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“Comfortable, friendly & in a perfect setting. I would love to return” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Villa Godenano
Henly in Arden
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“Comfortable, friendly & in a perfect setting. I would love to return”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2011

I stayed for a week as part of a group tour. The villa is rustic with period architecture. My room was spacious, comfortable & clean... with a great shower. The tranquil setting was perfect for relaxing by the pool after a day's walking in the beautiful countryside. Breakfast was varied, I loved the eggs & combinations of cakes, cheese & pastries in addition to the usual cereals & breads. The home cooking was delicious. A short uphill walk to the village brings you to local shops & restaurants. A wonderful week that will remain in my memory for years to come. Many thanks to Laura & family.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Inverness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2011

Stayed here with EXPLORE on a walking holiday. Castellina in Chianti is a beautiful village with fab restaurants and is as quaint and cute as a button. Vila Godenano is a perfect place to chill and relax after a busy day. The house keeper Lena is beyond fab and just smiles ear to ear all day - a gem of a lady!!! Laura the owner pops in from time to time and she is also a lovely lovely lady sharing her familes story making your stay even more special. I would thoroughly recommend staying here, the scenary is spectacular, food AMAZING and well what can I say Toscana is just the best place for a week of chilling and forgeting the stress and strains of life......dont hesitate GO :-)

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2010

This villa is situated on a hill with a beautiful view of the valley. It is walking distance from the village for shopping, and placed well for visiting other villages in Tuscany. The rooms are clean, fresh decor, quite elegant, and the baths modern. There is a gathering room with a bar, which we used for serving up our own wines and nibbles from the village. We had dinner in a separate large dining room, with a superb chef serving 4-5 course meals of local recipes, all delicious. The breakfasts were big spreads with fruit, cereal, frittatas, sometimes eggs, bread or toast, pastries (homemade) and varied other choices. The weather was so nice that we usually took our breakfast on the terrace. The atmosphere was elegant but homey. We were a group of friends of 21, and took up the entire villa, which we liked. This villa only serves groups. They do, however, own another larger and fancier hotel nearby with a spa, where they can take on one room at a time, Villa Lecchi. We visited it for dinner and thought it was also extremely elegant.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank MaeJean893
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Greensboro NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2010

this was my second stay at the Villa, love it! Food is yummy and the wine was free flowing. The Villa is a 10 min walk to Castellina which has some great shopping . Also it is located, so day trips work in well, close enough to sometimes take in two lovely towns in a day. I highly recommend this hotel, beautiful grounds, staff that is just great!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2010

As I read some of these online reviews, I am totally puzzled by any review about Villa Godenano that isn't a five star review. What a gorgeous place!!
I traveled on a small bus with 20 other passengers. As the bus driver (the fabulous Luigi!) turned off the main road onto the private drive to the Villa, all that could be heard was a collective sigh when the Villa came into view. Lush green, beautifully maintained grounds complete with olive trees, grapevines, and gorgeous flowers welcomed us. We could not believe our eyes. I had looked Villa Godenano up on Trip Advisor before I left, and let me tell you....the photos posted on this website do not do it justice. This place is stunning!!! Peacefulness and serenity in abundance. The view of the surrounding vineyards from our favorite outdoor breakfast spot.....perfection!!! One day I swam in the lovely pool there (surrounded by olive trees), and gazed at the miles of vineyards and said out loud (to no one in particular) "It does not get any better than this!!!" Nirvana!!!
Okay, so enough about the grounds and exterior. On the inside....beautiful wood floors and a gorgeous shiny hardwood stairway (the woodwork all over the villa is gorgeous and sparkling). Also a bonus....apparently the only elevator in all of Italy : ) !!! This was a welcome relief from the miles of walking and hill climbing we did all over Italy, but I digress.
The bedrooms....totally charming yet spacious. Some of them enter onto a lovely terrace on the second floor. All of them had delightful windows that overlooked the beautiful grounds. Immaculate rooms and baths. Real full sized bathrooms with full sized showers!!! Crisp white linens on the beds everyday (I swear they must iron them!!). I have never slept so well.
As beautiful as the Villa is, the real magic is in the warmth and amazing Italian hospitality of Laura and Sverio (the owners) and Phillipe (their son) and Mario, a member of their staff. Laura greeted us with the story of her father whose dream it was to own Villa Godenano. And after years of hard work, his dream was realized. You have never met harder workers or nicer people than Laura and Sverio. Laura speaks great English. Sverio speaks all Italian. BUT....Sverio definitely knows how to communicate through his AMAZING cooking!!!!! I have now been home almost a week and I am still dreaming of his UNBELIEVABLE meals!!!! Bellissiimo!!!
Breakfasts are outrageous....frittatas, perfect Italian breads and bruschettas, meats and cheeses, coffee to die for. Fabulous. The dinners? Total perfection!!!! I took photos of every dish he made. Dinner became a several hour long event every night. Course after course of perfection served at our beautiful long table, complete with fabulous house wine and Sverio's own olive oil, every single night. Ti Amo Sverio!!!!!
Bottom line: I would stay here again in a heartbeat. If you have the chance to spend a week here, you will remember it forever.
Thank you to Laura and Sverio (and to our fabulous guide Marina and driver Luigi) for giving me the vacation of my dreams!!!!

p.s. Laura and Sverio also own VILLA LECCHI, a grand hotel a few towns over. We were invited there for dinner one evening and it was spectacular!!! Hotel, spa, wellness center. Scenery out of a movie. Definitely worth booking. And their fabulous Momma cooks there too, and let me tell you.....great cooks run in the family!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2010
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2010

This place is terrific if you are looking for quiet, serene, comfortable, and beautiful. It is a villa in the charming little town of Castellina in Chianti,Italy.You can sit by the pool and look out over miles of vinyards and olive groves in the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany. It is owned and operated by Laura and Severio along with other members of their family. They are unbelievably gracious, friendly, and accommodating. The full breakfasts and 5 course dinners we had were exquisite and included wine and olive oil produced on the property.Meals are not in a restaurant. They are in a large family style dining room or outdoor terrace.
The rooms are clean, modern, and very comfortable.It doesn't have a "hotel" feel. It feels "like home". My wife and I were traveling with 20 friends from Northeast Florida, and we honestly felt at home for a week. It is a great central base for day trips to Florence,Siena, and the other beautiful Tuscan towns.
As I understand it, this property deals primarily with groups. Individual travelers are referred to the family's other property,Villa Lecci. Also, Laura is the only family member who speaks English, so bring your Italian phrase book or a translator.
If you are looking for bustling night life and resort feel, this is not the place. If you are looking for total relaxation, unparalled beauty, and pure serenity, I highly recommend Villa Godenano.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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1 Thank boballten
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Montpellier
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2007

Hello, we just come back from Tuscany. We've stayed in Villa Godenano for 5 days, and I have been positively charmed. That's a typical tuscan house and the inner style is as cosy as the outside. It's very quiet and peaceful and we liked the feeling of "being at home".
On saturdays, there is a market at Castellina in Chianti, where you can find all sorts of things, and we found there a typical dish, the "porchetta"(roasted pig)
As for my young daughter,she liked the big garden and large swimming pool , with no rush .I forgot to say that it's a nice young lady who is in charge of the place and make you feel at home.
Ideal when you like quietness and a sense of independance.
Laurence

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  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank madula
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Property: Hotel Villa Godenano
Address: Localita Godenano 1 | Siena, 53011, Castellina In Chianti, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Castellina In Chianti
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in Castellina In Chianti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 156
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Hotel Villa Godenano Castellina In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany

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