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“Tranquillity Found in Its Beauty!” 5 of 5 stars
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Agriturismo Guardastelle
Localita Sovestro, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy   |  
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“Tranquillity Found in Its Beauty!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This is how we describe Agriturismo Guardastelle. My wife and I stayed in the villa "Antilla" for a two week vaction of rest and relaxation. It was the last two weeks of October and Fausto ordered up wonderful tempatures of mid 70 degrees. He seems to handle any and all request, so we figured he did the weather. Having been to Italy (Tuscany) four other times, we decided to upack just once and stay put making day trips of easy drives. We would decide over Guardastelle's great breakfast where the day's adventure would take us. Every picture of Tuscany's beautiful landscape with Italian pines, vineyards, olive groves((my wife even went in the fields and helped rake olives out of the trees as it was harvest time), storied walls and ancient towers with rolling morning mist over the fields is Agriturismo Guardastelle! If you are looking for the ultimate vacation of relaxation filled with charm and underlines by a most gracious host---Agriturismo Guardastelle is it. We will return.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fausto M, Proprietario at Agriturismo Guardastelle, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Leanes,
we have to thank you a thousand times because you described Guardastelle as we couldn't!!
We're glad that you caught on of the best part of this place, the location. Perfect for day trips to discover the Tuscan cities in its beauty and come back in the afternoon for a refreshing swim.

We also hope to see you again but to don't forget of us follow us on the Facebook fan page!
Thanks for your time.

Best regards,
Fausto & Susanna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Fausto was the perfect friendly host in a stunning location. The villa managed to feel both luxurious but also have a rustic charm. Faustian gave excellent recommendations on where to eat in San Gimignano whilst the breakfast on the beautiful terrace set us up perfectly for a day of wandering around the vines and the town. Slightly more expensive than other agruturismos that we stayed in but well worth it,

Can't recommend this enough, only had two nights here but would love to come back to try fausto's wine tasting

Thanks Fausto for letting us stay in your beautiful home,

Natasha and Joe

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fausto M, Proprietario at Agriturismo Guardastelle, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Natasha & Joe,
thanks for your beautiful review and the time you spent to share your experinence.
You are right we are more expensive than other agriturismo but you saw the quality of the rooms and services.
I hope you'll come back in other occasion to try our new cooking classes.

All the best,
Fausto & Susanna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We really enjoyed the magnificent location among those amazing hills and St Giminiano village (such a view from the terrace!), the cozy place, the friendly staff and the very lovely welcome of Susanna and Fausto. The facility is pretty comfortable, quiet, clean, well-organized, and ideal to relax and get the real flavor of Tuscany. We will go there again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fausto M, Proprietario at Agriturismo Guardastelle, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Dear "sirmione67",
thanks to take the time to leave this nice review and share your experience with other travellers.
We are happy you enjoyed your stay and are considering to come back!

Regards,
Fausto & SUsanna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My wife and I ended our 17 day European vacation with a 5 day stay at Guardastelle. We stayed in the Settimio room, which was very comfortable with a small living room area, and our own private patio. Fausto and his staff went out of their way to may sure our stay was enjoyable. And, the location provides an excellent base from which to explore the hill towns (we took day trips to Volterra, Siena, and Lucca.) We had dinner each night in San Gimignano, and found that it was preferable to drive there and back rather than walk in the dark (although we found the walk very enjoyable during the day -- about 25 minutes for us.) Beautiful area and property, which we highly recommend. We hope to return sometime soon.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fausto M, Proprietario at Agriturismo Guardastelle, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Dear "RussCaslin",
we are pleased to go out of our way to make our guest holiday a great Tuscan experience...and with guests as you is very easy! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and liked the room, hopefully we'll see you again!
Thanks for the time you spent to review us.

Take care,
Fausto & Susanna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

On our trip from Rome to Umbria through Tuscany and to Florence, this was my favorite inn. We stayed at other very nice agriturismos and hotels, but this one was outstanding in every way.

The postcard-perfect views of the rolling vineyards and the medieval towers of San Gimignano were spectacular. The service was warm, friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were fresh, delicious and extravagant, with an array of meats, cheeses, decadent pastries and cooked-to-order bacon and eggs. The palatial room was gorgeous and exquisite - it was like staying at a very wealthy relative's house. After enduring several hard beds at other inns and hotels (common in Italy), the bed here was perfect (I have a bad back and am VERY picky about this).

I can't emphasize enough that you must try Fausto's wines and olive oils. We sampled them one sunny afternoon with a spectacular lunch on the terrace overlooking the vineyards. We loved them so much, we had several bottles shipped home.

Even if San Gimignano itself were not that great, I would highly recommend going out of your way to stay here. But it was wonderful! We did the short, pleasant uphill walk into town one day and took the car the next. Parking was relatively easy to find and not too pricey. We loved the shops and restaurants. One day, we went to a meat and cheese shop and brought back wild boar salami, pork salami, three kinds of Pecorino cheese, a mozzarella and tomato panino and chocolate almond bark. We opened a bottle of wine on the beautiful second-floor patio and had a romantic picnic under the stars for dinner. It was absolutely magical!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fausto M, Proprietario at Agriturismo Guardastelle, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear "1wino",
many many thanks for your absolutely fantastic and magical comment.
It was so pleasant enjoy our chat together about our job and your country.

Thank you also your mention about the beds, it help against the bed review we got.
I hope you'll come again in Guardastelle or, at least, we'll come in Phoenix!!

Regards,
Fausto & Susanna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We travelled through Germany and Italy, and spent 1 week here. We did not have a car, are not wine afficiandos, and still found this amazing even though it is in the country and isolated from most things. a 20 minute walk to San Gimignano gives you options with the bus to Poggibonzi, and then trains or bus to Florence, Pisa, Venice, etc..Breakfast daily was wonderful, eggs or bacon to order, and lots of fresh fruit and continental options. Our apartment was made up daily first thing in the morning by very quick housekeeping. Scenery is amazing, surrounded by hills of Tuscany, vineyards, and San Gimignano. Have the wine tasting tour, as it also included lunch, education, and is great value. When we arrived Barbara upgraded us per Fausto and Susanna to an apartment which in hindsight was a very good choice. The apartment gave us a fridge, our own privacy to come and go, and a loft with a TV. We will definitely travel back here some day, and next time I will rent a car for our stay here. I should mention the pool was closed for season now but that made no impact on our stay. Taxi ride from here to Florence to catch our 6:30 flight was arranged by Fausto at a great price of $120 euros, and left at 4:00 in the morning. Thank you very much for helping arrange that, we should have booked later flights but didn't realize our location relative to the airport as we travelled by train to Italy from Germany. One thing we enjoyed was our daily walks to San Gimignano, a 2.2 km walk up hill which helped burn off all the pizza and spaghetti calories we had accrued in Venice. Be sure to know hours of ristorantes and stores before walking to them, they run their own hours and close different days. Some restaurants dont even open until 7 PM, which is normal for Italy. Buy groceries at the Coop right outside the front gate of San Gimignano. We also loved watching them pick the olives, and came back with some wine and olive oil purchased right from Fausto. Shop for clothing and jewelry in Poggibonzi, located 5 minute walk from Bus station, immediately WEST across the road and about 1 block more west and to the north. Lots of great stores their, much better selection and pricing compared to San Gimignano which is mostly tourist trap stores but has some good quality stores too. Know some Italian if you go to Poggibonzi, they don't speak english there. Best food I had was the Pollo Vinsanto with Grapes at Hotel Sovestro just down the road from Guardastelle, we ate there several times. If you want agriturismo with authentic Tuscan environment, this is the place. If you are not fit and capable of walking long uphill distances, rent and travel by car.

Room Tip: short stay, rent a room. longer rent apartment.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Susausto, Proprietario at Agriturismo Guardastelle, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear "SnorkellingJeff",
I'm so sad because my reply it took so long but now I'm here and I hope you can apologize me :-)

Your review is...WOW!! I think it is so helpful fior other traveller who aim to make an extraordinary experience of Tuscany.
Many many thanks for your stay and this review. I still remember our chat together and I hope to come to your place one day!

Best regards,
Fausto & Susanna
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Beautiful farmhouse property, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. We were only able to spend one night there, so we didn't get to enjoy the wine/olive oil tastings, but we felt very welcome. Also, visiting in October, some of the other benefits the property has to offer (like the pool) are not open, so I'm sure it is much more enjoyable in the summer season. The staff was great, the breakfast is one of the better spreads we had in Italy. Overall it was one of the most peaceful places we visited. The WiFi is only available in common areas, and it is a bit of a hassle to login (you must log in using Facebook or other social media).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Susausto, Proprietario at Agriturismo Guardastelle, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Dear "Brandn S",
many thanks for your comment. You are right in the hot Tuscan summer Guardastelle is much enjoyable, swmming pool, long days, dinner on the terrace. I hope you'll come back to stay longer. :-)
Anyway the wi-fi is in the common area, swimming pool area, winery and part of the gardens. We found this nice way to connect to internet, through social media (not only Facebook) because everybody use some of those (Twitter, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Instagram, ecc...) but we can also create ID and password for the one who doesn't have any of those.

Thanks for your time!
Best regards,
Fausto
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Also Known As:
Agriturismo Guardastelle Hotel San Gimignano
Agriturismo Guardastelle Hotel
Agriturismo Guardastelle San Gimignano, Italy - Tuscany
Address: Localita Sovestro, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 94 Specialty lodging in San Gimignano
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This rental accommodation is nestled nearby San Gimignano, the Italian Manhattan of the Middle Ages, which is only a 20-minute stroll at the end of a road wrapped in undulating hills. There are some shared and socializing areas such as the terrace where breakfast is savored, swimming pool or the winery to sip the wines produced in the estate. The furnished swimming pool is a magnificent vantage point for guests at these rental accommodations to enjoy the sun, the breeze and glorious views of the landscape near San Gimignano. The garden around the accommodations is perfectly kept and dotted with flowers of the most striking colours. The high quality service at Guardastelle guarantees a wondrous stay to enjoy all beauties near the town. After refurbishment Tuscan style permeates every corner with its colours, hospitality and charm. The property underwent thorough restoration whose result is the magnificent rooms and apartments to enjoy the Tuscan countryside nearby San Gimignano. Self caterers can choose the apartments for 2 to 6 people and there are also double rooms on a bed and breakfast basis. The rooms are 25 sq-m on average and offer double beds, sofa bed and bathroom with shower or bathtub. The shared areas have FREE Wi-Fi. Susanna & Fausto ... more   less 

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