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6 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16

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Peter D
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Having spent a lot of time reading reviews and chosing a villa for our extended family holiday, I decided Villa Carda met all our criteria. We were not disappointed! Our group consisted of 'children' aged 18 months to 18 years, their parents and grandparents. Everyone loved the villa and the area. The rooms are beautiful and private, all with en-suites, so it works well to share with other families. The lounge was also beautiful, but we had such lovely weather that we didn't need to use it.

We spent a lot of time by the lovely pool, enjoying the spectacular views and garden. There was plenty of space for ball games and the golf and ping pong proved popular. We used the mountain bikes to explore the surrounding area and walked down to Castel Focognano one evening for dinner. It took approximately 20 minutes where we ate very reasonably priced and tasty pizzas.

We had some great meals on the terrace in the evenings and Andrea, Antonio and Francesca prepared a fantastic Tuscan meal for us one evening! There was so much food and all of it was great with plenty of leftovers.

Andrea was very helpful with all our questions and requests. He recommended places to visit and we managed to fit in trips to Poppi, Bibbiena, Arezzo and Cortona, all of which were very nice. He mentioned there was wild boar in the area and my brother was keen to buy some meat so we could try it. When we mentioned this to Andrea, he arranged for us to have a casserole made up and all we had to do was heat it and boil some rice. It was magnificent!

We liked the fact that this villa is in a quiet area and that it was easy to visit the more touristy places. We flew to Pisa and spent a little time there and a night in Florence on the way to the villa. This meant we could spend more time at the villa for the week we were there.

We can't think of any negative comments. The owners are genuinely nice people and the villa is magnificent!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Laura G
Allendale, New Jersey
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“Absolutely Fantastic - We will be back one day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

We were a group of 12 adults (ranging in age from 36-82) there to celebrate my 40th birthday. We are all well travelled, seasoned and sophisticated travelers who are well qualified to write a travel review. We were all impressed with Villa Carda, and I think you will be too.

The pictures and brochures do not do this villa justice. The villa is beautifully restored/ renovated and carefully curated in keeping with the style of the region. Everything feels very authentic and very luxurious. The rooms are all spacious, beautiful and well appointed so that no one felt like they got the short end of the stick, although some of the baths are a bit small by American standards. The view and gardens are incredible. The pool area is gorgeous, so make sure you plan at least 2 days just relaxing at the villa and taking in this piece of heaven. My only complaint was that the pool furniture isn't too comfortable but Andrea said he would fix that soon. (Hammocks would be great too if you are reading this Andrea :-)). The wellness center is a nice touch and everyone in our group used either the exercise equipment or hot tub during some point of their stay.
For meals, we had gourmet cooks in our group, so we enjoyed picking up fresh ingredients in the markets and preparing feasts. But one night we had Andrea and his wife Francesca prepare us a wonderful meal and it made the evening very special. Andrea and his father Antonio stopped by each day and were lovely and helpful. Very gracious wonderful hosts.
Between the pool, walking the grounds, ping pong, biking, walking, hitting golf balls, cooking, stargazing, etc, there is plenty to do. Even my review is not conveying how fantastic this trip really was....no one wanted to leave. One couple from our group has already booked it for next year to go with their family.

Some practical advice if you go:
- Stop by a market in Arezzo to pick up food for the first night or arrange for Andrea to pick something up for you and have it at the villa. You will not want to go out after dark to figure out where to eat the first night.
- Arrive in daylight. It is a very dark, windy road and the villa is difficult to find the first time.
- The markets are open unusual hours/days. So every time you happen to be in a place with an open market, pick up something for your meal that night. The food is wonderfully fresh, inexpensive and good. Also, the table wine and even jug wine in the markets is dirt cheap and surprisingly very good.
- Treat yourselves to a dinner by Andrea and Francesca at least 1 night. You will have plenty of leftovers for the next day.
- If you must be connected to wi/fi at all times, choose a room closest to the computer room with the router. Wifi can be spotty on other parts of the property. (But who cares.... you are on vacation!)
- The area is very hilly. You are unlikely to want to walk to the nearest town or restaurant. Make sure you have a car, especially if you have older travelers with you.

We definitely hope to be back sometime soon. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at lauragill99@gmail.com. ENJOY!

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Liked best: Location, view, amenities, hosts
Liked least: pool loungers
Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Ann M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“A Villa With A View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Our family of five stayed at Villa Carda with another family of four. Five children in total. Antonio and Andrea are the very gracious owners. The grounds and the view from the house are just beautiful. The pool, spa room( jacuzzi, steam shower) were wonderful. The house is well appointed, bedrooms private with lovely bathrooms and comfortable beds. There is much to explore in surrounding area with your vehicle and if you want to walk, run or bike, it is either uphill or downhill from the house. We had Andrea and his wife Francesca cook a meal for us one night and it was very special. I don't think any of us wanted to leave when it was time to go. Great memories.

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Traveling group: Large Group
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Ann H
Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
“A dream come true!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

We were thrilled with our stay at Villa Carda. We traveled to Italy with another family, with nine in our party and children ranging from age 10-16yrs. The house, grounds and location exceeded our expectations. The rooms were all ensuite, well appointed and lovely, and provided privacy and a place to retreat. The pool and landscaping were pristine, with cherry, olive and chestnut trees, and the quintessential herbs and flowers. The house overlooks the beautiful Casentino Valley -- breathtaking again and again. The house has a lovely new spa, with steam shower, hot tub and exercise bikes, a driving range, an outdoor ping pong table, and a little garden to which we could help ourselves (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, lettuce were). Antonio and Andrea, the villa owners, were delightful and so hospitable. They were attentive and kind. We hired Andrea and his lovely wife Francesca to cook a Tuscan meal for us one night that was truly fantastic. We explored the nearby old town of Arrezzo, which was fantastic. We took the train into Florence one day. We also explored nearby Cortona, Poppi and Bibbiena, each very worthwhile. We were sad to leave and will savor this experience!

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Liked best: The house and the view
Liked least: The kitchen could use some sharper knives
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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CatainC
tuscaloosa,alabama
1 review
“Excellent !!! A true Italian experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Our stay at Villa Carda was everything our family had hoped for in our Italian vacation..Our party consisted of grandparents and three grandchildren 8,10 and 12 with 8 people total. There was more than adequate space for everyone to enjoy the villa, pool, spa and the lovely grounds surrounding the property.. The owners were very accommodating and are readily available to offer recommendations on restaurants and sights within the area.
This is not your typical Tuscan vacation spot (IE Siena) with traffic, large crowds of tourists and scores of cheap souvenir shops but if you are looking for a true Italian experience this is it.
Recommended day trips include the monastery at LaVerna, Arezzo and Cortona. The owners are also available to prepare dinner at the villa which was the #1 highlight our stay. Francesca, the owner's wife is a trained chef and allowed our grandchildren to "assist" in the preparation of the meal. Warning !!! bring your appetite... the dinner was fabulous with sufficient leftovers for dinner the next day. Our only regret was that we had only planned a one week stay rather than 2 weeks.

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Liked best: The property and location exceeded our expectatations
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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DANAH100
Worcester Park, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fabulous villa with fantastic views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

10 of us stayed at Villa Carda for our family reunion.We couldn't have picked a better place to celebrate our get together. Very well equipped villa, very clean, fantastic breathtaking mountain views, very spacious grounds,sauna, bicycles,games, there was something for everyone. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: Villa itself and the views
Liked least: The kitchen
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Top Ten Reasons To Stay at Villa Carda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

1. Villa Carda is in an area of Tuscany that is not overrun with tourists.
2. Villa Carda is exceptionally clean as well as artfully and tastefully decorated.
3. The location is beautiful with impeccably cared for grounds.
4. The host, Andrea, visits in the morning and is available by phone to answer questions and make recommendations and reservations.
5. You can arrange for Andrea's wife, Francesca, to prepare a fabulous, multi-course dinner, a real treat after a long day of sightseeing.
6. You'll have enough leftovers for another delicious meal, making your initial meal cost very reasonable.
7. The kitchen is equipped with all manner of pots, pans, coffee maker, etc.
8. There are good restaurants within a few minutes drive.
9. There are interesting medieval hilltop towns within a few minutes drive.
10. The separate doors for each room allow a lot of privacy.

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Liked best: The beauty of the villa and grounds.
Liked least: The distance to major tourist attractions in Florence and Siena.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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