Every year, my family travels around the world and stays in a private luxury rental – usually one we have found on VRBO. Last year was Chania, Greece, the year before, Captain Cook Hawaii, before that, the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Our standards are very high- and we are hard to please. As nice as all the homes are that we’ve stayed in (and there have been some spectacular pieces of property), Palazzo Marzino exceeds all of them by miles.
It is the first property we have ever stayed in to which we will return – and we can’t wait for that day.
The pool was perfection – the temp was exactly right – you just never want to get out of the water. The pool furnishings were above and beyond – truly exceptional, right down to the floats: no cheap inflatable rafts, these were the thick blue foam-rubber ones, with no cracks or wear.
The kitchen was properly equipped with LOTS of dishes, pans, and gadgetry (although a food processor would have been nice, but that’s a very minor quibble).
The views from the main floor were positively stunning . It’s hard to measure these kinds of things, but we’ve been in some pretty exotic locales – and this view was by far the most enchanting. We never tired of looking out on that expanse of redwood covered mountains, with the Russian River placidly flowing below.
There are ALWAYS problems with these houses. It’s their nature – they have lots of complicated systems everywhere you look. The big question is how the management company and their vendors resolve the problems as they crop up. We had one problem – and it was handled expediently, efficiently, and expertly. The management company even gave us a $75 credit for the inconvenience (which was totally unnecessary).
We’d like to suggest adding a way to attach an external music source (smart phone, iPod, etc) to the technology suite. Speaking of – the internet speed was a reliable 40Mbps – way more than you need for streaming HD movies (most TVs were HDMI equipped).
As I said – we can’t wait to return. We’re in total withdrawal and already figuring out when the next trip will be.