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Antico Borgo Poggiarello
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All reviewssan gimignanohost familybeautiful farmhousechef robertohomemade pastaamazing foodtuscan countrysideevery eveningbeds were comfortableapartment was cleanother guestsout of the wayfood and winewonderful hostshill townslonger staypaulo
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Reviewed September 24, 2010

I think a lot must have changed since many of the other reviews have been written, because our stay at Poggiarello was wonderful. I was traveling with my fiance and my parents, and as my parents had booked the trip, I knew nothing about the place before we arrived. The drive in was a tad complicated (and the directions were somewhat lacking), but the road has recently been paved so it was very smooth the entire way, not to mention gorgeous. We considered finding it just part of the Italian adventure.
The location is simply beautiful. The views over the hillside are breathtaking, especially at sunset, and the terrace area was a great place to sit and enjoy a few drinks while soaking in the view. I should mention that there was only one other group (no kids) staying there the night we stayed, so it was VERY quiet and peaceful. The apartment (2 BR) was great with views from both BRs over the valley, although one of the BRs was a little cramped for a double bed.
After spending all day in the car and taking several tries to find Poggiarello, we opted to eat in the restaurant rather than try to navigate back to town for dinner and try to return home in the dark. We were SO glad we did—it was perhaps the best meal we had in Italy. Four courses: an antipasto, some divine risotto, a very generous helping of lamb, followed by a delicious dessert. Eaten with a bottle of the local chianti which we found to be excellent (although we're hardly wine connoisseurs), and the service and ambience were both great. Certainly one of the most enjoyable meal experiences of our trip.
The staff was warm, welcoming, and helpful. We met every member of the family upon our arrival! They were all so nice, including Cito, the dog.
My fiance and I did opt to rent the Roman bath for an hour, which was everything we had hoped it would be—relaxing, fun, and different. It's not as hot as a hot tub so we sat in it for about 45 minutes before we started to feel a little woozy. However, I really think that it should be included in the room charge—20 Euros for an hour was way too much. The outdoor pool (free) was one of the prettiest I've seen, although we didn't end up using it.
We all had a fantastic time—a great respite from the chaos and business that was our time in Rome and Florence—and would certainly go back.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

Bad value for money
place is quiet, too quiet, far from rest of the world - first real village is at least 10km. Food is not bad, but relatively expensive, no a la carte menu. Rooms are old furnished, beds are hard. Swimming pool is ok, but beds and surroundings are poor with no ambiance. €120/night is far too much. You even have to pay an extra €9/person for a poor breakfast. There are a lot Agriturismos in Tuscany with better value for money.

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poggia, Owner at Antico Borgo Poggiarello, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2010

Dear Mrs or Mr BriBraopreis,
Thank you for your review.
Just some point that we want to make clear.
Our dinner has composed by 5 courses (each one different day by day) and the price is 29 Euro p.p.,
The apartments are furnished in OLD TUSCANY STYLE and the beds are anatomic the surroundigs
are in national walnut wood.
Our breakfast:
Orange juice, cake hand made,toasted bred,corn flakes,muesli,marmoledes mix,honey,butter,nutella,milk,fresh fruit,cheese,salami,Parma ham.
Espresso,American coffee,tea,Caffellatte,Cappuccino,hot chocolate served as much as one likes.
Regards
Nino

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Reviewed June 8, 2010

Poggiarello is a great place for those who want to be a little off the beaten track, but not too far from amenities or places of interest..Here you can have your cake and eat it. It's set amongst extensive woods on a hillside with expansive views. From the upper part of the site.Paulo will likely point out the hill towns of Volterra snd San Giminiano which perch on the skyline, as he takes you on the tour on your arrival,He and his brother Roberto run the place with a casual charm and efficiency.They may not volunteer to join you if you elect to go for a days tramping in the greenwoods,but they are very likely to loan you a map ,so that you find your way back .
If you want to talk wine ,Paulo's your man."wine is my passion !" He stands firmly in the traditionalist camp, when it comes to winemaking, and I wasn't going to argue ,especially not as we were in his wine cellar and it may have resulted in magnums at twenty paces!,so if its just advice on local chianti or classy brunello or an impassioned debate ,Paulo like the boy scout will " be prepared"
We ate in the restaurant on the first night and it was good,four courses of tasty tuscan food. The apartment was very clean ,huge bathroom,a kitchen which did us well enough as we cooked on 3 evenings, a grand patio, a fine pool ,plenty big enough ,even for the early morning lap swimmer,------just a little more bracing then.
All in all the antico borgo is well worth a try ,and we happily recommend it.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 6, 2009

After traveling extensively through southern France and Italy we look for rural and ancient places to stay and Antico Borgo Poggiarello is our favorite. This part of Tuscany is exquisite, with rolling hills and ancient towns, but mainly we love this place because of the family that runs it. It's the closest a foreigner will get to living "under the Tuscan Sun" without buying a house and actually moving there. It is removed, but that's exactly why we go there (our accommodations before this were a castle in Umbria, even more remote). This is Italy as it was meant to be, rustic, beautiful with great food and hosts...

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2009

this was our 2nd trip to Poggiarello, and we loved it even more than the first time.Our apartment overlooked the most beautiful sunsets we've ever seen! We absolutely love the family.. the hospitality couldnt have been better! Grazia, the wife of Nino the owner, gave me some amazing cooking lessons, I came home to San Francisco and bought a pasta machine! the food was fabulous, and Paolo the son in law knows wine like a sommilier... we drank very well, as well as fabulous Tuscan dinners every night. We wanted something rustic, and thats exactly the experience we had.. they even had the road paved since our last visit, so getting there on the longish road was not an issue. Roberto and his beautiful girlfriend Elli were so much fun and couldnt have been more helpful.For us, it was the perfect week ending our 3 week holiday in Italy!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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