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We stayed at Villa Elefanti for one week in May with our big family of 7 (2 adults and 5 teenagers). Arriving at the house, the only word that we could utter was 'WOW'. And the 'wows' got bigger and bigger as we explored the house and grounds. We could not believe our luck to have found such a gem. The house is perfectly positioned with 360 degree views - the photos are amazing but the reality is a million times better. Everywhere you look there are stunning views of the countryside, of beautiful villages and the mountains in the distance. Outside the property, we were spoilt for choice as to where to sit - all terraces and the pool area are beautiful for enjoying alfresco dining. Inside the property, the standard of decor is top spec. We could not believe the beauty of the furniture, decorations, ornaments. The rooms are huge, as are the 'many' bathrooms. We were spoiled for choice as to where to sit inside too (not that we sat inside much). We didn't even have chance to use the lower sitting room or dining room. The house is perfectly equipped, containing everything you would have at home (and more in our case!). The equipment is also of a very high standard. We were simply in heaven all week.
The beauty of the house made us very lazy and we only ventured out a couple of times: once to Rome on the train from Stimi - very easy! We chose the day that forecast thunder storms in Stimi. Amusing as we returned to the house to rain and thunder, when the electricity had shorted out. Luckily thanks to the plethora of information provided by Adrian, we were able to sort out the electric gates and also return the power to the house. Aside from that, we only ventured out to visit the local supermarkets, and to Da Lina and RosMarino restaurants - both amazing! We didn't want to waste a minute our week away from this paradise. My sister and I don't speak Italian, but thanks to 2 months of Italian podcasts and a phrase book, we were able to get by throughout the week using our very stilted Italian. The locals were so friendly (and amused/impressed) - despite being in true Italy, we never once felt out of place or unwelcome.
Our negative is that we think that Villa Elefanti has probably ruined every future holiday we will have, as nothing will ever be as perfect. We are now desperately researching how buy property abroad, because we would love to have somewhere even 1% as nice as this place. Thank you Adrian and Lena so much. We hope to be back someday. x
We had a wonderful time here. A family of eight sharing my wife's fortieth birthday. The Villa is amazing. The pool was refreshing, but it was late October! The views are spectacular having evening meals on the rear patio. Florence is only two hours drive away and Rome only just over an hour. Amazing places to visit nearby also. Overall, we had a brilliant time. The weather was a warm 21c most days.