We had searched high and low for a perfect place to stay in Tuscany, and found it online in this hillside cottage for two. It met all our expectations and beyond and really is as exquisite as it appears in the photos if not moreso.
It is the most tranquil setting – only three cottages (maximum 10 people in total and no-one under 14) sharing Adela and her husband’s wonderful hilltop castle setting. The garden is fragrant as well as beautiful with 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. Each cottage has its own individual outside dining area complete with floral arbours to provide shade. The pool was so clean and refreshing with more than enough loungers with and without shade for all the guests to enjoy – often we had it to ourselves. The cottage itself was delightful, spotlessly clean, characterful and nicely furnished. Adela is the most incredible host and everything has been thought through to make guests stay as pleasurable and smooth as possible. Our cottage was well equipped with a washing machine and a dishwasher, all the kitchen utensils you might need on holiday, even a salad spinner. Start-up items were also thought of from dishwashing tablets, mosquito repellent devices and tea to balsamic vinegar and Adela’s very own delicious Olive Oil. Adela provides each cottage with a brilliantly useful dossier of local restaurants, directions and itineraries including routes to less obvious places of interest, and she was extremely helpful in making bookings and also suggestions that all made our stay even better and more memorable. We spent a blissful week mixing up relaxing (aka lazing) in the gorgeous garden and pool having simple salads and going exploring near and far. One week sped by too fast and we very much hope to return.
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