We have just returned yesterday from a wonderfully relaxing 10 day stay in Il Borghetto, and cannot praise it enough.
The ride up the track made us realise just how hidden it was, but was well worth it.
We arrived in a thunder storm, but Jim was ready with umbrellas and a wonderful welcome for us. The storm passed quickly and warm weather resumed for the rest of our stay.
The cosy, clean apartment had everything we needed for a comfortable stay, and was just what 2 work weary couples needed to re-charge our batteries!
The house has been beautifully renovated, and is a credit to Jim, who obviously put his heart into turning a very run down, but lovely old house back into somewhere that is very much loved and tasteful.
The pool was a very welcome addition with great views up towards the tiny village, which is an easy 20 minute walk up from the house. It was lovely to wander round on the Sunday as there were some craft stalls heading up towards the church, and we had a good meal in the very pretty garden at the back of the cafe/bar ( drinks only at the front in the covered area)
It's a great base to explore from, Lucca is a great to spend a day, as is the old town in Pistoia, Montecarlo is tiny quaint village worth visiting for a good meal and beautiful views, and if you want to see the hillside villages of the Cinque Terre, for a better experience than the train we suggest you go by boat from Port Venere.
Jim is a lovely man and the 'font of all knowledge' regarding places to go and couldn't have been more helpful, with information for us when we said where we were thinking of going and also with booking a table at a family run restaurant nearby, so a big "thank you" for making our stay even better.
If its a tranquil hideaway you're after, then this is it!
Thank you Jim,
from your very chilled out guests
The villa is right at the top of a gravel road near San Gennaro / Collodi (a car is definitely necessary) and is very comfortable with 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen. Jim the owner is friendly and helpful and the welcome basket of Tuscan goodies was very thoughtful. The swimming pool is good on a hot day, although not large or deep, and there are good walks nearby.
There's no air conditioning but there is usually enough of a breeze that keeping all the doors and windows open (there are insect screens) is bearable.
A terrific setting with well appointed modern (yet charming) apartments. The pool is fantastic and the grounds are impeccable. Plus, great, a well marked hiking path to the charming village of San Gennaro which is close by. The owner Jim is a wealth of local knowledge and even booked our museum tickets in Florence in advance so we didn't have to wait in line.
We used just one apartment on this trip, but next time we may bring a group of family or friends, with each having their own apartment. Should really be fun!
This part of Tuscany is gorgeous and full of little spots worth a short day-trip: Lucca, Cinque Terra, Monte Carlo, Florence and numerous vineyards.
At the end of a day of being tourists, our group (4 adults/2 pre-teens) couldn't wait to get back to the apartment to swim in the pool, hang out in the peaceful setting, and cook in the well-equipped, Carrara marble kitchen. The apartment itself is gorgeous - classic Tuscan features, great linens, etc. Jim, the owner, was incredibly accommodating - suggestions for out-of-the-way sights and restaurants, quick response to requests, and he even provided air mattresses and pool toys for the kids. Highly recommend as a very special place.