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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Barberino Val d'Elsa, Tuscany

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lwermers
Andover, Massachusetts
1 review
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“Fabulous vacation at Villa Carolina”
Reviewed July 7, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Our family stayed at Villa Carolina for two weeks and it was heavenly! The Villa is even more beautiful than the photos. There are so many outdoor spaces to relax and look at the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The inside of the villa is very clean and beautifully decorated with modern bathrooms, a modern kitchen, and nice furnishings. The location is perfect for exploring the wine regions, Florence, as well as Tuscan walled cities. Lucia and Gabriele are very kind and helpful. Lucia’s dinners are so delicious – the best we had in Italy! - make sure to enjoy them during your stay. Lucia was very helpful in accommodating food allergies for people in our family. This was an unforgettable vacation and we are recommending this villa to everyone and hope to return very soon.

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Travelling group: Family
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Andy W
Kingswinford, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic week at Villa Carol”
Reviewed November 22, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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We adored every single part of this villa. I believe there should be a special feature about it in the broadsheets! Spotless, stylish, tasteful & comfort itself. The owners couldn't have been more welcoming! Even the local stray (but extremely well-fed) cat welcomed us every morning by the door, much to my 6 year old son's delight! I speak enough transactional Italian to survive and the owners speak a tiny bit of English but we communicated well. The rooms are huge with 3 stunning bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen should you wish to cook a risotto or some linguine! The view over the vineyards is truly breathtaking and the villa grounds are magical, lit up at night so that you can sit out and enjoy a lovely grappa or whisky. Our trip was to celebrate my 50th birthday and I will remember it forever. The organisation by "To Tuscany" prior to our trip had been seamlessly executed between themselves and Lucia and Gabriele, the owners. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The couple live in the villa above with their small daughter, Carolina, and whilst they were accessible and helpful whenever needed, were not intrusive at all. The villa is central to the main places of interest and a huge supermarket (PAM) is a couple of minutes' drive away. We are people who like comfort, space and cleanliness. This place beats every place we have ever stayed in, and we are pretty hard to please! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Lucia, Gabriele, Carolina "Conkers" the cat and to "TO TUSCANY" for a gem of a holiday! ("Conkers" the cat now has a loving home with Gabriele's mum, you'll all be glad to know - so even he had his dreams come true!!)

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Travelling group: Family
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Bard12345...
Oslo, Norway
1 review
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“Excellent stay”
Reviewed August 2, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Our family stayed one week of our holiday in Villa Carolina. The appartment was very nice with three big bedrooms with their own bathrooms. The appartment has their own private beautiful garden with an amazing swimming pool. The owners ( Gabriele, Lucia and their daughter Carolina )they lived upstairs. We appreciate the owners helpfullness and discretion. Lucia prepared us a fantastic dinner with 4 courses and served a tasty wine.
Thanks for an unforgettable week at Villa Carolina it was an excellent stay and we really want to recommend it to others.

Kindly regards
Familien Løkke
Norway

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SBP1947
San Gabriel, California
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4 reviews
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“Villa Carolina”
Reviewed June 18, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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We just returned from a week at Villa Carolina. The Villa was wonderful-3 large bedrooms, 3 modern bathrooms, modern kitchen, & comfortable living room with a big screen hotel. The grounds including a swimming pool and jacuzzi are lonely with sweeping views and several areas to relax and dine alfresco. The owners, Gabriele and Luccia are very helpful & friendly, but not intrusive. Be sure and have Luccia cook one night for you. It was a highlight! The location is very centrally located so day trips to Chianti, San Gimignano, Florence (take the train), Lucca & Pisa. We hight recommend Villa Carolina

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Patricia...
Boxford, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Thank you Lucia and Gabrielle”
Reviewed December 29, 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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We visited Villa Carolina in Linari, Italy at the end of September, 2012 for a week. The villa exceeded our expectations from the pictures and previous reviews we had seen. The interior was immaculate, beautifully decorated and comfortable for us and the two couples we were traveling with. Each couple had their own bedroom and modern bathroom. The large kitchen was well equipped and the nucleus of where we happily gathered each morning. The exterior was gorgeous, surrounded by vineyards, overlooking the lights of the city below and convenient to all of the must-see Tuscan villages. We took day trips each day but one, when we decided to simply enjoy the beautiful grounds and pool of Villa Carolina. Our hosts, Lucia and Gabrielle, were most gracious and welcoming and prepared the most authentic Italian, unbelievable meals for us on several evenings. It was very difficult for us to leave but we hope to return some day soon. Until then, we will continue to daydream about our visit and meeting these beautiful people.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Couples
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MariuszJa
Reda, Poland
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
““1oo % of luxury and 1oo % of Italy””
Reviewed November 16, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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person found this review helpful

We spent our holiday in Villa Karolina with our family. After coming we were greeted by the owners ( Gabriele, Lucia and their daughter Carolina ). They showed us around the beautifully furnished house. Each of three bedrooms has their own bathroom. Besides, there is well-equipped kitchen with a big table and a separate living room with a flat TV ( satellite channels ). Generally the house is in a classical style but you can find there some details connected with Tuscany which additionally emphasizes its unique character. The kitchen opens onto the big garden with an amazing swimming pool. In the garden there are places for having dinners, drinking caffee and reading books which are arranged in an interesting way. Moreover, by the swimming pool and on the terrace overlooking Poggibonsi and surrounding hills you can use deckchairs. The owners live upstairs but thanks to separate entrances to the property the guests can feel freely. However, we enjoyed Gabriele and Lucia’s politeness and possibility to talk with them and ask a lot of questions. Gabriele advised us on choosing and buying wine, quite often he treated us to delicious ones ( his knowledge of wine is really wide), whereas Lucia was our guide about Italian cuisine and she prepared for us tasty dishes. We strongly recommend to try Lucia’s pizza and zucchini flowers. It is important to admit that the house is perfectly situated especially for those who want to visit places recommended by guide books ( Siena, Firenze, San Gimignano and towns on the Chianti trail ). There is also a big supermarket Pam where you can buy everything you need during your stay.
To sum up , it was an unforgettable week in the heart of Tuscany thanks to the owners’ hospitality. It is worth recommending this house to everybody who wants to rest far away from the bustle of the big city and to feel an Italian atmosphere in the luxurious conditions which are offered by Villa Carolina.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Friends
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ddusel
Boxford, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Superb Stay”
Reviewed November 14, 2012 for a stay in September 2012
1
person found this review helpful

My husband, myself and two other couples had one of the best weeks ever at Villa Carolina. The accomodations were impeccable - we all had plenty of room and the common areas fit all of us and were perfect for hanging out. Lucia and Gabriella were wonderful hosts and Lucia is probably the best chef in all of Italy. She cooked us more than one meal while we were there and I still dream about it! The pool and yard are as relaxing and welcoming as they are beautiful. The surrounding vineyards really set the tone for a Tuscan vacation. The location of the villa is ideal for day trips throughout the surrounding countryside. I don't think that any vacation I go on from now on will compare. I look forward to revisiting Villa Carolina sooner than later. The hospitality and friendship of Gabriella and Lucia made our stay complete.

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