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Reviewed May 16, 2007

If you're looking for a friendly, upscale property in the heart of Tuscany with lavish appointments and delicious food, this may be your
solution -- if you don't mind paying for the exerience. Villa Bordoni
is a small, boutiquey property with a highly attentive staff, numerous appealing luxuries (including a pretty outdoor swimming pool), and a gourmet restaurant. The mattress was one of the best I've ever slept on in decades of worldwide travelling; not only were the linens superbly luxurious, there was a fantastic cashmere (a la Loro Piano) blanket in each room or suite. Each room was also equipped with a flat screen TV and dvd player; lavish, innovatively designed (if small) bathrooms with amazing showers; and thick terrycloth bathrobes. The entire staff went out of their way to be warm, friendly, and informative, and the small size of the hotel makes for an intimate atmosphere in which meeting and chatting with other guests is the norm. The drawbacks to this property are as follows. First, it is quite isolated (not just a short walk from Greve-in-Chianti), up a long, very narrow dirt road that is difficult to navigate in stormy conditions. So you can't just walk to town to buy something you've forgotten or to sample the region's delicious pastries and cheeses -- a car is a virtual necessity here. Second, this would probably not be a good property for individuals with disabilities and/or accessability issues. (Note: the tiled shower stalls have quite slippery floors, especially if soapy or wet.) Third, the place essentially shuts down at midnight or so -- not only is there no available room service, there is no one at the front desk to speak with should a problem arise. Also, if you are a runner and need to get your 4 or 5 miles done each day, the topography of this place isn't very suitable and the dirt road to and from the hotel is a sprained ankle waiting to happen. However, those caveats aside, the sterling qualities of Villa Bordoni are notable and will make for a most unique experience.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled solo
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9  Thank Traveller885
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Reviewed May 6, 2007

Having trawled well over 50 websites for hotels in the Tuscany region I turned to trip advisor to find our dream honeymoon destination and stumbled across Villa Bordoni. The reviews were great, the website photos were fantastic and the area sounded idyliic, so we promptly booked 3 nights.

As we drove down the S222 from Florence we knew we had made the right decision to find a hotel in the middle of this beautiful countryside, well away from all the tourist bustle in Siena and Florence. We weren't disappointed either as we headed up a narrow track to Villa Bordoni flanked by vineyards, olive groves and beautiful wild poppy fields.

Once we got to the villa we were just as impressed. The staff are absolutely fantastic, and the whole place had a really lovely relaxing feel to it. Our room was amazing. Having spent 3 nights in 5* luxury in Florence we were wondering what to expect and I have to say the decor/food/atmosphere at Villa Bordoni was better than that of the expensive hotel in Florence.

We spent 3 beautiful days at Villa Bordoni, in which we had some of the best food we have eaten in Italy (prepared onsite at the hotel's restaurant), and had the chance to wind down and relax on our last 3 days of our honeymoon.

I would advise anyone to stay here, the reviews are absolutely spot on. Villa Bordoni is perfect for families, couples on honeymoon, or those people that just want a real taste of italy in some of the most beautiful surroundings going.

One word of advice, if you are thinking about it, call them and book asap. This place clearly gets booked up quickly and your REALLY dont want to miss out!

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank B_Sener
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Reviewed April 28, 2007

We spent 4 days and 3 nights in the beautiful Chianti hills at Villa Bordoni. The property has been lovingly restored by David and Catherine Gardner the English speaking, Scottish proprietors. The results of their efforts both at restoration and management are top quality. The rooms include antique furniture, king size beds, fantastic bathrooms and many small touches (DVD players, minibars, safes, air-conditioning and internet connections) that make them comfortable enough to imagine staying for weeks at a time. The villa is surrounded by an elegant garden and several terraces including a beautiful pool and a well-equipped open-air exercise area. The restaurant is so good and the setting so pleasant that one is tempted to spend every meal on-site, although the staff is willing and helpful to provide suggestions for day trips and evenings out. The wine list is extensive and reasonably priced for a property of this caliber. Another highlight was the cooking school which is conducted informally and suitable both for beginners and those with more skill wishing to learn some local secrets. Even better is the meal following the class! Italy is full of beautiful places and Villa Bordoni tops the list. Visit soon because with only 10 rooms, it won't be long before you can't get in at all!

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank recchisur
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Reviewed April 8, 2007

We have just returned from a 3 night stay at Villa Bordoni. The villa is outstanding, we had such a fabulous time and will certainly return. It is owned by David and Catherine who are incredibly friendly, making you feel instantly at ease and an important guest. They have renovated the villa to such a high standard. The bedrooms / bathrooms are so, so beautiful, with every single tiny feature being so incredibly well thought out. We came to the villa after 2 hectic days in Florence and it was a perfect place in which to relax....our bed was so huge and comfy that we slept like kings! The restaurant / bar is staffed by locals, who are again incredibly friendly and accomodating. My husband loved the food served at the restaurant, but as a fussy eater, it was no trouble for Francesco the chef to alter the menu to meet my needs (the menu changes each day and uses local ingredients and olive oil which the villa produces using the olives they grow). Each evening between 6.30-7.30, along with a huge wine list, the bar offers complimentary snacks of delicious olives, salami, cheese and crostini. Breakfast too was delicious..especially the home made scones which arrived hot from the oven. Catherine and David have a excellent knowledge of Tuscany and Florence and are always on hand to give advice as to where to visit, restaurants to enjoy etc....nothing is to much trouble. They arranged a trip to a local vine yard (Fontodi) where we tasted and purchased the most delicious wine! We considered organising a wine tour in the UK before we arrived in Tuscany but would now advise against this. The Summer would be a fantastic time to visit Villa Bordoni...enjoying breakfast on the terrace over looking the beautiful Tuscan hills, walking amoungst the vines, relaxing in the villas pool / gym. Also, the Villa would be such a fabulous place to get married-the view from the villa is picture postcard perfect and the villa has a very personal feel about it.....its a shame we didnt find it earlier!! We would highly recommend Villa Bordoni. It describes itself so perfectly as ' a luxury hotel in Tuscany'

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank teamdsg
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Reviewed March 18, 2007

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with family
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