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Dear Sarah, (Villa Monte3)

Here following are some impressions regarding our recent Italian trip and especially the week we stayed at Villa Monte 3

The weather was wonderful!! June is a very good time for Americans who are travelling with young children since European children are still in school. The only drawback we encountered was that the Trattoria at the foot of Montbenichi hadn't yet opened for the season.

We had elected to take advantage of your offer to arrange for cooks to come in and prepare dinner for us on only the one occasion. Had we known how good that dinner would be and how modest its cost was compared to what we were spending in restaurants we would have opted to have them in every other day during our stay (there was enough leftover food for a second dinner hence no need to have them in every day).

The bedrooms were both elegant and functional; all are en-suite, the kitchen contained everything we needed; the living area was spacious and well furnished.

The Chianti grapes; grown, fermented and bottled on the estate are of uniformly excellant quality and were available for 6 euros per bottle (the best bargain we found in inflationary Italy!!). No security deposit was ever requested of us for the villa and when I offered to pay for two wine glasses that were broken, it was refused.

The biggest mistake we made was following a four day stay in Rome we elected to rent cars at the stazione Roma Termine and drive to the villa. Taking the fast train to Arezzo and rentingcars from there would have been far less stressful but we managed..

Bottom line is that we had a wonderful visit. Thankyou, Sarah for all your help!


Thanks Sarah! (Villina Cottage)

Also, I wanted to thank you for all your help - you've been great.

I arranged a villa for a group of people about 3 years ago in Italy. It was through The Parker Company. I'm sure you've heard of them, they're good, reputable, but no where near the intimate/personal/friendly service I have received from you (and Mary Smith). For that I thank you!

I'll be in touch when we return to tell you the wonderful time we had at the Villina Cottage !

Leslie Dacey

Dear Sarah (Villina Cottage)

We have just returned from the Villina Cottage. Please convey my compliments to the owner of the property. We had a fabulous time. If I can afford next year we would definitely like to. Thank you for all your help.

Jenny Guerin

Dear Sarah, ( Villina Cottage)

Hopefully you remember myself and my sister, Leslie. We visited 'Villina Cottage' in Lucignano during the week of September 12, 2003 and stayed at the cottage for a week. First, we need to apologize for not having thanked you promptly and for letting you know how extremely helpful and hospitable Christina and her family were.

They truly made our stay in Tuscany most memorable. Christina was always there when needed, sent us to a wonderful restaurant and arranged an additional, fabulous meal cooked by her parents. In addition, the villa itself was magnificent - we were relaxed at all times with the most spectacular views day and night.

Janice Hayes. USA

Sarah, (Casa dei lecci)

I wanted to tell you what a wonderful time we had in Tuscany! The villa was wonderful and perfect for our group. Rosemary was a huge help, and a complete pleasure to talk to. We had beautiful weather, enjoyed the pool as well as visiting Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano and the Cinque Terre. Lucca is a lovely place and I would recommend the area to anyone planning a visit to Italy. We had Leonardo come and show us how to make pizza at the villa in the middle of the week and it was great. He had 14 people so full that we couldn't move, and he was still making pizzas! Thank you so much for all your help and I sincerely hope to be able to do this again in the future!

Take care,

Sarah ( Casa dei Lecci)

All I can say is Thank You. The place ( Casa dei Lecci) was fabulous. It was almost was a little hot, but I don´t think you could have done anything about that. I will have nice things to say in a letter that will follow, but I just wanted to let you know that you were an important part of a very special vacation for myself and my family.

I am in Spain with the Bulls and will return in July. I will keep in touch.

Greg Schwartz

Dear Sarah, (Santa Maria)

I wanted to write to thank you all for making my family vacation so wonderful! It was an unforgettable experience.

The Tuscan region is such a magical place to visit, and your accommodations and service were nothing less. The villa ' Santa Maria ' that myself and seven of my family members stayed in was just gorgeous. We especially loved the beautiful patio area looking out on the Tuscan countryside and the authenticity of the décor and furnishings. It felt like we had stepped back into a much more romantic time!

The service all your staff provided was exceptional. We really appreciated you organizing a private chef to come into our villa to cook a traditional Italian meal for us. It was defiantly one of the highlights of our family vacation.

You were all so kind and made us feel like we were special guests on the estate. It is rare that you find services like yours that are willing to go the extra mile to make your stay as memorable as possible. The wine and extra virgin olive oil you make on the estate was just wonderful, we all wished we had brought back more bottles to the States with us!

Thanks again for your hospitality. It was by far the best family vacation we have been on, but not the last. We'll definately be back!

See you again,
Angela Bailey and Family

Dear Travel Tuscany, (Villa Mugello)

Our party of 16 stayed at the Villa Mugello in Tuscany for a week in April 2004. From the moment we arrived at the villa we were charmed and delighted. Raffaelle is a wonderful host, and Ermanda, a wonderful woman who cleans and cooks for the villa and apartments, delivered fresh bread every morning with a warm smile and greeting. She also made a fabulous meal for us on our last night, a meal we'll never forget, topped by a heavenly tiramisu!!

The villa was extremely comfortable, though be prepared to turn the heat on if you come in April or before. The kitchen is well-appointed, with two stoves and ovens, two refrigerators, coffee maker (drip and espresso), and two large tables that seated our party comfortably and allowed for easy conversation.

A covered outdoor seating area just outside the kitchen is perfect for meals on sunny days. Another picnic area in front of the villa makes a great gathering place on sunny days, with a fabulous view of distant mountains. The bedrooms contain two twin beds for the most part, with three containing double beds. One bedroom has its own bathroom, and there are plenty of other bathrooms for a full house of adults.

Two living rooms downstairs provide room for a large gathering or smaller groups. One of the downstairs rooms has a large open fireplace that makes a very cozy gathering area.

The views from the villa are beautiful. A few other villas can be seen in the distance. Olive groves line the road descending from the villa to the apartments that can also be rented by smaller parties. Stargazers and birdwatchers will be enchanted.

We are all looking forward eagerly to future stays at Villa Mugello, and to enjoying Raffaelle's hospitality.

Letitia Berlin
Albany, California, USA

Dear Travel Tuscany, (Pozzo Apartment)

Just a quick note to tell you that we had a great weekend. The accommodation was spot on, just what I had in mind and the location, with the view to San Gimignano was brilliant!! Luckily the weather cleared up for us, so we got to explore the area in the sun and spend a day in beautiful Florence.

Thanks once again for your help