We visited Villa Carolina in Linari, Italy at the end of September, 2012 for a week. The villa exceeded our expectations from the pictures and previous reviews we had seen. The interior was immaculate, beautifully decorated and comfortable for us and the two couples we were traveling with. Each couple had their own bedroom and modern bathroom. The large kitchen was well equipped and the nucleus of where we happily gathered each morning. The exterior was gorgeous, surrounded by vineyards, overlooking the lights of the city below and convenient to all of the must-see Tuscan villages. We took day trips each day but one, when we decided to simply enjoy the beautiful grounds and pool of Villa Carolina. Our hosts, Lucia and Gabrielle, were most gracious and welcoming and prepared the most authentic Italian, unbelievable meals for us on several evenings. It was very difficult for us to leave but we hope to return some day soon. Until then, we will continue to daydream about our visit and meeting these beautiful people.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Carol Italy/Barberino Val D'Elsa, Tuscany
- 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