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Today we spent the morning in Greve, a really charming town that also happened to be hosting the annual Chianti festival! Skipped the wine tasting – but enjoyed the festive atmosphere, booths and shops.
The real highlight of our day was our three hour cooking class back at Villa Bordoni. Frances and I and another American woman were …
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We took breakfast in the Villa's extensive garden - a setting worthy of a scene from Shakespeare or Jane Austen. Before setting out, we asked for directions to the area's hill towns – naming the ones we had seen in all the tourist books, …
We picked up our rental car and headed for the hills of Tuscany – destination Villa Bordoni in "Greve in Chianti". Had a few adventures with Garmin just getting out of the City – it's amazing how much one can learn to hate the phrase “recalculating!" Plus it’s been a while since I drove a stick shift – so bunny-hopped …
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One street Tomi the GPS kept insisting we turn left on, throughout our week of Tuscany daily driving was actually a very narrow staircase she saw as a legitimate road. Finally the 4th or 5th time, we literally stopped the car and took a photograph of that street! I will have to post that later as it was on our last day of having the car for day trips.
Anyway, the blogs for the next several days will be shorter with more pics due ...
... by Bacco, one of the resident dogs. At one point he went running down the big driveway and Canyon chased him down to make sure he made it back up (Bacco is a sweet little older dog). We then drove over to a little town called Montefioralle. It is a fortified town that dates back to first documented settlers in 1085. We can actually see Montefioralle in the vista from the backyard of our ...
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Beautiful Boutique Hotel in heart of Chianti Countryside
We stayed at Villa Bordoni with our 1 year old baby recently. It is a high quality and very lovely boutique hotel set in amongst some beautiful hills in the Chianti countryside. The gardens are delightful and views very beautiful.
Both David and Catherine are very welcoming, as are their staff and work very hard to ensure all guests are well looked after. They were very flexible which made for a more relaxing stay.
While somethings aren't perfect, the fact that David, Catherine and staff go out of their way to ensure you have an enjoyable stay makes it a positive experience.
Sometimes you find a treasure which you want to keep for yourself and therefore you hesitate to share it with others. The Villa Bordoni in Chianti is definitely one of these places [----]. But because it is such a special place with a wonderful ambience, service and style, we feel obliged to share the experience of this charming place.
Amazing setting for honeymooners
My husband and I stayed here for two nights during our honeymoon. The views are spectacular; the accommodations, luxurious. The owners, David and his wife, couldn't have been more hospitable. Not only did they upgraded us to the honeymoon suite, but David personally made us a lunch of fresh meats and cheeses and local wine when we arrived at the hotel after getting lost in Chianti. He tended to our every need and gave us fabulous (and easy!) directions on the way back to make sure we didn't get lost again. I would recommend this hotel without reservation.
My husband and I stayed in Villa Bordoni for one week and absolutely loved it - we even tried to extend our flights for an extra night. The staff are so friendly and the food is amazing - really romantic - differnt menu every night. The restuarant has a cosy feel to it with candles and you don't ever feel rushed. David was amazing - One thing I love about the villa and the area is that it is very quiet and not very touristy!! going back next year!
My sister and I were guests at Villa Bordoni due to a series of cooking classes arranged through International Kitchen. The following reviewers are correct in saying how wonderful Villa Bordoni is. Not only is the property breathtaking (beautifully restored down to the smallest detail), but the staff and owners make you feel like you're a guest in their home. Gianluca, restaurant manager/house entertainer, couldn't have been more friendly and welcoming. Ricardo was also so accomodating and helpful. And David and Catherine (the owners) are extremely knowledgeable, hospitable, and gracious, etc... And the cooking staff: Francesco, Nancy and Mark were wonderful in every sense. We truly enjoyed our lessons and made the most of all the dining opportunities. Breakfast on the patio, overlooking the countryside, was an amazing way to start the day.
We got married here on 2nd September, we booked out the whole place for ceremony and reception. The location, the staff, food, wine, the service ,the hotel - we couldn't fault a thing - in fact they exceeded all expectations. We couldn't have asked for better - we had a fantastic afternoon cooking lesson, many amazing meals, a beautiful room. Our guests were dazzled - so were we - thankyou!
There aren't enough superlatives to describe Villa Bordoni. My wife and I stayed there for six nights and loved every delightful moment. Our room had all the charm of a country villa with modern conviences and tremendous attention to detail. The service staff are great. Gianluca, the maitre'd was knowledgeable and kept us entertained all the time. Ricardo was always on hand to help with most any question we needed answered, always with good humour and charming..Most of all, Catherine and David treated us like family and I can't express how much we enjoyed being with them and their family. They went far beyond what a guest would expect in service. The environment is totally relaxing and casual. The extremely creative chef, Francesco is very skilled and each meal we consumed was a wonderful treat. All the staff worked hard to please our every whim. You can sit outside for breakfast and look out over the valley to your left and up the mountain to your right. All the views are magnificent. There is even an outdoor gym hidden above the pool, that overlooks the valley. It's so beautiful it almost makes you want to work out... Both the gym and pool are set into the hillside in a way that makes them blend into the background. The cooking classes drew raves from those taking it. Because there are only ten rooms. you get to meet everyone and we had a great time. We would definitely go back and back and back.. We'd like to keep this place a secret, but it wouldn't be fair to David and Catherine .
The heart of Tuscany..........
We spent four nights as part of our honeymoon at VIlla Bordoni and had the most fantastic time. The staff, surroundings, food and wine were all amazing!
Everyone was there to make you feel at home and couldn't do enough for you. The cookery lesson was excellent and Francesco really is a masterchef! Gianluca, the restaurant manager, really made us feel at home and served the best cocktails and steak ever!!
The owners are very down to earth and approachable and arranged everything perfectly, including an impromptu wine tasting lesson which was great fun!
We will almost cetainly go back and hope this place gets the custom it deserves.
We were only able to stay for one night, but I highly recommend Villa Bordoni and would love to return for a private cooking lesson. David and Catherine greet you personally and work hard to assure that your stay is perfect.
I have been meaning to do this since we got back from Italy because I searched for information before our honeymoon and there really wasn't much on this fabulous villa. I'm almost wary of saying anything because I wouldn't want it to be spoiled by too many visitors!