Venue Review: Weddings at Villa Bordoni – Greve in Chianti, Italy
12 October, 2012
It’s no wonder that thousands of couples flock to Tuscany each year to get married. A spectacular location is at the top of the wish list for most destination brides and grooms, and this piece of paradise delivers ridiculously beautiful wedding locations in spades. Couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a room (or venue) with a view, with an almost mind boggling array of options. In our travels through Tuscany however, we came across a villa that stood out from the rest. Villa Bordoni, in the heart of the Chianti wine region, not only has the requisite stunning views and historic beauty, but a level of luxury, class and exclusivity that sets it apart and offers the perfect destination for couples planning an elegant, yet intimate wedding celebration.
Dating back to the 17th century and originally the county house for a family of wealthy merchants from Florence, Villa Bordoni was purchased by Scottish restaurateurs David and Catherine Gardner in 2002 and after extensive renovations, opened its doors to guests in 2006. Today the hotel features a total of 11 luxurious rooms and suites, a renowned onsite restaurant, residential cooking school, a swimming pool and an outdoor gymnasium set amongst a garden of roses, climbing wisteria and ancient cypress trees overlooking the terraced vineyards and olive groves below. It has been recognised as one of the “Best New Hotels in the World” by Condè Naste Traveller and one of “Tuscany’s Best Hotels” by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
The hotel’s 11 rooms and suites are all individually configured and decorated, with some opening directly onto the garden, one with its own private outdoor area, and the remainder spread across three levels inside the villa. Each room is named after the vineyard, mountain peak or castle that it looks towards, and some suites have mezzanine levels with daybeds or Juliet balconies. All rooms feature luxurious king or queen beds (or twin beds on request), fine Italian linen, LCD TV’s, mini bars, air conditioning and wireless internet access. The most luxurious feature of each room however, is easily its bathroom. Again, each is individually configured and decorated with antique handmade ceramic tiles, salvaged from aristocratic residences in the south of Italy. Some bathrooms have a bathtub and shower, while others feature opulent double showers with hydro massage jets and bench seats. All bathrooms feature heated towel racks, fluffy towels and robes, and the villa’s own bath products infused with citrus and green tea.
Breakfast is served in the villa’s restaurant, which also stays open for lunch and dinner. Guests can sample a full tasting menu, or are welcome to order a picnic hamper if they are heading out to explore the region. The cuisine is regional and includes antipasti, handmade pasta and the rather unappealing sounding, yet absolutely delicious Tuscan specialty, wild boar. Dolici (Dessert) is a must, with options such as almond semifreddo served with caramel sauce, or traditional Capri chocolate and almond cake with homemade vanilla icecream. Albeit, brides may prefer to wait until after the wedding to sample one of these! Guests are also welcome to visit the ancient wine cellar, carved out of the bedrock directly beneath the villa and originally a dungeon dating back to the 11th century. A Sommelier is available to offer expert advice, or you are welcome to choose your own bottle to enjoy with dinner or over a good book from the hotel’s library.
At Villa Bordoni, their forte is intimate weddings. Rather than providing a range of packages or hosting large celebrations, their preference is to cater to each couples individual requirements in order to provide a truly bespoke event. The aim is quality rather than quantity, with a focus on amazing food and wine, and a desire to host elegant yet relaxed wedding celebrations in the stunning surrounds of the villa. Couples who opt to book the whole villa have the entire estate at their disposal and can choose to wed anywhere in the hotel’s grounds. Aperitifs can be served by the pool or inside the lovely walled garden, and dinner can be served indoors in one of two intimate dining rooms with original stone fireplaces and exposed beams, or by candlelight under the stars in the garden. The villa’s wedding coordinator can also assist with the arrangement of photographers, florists, hair and makeup artists, and other wedding suppliers if required.
Villa Bordoni is located just outside the town of Greve in Chianti, and perfectly located for exploring the stunning Chianti Classico wine route, as well as the historic and artistic towns of Florence, Siena, Pisa, Volterra, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Lucca, Cortona and Montepulciano. Private transport and guided tours can be arranged via the hotel.
Villa Bordoni is located in Greve in Chianti, Italy. The closest airport is Florence Airport, located approximately 48km’s away.
Villa Bordoni – Via San Cresci 31/32, Loc. Mezzuola, I-50022 Greve in Chianti, Italy