We just came back from a week's stay at Villa I Bossi. We were a group of 7 friends and stayed in the annex. The rooms are huge, beautifully decorated with large baths and tall ceilings. The annex also has a large dining/living room with a gorgeous fireplace, art, books to read, area guides, over stuffed couches and comfortable chairs for relaxing. Outside is the breakfast area (beautiful) covered in a canopy where you can sit and meet the other guests. There is a kitchen building where you can store food, cook or grab a snack. All of these are orginal structures that have been lovingly and beautifully renovated.
The main Villa is breathtaking. The art (yes, there are Della Robbia's!) antiques and architecture are what you have dreamed of in a Tuscan Villa. This has been a working estate for 900 years and you can feel the history as you roam around the buildings. And the wireless Internet in the main building is great. You can take a room in the Villa or the annex and when I return (and I will) I will want to try a room here. This is also where the cooking classes are taught. There are 3 kitchens in the Villa and the one used for the classes is a classic. As one of my friends remarked "This place has buckets of ambiance!" We all laughed, but it is true, you cannot get over the feel of this wonderful home.
Outside the grounds are lush and varied. You can walk, go for a run, read in the Italiante garden or sit by the pool and think you are in heaven. The pool is large and I was able to do my laps each day, which is a pleasure on hot summer days. There is a changing room, several outdoor showers, lounges, and a covered canopy where there are tables set up for alfresco dining. We had a wonderful lunch out here on a day we decided to stay at the Villa and it was one of our best days. And to top it off there is a hot tub high on a secluded hill overlooking the Villa.
With a rental car it is easy to get to as many hill towns and wineries as you wish, it is up to you. But is is very tempting to stay put. We took the 2 day cooking class and I think it was the highlight of our 2 week Italy trip for all in my party. The reson for this is simply, Francesca. A treasure and a light. She and her family (husband Francesco, oldest daughter Claresa) are such great people. Her other children were at the beach the week we were there and I only wish we had met them. The staff (Eva and Donna) were great, too . They were only too happy to help. The service is great but never overbearing.
I suspect the reason so many folks return to Villa I Bossi is, above all else, Francesca. She is one of the most genuinely welcoming people I have ever met. Not to mention she is one of the best cooks I have ever had the luck to dine with! She now offers 3 dinners a week at 25 Euro complete if you wish to dine on the estate. These were our best meals in Italy, for the food and the company. In our single week we met several repeat visitors from all over the world. The mix of clients was great. I think a family or a couple wanting a romantic stay would each be pleased. The Villa I Bossi is a truly special place. All of my superlatives are well deserved and I can't wait to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relais Villa i Bossi Bed and Breakfast, an historical residence nearest at Arezzo with a beautiful Italian-style gardens and one nice park, with two swimming pool. The bedrooms is furnished with original furniture in complete respect of the elegant style of the historical residence. A realy comfortable Bed and Breakfast for your holidays in in the Tuscan country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa i Bossi Hotel Arezzo