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Martyn and Margaret were wonderful hosts, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at L'olmo.
We had booked L'olmo for a special birthday celebration and Martyn and Margaret had kindly offered to prepare a meal on arrival, which was delicious. They also arranged a birthday cake and throughout our stay, helped with restaurant bookings. They provided lots of useful advice and suggestions for day trips and eating places in the local area.
The road up to the villa is a steep 10 minute climb, but the views are breathtaking and well worth it. When we arrived, our kids immediately jumped into the pool, and played with the inflatables that Martyn and Margaret had thoughtfully provided. The pool was fantastic, surrounded by lavender bushes, which attract lots of butterflies - a wonderful sight. The grounds are vast, with lots of play areas, a badminton net, table tennis and cricket set. After which there is a hammock to relax in (or swing) when the kids wished. The kids also loved seeing the sheep being herded by the sheepdogs and the very kind shepherd.
The villa itself is superb, and well cared for. It had everything we needed, with lots of thoughtful touches including fresh herbs, home made olive oil and a well stocked larder, which we replenished as we used. As we stayed for two weeks, the villa was cleaned, and beds changed on the middle Saturday. Something we have often had to request and sometimes paid extra for, on previous holiday rentals.
To get the most from your stay, we would recommend speaking to Martyn and Margaret in advance, although we also found they were easy to talk to throughout the stay. The location is a good base to explore Tuscany, such as Florence, Siena, San Gimigano and others you may not be familiar with.
The villa was beautiful, just as described in the photos. There were 5 of us and we have plenty of room. The weather was chilly and rainy so did not take advantage of the pool at the top of the hill. The villa was close to shops, restaurants, grocery store and the train station in Vicchio if you wanted to get into Florence without driving. Our only drawback was that no one spoke English and the lovely Italian couple who were the caretakers on site didn't speak any English. However, we managed quite well for the week.