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A splendidly refined 16th century villa transformed into a luxurious country-house hotel: a Scottish couple, David and Catherine discovered a treasure among the hills of Chianti Classico Fiorentino and have made it a welcoming but sophisticated residence.

Villa Bordoni, awarded the Condé Nast Traveller prize in 2006 as one of the best new hotels in the world, has regained its ancient splendour after a total restoration completed in 2005.

Literally immersed in the countryside and with a secret garden that has to be explored, every aspect of Villa Bordoni transmits passion and tradition: the warm atmosphere of its rooms, decorated with sophisticated taste, and its excellent service and refined cuisine under the careful eye of its owners.

There are just eleven rooms in this boutique hotel, which means every possible attention from the staff. A word of advice: take a look at their packages, especially for the autumn period, when the woods are tinted with a thousand different colours and the paths are less crowded. For further details, consult the Villa Bordoni website.

The restaurant, divided into two rooms, gives on to the garden, and still uses the old stone fireplace and the original wood-fired oven, offering guests a wide selection of light dishes and regional cooking, at both lunch and dinner. If you like experimenting in the kitchen, cooking courses are run by the owner. You can find all the details on the Villa Bordoni restaurant site.