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

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Gerry151
Stamford, Connecticut
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Fabulous Setting, Great Location, Fantastic Experience”
Reviewed 10 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

We stayed in this wonderful Villa in early May. We could not have been happier. Illaria and her family did all they could to make our stay memorable. The villa itself has great views everywhere you look and a sunset while you grill and eat on the patio. The 14th Century farmhouse is completely updated: excellent kitchen, bathrooms and beds, furnishings and amenities. The location is convenient for visiting all areas of Tuscany, Florence and Siena. The property is nestled in Olive groves and vineyards and Illaria grows her own wine, which is excellent by the way. I can't say enough good things about this incredible property.

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Liked best: The overall charm, ambience and setting of the villa
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Vicomliz
Denver, Colorado, United States
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“Charming, lovely and serene”
Reviewed 26 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012
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This is a gorgeous property, very commodious and well equipped. San Casciano is well located for touring. The villa provides a comfortable base to visit throughout Tuscany. Ilaria and her family were tremendously helpful: providing touring ideas, dinner reservations, guides and more. The rooms are large and comfortable; the furnishings are lovely.

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Liked best: The villa itself and gorgeous property
Liked least: The family lives above the villa which made it very convenient when we needed assistance — but also very noisy with the family's two adorable and energetic young boys.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“An excellent home base for exploring the Chianti region”
Reviewed 17 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012

As an American making his first trip to Italy, I felt very comfortable with our choice of accomodations. Our hostess, Ilaria, was very gracious and provided many helpful insights into exploring the region. She spoke fluent English and helped to make important reservations for us for tour guides and restaurants. Visitors should be aware that many of the smaller Villas prefer to deal in cash, and this one is no exception.

Portions of the Villa date back to 1000 AD, which adds an interesting perspective--the facility has been beautifully updated and provides comfortable accomodations for up to three couples. It should be noted that there is only one queen bed (first floor) in the villa; the remaining bedrooms (upstairs) have twin beds. A well-equipped modern kitchen with dishwasher made it possible to prepare meals, and an excellent grocery store is only about five minutes away. A swimming pool overlooking an idyllic Tuscan valley provided a wonderful refresher at the end of the day.

The villa is about 30 minutes south of Florence and is located in a rural area, so a car is mandatory unless you are an experienced cyclist. We were an hours drive or less from such cities as Sienna, Lucca and Pisa.

Overall, an extraordinary find and an excellent value. One last tip--ask Ilaria for the GPS coordinates to locate the villa. None of the mapping programs seemed to be able to locate the villa by address.

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Liked best: Excellent location and well-equipped accomodations
Liked least: Trying to locate the villa on a map
Travelling group: Friends
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Recommended for:
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Reviewed 17 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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SABL
san jose, Ca
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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“Perfect Villa to Tour Tuscany”
Reviewed 21 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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My family of six--two grandparents, two parents, two children (11 & 13) stayed at Podere La Villa for a week. The villa was beautiful, spacious, and comfortable. Each bedroom had its own bathroom with excellent water pressure in the shower. Ilaria, the owner, had all the necessary amenities for us: large towels, soap, shampoo. She even had stocked the refrigerator with milk, orange juice, butter, yogurt, bread, and gave us a bottle of the family wine. The children enjoyed the large pool after a hot day of touring. There were two tables outside for eating and even a BBQ. The setting was magnificent--one of the prettiest we saw in all of Tuscany. The location was perfect--about a 20 minute drive to Florence and no more than 1-1/2 hours to all the small towns we wanted to visit: Sienna, Pisa, Voltare, Lucca, etc. The villa was also less than 10 minutes to a lovely town with a large grocery store, the COOP. The charming center of the town had wonderful restaurants. We would definitely stay there again and recommend the property with one exception: Ilaria, her husband, and two young children (3 and 5) live in a separate part of the building and you can hear their activities. We found them to be a delightful family, but think carefully if you want total peace and quiet., it may not be for you. Only one other concern: a washing machine is available, but it costs 8 euros a load to use.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Sharing it with the family
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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