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“Tranquil hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Empolese 69, 50026 San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Italy   |  
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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“Tranquil hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This hotel has the potential of being a very classy 5* hotel. It is in a great location with stunning views across the hills and valleys of Chianti with easy access to the main roads of Florence and Siena. Most rooms are very spacious with the majority having a separate seating area (according to the fire floor plan) with some of the lower ground rooms having private/semi-private courtyards. Our room also stayed really cool during the day due to its thick stone walls and being located in the oldest part of the Villa.
In our room, the upholstery was marked which made it look a bit tired and spoilt what was otherwise lovely furniture. Our bathroom was very dated and the clunky shower spilled water like Niagara falls which flooded the floor if we didn't put towels down in strategic places.
We were a bit sceptical about the food as it was buffet style and there was only one dessert but, on the whole, was quite good. But we found the restaurant did lack atmosphere and most diners seemed confused about the self service procedure. Local wine was acceptable and, for the connoisseur, there was a wider choice to choose from.
One of our main frustrations was the lack of Internet access beyond some of the common areas. We also had to reapply for a different pass code every 24 hours.
The staff at the reception were very helpful and obliging, offering to take us into town etc.
Housekeeping was satisfactory although to make it extra special it is always nice to have a turndown service.
Our only grievance was the restrictions on using the public areas that were imposed due to a wedding being held on one of the days.
Overall it is a lovely hotel which we would be happy to return to.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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camillaFirenze, Direttore at Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear Sirs,

we are really happy that you wish and plan to come back "malgré" the drawbacks and we'll treasure your critics, complains and suggestions. We can promise to fix showers and make internet more easy to use...and I think our new chef's cuisine will make amend for the buffet service!

Warmest regards
Villa il Poggiale
Monica
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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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Kings Langley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

You feel like a real guest in this beautiful classic "mansion". All the rooms were amazing and pool and spa facilities first class. The food was excellent from the huge range on offer at breakfast to the outstanding dinners (7 courses)! - we ate here every night of our stay. Lovely tranquil spot to visit Chianti towns and Florence. Staff were very helpful in recommending and helping to organise trips (tickets to Uffizi).

  • Stayed June 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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camillaFirenze, Direttore at Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear Sirs,

Thank you for your words, they mean a lot to all of us, we are so happy when our guests appreciate our efforts and enjoy their stay.
In the hope of meeting you again we send our warmest regards.
Villa il Poggiale
Monica
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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

This is not a hotel, but as the name says a (very noble) historic mansion. It can not get more authentic. The owners are wealthy people from Florence who run the place as kind of select guesthouse.

So forget about standard hotel services and amenities, but enjoy noble living and real peace.

The gardens and the (unheated - mind the cold Tuscan nights) pool are stunning as is the arrival alley - like out of an opera set. Monica, the manager, is a very energetic, hard working and extremely welcoming woman who along with her informal team obvioulsy love the place and their guests.

Classical music is playing in the impressive drawing room with its honesty bar or alternatively you can enjoy drinks seated under the huge loggiato.

Rooms in this original house vary in style and size. They are very clear on their website regarding view and size. So choose carefuly and don';t complain if you get no view.

Bedding is comfortable and the bathrooms adequate. Don't hesitate asking for a bathrobe and perhaps visit the new spa with a very kind therapist.

Breakfasts have now much improved and apart from the somewhat cramped inside seating there is the ouside terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside.

Money here is well spent as you are in the middle of all, near Florence and 4 kilometres from one of my favourite Michelin starred restaurants "La Tenda Rossa" in Cerbaia.

The place is also specialized in exclusive rentals for events and catering can be done by the above mentioned "Tenda Rossa" or on a more modest level by Villa Il Poggiale itself.

Room Tip: The "Tuscan Hill" junior suites which at about EUR 200 are GREAT value for money.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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camillaFirenze, Direttore at Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear special guest,

You are always welcome at Villa il Poggiale and we are so happy to meet you also next here!
Guest satisfaction is the best reward to our efforts to make your stay at Il Poggiale a long lasting remembrance.
A big hug
Villa il Poggiale
Monica
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Castle Cary, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

This is a very tasteful hotel which will satisfy the discerning traveller. Not quite enough staff in the dinning room which is a buffet for breakfast and dinner. Room cleaning not very thorough but overall a very nice stay in tranquil surroundings with everything else done with style and care.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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camillaFirenze, Direttore at Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear Sirs,

It was a pleasure to receive your review.
We are going to improve our services so that you may be prepared to give us full marks the next time you are with us.
Best regards
Villa il Poggiale
Monica
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Fantastic. Large bright room with four poster bed. The Villa was transformed into a Hotel only 6 years ago and they have managed to maintain the feeling of a family home. Excellent food and the staff are charming. A lovely respite from the hustle and bustle of the City (Florence) and great for touring the Chianti region. We would highly recommend the Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica and it obviously attracts repeat visitors, as we met many in the lovely drawing room whilst supping a very nice glass of vino.

Room Tip: Superior Doubles are very spacious.
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  • Stayed June 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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camillaFirenze, Direttore at Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear special guests,

Thank you so much for the beautiful review.
We are so happy that we were able to make your stay a wonderful experience, and for all of our staff it is the most important goal.
Come back soon at Villa il Poggiale
Monica
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Sydney, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

What a wonderful experience it was to spend a few days in this magnificent villa, situated in a peaceful yet central part of Tuscany. Monica's gracious welcome and care and attention to detail ensures the smooth running of this beautiful property.The public rooms are superb
and the luxurious suites are a real treat.As the main road is close by the quieter rooms are on the pool side of the villa so best to request one of these.The honesty system in the main sitting room reflects the relaxed atmosphere of this special place .Highly recommended!

Room Tip: A room on the poolside with a view of the countryside.
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  • Stayed April 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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camillaFirenze, Direttore at Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear Sirs,

Thank you very much for your lovely review!
We hope to welcome you again soon at Villa il Poggiale.

All our best,

Villa il Poggiale
Monica
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 10 nights from 8th may. From the moment we arrived we were awestruck by the sheer beauty and peacefulness of the hotel and the location. The perfect base from which to explore Tuscany. Our room (villa) was spacious and comfortable with its own private entrance. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and assisted with some of the planning for our stay. Breakfast was included and the buffet style provided ample sustenance to start the day. The hotel has its own restaurant for residents only where a buffet meal is served nightly at an additional cost. The food is well prepared and typically Tuscan. There is a very good wellness centre where you can relax and be pampered. Whilst there is no formal bar an honesty bar is available in the large sitting room where you can indulge yourself with wine, beer or spirits. In the afternoon there are complimentary nibbles put out as an accompaniment for afternoon tea, or wine. Villa il Poggiale is a truly enchanting place which I would recommend to anyone who would like the peace and charm of typical Tuscan accommodation alongside a good base from which to visit the Chianti Region

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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camillaFirenze, Direttore at Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Dear Sirs,

Thank you so very much for your beautiful words and for sharing your experience!
Hoping to see you again in your next trip to Tuscany we send you our warmest regards

Villa il Poggiale
Monica
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Address: Via Empolese 69, 50026 San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > San Casciano in Val di Pesa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in San Casciano in Val di Pesa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Il Poggiale Dimora Storica is located in the heart of the Chianti region, only a few kilometres from the historic centre of Florence. The property is classified as a historic villa, finely restored, offering a warm, friendly service and great hospitality: even the smallest details have been carefully considered to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. In an oasis of peace surrounded by enchanting gardens, fragrant with roses and plants, guests can sip a tea and start a beautiful day in the country with a good breakfast rich of products and ingredients of Tuscan cuisine, from homemade cakes, honey, fresh ricotta to salami. From April to October the restaurant is open. Each day the chef prepares lunch buffet with typical dishes of Tuscan tradition, accompanied by a good selection of local wines. We organize cooking lessons in Villa. The villa also features a brand new wellness Centre. Guests can now relax in this Chianti SPA accommodation offering simple treatments, essential oils and fragrances made with raisins, olives, citrus fruits and honey. The Villa offers Wi-Fi connection free of charge. The property is the ideal for romantic getaways or holidays with the entire family, in addition to wedding ceremonies, banquets, work breakfasts, meetings, and much more. Children are welcome offering them services and attractions. ... more   less 
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