Perfect Tuscan retreat
My family of 5 arrived at Casa a Corte after four busy hot days in Rome. The house, the grounds, and the location were all perfect for a Tuscan getaway. We were close enough to many locations to do day trips every day, including Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre and Lerici, and of course the charming town of Lucca.
The house is great, with enough space for everyone to be comfortable. All the trappings of home are included, with a well-equipped kitchen, washer, clothesline, cable TV, games, books, etc. My kids enjoyed the pool many times after a day of touring. It was great for everyone to relax on the patio. We could understand why many reviewers said they didn't want to leave the house! It really is perfect!
People had told us to explore having a chef cook dinner for us at our villa while we were in Tuscany. When I mentioned this to Hugh he was very accommodating and gave me several options. We chose Aurelio Barratini, a local Tuscan Chef (restaurant Antica Locanda di Sesto). It was TRULY the highlight of our Tuscan trip and I hope more people take advantage of his talent and hospitality. He made us a fantastic meal served on our patio. Every single thing we consumed, from the prosecco, the wine, the olive oil, the chocolate, all of the food, was created by him or someone in his family. Yes, they have their own label wine and olive oil! We gave him no restrictions despite having three kids...I had some concern the kids would turn their noses up at the food. instead they devoured stuffed zucchini blossoms and delicious dishes while we had a lovely family night. It was one of those times when everything works out exactly as you hoped and you make fabulous memories of your trip. The bonus was there was enough food for the next night!
Hugh was extremely informative about the local area, travel to and around Tuscany, and any questions we had were promptly answered. He is a very thorough property owner!
I would HIGHLY recommend Casa a Corte as a vacation rental!
Owner's Response: Dear Karyn,
We are delighted you had such a wonderful holiday and it gives us so much pleasure having guests that appreciate our house and Tuscany so much. We hope it will stay long in your families memories.
We will pass on your comments to Aurelio. As a passionate Italian, he will also be delighted with your lovely positive comments.
Thank you so much once again.
Hugh & Hazel
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