch if you would like more information.

Accommodation: Le Bolli, The Villa of Dreams .
Food & Catering: Agriteca in Piazza a Radicondoli
Hair Dressing: Paola at Il Bello del PAeSE (Paola did my wedding hair and is so lovely and an amazing hairdresser!)
Wedding Ceremony: Mr Ricardo at Radicondoli Council – such a wonderful man!
Information: One of the most helpful, lovely people who gave us so much information and went out of her way to help is Karin at the information centre – she helped us get in touch with everyone and was just delightful. She is such an asset to the town and clearly loves Radicondoli and her neighbours.
Gifts & Mementos: Make sure you visit Giovanna in the gorgeous little shop in the town square across from Agriteca. Giovanna stocks beautiful products made locally and is just gorgeous and lovely to go and have a chat with.

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Liked best: Everything - Le Bolli was the PERFECT wedding destination
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Large groups
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Management Response
2 Jan 2018
We really can not find the words to thank you for this wonderful story that you have told us.
We are so happy to read that your stay has been pleasant.
We want to make your stay at Villa Le Bolli always better.

We are waiting for you soon
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 1 September 2014 for a stay in July 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
2 Jan 2018
We are so happy to read that your stay has been pleasant. Thank you so much.
We want to make your stay at Villa Le Bolli always better.

We are waiting for you soon
Even "Giatto" nicknamed by you "Luigi" awaits you.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
MKB044
Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful house in Tuscany”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
3
people found this review helpful

We had our family reunion at Le Bolli tho July. The house was wonderful and accommodated the needs of all of us (20 people), age ranging from 1 to 80 years. Pierangelo was very helpful and made sure our stay was pleasant. Radicondoli is a charming village. We had the opportunity to visit several towns in Tuscany that were within 1 hour drive (Sienna, Florence, Voltera, San Giminiano).
Would love to come back

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
2 Jan 2018
We are so happy to read that your stay has been pleasant. We want to make your stay at Villa Le Bolli always better.

We are waiting for you soon
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 11 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
2
people found this review helpful

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Liked best: the location, the property, the guided tour on olive oil production of the owner
Liked least: that we had to leave after one week
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
2 Jan 2018
We are so happy to read that your stay has been pleasant. We want to make your stay at Villa Le Bolli always better.

Even our cat "Giatto" thanks you and we are waiting for you soon
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Nuremberg, Germany
Reviewed 10 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

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Liked best: The whole area
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
2 Jan 2018
We are so happy to read that your stay has been pleasant. We want to make your stay at Villa Le Bolli always better.

We are waiting for you soon
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
KAAtlanta
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
“Fantastic location for a reunion”
Reviewed 5 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Spent a week at "Le Bolli" with a group of friends and their families. 10 adults and 10 kids ranging from age 11 months to 14 years old. The villa itself is roomy with terrific grounds, a wonderful pool and kitchen. The interior is a bit dated - furniture is acceptable, but no fans or airconditioning which wasn't too big an issue even in the heat of July (+30C).

Most importantly, the villa is an excellent base camp from which to explore Tuscany. Sienna, Florence, St. Gimingnano, Lucca, Pisa, Monteregiano are all less than an hours drive. The nearby village of Radicondoli is magical.

Pierangelo is a gracious and obliging host and very willing to help or just stay out of the way.

Any upgrades to the interiors would make this a truly special place. However, for what it is, I would highly recomend the combination of the house itself, the location and the price.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Dated furniture, lack of fans
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
5 Aug 2013
Dear Guest,
Many thanks for taking time to post your feedback!
We are so happy to learn that you appreciated the property and specially its location very close to the main cities and the “magical” Radicondoli as well. Thanks for noticing my passion in making my clients at ease and make them feel at home, but at the same time not to disturb their privacy
Regarding the furniture we have already begun to renew the interior to make it less "ancient" so that the next time that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the Villa you will find some improvements.
With our Best Regards
Pierangelo
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Sweden
Reviewed 29 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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Management Response
29 Jul 2013
Dear Guest
thank you for your time writing a review about the Villa I'm happy that you enjoyed the Villa, the lovely setting and the explanation on the production of the organic extra virgin olive oil that we make in the property.
Actually I am still amazed at the beauty of this enchanting place and everything that surrounds it such as Radicondoli, the quaint restaurants with lovely terrace’s views and moreover.
Also your comments are important to improve more and more
Hopefully, we will have soon the pleasure of welcoming you back to the Villa
Warmest Regards
Pierangelo
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