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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Traveling south on the SS #222 through the town of Greve be sure to look for a small sign leading to a small lane which quickly climbs and windsthrough vineyards and olive groves, past a large villa gate, and a country church, San Cresci. Along the way there are glimpses of the tiny village of Montefioralle which sits on a nearby knob.(and well worth a visit).
Sheltered against the hillside Bordoni is surrounded by elegant palm trees and a tranquil scented garden. The emphasis here is on comfort. Recently restored the dining room, bar and terraces are purposely designed to convey a feeling of visiting a friend's house in the country.
Only 14 rooms, plus a notable restaurant Bordoni has been thoughtfully renovated with subtle sophistication and elegance;l but the secret here is the owner, David Gardner, who is the ultimate host for this style of country hotel. ensuring a high level of service, as well as a friendly professional 'vibe'. He is a 'foodie' and the owner of two notable restaurants in Florence, so the kitchen here is excellent without being pretentious, and the chef offers cooking lessons too.
Our room is at the top of the villa and is large with exposed beams, cool tile floors, and elegant linens. The bath is a dream. The pool terraces with gorgeous Chianti views is a restful place to spend a restful afternoon. Bordoni is well located for exploring the villages and wine estates of northern Chianti.

Date of stay: September 2012
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Thank Lee R
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I found the Villa Bordoni on line and was very impressed. We enjoyed a great night in this redone, charming villa. The room was incredible, beautifully done. The outside and inside dining areas were charming and quaint. The staff as mentioned is amazing. We also visited the owner's restaurant in Florence called Baldevino, and that was great too. Hoping to return soon, one night was not enough. Make sure you jump in their inviting pool! Awesome. And, Im picky!!!

Date of stay: July 2012
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Thank paris200
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We decided to stay here on the spur of the moment...and what a beautiful experience it was! I don't think we can add very much more to the wonderful comments and reviews of other guests, but we do want to say some words about Hugo. This man is a dream employee for any employer. He has charm, wit, worldy knowledge and an ear to the ground. He almost seems to know what you want before you say anything. Also due to Hugo, we are still drinking Pomerol spritzers at home in Brisbane...our new sunset drink!!

Should we ever find ourselves in Tuscany, we would most certainly try and stay at Villa Bordoni. This is a destination for all types of guests, from newly weds to the travel weary. It raises your spirits, but rests your soul. If you can afford to spend more than a few nights here, that is fantastic...for those who can't, please try and stay for at least the one night...it is most definitely worth it.

Thank you very much Hugo and staff.

Date of stay: September 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Keith P
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I’ll echo everything the reviewer before me said about this magical place. With the exception of the cooking class, which my wife and I did NOT take, and we regretted it after chatting with other folks who were staying at Bordoni when we were there.

The place is just tranquility, pure and simple. Beautiful, spacious elegant rooms. Picturesque grounds. A staff that is both courteous and friendly, but also knows the balance of when to let you sit and enjoy your privacy. You check in at Bordoni and you feel yourself relaxing instantly.

One NOTE that many travelers I think will be interested in. We did NOT rent a car on our trip to Italy (we live in NYC and do not drive very often and did not want the hassle). We relied on car services arranged by our various hotels. Villa Bordoni was the BEST in this regard. They hired a driver for us, Sandra, who was absolutely wonderful. Not only did she pick us up from our hotel in Montepulciano to take us to Greve, but she took us to Wineries and into town and showed us all the sites along the way. Point being if you aren’t renting a car you should still find your way to Villa Bordoni. It is more than worth the trip, and their front desk is so very capable of making sure you get where you need to be and enjoy every moment of the journey.

The restaurant alone is reason enough to stay here. Delicious food, an amazing wine list, and ambiance like you wouldn’t believe. We ate their both nights of our stay and wished we could have stayed longer to give it one more round. Yes, it is that good.

Date of stay: October 2012
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Thank jpchanda
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed here for two nights. It was easily the best place we stayed at on our trip to Italy. If you're planning on going to Tuscany you should definitely stay here and structure your trip around this place.

Ambience. The best thing was the ambience of the Villa. There are only a handful of rooms -- so we got to know everyone staying there. And we got to know the staff. We'd see them at breakfast and have long conversations with them. It felt like a family home almost.

Cooking Class. Actually, I think the best thing we did was take the cooking class that they offer on the first day that we got there. Through the class we got to know the kitchen staff and all the other people staying at the villa. We all ended up having dinner together and hanging out for a long time afterwards. And then at breakfast every morning. It's expensive at 150euro per person -- but that comes with the class -- thats almost 4 hours long -- and a full four course meal afterwards. Not to mention all the wine you can drink. Well worth it. In fact, I would say the cooking class at Villa Bordoni was the highlight of our Italy trip. The cook -- Colin -- is a great teacher, letting us get hands on with everything -- and a total professional that knows everything about food. Do it. You won't regret it.

Location. The villa is set on the side of a hill above the city of Greve in Chianti. The views all around are ridiculous. Vinyards, mountains, green grass, olive groves, little villas and castles poking above the landscape. Classic Tuscany. This is what you think of when you think of Tuscany. Away from it all. I went on a run in the morning through vineyards and olive tree orchards. Where else can I do that? The one negative I'll say is that it's really hard to find the place. My recommendation is to NOT use your GPS. They are crap here. Just follow the signs up from Greve. And VERY IMPORTANT -- do NOT try to drive up here at night. Make sure you get back to the Villa by daylight. We made the mistake our second night and it took us awhile to find our way back to the Villa. Actually, forget the Villa -- it took us a long time to find our way back to Greve. The roads in Italy are not signed well and are hard to follow even when you are on them. Do yourself a favor and don't drive at night.

Rooms. The rooms are really nice. I would call them country chic. We splurged a little and got the Junior Suite at the Villa. It was spacious and airy. Big comfy bed. TV and high speed internet free everywhere. The bathroom was extremely nice. A work of art with old tile work melded with a modern shower stall, sink, and toilet. There's a DVD player in each room as well and they have a nice collection of DVDs you can borrow to watch. Kind of fun to watch while going to sleep.

The Restaurant. I'll write another review of the restaurant, but i'll mention it here again. We ate at the Villa every night. The food is the best we had in Italy. The cook, Colin, is amazing. Fresh food, prepared right there, at very reasonable prices.

Go there.

Date of stay: October 2012
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Thank ResidentAlien
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