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Via del Mulino 12-20 Loc Posara, 54013, Fivizzano Italy
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A unique setting for inspirational courses and relaxing holidays in Tuscany. Secluded millstream gardens, sun-drenched terraces, millstone tables under the vines for meals al fresco......just some of the charms of The Watermill at Posara in Tuscany, Italy. We specialise in relaxing, inspiring, fun-filled painting holidays and creative writing courses. We also offer unique self-catering holiday accommodation in five self-contained apartments. The mill has been beautifully restored and furnished and all the bright, well decorated bedrooms enjoy lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains.
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S M wrote a review Nov 2023
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Spent a week at the Watermill and it was superb. Not enough adjectives to describe this place. The magnificent location in rural Tuscany. The first class accommodation in a historic old mill. The food was absolutely fabulous and the service impeccable. Lois and Bill who own the Watermill are gracious, hospitable and thoroughly charming. I did an Italian language course during my week in October 2023. It is a beautiful language and I am anxious to learn more. The classes were structured informally and the teacher was very patient with beginners like me. The side trips we made to small historical villages for lunch or dinner were handled very well, with private minibus transportation. A day trip to Lucca or Cinque Terre was offered midweek. I chose Lucca and wasn’t disappointed. Visited the museum of my favourite composer Giacomo Puccini a native son of Lucca. Being met in Pisa at the airport before the week at the Watermill was very helpful, as was return trip. I chose to stay the night prior to pickup in Pisa to recover from jet lag. It worked well for me. Everything about the Watermill is first class and I enjoyed every moment of my time there. I recommend it to anyone looking for a different kind of holiday in Tuscany. Susan M.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Susan M Thank you very much for your generous and detailed review. As well as fostering creativity in our weeks, we try to add a taste of rural Tuscany – in every sense of the word: food, scenery, art, archittecture, as well as enjoying the convivial company of our guests, who themselves add so much to th enjoyment of our creative weeks.We thank you for coming and for your contribution to the conviviality of the week. We are so glad you enjoyed yourself and learned more of the beautiful Italian language. We hope we may be able to welcome you here again the not-too-distant future. With best wishes Lois and Bill
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Charlee M wrote a review Oct 2023
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Fantastic experience staying at the Watermill in October 2023 for an Italian language class. In addition the excursions to Lucca and other interesting places make the experience interesting, educational and fun. The hosts, Lois and Bill Brecken couldn't have been more gracious and entertaining! The food was delicious, beautifully presented and of the highest qualify. Giulia, the Italian language teacher tended to all levels of students learning grammar, pronunciation and speaking this passionate language. If you're looking for something exciting and different, make your reservation now. Thank you Lois and Bill and the entire professional staff.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Bill Breckon, Owner at The Watermill at Posara
Responded 3 Nov 2023
Dear Charlee Thannk you very much indeed for this charming review on Trip Advisor, following the personal email you send us recently. You're very kind. We appreciate the trouble you've taken to ccreate this lovely review. Our ears are glowing. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us of the Waterrmill as much as we enjoyed your company. Hopefully, we may be able to welcome you and your friends back here in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, we are sure you will enjoy practising what you learned about the lovely Italian language. Auguri and warm regards, Lois and Bill
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B S wrote a review Oct 2023
Chester, United Kingdom1 contribution
There’s nothing at all I could say in the negative about my week at The Watermill. I loved it all. The location in the quiet village is so picturesque, the three hosts are lovely, the supporting staff are all friendly and smile all the time. Tim, our watercolour tutor, is talented and good humoured. The Vespa and owner were another highlight. The accommodation is beautiful, full of character and exceptionally clean. I’m pescatarian and was fully catered for with a lovely variety of delicious three course meals with wine; I enjoyed the vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes as well! . Pre- and post- dinner drinks were provided on the vine-covered verandah and in the main lounge respectively. Transport from/to the hotel was included, as it was to the scenic painting locations. There’s a studio for continuing to paint ‘in your own time’ or in poor weather conditions Most of the group were solo travellers and friendly. I highly recommend!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 3 Nov 2023
Thank you for your kind review and our apologies for the lateness of our reply. The reason is that we have been very busy finishing of our season snd shutting up shop for thhe winter, but that's no excuse for our tardiness in responding to this thoughtfull and detailed report of your stay with us. As you had uch a good time, we we hope we may be able to welcome you here again in the not-too-distant future. Happy painting! With best wishes.Lois & Bill
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Sheena S wrote a review Oct 2023
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From the moment we arrived to the last minute of our vacation at the Watermill everything was perfect. Bill and Lois were such warm and gracious hosts. Karsten and the other members of the Watermill team were excellent. Our Lippi suite was spacious with a lovely view of the river, the sound of which lulled us to sleep every night. Three delicious meals were served to us in a tastefully decorated dining room with white and red wines at lunch and dinner. The drivers who took us to our exquisite painting sites were punctual and pleasant. Every day we went on a new painting adventure with our talented instructor Tim Wilmot and the weather could not have been better. Bill's informative introduction to each village we went to added to our experience. After a busy day of painting we started the evening with pre dinner beverages and appetizers and after our yummy dinner we enjoyed digestifs and end of day conversations in the cozy lounge surrounded by beautiful watercolour paintings. My husband was not a painter but enjoyed the non painting opportunities offered. Looking forward to our next visit! M & S from Toronto
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Bill Breckon, Owner at The Watermill at Posara
Responded 9 Oct 2023
Dear Sheena thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and excellent review. I am glad that you and Martin had such a good time,painting and non-painting. We are really pleased when guests capture and contribute to the magic of the Watermill. As I always say, the input of the guests is just as important as the hosts, So thank you, too, for your convivial company. We will be delighted to welcome you here again.With best wishes Lois and Bill Breckon
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Kimberly F wrote a review Sept 2023
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My mom and I had the most wonderful week at the Watermill - it really is a special place. Lois, Bill, Karsten, and the entire staff made us feel so at home. The scenery is spectacular, the food is delicious and plentiful, and the paining instruction was helpful and personalized. Once you arrive in Pisa, they handle all the details and plan such a fun itinerary. We had a great group and I know that I will always treasure my experience at the Watermill.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kim G wrote a review Sept 2023
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Wow! What an amazing week at the Watermill. Absolutely stunning, from the beautiful buildings to the picturesque surroundings. Add delicious food and wine, great excursions with wonderful painting opportunities, a delightful tutor - Mike Willdridge, a wonderful group of people who were great fun and very supportive. What more could you want from a painting holiday! Bill and Lois (our hosts) have created something very special at The Watermill. Thank you!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 20 Sept 2023
Dear Kim Thank you so much for your delightful review. We are glad you enjoyed your week so much. It really was a very happy and creative time, to which you and the group contributed much. I hope you take many pleasing memories. We look forward to seeing you again at the mill in the not-too-distant future. With warm regards BB
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Deborah D wrote a review Sept 2023
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Rooms comfortable, food amazing, attention to every detail for the comfort of the Guest. The daily plans were well thought out and appealed to everyone in the Group. The food was freshly prepared for every meal and menu communicated daily. I didn't want to leave.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 13 Sept 2023
Dear Deborah. We are glad that you had such a good time at the Watermill. We enjoyed your company very much and we look forward to meeting again in the not-too-distant future. With best wishes, Bill.
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Dan B wrote a review Jul 2023
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I travelled as a non-painting partner for a week-long paining holiday. I would have to say the Watermill surpassed my expectations in every aspect. The accommodation is definitely 5 star, the staff are all friendly and welcoming and the food was outstanding. On top of it all was the planned excursions to some of the local villages and sites that just were stupendous. I thoroughly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Response from Bill Breckon, Owner at The Watermill at Posara
Responded 31 Jul 2023
Thank you very much indeed for your tremendous review. We are glad that you enjoyed yourself so much. We do not regard you as an 'hanger on,' in any way, but rather as an NPP, a nonparticipating partner and in our mind that spells VIP!
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Vivien R wrote a review Jul 2023
Greater London, United Kingdom45 contributions26 helpful votes
I went last week to the Watermill at Posara and had a really memorable time. Everything that has been written about the Watermill is as everyone says. A beautiful place with wonderful views and delicious food. I made a special request for Coke Zero and there it was in the fridge for guests and plenty of it too. All of the staff and the owners(Lois and Bill) could not be more helpful. They also took us out for meals and to wonderful places in the area. You just go there and relax and they do all the work..apart from the art!. We were lucky enough to have Fiona Graham Mackay as our tutor and that was the icing on the cake. I can 100% recommend going here. You will have a wonderful time.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 17 Jul 2023
Thank you for your charming review. The Code Zero really was no trouble at all. We are glad you had such a memorable time and it was a pleasure to share the delights of the Watermill with you. We may meet again soon. With warm regards, Bill and Lois Breckon
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Voyage33239312574 wrote a review Jul 2023
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Wonderful time had.Great company of fellow artists and splendid hosts.Loved the bed pillows, the food, the relaxed atmosphere.Excellent time had by all attendees;I was on an art course.Fiona Graham-Mackay is such a great tutor.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Bill Breckon, Owner at The Watermill at Posara
Responded 12 Jul 2023
Thank you for your tremendous adjectives: wonderful time, great company,splendid hosts, relaxed atmosphere, excellent time, great tutor. That'very succinctly sums up what we are trying to achieve. We are glad that you enjoyed yourself so much and look forward to meeting again. Thank you again for your review and see you soon, we hope.
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Which popular attractions are close to The Watermill at Posara?
Nearby attractions include Grotte di Equi (4.6 miles), Azienda Agraria La Valle (3.9 miles), and Castle dell'Aquila (2.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Watermill at Posara?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at The Watermill at Posara?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at The Watermill at Posara?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Watermill at Posara?
Conveniently located restaurants include Osteria il sogno, Al Vecchio Tino, and Pizzeria Paradiso.
Does The Watermill at Posara have airport transportation?
Yes, The Watermill at Posara offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Watermill at Posara?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Watermill at Posara?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Monumento al Cavatore A Colonnata (9.9 miles) and Il Giardino della Luna (7.5 miles).