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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Certaldo, Tuscany

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Helen G
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“The perfect Tuscan stay”
Reviewed 5 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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A beautiful two bedroom property with a double and twin room, kitchen, bathroom and 2 living rooms. The name means the Old Bakery and in the living room is a big old cooker as testiment to that fact. The property was spotless and very comfortable. It is beautifully decorated making it feel like the real Tuscan home it is. There are no words for how superb the garden is. Panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and 2 outside tables for you to choose your outside eating spot or simply snooze on one of the loungers.

Antonio and his wife, Laura, are incredibly friendly and utterly wonderful hosts. Antonio kindly picked us up from the station and as they live next door we often bumped into them in the village. They had left brochures and information in the apartment as well as books on the local area so you could really make the most of your stay.

Certaldo Alto has to be one of the bext locations to stay. The walled medieval village atop a hill gives fantastic views around and contains a couple of museums, local ceramic gallery and several restaurants. The Funicular down the hill to the new townis only €1.50 return and saves your legs although the walk is only 10 minutes (but steep!). In the new town is an array of shops, bakeries, cafes and most of all train station which is halfway on the Florence - Siena line. So convenient for visiting each city and other nearby towns such as San Gimignano. Warning though, you cannot get to Chianti from here without a car. The Castellina in Chianti train station is actually 10km from Castellina. However, with gorgeous walks from Certaldo Alto itself and local wine on offer, you do not miss out on much.

I had the perfect holiday here with my mum and would love to return, hopefully soon. I can't recommend this property or the town highly enough!!

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Liked best: The incredible garden
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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GeneandCa...
Olympia, Washington
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“Outstanding accomodations, excellent location, and gracious Hosts!”
Reviewed 22 September 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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This is a fabulous Apartment--- which reflects its Tuscany focus. The loaction in Certaldo Alto is exceptional: right in the village, services very close by, and all you will enjoy in a small Tuscan Mountain Village. The apartment has everything you will need--- we especially enjoyed the outside dinging area, overlooking the Tuscan vistas. Our Host Antonio and his wife were wonderful--- showed us around the area, including the Farmers Market on Saturday. Certaldo also has GREAT train access to Sienna and ancient villages, as well as Florence--- which are all within an Hours or so. We found it IDEAL as a location, and especially since we did not want to rent a car. The restaurants close by are alos superior--- and since Certaldo is NOT touristy per se, you can enjoy local foods, including the best pizza you will have ever tasted! Finally, the apartment facilities, decor, etc. are of exceptional quality---and there were 4 adults in our party--- and Antonio stocks some local wine for a very exceptional price to you. Enjoy!

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Liked best: The setting was very special, with Tuscan views, and right within ancient Certaldo.
Liked least: Internet service was sketchy at times--- but availble close by in area businesses. NOT a big problem.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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12helen57
Yutz, France
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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Management Response
7 Jan 2017
Merci becoup de votre recension est bien accueillè da parte de Laura et moi. A votre disposition pour une autre occasion. Antonio
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