Beautiful villa but has various issues. The web site does not state the condition of the road leading to the property. We had rented a small Fiat 500 and were not advised that the road was extremely bumpy, this made the trip up and down extremely uncomfortable and we were worried that the car would get damaged. Had we been advised we would have hired a larger car that could cope with the road. Although the web site states WIFI available we had none for over 4 days from arrival The owner informed us that the previous renters had used it all downloading films. My daughter had an Ipad which we had to take off her and switched off our 2 mobile phones to enable us to have minimum usage. If you have children with Ipads you will struggle to keep them occupied as there is very limited usage, paying £2500 for a two week holiday you really expect to be able to use FaceBook etc. The house is in a row of 4 houses, the others are occupied by people who live there. On the first day the dog in the end house barked continuously, we did contact the owner about the problem so it only barked again on one other day! On the weekend the family next door were carrying out repairs to their outside wall, we were woken at 9.00am with an horrendous drilling which shook the whole house, this carried on for about 1 hour. Obviously people are entitled to do work on their properties and there is no control over this but its not what you expect on your holidays. After 2 weeks and a nice holiday we returned home only to find that the owner was claiming 75 euros from the damage deposit. We were flabbergasted. Initially she was claiming for having to pay to get the wifi fixed but then changed her mind and informed us that she was claiming for a broken toilet lid and door handle. Apparently the cleaner had informed her that a door handle was missing and had been repaired 1/2 way through our holiday. We were not informed by the cleaner and do not have any idea about a broken door handle. She sent a photo of a broken toilet lid which we were also unaware of, although the lid had been loose during our entire holiday. This owner ruined our holiday by making these false claims, even if a door handle had become loose or the toilet lid had become loose whilst we were in the property these would be classed as maintenance issues and should not be passed onto holiday makers. No check out had been done with the cleaner so we had no way of proving her claims although Trip Advisor eventually refunded our deposit after 2 weeks as the owner had no proof of her claims. The owner has now left a review about us saying that we used a lot of electricity, whilst we were at the property Italy experienced a heat wave with temperatures at 120F and we only used the air conditioning at night time and left it off during the day and kept the blinds shut to keep the heat out as instructed, so again these claims are completely false. This owner is not to be trusted, if you go make sure you take photos of everything that is not in full working order as you may get the blame for it when you leave !!
I stayed here with my family (including two babies aged 15 months) in June. We really loved Monica's villa. The garden provides plenty of space for children to play while parents can relax and enjoy the amazing views. The location is extremely central and all the main sights are just a short drive away. Monica was extremely helpful and we felt incredibly welcome. The house has excellent amenities and I definitely recommend it.
Monica could not do enough for us. She was on hand to deal with all our queries and emailed loads of suggestions of places to visit even though she was not even in the country at the time. My kids loved the pool and the outdoor garden are. The villa is brilliantly located for you to see all of Tuscany by train or car. We had a magical time and will be back. Thank You Monica
We initially contacted Monica to enquired about staying at her villa for our honeymoon. She went out of her way to accommodate us and left us with some very kind gifts to say congratulations.
We stayed for 9 nights in total and wished we could have stayed longer.
The villa is beautiful, good sized open plan downstairs with modern kitchen and dining table with a large sofa which is very comfortable. A downstairs toilet/sink completes the look on the ground floor. Upstairs is a beautiful double bedroom and a further twin bedroom. A large bathroom with shower, sink and toilet is also upstairs. There is lots of storage in wardrobes and drawers to unpack for your stay.
Outside is a beautiful garden with two dining areas and sun beds. A pizza oven and bbq are also outside. Now, walk up a small slope to your PRIVATE swimming pool with stunning views. There is also another seating area up here to admire the view.
Attached to the side of the villa is also a sunroom with lounging areas. Two parking spaces are allocated in a gated complex.
We were met by two ladies who showed us round and made sure we were happy. Monica also phoned the next day to check we were OK. Monica also answered all our questions about local travel, restaurants etc in huge details.
We cannot thank Monica enough and will definitely return to her villa.
The house is located between Castelfiorentino and Certaldo (in Petrazzi) and easy to reach at the end of a dirt road.
We enjoyed two great weeks in this house. Everything you need is there. The kitchen is well equipped and invited us to do a lot of self cooking. The whole interier design is great and you can see that someone really put some thoughts into it.
We travelled with our 1,5 year old boy and brought our own baby bed and baby chair.
All major cities are well reachable within 30 minutes to 2 hours drive. The easiest way to get around is to park the car in Castelfiorentino (0.50€/hour) and take the train (45 minutes to Firenze). Shopping and restaurants (starting with not really expensive pizza places and very good medium priced restaurants) are only a 5-10 minutes’ drive away.
The pool is great and clean (cleaner comes twice a week) and is not visible by others. You will have a nice view over the Tuscan country side without being disturbed. The garden is perfect and the big table invites for long breakfasts and peaceful dinners.
The parking lot is lockable and also used by 4 other families living in the same house and the house next door.
Wlan is there and enough to check emails and do some trip planning (500MB/day). Streaming and YouTube is not possible though. A great movie and series collection can be watched via a big flat TV.
The big major bedroom is perfect. I would suggest the smaller bedroom for children or teenager since the two single beds are not very big.
If you are looking for some privacy and quiet days this is the perfect holiday home. There is also a discount if you stay longer. Just ask the owner.
Monica is the prefect host and although she is not there in person she does everything to make your stay even better.
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