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- 10 févr. 2019
Salle(s) de bain
Type de destination
Salle à manger
Equipements de loisirs
Piscine / Spa
Les réservations annulées au moins 60 jours avant le début du séjour pourront être remboursées à hauteur de 100%.
Great location! Fabulous accommodation !
20 minutes from Pisa, 20 minutes from Lucca, 25 minutes from one of the few ‘wild’ sandy beach at Marina di Vecchiano AND 0 minutes from a staggeringly gorgeous house, a breath-taking view and a wonderful pool and lounging area. The hosts are friendly, but not invasive, truly helpful and lovely people! What a find!
An Amazing Holiday
Once we got to the top of the twisty road – which was the only challenge of holiday - and we got out of the car we were presented with the most spectacular view of Pisa and beyond. The iconic Learning Tower and Cathedral could clearly be seen on the horizon, acting as a rubber stamp that we had arrived at somewhere special. Our villa – 1 of 2 - was set in several acres of olive groves with a swimming pool, which was essential. The villa was well equipped with all the facilities we needed, washing machine, BBQ, outside table and chairs and a balcony to once again admire the view. Colin and Louisa – the owners – are an incredible couple and were always available to advise on what to do and where to go. The 2 home chef nights went down a storm, the 2nd ending in a sing-a-long in Colin’s recording studio. We spent 2 weeks here and traveled around Tuscany, Pisa, Lucca, Florence and it flew by. We really enjoyed every minute, the Villa and Colin and Louisa played a big part in achieving this and of course the Wine helped.
A little peace of paradise in this busy world!
This was only our second villa stay, the first being the week previous in Provence, and despite our noviceness we were glad we chose this property as it lived up to all our expectations. We arrived late afternoon, and having read past reviews we were expecting the challenging driveway; it is a challenge but proved no problem for us whatsoever, you just need to go steady. On arrival we were greeted by Becky, Louisa's cousin as they were on holiday, and she gave us a guided tour. This villa is in a stunning location, near to the sea, Pisa, Lucca and Florence (a bit further away) so if you want to do stuff there is loads to see and do. If you want a quiet relaxing holiday go to the supermarket and get the weeks provisions in and you could stay there all week and do nothing. The views are spectacular to say the least, and having cooked a meal on the wood fired barbeque you can sit back and watch the sun wane whilst looking down over the leaning tower of Pisa, interspersed with the occasional ring of the local bells in the village. Perfect.
There is not much in Pugnano, some restaurants should you need them, we didn't and only ate out when making a trip somewhere. The pool and deck area are superb, although at times we felt the lower area could have done with a bit more useful shade especially under the hot sun. The barbecues were good, as was the wood fired oven, unlike our pizzas which were not so good. We had the 'Meal at Home' option one evening and this was superb, highly recommended.
The villa itself was fine, it had all you needed, but we did feel it lacked a little 'homeliness' in places and a bit more furniture in the bedrooms might have been handy. One comment we would make is that the non ensuite bathroom could do with some better showering facilities. These minor things made no difference to us, we arrived, relaxed, ate, drank and relaxed some more - this is a great place to do this! Even the fresh lemons on the tree finished off our G&T's to perfection!
Many thanks Luisa Colin and Max, we loved our stay and we were glad to meet you albeit for a short time. Rest assured, Becky filled your shoes well!
The view was amazing
Pros: Colin was Amazing, we got to cook our own pizzas in the oven and the view was Astonishing!!
Cons: the Driveway was terrifying, literally hair pin turns, my husband had to sleep on top of the comforter covering with a towel because of bed springs, we had to use the same towels for 5 days
I'm leaving a 5 star rating bc this is their business and if anyone else has different opinions on what I think would be bad I don't want my star rating to deter them. I would honestly give a 3.5 ⭐️. I have a small business and think someone else should give it a try like we did, to judge for them selves. If you do stay, please go to Lucca. It's the most incredible little quaint vibrant and lively place!!!! Whatever you do, don't check in at dark because of the driveway, they are 2-point possibly 3-point turns and you won't want to do it in the dark the first time.
I would like to thank this guest for leaving such an honest review. However, I feel that it raises a number of issues that deserve a fair response:
1) The Road:
a) The wording describing the road is very emotive and is a personal opinion. There are indeed 5 bends up to the houses, but provided that the driver takes the bends good and wide, there is plenty of room to come round with relative ease. The last two bends up to the house do require a manoeuvre, but again, provided that the driver takes the bends wide then the manoeuvre is not difficult to perform.
b) The road is quite steep but if the driver comes up in first gear and takes it easy, it should not present too much of a problem. We would always recommend a manual drive, rather than an automatic not only for the road up to the houses, but for many of the roads in Tuscany as a manual is easier to control.
c) We are on GoogleMaps as 'La Lucertola' where the road can be seen very clearly
2) The Mattress - This is the first time that this has ever been mentioned to us, either face to face or in a review. If the mattress requires changing then we have no problem replacing it.
3) The bath linen - This is an eco-friendly self-catering offering and not a hotel or a bed & breakfast. We provide both bed and bath linen to every guest and there is a washing machine in the house (with cleaning and washing products provided), which, of course our guests are more than welcome to use. For guests staying for more than a week there is a fresh change of linen (both bath and bed) for every week of their stay. We feel this to be the most sensible and environmentally responsible solution.
4) After dark check-in - We would always recommend to our guests or indeed to anyone, to try to arrive in a new, unknown place in the countryside during daylight hours. Sometimes, of course, this is not possible, but nevertheless, the road is totally acceptable with main head-beams switched on.
Idyllisches Ferienhaus mit traumhaftem Blick
Das liebevoll gestaltete und sehr gepflegte Ambiente, sowohl des Interieurs als auch des Außenbereichs, hat uns ausgesprochen gut gefallen und unsere Erwartungen mehr als erfüllt.
Lediglich die steile Serpentinen-Zufahrtsstraße zum Haus war eine Herausforderung, die aber mit einem traumhaften Blick belohnt wurde.
Wir haben die Zeit auf unserer Terrasse, den Blick aus allen Zimmern übers weite Land und den besonders schönen Pool-Bereich besonders genossen, außerdem die Nutzung des Grills und des eigenen Steinofens zum Pizzabacken. Tolle Sache!
Luisa und Collin hatten uns schon im Vorfeld zuverlässig informiert, haben uns herzlich empfangen und einen zurückhaltenden, aber sehr persönlichen Kontakt gepflegt - das hat sehr zum Wohlfühlen beigetragen.
Vielen Dank an beide, wir kommen gerne wieder!
Familie Egger aus Karlsruhe
Idyllic getaway close to Pisa
We are a family with four children and had plenty of room to relax. One bedroom has 3 single beds and the downstairs sitting room had a sofa bed. The villa is up on the hillside with stunning views of the area. Our kids shared the pool with the other family in the adjoining property. The pool area is lovely and the pool was a godsend in the summer heat. The owners provided a fan for each room. You can eat inside or al fresco. We even cooked pizza in the woodfire pizza oven with fantastic results. Pisa is 20 mins drive (once you know the way) and Lucca is 20 mins in the other direction where you can hire cycles and cycle wound the walled town. Florence is best reached by train. We even managed to drive our 9 seater van up the hair pin bend driveway up to the property everyday. The owners are just next door of you have any needs or questions. Would definitely stay here again if we come back to the area.
There is a small local accommodation tax to be added and is calculated as follows: Each adult (over 18) pays €1.50 per day for a maximum of 5 nights. Each adult therefore pays a total of €7.50 per stay. Please note that the rental price is charged in Euros € and therefore the amount that will be charged to your credit card will be the Euro € equivalent of your local credit card currency