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“A spiritual home” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Le Barone
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via San Leolino 19, 50020 Panzano in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Italy   |  
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“A spiritual home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Oursix day stay at Villa le Barone at the end of August this year was one of the most memorable holidays we have had. Normally we feel the need to be 'out and about' but the tranquillity and joyfulness of all aspects of the hotel meant that we were reluctant to leave the beautiful surroundings for too long each day. At the end of each day we were able to relax and enjoy a lovely meal coupled with excellent wines and then retire to our beautiful bedroom with its wonderful views and magnificent bathroom. A walk to the local church with its exquisite cloisters should not be missed. We will certainly return to the Villa le Barone as we felt we had found a spiritual home in our well beloved Italy. In May next year we will also be staying at the villa in the Maremma region of Tuscany which is also owned by the family- we are sure it will also be a wonderful, if different, experience.

Room Tip: If you are looking for a room with a beautiful view and a large bathroom then junior suite number 16...
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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 20, 2013
Dear Jarrovian2013, Dear Linda,

so nice of you to have shared your experience of Villa le Barone in Trip Advisor! Yes, some Guests find the atmosphere at Villa le Barone so serene and relaxing that they just spend their day sitting in the shade of an olive tree, letting their eyes wander on the landscape in communion with the environment. My wife and I, though, make it a point to "push them out" to discover different aspects of beautiful Tuscany by giving them itineraries out of the beaten tracks for them to drive on. Most Guests enjoy these drives.
On rooms, all our rooms are cozy and clean. Choose 16,18 and 26 as Junior suites with a beautiful view. Choose rooms 7 and 10 for a luxurious antique atmosphere and also a very nice view; rooms 12 and 15 make you wake up at garden level in front of a breathtaking landscape. Our other rooms are all nice, periodically refurbished, typically Tuscan and many repeat Guests would never abandon the room they love even for a larger more luxurious one!
We are waiting for you in May 2014 in our farm in Maremma in a beautiful atmosphere different from Chianti. The farmhouse you have reserved has been totallly renewed and you will have a different taste of Tuscany.
All the best,
Corso and Jacqueline
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Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

What a stunning property! You feel like you are at home...literally! Greeted in the entry, a roaring fire in the living room, a cozy bar area w/the honor system for pouring your evening apertif.
The dinner was delightful, the breakfast... super yummy! My room (#26) was cozy, clean, lovely view, truly made the end of my holiday in Tuscany magical!

Room Tip: Room 26 was unbelievable... didn't view any others. But the people that were staying there all...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 Beth F,

thank you very much for your kind review and thank you for the WOW! Yes, Villa le Barone has always had its charm, long before becoming a house open to Guests and many of you use the term "magical" to describe its atmosphere. Of course to sense the charm you must love beauty, serenity, a cozy atmosphere and a pleasant evening in front of an open fireplace with a glass of wine in your hand!
I am not sure we have met and I hope to do so during your next visit to Chianti.

Sincerely,
Corso Aloisi de Larderel
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

In the past we have rented apartments in various areas of Italy, however on this trip we decided to stay in a B&B near Panzano. The grounds were beautiful, the food was fabulous, and the staff was most helpful in making recommendations for our day trips. In fact, they provide several driving itineraries of the area, so we visited several villages and towns that we had not seen before. The Villa has many common rooms and outside sitting areas so we were able to enjoy being by ourselves, as though we were in our own villa, as well as visiting with other guests when we wanted. The Villa was beautifully decorated with furniture and fabrics as well as interesting art work.. We would stay here again if we visit this area again.

  • 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 CBS504,

the title of your review "Home away from home" is exactly what we desire our Guests to feel at Villa le Barone: we strive not to be a hotel, but an old family house open to friends that come to visit us from faraway places. My wife, our Staff and myself, in fact, try to maintain Villa le Barone in a very good state in order for some visitors to forget that leaking faucet back home, grass to be mown and other small domestic problems you want to stay away from once in a while.
In case visitors, as you did in the past, desire more independence from the hotel, we now have an apartment (brand new, sleeps 4, lovely view) 200 yds away from Villa le Barone which we can let for longer periods benefiting from all the amenities of Villa le Barone (Swimming pool, Tennis, fitness, restaurant, ...).
Irrelevant of the solution you wish to take, we look very much forward to hosting you again soon,

Corso Aloisi de Larderel
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Belmont, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
1 review
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
1 review
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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Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Address: Via San Leolino 19, 50020 Panzano in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Greve in Chianti > Panzano in Chianti
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 in Chianti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Le Barone 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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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