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“Delightful Riding Holiday”
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Rendola Riding
San Francisco
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28 reviews
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“Delightful Riding Holiday”
Reviewed September 28, 2009

This is a wonderful place for a horseback riding holiday, even in September when bugs are, unfortunately, plentiful. Owner/hostess Jenny Bawtree is a no-nonsense Englishwoman and her operation is a well-run ship indeed. Activities are carefully planned and start punctually. The horses are sweet-natured, beautifully trained and well cared for. The farmhouse in which she lives and her guests stay (unless they are on the point-to-point "Seven Castles of Chianti" ride) is rustic but clean and comfortable. The delicious Tuscan country cooking, served up at a long table with bottomless bottles of Chianti wine and Jenny presiding over the table with humor, charm and expert knowledge of Italian language and Tuscan art and culture, will warm your heart and your belly. Our evenings were full of lively conversation and laughter. Jenny and her head instructor/guide Eraldo lead brisk rides through the beautiful Chianti countryside, and you can also take lessons in the ring with Eraldo, a fine instructor. Jenny mixes a modest amount of sightseeing into her program. I've been on more guided tours of churches and museums than I can count, and Jenny's beat them all--she tells you the fun stuff about what you're seeing. For those who don't ride horses, you can bring a car and have easy access to Florence, Siena and Arezzo if you're interested in cities, there are many marked hiking trails, and Jenny has an enormous library. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Boston, MA
1 review
Reviewed March 21, 2008

I would go again in a minute. Jenny was a wonderful host and the cuisine prepared by Pietro was delicious. Eraldo was a great tracker/trainer, and friend. I wish all of them continued success and hope to see them all again some day. I cherish the memories and frequently re-visit the experience with photos and a glass of Chianti.

  • Liked — Family style, private rooms with baths, shared common area & dining
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with friends
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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Reviewed September 28, 2007

Thank you to Jenny and Eraldo for making my riding holiday so enjoyable. Jenny's knowledge of local history and Eraldo's excellent riding instruction and advice made the holiday interesting and informative. I have returned to England a better rider with the knowledge that I gained at Rendola which has benefitted both me and my horse. The horses at Rendola are very well schooled so during the rides I could really appreciate the wonderful views. The holiday was relaxing, Jenny and our guide, Eraldo, made us feel really welcome, the riding was excellent and mealtimes were lots of fun. Jenny arranges the most amazing picnics for the day rides complete with table and chairs, wine and excellent Italian cuisine.

  • Liked — Huge wardrobes, chests of drawers, ensuite bathroom.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
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new jersey
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4 hotel reviews
Reviewed July 27, 2007

The lady who runs the place, Jenny Bawtree, just doesn't have the patience to deal with the public anymore (she used to be better when she was younger). She will make nasty comments if you leave some food on the plate ("You may do that in New Jersey, but it's not done here"). Like I haven't paid for this food already. Also the rooms are dirty.

Stayed April 2004
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Property: Rendola Riding
Address: Localita Rendola 66, 52025, Montevarchi, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Montevarchi
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Ranked #6 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Montevarchi
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Number of rooms: 8
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