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“Tranquil Villa Amongst Tuscan Hills” 5 of 5 stars
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La Canonica di Cortine
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Localita Cortine 20, 50021 Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy   |  
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Singapore
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“Tranquil Villa Amongst Tuscan Hills”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

This place is what we dreamed about to stay during our Tuscan holiday. Initially, we planned to stay for one night (booked using www.booking.com) but when we arrived at the place we were surprised by the beauty of this property and the surroundings. Bedroom is typical Tuscan country style, spacious bathroom There is wi-fi available in the lounge (outside the breakfast room) and the lounge was so comfortable we stayed hours reading books and surfing internet and chilled out at night. There was a fireplace but dormant, pity they didnt use it.

I highly recommend this place for romantic escapade or family holiday (they have villa for bigger party). We will definitely come back. Btw, the restaurant nearby "La Locanda di Pietracupa" is great and quiet (well maybe I went during their off season in winter time) and very private, serving modern Tuscan dishes. 5 minutes drive from the property.

My only negative is the location, we came to Tuscany to visit Siena, Pienza, Montalcino. It is quite a drive to these places, though it is a good base if your goal is to relax and explore the Chianti regions and taste their wines. Well, thats what we did anyway - we changed our itinerary to explore Chianti region, Panzano in Chianti, Volpaia, Radda in Chinati, Greve in Chianti - these are really beautiful villages. We had no regret. Drank lots of excellent Chianti wines.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LaCanonicaDiCortine, Proprietario at La Canonica di Cortine, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Good day from Canonica di Cortine, and thank you for having found the time to leave your feedback on Tripadvisor.
We are really happy to read you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcoming you again soon.
Warmest regards
Lucia Fusi and Staff
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

Two of my sisters and I originally planed to visit La Canonica di Cortine in 2002. We had put a deposit down but in the end opted for a cruise. We passed on the deposit to a friend and she has returned 3 times. That was all we needed to hear when we planning a big birthday
celebration this fall. This time however, there were 9 of us coming so we needed the largest villa possible...Castrum. We were coming from Kuwait, Arizona, New Hampshire and Atlanta, so communicating all the details could have been a challenge. Right from the very beginning Claudia and Erica took care of every question and detail and very promptly as well. They recommended a local hotel for our first night (a Friday) that was perfect for our first night in Tuscany. I had trouble emailing them and they took care of forwarded messages back and forth for me....great service. By the time we checked into Villa Castrum & Meragio we felt like we were already old friends with the staff. They accommodated everything we asked including great restaurant recommendations. The villa was very well stocked w/ everything we could ever need. We ate 3 large meals there and every breakfast. They were able to steer us to the co-op to buy food, the train station, etc. The grounds were exceptional and we felt the photos on the internet do not do them justice. Absolutely glorious. We were lucky with a very hot Tuscan sun the week we were there and able to use the pool. The bathrooms and bedrooms were spacious and plentiful. There was so much room you could easily spend time by yourself but most of the time we spent either in the kitchen or on the terrace drinking wine!! It was a wonderful vacation for all of us and we all agreed we would return as soon as possible.

If we could leave one recommendation it would be: add a microwave oven. You have every other convenience...but that would have been great. We would also say that you must have a car unless you are there in summer and only want to use the pool and the beautiful grounds. We took day trips every day which we had planned on. We could not recommend this hotel enough....way exceeded our expectations...which were already high to begin with. You can't go wrong with La Conica....they're the best.!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 October 19, 2011

We spent 8 nights in the rental "house" Solatio. It a converted 15th century barn with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a washing machine.The bedrooms are very large, baths are big and very clean.Whole villa is very clean and well appointed. We cooked in several nights and had everything we needed. The main living area is a little small, hard for 4 adults to stretch out. Only a small issue for us because we were there for so long, would not be an issue if your visit was shorter. We had a lovely rear patio where we dined at night and we caught the sunshine in our front courtyard in the morning.The grounds are immaculate. Hedges of bay, rosemary, lavender, olive trees and roses were everywhere. Stefano (owner)and his grounds keeper were out every day manicuring the grounds. Office staff Erica, Claudio and Lucia (owner) were extremely helpful and frindly and everyone was happy to chat and help us with our italian. Many guests we met had returned year after year. The tiny little town of San Donato has everything you need, the butcher shop is fantastic (2 km away). Just work around siesta, everything is closed from 1:30ish to 5pm. Major food shopping is in Poggi Bonsi 10+ mins away.
The location is perfect for visiting Chianti country, Florence, Siena. Because we had the luxury of time we tried to stay within an hours drive and were able to get to every little village we wanted. The drive to Volterra is outrageous (1 hr). Very fun but be prepared for a challenge.
We walked to a wine tasting tour at Casa Emma and that was a highlight of the week. Many fine restaurants and winerys within minutes. A perfect location and the restored village that is Canonica di Cortine is breathtaking.
Highly reccomend.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

We stumbled upon this tranquil village by accident and were very lucky.
This is a fully renovated, middle ages village which is simply beautiful.
Our room was in a large, private building and was lovely renovated sleeping room, with views of the swimming pool and the Tuscan hills.
The bed was huge and so was the bathroom, and the room felt like a true vintage one.
Breakfast was fresh and wholesome, with fresh Cappuccino on request.
Overall excellent value for money and great atmosphere. Very well recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Redwood City, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for a few days on our honeymoon. They ended up upgrading our room which was a complete surprise to us! The B&B was very clean, the food was delicious and the staff extra friendly. It was quiet at night and extremely cozy. I had dreamed of going to Tuscany for over 10 years and it did not disappoint! I definitely recommend this B&B!

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

This place was great. We stayed in the unit called Solatio. On the website they listed it as an apartment, but it actually was a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom air conditioned house with a private yard and patio. The house was nicer than the photos on the website. The house was very clean. The kitchen was properly stocked with equipment. The setting, surrounded by vineyards, was beautiful. The pool was very nice, and usually empty. Erica and Claudia were very helpful recommending retaurants, making reservations and providing us with directions. The town of San Donato, 2KM away, was very nice. We ate at all three restaurants during the week, and enjoyed them all (La Toppa especially). We found the location to be central to places we wanted to visit, inclduing Sienna (30 min), Florence (30 min), San Gimignano (40 min), and Volterra (1 hr). We definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

living room very small (see picture), bathroom dirty (see picture of mould), dirty bedspread and towels that are very worn out (see picture).
The staff was very unfriendly and it was not their problem because we had booked true an agency. They didn't tell us that we could reach the appartment by car. It was raining cats and dogs and we walked with our luggage to our appartment because we didn't know that we could reacht it by car and the staff didn't tell!
We really doesn't understand why La Canonica di Cortine is getting the good reviews. It almost spoilt our feeling about Tuscany and the people there.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Localita Cortine 20, 50021 Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Barberino Val d'Elsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Canonica di Cortine 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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