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Review 4897: Dimora la Cascata, Apartment
Apartments in converted mill near Fivizzano, Tuscany North
September 25 -October 02 2010, 1 week
The studio apartment we rented is located in an old mill in the old village of Verrucola just outside the larger town of Fivizzano in the Lunigiana region of Tuscany. The mill is situated by a waterfall and stream which is a lovely setting. Car parking is in the town car park just across the stream and across the bridge at the entry to the property. There is also a spring where locals come to fill their containers with water. The village itself is small and very pretty with an old castle and narrow streets.
We enjoyed our stay here. It is not a big tourist area and not much English spoken, but the people in Fivizzano were helpful and very patient with my poor attempts at Italian.
The nearest shops were in Fivizzano - a couple of minutes drive away. There is a small supermarket, a couple of alimentari, baker and butcher. There were several bars and restaurants which had favourable reports in the guest book.
There is also a family run restaurant, Al Castello, a few minutes walk away in Verrucola where we had a very good meal.
The building is an old mill (chestnuts at one time) and is in good condition. As well as our studio on ground level there are two larger apartments on higher levels, each with external entrances. There is a shared laundry on ground level. Despite being down a path from the main road it was not noisy (except for the restful sound of the waterfall).
It was comprised of three rooms - sleeping-living room, small kitchen and bathroom.
There is private outside area with table, chairs and umbrella beside the stream and waterfall. There is no pool.
Everything was clean and in good condition. Being a studio meant it was small but we did not find it too bad. There was a bed, two comfy chairs and a small table and two chairs under the window. There was also a small wood-burner for heating and made it very cozy on cool nights.
After a long drive the bed looked welcoming and proved to be very comfortable with linen provided. There was a bed lamp on each side.
The bath room is basic. The shower has a shower curtain which did not stop the water covering half the floor. But it was a minor thing and the hot water was plentiful.
The kitchen was small but well-equipped with a full stove and plenty of pots, pans and utensils. We cook most nights and I found it fine. I roasted a chicken one night and used the oven for a variety of things.
Problems or Bonuses
We were quite happy with our choice. There is no TV or Internet and we found no mobile reception in the apartment. However there was a folder with lots of information about things to do, places to eat and rubbish disposal. Also lots of books to read and guide books. I also enjoy reading a visitors book and was pleased to see one here. We have stayed in weekly rentals in France and Italy for 17 weeks and find they seem to be in English owned rentals.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owner who answered our emails promptly and followed up later with additional information. The caretakers were there when we arrived. They were English and friendly and helpful. It is always hard to really picture what a place will look like, but I do confess to having to pinch myself to believe we were really staying in this picturesque place. We paid £235 for our week, probably slightly off-season.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If we did come back, we would stay here. It is not luxurious but comfortable.
Things to do in this area
We found plenty to do (see my trip report) but we probably enjoy quieter pursuits than some. We did have a day to Cinque Terre and lots of other drives.
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