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The very detailed pictorial directions helped us find the property (up a steep rough drive) with no difficulty. It was everything I hoped., even better than in the photographs.Throughout our weeks stay I never stopped being amazed by the beautiful views (including some fabulous sunsets) The kitchen was very well equipped (including decent sharp knives, a first in my villa experience) and the showers excellent. The beds were large and very comfy. It was spotless on arrival, with milk and wine in the fridge. Perched on the hillside the views from the sparkling pool (with loads of loungers and seating) were wonderful, yet at the same time the villa felt very private. I can highly recommend the porcetta from the market in Stimigliano (we got to try some before buying) and the local Simply supermarket (only 5 mins away by car) is well stocked. Conad (10 mins) is much bigger with a fish counter. There aren’t that many non Italians around so don’t bank on English being spoken but everyone in shops and restaurants seemed really friendly (especially with my attempts at a few halting Italian phrases) The transport links to so many places were one of the reasons I chose this villa as it is easy to get onto the main autostrada (we’d already spent a week in Rome so didn’t try the train, but I would in future now I have a feel for the location). In the end we only went to Tivoli (the fabulous Villa D’Este with its fountains and gardens is surprisingly quiet). It was just so relaxing and comfortable at Villa Elephanti that we couldn’t tear ourselves away. There is no air conditioning although large fans are provided. My husband found this fine although maybe in high summer even these would not be sufficient for everyone. The owner was very helpful in the information he provided about facilities and the location of the many nearby restaurants (you definitely do need a car). He also responded very quickly to any queries we had both before and during our trip. Without a doubt one of the nicest villas I’ve stayed in - we had a fabulous time and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this property.
Fantastic, spacious property in Selci (worth noting the property is in Selci - just a few miles from Forano where this site lists the property as being).
Just as the photos showed, the layout was on a few levels and was well equipped and contemporary. Large, stylish en-suite bathrooms and plenty of clean bedding. The gardens provided a quiet sheltered area and the beautiful pool area was modern and well thought out with shades and plenty of loungers - and a stunning sunset view each day.
The two Riccardos - one the manager based in Rome, the other a local, provided excellent service and appeared a few times to check all was ok and to answer any questions.
L'Angoletto Restaurant was walkable and café/ bars too. There was a local shop with everything you could need and a friendly, knowledgeable butcher. Nearby Forano has a big Conad supermarket.
A perfect place to base yourself to visit the amazing local area and wonderful restaurants. The property and pool had stunning views across the hills and made for a tranquil setting and great holiday.