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Review 3625: Sea and Country Villas, Il Castelletto

www.seaandcountryvillas.com

Recommended
Review by G Dever from England

6bed/6bath villa near Massa, Tuscany North


When

May 2008, 1 week

Location

Il Castelletto is on top of a hill looking down over the city of Massa and out to the Mediterranean sea. The location has superb views during the day or at night. We loved the area as it was very private.

Nearby Amenities

The drive into the city of Massa for groceries, restaurants, coffee bars, markets and shopping is five minutes.

The House/Apartment

The villa is a historical tower house and has been refurbished totally by the owner and it has won acclaim (not only by me!) for its decoration. You know as soon as you walk in that someone loves this home. The covered outside living area is perfect for dining alfresco and, well, living, which is what the 10 of us did most of the time we were there. There is also a living room with a TV that comes in handy when you want to spread out a bit. The villa can be very peaceful, but with 10 of us living under the same roof, the quiet was saved for the wee hours of the morning. The bedrooms are located on four levels with a lift to access the ones above the ground level.

You can view the property directly: Il Castelletto.

Garden

Besides the covered living area, there is outside sitting space as well and it's close to the pool. It's easy to enjoy the pool, the hot tub, and the rest of the villa since they are nice and close. It's a compact arrangement, but there was plenty of room for all 10 of us to be in the outside area.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furnishings were of the ilk that would have been in our own homes. The villa is very clean and you have the option of a cleaner during the week if you desire. The 10 of us had no problems fitting around the dining table in the outside living area, which is protected with plastic should the weather dictate. It's easy to walk in and make yourself at home.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Each of the magnificently furnished bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, which is important for our group and one of the reasons we chose Villa Il Castelletto at first. Since the villa has been refurbished within the last two years, all the bathrooms were spotless and new. The beds feel nice and the linens were elegant and comfortable.

Kitchen

We cooked meals every night but one. Taking turns is always fun! Our refrigerator was kept teeming of local produce, wine and beer. The kitchen was adequate and we were able to find most items we needed. We always forget to bring our knives, as it seems that is the one item(s) we truly miss.

Problems or Bonuses

The website cannot do the Il Castelletto justice. We were very pleasantly surprised at how much at home we felt and how beautifully decorated the villa was. We simply had a blast! To be surrounded by it's beauty, both inside and out, was a very pleasurable way to celebrate two 50th birthdays.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Francesca at Sea and Country was very friendly and professional. We conducted our business by e-mail and she was very prompt and attentive.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Absolutely, I would stay here again if my travels take me to this part of Italy.

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