Happened on this lovely villa hotel when looking for a hotel to while away a couple of days in northern Tuscany. We stayed in a small apartment about 350 metres from the main house, Clean, comfortable and with spectacular views, it's main charm was, however, an enthusiastic puppy belonging to the owner. He took a shine to the contents of my bag and we had a pleasant chase around the garden- sadly he ate my bikini top before I could catch him!!
The main villa is so charming, shabby chic maybe, but the view, pool and general ambiance are perfect. The greatest asset of the villa is the staff. Simone is, without a doubt, the most helpful, courteous and approachable of hotel managers. He does everything that you could expect and then, more.The whole experience was like staying in the home of an old friend.
I have given four stars as I feel that the apartment was not particularly good value for money, otherwise it would be five stars. The rooms in the villa seem good value.
There is a great little shop nearby and you can buy a picnic to eat in the lovely gardens. Buy the Chianti house wine to quaff alfresco -great value and lovely.
Simone took over in March 2013 so some earlier reviews may not reflect the current level of service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded Chianti vineyards, Villa Talente is set in a restored 13th century villa. It offers an infinity pool, and luxury rooms with antique furnishings. Florence is a 30-minute drive away.All rooms at Villa Talente have terracotta floors and satellite TV. Each room provides an elegant private bathroom, equipped with hairdryer and toiletries. Some rooms feature wood-beamed ceilings and exposed brickwork.Breakfast at the Talente includes homemade cake and local fruit. It is served in the villa's kitchen, which still has the original medieval fireplace.Guests are free to explore the extensive ground, which host an old chapel and vestry, a paved courtyard and a loggia terrace. The infinity pool is heated, and offers panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside.Villa Talente is 36 miles north of Siena, and an 80-minute drive from Livorno. The estate provides free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Talente Italy/Tuscany