We’ve recently had a visit from Daily Mirror travel writer Claire O’Boyle and having seen a review of her stay published we’re delighted to be able to say she loved her time with us in Tuscany! (From 2015)
Claire came to stay at Argentone, one of our villas which is perched high up in the Apuan Alps.
The idyllic hideaway is a peaceful place and Claire said her stay inspired calm and new plan for her dream life.
She was visiting Tuscany as a guest at a wedding and travelled with her husband Andrew. The pair opted to stay at our villa for a few days before the wedding, and were glad they did!
Having enjoyed an exciting journey through the 5,500ft high Apuan Alps to Sant’Anna di Stazzema, with a typical Italian taxi driver behind the wheel, the pair stocked up on delicious local fruit and veg, bread and cheese, pasta, beers and wine in the village deli and headed into Argentone fully stocked (Claire revealed in her review that she’d discovered she was pregnant just days before the trip so the beers and wine were for Andrew. Congratulations to you both!).
We’ll leave it to Claire to describe how she found the villa: “When we made it to Argentone we couldn’t have been happier. The views of the sea and coastline were out of this world – and enjoying them from a huge outdoor hot tub made them even better."
“The villa was stunning. Big, bright, spacious and beautiful.”
During their stay Claire and Andrew enjoyed a range of delicious fresh meals made with local produce and also visited the fantastic museum devoted to the story of the famous partisan resistance in the area during the Second World War in the tiny village of Sant’Anna.
Other than that brief trip to the museum they didn’t venture out, thanks to a car hire hiccup, but Claire said she didn’t mind that.
“After the baby bombshell our haven in the hills couldn’t have come at a better time,” she wrote. “We learned the value of unwinding and doing all those relaxing things people say you should do.”
She also said she loved it so much she’s now planning a move to Tuscany and a life in a Tuscan villa of her own.
She wrote: “A villa up those very mountains would suit us perfectly. We’d spend all our time eating pasta and relaxing with our calm, Italian-speaking baby.
“We realised we didn’t need a car too – obviously a drive to Pisa or Lucca, both less than an hour away, or a day trip to Florence would have been nice, but simply staying put and enjoying our time in one of the most stunning places on earth was lovely.”