The estate is truly beautiful, however you don't realise just how isolated it is, until you get there. It is not within walking distance of a village, or anything else around. We arrived on a Wednesday afternoon. Our apartment in the village was lovely, but had a stale dusty smell about it. I dont think it had been opened up all Winter. We opened all the windows to let in some fresh air.
The bathroom was very nice, but the shower was all mouldy! Not up to the standard of these estate!
The kitchen is fully equipped, however there was no coffee/tea/sugar. Oh, where can I get some? The nearest village is 2kms away, but its Wednesday afternoon and everything is shut!! Surely some satchets of coffee etc should be provided, for at least the first night anyway, until we can get organized. If not, then tell people on confirmation to bring their own.
I am an early riser, and the coffee shop doesn't open until 8am. So every morning I had to wait at least two hours till I could get a cup of coffee.
We were part of a conference, and a shopping expedition was organized for 14 people. When it was time two go, two vehicles arrived that only fitted 13 people! I was left out. No explaination was given as to why they brought a smaller car. They were clearly told 14. No apology at all, and to top it all the ladies who did go had to pay more, as it was one person less.
I find all this very poor for a resort of this calibre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Telling its stories, a place becomes part of those stories. The legend takes on a life beyond the place and becomes timeless.The origins of the village of Il Borro are lost in the history of medieval Tuscany and the famous people who established the reputation of the region. Every alley, every stone speaks of a time that once was, of flavours and scents that recall the memory of a rare and more authentic Tuscany.Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, in the shadow of the cypress trees of the ancient Via dei Sette Ponti, (an area rich in art and culture between the three main cities of Tuscany Florence, Arezzo and Siena), Il Borro is an open window on history, a fresco to a far away world. The Medici dynasty, the Savoia family and now the Ferragamo family have safeguarded and preserved this precious oasis, making this place, suspended between past and present, a sanctuary dedicated to wellbeing and the art of hospitality. You are welcome - one thousand years of history are waiting for you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Borro Hotel San Giustino Valdarno
- Il Borro Relais & Chateaux Tuscany, Italy