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Contemporary look renovation in a 1000 y old villa, heart of Chianti, stunning views, great location
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8 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Barberino Val d'Elsa, Tuscany

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kt047
Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Il Santo - Breathtaking Location & Luxuriously Appointed”
Reviewed 31 July 2011 for a stay in July 2011
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From the moment we met Enzo at the villa we were completely overwhelmed by Il Santo’s location, views and it’s 5-star luxury. Never had we anticipated such a slice of heaven and it truly exceeded all our expectations.
Our group of 3 families (13 in total) had a week here in July. We all fell in love with Il Santo. It has a stunning location, 3kms from Barberino Val D’elsa , and is quintessential Tuscany – rolling hills, olive trees and vineyards. We never tired of the breathtaking views including the towers of San Gimignano viewed from the terrace. The villa is a short stroll from a beautiful hamlet, called Petrognano, which has a lovely restaurant (an oasis in its own right!) that we walked to for dinner one night. It’s also approx 30mins from both Florence & Sienna.
The villa is beautifully appointed. The gourmet kitchen is a delight to work in and has two large fridges and a marvellous 60sec industrial dishwasher (which we are missing now we are home!). There is another glass doored fridge where Enzo provided his “own- labelled” wine (at a modest charge per bottle) and we treated ourselves nightly to the spoils of his vineyard. I can’t not mention his wonderful extra virgin olive oil which we used copiously in our cooking. Our sensory delights will never be the same again!
Despite having this stunning kitchen, they arranged for a local cook to come in on several nights. We were treated to beautiful home cooked Tuscan fare whilst dining outside overlooking the nightlights across the valley. We didn’t think life could get better than this!
Despite having 7 teenage girls with us we never felt on top of each other. The villa is large and has 3 separate living areas and several zoned areas for outside seating so you could escape from a big group if you felt inclined. We enjoyed lounging with our pre dinner drinks in a different outdoor location each night!
Enzo and Annagloria were charming hosts and their involvement enhanced our experience of Italian life. They would tend to our needs and provide great advice on the sights & activities around the area. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We couldn’t fault anything about our stay at Il Santo – we truly never expected it to be such an overwhelming experience and we reluctantly (!) left but with wonderful memories of a holiday of a lifetime.

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Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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EmGoBlue
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
25 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Exceeded all expectations!”
Reviewed 19 July 2011 for a stay in June 2011

The week our family spent at Villa Il Santo was simply enchanting. After reading the descriptions and seeing the pictures of the Villa I had high hopes of an idyllic Tuscan retreat. But no words or pictures could adequately capture its sweeping panoramic views, its lavish appointments, or the engaging personality of its charismatic owners Enzo and Annagloria. With three generations of our family in tow, it was the perfect venue to celebrate my mother and father-in-law's eightieth birthdays. The century old, meticulously restored Villa provided spacious gathering areas, a gourmet's dream kitchen, vast indoor and outdoor dining areas, and an infinity pool with a breath-taking vista of the Elsa Valley - yet we were all afforded opportunity for our own privacy in the sumptuous bedrooms, each one complete with its own full bath/shower. Perhaps our most magical experience (which quickly became the routine of anyone who was awake) was to gather in the morning on the south patio with a hearty espresso and watch the mist lift off the valley to reveal the assortment of vineyards, olive and cypress trees, all crowned in the distance by the 10th century village of San Gimignano (now forever known to our children as "San Jimmy-Johns.") The sunsets were no less spectacular as we toasted the close of yet another beautiful day with a glass of locally vinted Chianti. It was such a treat to have been wined, dined, and pampered by Rosanna, the Villa's personal chef, who was not only a culinary delight, but also responsible for our fluency in Italian sign language. Villa Il Santo is located about forty minutes south of Florence and thirty minutes northwest of Sienna and is within an easy drive of several other quaint Tuscan villages. There is a substantial supermarket located in the town of Tavernelle, about a ten minute drive from the Villa. Please be aware that I did find several drawbacks; I was reluctant to sight-see or take many day trips as I never really wanted to leave the Villa. It was often confusing when attempting to meet someone "on the patio"; it became necessary to specify which one (as there were four!) Having a car is a necessity, but driving like a local is not. I hope my kids will consider this an advanced request for my eightieth birthday present. Enzo and Annagloria, gratzie!

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Houston
Reviewed 26 June 2011 for a stay in June 2011

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Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Stephanie...
Walnut Creek, California
1 review
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“Awesome!!!”
Reviewed 10 June 2011 for a stay in April 2011
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Some friends and I stayed in Villa Il Santo in April. An experience ever to remember! First, the location is breathtaking. Overlooking a beautiful "Tuscan" valley, the villa has sweeping views in every direction. Imagine I can say that I sat to do my hair in the morning overlooking the famous town of San Gimignano. The infinity pool overlooks this same Tuscan countryside. Amazing experience!
The restoration of the old tower and hay barn has been meticulous. The owners paid close attention to every detail to ensure guests' comfort. There are multiple living rooms from which to chat, drink wine, watch TV, and especially admire the incredible views. The chef's kitchen has every amenity you would want to prepare a gourmet meal. I can imagine sitting at the counter and having a chef give cooking lessons, apparently an activity you can book with the owners. Every room has an en suite bathroom, a large plus that ensures privacy. Bedrooms are spacious with plenty of closet space, and the beds are very comfortable. There are two major dining areas, both seating 16+, one overlooking the setting sun. Villa il Santo is perfect if you want privacy from your fellow travelers, but also offers plenty of room to gather. Would be great for families as there is a studio apartment at the pool level that would be great for the kids.
But the most amazing part of the whole experience were the owners, the Cortis. They are very experienced in leasing villas and are an extremely helpful and charming couple. I felt as if I were family as soon as I met them. They will assist you in any activity you may want, with directions, suggestions for private tours and wonderful guides, places to eat and shop. Just ask and they will give you wonderful help and advice. I have stayed at another of their villas and the experience is always wonderful.
The villa is located between Florence and Siena, near a quaint village. There is easy access to the freeway to both cities. You definitely need a car to get around.
I will definitely be going again. I LOVE Villa il Santo!!

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