This villa is a credit to its owner Danny. Everything you need for a relaxing holiday. We never tired of the stunning views, the birdsong and of course the facilities. Comfortable beds, very clean. A car is essential to visit the surrounding towns, villages and restaurants. However, if you want a treat, Danny and Marco are superb chefs and cooked my family a Tuscan feast.!
This villa is a 'must' visit. (And I'm fussy) …
Casentino house & exclusive pool. Dogs welcome
A peaceful retreat in a beautiful part of Tuscany
The service and information provided by the owners at the time of booking was exceptionally good and very informative. Replies to my subsequent emails about the property were answered very promptly.
We stayed at the property for eleven days in mid/late September. The weather was hot with temperatures for much of the time at around 30 degrees. We had a couple of days with thunder-storms and heavy showers but were still able to get out and explore.
The house is on the edge of a small hamlet and in a truly peaceful location with excellent views. The balcony offered an ideal location for meals and for evening glasses of wine. We also enjoyed the garden, especially the sun warmed figs which were plentiful, and used the pool almost every day.
Despite the high temperatures, the style of house with its small windows and wooden shutters allowed us to keep the house cool during the hot days. The accommodation offered everything we needed for our stay including an abundance of information describing places to visit and how best to get around. There were plenty of DVDs to watch in the evenings although the indoor seating was not ideal for lounging about.
The owners had recently provided a laptop with wifi internet access. I found the signal at the property to be very weak, very slow and could only be obtained outside the property. I did not regard this as a significant problem.
We are most grateful to Danni who gave us a warm welcome, plenty of advice and tips and was at hand if we needed help. …
Amazing house in sweet Tuscan village
I stayed in this property with some friends a few years ago and could have stayed forever. The house is in good condition with a lovely historic feel and big rooms that make it easy for friends to share. It's easy to walk around the town and we enjoyed heading down to the farmers market on the weekend to pick up produce for cooking in the evening. The hearth is a wonderful feature in the kitchen. I believe the house was originally the old slaves' quarters to the castle above but I felt like the princess of my little Tuscan village. Highly recommended! …
Villa Mondello in Tuscany, great view on the hills
Far more than we imagined, much more than we hoped for
I and my family stayed at Villa Mondello in the autumn of 2012 and we cannot rave enough about the place. Comfort, convenience, elegance and above all that indefinable Italian sense of style which was evident throughout the property.
The villa is convenient for Florence, Arezzo and the beautiful Casentino Valley - just 7 or 8 minutes by car to the hill town of Poppi, one of the best examples of its type in the whole of Italy - we loved to wander the historic streets and explore the ancient castle.
From the moment we arrived to the day we left we felt utterly protected and superbly well cared for by Francesca and her team of helpers. She welcomed us with a ‘merenda’ an Italian afternoon meal and gave excellent information about the villa, its surroundings and Tuscany in general. Throughout our two week stay, she was always on-hand but never intrusive and her command of English was excellent - always delivered in that particularly charming Italian way.
The place is large and the beautifully kept gardens are extensive and everywhere one rests there is a view to enjoy. We were a party of 9 and had plenty of space and of course with all those bathrooms we had no morning rush and queue. One of our party had difficulty with stairs and was fortunate to find a good double room on the ground floor but was somewhat disappointed not to have a choice - there was no lift.
The general areas, in particular the kitchen were excellent - plenty of places to sit and relax and a good kitchen for cooking Italian meals. On one of the nights Francesca and her family entertained us with a wonderful Italian meal and we were proud to return the hospitality with Yorkshire cooking - we hope they enjoyed our roast beef.
The pool area is certainly something out of a magazine. Impeccably finished, immaculate and a good length for a swim. I was pleased to see a counter current device as I particularly enjoy competitive swimming. The pool house had a small kitchen, fridge, changing space and shelter from the sun. All the garden furniture was to the highest quality - we learned it was made by the family company - they work in ‘high end’ projects in wood.
Following advice, we made two separate day visits to Florence, driving almost all the way there and then parking at a very reasonable cost in an ‘out of town’ park and ride. The city was a fabulous experience. A particular favourite was nearby Poppi - we went there so many times and enjoyed aperitifs under the castle walls - a great restaurant nearby - Antica Cantina was the name we think.
Francesca, we cannot praise you enough and have every confidence in recommending this property to anyone. We have already tentatively reserved two week for next season. A superb holiday in every way - six stars please. …