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We had a lovely stay here - 6 adults. It was very hot so we spent lots of time in and around the pool, which has stunning views across to the castle and beyond (we definitely saw the sea. Twice.) The house is lovely, in a rustic manner with lots of character. Big rooms, tiled floors, shutters...gorgeous. You really are miles from anywhere - even places that are quite nearby take a while to get to because of the steep, windy roads. We used the supermarket in Pomerance (25 mins). The bar/restaurant in Montecastelli is excellent and we even walked there and back once! It's a good few kilometres though!
We went to Siena (an hour away) for a bit of city culture: it was gorgeous. Best of all, we explored the river pools called Masso delle Fanciulle - only about half an hour away, plus a short walk, and absolutely idyllic.
I booked this property to celebrate my birthday with a large group of friends.
We were not disappointed. The property was exactly as advertised. The bedrooms were all of a decent size and the living areas could comfortably accommodate a large group of people. The swimming pool was clean and beautifully kept, with toilet and shower. Only downside here was the walk back up to the house, very steep but none of us minded as it was probably the only exercise we had! There were also plenty of sunbeds.
The best part though was the outside eating area. A large table under vines and surrounded by lavender, roses and geranium's. There was a fantastic brick built barbeque and lighting. It was here that we enjoyed my birthday celebration. The agent for the house suggested he could arrange for some local woman to come to the house and cook for us. This we did and I can report that the meal was amazing and I would highly recommend to any future guests.
The local restaurant/bar was very good with lovely staff. Sara could speak good English so there were no communication problems.
The owners of the house were a lovely couple and Tatiana who spoke very good English was extremely helpful and charming. They even brought pastries for us all on my birthday.
There was one problem though that I have to mention. I booked this house through Owner's Direct. On their website it stated that towels and linen were provided (no mention of a charge), also no mention of this on my rental agreement. However, when we were leaving, we were presented with a bill for the linen and towels. Please be wary of this as it slightly spoilt things as an argument ensued. I believe the charges were on some website advertising the property but not on Owners Direct.
All in all though we had a brilliant time and would highly recommend this property