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““1oo % of luxury and 1oo % of Italy”” 5 of 5 stars
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Strada Di Linari 18 - 18/a, 50021 Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy   |  
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““1oo % of luxury and 1oo % of Italy””
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We spent our holiday in Villa Karolina with our family. After coming we were greeted by the owners ( Gabriele, Lucia and their daughter Carolina ). They showed us around the beautifully furnished house. Each of three bedrooms has their own bathroom. Besides, there is well-equipped kitchen with a big table and a separate living room with a flat TV ( satellite channels ). Generally the house is in a classical style but you can find there some details connected with Tuscany which additionally emphasizes its unique character. The kitchen opens onto the big garden with an amazing swimming pool. In the garden there are places for having dinners, drinking caffee and reading books which are arranged in an interesting way. Moreover, by the swimming pool and on the terrace overlooking Poggibonsi and surrounding hills you can use deckchairs. The owners live upstairs but thanks to separate entrances to the property the guests can feel freely. However, we enjoyed Gabriele and Lucia’s politeness and possibility to talk with them and ask a lot of questions. Gabriele advised us on choosing and buying wine, quite often he treated us to delicious ones ( his knowledge of wine is really wide), whereas Lucia was our guide about Italian cuisine and she prepared for us tasty dishes. We strongly recommend to try Lucia’s pizza and zucchini flowers. It is important to admit that the house is perfectly situated especially for those who want to visit places recommended by guide books ( Siena, Firenze, San Gimignano and towns on the Chianti trail ). There is also a big supermarket Pam where you can buy everything you need during your stay.
To sum up , it was an unforgettable week in the heart of Tuscany thanks to the owners’ hospitality. It is worth recommending this house to everybody who wants to rest far away from the bustle of the big city and to feel an Italian atmosphere in the luxurious conditions which are offered by Villa Carolina.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My husband, myself and two other couples had one of the best weeks ever at Villa Carolina. The accomodations were impeccable - we all had plenty of room and the common areas fit all of us and were perfect for hanging out. Lucia and Gabriella were wonderful hosts and Lucia is probably the best chef in all of Italy. She cooked us more than one meal while we were there and I still dream about it! The pool and yard are as relaxing and welcoming as they are beautiful. The surrounding vineyards really set the tone for a Tuscan vacation. The location of the villa is ideal for day trips throughout the surrounding countryside. I don't think that any vacation I go on from now on will compare. I look forward to revisiting Villa Carolina sooner than later. The hospitality and friendship of Gabriella and Lucia made our stay complete.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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: Strada Di Linari 18 - 18/a, 50021 Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Barberino Val d'Elsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Carol is situated in the centre of Tuscany in the beautiful wine region between Florence and Siena, just 1 km from the tiny historic hamlet of Linari. It is a great location from which to explore the area, the nearest local town of Poggibonsi with an excellent selection of shops, restaurants and supermarkets is just 2 km away and it’s a joy to wander through the pretty surrounding Chianti countryside. All of Tuscany’s jewels are easily reached with both Florence and Siena being only just over half an hours’ drive away by car or accessible via train and bus connections from nearby Poggibonsi. The famous medieval town of San Gimignano is just 10 minutes away, and many more of the regions attractions are easily visited. At guests' disposal: THE VILLA IS FULLY AIR CONDITIONED The swimming pool has a roman style shape with steps gradually leading down into the water which is slightly salted. The pool has two hydro massage corners, an infinity edge and is particularly beautiful in the evening as its lights change the colour of the water creating a romantic atmosphere. The villa has its own private entrance and the garden is fully fenced. Parking is in the grounds next to the villa. The garden and pool are for the exclusive use of guests renting the Villa Carol. The owners who live in the other part of the house with its own separate entrance are friendly and helpful. They will provide breakfast and dinners on request, and also offer a laundry service if required. Distances: Linari at 1 km, super market and all kind of shops 2 km, Poggibonsi with all kind of shops 2 km ( open 7/7 days, from 08 am to 08 pm), San Gimignano 8 Km, Florence 33 Km, Siena at 22 Km, Pisa at 75 km, Volterra at Km 33, the sea at 80 Km, Airport Florence 43 Km, Airport Pisa 80 Km, Montalcino Km 60, Montepulciano Km 65, Pienza Km 58.Swimming PoolIn a pretty position overlooking the valley there is the swimming pool with salt water (11m x 5m depth 1.10-1.60 m), and also a separate hydrotherapy SPA Jacuzzi tub which is beneficial to the skin.The swimming pool is open from the 30 March to 31 October.Interior DescriptionVilla Carol (200 sqm) is comfortably furnished to a high standard in pretty classic style with Florentine oak wood parquet floors, lovely Venetian stucco walls and many antique pieces throughout the villa creating a homely and inviting atmosphere. ... more   less 
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