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Review 500: Papavero Rentals, Nei Boschi
2bed/2bath attached house near Barberino di Mugello, Tuscany North
June 2002, one week
This house is attatched to the owner's house but very private, in the country at the end of a road leading into the forest. Very pretty location, on a hillside with forest on two sides and views of the Valley below. We took a road from the town of Barberino Mugello that lead into the woods, (that is what Nei Boschi means, into the woods). We passed other houses, but this house was the last house at the end of a road. The house is very peaceful and quiet and we enjoyed sitting out on the terrace reading and relaxing in the quiet countryside.
You could not walk into town, but it is a 10 minute drive to the town of Barberino. The town has a few little restaurants, ice cream shop, post office and markets for stocking up the house.
The building is in excellent shape. The owners restored this part of the house and lived here for years while the large house was being restored. It is a very pretty and very comfortable home. It's picture perfect decor was just delightful. This house is in a famous coffetable book Tuscan Interiors. Even though the house is attached to the main house, it is really private and you hardly ever see the owners, who are very accommodating.
You can view the house directly: Nei Boschi.
The garden was beautiful! We had our own large private yard, behind a cute stone fence and a little wooden gate right out of a Fairy tale! At one end of the garden is a Pergola where we would sometimes have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Very private, in the woods (bring bug repellant) and cool on a summer day. There is no pool here, but there is a large man-made lake nearby where you can go boating and enjoy other water activities.
We found the furniture to be in very good shape, and very comfortable with plenty of charis for everyone. The owners just love their home and it shows. Attention to detail and very clean.
Very comfortable bedrooms and beds. The bathrooms were clean and the bathroom fixtures were just fine.
Very cute kitchen with a fireplace in front of the kitchen table which is where we spent a lot of our time planning our next day's ventures. Very warm and welcoming.
Problems or Bonuses
The owners were a delight, an artist and architect. They were helpful in telling us what to do and see, where the hiking trails were, how to get to the train station and bus stop to get to Florence. We just loved the house and were pleasantly surprised when we arrived, it was just so cute!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Papavero Rentals was recommended by a friend of ours and they were as good as our friends had told us they were, if not better. Very patient with our decision making, and very accommodating with our needs. We told them where we wanted to go, what we wanted to see and what we wanted to spend and they came up with a few ideas. The owners met us in town and drove us to the house, they also speak fluent English. The house was even nicer in person than the photos and description that was given to us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We will absolutly recommend this house, infact we have already. I don't beleive this is a place for children, as the owners like the quiet solitude, but it is a pleasant retreat for adults who want to enjoy the country and also be close to Florence, Bologna and this very unspoilt area called the Mugello. Great restaurants in the many towns nearby.
Things to do in this area
This area is high in the mountains and the air seems cooler. Lots of Medici Villas and castles nearby, small quaint towns with very little tourists, birthplace of Giotto is nearby, and the town of Borgo San Lorenzo is the central town of the area, but not very large at all. It is close to the highway A1 but you don't hear it from the house but allows you easy access to nearby towns, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Parma and as far away as Cortona.
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