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“State of the art vacation villa combined with lovely hosts”
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Casal Gheriglio
Ranked #3 of 10 Lucignano B&B and Inns
Paal, Limburg, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“State of the art vacation villa combined with lovely hosts”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

During our stay we were overwhelmed by the owner's sincere hospitality.
This is a quality you can not find nor buy in any holiday book/agency.

The house, garden and swimmingpool are of a very high, clean, new, well kept standard and if we still missed something we could shout 'Claudia' and you were ready to forfill our wishes.

These 2 things made our vacation an unforgetable time in the beautiful country that Italy is.

Stijn, Ellen, Vic and Thieu

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We spent a week in Casal Gheriglio from August into September and could find little to fault this wonderful holiday home.

The biggest single factor that made our stay so enjoyable was the owners and their warmth, helpfulness and generosity. It's mainly Claudia who is the face of Casal Gheriglio and she's just brilliant. When we arrived, she made us chuckle by near sprinting up the path to greet us. This would have been impressive enough if we'd arrived when we were supposed to but we were actually 2 hours earlier than we should have been - she never mentioned this at all and gave us a big greeting. She has a basic level of English that allows her to get through most conversations but is working hard each day to learn more. That seems to be the sort of person she is - she wants everything to be as good as it can be for her guests and it shows. Many great touches she did throughout our stay impressed us and the generosity was exceptional.

The property itself has almost everything you could ask for. It's well kitted out inside for self-catering, has a covered outdoor eating area with a BBQ and even a pizza oven outside that all villas can use. It was spotlessly clean and in a very good state of repair. Everything that we used, worked as it should. The beds whilst firm, were comfortable enough and we slept fairly well. Our villa wasn't air conditioned but we never felt too hot at night and there was the option to open the bedroom window as there's a mosquito net over it.

The pool area was fantastic. The pool itself was pretty nippy but clean and perfectly big enough for some lengths to burn off the pasta and ice cream. Loads of loungers and space around it.

I should make special mentioned of the fact that we were treated to a wonderful slice of real Tuscan life on our last night. Claudia and her Husband Andrea celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and put on a wonderful spread of food and drink for their family and friends. We were asked to attend as guests and it was a very special way to end our holiday. We were able to meet Claudia's whole family and they were wonderful, fun and friendly people who made us feel welcome and part of the evening - we were the only guests stopping. Claudia is a brilliant cook and did most of the food prep herself and we were treated to course after course of delicious Tuscan food. We were, it has to said, fit for bursting by the end - they do know how to eat here. It was a fantastic experience though and one we won't forget in a hurry.

If there is only one small issue with the accommodation - and certainly not a fault of the owners - it's that it lacks the views that some Tuscan properties enjoy. This is horses for courses as the property is a 5 minute drive or a 20 minute walk from Lucignano with many restaurants and shops. You're therefore in a residential area and not miles from anywhere in the hills so what you gain in proximity to amenities, you pay for by the lack of views. For us, it was a trade off we were happy to make.

All in all, we had such a great time in Casal Gheriglio and Claudia and her family are such welcoming hosts that we will probably break a habit of a lifetime and actually return to a holiday destination. We have more of Tuscany we want to explore and we know we'd be happy to explore it from here.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Claudiac C, Proprietario at Casal Gheriglio, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
Hello,
Thank you very much,
You are fantasticit is my pleausure
I hope you see next year❤️
I hug
Claudia
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

The pictures on the Casal Gheriglio website are very accurate. What you see is really what you get. What you don't see is Claudia, a warm and friendly host. She welcomed us upon arrival with some great Italian hospitality. I appreciated that Claudia was available to help but not intrusive. Casal Gheriglio is a real family operation; you will see all members jumping in to help, maintain, and serve.

The property was quiet, and only four families can stay in the villa at a time. Thus, the grounds and pool don't feel crowded or overrun. The villa itself is located in a quiet suburb just below Lucignano.

The pool has wide shallow steps, suitable for children. There are plenty of lounge chairs and two covered awnings to sit in the shade, even a table with four chairs for eating. Additionally, each apartment has its own outdoor table and chairs with shade (umbrella or trellis) and a stone bbq. Charcoal can be purchased on the spot or at the grocery store (large supermarket about 15 minutes away by car).

We stayed in Il Noceto, which was the only available unit at the time of booking to accommodate our family (2 adults, 3 children). It's on three levels with stone stairs which is a pain with small children. We knew about this in advance, so it's not really a complaint - rather, a heads up for other families. I was surprised, however, that Claudia's husband put in a solid baby gate at hte top of the stairs for us.

We requested a travel cot for our baby and a high chair. Both were provided, and the "cot" was a real crib.

We appreciated the many extras in this apartment - a drying rack for wet swim suits, bathroom toiletries, dish soap, sponges, dishwashing detergent, a mop, and a broom.

My son and I took a cooking class with Claudia and learned to make two kinds of pasta and two sauces (we also made pizza with her another night). The cost was 15 euro/hour plus supplies. I had to purchase beef for the ragu, and ricotta and spinach for the ravioli. She provided eggs, flour, carrot, celery, parsley, onion, tomatoes, olive oil, wine, basil, and parmesan. The eggs were from her chickens, the vegetables from her garden, and the olive oil from her own production! The class was just my son and I, and we had to walk a whole 15 steps to get there. An unbeatable value any way you look at it. She has enough English to get by, but if you have a hard time not understanding non native speakers and you don't know any other languages yourself, this might not be the class for you.

If I had to find anything lacking about Casal Gheriglio, it would be the view. It's on the valley floor so there's nothing to look at, and you can't see Lucignano from here either. One other thing - which is not a direct reflection of Casal Gheriglio itself - was the booking process.
We booked our villa through Easy Reserve. The whole process felt very shady, but in the end it worked out.

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casal Gheriglio. It was a wonderful experience to have such a friendly host who seemed genuinely concerned that we enjoy our holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Claudiac C, Proprietario at Casal Gheriglio, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
Thank you very much
I' m very happy for yours holiday in my Villa .
I had a lovely time!!!!
All the best for your children.
I hope to hear from you soon
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Property: Casal Gheriglio
Address: Via del Calcione, 10 | Localita Santa Maria, 52046 Lucignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Lucignano
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Lucignano
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Number of rooms: 8
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