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We stayed at Casa Crescina with three friends and all agreed that the house and grounds were beautiful. We had some pool days of non-stop sunshine, and some days were cooler, with interesting clouds and mist rising from the river below us. The house is quite isolated and, consequently, very private and quiet. Everything is provided for a very comfortable stay. We loved the "Welcome Basket", and, in addition, there were other basics in the cupboards, which helped with our food preparation. Beds are comfortable, showers hot, and all rooms are beautifully decorated and appointed. The driveway is a bit daunting at first, but becomes easier as each day goes on. Once we discovered the Carrefour in Gragnola we had no problem with shopping. The shop in Monzone is a little limited, but good for emergencies. Our day trip to Lerici was lovely (about an hour away -
you have to park in one of the parking lots and walk to the harbor, but it's not too bad.) You can also take the ferry from Lerici to the Cinque Terre, via Portovenere, which we did. It was an easy day out. We also took the train to Lucca from Monzone one day. Takes about 1.5 hours, but a comfortable and interesting ride - only about 8 Euros each way. Lucca is worth a visit. The pool area at Casa Crescina is fabulous. Pool is refreshing, poolside furniture comfortable, and all so private. Claudia and Angelo are available to help if you need anything. Altogether a lovely week spent in an area we have never been to, nor thought about, before - Lunigiana, very untouristy, very natural, very Italian. Not much English spoken, but everyone friendly and fun to communicate with. Excellent communication with owner throughout the booking process. Great directions, information, and recommendations. We thoroughly recommend Casa Crescina.
I was lucky enough to be one of the guests staying at Villa Serena recently. What a beautiful home! An absolutely stunning setting and indeed very serene. Early mornings in the garden watching the world wake up - Long afternoons by the pool watching the sun begin to set - Dinner time outside under the grape trellis - ALL overlooking the sea were delightful. Your home is beautifully appointed with many details that are often missing from home rentals, extensive kitchen equipment, artwork, china, linens, and candles. And the large stack of beautiful tea towels, so wonderful! We set a beautiful table every night to go with our meals. We truly loved to cook in the outdoor pizza oven which was generously stocked with nice dry wood making it easy to start the fire within. What a treat!
The house keeper was there to greet us and went through every aspect of the house upon our arrival, pointing out all the amenities, even down at the pool house. There are also information manuals for everything in the house and details about the area in general. She also was so helpful when on one occasion part of our group was locked out and she showed up quickly to let us in. We look forward to our next visit.
Great house, great location, great holiday!