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Villa Bordoni, Greve in Chianti 

Via San Cresci 31/32
Loc. Mezzuola
Greve in Chianti
Tel: 39 055 884 0004
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Not content with proving that a Scot could breeze into Florence, open a restaurant (Beccofino), and have Florentines themselves queuing up for a table, the indefatigable David Gardner has now moved into the hotel business with equal panache—and, so far, equal success. Inaugurated in the spring of 2006 in a baby-blue villa just outside the Chianti wine town of Greve in Chianti, the hotel comprises just ten bedrooms and suites—designed, like the rest of the place, by Florentine interiors wizard Riccardo Barthel. This is shabby-chic with the accent on the chic. Some rooms even feature flat-screen TVs encased inside antique mirrors. The garden, centering on a formal Italian section of box hedges, is a delightful refuge, and there's a decent-sized pool nestling amidst the olive groves. Gardner put one of his Beccofino chefs, Pugliese Francesco Fineo, in charge of the hotel restaurant: Fineo's contemporary Italian menu is based on local ingredients (some of them grown in Villa Bordoni's own kitchen garden) but not confined to Tuscan staples. It's an encouraging sign that the restaurant has already started attracting plenty of outside custom; and the hotel's cooking courses have also proved a hit. Another thing to like is Villa Bordoni's contained pricing policy: Finding a superior room of this quality at a low-season rate of $255 is a rarity in the increasingly expensive Chianti area.

Closed November-February (apart from the first week in January).

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

This sixteenth-century ten-bedroom property outside the town of Greve provides a comfortable and affordable base to explore one of Tuscany's best-known wine regions. Its owners, a Scottish couple with two successful restaurants in nearby Florence (Beccofino and Baldovino), have clearly done their homework: Everything from the trompe l'oeil wallpaper to the antique bar displays a keen attention to Italian authenticity. The rooms are saved from stuffiness by a creative mix of modern and antique (flat-screen TVs are mounted onto massive gilded mirror frames). A fire roars in the lovely open bar area on winter nights, and in the summer, the pool and outdoor gym afford spectacular views of the vineyards. Amid a plethora of Tuscan villa hotels that invariably feel too formal, the laid-back Villa Bordoni gets it right.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: In mid-October, the tourists leave and the cuisine grows rich with truffles.

Which room to book: The Montefioralle has a cast-iron bath at the foot of the bed.

Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool

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