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“A Perfect Place for a Wedding” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Florentina
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6673 Carvers Rd., PO Box 551, Coloma, CA 95613   |  
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Berkeley, California
1 review
“A Perfect Place for a Wedding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Being new to TripAdvisor, I thought I'd review a place that really stands out for me. Villa Florentina hosted my daughter's wedding and it was simply amazing!

Our experience there was wonderful, from start to finish. We ended up using some of the vendors from their preferred vendor list, but also chose some on our own. Loren and his staff were very helpful along the way, providing suggestions and helping with communication between the vendors. We (I helped with a lot of the planning) were willing to put in the extra effort so that her wedding was totally unique and elegant. The bride and groom and guests were absolutely thrilled with the results.

I'm not really sure how the previous reviewers could have any complaints about Villa Florentina. Loren had suggested that we rent large umbrellas in case it was hot and our guests needed shade and we did. Our caterer had an adequate supply of ice and drinks for our guests. Because we took Villa Florentina and our vendors’ advice and followed their recommendations, everything was perfect!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

My husband and I got married at Villa Florentina and it was the happiest day ever! We chose Villa Florentina because many of my family members and friends live in California and I have fallen in love with the foothills. My husband worried that people would feel inconvenienced by drive time from the Bay Area but the feedback we got even from our east coast friends was that it was an amazing gem of an area of California and they were so happy we provided them an opportunity to discover it. Folks made the most of the perfect weather in late September for river rafting, hiking, wine tasting and even a casino evening. Some stayed in Coloma and some in Placerville. Apparently a few of our friends found a great watering hole to continue the party after the reception ended. Guests said over and over how fun, beautiful and unique the whole weekend was.
Ok but this is about the venue, not just the area in which it is located...

I wanted our wedding to reflect our love of the outdoors but without being so rustic that some guests would be underwhelmed or uncomfortable. We wanted elegance without stuffiness. We wanted a venue and vendors who could work together so as to appear smooth and seamless. We wanted our wedding to be in a special and unique place - no cookie cutter wedding factory venues where we would feel rushed. We (ok, I) really was excited to have beautiful photos. Villa Florentina provided all of this and more.

The venue was impeccable and gorgeous. The owners clearly take pride in keeping it that way both inside and out. We loved that there were so many distinct areas - the lawn for the ceremony, the round patio for the reception, and the paths, house patio, and bocce courts for the cocktails we served before and after the ceremony. Loren was great - super responsive and made us feel very much welcome. He seemed to have thought of everything and was a great resource as we were planning.

We could not have known how soft the evening breeze would feel drifting up the canyon or how the colors of the sunset had guests talking. Those things have to be experienced to believe them. The professional photos taken outside and those incorporating the Tuscan decorative details of the house were AMAZING. Had we more time, we could have gone into Coloma for fun historic photos but we truly didn't need to because we had so much beauty on site. We opted to have a few of us stay at the house the night of the wedding. It was a luxury to sleep there and wake to such calm, quiet beauty.

Every event has its little glitches (for us the caterer didn't bring enough limes so one of the Villa's parking attendants went to the store and got more - so cool) and I should have planned for more lighting/candles on the tables (thank goodness for the floating globe lights the Villa strung up around the patio) but nobody cared because everyone was drinking in the beauty of the sunset and happiness of the day.

All in all, we could not have been happier with Villa Florentina. It was a magical day for us and so much of it was because we truly felt relaxed and at home there, with the utmost confidence that the site had everything we and our vendors needed. Thank you Villa Florentina!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Santa Clarita, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

To future Brides and Grooms: We loved our time at the Villa Florentina and think our wedding was beautiful. We loved the fact that it was off the beaten path and secluded. It was another reason why we traveled 500 miles (one way) to get married. Celebrating privately with those we love and hold dear to our hearts was important to us. The house is gorgeous and clean, comfortable beds, beautiful views from the balcony, great hospitality and an amazing breakfast both mornings. The owners welcomed us with open arms which was important to us because of the intimate setting of a bed and breakfast. We plan to return to enjoy a quiet and relaxing getaway for two.

In response to the negative reviews that have been left regarding our wedding day: The Villa Florentina provided us a long list of vendor recommendations (wedding planner, florist, caterer, DJ, photographer, party rentals, etc.) which was just that, a recommendation. Ultimately, we wanted something different so we picked our own vendors. Therefore, all the complaints listed below should have been directed at the vendors that we (the bride and groom) picked, not the Villa Florentina. As far as the wedding starting late, it was due to an independent vendor (not connected to the Villa Florentina) that was out of everyone's control. At the end of the day we realize we can only guarantee the happiness of ourselves, which we did. Our wedding day will always be memorable and special!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Grand Prairie, Texas
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I have to say, I think I also was at the wedding that the Dallas reviewer was at. I am actually appalled that the business owner would rebut that review with such a lengthy, and honestly, quite rude reply. I myself am a small business owner and find it hard to believe that this wedding, which was quite frankly, in the middle of nowhere, was organized and handled without any guidance in vendors and vendor choices from the owners of said venue. I know that I give all of my prospective clients a long list of accomplished and often used vendors that we have worked well with so they have help planning their event. I find it hard to believe that these same business owners do not guide their clients on which vendors to use. It is obvious these owners have sour grapes about a poor review and are taking it out on the reviewer.

Now, to get back to this wedding that I too was at.... When the older gentleman passed out from heat stroke, the parking attendants (as we were helping guide the ambulance back) even told us that this "happens all the time for outdoor events in the summer." They were unfazed. So, there is a history of this happening in the past, which the owners had to have been aware of. There were many elderly guests here, as well as small children and babies. This was not a good environment for them to be in medically. The heat was just too much, plain and simple. If the guests had been forewarned or told about the possibility if extreme heat, they possibly could have prepared better. People were complaining , as I myself heard 5-10 people complaining to waitstaff and bar tending staff. There was a shortage of ice, and water was also scarce. The food cake out and sat in the hot sun, and I heard numerous comments about betting on food poisoning. The wedding cake wasn't even out because it honestly would have melted. So, the reviewer from Dallas was not exaggerating or using malice, they were stating fact. I felt the need to write not to humiliate or embarrass the owners of this venue, but t let them know that yes, this is their responsibility. As owners of venues such as this, it is your job to help your clients find proper and complimentary vendors for their event. That is your job. Especially when your venue is indeed, in the middle of nowhere. This should be a lesson to you, to grow from bad reviews and appreciate the feedback to make your business better. Instead, you took it personally and write a rather ridiculous rebuttal that only made you look childish and unprofessional. I can hardly wait to see what you write to me. But I want to let everyone know the Dallas reviewer is correct and accurate with their review.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
Thank Jbj1976
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ManagementCares, Owner at Villa Florentina, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Please allow us to respond to this review in the same objective and factual manner as in the past. There are no "sour grapes" nor "rude" comments in our previous response, nor will there be here. It is easy for anyone to post a review that may not be factual, so we will simply clarify the facts and allow the reader to see the truth.

1. FALSE: reviewer claims that we are "in the middle of nowhere".
TRUE: We are less than a 2 minute drive, on a public and paved road, from a State Highway. We are less than 1 hour from Sacramento and less than 30 minutes from Folsom, CA. Most guests find our location to be lovely and accessible.

2. FALSE: Reviewer claims that the event "was organized and handled without any guidance in vendors and vendor choices".
TRUE: We provide clients with a clear list of preferred vendors and work closely with them to provide advice should they wish to select vendors not listed there. When a client chooses a vendor who has not worked at the venue, we ensure that they are licensed, insured, reputable, and appear able to deliver a quality product. As with anything else in life, sometimes the services delivered fall short of the promises made, which is why several vendors from this event will not be allowed to return.

3. FALSE: "There is a history of this (medical emergencies due to heat) happening in the past".
TRUE: Never before in our venue's history has any guest had a medical emergency due to heat. This was the first time ever, which can be verified by EMS records. If, as the reviewer claims, anyone made the comment that this "happens all the time for outdoor events in the summer", they may have been generalizing about summer events like weddings, concerts, state fairs, etc. Knowing this general rule, we advise our clients to arrange for adequate shade and cold drinks when temperatures are forecast to be warm. In all but a few cases, our advice is followed and guests enjoy the event, even on warm days such as this one.

4. FALSE: It was somehow the venue's fault that guests were not "forewarned or told about the possibility of extreme heat".
TRUE: This venue, like nearly any other, does not have a list of all the guests for a given event, nor their personal contact information. We did, however, contact the client and advise them several times about the temperature forecast (low 90s) and urge them to double check with their caterer and coordinator that ample shade and other guest comfort items were being provided. Whether the guests were contacted and advised to check a basic weather report before leaving for this outdoor event we cannot possibly know. We doubt that being "forewarned" would have solved any problems, however, since the stated complaints stemmed from unprepared client vendors rather than the weather or the guests. Again, we regularly host weddings during warm weather without incident when our recommendations are followed and vendors perform to a professional standard.

5. FALSE: It was somehow the venue's fault that the caterer ran out of "ice, and water was also scarce", nor that the food "sat in the hot sun", nor that the "cake wasn't even out because it...would have melted".
TRUE: Once again, this reviewer appears to not understand the relationship between the venue and the vendors. The caterer (not the venue) is responsible, as you would expect, to provide drinks, food, and dessert, and to plan to have adequate quantities of each, which is what they were paid by the client to do. Further, on sunny days, no matter the temperature, food should be shaded, which is why we recommended several times that adequate shade (umbrellas in this case) be secured prior to the event. Further, it's a common practice to keep wedding cake in a cool area prior to the cake cutting, as even on a mild day, frosting can melt if left out, so this is not really relevant.

6. FALSE: The previous reviewer was "stating fact" and we "took it personally", making us look "childish and unprofessional".
TRUE: We have clearly illuminated the actual "fact" about each claim made by both reviewers from this event. A simple reading of the review and the response will clear up the facts. In both cases, the reviewers stated opinions that were contrary to the facts. At no time did we or will we ever insult the reviewers, nor stray from a simple explanation of fact, except to provide some analogies that we hoped would assist understanding. Unfortunately, when reading the reviewers use of insulting words like "sour grapes", "childish", "ridiculous", etc, the same professional approach was not provided to us.

Those are the facts. We appreciate that we are able to provide them in response to the reviewers opinions. We welcome anyone with further questions to contact us at any time.
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I cannot explain how horrible this place was for the Ju e wedding I attended. First of all, the wedding was supposed to start at 2pm, didn't start until almost 3pm. It was 93 degrees and this place had ZERO shade... I am not exaggerating, there was no cover anywhere. They wouldn't let you inside to escape, even the bathrooms were swelling. We all had to huddle under the scarce table umbrellas as staff was trying to set up for the dinner. It was so hot outside, we couldn't get over how unprepared this place was. There were not enough umbrellas for dinner-- and believe me, you had to be shaded to escape the scorching heat. They ran out of ice and started rationing it out...seriously?? It was just horrible from beiginnig to end, which was when an older gentleman psed out and an ambulance had to be called in... Too much sun. Shocker. Here's a tip: if you hold an outdoor wedding, make sure the guests are comfortable and taken care of as well as the wedding party. Numerous people were complaining and calling this place a joke-- it was THAT miserable. I am sure this is a wonderful place for anything BUT a summer event, but this place is woefully not prepared to handle hot temperatures. We travelled a long way to attend this wedding and it was just miserable, not memorable, as it should have been.

Stayed June 2013
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myexitstrategy, Owner at Villa Florentina, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Blaming Villa Florentina for this bad experience is like blaming the theater itself because you didn't like the movie.

It is unfortunate that this review appears on our Villa Florentina Tripadvisor profile. It should actually be posted on the sites for the client, caterers, and coordinator. Please read the simple explanation below:

WE DO PROVIDE beautiful and elegant wedding venue in the Sierra foothills, along a sparkling river, with views of our olive grove and the valley beyond. It is a stunning setting for our clients to exercise their creativity in assembling a team of vendors to deliver their dream wedding.

WE DO NOT PROVIDE food, drinks, or rental equipment. Those items are the responsibility of the client, coordinator, and caterer. We are not an "all-in-one" venue, but instead allow our clients the flexibility and creativity to select their own caterers, photographers, florists, etc.

SHADE: The client and coordinator arranged for all rental equipment, including tables, chairs, market umbrellas, etc. While we can not force our clients to obtain any particular rental items, we recommend, stated clearly in our contract, the need for shade. In fact, our clients sign a contract in which they agree to provide a minimum of one large market umbrella for each 10 guests. Clearly, in this case, the client and coordinator failed to follow our recommendation and plan for guest comfort. Unfortunately for us, the reviewer's dissatisfaction is misguided and should have been directed toward the responsible party.

FOOD/DRINK/ICE: The caterer provides all of these items. For the majority of our events, as evidenced by our other online reviews, the professional caterers provide ample and excellent food and drink. In this case, unknown to us, there appears to have been a shortage of ice provided by the caterer. Unfortunately for us, the reviewer's dissatisfaction is misguided and should have been directed toward the responsible party.

WEDDING SCHEDULE: The client and coordinator arrange the schedule. In this case, the invitation stated 2pm ceremony, when the client's actual intent was to begin the ceremony at 2:30pm to allow for late arrivals. When the ceremony actually began at 2:45pm, guests had been waiting for quite some time, especially those who had arrived long before the stated start time. This might not have been remarkable if shade and refreshments had been adequately planned for by the client, coordinator, and caterer. Furthermore, most ceremonies begin at 4pm to 5pm, but this client chose to begin at 2pm, which, due to their failure to provide for adequate shade and refreshment, compounded the discomfort. Unfortunately for us, the reviewer's dissatisfaction is misguided and should have been directed to the responsible parties.

WEATHER: We cannot control the weather any more than any other outdoor wedding venue. When the client, coordinator, and caterer adequately plan for guest comfort with items such as umbrellas for shade, ice for drinks, etc, the weather plays a small role in the event. Unfortunately for us, the reviewer's dissatisfaction is misguided and should have been directed to the responsible parties.

VENDOR ERRORS: We pride ourselves on allowing our clients and their wedding coordinators a great deal of flexibility in planning their own event, including choosing their own vendors (caterers, coordinators, florists, etc). This usually leads to memorable and unique events, but occasionally brings an unprepared or unprofessional vendor to our venue. In this case, the caterer arrived late and failed to set up what few umbrellas they did have in time for the arriving guests. Furthermore, they did not set up the bar/refreshment station in time for the arriving guest. Finally, they apparently ran out of ice and drinks as well. Unfortunately for us, the reviewer's dissatisfaction is misguided and should have been directed to the responsible parties.

SUMMARY: We take full responsibility for all facets of our venue within our control. That is why the parking is ample, the grounds impeccable, the scenery breathtaking, and the staff helpful, professional, and kind. However, we cannot assume responsibility for failures beyond our control, though we provide valuable insight to all of our clients to help ensure that their event is amazing. When clients disregard our advice, or private vendors fail to provide professional service, or mother nature provides a beautiful clear summer day, fingers are better pointed elsewhere than at our beautiful venue and it's hardworking staff.

Do you blame the swimming pool for your nudity if you forget your bathing suit?
Do you blame the ski resort if your gloves are not warm enough?
Do you blame the condominium if your friend runs out of wine at her condo during dinner?

Clearly, the reviewer misunderstood the very nature of the situation, and should be forgiven for their misplaced outrage.
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Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Villa Florentina seems to be designed from something out of my dreams. It is unique, classy, and perched on top of a hill in Coloma with breathtaking views. The Venue itself had a lot of thought go into the design and is perfect for events and weddings with gorgeous rooms for the bride to get ready (very important haha!) a fountain, bocce ball for entertainment, and olive trees. There are hotels, restaurants, parks and gorgeous scenery nearby as well. The photography here would be absolutely stunning. We got a tour from the owner who showed us all around and answered all of our questions, ALL of them, even the ones we thought of later he was quick to email or call us back. I strongly believe that this place is a hidden gem and I would recommend it to anyone.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I got to help plan a friend’s wedding here. It was just an amazing experience from start to finish and a lot of that had to do with it being held at Villa Florentina. Every step of the way the staff was totally accommodating and helpful. Just their great customer service is worth booking here! We had our initial venue tour with the owner himself and he took the time to answer all of our questions...and we had lots. We were impressed with how well laid out the property was for a wedding and yet how intimate it felt.

The day of the wedding was gorgeous! Villa Florentina was the perfect setting - impeccably clean, maintained grounds, with just incredible scenery. The bridal party got ready in the bridal suite in the villa, which was really nice...and had two bathrooms! It was a super relaxed atmosphere, for being such a luxurious place, and we got some great getting ready shots.

We had about 160 guests at the wedding so it was really nice to be able to park on-site and not have to shuttle all those people back and forth from somewhere else. Also, I know it might sound a little silly, but they had really nice bathrooms for all the guests too. No porta-potties at this wedding...I hate that!

We decided to have the ceremony on the lawn and that went off without a hitch. After the ceremony, our guests played bocce on the bocce court and had cocktails and appetizers. The reception was in the huge, round plaza in front of the villa. It has a fountain in the middle which was really pretty when the sun went down and it was all lit up. The sunset as we were having dinner and doing speeches was incredible, and the photos turned out more better than we could have hoped for.

The DJ was set up next to their permanent dance floor and we seriously danced until our feet almost fell off:) That was a big factor in my friend's decision...being able to have a band or DJ, and it really made the night. Whenever we needed a break, we sat around the fire and could still watch the dancing. When the event ended, some of us went down to one of the local bars and basically took it over...so much fun. I was lucky enough to get to stay in one of the guest rooms at Villa Florentina and I got such a good night’s sleep...which was probably because the bed was super comfy, but maybe also partly to do with the wine:) The next morning, the owner made a really amazing breakfast...all local and organic...mmmm! And this may seem trivial, but they had a huge selection of high quality teas...a nice touch for us tea drinkers.

Wow, this review got really long, but I’ve been in and to a lot of my friends’ weddings and this was one of the best experiences I’ve had. We had so much fun and the venue was elegant and refined without being stuffy. If you are even considering having your wedding here, go for it! This place is amazing and you won't be disappointed!

  • 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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Address: 6673 Carvers Rd., PO Box 551, Coloma, CA 95613
Location: United States > California > Coloma
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Coloma
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Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the American River and Coloma Valley, Villa Florentina welcomes you for luxurious weddings and weekend getaways. The days here are filled with gentle breezes, the sound of the river, and a sense of love and laughter. From the verandas and terraces you will gaze across the silvery leaves of the estate's olive grove and down the valley towards the setting sun. As night falls and the stars dance overhead, you will wish the evenings could last forever. ... more   less 

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