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The Villa Rosa Garden
The Cottage Bedroom with attached Bath
The Rose Garden and Birdbath
The Cottage Kitchen
The Serenity Path
The Cottage Dining area and Loft Stairs
The Cottage Sitting Area and Patio Entrance
A view of Sant'Andrea di CompitoVillage
Spring in the Garden
Part of the Villa Gardens
Cottage Cutting Garden
Summer Flower Display
Springtime on the dining patio
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Sant'Andrea di Compito, Province of Lucca, Tuscany

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ScenicWan...
Centerburg, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Beautiful, Wonderful and Glorious! (Bella Meravigliosa Gloriosa)”
Reviewed May 18, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

This residence is located in the Tuscan hills just a few miles outside of Lucca. There were seven of us staying here. Husband & Wife, Sister and Son & Wife and two friends. The friends stayed in the little apartment which was very quaint with the bedroom upstairs and a small kitchen, living room and garden on the first floor. It was nicely furnished. The rest of us stayed in the main house with Bill and John who had their own private suite. Our 2 bedrooms and loft were perfect accommodations for us with new king size beds and 2 bath suites. The loft room was a single bed and shared a bathroom. Bill and John spoiled us daily with a lovely breakfast of fresh croissants, a fruit tart, fruit salad, yogurt and coffee and juice. In the evenings if we were there we would be served appetizers and local Tuscan wine. Their grounds are lovely, their house is lovely and we truly enjoyed our stay.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 May 2017
This group of guests were having a family reunion of sorts, as the son and daughter-in-law are living and working in England....they took this vacation to visit and relax in Tuscany. It was a complete pleasure with them...hardly any work for us at all, as they explored Tuscany during the day, then came back to enjoy the local atmosphere here in the village in the evening. We welcome them back any time.
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kg1960
Fresno
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Charming Cottage.....Wonderful Hosts!”
Reviewed August 4, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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There are not enough words to describe how wonderful our stay at Il Rifugio was!!! The grounds were amazing and our apartment was so charming. My daughter and I stayed in the Aldo Cottage which was equipped with a living room, small kitchen area, a beautiful garden patio, and the loft upstairs which included the bedroom and bathroom. It was the perfect retreat (from the heat) while in Tuscany for 5 days.
Bill and John were delightful hosts. We enjoyed visiting with them and the other guests in the evening on the patio, and looked forward each morning to the delicious breakfast.
My daughter and I can't wait to plan another trip to this beautiful village, and we look forward to staying at Il Rifugio...thanks again Bill and John!!!

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: The heat in July!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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TomHJ413
Dallas, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lovely Villa with Amazing Hosts”
Reviewed July 4, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

My husband, brother, and sister in law stayed at Il Rufigio for four nights. It is a lovely home off the beaten path but very close to anything we needed or wanted to see in Tuscany. We stayed in the rooms within the main home (not the separate apartment) and they were lovely and a cool refuge from the July heat. Possibly the best part were the hosts Bill and John who were so lovely and generous. They were full of tips and gave us all the insider information we could need to plan out stay.

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Liked best: The hosts and the village
Liked least: The July heat
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
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Management Response
5 Jul 2015
It's always a pleasure to work with guests who love Tuscany...and these 4 folks truly love Italy. They were ideal guests..and will be welcomed back whenever they can find time for a return vacation.
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hpark2015
Neenah, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Do not pass this one up!”
Reviewed May 31, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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This charming and beautiful old cottage was filled with nice amenities. It had a small kitchen with cooking supplies, a TV and an updated bathroom. This one bedroom loft is set in the hills of Tuscany with amazing views all around including your own private patio filled with flowers. Our hosts Bill and John could not have been more helpful, fun and friendly! They provided not only the basics in the fridge, but gave us detailed directions and time schedules when we needed help navigating around Italy's crazy roads. They also gave suggestions on what to do and where to eat. There is a great restaurant just steps up the hill. If you are looking for a quiet and beautiful spot in Tuscany filled with flowers in which you can do day tours, please reserve this amazing spot. They even have connections with locals that can take you on day trips if the driving seems too much! We loved this place and would go back again in a heartbeat!!

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Liked best: The location and our hosts!
Liked least: Adventure getting to major roads.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
People with pets
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janb60201...
Ayr, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Top of our List”
Reviewed September 13, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Having just spent a week in the Aldo apartment at Il Rifugio we can only endorse what others have said and are already looking forward to a return visit. The property is typically rustic Italian but with so many great "extras"provided. Great bed , large shower and basic supplies in the fridge when we arrived etc.etc..
Bill is a charning,amusing host and nothing is too much trouble . We really appreciated his advice on travel directions and shopping, along with recommendations for parking at Lucca. He is a mine of information and coupled with his amazing generosity we certainly felt very welcome in his beautiful village.Tre Tigli pizzeria has great food which we enjoyed twice during our week and the friendly buzzy atmosphere made for a great evening.
We really loved the private patio and the villa gardens and walking around meeting and greeting the locals.
It is easy to reach larger places but the main attraction is the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Truly a great property in a lovely village and surrounding area. WE WILL BE BACK!

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Liked best: The whole experience
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
14 Sep 2014
Tuscany and our little village in particular seem to bring out the best
in our visitors. There's so much to see and do, if they want...or just relax and chill out for a few days. We enjoy helping plan activities for
adventurous guests, or simply having a nice chat over a glass of wine in
the afternoon. And this couple was wonderful...a pleasure to be with.
They will be welcomed back anytime.
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Brian M
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Welcoming host and a beautiful garden.”
Reviewed August 5, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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person found this review helpful

We stayed for one week in the Aldo suite of this B and B which is located in a quiet village about twenty minutes from the historic town of Lucca. The suite has a patio garden to sit out in which is filled with planted pots. Bill is an enthusiastic gardener and the garden to the front of the property is a testament to his passion for flowers and beautiful to wander around. It's lovely to hear the church bells chime the hours which really lets you know you are in an Italian village. Bill was there to greet us even though we arrived late and he always ensured that we had what we needed and helped out by booking restaurants and even took our washing in when it rained. Croissants and tarts fresh from the local bakery were dropped in each morning by Bill which made a wonderfully relaxed start to the day. Self catering is possible in the suite and there is a large fridge but be aware there is no oven and only a little working space. This can be your excuse to frequent the excellent pizzeria only 5 minutes walk away and enjoy the local wine without having to drive. The village houses Italy's camellia collection which if you go at the right time of year, must be spectacular to see. Lucca is a beautiful, walled town with lots going on culturally as well as good shopping, ancient churches and buildings and lots of restaurants and ice cream shops. We were lucky enough to see a free open air concert as part of the summer festival. If you plan to go on holiday in this area it would be well worth checking whats on well in advance and booking tickets. Thursday night seems to be the night out for locals and there is a fantastic atmosphere with lots of dancing in the piazzas. Thank you Bill and Johnny for being such gracious and generous hosts.

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Management Response
6 Aug 2014
These folks were a lovely couple who did a great deal of traveling from the
property...our central location makes it very easy to see Lucca and many
of the surrounding Tuscany sights. They are always welcome.
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598Sally
Keene, New Hampshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“This was a great find ... What a gem!”
Reviewed June 23, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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person found this review helpful

Our stay at Il Rifugio with hosts Bill and John was the perfect start to our Italian sojourn. The cottage was absolutely delightful, with our own private and charming patio, a very generously stocked fridge, a super comfortable bed ... It was lacking in nothing. It was a two minute walk into the small village of San'Andrea di Compito, which boasted a church, a bar, a fabulous restaurant and a bakery. There is plenty of exploring to be done by foot through the outskirts of town, where there are beautiful stone houses, each one surrounded by bounteous gardens and orchards... Although nothing we saw rivaled Bill and John's lovingly tended garden! We also spent a full day enjoying the beautiful town of Lucca, which was an easy 15 minute drive.

But the best part of the stay was the pure generosity of our hosts. Clearly Bill is a "people person" and a very warm and generous host. (And he is equally kind and generous to his beloved menagerie of pets!)We were made to feel like their favorite houseguests... Great conversation over a bottle of wine, more great conversation over a delicious meal at the restaurant in town (we happily went their two nights in a row) and yet more visiting while Bill lovingly tended the plants in his magnificent garden. Bill was ever so helpful with directions and suggestions of things to see, and he even delivered warm croissants from the bakery to our door at 6:00am.

We look forward to a return visit, and in fact, will try to make stay at Il Rifugio a part of every trip to Italy. A real find. Thank you Bill and John!

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: We should have stayed longer ... We will plan accordingly next time!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Jul 2014
We love working with guests who appreciate what we've done to the
property, the lovely village surrounding our place, and all the fun
things to do within a short drive of the area. These folks made the
most of their vacation...we enjoyed their company and would welcome them
back anytime...they were perfect guests!
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