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“The Tuscan Dream!”
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The Villa
Front Terrace
Entrance Hallway
Entrance Hallway
Rustic Kitchen
Rustic Kitchen
Rustic Kitchen
Rustic Kitchen
Dining and Sitting Room
Dining and Sitting Room
Dining and Sitting Room
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1 Ensuite
Bedroom 1 Ensuite
Bedroom 2
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Bedroom 2 Ensuite
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Plunge Pool Terrace
Plunge Pool Terrace
Plunge Pool Terrace
Plunge Pool Terrace
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Al Fresco Dining
Al Fresco Dining
Plunge Pool Terrace
View across the valley
Plunge Pool Terrace
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Bagni di Lucca, Province of Lucca, Tuscany

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ashmcpmol...
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Tuscan Dream!”
Reviewed 17 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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What a real treasure! My husband and I along with our fiends have just returned from an amazing week at The Contented Tuscan. The property is located in the hills a few miles out of the small town of Bagni Di Luca in the hamlet of Guzzanno.

The owners Steve and Denise were wonderful hosts, they were very warm, welcoming and approachable. They greeted us with lovely welcome drinks. They live on the bottom floor of the large property, which is completely independent from the main house. You would never know they were there as they are very discrete although they are always on standby should you need anything.

The house is absolutely stunning inside and out, spotlessly clean and beautifully and lovingly restored. It is tastefully decorated in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse style. It looks like it could feature in an interior magazine. The owners’ attention to detail did not go unnoticed, they have put a lot of thought and time into creating a very comfortable space where your every need is catered for. The bath robes and slippers in the bathrooms was a lovely touch. The property also has wifi/internet access.

The terrace and pool area was very beautiful and relaxing with the perfect, picturesque views across the valley. The property is ideally located for a bit of sightseeing. During our stay we visited Florence, the beach resort of Viareggio and the nearby town of Lucca.

If you don’t fancy the driving, definitely use Marco the taxi man. Denise and Steve recommend him and we were so very happy they did. A fantastic, kind man who went above and beyond, he was also like our very own tour guide. He brought us to fantastic restaurants in the hills where we got to try amazing traditional Tuscan food. A bit of a drive out of Bagni Di Lucca and we would never have found these great places ourselves if not for Marco (Buca Do Baldabo – so good we returned a second time, and Villa Aurora). We also ate at Del Sonna in Bagni Di Lucca, also very good. Marco also brought us to see The Devils Bridge by night, a must see!

I could go on and on about out highlights, I definitely recommend this location, a real home from home. Thank you again Denise and Steve….oh and Marco (our taxi man friend).

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Liked best: The view from the kitchen window
Liked least: The windy road from Bigni Di Lucca to Guzzanno but this vanishes once to get to the property.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
22 Sep 2014
Wow! - What a lovely review. Thank you for choosing our holiday home, and for your appreciation of our house and views. We are so pleased that our set up hit the mark as our guests having a super holiday experience means a lot to us. Great news that you found Marco the taxi man so helpful, we will make sure he sees your kind comments. Thanks again and we would love to welcome you back Steve & Denise.
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Tomasz K
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed 1 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Extremely beautiful house and very nice atmosphere. The only think we don't recommend is an extra pay italian dinner in the neighbour house. Food was disappointment.

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Sep 2014
Many thanks for your super review of our holiday home. We very much enjoyed having your group spend the week here. You having a good experience really matter to us. In terms of the Tuscan dining experience, we will pass on your comments to our neighbour.
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Loukos340...
Montpellier, France
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic stay”
Reviewed 16 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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person found this review helpful

A very typical and nice house, very cosy and well renovated by the owners who are, by the way, very nice hosts, very attentive to their guests' comfort and in the same time very discreet.
You'll find here the right place to rest (swimming pool plays its role, of course) and to visit the whole region. The area is as well on a small hill, so it's colder at night, and consequently more comfortable than in the valley during Summer time.
The house is located in a small village with a large proportion of visitors coming from all countries. You can also have an organic dinner at owner's friends home with very typical Tuscany food.
Highly recommended !

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Liked best: Location, calm, hosts
Liked least: Maybe could coffe machine be changed?
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Aug 2014
Many thanks, we really appreciate you taking the time to write the review and for your kind words. Reviews are incredibly important to us. We will pass on your kind comments to our friends that organise the traditional Tuscan al fresco dining evening. We very much enjoyed your time here as our guests and look forward to your return Steve & Denise.
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Burtiebin...
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“a perfect combination of relaxation, awesome natural beauty and Renaissance culture.”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We had a very enjoyable stay at The Contented Tuscan at the end of July. The house is lovely - very tastefully and sensitively decorated - and the terrace and pool provide a perfect place for relaxing in the sun and enjoying the view across the valley. Steve and Denise are wonderful hosts, discrete yet helpful and very approachable. We stayed for two weeks, combining our visit with an overnight trip to Florence during the first week and another overnight trip to Siena the second - both cities are beautiful and within a comfortable driving distance. Even if you don't venture very far, the local area is extremely beautiful, with some very pretty hillside villages and breath-taking countryside. The lovely town of Lucca is also just a stones throw away. Thanks to Steve and Denise for helping to make our stay so good.

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Liked best: The beautiful presentation of the house
Liked least: The rain
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
11 Aug 2014
Many thanks for your super review. We very much enjoyed playing our part in ensuring you had such a fabulous time here. Being a first year business the reviews and feedback are vital to us. We really want people to feel things could not have gone better. It makes all the work worthwhile when we receive feedback that we got it right for our guests. You were a pleasure to have as guests at our home and hope to see you again Steve & Denise.
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Carrera L...
London
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A real gem in the heart of the Tuscan contryside”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Review by Carrera-Leigh Dix - guest but not the booker.
I stayed at The Contented Tuscan for a fortnight with my husband and his parents and didn't want to leave!
With unrivaled views of the surrounding area, this hillside cottage is a real hidden gem. It was the perfect size for four guests, with two spacious and well decorated double bedrooms and immaculate en-suites. The outside area is private and cosy but with a real sense of space due to its position on the edge of the village.
We didn't have the best of weather throughout our stay, but the close proximity of Bagni di Lucca and bigger towns and cities meant that there was always something to do if things got a bit overcast. There was no shortage of places to eat and a BBQ in the garden for quieter nights in.
Denise and Steve were very accommodating and attentive, making our stay that bit special. The village itself is picturesque and the people very friendly. Be warned to sleep with the front windows closed if you like to lie in though, as some of the locals are up early.
The only other thing I would warn holiday makers about is the mosquitoes, but that seems to be the case across Tuscany and nothing to do with the accommodation itself.
Highly recommended by me - in fact I've already pointed several people towards this place - I'd go back in a heartbeat!

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Liked best: The quiet, rural location was perfect for unwinding.
Liked least: There wasn't much to not like, so I'll be picky and say the winding roads on the way up.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
20 Aug 2014
Thank you for your very kind feedback. We are delighted that you were pleased with your holiday here and are grateful that you are happy to refer The Contented Tuscan to friends. Best wishes and hope to see you both again Steve & Denise.
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