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We had a lovely week at Tuscanbase. The house is very comfortable and well equipped, in a quiet location, We used public transport to get around, which was not too difficult once we got used to the Italian timetables. During our weeks stay we became very attached to the pretty village of Nozanno, and we found the locals friendly and helpful, particularly in the one or two minor crises. The weather was beautiful while we were there in late March/early April - warm and sunny most of the time. Our recommendation for places to see would definitely include the spa town of Montecatini - a beautiful town with several spas, and from Montecatini Alto there are beautiful views over the Tuscan countryside. A great week, a lovely place. Thank you. B from Manchester.
We had a wonderful stay at Nozzano, finding the town just the perfect balance between being in a small town setting but close to the major city of Lucca.The house had large,spacious rooms, especially the living room and master bedroom. The kitchen was compact, like many European houses and very well equipped ( good variety of knives, pots and pans). The private garden had a nice variety of flowers, vines ( some jasmine,which smelt amazing) and herbs. A little oases after a busy day touring. Dorothy provided a wide range of written material about the areas to visit nearby and general reading about Tuscany. She made herself available should any questions arise but none did. Her requests, to reduce household expenses, ( heating the water tank) were reasonable and easy to accommodate. We hope others visit your town and enjoy the local fine dinning and the delicious food at "II Borghetto " There fish dishes were "to die for". (Mr B. Canada)
We go home tomorrow with lovely memories of a wonderful, memorable holiday. Thank you Dorothy for making us welcome in your lovely home and for the tis about where to go and what to see. Despite the heat (40++), we have packed a lot in - Pisa and Lucca of course, cycling round the walls at Lucca. The mountain pools at Guadine cool and refreshing and today the beach near Viareggio, with a meal booked tonight at Il Borghetto. We found the house provided us with all our needs, including the Vape machines (anti-mosquito) and lots of fans, even an air-conditioner. Wonderful! family L. Aug2011
What a fantastic holiday - thank you so much Dorothy for all your kindness. You were always on hand yet never intrusive. Poppys toys were a joy - our 4 kids loved them. Your house is more beautiful than we could have imagined. We hope to come back in the next two years. Regards B
What a wonderful week we have had here. Very welcoming house with lots of supplies (really well stocked kitchen!) - lovely bottle of wine and friendly host. Its been a great base for us to explore Tuscany. Local restaurant is fantastic. Extensive sampling shows gelati in Barga was the best for us. Restaurant Adriana on right side of road to Lucca also fantastic! Thanks for a great stay here! S H, S &Z (Sept 2009)
We have all really enjoyed our visit here. Nozzano Castello is truly beautiful and we were very lucky to be here during the annual medieval festival - it was great fun! We also managed very successfully to tour around this part of Tuscany without a car and really loved the walk back from the train station in the evenings as the view of the town from there is breathtaking! Like many of your other visitors we adored your local restaurant - the food there is devine. We also made use of the local bread shop in the square, the butcher and the touring fish van man and vegi van. And thanks for leaving out Poppy's toys, they helped to keep 'S' entertained! Best of Luck, A,I,S & C (Sept 09)
We have had a super time - been all over the place. Florence & Lucca well worth a visit. Go up into the mountains for breathtaking scenery. All local beaches are super and great for young children. Local pizzeria is of a very high standard. The only downside to our holiday were those pesky mozzies!! Keep spraying the VAPE! J, L, H, A & L Aug 2009 (Cambridge, UK)
We have had a fantastic holiday in Tuscany - the house has been perfect. It ha been a great location to explore Lucca, Pisa and Florence. Thanks for all your advice and suggestions - the 'White Sands' beach and Mountain Pools at Massa were amazing! We would recommend 'Antica Osteria del Sole' pizzeria in Montelupo - great pizza! Spray the VAPE for hassle free al fresco dining. S, E, W & J Aug 2009 (Norfolk, UK)
Nozzano Castello and its surroundings have certainly made an impression on us, we can't wait to return! Thank you so much to Dorothy and to Poppy for all your advice, and help in our medical hour of need! Viareggio is a must, as is a bike ride around Lucca's walls. We're now packed for the next leg of our journey, Perugia! We'll keep you updat ed. S&I , Chester, UK (July 2009)
Thank you for making us so welcome and providing lots of great information and great advice - much appreciated. The local restaurant in particular is excellent Ɠ visits!), the girls would like to say a special thank you your advice on beaches - Viareggio and Lido di Camaiore are fantastic - also a big thanks to Poppy for sharing her toys! Best wishes for the future. J, R, R &C (June 2009)
The boys keep asking us if they will see Poppy again! The highlight of their holiday was the Halloween part in Nozzano with Dorothy and Poppy, giving us a much needed rest! Thanks so much for the welcome, we feel at home here. Even though it rained heavily for 5 days, we kept getting lost, and we lost L in Lucca town for 3 hrs, we loved the area so much we are hoping to buy a house in the mountains, so that L and C can keep coming back to see Poppy. Thanks for all your help. See you soon hopefully! (Rhys family. 2008. Wales)
Thanks for a fantastic Tuscan Holiday! Your house and Nozzano Castello were beautiful and was the perfect base for our adventures. We are all heading back to London feeling very relaxed and even have a bit of colour back in our skin! Thanks for all of your help in getting around and we loved the local restaurant. We will be back next year! (J, B, C & T. 2008. New Zealand)
We all want to say a big 'thank you' for the use of your comfortable house. Despite the terrific heat 鲨 degrees) at times, we have enjoyed ourselves travelling around Nozzano. We've visited Florence, Pisa, Pistoia, San Gimignano, Montecatini, Collodi and so on. We enjoyed "A night at the Opera" to pay homage to your wonderful Puccini. The acoustics are amazing. This week seems to have flown by and we go back to cold windy weather, wish we could take some sunshine home with us. (Stark family. 2008. UK).
We all had a wonderful stay here, the house was lovely and thank you both for a lovely welcome and making us feel at home. We visited many places, including the busy town of Pisa, and Pistoia is a very interesting place to visit. The local cafe/pub is very friendly (beside the Post Office). Staying near Barga next week, so it will be a change and hopefully just as nice as here! (family Graham. 2008. Scotland),
Thank you so much for making us extremely welcome, and you made us feel very much at home. Your home is lovely, and would not hesitate to come back again. (V&B Stilling. 2008. UK)
Dear Dorothy - thank you so much for the warm welcome we received upon arrival. We enjoyed a wonderful week in beautiful Tuscany - Cinque Terre, Florence, Lucca, San Gimminiano - it was all worth coming back for. Warm greeting from Norway! ( Family B. 2007)
Wonderful welcome, beautiful house, lovely village and not enough days! Despite broken arm and local transport we went everywhere we had planned. Easy reach of Pisa, Viareggio and Florence - all worth a visit or two, especially Florence. Thank you for your kindness and advice - and Poppy for the shells! Love to come back - so much more to see!! We really think that Nozzano is a real gem and by are the prettiest village we have seen. We hope the new visitors enjoy the stay as much as we did. Finally, we would fully recommend anyone to stay in your Tuscan Base and enjoy a beautiful part of the world. (Watkins family, 2007. UK)
What a superb week we have ad, really enjoyed everything about it and of course excellent weather. Thanks for your kindness to us. We would certainly like to come back again sometime. (Dunne family. 2007. UK)
We have had an excellent time, the house is fantastic, E so wants Poppy's room!! Location is great, so many things to see, unfortunately not enough days - there is always next year. (West family. 2007. UK)
We have had an excellent time here, the house is lovely, beautifully furnished and with our every need met. Thank you for your kindness and advice to us and for all the holiday information. This part of Tuscany is very beautiful and with lots to see and do. We wish you both, Dorothy and Poppy, best wishes in the future. (Clingan family. 2007. Ireland.)
We really enjoyed our stay in the Tuscany area, and we would like thank you your kindness Dorothy, just as much as we would like to think that we've found a second home here in this lovely place. We wish you all the best. Family Kormos. 2007. (from Budapest)
We have had a wonderful week here, thank you both for making us all feel so welcome and at home. It's a great location - we have loved visiting Lucca, the beach and Pisa, and there is much more we couldn't fit in. Florence had a lovely time with the garden and Poppy's toys... and when she is happy, we are happy! Pizzas from Il Borghetto are great for a night in and Villa Bongi is a superb restaurant - very hightly recommended for future guests. C, R and F. London.
Thank you for a very lovely stay at your wonderful house. It's truly a perfect place for visiting some of the most interesting places in Tuscany. Pisa & Firenze are very beautiful - bit crowded in the season. In Lucca you don't feel the tourist pressure that hard - and its a very charming city. A trip to the Aquapark in Cesina was needed (for the girls). For dinner we can fully recommend Il Borghetto especially their dinner "a la casa". Finally we can fully recommend your charming house and thank you very much for your kindness and good advice. Best wishes, M, M, E and P. Denmark.
Dorothy, we have had a lovely holiday here in Tuscany. Your house is ideal and genuine Italian in style. We loved it!! Pisa and Florence were beautiful. We also visited nearby beaches at Torre de Lago and Viareggio. However, the boys found the swimming pool just down the road to be great fun with its slide and diving facilities. Cost of living here is very reasonable and we highly recommend your house as a base for exploring Tuscany. By the way Nozzano Castello is a charming and friendly village and Lucca is a beautiful town. Best wishes J, J, C and S. Ireland.
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