Fabulous views from a stunning location
Submitted: August 20, 2012
Stayed: August 2012
We stayed in this property for a week in August 2012 and found it to be exactly as described. Mary, the agent, was always very quick to respond to emailed questions, and very helpful. She met us just off the motorway at Lucca and guided us up to the property. The house is clean and tidy and has everything you could need, but here are a few notes about items that are not mentioned in the description: There is a hairdryer provided, as well as an iron and board, plus insulated picnic bags with freeze blocks. Linen and towels are provided (but not tea towels in the kitchen). Washing up liquid and cloths, and dishwasher tablets, were also available, as well as some herbs, spices and oils. There is ample crockery and cutlery and several pans. There are meshes across all windows and a retractable one at the door, so those irritating flies and mosquitoes don't get in to disturb your night's sleep. The stairs are fairly standard for European houses, I would say. I was expecting something ladder-like from a previous review but the stairs were just slightly narrower but not steeper than at home (UK). The garden is delightful and very peaceful. The views are breathtaking. A parasol would have been welcome as it was sometimes too hot to sit in the direct sun. The neighbours are very friendly and helpful. The village is very small (about 9 or 10 houses and a tiny church) but there are restaurants within driving distance. There is a "Simply" supermarket in San Martino (turn left at the bottom of the hill, then right at the fruit and veg shop). You definitely need a car if you are staying at this property. We did day trips to Lucca (fantastic labyrinth of narrow streets), Pisa, the Caves (Grotta del Vento - 2 hour tour was very interesting but take a sweater as it's cold in there!), Vinci (charming little town with a museum dedicated to Leonardo, and a visit to his birthplace close by is included in the ticket price), Castiglioni (medieval town). Tuscany is beautiful, the people are very friendly and helpful and the food is fantastic. We will definitely return to the area.
Families with Teenagers,
Owner's Response: Thank you for providing the detail in your response. We will be going ourselves next month and will be sure to restock any missing items,(tea towels,etc.) So glad you enjoyed the place and the area. We'll be sure to check out Vinci. Thanks for the recommendations.
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