Merry and Grant Sparks Brisbane, Australia
Gosh where do I begin with the accolades for Il Borghetto as there are so many! This unique, medieval building (circa 1200-1300AD) has been magnificently restored by the owners and it has been cleverly divided into about 12 unique villas, all of varying sizes and catering to the needs of all individuals. The setting is so charming overlooking vineyards, neighbouring villages, and beyond and Il Borghetto is situated near San Gimigniano. The owners are the managers - a tight-nit family comprising a brother and sister, and their respective spouses and they cook superb, top restaurant-quality dinners on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday nights, plus they provide cooking lessons if you are interested. The 4 course meals are so delicious, complimented with lovely wines from Tuscany, and a few others. There a lovely walks to do, vineyards and cellars to visit and a never ending list of historic, fascinating villages to stroll through. (You will need a car). The villas all have unique stories to tell due to their history and thoughtful restoration and they are so comfortable, clean and quiet. The mattress was comfortable too and the nights and mornings so peaceful. There are plenty of outside areas to laze about in, including a beautiful, large pool. Wifi is available in certain areas. Every need is catered for and the price to stay is extremely reasonable for the stunning experience. Saying good-bye after 6 nights was difficult as I felt as though we were leaving home. Guest House Tip: There are a few steps to consider across the property as the hotel is situated atop a hill with magnificent views across vineyards, and villages. Maximum steps about 20. Merry Sparks (Artist), Brisbane Australia Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
Michel Bruxelles, Belgique
Juin 2013. Séjour merveilleux au calme.On se sent vite chez soi. Le domaine a été restauré avec goût. La famille Bimbi vous accueille simplement mais chaleureusement. Nous avons eu plus de contacts avec Sandra et Nicola qui parlent français. Nous avons apprécié leur humour! J\'espère que nous aurons l\'occasion de voir Sandra en concert la prochaine fois :-) Bref, endroit a recommander. A bientôt. - - Bongiorno a tutti - -
Susan S Tennessee
We had a wonderful stay at Il Borghetto. We are a family of four, with a grown son and daughter. This was a perfect arrangement. If you have never been to Tuscany, as was our case, this is a perfect location. The surroundings are picturesque and the hospitality is unparalleled. From this location you can take day trips to Volterra, Siena, Chianti, and Florence by car. At night you return to the peace and quiet of the countryside. I, too, relied on comments like this one to draw me to me Il Borghetto. I hope others do the same!
Dear Bimbi family, Thank you so much for the wonderful stay at beautiful Il Borghetto. It was a stay to remember forever due to your hospitality and the absolute more then beautiful house and surroundings. I would say to everyone who considers to come to Il Borghetto : just do it, you won't regret! I wish you all the best and hope to see you again to enjoy the house, the food, the wine ( with special thanks to Nicola) and the beautiful area of San Gimignano! With my kindest regards, Margreet.
Neil, Dawn & Fin York, England
Just returned from our fantastic week at Il Borghetto. Friendly family, fantastic location and the food was simply fantastic too. Our only regret - we forgot to buy one of Sandra's albums before we departed! Booking again very soon and Fin hasn't taken his Italia T-Shirt off yet - not sure he will until we do book.
Margaret and Don Roman Plainview, NY
Dear Sandra, Simone, Nicola, and Riccardo, We just got back home, and would like to thank you for your hospitality, and all your help to make our trip exceptional. Thank you for your patience, sense of humor (door handle), directions and suggestions. Please thank Nicola's mother for the wonderful meals, and tell her the alarm clock stopped and we couldn't use it! We would love to come back and enjoy your company. Thank you again for making our first trip to Italy so memorable! Marge and Don Roman
Marianne and Dick Washington DC
WE RETURNED HOME FROM IL BORGHETTO WITH THE MOST WONDERFUL MEMORIES. FOR US, IT WAS A DREAM TRIP COME TRUE AND ONE WE WISH WE HAD UNDERTAKEN YEARS AGO. LIKE US, OUR ADULT CHILDREN, INCLUDING OUR ITALIAN SON-IN-LAW, SIMPLY LOVED IL BORGHETTO AND VOWED TO RETURN. WE ARE CONFIDENT THEY WILL DO SO AS WILL WE AT SOME POINT. IT IS SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO WANT TO RETURN! YOU HAVE RESTORED THE VILLA ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFULLY. WE LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT - THE COLORS AND DECOR OF OUR APARTMENT, AS WELL AS THE OTHER APARTMENTS WE SAW, THE GORGEOUS VIEWS, THE OUTDOOR AND INDOOR EATING AREAS, THE VINEYARDS, AND, OF COURSE, SAN GIMIGAGNO ITSELF. BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW ALL OF YOU, THE LOVELY OWNERS, THOUGH WE WISH WE COULD HAVE CHATTED A LITTLE MORE WITH YOU. THAT SAID, WE KNOW FULL WELL HOW BUSY YOU WERE TAKING SUCH GOOD CARE OF ALL YOUR GUESTS AND MAKING THEM FEEL AS COMFORTABLE AS IF THEY WERE AT HOME. WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT WE CHOSE TO STAY THE FULL THREE WEEKS (AND ONE EXTRA DAY!) IN ORDER TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF BOTH IL BORGHETTO AND ITS EXQUISITE SURROUNDINGS. IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION FOR US. WE DID NOT HAVE TO BE ON THE MOVE EVERY DAY TO ENSURE WE WOULD SEE ALL THE SIGHTS BUT COULD ALSO JUST TAKE IT EASY - WE STILL MISSED A FEW PLACES OF INTEREST BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO BE COVERED DURING OUR NEXT VISIT! OF COURSE, WE CANNOT FORGET THE MUSICAL EVENING SANDRA ARRANGED! IT WAS SO MUCH FUN AND WE EVEN GOT A LITTLE DANCING SQUEEZED IN. WE LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF THAT SPECIAL EVENING AND ARE SO VERY PLEASED THAT WE WERE THERE FOR SANDRA'S LAST PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON. THANK YOU SANDRA! BOTH VANESSA AND WE ARE PLAYING YOUR CD WHICH BRINGS BACK SUCH SWEET MEMORIES! NOW TO SILVANA'S CULINARY SKILLS: SILVANA, AS WE SAID IN OUR BROKEN, OR RATHER NON-EXISTING, ITALIAN (!), ALL OF YOUR MEALS WERE SIMPLY FANTASTIC! WE ENJOYED EVERY ONE OF THEM THOROUGHLY AND SO WISH WE HAD ASKED FOR MORE RECIPES...THE MEALS WERE BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED, THE MENUS WERE BALANCED, AND THE PASTA NEVER FELT HEAVY. ON THE CONTRARY, THE PASTA FELT LIGHT! (HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!!) WE HAVE NEVER EATEN SUCH A DELICIOUS VEGETABLE LASAGNA, FOR EXAMPLE. IT JUST MELTED IN OUR MOUTHS. SILVANA, YOU ARE A FANTASTIC COOK!! BY THE WAY, WE HAVE 'MARKETED' IL BORGHETTO IN GLOWING DESCRIPTIONS TO MANY OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND FEEL CONFIDENT THAT SOME OF THEM UNDOUBTEDLY WILL STAY AT IL BORGHETTO AT SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE! WITH FOND REGARDS, MARIANNE & DICK
Terry & Terry Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada
We have returned to the "real world" after being in Paradise. We were so glad to see family and friends again but miss so very much the friendliness and hospitality of the Italian people. Our stay at your villa, Il Borghetto, was unforgettable. We have many pictures to prove the incredible beauty of the villa itself and the surrounding countryside. Your attention to detail in each of the apartments that we were able to view during our stay was incredible. Much to my husbands dismay, I am feeling that I need to redecorate my entire house. The only problem being that there is no way that I could duplicate the fabulous views seen from each and every window. It was wonderful to get to know all of you and to look at the scrapbook of the journey that you have taken in producing such an excellent retreat. It was a labour of love and it shows in every aspect. Thank you to Mama for the delicious meals that we had the privilege to taste. I will try my best to reproduce some of the recipes but it will be impossible to be as good. Sandra, we listened to your CD on our way to Pescara and it made traveling through the mountains even more enjoyable. Hearing your beautiful voice while looking at the incredible mountain vistas was soothing and relaxing. We will miss you all and look forward to hopefully returning someday. Best of luck in your future. We have told all of our friends and family about Il Borghetto and I am sure that you will be getting more New Brunswickers as guests. Thank you again for a wonderful stay and for being such great hosts. Hugs to all, Terry and Terry Gentile
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