My husband and I visited Tenuta il Corno on our honeymoon in early September. From the moment we arrived, to the moment we left, we felt like we were home. From the big hug from Enrica when we arrived to the solemn one before we left - we loved our stay here. We stayed in the Palaggio apartment, which is HUGE and both windows had amazing views (one of the hills and another of the pool). It is not very close to any major city, so at night it is completely silent - such a welcome reprieve from our busy time in Monterosso. The rooms do not have AC, but they will give you a small fan if you ask at the front desk. We really did not use it much, though, since it got so cool at night.
Maria (the owner) took us on a private tour of the wine cellar, and told us all about their process of making wine. We learned so much from our short time with her, but we now want to learn more - she inspired us to take classes on wine now that we are back home in the states! Her adorable little boys ran around during the day and kept us smiling, along with the cats who visited us during our meals on the patio. The pool is heavenly! There are hammocks that surround it - perfect for an afternoon siesta.
We ate at the restaurant a few times, and our food there was very good every time. Our favorite dish was the spaghetti al ragu - YUM! I am still dreaming about it! You cannot go wrong with any of the wine, either. We could not stop drinking the fantastic wine they produce - and brought back 2 bottles for when we are feeling extra nostalgic.
We were looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay - and this definitely fit the bill. If you are looking for something that is closer to Florence, though, I would not recommend staying here. It is about 45 minutes to drive into the city so you have to have a car. We did a day trip into Florence, and were more than happy with that :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is one of the most beautiful estates in Val di Pesa and was built by the ancient Del Corno family in the 12th century. The family committed itself with diligence and dedication to enhancing the rural environment and this estate was turned into a real "agronomical park". In 1523 - when the Renaissance was at its peak - the estate passed to the Strozzi family.Il Corno became their summer house. Since 1911 it is owned by the Counts Frova Arroni di Arrone, who carried on all its traditional agronomic activities - oil and wine production - with diligence and commitment, in a perfect union between high technology, traditional methods and respect for the environment. Towards the end of the 1990s some of the main country houses of the estate were restored and renovated and today they serve as accommodation for our guests. There are rooms and apartments - partly made up of original pieces - where tradition, elegance and simplicity create a real magic atmosphere. Here you will spend very relaxing holidays, sun baths or swimming in one of our pools surrounded by our big park. Enjoy some of our delicious typical food and drinking one of our fine wines !!. Finally, the Villa represents a romantic Renaissance-style location where to celebrate weddings, parties , meetings, conventions and any other events. You can stay in our country houses in an apartments or in a room, elegantly furnished, partly with original and antique pieces . The hills of the Chianti region, with vineyards and olive trees, characterize the splendid landscape that surrounds our country houses. These houses were built more than 500 years ago and they have been restored taking great care to preserve their original structure, materials and furniture. Their wooden beams and terracotta floors perfectly match the comfort and modernity of the services provided. You will experience the best of your holiday diving into our swimming pools surrounded by nature, having breakfast while admiring our breathtaking landscape, tasting the excellent wines we produce or having a romantic candlelit dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tenuta Il Corno Italy/Tuscany