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“A week of art, wine and food in the chianti region” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Le Barone
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via San Leolino 19, 50020 Panzano, Greve in Chianti, Italy   |  
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Belmont, California
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“A week of art, wine and food in the chianti region”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I just spent a week at Villa le Barone, enjoying gracious hospitality, wonderful staff and absolutely fabulous food. Each morning and evening we were treated to endless choices of locally produced food. Our hosts, the Count and Countess were charming and gave us so information on the history of the region. We were there for a weeklong artist workshop and the endless vistas of Tuscany were a perfect setting. The villa is well appointed and very comfortable.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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CAloisideLarderel, Owner at Villa Le Barone, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear 19diane68,

it was a pleasure to host you for your watercolor seminar led by Jan Pollard. Jacqueline and I were impressed by the quality of what you achieved. It gives me a strong hint to also take a paint brush in my hand and try! Jacqueline and I are very happy that the workshop was a success ... in spite of the capricious weather you had! Just imagine what you could do under a warm sun and blue sky ... it's time to think about returning!

All the best,
Corso and Jacqueline
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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Upon arriving at Villa Le Barone you feel you have arrived at someone's home and you have. You are welcomed as a house guest and the staff are so kind and willing to see to your every need. The food is outstanding and the menu changes every night so no need to search elsewhere to eat. Do your exploring during the day and return for a lovely relaxing evening. Relax in front of the fire or in one of the many sitting rooms in the main building. The grounds are beautiful and offer something for everyone, from fitness to complete relaxation. They went above and beyond during our stay and we had some special requests and they were more than happy to help. We will definitely return and will recommend it to anyone coming to Italy.

Room Tip: Only some rooms have bathtubs but all have wonderful showers.
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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CAloisideLarderel, Owner at Villa Le Barone, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
Dear Della H,

I am very glad you had a good stay at Villa le Barone and enjoyed several different aspects of it. Our food is very plain Tuscan cooking with outstandingly fresh products including beef meat coming from our farm (no hormones, thank you! Just grass and hay.), olive oil coming from Villa le Barone itself (next week we start harvesting the olives) and our farm, Pecorino ewe cheese coming from a selected shepherd in Maremma (I personally go and buy it!), vegetables locally produced, some of them from our own garden. Recipes are classical Tuscan recipes, not very fancy perhaps, but very very tasty and menu changes every night, including the large self service antipasto. On dining at Le Barone there is a clear advantage: we are a wine region and a bottle of Chianti shared with your partner goes down fast ... so it's better to relax by the fire after dinner rather than having to drive back on winding roads in a state of excessive happiness! On bathrooms, some have showers, some have tubs and some have both! I always suggest our Guests to state their wishes at reservation time in order not to have surprises.
We look very much forward to hosting you again in 2014,

Corso Aloisi de Larderel
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Grazie, Villa Le Barone! What a fabulous find in gorgeous Tuscany! Our room, with the spacious bathroom, full tub and rain shower head was a perfect way to unwind after a day of hiking in the rambling tuscan hills. The comfy bed, cozy art work, cool air conditioning and relaxing library. Not to mention the gleaming pool and manicured grounds. Our meals were delicious, allowing us to taste local treats. Having roamed all over Italy for two weeks, Villa Le Barone was definitely a high light!

Room Tip: Room 18 was a remodelled treat.
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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CAloisideLarderel, Owner at Villa Le Barone, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Laura H,

thank you for your kind comments on your stay with us. We are happy you liked room 18, its bathroom and its fixtures. My wife Jacqueline has designed and decorated it, just like room 16 next door, using also our restored family antiques.
For those who read this review, all rooms are nice, spotless clean and carefully furnished at Villa le Barone, but some are bigger, some smaller, some have a better view than others ... and prices vary accordingly! At time of booking, ask the type of room you'd prefer and we will do our best to satisfy your wishes as long as we havefree rooms to choose from. There is still much rambling to do in Chianti and Tuscany and we look forward to hosting you again soon,

Corso Aloisi de Larderel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This beautiful place overlooking the countryside and the vineyards of Chianti was probably the highlight of our drive through Tuscany and the Emilia-Romagna. The setting is gorgeous, the rooms a delight and the grounds immaculate. Though we didn't use it, the swimming pool was a hit with many of the other guests. Our first evening started with a drink in possibly the quaintest cocktail lounge imaginable...pour it yourself (on the honor system) and enjoy the surroundings either inside or outdoors. We went from there to dinner on the terrace of the hotel's own restaurant. Great food that would be worth a trip by itself! Here we also met our lovely hosts, the owners of this property that has been in the Della Robbia family since the renaissance. The next morning the hotel provided several different pre-printed driving and walking tours, all of different lengths and distances. We chose one and enjoyed a magnificent day on the back roads of Chianti. What did we like the best? Hard to choose between the beauty of the place and the hospitality of the owners and staff. The only slight negative was that the first morning, breakfast on the restaurant's terrace where we had eaten dinner the night before was frequented by lots of bees that made the meal somewhat of a challenge. Nevertheless, we were indeed sad to leave this place and will make a point to go back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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CAloisideLarderel, Owner at Villa Le Barone, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Mavmed,

I am very glad you made the most out of what Villa le Barone offers; it's a reward to us to see Guests discovering and enjoying the beauty of Chianti and we feel a bit proud for having a bit participated to it!

Bees are a nuisance, but I can tell you that Amira (breakfast maid) and I have devised (alas after your departure) and successfully tested a system not to have them around anymore next year. I wish we still had that problem, because it is now colder and we do not have breakfast on the terrace and Villa le Barone is going - in two weeks- prepare for winter ... looking forward to spring 2014. All the best,

Corso and Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I had never been to either Tuscany or Villa Le Barone before and we were so delighted with our stay there. The Villa is a truly magical place. It is set in an incredibly beautiful location on top if a hillside overlooking Panzano. There are magical quintessential Tuscan views from every angle. The rooms are beautiful and ultra comfortable. The team who works there are incredible!! They worked with us from months before coming to the entire time we were there. And it wasn't just the front desk team ... everyone was so gracious and friendly from the front desk staff, the housekeepers, the servicing team in the restaurant and the owners ... no request was an inconvenience. Everyone was focused on making our trip the most memorable possible. They all made you feel like family. The food is spectacular. Truly traditional Tuscan menu's ... all perfectly and deliciously executed by Fernanda and her team. We even had the pleasure of a cooking class with Fernanda on the last morning of our stay and we had the best time cooking with her. My husbands limited Italian and Fernanda's infinite patience and our mutual love for good food make it an incredible memorable and delicious experience. We would recommend Villa Le Barone to everyone and without a doubt this visit may have been our first but not out last ... we WILL BE BACK!!!

Room Tip: We had room #33. The owner told us there are others that are nicer but we loved this room. Large an...
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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CAloisideLarderel, Owner at Villa Le Barone, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear Pamdi,

when I read your nice comments I blush with pleasure! You are saying what my wife and I- as well as all our staff- would like all our Guests to feel: beauty, comfort and happiness! To remember us and Chianti we hope you are going to cook some of the recipes you prepared with Fernanda and that they will taste as good!

Thank you also for giving tips on rooms: all rooms are equally welcoming, clean, A/C'd ad Wi-Fi'ed, but some are larger, some have a terrace, some are historical, some have a very special view, ... so, when communicating with our reservation team, tell your preferences so that we may better satisfy you!

A great majority of our Guests keep returning to Villa le Barone and we hope you and your husband will be part of them!

Sincerely,

Corso and Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The most beautiful, relaxing place in all of Italy! Having visited here in the past with teenage children, I returned with my partner and both my children and their respective partners to celebrate my 60th Birthday! What a fabulous holiday - it is much more like staying in a glorious private villa - the staff are fantastic, the rooms spotless and homely, full of lovely antique furniture and the food is just out of this world! We opted for half-board (why would you want to eat elsewhere?!) value for money and meant great, relaxing evenings. Everyone enjoyed every minute of our stay here and we thank all at Villa Le Barone for making our holiday so very special!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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CAloisideLarderel, Owner at Villa Le Barone, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Dear HJaneF,

a very happy birthday to you and thank you and your delightful family for having celebrated it with us at Villa le Barone. Are we pleased with your compliments? Decidedly, yes! Do we deserve them? Well, at least we are striving to do our very best to please our Guests and Friends!

To potential new Guests wishing to come to Villa le Barone and reading this and other very nice review: do not expect at Villa le Barone crystal chandeliers, golden doorknobs and a dressed-up Concierge; what you will find here are beautiful surroundings, stunning landscapes, an old country villa with its charming original furniture, friendly staff ready to serve you with a true smile and very happy to greet you over and over again, local simple Tuscan recipes cooked with local products as well as modern comfort (A/C, Wi-Fi. Fitness, ...). My wife Jacqueline and I will be very happy to meet you and tell you about Tuscany, Chianti, our family and place, ... but simplicity and authenticity rather than pretentiousness are our keywords.

Jacqueline and I send you our best and look forward to host you and your family many more times,

Corso Aloisi de Larderel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Simply the best of Tuscany. Quiet, peaceful, relaxing. GREAT food! Fernanda commands the kitchen like no other Tuscan chef. It honestly doesn't make a difference what's for dinner. Everything is fantastic.

Rooms are clean, quiet, and the staff is excellent, helpful and friendly. The owners are marvelous people as well.

If you're looking for a place to stay and enjoy in Tuscany, this villa is my recommendation.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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CAloisideLarderel, Owner at Villa Le Barone, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear AA51,

many thanks for your enthusiastic review! Jacqueline and I are very happy you enjoyed staying with us and look very much forward to hosting you again.
Let me play a bit down your review since we prefer at Villa le Barone to "under commit and over deliver" rather than the opposite. What we seek to give to our Guests at Villa le Barone is the luxury of Authenticity, Beauty and Serenity bundled together in an atmosphere of elegant Tuscan family Simplicity.

The food that Fernanda and Edi prepare (and which I also love!) is composed by basic, honest to goodness, familiar Tuscan recipes made with top quality locally sourced products. Great taste and variety are there, but Guests that expect sophisticated modern molecular cuisine may be disappointed.by our Peposo (Peppery stew), Tagliata (slices of steack covered with arucola salad and parmesan cheese slices), Guinea Fowl with olives, Stewed Rabbit, Tiramisù and many other classicals that we are happy and proud to offer at Villa le Barone.

Please forgive me if I add this to your valued comments.

We hope to host you again soon in Chianti,

Corso and Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel
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Address: Via San Leolino 19, 50020 Panzano, Greve in Chianti, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Greve in Chianti > Panzano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Panzano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Le Barone 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set amongst the timeless landscape of Chianti, in a protected environment, Villa Le Barone has been in the famous Della Robbia family since the 16th century. The old manor house has been renovated becoming an inviting and intimate home, maintaining the character of a private house with its cheerful bedrooms and sitting rooms, furniture, paintings, books and romantic objects of the family past. The swimming pool, tennis court, fitness center,fitness trail and terraces are set amongst large rose gardens, with views on the surrounding countryside, olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti Classico. The restaurant serves typical Tuscan food and famous local Chianti wines. Villa Le Barone is ideal for those who love peace and relaxation as well as sight seeing in the Chianti region. Free parking lot, in-room Internet access, Wi-Fi, Fitness Center, Fitness Trail, bicycles. ... more   less 
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