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“A tuscan country dream”

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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
San Gusme, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany

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Boulder, Colorado
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“A tuscan country dream”
Reviewed November 16, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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There are several things that, to us, make for a special home rental. The location, for sure. The ambiance of the area. The graciousness of the hosts. And, certainly the cleanliness, character, and comfort of the residence itself. I would give Colonica Gigli 5 stars on all fronts. We did an extended rental on the villa for the fall of 2014, from early September for three months. Plenty of time to find any issues with a home. And there weren't any. It is situated on a quiet country road a short hike into the quaint hilltop town of San Gusme. The villa–recently renovated but at its heart a 15th century dwelling–is one of several spaciously scattered across a 1000-hectare estate that is not only a vineyard but protected lands with forests as well. It is literally surrounded by Sangiovese vineyards of the Villa Arceno winery. The lawns cascade down a hillside to a private pool. The gardens featured fresh apple, pers, and fig trees. This is a home, carefully tended and exotically decorated. The kitchen is a dream, with everything from a large gourmet gas range to a vintage proscuitto slicer. And compared to other European properties, it is spacious beyond compare. We honestly can't say enough good things about it. Our favorite times were sitting on the lawn chairs watching the sunset while the churchbells of San Gusme chimed in the distance. So, enough narrative. A few points to consider:

It is not in town. It is an easy, short hike or drive. We sought the charm of the quiet countryside with wild pheasant and grape vines for neighbors rather than crowd.

You will need a car. Not just to get around town but to explore the many villages, wineries, castles, and the like in the area.

The Gigli family clearly cares deeply for the villa, tending the gardens, and seems thrilled to share their country home with you. They live in Siena and are close at hand if you need anything.

If you are looking for a comfortable and spacious villa, in the heart of the Tuscany countryside, to experience a true taste of Italian living, you could do no wrong here.

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Liked best: The location and the character of the home. Just what we dreamed of.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Teenagers
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