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“A different accom in Tuscany near SPACE” 4 of 5 stars
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Badia a Coltibuono
2.0 of 5 Farmhouse   |   Localita` Badia a Coltibuono, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy   |  
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nicxl
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“A different accom in Tuscany near SPACE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

This is a must try if you have not stayed in a historical bldg before. This place feels like a castle when we step and and all the furniture and walkway makes u feel like u are in a museum!

Parking is free but you need to drive thru some small lanes to reach this magical place. We reached at night so thank god we had gps. The housekeeper was very nice to leave a note at the door for us as we arrived late at night about 10pm.

Breakfast was provided and it was served at the quaint lil breakfast room with classical music. The cakes were delicious!

We also had dinner at the restaurant (Michelin 2012 pending), euro 59 for a meal with chianti wines and olive oil 'tasting'!!!

This accom is quite near SPACE if u are into PRADA/Miu Miu.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Badia a Coltibuono! We stayed here for 3 nights in between a very busy Florence and Rome trip. It was the perfect 3 nights of rest and relaxation in one of the most beautiful and unique settings we have ever seen. The surrounding hills reminded us very much of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, which we love very much. But they are different and have that beautiful Tuscan scenery all around. The grounds of the property are amazing. We sat in the courtyard drinking wine many late afternoons and after dinner. We always felt like we had the place to ourselves. The garden was so beautiful and we can't believe that was the view from our room! Our beds were comfortable and the room was a nice size. There is no air conditioning and while I was a bit concerned with that since we were staying in late August, it ended up being no problem at all. The hills are much cooler than the city and the breeze in our window at night was perfect. It was so peaceful and silent at night that we got excellent sleep here! We spent one day hiking in the surrounding property, which was beautiful but a somewhat strenous hike. We saw wild boar tusk and a bone of a leg and a wallowing pool where they sometimes lay and were a bit concerned we would see a live one but it ended up being fine! We ate in the restaurant all three nights we stayed and it was some of the very best food we had in all of our 2 week vacation in Italy. The Tuscan bread soup was one of the best things I have ever had. We also swam in the pool one afternoon and it was very refreshing and maintained well. We took a wine tour with Francesca and found it to be informative and the wine there is fantastic. We loved the Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 and ordered some to be shipped back home to us. The abbey itself was a fascinating place to stay in. We loved the history of the area and the story of the property. We ventured into 2 nearby towns that were not far and easy to drive to. The breakfast was from 8-10 and I wish it had been a bit longer because we wanted to sleep in here. However it was good. It was a buffet with all kinds of different choices that were good and satisfying. The server will also make you a cappuccino as well. I wish we had been able to stay one or two more nights! We would absolutely stay here again and would recommend this to anyone. We couldn't believe we were actually staying here the entire time we were here because it was so amazing and something you only see on TV or read about!

Room Tip: there is no fitness center, the hiking in the woods is the best fitness center!!!
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  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We spent three nights here on our recent honeymoon. The minute we drove up the winding drive and arrived, we were unbelievably impressed with Coltibuono. The grounds were gorgeous, the innkeepers gracious and helpful, and the on-site restaurant divine. The wine and olive oil were out of this world, and we even had some shipped home to enjoy again and again.
I would definitely recommend this hidden gem to anyone who is looking for a true 'back in time' experience in the countryside of Italy.
My only negative was that we left too soon.....we are already talking about returning to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

Room Tip: We had a room at the end of the hall (room 10) with a view of the courtyard which was just beautiful...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampshire
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15 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I spent two nights here as part of my honeymoon tour of Italy and I wish we could have stayed longer! The staff are lovely, the building is historically interesting, the gardens are beautiful and the breakfast was excellent. The pool was lovely although a few more umbrellas would be useful for people like me who prefer sitting in the shade! The rooms are spacious and clean but there is no air conditioning which my hisband struggled with (but this certainly wouldn't stop us coming back). I highly recommend the tour and the restaurant, where the food was stunning and, of course, the wine list was excellent. Hopefully we will be back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

This was my first trip to the area and I felt as though I had stepped back in time at this B&B. Beautiful gardens, wonderful staff, clean rooms, and an incredibly breakfast. My room opened up to the courtyard and it was a joy to wake to this view every morning. I had a huge bathroom, lots of closet space and a big comfortable bed. The breakfast offered a selection of local meats, cheese, pastries, fruit with their homemade honey and olive oil. I looked forward to this every morning. There were private corners everywhere to sit and read or meditate and the pool was nice and clean. The restaurant had amazing dishes and a charming staff. I would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: #6 was fantastic but I would have opted for #4!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Slovakia
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stay here two nights during our trip in Tuscany.
Accomodation is very stylish and must say, not for all tastes, but we liked it a lot.
In old monastery, room are clean and nice.
Only downgrade is, that there are no minibars in rooms, pool is not good maintened and pillows are hard as rock!!!
Brakfest is average.
On other hand, restaurant is superb!!! And not so pricy.
All in one. Recomended, but must change some things.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Palo Alto, California
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13 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Our family of 5 recently spent three nights at Badia Coltibuono in one of their guest apartments. After 10 days of city travel, we were ready for a break, and this is the perfect place. Sylvia was very welcoming, as was everyone else working at the B&B and the restaurant. Our apartment had 4 bedrooms, kitchen, spacious living area and two baths, and terrace. It was comfortably furnished, and included a small washing machine which was quite welcome at our stage of the trip. There was a breakfast room with a nice selection of cereals, breads, yogurts, fruit, sliced meats, etc. which you can add for 10 euros/person. Or you could easily go into town and get provisions at the COOP. The restaurant was excellent, but was perhaps a bit sophisticated for our kids. They were willing to make a plain pasta with tomato sauce . You can easily take day trips to other towns in Chianti and Sylvia arranged for a personal guide to meet us in Sienna for a 3 hour tour of the city, including the Campo and the famous Duomo. (Our tour guide was Dr. Gianna Chiaretti, by the way, and she was fabulous!) The staff was also able to suggest local restaurants, direct you to the local supermarket, and in general help out with any questions. The custom in Italy is to eat on the later side, which may prove challenging if you are traveling with kids. We did end up eating mostly alone at restaurants and watched Italian families with kids stroll in around 9:30!

If you are driving, you will absolutely need some sort of GPS system. Especially if you drive to Sienna. Without it, we would still be circling, looking for our guide. My husband's ipad was flummoxed by Sienna. Sienna, is a beautiful medieval town, that defies logic in terms of driving. It is quite hilly and also quite crowded. Our teenage kids chose to skip this tour, and had much better time hanging out at the B&B. I felt they were completely safe there. Sienna is a good hour away, so if you plan a day trip, get an early start. We also did a day trip to Greve in Chianti. It is about 45 minutes by car. There is the LBG leather outlet (the B&B has brochures) which is worth a visit. They manufacture for some MAJOR labels and sell their own designs. You can be sure you are getting a bag made in Italy. We spent a lovely Saturday in Greve and walked through the open market and had lunch at Il(la?) Cantina.

Be sure to take the tour at Badia Coltibuono of the monastery, gardens, and wine caves. It is only about an hour and if you do the 5 p.m. tour you finish with a tasting of their excellent wines. The grounds are lovely and include a pool, so be sure to give yourself at least one afternoon just to relax and enjoy the tremendous beauty of the B&B. And don't miss the gift shop right at the entrance from the main road. You can have them ship wine and olive oil anywhere in the world, or they can arrange carrier packs for you to take with you on the plane as checked baggage. In addition to their products (wine, honey, oil) they have a very nice selection of locally made items/gifts including pottery, olive wood bowls/pieces, and other kitchen/wine related items.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Badia a Coltibuono Hotel Gaiole In Chianti
Badia a Coltibuono Hotel
Badia a Coltibuono Italy/Gaiole In Chianti, Tuscany
Address: Localita` Badia a Coltibuono, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Gaiole in Chianti
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 Specialty lodging in Gaiole in Chianti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Badia a Coltibuono 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Badia a Coltibuono, ancient abbey founded by Benedectine monks at the end of 11th century, is today a charming farmhouse, in the hearth of chianti classico, surrounded by 800 hectares of forest. The ancient monastic cells were converted into 8 comfortable double rooms, each one with its own character, furnished with style furniture. A piece of heaven in chianti classico area. ... more   less 
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