Claire & Rory Phillips

First, the entire property (main house, apartments and surrounding gardens) has been conceived, decorated and presented with great taste and sophistication. It is a most gracious place in which to spend time. Secondly, Dennis and Gilly have a real gift for hospitality and approach guests with an open-hearted generosity of spirit which is utterly disarming. This is expressed not just in small but touching ways (home-made jam and oil in a welcome basket, a daily delivery of bread, a well-timed batch of exquisite freshly-baked muffins as guests arrived) but in their remarkable willingness to help when problems arose, to deploy their enormous fund of local knowledge to assist and to draw on some of their considerable credit balance of local goodwill for our benefit. They were a totally discreet presence but also a warm, kind and completely dependable source of advice and practical help. We had a party ranging in age from 14 to 77. Everybody felt at home immediately and seemed to enjoy themselves enormously. We have stayed in houses in Italy before; we have even stayed elsewhere in this area before; we have never stayed anywhere remotely like this. Very highly recommended.