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My wife and I, together with our two teenage sons, stayed in Andrew's wonderful villa in late June 2018. Right from the first moment, we knew that the villa was everything that we had hoped for. The property is set in extensive grounds, away from all neighbours, so that it offers genuine privacy and seclusion. The area is quite and rural, and the feeling of security and safety is enhanced by the electric gates at the end of the drive. The large sloping grounds are set out at a number of different levels, each with its own characteristics and offering different amenities. The woodland and other mature planting add to the amenities on offer and contribute to the overall sense that the villa is more like a small country estate.
The Villa is superbly well located, being a short drive from Pisa Airport. In the other direction, Florence is less than an hour away: Lucca, Volterra, San Gimignano and even Siena are within driving range. More locally, the hill-town of Lari is just across the valley, while Ponsacco, with its supermarkets, is a few minutes away by car.
The house itself offers copious accommodation. The ground floor comprises four main rooms; a kitchen, a dining room and two living areas. These rooms have been opened onto each other with large archways, giving the ground floor an pleasant informal feeling as the rooms flow into one another. These main rooms are supplemented by a downstairs bathroom, larder and utility room. Upstairs, there are four fairly evenly-sized bedrooms (one en-suite) and a bathroom. All the bedrooms are bright and airy, and also well provided with storage space.
Andrew was a perfect host. He was there to meet us on the first day, offering a beer and was always available to provide help and to share his local knowledge. He showed us the best beech in Tuscany and on another evening was kind enough to take us all out to dinner. Nothing was too much trouble to Andrew.
The villa suited our needs perfectly. With teenage sons, we had no desire to live in each others' pockets; the villa and the grounds offered enough room so that the boys could enjoy their own space. As a family, we got great use from the pool and the tennis court, and the quite road was ideal for early morning runs. The wifi was able to meet the needs of teenagers and the television came with a Sky box and the usual huge choice of channels.
Overall, I have no hesitation in recommending the villa. We loved our stay and very much look forward to returning.
We stayed with Carlo&Silvana for 4 days and we just loved it. We had a very friendly welcome and we even got a nice bottle of wine and coffee 😊The place was very clean, very nice decor and very comfortable. It’s very close to Pisa and Firenze and I’m sure you will just love it. Thank you Carlo&Silvana for everything and making our first time to Toscana a beautiful experience. x