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“My Wonderful Trip in Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Borgo dei Lunardi

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Borgo dei Lunardi
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“My Wonderful Trip in Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

Last week I spent some days at Borgo dei Lunardi, the last stop in Italy of a longer trip.
The structure is imposing and it makes an excellent impression when you arrive.. with its red tower and its characteristic shapes ... the interiors of apartments are essential, but nice and comfortable.

The staff is very kind. On the way to the property we had a trouble with the rental car, but fortunately by the arrival, a young lady, Martina, helped us to solve the problem, talking for more than half an hour with the italian referent of the rental company, at the airport! Then she offered us an aperitif; we relaxed together, tasting the excellent wines produced on site!
Even the food is great! High quality, typical proposals and wonderful presentation! What you don’t expect from a farm restaurant.. Yuri, the chef is professional and capable!

The only note I can make to the structure is the missing wi-fi. I think they should provide... even if we were not so sorry to disconnect contacts for a couple of days with the rest of the world! ... Anyway I highly recommend it.

We really felt pampered!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Manchester
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2010

Borgo dei Lunardi consists of 13 apartments set in beautiful rolling Tuscan countryside just outside of the small village of Cerreto Guidi. Waking up each morning and opening the shutters to let in the fresh air and breathtaking views of vineyards and olive groves has got to be one of the best possible starts to tany day. No wonder the locals are so happy and friendly! My girlfriend and I had a wonderful holiday here.

So why has it got mixed reviews on Tripadvisor?
It's not the place to go if you are expecting luxury accommodation and 5 star service. The kitchen facilities in the apartments are fairly basic (2 electric hobs, some utensils, crockery and cutlery, but bring your own cloth, tea towel, washing up liquid etc). The site is not attended 24/7, so if you need someone to get the shower door on straight you might have to wait until 8.30am the next morning.
But if you don't mind looking after yourselves a bit then it is a wonderful place to explore Vinci, Lucca, Florence, Pisa and the like.

The onsite restaurant is a real hidden treasure, the food and service being of excellent quality; it's not exactly cheap but well worth it for a "treat". The home produced wine, olive oil and honey are absolutely wonderful and you'd be well advised to save some of your baggage allowance for bringing some home.

All of the staff at Borgo Dei Lunardi were friendly and helpful.

If you decide to eat in the village and are of a carnivorous persuasion Adriano's Restaurant serves "Bisteca Fiorentina" which is renowned throughout the region. Two of us shared 1kilo of almost raw beef steak washed down with a bottle of the house red - much tastier than it might sound!

If you do go to Borgo Dei Lunardi, just remember to bring a cloth, mozzy repellent and plenty space in your cases and bellies...

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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london
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2010

I have to agree with the Kelly family from Australia. There is a lot of potiential here but those extra not costly touches are missing. "M" who greeted us gave me the feeling that we were an inconvenience rather than guests. She could not even be bothered to get off the phone to say good bye. The apartment was nice but minimally kitted out. Our shower flooded, the water temperatures fluctuated, no toilet roll holder and I agree a sachet of cleaning fluid, a dish cloth and a tea towel would not go astray. Using the laundry is just too hard. Our email said that the total price was "x" only to have 50 euros added for airconditioning with not having mentioned it anywhere before this. We had stayed at wonderful 4* hotel DBB just bewfore this and there was very little price difference so not a cheap alternative.
The restaurant was good and the staff were very nice.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Travelers are raving about these Cerreto Guidi hotels

Sydney, Australia
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237 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2009

We have stayed in a number of beautiful villas across the world over the years however Borgo dei Lunardi is the best of them all and for us ended a magical experience in Italy.

We planned to travel to Tuscany and sought out a medium priced villa that we believed would be central to all of the most visited and beautiful places in and around central Tuscany - such as San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca, Sienna, Vinci and also Florence (Fiorenze).

We could not have been happier (the adults or hard to please Teenagers) - from the moment we arrived a most beautiful hostess, Martina ensured that we were welcomed and we were provided a brochure and pack outlining opening times of the Restaurant (a 5 Star restaurant with TV star Chef Stefano none the less!!), provided tips on travel to Florence, where we could buy foodstuffs, local markets, train timetables and opening times of the restaurant.

The views are to die for with excellent vistas of Tuscan countryside from all balconies and Villas and woken up by workers going off to work in the vineyard chatting away in Italian and one morning also serenaded by a harmonica as an elderly gent walked down the gravel road adjacent to the villa - this was a magic touch.
We were in late on our first day and had serious car troubles with no assistance at all from Europcar (the new car broke down with a fatal engine fault 40minutes after collecting it and we spent over an hour on the telephone back to Australia trying to arrange assistance. Martina spent over two hours on the telephone calling all over Europe for us in order to arrange a new car and actually stayed back well past her finishing time with no issue or complaint in order to ensure that we had a vehicle to collect the next day - the service provided by the office staff went above and beyond).

The teenagers were thoroughly entertained by Alessandro, Nicolai and Daniel Lunardi (the owners) and also treated to fantastic meals and Tuscan cooking lessons by Stefano, Borgo dei Lunardi's Chef who incidentally loves Aussies and has also been widely televised on cooking shows gaining something of a cult following.

Our Teenage son who is quite shy was conned into attending a Tuscan cooking afternoon with Stefano and has raved about it since - as well as cooking various meals for us since he completed the cooking class.

The location of Borgo dei Lunardi is very close to all areas across Tuscany and is very close to Empoli from where you can catch the train to Florence - either taking the bus to the station from out front or cab (20 Euros). We would recommend going by train as it is only a 30min trip and the train delivers you right into the middle of Florence a short walk to everything.

The only major problem from my wallets perspective is that Alessandro Lunardi is also a purveyor of fine leather handbags and wallets exporting these handmade leathergoods all across Europe and also into America and Australia. There was a very small brochure in the restaurant which caught my wifes eye and we eventually succumbed to a private showing of the leather goods which are made by artisans in the local village and bought a number of the bags.

There were two nights that we wished to go to the restaurant however we did not book in time although we were slotted in on one night and Stefano cooked a beautiful meal for the six of us and had it delivered to our villa on the second night as there were over one hundred and thirty guests in at a Party - a wild Italian Party which we were also invited to!!! Such hospitality.

Have read the reviews previusly regarding security deposits and heating etc and did not experience any problems at all so it appears that everything has been fixed that end.

With respect to laundry - if you need to launder clothing ensure that you speak with Martina and have her ask Roland to let you use the downstairs washing machine and dryer - the laundry is open from 8.30 to 12.30 although reception can "adjust" times if required.

All in all for us an excellent and most fitting Tuscan adventure.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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JAMoon
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2009

My husband and I hired out the whole of Borgo dei Lunardi in Sept 2009 for our wedding. There were 50 of us and we all loved it! It's an absolutely gorgeous location with fantastic views in the heart of beautiful Tuscany. The apartments are rustic and self-catering but extremely comfortable with everything you could need. The staff there were brilliant too - helpful and there to make sure we had a special wedding.

In particular I have to rave about the Cucina del Borgo, the restaurant on site, and the chef there, Stefano. He cooked for fifty of us for three days and everything was absolutely delicious, especially our wedding meal, which was six courses of heaven!

Borgo also make their own olive oil and wine, and offer tours around their estate with tasting sessions to finish. Couldn't recommend this place enough etiher for a Tuscan break or another wedding.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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48 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2008

We stayed in this place for 7 nights in September. We were very disappointed. This place has a lot of potential - the buildings are nice and the view was wonderful, we liked the area very much and were able to do day trips to many beautiful places including Pisa, Lucca & San Gimignano. The disappointment comes from the lack of staff, information and assistance of any kind. When we arrived we received our key by a man who was working there and that was it we were left to it. We were provided with no other information about the property at all eg. restuarant opening hours, emergency contacts etc. When in the unit we found that there was absolutely nothing to wash dishes with, there was no detergent, no cloths nothing. We were woken early the next morning by a lady who is in attendance at the property in the mornings between 9 and 12. She wanted to ensure that we paid our security deposit and cleaning fee. I asked her about something to wash the dishes with and she went from unit to unit until she found some dishwashing liquid that was it. We had to go to the supermarket to get everything else. As we were also gone before 9 and home a long time after 12 we didn't see her again and as we had to catch an early train on the Monday morning we thought that we should wait for her to arrive on the Saturday so we could see her and get our security deposit back - she told us then that she would not be there on Sunday so it was lucky we did make the effort or we would not have got our deposit back. When showering we also had to be very careful as the water went from warm to boiling every few seconds so you had to keep jumping out of the way. It was ridiculous. The unit we were in was also very cold and whilst there was heating we were unable to make it work and of course could not find any instructions or any one to assist. As there were no extra blankets we had to sleep in jumpers to keep warm. The unit also only had two hotplates and no oven or microwave so while we had intended to cook nightime meals we ended up doing this only once. We did eat in the restaurant one night and it was a fabulous meal and the staff there were fantastic. Unfortunately when we went to eat there again the restuarant was shut - We could find no information about opening hours etc and had to do a mad dash into town to find something to eat. We wouldn't stay here again.

  • Liked — The views
  • Disliked — Lack of staff and information
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Chicago
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2007

We spent one of the best nights in all of Italy at this beautiful estate. The estate is located just outside of Vinci and it has everything you need to truly enjoy Tuscany. The staff was extremely helpful when we arrived and the rooms were spotless and huge. There is a pool, wine-bar and one of the best restaurants that we ate at in all of Italy (we spent over 15 nights all over Italy). The views around the estate are nothing short of fantastic. My wife and I enjoyed a bottle of local wine (they have their own label) while watching workers harvest grapes all around us.

The head chef of the restaurant, Stefano Pinciaroli, personally greeted and served us. He recommended one of the best meals we have ever had and the wine pairing was perfect.

There is no question that we make a return visit to this hotel and while I have used this word numerous times, it turly was perfect.

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Property: Borgo dei Lunardi
Address: Via Torribina 46, 50050 Cerreto Guidi, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Cerreto Guidi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Cerreto Guidi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Borgo dei Lunardi 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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