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the large bedroom
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a corner of the garden
the garden and the bbq area
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the surrounding countryside
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Castel San Gimignano, San Gimignano, Tuscany

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Heather C
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent hospitality”
Reviewed June 23, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Stayed here as had previously stayed near San Gimingano .Excellent facilities, lovely surroundings, bar, restaurant, and shop nearby. About 15 mins from San Gimingano , Colle d'elsa , (supermarket) ,easy reach of Poggibonsi for Train to Florence.
Tip obtain directions to apartment as not easy to find from main road,
ideal location for Tuscan break, would highly recommend , although carlo's parents cannot speak much English , extremely friendly and helpful, enjoyed their supply of fresh home cooked biscuits upon arrival and fresh fruit (cherries) from their garden. Would happily recommend for couples/ family groups with own transport, most enjoyable stay

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Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jun 24, 2015
We are very happy and honored for your review: this gives us the right feeling to go on!
Thank you so much!!
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CELIA VIC...
2 reviews
“Beautiful apartment in the heart of Tuscany”
Reviewed June 22, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We've been in April this year in Casa Gelsomino,and I only can write nice words about our staying there. The house is very nice, with a lot of light and a beautiful view over the garden and Tuscany valley beyond. It is very confortable and clean,and has all you can need. Even a swimming pool that we did not used as the weather was still not warm enough, but must be great in the summer time. The house is located really close to San Gimignano and Volterra, but you can move very easily to Siena, Firenze, Pisa or Lucca. The owners, Carlo and his wife, as well as his parents, are very kind, welcoming and respectful.
We had a very nice stay during Eve time, and we hope to come again one of these years.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jun 24, 2015
It's a great honor for us , receiving a review like yours.
Thank you so much again!
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Erkobezer...
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fantastic and so central to the whole region”
Reviewed May 31, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Stayed for 6 nights (not enough time) with my family and enjoyed every minute of it. The apartment was spotless and the kitchen was well apointed for self catering. Carlo's mum and dad were so sweet to our children (Ciao Nonna e Nonno) who enjoyed the attention. The village was quaint with a bar, great resturant, mini-mart and Colle Di Valle d'Elsa was only 10min away by car with a large COOP supermarket with everything you needed. If you go to Tuscany and want an authentic local experience you MUST stay here.

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Liked best: Location and Carlo's family
Liked least: There is nothing to say here
Traveling group: Young Children
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Management Response
Jun 2, 2015
We are very proud of this review and most of all we want to thank our guests once again ! Our kindest greetings and many kisses to your lovely children, with the hope to have you here in the future!
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638anonym...
Somerset, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very welcoming and gracious hosts”
Reviewed October 5, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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person found this review helpful

This was a surprisingly quiet and peaceful apartment, especially at night, despite being so close to the main road. It was very neat and clean with nice, welcoming homely touches. It was also quiet down by the pool except when the nearby vineyard was harvesting its grapes, but that is to be expected in September, and the views were spectacular. Our hosts were just lovely.

There were things, however, that disappointed us which we didn't tell Carlo: firstly, the lighting was poor to read by - in the main bedroom there was only one bedside lamp and table so we improvised with a chair and borrowed a lamp from the spare room. If we were using too much light and/or elements/oven in the kitchen the electricity in the whole apartment fused. Secondly, the frying pan was so large that you couldn't cook on the 2nd element at the same time, and there was no wooden spoon or table mats or vegetable dishes.

Thirdly, the bed we found terribly uncomfortable and hard; it is a foam mattress on wooden slats. (We were there for 2 weeks) After 2 nights we awoke feeling crippled and barely able to get out of bed. The 3rd night we took two mattresses from the spare room and placed these on top of the double mattress and slept very well afterwards. We did complain to Carlo about the bed. He said that we were the first people in 2 years to complain and that he slept on a similar mattress. The fact that we are in our 60's may explain why we found the bed such agony; our own mattress at home is at least 18 inches deep!

There is a wonderful local shop nearby with two charming ladies, twins, and Carlo recommended an excellent wine shop in Colle di Val d'Elsa. We wish we'd known about this before buying rather indifferent Brunello di Montalcino at the local vineyard. He also recommended a good restaurant at Castellina di Chianti, and we would recommend Cum Quibus in San Gimignano. Beware of being charged 20% Service Charge at the restaurants on the Siena Campo!

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Liked best: Our hosts
Liked least: The bed and lighting
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Phil and...
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“A warm welcome awaits you at this property”
Reviewed September 16, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

The owners are very friendly and helpful. The property is excellent and the view across the Tuscan landscape from the well-tended pool and grounds is truly exceptional.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Washing machine a bit slow - typical of washing machines on the continent
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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James T
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great for families.”
Reviewed June 23, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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person found this review helpful

Prior reviews convinced us to stay here based upon cleanliness, the facilities and the friendly and helpful nature of the owners. Happy to confirm that all of ther above were true. We felt at home from the moment we arrived. The apartment was exactly what we needed. The location is also very good since a small shop and restaurants are very close and you can also drive to other major towns with ease. Carlo and his parents were very friendly and helpful which was appreciated. The garden, pool and grounds were fantastic and our children really enjoyed their stay here. We would certainly recommend this to others.

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Liked best: Pool and gardens, friendly owner
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Adrian V
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A place to stay, enjoy, rest and have the best time ever. Very warm and caring people!!”
Reviewed June 18, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

The owners are such a loving and caring family, they will make you feel at home. It is a place that you can easily stay for ever. The villa is fully equipped with all you need and very clean. Even if someone has to sleep in the bed-sofa, you will have a great rest.
The property will capture your attention from the very first minute, with the view from the villa or from the pool, birds singing all day. Cherry trees, olives, vineyards, great restaurants, historic sites all around and close, it's an all in one. Fully recommended!!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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