Tuscan Mountain Cottage Guest Book
These are the full guestbook comments, with the most recent first (although the most recent reviews tend to be on Tripadvisor - see https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview...). We hope they give you a good flavour of the house and the area, and some ideas for your stay.
13th August 2013 - Trip Advisor Review 5/5
Lovely stone cottage in a wonderful settingVery much enjoyed this cottage up in the mountains. Great for walking. The cottage itself is lovely and very comfortable. It's basic but complete. It ticked all the boxes for us.
1st November 2012 - Trip Advisor Review 5/5
Rustic and gorgeous - This place is quite unique. Imagine the smallest cutest most rustic cottage high up in the mountains with fabulous walks and views all around and this is it. We wanted something away from it all, and we got it. It's important to know that you may need to know about chopping up logs for this place as you need logs for the water heater, kitchen range and log burning stove. There are alternatives but we didn't really bother with them, much better to get into the mood and start chopping wood!! We had a cow and his owner looking in the kitchen window the first morning, and had a fabulous pizzeria experience in the local pizzeria. It's a small place and tall people have to bend down to get into rooms/up stairs - But lovely atmosphere, well equipped kitchen and very good instructions from the owners.
Our response: Thank you for the lovely review, you've captured exactly what we love about the house. We have invested in a wood store and our friend on the mountain, Bruno, fills it regularly with wood that's cut to the right size. So you shouldn't now need to chop wood (unless you want to, of course!) The Pizzeria is a wonderful part of the experience. It is staffed by the friendly locals and does great Pizzas and our favourite Calzone anywhere!
18th June 2012 - Trip Advisor Review 5/5
Perfect Peace - Only accessible, by car this cottage is as described, rustic, and is perfect for a getting away from it all break. The setting is beautiful and serene, the only sound is the echoes of cuckoos across the valley. Perfect. We really will go back before we're too old to get up those stairs. The wood burner stove provided a warm end to any chilly evenings, the bed was comfortable and clean as a whistle. If you don't mind doing without 5* luxury but are content with comfortable and clean, and want to explore the real Italian mountains, this is for you.
15th – 22nd Oct 2011 – Paul and Pam Clingan
Pam and I arrived on a loud October afternoon, wind blowing hard, but bright blue sky. Took about 20 mins to get the excellent stove blazing and soon whole cottage was cosy! Stayed snug for rest of week even though down to 3oC outside. Highlights were Cortona, San Gimignano and Poppi, but everywhere was lovely and the people very friendly. Being walking distance from great pizza a real bonus!
Saw some wildlife buy guessing most are already moved down the mountain to winter lodgings. Plenty of deer about and even had “Horace Hog” trotting alongside the car for a short distance, a large wild boar (Horace gets larger the more we talk about him!), before he dived into the woodland again.
Had everything we needed here, feeling well rested and a definite absence of noisy neighbours!
Thank you both – Paul and Pam Clingan
24th Sep – 1st Oct 2011
It’s all been said before about the cottage: Brilliant!
Enjoyed Cortona, Anghiari and Sansepolcro. Super food at Ristorante Fiorentino (Sansepolcro) and La Pergola (near cottage). Further afield Ristorante Montano at Maranello is great – especially for Ferrari fans. Saw wild boar (including 4 young ones), porcupine and deer on the track.
Thanks and best wishes – Keith and Val.
8th Sep – 19th Sep 2011
After a 12 hour drive from the Alsace valley we thought we were too tired to be blown way by this place but we were wrong! It’s exactly what we wanted, many thanks for letting us stay here.
Leigh & Penny xxx
2nd - 9th August2008
Thank you for a lovely stay in your charming and rustic cottage. We have visited some beautiful areas and particularly loved the hilltop towns of Poppi and Citerna. Also we have so amazed by the beautiful and wonderful stars at night - stunning!! The fresh air and warm, sunny days have been so welcome. Thanks again.
Laura and Alan
28th June - 26th July 2008
We've had a wonderful 4 weeks and the cottage has been a great base camp for us to visit all the wonderfil surrounding towns, cities and countryside. Our battle with the local insect life was a tough one but we came through and the wildlife here is spectacular. Our favourites were the Wild Boar and the young Fox, the sandy bend in the road up is a nature hot spot it would seem. This is where we saw the 3 Boar, Fox and Buzzards.
Some places we found lovely that haven't been mentioned were San Leo, near San Marino (amazing), Fano for the beache and nearby Bagno di Romagna is a lovely little town and Restaurant Canacole in a converted church we highly recommend. Now we have to tear ourselves away from here! Thank you very much!
Stephen and Elina
8th May - 5th June 2008
A wonderful stay. Enjoyed the cuckoos (all day long chirping) and the occasional owl hoot at night.
The wild spring flowers were spectacular.
Nicola and John
10th April - 7th May 2008
We have had a wonderful holiday in your beautiful cottage. Have thoroughly enjoyed the mountain biking - exhausting uphills but exhillerating downhills! also great walks all around.
Lots of wildlife - saw deer, toads and ?? a porcupine - looked like it. Do you have them in Italy?
Romantic location, great place to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary.
Kerry and Rob
26th January 2008
A most beautiful cottage to recapture what is most important in life, food, peace, beauty and love. Look forward to enjoying this most special place once again.
Michelle and Rod
8th August 23rd August 2007
What a beautiful place. We have basked in hot sunshine and appreciated the wood burner in the cooler evenings. The simplicity of life is so good for us all in contrast to our hectic lifestyles. All eating-places fun and especially the pizzeria in the village.
We have travelled to all major towns and visited many wonderful buildings and viewed a rich and wealthy range of art and sculptures.
Many thanks for calling in to see if we were ok!
Rachel, David, Jess and Caroline
4th July - 31st July 2007
When we arrived here we had the idea of a holiday which consisted of a mix between walking in this wonderful landscape and making visits to the numerous centres of cutlutre around here; what proved to be most enjoyable is that for the first time we can remember, our holiday has been changed by the place in which we stayed and we decided to spend virtually all the time walking in this lovely area.
(That is apart from visiting our friend in Anghiari once or twice).
The power of the landscape can sometimes take us over, and we all need this, so thank you for that.
Last but not least, we have enjoyed the family at the pizzeria who were, as well as feeding us magnificent pizzas once a week, most friendly and helpful; we were sad to say goodbye for the present, to them.
We shall miss the wonderful array of plants, animals and insects, the sound of crickets singing at night, the lovely meadows and mountains, the stars, the food, the wine - what a wrench to leave!
Thank you so much
Charlotte and Ken
P.s. Ken is leaving a catalogue of his work
21st June - 28th June 2007
We came here to escape the stresses of life working at a law firm (sound familiar?!) and guess what - it worked like a dream! We have had such a relaxing week and with wonderful sunshine, have found it hard to tear ourselves away from the mountain! As such, we haven't ventured far but explored Sansepolcro, Pieve and of course Bango di Romagna which was just a lucky find by chance! The cottage could not be more perfect and really enables you to be more at one with the environment, which can only be a good thing.
We have seen some exciting wildlife - a baby wild boar, golden eagles, a small snake plus the owls at night were real highlights! Not to mention all the beautiful butterflies!
Thank goodness this wonderful place is in as safe hands as yours!
Thanks for a really special week
Laura and Matt
14th June - 21st June 2007
Thank you so much for opening our eyes and introducing us to this beautiful and almost undiscovered part of Italy. We thoroughly enjoyed our week here especially because of the peace and tranquillity of the area. We found the locals very friendly and helpful. It's an ideal position for visiting gems of Tuscany, especially Anghiari and Monterchi. We're moving on to Siena and Pisa which rounds up our holiday in Italy, but we feel that we've already had the best of it right here!
Thanks again and take care
Daniel and Sarah
13th May - 20th May 2007
A wonderful and charming cottage surrounded by such breathtaking scenery and peacefulness, we loved exploring Tuscany particularly Anghiari and Arezzo.
In the evening with the fire going and reading by candlelight we felt a true sense of what it must have been like to live up here all those years ago!
One highlight was seeing a Hoopoe outside the front door.
Thanks for a fab break.
Hayley and Matt
4th April - 11th April 2007
We had a wonderful stay at your lovely cottage, it was ideal for the two of us as a picturesque base. We travelled just about everywhere in reach, but particularly enjoyed San Marino, Florence and Monterchi, for the views, diversity and peacefulness respectively. We are sad to leave on our last day but will return soon.
Bob and Karen
4 March - 31 March 2007
What an enchanting place to stay with only the welcome sound of birdsong to disturb the peace.
And what a perfect location to explore the wonders of Tuscany and Umbria.
We spent the past few weeks visiting and revisiting Assisi, Cortona, Spoleto, Siena, Florence, Perugia, Arezzo, Todi and seeing for the first time charming Anghiari, Monterchi, La Verna, Caprese Michelangelo, Gubbio, Orvieto and of course Sansepolcro and Pieve Santo Stefano.
We've enjoyed our stay very much and are sad to leave this special place.
With thanks, Edward & Nuala.
6 November - 15 November 2006
What a wonderful place! We loved drinking coffee outside in the mornings, enjoying the beautiful views and relaxing in front of the crackling fire in the evenings. Assisi was our favourite place, but alos thoroughly enjoyed exploring Gubbio, Sansepolcro, and Citta di Castello. We're off to spend the rest of our honeymoon in Siena and Florence now, and want to say a big thank you for giving it such a great start! We'll miss it and will be back. All the best!
Ken & Kate.
PS The weather was perfect.
27 September - 7 October 2006
Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely mountain cottage. We had a wonderful holiday. Everything was perfect - the location, weather and especially the beautiful scenery. Thank you for the helpful guide to the area. We really enjoyed your recommendations. We loved Anghiari, Sansepolcro, Monterchi and further afield Perugia, Cortona, Arezzo and Assisi. We came across the antiques market in Arezzo which is the first weekend of the month and which was fascinating. Pasta Fresca in Pieve was a big favourite and the local Pizzeria does the best pizzas ever!
We really can't wait to come back. Thanks again.
Viv & Will, Burbage, Leicestershire.