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“Villa La Selva and Patrick Spencer's recommendations made our Vacation in Tuscany the best ever.” 5 of 5 stars
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Loc Pagliano, 52021 Casale Marittimo, Italy   |  
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Norfolk, Virginia
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“Villa La Selva and Patrick Spencer's recommendations made our Vacation in Tuscany the best ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2009

We stayed at Villa La Selva in one of the larger villas, "Oliveto," at the end of Sep 2009. What an amazing time we had. The Villa was in a prime location between Siena and Florence, with easy access to wonderful food, vistas, sights, welcoming local people and the best wine the hills of Tuscany has to offer. The pool on the Villa's grounds, along with the tennis courts, bocce court and paths for walking and running made it a wonderful time for the children as well. Our villa's rooms were in perfect order, exquisitely furnished and decorated, and wonderfully relaxing. Patrick Spencer, who manages the property, is an American who has been living in Tuscany for over 9 years, speaks the language fluently and makes the best possible recommendations for things to do, see, and eat. Every single one of his recommended activities was spot on and perfect for our family. Go see Tuscany and make Villa La Selva your base of operations!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2009

We stayed at Il Guardia from the 10th to 20th May and we would like to share our wonderful experience with you.

Firstly, we were very impressed with the warm welcome at the estate and by how Patrick Spencer (Marketing manager) made great efforts to make our stay very enjoyable.

The villa is very well maintained and everything that was mentioned in the list was there. On the first morning when we noticed the microwave missing, we informed Patrick and one was sent to the villa within the morning.

On the first night of arrival, we asked for recommendations for dinner and we were pleasantly surprised by Patrick's recommendation. We had the best steak of our life and the prices were very reasonable. Throughout our whole stay, we were very pleased by how Patrick recommended good quality to price locations. Having travelled in other regions, we have had bad experiences of other PR persons recommending over-priced places.

The only time we experienced an "okay" dinner and mentioned it in passing to Patrick, he immediately brought us a bottle of wine the next day and we thought it was such a nice gesture.

The only negative point about the villa is the lack of washing machine as mentioned in the list. We thought there were coin-operated ones and did not bring as many clothes. Thankfully, Patrick solved the issue by helping us with the laundry.

The property was fantastically maintained and it had great toiletry ;-). Super charming place that is a not more than 100km from all the major sights, which is great as eating in the neighbourhood was much cheaper than having meals at Florence or Sienna.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2004

The Villa Selva is absolutely beautiful! Staying there is better than any 4-5 star hotel. The hosts are delightful; the rooms and general location are ideal. I have sent many friends to the villa and everyone has loved it. My only fear is that it will be "discovered" by the masses and I won't be able to get a reservation when I need it.

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Additional Information about Villa la Selva

Address: Loc Pagliano, 52021 Casale Marittimo, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Casale Marittimo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty lodging in Casale Marittimo
Also Known As:
Villa La Selva Italy/Casale Marittimo

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