Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm

Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm, Radda in Chianti: Hours, Address, Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm Reviews: 5/5

Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm
5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Farms
Monday
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
CHIANTI CASHMERE GOAT FARM is the first and largest cashmere Goat farm in Europe. We offer our visitors the opportunity to experience hands.on what a cashmere goat looks like, and how the raw material is transformed into a luxury product. Not only do we love sharing our passion about our animlas with you, we have regulare events on-going, and best of all you can come and stayhere and enjoy it at your own pace! Don't wait!
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Jad S
15 contributions
Stay away!!
Jul 2019 • Family
WARNING: WORST HOST WE HAVE EVER MET: thief, arrogant, jaded and poor communicator. Bottom line is that She stole our money.

Let me begin, we consider ourselves experienced travelers with over 40 countries under our belts. This is the first negative review that we have ever written.

We booked the Chianti Cashmere Farmhouse in April 2019 for a family vacation with our infant and parents 3 months prior to our stay. A week after the reservation was made, Nora, the host, confirmed that she could provide a crib for our 8 month old son.

10days before our stay, we receive a message from Nora stating there was an issue with our booking: the number of people on our reservation was incorrect and presence of a child was a concern. She then mentioned that the house was not suitable for kids because of stairs despite having agreed to host us 3 months prior and clearly marked on her homeaway profile that kids were accepted. She then didn’t answer our emails confirming whether or not our reservation was ok for many days and when we tried contacting her via emails and phone, we didn’t get a response. She finally replied days later that she was extremely busy and had better to do than answer our emails. We had another rude and unpleasant email exchange inquiring about air conditioning or fans at the property (given we travelled during the heat wave) and we felt like we were bothering her with our requests. We told her that her messages were not making us feel welcome and she offered to refund us if we were unhappy with the stay. We took her up on that and asked for a refund. And then... worst thing happened.. COMPLETE SILENCE for over a week.

We contacted her repeatedly via email, phone without success. Her phone number on the homeaway website was inactive. Despite many hours on the phone with homeaway’s customer service, she could not be reached by anyone. And nothing could be done for us by the homeaway team until we were denied access to the property... as per their « travel with confidence » policy. We finally decided to write a last email stating that we will show up at the property has we haven’t received any refund or any news on her behalf.

On the day of our reservation, we showed up at the Chianti cashmere farm given that our reservation was still active according to the homeaway team. We met Nora, who look disheveled and who was as condescending as we expected. She denied our family (including elderly people and infant) access to her property... stating we wouldn’t enjoy it anyways.. but she had our money in her pocket and still had not refunded us. When we asked her about it, she lied to us and said homeaway had said we cancelled the booking. We never did, and we have all the paper trail to prove it.

Needless to say, we had a terrible experience. She stole our money (still on this day, never refunded us) ruined a part of our vacation and left us without a roof, empty pocketed.

I would stay AS FAR AWAY as possible from her if you want a pleasant, hassle free vacation. We even had a couple of exchanges with the locals and they clearly stated that she was a not trustworthy person.

Trust me, there are many amazing places to stay in Tuscany, we spent many weeks there and loved every minute which didn’t involve interacting with that host. We are taking the time to write this to help out the travelling community and specially young parents travelling with an infant.
Written 17 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
I will be brief: the Young lady in question is totally in the wrong, and has lied egregiosly on the above review, as she did during the booking process We have written proof of her cancellation, and the Home Away team, after reviewing the situation, confirmed that she was not entitled to a refund. We have rented our farmhouse since 1988 and this is the first time we have ever had a problem with a guest There is very little else to say - I would suggest to any property owners to be aware: I imagine she will use the same smear tactics in similar situations
Written 22 July 2019
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Joe E
Breckenridge, CO8 contributions
Amazing day at Cashmere Chianti!!!
Jul 2019 • Couples
Today my wife and I visited Cashmere Chianti Goat Farm. This was and will forever be one of our highlights of visiting Italy. We learned of the history of Nora and Cashmere Chianti, visited with goats, had a great lunch (Nora doesn’t give herself enough credit!), explored her shop, and just enjoyed interacting with Nora and the other guests. Cashmere Chianti is not only worth visiting, but if you are close, a place you shouldn’t miss. Nora....one amazing lady! Oh, the goats are pretty cool too!
Written 11 July 2019
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Dihof1968
Blue Point, NY4 contributions
Awful
Jul 2019 • Couples
Was happy to find out that the goat farm was not far from where we were staying. After reading all the good reviews we decided to visit.
Well what a waste of time. We found Nora to be quite unfriendly and slightly rude. Maybe she was overwhelmed but nothing at all like what we read. The cashmere products in her shop were lovely but very expensive. To be expected cause cashmere is! Even considering we both came from Long Island NY. Nora couldn’t of cared less. So far our 12th day in this beautiful country. She was the only person we weren’t happy to meet.
Written 5 July 2019
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THIS LOVEY VISITOR DID NOT COME DURING OUR REGULAR OPENING HOURS As publicized clearly on our site, on FB ad on TripAdvisor, we are a working farm, and unless we get our livestock and farm chores finished, we are not in a position to dedicate the necessary time to visitors who just 'happen down the road? So sorry that this Young Lady thought we should drop everything so we could entertain her …. we devote many hours to greet, explain and show our visitors what we do and how it is done, and all the other people who have come to visit (during openining hours or else by appointment) are thrilled by the experience. if you are going to show up when we are closed it really is a shame, since we love what we do and enjoy introducing our visitors to the wonderful world of cashmere goats! Maybe our Long Island lady will come back during opening hours, and will find a different response!
Written 6 July 2019
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adalbert3
Newport Beach, CA5,342 contributions
Beautiful scarves and an intersting story
Oct 2018 • Friends
Listening to Dr. Nora Kravis, owner of Chianti Cashmere, tell her story about starting this endeavor from scratch is reason enough for the visit. Her products are lovely and you would never know it was there if you had not done some previous research. Most of us in our group were asking about the large dogs and were somewhat surprised to find out that they protected the sheep from wolves---all part of the interesting story.
Written 27 April 2019
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Thanks si much for your visit! We really enjoyed showing you our farm and our goats and dogs - hope you get a chance to come back and send you friends! Nora and the crew
Written 28 April 2019
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cynthiahE7832QM
Radda in Chianti, Italy25 contributions
So unique and fascinating
Dec 2018 • Couples
We saw the cashmere goat farm was open and drove for a visit. Although it was not technically open, the owner greeted us and welcomed our visit. The property, the goats and the gorgeous guard dogs were beautiful and fun to see.
The owner toured the facility with us and we learned about the responsible farming practices and the effort that goes in to manufacturing beautiful products. The shop has a nice variety for gifts.
I highly recommend. It is a MUST SEE for this area. Unique. Charming and Welcoming!!! Visit the website for product choices too!
Written 30 December 2018
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Judith P
London, UK20 contributions
Great trip while driving through Chianti
Sep 2018
Had found the site on the internet looking for a cashmere scarf.
Made a point of visiting while we were in the area. Well worth it. Nora is great value and very informative on the farm and the area. Bought scarf which is lovely.
Written 28 September 2018
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So glad you PERSEVERED to get here, Judy - hope you'll come back soon and that you enjoy your scarf too! Yours, Nora
Written 30 September 2018
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Anne30247
Ashland, VA145 contributions
Lovely visit with Nora at the Goat Farm
Jul 2018 • Couples
We went to the Chianti Cashmere Goat farm on a Friday afternoon just to visit the shop. We arrived at 3:45 (shop opened at 4). Nora's directions on the website are spot on - follow them exactly and you will find it without a problem. It is just a few minutes outside of the town of Radda (which is also pretty cool). We enjoyed visiting with the baby goats and just enjoying the view until 4 pm when Nora came up to the shop. We actually sat on the hill for quite awhile and chatted with Nora. She is fascinating and we had a great time just talking about the farm, her life in Italy and all sorts of things.
Then we went into the shop and she walked us through how she collects the cashmere, how it is processed, how the yarn and eventually the garments are produced. She wants to make sure that you have a good understanding of the care and love that go into her products. She insisted that I try on all of the shawls that interested me because they really do look different on. She had lots of suggestions. My beautiful shawl will be a cherished souvenir of our Tuscany trip. And I really wanted to put Houdini, the little black goat that keeps getting out of the fence, in my suitcase and bring him home!
Written 9 August 2018
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Sten_Texas
Houston, Texas24 contributions
Fun activity in Tuscany!
Jun 2018 • Family
Visiting the Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm was such a fun experience. We went with a big group, and got to feed the goats and hold the babies. They have such funny and different personalities, some really wanted to be pet, some were protective of their young, some were total food hogs. They are pretty adorable and visiting the farm was truly an unforgettable experience!
Written 9 July 2018
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We so enjoyed having you visit! Too bad the baby goats don't stay little, isn't it? Hope you will come back and send your friends! Yours, Nora
Written 10 July 2018
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KristinFromPA
7 contributions
Highlight of our holiday in Tuscany
Jun 2018 • Family
My family obliged my obsession to visit Nora's farm after I discovered it on line. She was so kind and welcoming, and we all held little baby Oreo. Loving the soap - I bought several for me and some for the perfect souvenir for friends and family.
Written 29 June 2018
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Dear Kristin So glad you actually twisted their arms to get you here! Do send along some of the photos you took so we can post them on our website! Looking forward to hearing back! Yours Nora
Written 10 July 2018
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Lorna M
26 contributions
Worth the beautiful drive
Jun 2018 • Solo
Worth the drive to see this wonderful farm. Nora has created a special place and your visit will be one of the unique places to see and also learn all about cashmere goats and the cashmere. The best and correct directions to get there are on Trip Advisor.
I didn’t have time, but you can also make a reservation to work at the farm for a day; great opportunity for kids (no pun intended).
Written 24 June 2018
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Lorna we really loved having you visit - it's so satisfying to meet poeple who love what we do! Hope you will be back soon! Nora
Written 25 June 2018
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Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm is open:
  • Mon - Mon 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM