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... the blokes, just as yucky but had a toilet at least. We headed next for the walled city of Volterra, we both really like this place. It is a very large city, the walls are still there and still has its towers. It's very busy with lots of shops and cafes, good place for tourists. The sky is quite grey now and a few drops of rain. We didn't have wet weather gear but a couple of Steve's bike jumpers did the trick. Next was the city of Massa Marittima. The roads were ...
... out on the trail to round us up some Key-ote-eyes, er, or sumthin like that, up north a-ways. The weather was warm and pleasant. The view along the ride was a thing o' beauty, sweeping hills, some with the wheat already harvested, showing warm rich brown earth; others with the crop yet to be brought in. We ambled our way north, stopping at a pleasant inn – trail or no, this here scout is only making ...
... attached to the terminal! It wasn't the warmest of nights, almost cold enough to see your breath. So we had to 'bundle up' in all of the warm clothes we brought and wait for the airport to reopen at 4am. We weren't the only guests at this classy, 5-star accommodation though. There were a handful of other people braving the chilly night as well. ...
... Both of us were able to take this misfortune and turn it into a mini adventure, and fate was clearly working with us... We had just finished stocking up on wine, water, and lots of snacks from the supermarket and around midnight we found ourselves a piazza full of people our age. Of course, we were only sitting alone for a grand total of five minutes before being approached first by a young Italian man, and second by a guy from Toronto who just happened to be studying ...
... maybe a bit of flu combined and feeling like **** today. It got worse waiting for the train to get back to Florence. My eyes were filled with water and kept sneezing so much. I feel hot and bothered and just wanted to go to bed. I guess it is probably more hayfever considering its spring time here and gorgeous weather too. When we got home I took some hayfever and flu stuff and dried up a bit. I rested and Troy went to buy some stuff at the supermarket for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Bordoni Greve
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.
The Tuscan Dream!
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.
You may think you are on the wrong track when driving the small dirt road up to the villa, but once you have arrived nothing will put you off. The setting can not be more beautiful. The owners David and Catherine, together with the entire staff, are the most charming, helpful, friendly and professional people! It is a family atmosphere here, yet very correct and refined. The rooms are gorgeous and comfortable with impressive large bathrooms. All of the public areas are carefully decorated with a perfect elegant taste. You are up on a hillside in Chianti with about 10 minutes drive to the closest village. The views are breathtaking. The garden is very picturesque and includes a large pool and a small modern outdoor workout area. The chef creates wonderful food with the finest fresh ingredients. There is really no need to dine elsewhere, but of course, the region has plenty to offer to satisfy any gourmand's appetite; many good places are at a close distance from the hotel. The maître d'hôtel has a great amiable personality and will help you to find the right bottle of wine from their nice selection in the wine cellar. With his presence the evening is sure to be amusing, relaxed and enjoyable. We could write so much more about the Villa Bordoni, but words can not entirely describe the overall overwhelming experience. If you want to visit Tuscany and the Chianti area, this is the place to stay at. Take our word for it! You will not regret it!
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!
Above and beyond...
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 were actually at the villa at the same time as 2 other reviewers and can say they everyone seemed to be having the best vacation. The size of the villa makes it easy to socialize with the other guests, but also allows for privacy. Many friends were made during our weeklong trip, and we've all vowed to return. My only regret is that how far away it is; otherwise, we'd return every year. Just a spectacular place to stay!
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!
Magnificent in every way
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 .
Lawrie and Debbi
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.
Fabulous Villa, Owners, Staff, Chef, and Golden Retrievers!
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.
We had a wonderful dinner outdoors in the evening, watching the daylight fade into a beautiful Tuscan summer evening. The food was divine, and I was lucky enough to share a few bites with the beautiful golden retrievers, Millie and her pup (I'm so bad with names). Breakfast was set outdoors and quite lovely.
A very nice pool in a lovely setting invites you to relax, and there are many places to sit and read or enjoy the garden and the surrounding view.
The entire villa has been lovingly restored with attention to every detail. The shower is fantastic!
You will need to phone the desk when you get close unless you are much better at finding villas set in the middle of vineyards than we were. I live in Italy and had a Navigon, but I still needed some final directions to find the Villa at the end of a long gravel road. It's the road less traveled, and it's certainly worth the trip!
An absolute gem
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!
We spent 5 days at the Villa Bordoni a month ago for a part of our honeymoon. It really is wonderful. Unpretentious, yet very elegant. A lot of attention was paid to detail and though they did a fantastic job of keeping the feel of an old villa through incredible renovation, they've added really nice touches like large shower heads and a flat screen tV to the room, not to mention the really comfortable bed and linens.
The owners, David and Katherine are so nice and helpful, David is especially warm and effusive regarding information on the area and suggestions of things to do. They are just really low key and that seems to attract similar kinds of guests. It's a really small place so expect to start talking to others at breakfast or dinner, but it really lends an air of intimacy to your stay.
The food is terrific, dinner is expensive so we didn't eat there every night; however, we took a cooking class during the day and they served the meal for dinner that night... really fun, we'd highly recommend.
I could go on and on...and back and back!! Go!