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Enjoyed Most:
The property is gorgeous and nicely furnished.
Enjoyed Least:
NO SCREENS on the windows. Website says that the windows have screens. Editor's Note: In fact, the owner has screens for all of the windows and will put them up if requested.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Londa is the nearest small town. It is definitely not within walking distance. Too dangerous to walk down the narrow lane from the villa to the road leading to town.
Tips or Restaurants:
The owners are fantastic hosts. They have furnished the villa with everything that you could need or want. They are extremely friendly and full of knowledge about the local areas.

Deann, July

It was wonderful. Oh, my what a place!! It was gorgeous with stunning views.
Enjoyed Most:
The beauty of the house, the geniality of the hosts, the cleanliness, the class of the decorations. It was just awesome.
Enjoyed Least:
We had to drive on a challenging road, but it was worth it. It was also far from from the village. Would have liked to walk
Surrounding Area:
The beauty, Florence, Sam Gimignano, Siena, Orvieto, etc.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The train station in Londa was very near and it was 45 minutes to Florence. Lots of scenic small towns around plus the vineyards.
Tips or Restaurants:
This house had everything. The owners thought of it all. They are so hospitable, friendly, interesting, and genial. They were wonderful. One could not find better hosts.

Anne, October

Enjoyed Least: There was no Satellite TV. The village was not walkable. The long, bumpy road to reach the property.

Janet, April

Great for families. Easily accommodates eight to ten people. When it was hot in the Tuscan towns, it was always cool and clear at the villa. Should be number one on the Rentvillas website for recommended villas.
Enjoyed Most:
The owners, villa, view, pool and activities near the property were outstanding. We just loved the entire experience and Martyn and Margaret are wonderful, thoughtful hosts.
Surrounding Area:
Martyn hosted an incredible lunch at a vineyard that our children viewed as the best meal of the entire trip and it was followed by an afternoon of wine tasting at other vineyards. We also enjoyed Alberto and his wife (the owners of the farm you pass through on the way to the villa). Our children looked forward to the daily visit from their sheep and sheep dog and even spent a morning visiting the farm, local town, and Carlo's restaurant with dancing on Wednesday's nights!!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Londa. It really isn't within walking distance. The villa is about an hour from Florence and 90-120 minutes from Pisa, Siena, and Cortona.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa had everything you need! Trust Martyn and Margaret. They know the town, community and vineyards and will not let you down.

Mark, June

I'd return tomorrow and stay a month, if I could. Wish we had had more time to visit with our hosts and just to hang out. A thoroughly memorable vacation.
Enjoyed Most:
Very clean, charming property. Fresh, wonderfully scented country air. Expansive views of the Tuscan hills. The owners were an extremely helpful, welcoming, English couple with great knowledge of the area, restaurants, regional wines. He does wine tours... and works very hard, unobtrusively, to see that your stay with them is a good one. Didn't want to leave, and tried to book a second week on the spot. Would have been satisfied to spend the entire time at the property, without leaving the property.
Enjoyed Least:
Two drawbacks, in our minds 1. Very long, rough driveway, but worth the daily trip 2. Would have liked a larger supply of hot water for showers. Present system works on demand, but gave just enough water for one shower, then required a recycle period. (Note from owner: a new hot water system has just been installed, and the road has been improved - November 2005.)
Surrounding Area:
Pretty much everything. The town of Londa is textbook Tuscan, small, parochial, with two nice restaurants serving local dishes. Grocery shopping in the village, reasonably accessible to Florence and Chianti, without the bustle. Florence is a bit busy, expectedly, but a miracle not to be missed. On and on and on.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Londa. A lovely Tuscan village. Everyone should stay a week in a Londa, just to feel how village life works. Very friendly, helpful people who seemed to enjoy having us around. Would be an enjoyable, if somewhat long, walk to the village. The walk back, 5km, 4 decidedly uphill, would be a bit much for the average American. The owner's 90 year-old father walks to the village when he visits, then accepts a ride back up to the property.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a good camera and lots of film memory. There's a nice library at the house. All required common kitchen gadgets are provided, but there's no nutmeg-squeezer or fish-juicer. A good map is helpful. Tuscan houses are kept at lower temperatures than American ones, primarily due to high utility costs. It was cool inside in May. Bring something warm and comfortable to wear. Plan on being tired on arrival...I'd advise taking it easy and enjoying the property the first day...worked for us. Oh, yes. We weren't prepared for the lack of salt in Tuscan seemed bland at first. If you like salt, ask for pane's got a little more salt in it, but still below what we're used to.
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Handshakes and fond farewells.

Gary, May