We came to Elba because we had three days to spare, before moving to our holiday house near Lucca. And what three days we spent there! We discovered a magnificent island, with so many various places to go - from beach to mountain to historical site to relaxed chillout bar.
We stayed at probably the best accommodation ever, at Stanze del Casale and fabulous Florence (mind the French pronounciation of the name!)
The house is a bit away from the road, so there is little noisy coming through the olive trees, but close enough to be in the city within less than 10 minutes driving. It is a combination of Tuscany and Provence and any other Mediterranean place, with a touch of Thai.
We received a room coming out of the '50's romantic European movies, with a huge terrace and a large bed. The bath is modern, though, and be sure you will receive all touches of modernity you will need in your holiday.
The atmosphere is very relaxed, from the huge open-buffet breakfasts in the inside garden, to the large livingroom full of art and books, to the extraordinary music - all adapted to the times of the day. The garden is also magnificent, with a lot of sofas and armchairs, all luring the tourist to go to sleep insted of wandering around.
And the house dog, Bush, is one of the most relaxed dogs I have ever met. Not very tourist friendly, he takes a bath in the sea by himself every morning and welcomes his neighboring she-dog later in the day. Otherwise, he can be found doing his siesta on the livingroom sofa or in the garden. Do not attempt to disturb him, you will be utterly ignored and slightly despised.
Last but definitely not least, the Thai staff add a touch of Asian grace and discretion.
Thank you to Lady Florence for her welcoming us - it has been a privilege to be there, even for so short. We will be back for sure - and we will bring more of us!
A definite must try for anyone visiting Elba to reach peace and serenity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Stanze del Casale is an historic 19th-century farmhouse located only 200 meters from the sea view of Portoferraio. The interior tastefully decorated with a mixture of French, Thai and Italian pieces that create a stylish yet comfortable atmosphere. The Casale has four rooms, each with a private bathroom. The friendly staff speaks French, Italian, Thai, English. Daily guests enjoy rich and delicious homemade breakfast. Pets are welcome. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Le Stanze Del Casale B&B Elba Island, Italy