Reading through the other reviews here I wonder if we stayed to at a different villa. Arguably the grounds were splendid and the staff were friendly. A cloud cast over our trip was the owner Alessandra. Her touch is everywhere and unfortunately we found her rude and extremely unhelpful. We found the rooms a little tired as well. When you are in a unfamiliar country having an accomodating host makes all the difference. We also weren't too keen on the dogs which she took personal offense to. My advise would be find a villa a little more accomodating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by vineyards and nestling in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, Villa Rignana is a true gem, its ideal location and enchanting view is just what you would expect from a Bertolucci movie. The Villa is located between Florence and Siena and near the picturesque villages of Greve-in-Chianti, Panzano and San Gimignano. The villa was a monastery dating from the twelfth century and has been lovingly restored by the owner, Alessandra Bianchini, with artifacts from her many travels and family treasures. She has managed to maintain the original Tuscan atmosphere of the estate, restore and decorated it with unusual details. In every direction the views of olive groves and vineyards on the surrounding hills is quite unforgettable, this is truly an Utopian place. The villa can be rented as a whole accommodating up to 18 guests in 9 double rooms with ensuite bathrooms, drawing rooms with large fireplaces, a library with a wide range of books, gazebos, pergolas, outdoor and indoor dining room. For smaller groups, part of the villa can be rented by arrangement. The garden has a range of aromatic herbs which inebriate the air, rows of lavender accompany the path to the infinity pool, and the view is enchanting in every direction. Villa Rignana is ecologically run and most of the products used in the kitchen come straight from its grounds like extra virgin olive oil, vegetables, geese eggs, fruits berries and game meat. The pets consist of 2 dogs, arab horses, 1 Shetland pony, a range of geese, ducks and chickens, and Caterina the cat. They are all very friendly and love to be patted. The Villa has full time staff so you can enjoy your stay in a truly relaxing Italian way. In the grounds of the Rignana estate there is a superb marble constant flow swimming pool 18 by 8 meters, outdoor Jacuzzi, bocce pitch, ping pong, croquet, badminton court and trampoline. In the villa there also is a gym room with sauna, steam shower, massages and beauty treatments can be arranged. It is ideal for a family gathering, weddings or a party celebration weekend. During wild boar and deer hunts, shooting weekends are arranged including game dinners accompanied by the best Chiantis. ... more less
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