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Amazing Villa amongst the hills of Tuscany.
Beautiful villa, beautiful country, beautiful weather, beautiful ice cream. Our stay in Villa Carda was delightful. Andreas looked after us throughout attending to any problems we had, even booking a restaurant for us. The Villa is amazing, set amongst the most scenic background and not a house in sight, so much space inside and out. The heated pool and jaccuzzi were a delight in the hot weather. Andreas organised our welcome shopping and a birthday cake which was delicious. Thank you for an amazing holiday which chilled us all out.
Villa Carda é especial. Não só por suas lindas e excelente acomodações mas pelo calor humano que nela existe. A família Franceschini oferece ao hospede um local onde nos sentimos parte da família. O acolhimento é tão caloroso que nos sentimos como em nossas casas. Como está escrito: La famiglia accoglie i propri ospiti com reffinatezza, disponibilià ed amicizia. • A beleza arquitetônica de Villa Carda, seus campos verdes – mesmo quando recepcionista do inverno gelado – nos faz sentir como nativos. Cada pedaço da propriedade nos oferece um detalhe e vai ser difícil esquecer tudo que passou por aqui aliás, nem queremos que o esquecimento venha pois queremos manter vivo em nossa memória e em nosso coração, todos os momentos vividos, disfrutados e amados em Villa Carda. • Saudade será o sentimento que mais aflorará quando amanhã deixarmos este paraíso toscano. Talvez as lágrimas virão aos nossos olhos mas serão lágrimas de felicidade, de alegria e de amor pois aprendemos a amar este pedaço bonito e especial do mundo. E o gostinho do queremos voltar vai permanecer conosco.
An elegant and stylish Tuscan Villa in an idyllic setting
Villa Carda is a beautifully appointed, tasteful property set in magnificent parklands which enjoys spectacular views over lush mountains. The villa is ideally located, either as a complete retreat to enjoy the landscape, the heated pool or the private spa, or as a base to explore the Tuscan countryside. The Medieval towns of Poppi and Arezzo are within a short drive from the villa- and Florence and Cortona are still accessible just being a little further afield. Each room is gracefully decorated, spacious and has individual ensuites; all comforts are carefully considered. Andrea, the owner, is incredibly attentive and helpful; he is always only a phone call away and arranged daily breakfast delivery for our party. One of our highlights was a superb Tuscan meal cooked for us at the Villa- a real treat and absolutely delicious. A wonderful villa, in a glorious setting with great food, good company and helpful hosts- perfect!
Top Ten Reasons To Stay at Villa Carda
1. Villa Carda is in an area of Tuscany that is not overrun with tourists. 2. Villa Carda is exceptionally clean as well as artfully and tastefully decorated. 3. The location is beautiful with impeccably cared for grounds. 4. The host, Andrea, visits in the morning and is available by phone to answer questions and make recommendations and reservations. 5. You can arrange for Andrea's wife, Francesca, to prepare a fabulous, multi-course dinner, a real treat after a long day of sightseeing. 6. You'll have enough leftovers for another delicious meal, making your initial meal cost very reasonable. 7. The kitchen is equipped with all manner of pots, pans, coffee maker, etc. 8. There are good restaurants within a few minutes drive. 9. There are interesting medieval hilltop towns within a few minutes drive. 10. The separate doors for each room allow a lot of privacy.
Elegance and Old World Charm
Wonderful, Warm and Spacious Setting, and attentive owners (Antonio and Andrea). Villa Carda was better than the brochure. Wonderfully situated in the Tuscan Hills
An unforgettable pleasant experience in a gorgeous place with fantastic owners.
I spent one fascinating week with my three children + spouses +seven grandchildren, altogether fourteen people of all ages (2.5-70) at Villa Carda. We all enjoyed it. Everything was perfect!!! The villa is beautiful, big , well equipped, every detail regarding the possible needs of the tenants has been thought of, very very clean with the highest level of maintenance. The outdoors are gorgeous, with a huge garden , a jacuzzi pavllion with a well equipped gym, and a heated swimming pool. On top of this heavenly place , the even best part are the owners. Antonio, the founder, his son Andrea who runs the place and his beautiful wife Francesca, who cooked us (together with Andrea) a 5 star dinner. They are are rare combination of kindness and professional efficiency. It has been a unique experience and I am sure that I will return to Villa Carda in the future.
Our stay at Villa Carda was magnificent!
We spent a week at this property and didn't want to leave! The villa is superb, Andrea and has family were a pure delight, and the setting in the hills of Tuscany are like a real life dream come true. I strongly urge you to have them cook for you at least one night. It was a gourmet's paradise. The small villages only minutes away gives you a real feel for Tuscan life. All in all a spectacular trip and our entire group wants to go back and do it again.
Amazing and unforgettable holiday
After reading all of the reviews on Trip Advisor myself and my family (eight of us in total), decided that Villa Carda would be the destination to celebrate two milestone birthdays. After a 1300 mile trip from Stafford to Castel Focognano we were not disappointed! Andrea, Antonio and Francesca were a delight and extremely welcoming. The pictures simply do not do the Villa justice and we were all fighting over which rooms to snap up! You simply have to arrange for Andrea and Francesca to cook you a meal, we did for one of the group's birthday and it was simply fantastic. Location wise there is plenty to see and do around the Villa. We visited a local winery 'colle Bereto', which is owned by a friend of Andrea's. we had a tour of the winery and a lunch with tasting - lovely. We visited several of the local historical towns and villages including Cortona, Montepulciano and Anghiari. The local bakery delivered to us every day which was fantastic. If you call Andrea in the evening or text him, he will place the order for you. We made use of the pizza oven one night and this was also great. There are a couple of supermarkets in the local town of Rassina (about 10 mins drive away), we bought groceries here. The 'wellness' centre is great - we spent almost every morning lazing in the hot tub before breakfast, watching the mist rise and the sun break through over the mountains in the distance. All in all I would recommend this villa to anyone and everyone, we had a fantastic time and Andrea couldn't do enough for us. Thanks to them for an extremely pleasant holiday, one which we would not hesitate to repeat.
Villa Carda was a holiday highlight. Various members of the group stayed at the Villa because it was so beautiful. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. From the swimming pool to the wellnes centre to the large property there are lots of things to do. The property is gorgeous with the lemon, orange and cherry trees & the view of the mountains to the east. I can also highly recommend having Francesco & Andrea cook a meal for your group. You will not be disappointed by either the quality or the quantity of the food. Andrea was extremely helpful whenever we asked for his help. I can't recommend this place enough. You will not be disappointed.
Villa Carda is a great villa. Very spacy, suitable layout of bedrooms, each of them with bathroom, lovely bedroom on the ground floor with small library and amazing view to the valley (just appeals to you to sit down and write some book there). In addition to the swimming pool and sport facilities, there is also small golf pitching practice area. Overall, we had great and unforgettable holiday week in Villa Carda.
A Dream Holiday Vacation - Thank you
If looking for an Italian getaway...look no further. Villa Carda exceed our high expectations. Everything was perfect. 14 of our family stayed at Villa Carda for the week and we all had our own space. The view was amazing. There was even an area to hit the golf balls. The villa's ground were immaculate. Don't bring too much wine with you as they have a wine cellar with a great selection with local wines. Take the opportunity to experience Francesca and Andrea's home cooked meal which includes hand cooked pasta and a range of traditional Italian cuisine. You will not be disappointed. They also have bikes for use to explore the surroundings. The pool, sauna and spa were either better than we thought. We only wished we could have stayed longer. Thank you Andrea and family for making our holiday so special. From
Marvelous, fantastic staying at VIlla Carda
It was our second time to visit Villa Carda. It was a perfect holiday, again. Andrea and Antonio are so friendly and they can give you nice tips which places, restaurants and villages are worth to visit in the neighbourhood. I can honestly recommend the Villa Carda for everyone who like the beautiful tuscan view.
Heaven on earth
Villa Carda is a Tuscan diamond! The house, the rooms, the pool, the garden, the view, the soap in the bathrooms, the pillows in the bedroom, the smell of figues, the wine in the cellar, the hammam, the jacuzzi, the lavazzo coffee in the morning, the bakery delivered at the door, the friendly 24/7 assistance of Andrea
The perfect family retreat
We stayed in Villa Carda for the 3rd year in a row and it feels like 'homecoming'. The villa itself is in a fantastic condition, well kept and renovated, but still in the beloved 'Tuscany' style. Each room has it's seperate bathroom (very clean and comfortable). The view is magnificent overlooking an super neat and large lawn and green valleys away from the 'big city' (30 minute or so drive to Arezzo) , where kids can play soccer or play with their kites. Next to the house there is a wellness center on the premises (exclusively for the guests) with a Jacuzzi, Sauna, a small gym with a bike etc. It also has a (heated) pool which is right next to the house - everything in perfect condition. And finally it has table tennis, satellite TV, free WLAN, a barbecue station etc. In 2012 the kitchen will be redone, so that it is more spacious (after the season, so no worries) Andrea and his father are the perfect hosts taking care immediately in case there is a problem or support with restaurant recommendations etc. The only small drawback is it's location: Being up on the hill, it can be sometimes cold at night sitting outside - so make sure than you bring enough sweaters if you are not travelling during hot summer. All in all, it is the perfect family retreat, truely relaxing and extremely well kept. The rather remote location is an even stronger 'pro' if you are into a true 'winding down' modus.