“Relaxing and beautiful” I would recommend the Villa Fontanine as it was well appointed and the owners thought of everything. The views were spectacular and the mornings were delightful out by the pool. I even chanced upon seeing a baby deer down in the field. We hired a chef one night and had a relaxing dinner. The train was easy into town. And for those that were concerned there was no American coffee maker there is! Although after drinking espresso I think I agree with the comment that we drink brown water! I am contemplating booking again!
“the drive is well worth it” La Casina is about 15 mins from the small hill town of Poppi in Arezzo Province,the Tapanessi family were wonderful hosts ,you need some guidance from Poppi to locate the villa which was provided by Nicolo ,but once you arrive, the villa's facilities and location are exceptional as described.Our numbers varied over the 7 days from 8-9 persons,the villa was perfect for the size of our group, the family provided us with wine cheeses and antipasto for our arrival.We tended to eat in for either lunch or dinner each day,you just don't wish to leave such a beautiful setting.
Poppi ( the village ) is a beautiful hill town,wonderful restaurants across from the Castello,shopping for food/wine supplies was convenient with a COOP and Penny's in the nearby town,but I would recommend at least a day trip to the regional town of Arezzo,the old historical section of Arezzo is something to see and experience.The movie " Life is Beautiful "was filmed in the old section ,take the little train service from Pont a Poppi it takes about an hour to Arezzo,it was one of the highlights of the trip .
Gigi Tapannesi was at the villa most mornings tending the pool and any needs of the guests ( without intruding ),he is a charming man as are his family.On the Thursday before our departure Nicolo brought out to the villa some fresh tagliatelle which his father had made that afternoon ,more than enough to feed 8 persons.Overall it was a wonderful stay in a beautiful part of eastern Tuscany.
“Stunning villa in friendly village with beautiful views” We had a superb week in Villa Mara at the very beginning of April. The villa overlooks the sea. Its views are stunning and it is set in the rocky hillside overlooking the sea. It is on 2 different levels (the top level having 2 storeys) and then beneath the level with the pool (the bottom level) the garden continues down the hill in fairly steep terraces.
We travelled with 2 children (nearly 3 and nearly 5) who are sure footed with a good ratio of adult per child (3 adults) and the garden and villa really captivated the children's and our imagination - they loved playing in it but perhaps if you had a crawler or younger child it would be less relaxing (although each level outdoors was gated so this wouldn't necessarily be a problem). For us, it was absolutely perfect. The children enjoyed picking lemons from the lemon tree whenever we needed one for drinks etc! They loved the pool and the decking next to it made it a safe area to play around. They enjoyed playing up and down the steps and making dens in different places. There were all sorts of interesting plants and many different things to look at.
We were met and helped out by Giuseppe, who was very kind and welcoming and answered all our questions. The children adored him and were very excited whenever they saw him and we also liked him a lot. The views were beautiful and everything was clean. The beds were comfortable. San Ambrogio is a friendly village with a pizzeria and very close to the much busier but also lovely town of Cefalu. The time of year we travelled to Sicily was lovely - lots of flowers in blossom and enough of a buzz around Cefalu to make it fun but not so heaving with people that we couldn't park etc. We found it warm during the day (T-shirts and shorts, fine for playing on the beach and in the sea) but needed jumpers in the evening. The pool wasn't warm because of the time of year but we used it a few times for short periods of time and it was good fun and, like everything else, beautifully maintained and clean.
I would recommend this property rental very highly.