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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.
Both properties were well equipped and comfortable. We wanted somewhere quiet in the mountains which we got 100% with the most stunning views. We visited Gubbio, Assisi, The Lake and Umbertide (which had our favourite ice-cream parlour) which were all within easy driving distance. The swimming pool was a great hit with all of us.
The star of our holiday was yes you've guessed it Margot! We were astonished at the two full fridges when we arrived and the lovely meal prepared by Margot what a start to our holiday! Margot and Nigel gave us lots of information to make our stay enjoyable nothing was too much trouble. Margot made us feel very special especially my grandchildren. She truly restored our faith in human nature so many times we have arrived tired and hungry to self catering properties to find not even a roll of toilet paper!
Thank you Margot and Nigel for sharing your lovely home with us for a very relaxing week.