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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.
The rooms are spacious and light and the pool setting is first class. Enjoyed the table tennis too plus ate outside every morning for breakfast. We loved the area and the walk to the Abbey de Farfa is well worth it - but don't attempt it by car even though the Sat Nav says it ok. Will definitely be back.