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So while I am a little ashamed to admit that this is my first ever review, despite the fact that I use reviews a lot to help me decide on my trips I am delighted that my first one is so positive.
Everything about our experience from the moment of hitting the book button was first class. Lynn was fantastic to deal with and answered every query we had and could not of been more helpful. The images you see match exactly what you will find when you arrive. In fact there are so many more facilities which are not even described. Every drawer is full of useful items weather its binoculars to watch wild life to books, guides, movies and the most equipment kitchen you are ever likely to find. It has everything.
The pool is always warm and our kids loved it. we were a little nervous that our kids (Ages 13,11,7,7) would get a little bored as we are used to camping holidays of late but they couldn't of been happier and enjoyed the freedom. There is also a great electrically retractable pool cover which makes it very safe if travelling with small kids. The two villages are tiny and very old worldly and full of charm. The old church bell tower is right beside you and the villa has complete privacy from all angles so its very peaceful. I especially enjoyed sitting out by the fire pit every night, its a great centrepiece.
You will definitely need a car as there are no shops or restaurants you can walk to but there are plenty of good restaurants in the area. We found that not many restaurants spoke english which was a little challenge for us but we got used to this quite quickly and wasn't a problem, we also cooked at the villa a lot.
There is lots to do in the area and can recommend H2O rafting if up for some adventure. We visited the CInque Terre also one day but found this completely overrun by tourists and we preferred portovenere far more by comparison. There are no real water parks within 1.5 hrs away in case your kids want to visit one as ours did but we all quickly forgot about this.
Overall I could not recommend this place enough, I am struggling to find fault with anything its a much loved home thats been left for others to share.