Excerpts from our guest book 

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?We have had a wonderful holiday! The villa is beautiful, well equipped. The pool is great ? for sunbathing, for keeping the children happy. Visited Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa e Lucca ? all recommended! The pizzeria in Castelnuovo is a MUST! Many thanks ? and we will be back. The W. & the B.? (Casa Lucia, July 25th 2009)

?I had a great time here and would recommend to others. S. W. (9 years old)? (Casa Lucia, July 2009)

?Brilliant facilities & activities! Wished I could stay longer! J. W.? (Casa Lucia, July 2009)

?Vamos pasado unas dias maravillosas. We have had beautiful days here. Wir haben wonderful tage hier gehabt. Gracias Thank you Danke sehr. Adios Goodway Aufwiedersehen.? from Familia E., Malaga, Spain (Casa Lucia, 8.8.2009)

?Dear Charlotte, we have enjoyed a few wonderful and marvellous days in nature. We loved the house, the morning birds, ?il pavone?, the views, the pool, and specially your kindness. All our love, The S., the L. and the D.A.? (Casa Valente, June 2009)

"Our short holiday was a complete success, from the initial contact right up to the end. The holiday home, Casa Lucia, nestled in magnificent, natural environs in Meleto, is tastefully and perfectly appointed. Nothing was lacking. Thus, our holiday could begin immediately. The accommodations were quite roomy and generously laid out for the stated number of guests. All we needed for a self-sufficient holiday was there. The absolutely gorgeous patio and adjacent splendid, expansive garden offered everyone space for refuge and whiling away the hours in peace and quiet. Meleto is a great starting point for enjoyable excursions. I would especially like to extend my thanks again for the personal care we were given. You will be seeing some of our group again this year." From Karl-Heinz Nieder; Geichlingen, Germany

"A delightful house, lovingly restored flats, friendly and helpful hosts, fantastic views of Tuscany, great accessibility and a magnificent historical atmosphere ? we (a couple without children) were enthralled! Villa di Meleto is truly a gem and we heartily recommend it to all Tuscany holidaymakers that value authenticity. Here, Tuscany is as genuine as one could imagine!" (6.08.2007, from Sabine Pentrop; Berlin, Germany)

"Summer 2007: A family holiday that lived up to our expectations: at the pool, football area or in the park ? the children had a place to romp and their parents could allow their "spirits free reign" beneath a shady Holm Oak, or simply enjoy the magnificent view of Tuscany from the patio. Villa Meleto ? a gorgeous, historic nobleman's residence above the hills of the Elsa river ? is in and of itself worth a visit. The Ghelli family ? the owners and hosts ? offer valuable tips for everyday matters and jaunts into the surrounding countryside. And, if you are very lucky, then perhaps the youngest son of the family drives along and acts as an interpreter. Because: he conveys his enthusiasm for the local culture and history to all guests ? and their children, who will be utterly contented. Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, Vinci...all beckon with their grand cityscapes and sumptuous museums. And, if you happen to be there with children, then it is recommendable not to just focus on churches, olive oil and wine. In order to maintain interest in a cultural tour, we would suggest motivational contests such as "best of pizza" or "best of gelato". An easier way to find out is to simply ask Ms. Ghelli. Her pizza tip is unbeatable. Our kids put it to the test for two weeks." (17.07.2007, from S.P.; North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

"And...it rained! After two weeks of radiant sunshine, the sky shed tears with us today as we left Meleto. While at this enchanting residence, we ? four visitors from Hamburg; two grownups, two youngsters (10 and 9) ?  had a quite exhilarating (the surroundings! Florence, Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano, Vinci, etc.) yet, at the same time, incredibly restful (the atmosphere! The park! The pool!) holiday stay. We said goodbye to our kindly hosts and parted with the promise, that we would return again ? preferably to this charming and pleasantly cool flat (Casa Vecchia Cucina) with the historic kitchen". (6.08.2007, from Sabine Ritter; Hamburg, Germany)

La dolce vita in Fattoria di Meleto. It was our first vacation in Tuscany, and it couldn't have turned out better. Fattoria di Meleto is located centrally enough to make various day trips easily doable. The estate itself offers the right mix of tranquility, nature and romanticism. There are possibilities for sports and exercise as well (I myself am a runner); a pool provides for a refreshing respite. The apartments were pico bello and very charming. The care and service were tops. Summa summarum: I can heartily recommend it; we spent an absolutely delightful week there, and plan to go back again. From the Knox family; Ebersberg, Germany 

Casa Lucia is the former living quarters of the supervisor of the country estate. We spent two weeks there with 8 persons, ranging in age from 19 to 50 years. Our curiosity was piqued by the information in the online advert; it was absolutely correct. The flat was clean, well-kept and cheerful. The property is peacefully sequestered. As the landlady is multilingual, it was easy to communicate with her. She provided us with helpful tips for sightseeing and for restaurants. We first arrived at the Pisa airport. There, we picked up our hired car and, just barely an hour later, arrived at Fattoria di Meleto. We bought groceries in nearby Castelfiorentino. All around the country estate there are possibilities for hiking, jogging and bicycling. We were able to get to Florence in only an hour with the train. Thus, we were never bothered by problems trying to park our car. All of the most important points of interest that Tuscany has to offer can be easily reached. Casa Lucia also has a former greenhouse with fireplace. There we celebrated a wonderful birthday party and provided our own live music. The magnificent park is also available. There, you can breakfast outdoors or simply relax. The weather at Easer was superb. We have recommended these accommodations to many friends and we also plan to return. (29.2.2008, from Hendrik; Lower Saxony, Germany)

 

 

Emails to the landlord and landlady

 

Since we still are convinced that we had an absolute dream of a holiday in Meleto, we intend to go back again this year, taking along another family with whom we are friends as well. ....We would like to let the flat with the balcony and the beautiful, large kitchen again. 

Thank you for the wonderful holiday! We immensely enjoyed our stay in Villa di Meleto, and our children just loved the pool. Everything was just perfect. And now, we are so sad to be at home again in the rain! 

We had a terrific time! We just wanted to say that we enjoyed one of our greatest holidays ever in Villa di Meleto. Everything was so nicely and lovingly prepared, and we were not in the least disappointed during our stay with you (often, what one sees in the Internet doesn't prove to be true?). We can hardly wait to plan our next holiday, which we will hopefully spend with you again.

By now, a few months have passed already since our fantastic holiday spent with you ? and we are planning our next summer holiday :-) 

I am already looking so much forward to Meleto ? the prospect of staying there another week lifts my spirits. If it were only July already...sigh!

We hope that you are all doing well in heavenly Meleto...When the leaden grey here becomes too oppressive to bear, we dream of the olive trees and cypresses!!!

I am a friend of P.B. and I.L., who have raved about just how beautiful your villa is. I would like to reserve one of your flats. 

Hurrah! Thoughts of staying at Meleto give me an incredible boost :-))

We are all overjoyed that things have worked out with our week in Meleto ? we are so much looking forward to it!!!!!!!!

Last year I spent a week staying at your manor house; I would like to come back again this year.

We are already full of anticipation and can hardly wait till July 12; finally, to be back in Meleto again for a week!

We had an absolutely marvelous time staying with you again! After a brilliant week, we jetted back home as content as could be.

Our holiday stay is almost over. It was excellent, thanks to Tuscany and the reception we receive while there. We have become zealous fans of Meleto!

We would like to book now for next year so that, as was the case last year, we don't have to go to Denmark again (which we really don't care to do!!!). Hopefully ? hopefully ? we are not too late again. 

Our children would much rather go to Italy of course and, actually, we would too. We can only console ourselves that, because all good things come in threes, we will definitely make it happen; somewhat later, though.

We are sorry that our planned four weeks in Meleto won't be possible this year, but we will make good on that later. M. and L. still speak glowingly when they think of Italy.

After spending two wonderful holidays in Italy, this year we will explore the beaches of Southern Sweden. But, we will definitely be coming back again! Because it was paradise for our children.

Our wonderful memories of last year compel us to return to Meleto again next summer, this time with friends.

We had a marvelous time staying with you, and we greatly miss Meleto.

In recent years I was fortunate enough to be able to spend my holidays in Castelnuovo d'Elsa several times. I would like to spend an abundant week in October in Tuscany.

We want very much to return to Meleto again next summer.

Hurray ? we're on our way!! Flats with the patio, just like last year. Right now, we're enjoying a "real" winter ? with ice and snow ? here in B., but we're already greatly looking forward to the Tuscan summer.

From now onward, we plan not to take our holidays anywhere else but in Meleto.

Perhaps you are already aware that my parents and I intend to visit Meleto next summer. I am looking very much forward to staying in Meleto and especially to seeing you again?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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