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Isabella was the perfect host, and the Bricks Oven a perfect place to explore Tuscany, our first visit to Italy and Isabella suggested places to visit and what was on in our stay, having our dog with us we were able to to let her off the lead at the cottage as it was very safe, if your dog is small enough to go in a shopping trolley then Carrefour is your place, they just ask for some ID until you return it, the first time we have been able to take our dog into a supermarket!
the only problem we had was with the mosquitoes in the grass, and Isabella wouldn’t be able to help with that !,! But if she could, she would have.
The air conditioning in the house was fantastic as it got up to 34 degrees on a couple of days, Lucca was a short drive away and we went there on several occasions, it was a lovely walled town and although a tourist town wasn’t packed , we found Pisa extremely busy and although seeing the leaning tower etc was great were pleased to leave.
The countryside was beautiful and we took many scenic routes. A visit to the marble mines at Carrera was amazing, the journey through the tunnels and steep hills to get there somewhat scary, we wondered at times if we were on the right road ! My husband went on the tour and enjoyed it , but said that I may have had to shut my eyes at times on the corners......
We wanted to get a feel of Tuscany and the Bricks Oven allowed us to do just that, thank you again Isabella for being such a wonderful host.
We spent a delightful fortnight at Il Nidino in the Tuscan hills near Montecatini Terme. The owners Barbara and Andrea are lovely people, and were very welcoming and attentive on arrival (the wine and cake were very much appreciated!), and also throughout our stay.
The house is in a lovely peaceful setting near the hamlet of Nievole, a few miles from Montecatini Terme. As others have commented, the track up from the main road to the house is somewhat narrow and winding.We arrived after dark, and Andrea met us in the main road through Nievole and we followed him up to the house. We had no problems negotiating it in our rented VW Golf thereafter. The house is well equipped, cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, Wifi, Sky TV, air conditioning in the bedrooms. Outside there is plenty of space to sit in the sun or the shade. There is a covered area near the house with a large table for eating outside, a gazebo near the pool, and even an outdoor kitchen area also near the pool, with a cooker and a fridge. There is also a pizza oven and barbecue. The pool is not large, but great for a refreshing dip after a day in the sun.
There are two restaurants about half a mile from the house. Barbara and Andrea recommended La Margherita. We ate there and the food was excellent, the service friendly and attentive, and the prices extremely reasonable - we highly recommend a visit.
Within easy reach are Florence, Pistoia (not one of the Tuscan towns that features prominently on the tourist trail, but a delightful old town, with some beautiful churches and plenty of restaurants), Lucca, Prato, the spa town of Montecatini Terme and the lovely village of Montecatini Alto which can be reached by a funicular railway from Montecatini Terme. Sienna,San Gimignano, Barga, Viareggio and Pisa are a bit further away, but nevertheless doable in a day trip (although we didn't go this time having been to all of them before).
There is a small shop in Nievole which is fine for bread, cheese and other bits and pieces, but we did our main food shopping at the Esselunga supermarket in Montecatini Terme, which is 15-20 minutes away in the car, and has everything you need.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable stay at Il Nidino, and our thanks to Barbara and Andrea for their hospitality and friendliness (and also for the lovely pastries which Barbara brought when she came to clean the pool!).
Ian and Anne McEwen