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We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Glynn despite the stormy weather. We found the location stunning and enjoyed sitting in the hot-tub looking at the views. The living rooms were spacious and attractively furnished . The bedrooms and bathrooms were very comfortable. The kitchen was a joy to cook in with a plentiful supply of equipment. Your help and advice on were to visit and in finding and booking restaurants was invaluable.
Once again many thanks for all your help and for providing us with a wonderful holiday.
Hi Merrion - hope all is well.
Apologies for not writing sooner.
We had a fabulous stay at Casa Glyn - so beautiful and elegantly relaxing. Your charm and detailed help with local knowledge and suggestions (and the pizza dough!) made everything utterly lovely.
Hope to return to one of your villas in the future.
Diana Richard Olivia and James
How can we describe our summer at Casa Glyn? It’s been one of the most special times of our lives. Highly unproductive, totally whimsical & utterly magical. The result..two incredibly happy, rejuvenated & relaxed people who have fallen head over heels in love with Italy. The only downside is – a) We feel like Casa Glyn is our own beautiful home and b) the dog has been ruined & will be distraught senza piscina. Personally, thank you for your warmth, your humour, your generosity & most importantly your friendship. We will never forget you, MoJo or Casa Glyn & this very special summer.
Hopefully we’ll be back very soon.
Our stay at Casa Glyn was a marvelous experience. The property is well equipped, very nicely organized and decorated with very special touch. The property is very specious and easily accommodated our family. The pool is just great and the hot-tub, especially in the evening, is a unique experience. Cotto is a very very small village located in the mountains of Liguria. Surrounded by green and open nature, this location is really a small heaven of relaxation and tranquility. The nearest town to Cotto is Fivizanno which we really loved; it is small and easy going place with very relaxed atmosphere.
Merrion, the owner, was really helpful, available 24/7, she provided us with great advice and hints and each and every one of them became a memorable experience.
There is no doubt that one of those moments which we will never forget was the cooking with her local friend Daniella. The food was outstanding and the kids really enjoyed the experience of making fresh pasta. …..
We would definitely recommend this special place for anyone looking for a special Italian vacation.
John and I had a great stay at Casa Glyn. It was lovely to be welcomed by you and MoJo and have flowers and prosecco waiting for us after a long drive. To then rest and enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains was so restorative. We were able to totally unwind and relax and we very much enjoyed just pottering and exploring the lovely villa, gardens and pool. One of the reasons we chose Casa Glyn was for it’s location. We were able to walk in the mountains and enjoy the wildlife and wildflowers; take a boat trip with you around the Cinque Terre and visit Lucca, Padua and Milan. To then rest again in the evening with spritzers and enjoy the fireflies from the hot tub was fab. It was a wonderful holiday all round and we thank you very much for your hospitality and generosity.
Every best wish to you and Mojo.
I felt compelled to write and thank you for yet another wonderful holiday with you, as ever, nothing was too much trouble and you made us feel so welcome. David and I managed to completely switch off, which wasn't difficult being in the perfect setting of Casa Glyn, the views were breathtaking, especially from the hot tub! Daniella made our trip for us, what a lovely woman and an amazing cook, we have gone straight out to purchase our own pasta making machine and will attempt to try and replicate the dishes she showed us how to make! The children are already missing Mojo and the beautiful pool and we very much look forward to booking again with you next year. Once again, thank you.
Words cannot express the pure and total magic of my stay at Casa Glyn with my grandchildren, Alexa 14 and Julie 9, for two weeks, and then with my daughter Suzanne for the second week.You totally enchanted Alexa and Julie, they fell in love not only with Casa Glyn but with you. Suzanne and I are full of admiration and praise for your attention to every little detail, not only in the comfort and decor of Casa Glyn, but in your charismatic personality. I wish we had had more time to exchange ideas and experiences. I'm at home, sitting looking out at the ocean but my heart and soul are still sitting on your terrace, gazing at the Apuan Alps. And I have been home for two weeks. Early morning swims were glorious, my dream relized - I could have easily spent another two weeks, but alas back to reality. Julie in particular felt that she had been there before or imagined that she had dreamt about Casa Glyn, and judging by the number of times she was at your door for more of your olive oil, etc., without any hesitation, she certainly was at home. We all enjoyed playing the piano and were delighted to hear you play. I will never forget you playing "An affair to remember" at 8am at my request), as we were leaving for the airport, most of us crying, remembering the exquisite time we had at your home, forever fixing in our minds this beautiful memory of our time together, not wanting to leave. Being there was like having our own home in this beautiful setting. Thanks for all your help, from arranging airport pick-up with Paolo and dinners with Daniele to entertaining my grandchildren in your hot tub, music, lights, star filled sky, and let's not forget the fireflies. You have created a very, very special home and I'm so thankful that I was able to enjoy it for two weeks-perhaps next time a month? Having you next door was an extra, it wouldn't have been the same without you. We loved having you nearby and let's not forget Mojo. I've never met a dog like her - so much presence. I am already suggesting to everyone I meet that Casa Glyn is the only place to stay in Italy.
Wishing I was there now,
We had the most perfect week on our honeymoon at Casa Glyn. Merrion did everything she could to make our stay a special one - we arrived very late to a warm welcome and a bottle of fizz to her beautiful villa that you instantly feel at home in and awoke the next morning to THE most magical of views, one that will stay with us for ever, it is truly incredible. Merrion's advice on which local stores or restaurants to visit was invaluable and made our stay all the more memorable. The house is extremely well designed, very comfortable and is appointed with everything one could need on holiday. We would recommend it to anyone and will no doubt be returning again in the future. Thank you very much Merrion and Mojo for a wonderful stay.
Stay in touch and all the very best.
We loved our stay at Casa Glyn. In a 3 week holiday where we were staying mostly in hotels, your beautiful villa really was like a home away from home. It is very comfortable and well equipped. We loved preparing our meals in your kitchen or “braai-ing” on your terrace, but most special of all was eating at your outside table enjoying the spectacular views.
We love the outdoors so living in your little hamlet was great for us in terms of access to walks and river swims, not to mention your pool which was very well used. My only complaint is that we didn’t have a longer stay. You planned such great day outings for us to really special places like Gabriella’s castle, the Cinque Terre and Lerici that we didn’t have enough time to just relax at “home” or to go to Siena. The location of Casa Glyn really is brilliant as you can easily access the beach and the mountains as well as beautiful old towns and villages. You were so helpful with all your maps, directions and restaurant bookings. Thank you, our stay definitely would not have been the same if we had not been able to pick your well travelled brain! I still miss the owls – their hooting across the valley at night is so special!
“….I'm sure you already know but we did all have the most fantastic time staying with you and we do send you our very great thanks for all your kindness and help. We so enjoyed meeting you and it was marvellous to have the benefit of all your "inside knowledge". We thoroughly enjoyed everything we did and I'm afraid we have no criticisms - not even by way of constructive feedback !”
“Two weeks is just not long enough! We have just had an amazing holiday at Casa Glyn and have left relaxed; refreshed and even more in love with Italia. The experience starts as you approach the villa driving through beautiful countryside and as you climb up the hill through ancient woodlands and cross stunning ravines you catch glimpses of the enchanting borgo of Cotto with its striking church Dome glinting in the sunlight and then you arrive at one of the most stunning Casa. Casa Glyn is not just a beautiful house in a stunning location it is a welcoming home in paradise that makes you feel at ease immediately; with an unrivalled position and provides a real haven away from the hustle a bustle of everyday life. It is remote and private but also accessible to numerous sites from the beach; rugged coastlines; mountains and interesting towns and villages. On first look there appear to be less “big attractions” than other areas although it is easy to reach Florence; Pisa; Lucca and Parma as well as the Cinque Terra (which is a stunning).The area’s charm is really in the fact that it is not very touristy and provides a more authentic Italian experience with interaction with “real” Italians. The towns and villages in the vicinity have a lot to offer and are all beautifully located with some fabulous restaurants; every drive off the main roads is a wonderful voyage of discovery supported by some of the most stunning views in Italy. The whole pace of life in the area is slower and more relaxed and informal and you have no choice but to relax. Casa Glyn is so beautiful that there were several days when we stayed at home soaking up the sunshine; using the fabulous salt water pool; savoured the views; eat well; drank well and just chilled. At night you really appreciate being in an area of no light pollution as the sky appears filled with stars (and shooting stars) and the only sound is the local wild life bliss My seven year old daughter loved the property and especially loved playing with Mojo. The choice of restaurants within a reasonable distance of Casa Glyn is very good concentrating on local cuisine and whilst there is a marked reluctance to accept credit cards the prices are much lower than many other prime areas of Italy.
The local town of Fivizzano has all the shops you need for provisions a number of good local restaurants and a superb gelataria sitting on a really beautiful piazza where we whiled away many an hour after dinner.
Having Merrion next door was fantastic and not at all intrusive and in fact we saw her as more of a friend than an owner. Nothing was too much trouble and she has a superb knowledge of the area and was able to make some great recommendations of places to visit and places to eat.
For a relaxed taste of La Dolce Vita and a flavour of the real Italy I would strongly recommend a visit to Casa Glyn.”
"We absolutely loved our stay at the Villa, it's position was perfect, close enough that we could explore the area but remote enough that it really felt like an escape. The villa itself was beautifully appointed, and was very comfortable.
Merrion's vast knowledge of the area, and of traveling in Italy in general, was a huge benefit, and helped us to ensure that we had a truly authentic Italian experience."
"My husband and I stayed at Casa Glyn this September and for two weeks I was in Heaven. Casa Glyn itself gives you a sense of being at home with its charming and tasteful style and the views all around give you a feeling of peace and of being at one with the world. We had great fun exploring the many charming villages and towns that give Italy its magic charm. Even though Merrion lives next door she is very tactful and discreet and in fact we loved having her nearby and she gave us lots of useful tips on places to visit that we would never have found without her. Thank you Merrion and I can't wait to return."
"Thank you for a wonderful stay in Casa Glyn which we shall both treasure. The view from the bedroom in the morning is imprinted in my mind as if it were a dream – I have never woken up to anything more beautiful. Thank you also for taking me on our sun worshipping trip to Eco del Mare - I was very glad to be there with you. We hope to return some day soon."
"We cannot recommend highly enough the villa of Casa Glyn if you want to get away from it all and find your own little spot of paradise up in Northern Tuscany. You have all the benefits of being up in the mountains and yet are only an hour or so away from the sea as well. The location is far enough off the tourist track to make you feel like one of the locals yet close enough to key attractions such as Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terre and The Apennines that you can do as much or as little as you want! We certainly made as much use as we could from the wonderful pool but also ventured further afield and headed for some of the more traditional tourist haunts as well as some slightly more energetic activities including a couple of walks around the villa itself plus an excursion into The Apennines!
Merrion is an absolute font of all knowledge when it comes to places to visit and restaurants to eat in and was just so helpful and patient with all our questions - each restaurant just seemed to get better and better. However, Casa Glyn is such a beautiful and peaceful place to be that we often just ate in having bought all our food from Fivizzano. This is certainly not a tourist trap but a wonderful example of local Italian life! We bought all we needed in the Alimentari, ate as much Gelati as we could and just soaked up the atmosphere of the local Italians going about their everyday lives. The villa has its own pizza oven and we even managed to make our own using dough bought from the local bakery – absolutely delicious and so much fun to cook as well – everyone should have a go!!
We can certainly see why Merrion fell in love with this part of Tuscany – if you want a relaxed holiday in a wonderful villa with Merrion just next door to help you out as much or as little as you need, then you really can't go wrong with Casa Glyn. The crowning glory – a fabulous little Border Terrier called MoJo who is, without doubt, absolutely adorable and is a little taste of home from home!! "
Dear Merrion and MoJo,
Thank you so much for a truly enjoyable honeymoon. We chose this place because of the picture of MoJo and have been calling it Casa MoJo for the last few months! Well MoJo didn’t let us down. It has been a totally perfect place to relax - the views are spectacular and the villa has been ideal. Thank you so much for all your recommendations - particularly Marina Piccola in Manarola (Cinque Terre). The seafood antipasti was incredible... Thank you again.
"Lovely and relaxing holiday in Italy - sightseeing, swimming, even hiking... wonderful view from Casa Glyn - enjoyed during lazy sunny breakfasts and some other meals. Warm thanks to Merrion for the lovely and funny cooking class and the dinner, we really enjoyed it. P.s. Good luck for MoJo and her ‘boyfriends’!!!!"
Dear Merrion and MoJo,
We couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful location for our first visit to Tuscany. Casa Glyn has more than surpassed our expectations (your photos don’t do it justice!!), with its outstanding view and serene setting. Your advice, local knowledge and help with our “pies” (homemade pizzas!) was invaluable and very appreciated. We hope to keep in touch and return very soon! Thanks again!
A very special week! Excellent house, spectacular surroundings and a superb hostess always providing those bits of advice that make a holiday special.
We drove all the way from Finland down to Italy to enjoy a wonderful week at Casa Glyn. Beautiful house, splendid views and the Italian atmosphere. Every day well over 30 degrees - the pool as just the right place to cool down after the daily trips to Lucca, Cinque Terre, Carrara mines and Parma... Thank you for letting us stay here from the wonderful week.
"A couple of friends along with ourselves, wanted to find somewhere special in Tuscany to celebrate both our 25th wedding anniversaries.
Having come across Casa Glynn on the internet we chose to spend our first week in
Tuscany in this is idyllic sounding place.
We were not to be disappointed, Merrion could not have been more helpful sharing with us her passion for Italy and knowledge of Tuscany and the local area. On her recommendation we found down in Fivivizzano a wonderful café that provided us with the most fabulous homemade ice cream and also a general shop which was a treasure trove of local produce which made our meals into culinary delights. The couple of walks Merrion suggested we took when we could tear ourselves away from those magnificent views were very enjoyable.
Our stay could not have been more comfortable in the very tastefully decorated Casa Glyn, everything you could possibly need, Merrion, had thought of right down to her home made olive oil and the lovely red wine locally produced in the village of Cotto.
Our wedding anniversary was made into a memorable evening by Merrion cooking us feast of local dishes and finishing off the night entertaining us with his singing while Merrion played the piano. Memories of the deers coming down to the river to drink in front of the terrace, the cows been led off in the mornings with the farmer, their bells ringing across the valley than returning of an evening, the shooting stars, the pool where we whiled away the afternoons views of very dramatic Apuane mountains and of course Mojo, Merrion's trusty companion. Truly wonderful memories to take away with us. Thank you for sharing such a special place."
"We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Casa Glyn:
Fantastic scenery, particularly the view from the terrace where we whiled our time away listening to Sarah play your piano (a big plus for her - just heard that she gained a distinction in her grade 8 flute exam!). We usually do quite a lot of day trips on our holidays but this place was just perfect for us to wind down/recuperate. Villa accommodation was ‘home from home’; internal furnishings, pool and terrace area, all contributing to relaxing and had everything we needed. It was also a bonus to have yourself and Mojo on site helping us to make the most of the location - your information folder was also very useful."
Thanks again for your help. We will definitely recommend you to anyone else thinking of going to Italy.
Best wishes - it was a real pleasure to meet you."
"Casa Glyn is a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing place to stay. The house is well equipped and very comfortable. Merrion, the owner, is very welcoming and helpful and has a great knowledge of the area. The view from the terrace is wonderful. It's a real pleasure to just sit and gaze at the mesmerising view down the valley to Fivizzano and over to the Apuan Alps. The town of Fivizzano is small but has great food shops. We shopped at the butcher, baker and Alimentari recommended by Merrion. It was great to be able to make the most of the wonderful food that was available. The staff at the shops were very friendly and helpful even though they didn't speak english and out Italian was extremely basic! We never went to a supermarket as it was such a pleasure to shop at these shops.
Casa Glyn has a wood fired pizza oven on the terrace which produces great tasting pizza. We bought the dough for the pizzas from the baker which made things much easier. It takes a while for the oven to get hot so while you're waiting you can sit on the terrace with a glass of wine and enjoy the view.
Many of the sites of Tuscany are easy to do for a day trip. The Cinque Terre is a good day out and the scenery is beautiful. But sometimes it's hard to drag yourself away from the peacefulness of Casa Glyn. It's nice just to go down to Fivizzano, enjoy a coffee and pastry by the fountain in the piazza, shop for your food supplies and then head back to Casa Glyn and relax on the terrace or by the pool. If you are feeling energetic there are good walks from the house.
Fivizzano is definitely not a tourist town which for us helped make our stay more enjoyable. To us it was a taste of 'real' Italy .
I would recommend staying at Casa Glyn to anybody who enjoys getting away from it all while still having the option to venture out to the sites of Tuscany."
"What can we say…we knew that Casa Glyn would be beautiful but, it exceeded all expectations. Our photos & my (lame) painting cannot begin to capture the magic. We thank you very much for your hospitality - meeting you has made our trip even better. We understand why you love it so much. We love it too! Our last evening with merrion as chef was truly perfect!! Thank you so very much for everything. We will be back. Kind regards Diane, Jim, Jamie & Mike Dondero. We loved meeting MoJo too!!
"The most important thing to remember when you rent Casa Glyn is that you're not going to feel like a tourist. All of my prior experiences in Europe were centered on major cities and this was the antithesis of those trips. The town of Cotto where the villa is located and the nearby town of Fivizzano are both warm and delightfully small. If there are tourists in the area they're so well dispersed you wont even know it. And with all that being said, Casa Glyn is still just a stones throw from most of the attractions you'll want to visit while in Tuscany .
The villa itself is a remarkable property. Merrion has managed to maintain it's old world appeal while updating it beautifully to meet more modern expectations. But what stood out for my family and me was the setting. Even though it's nestled up against the town, most parts of the property give you the feeling that you're all alone in paradise. The views of the surrounding hills and valley, back dropped by majestic alpine mountains are now etched in my permanent memory bank. Coming from the U.S. with such a daunting exchange rate to overcome, the lovely kitchen and cooking facilities proved a Godsend. And, even though the home isn't huge, all of our 9 party members had a very comfortable place to sleep.
Casa Glyn is for those who want to be near enough to the traditional allures of Tuscany , with the option to pass on them entirely and still have a wonderful time. For us it was perfect."
I would thorougly recommend this villa for a truly relaxing and luxurious holiday. Merrion, the owner, is extremely welcoming, the house was beautifully clean and everything had been done to make our stay very comfortable. The village-edge location is very rural, private and quiet and we saw eagles soaring overhead. The view from the spacious raised terrace is absolutely breathtaking, so mesmerising that we could have sat all day under the vine-covered pergola having long lazy lunches with a glass or 2 of wine, gazing at the distant mountains and the very green countryside all around. It is equally beautiful by moonlight with the lights of the little town of Fivizzano twinkling below and chatting on the terrace in the evening warmth is a true pleasure. The farmhouse itself is very rustic and beautifully restored and from the master bedroom, which has a spacious and glamorous bathroom next to it, you can lie in bed and look at the mountains. Downstairs the sitting room and dining room are open plan but on split levels, which gives the farmhouse a feeling of spaciousness. The kitchen is very well-equipped with everything you might need. The swimming pool looks out in the other direction to the hills behind - there is nothing to spoil the feeling of being in a totally natural landscape and in the evening the swallows come down and dip over the surface of pool - I counted 15 one evening. If you would like a trip out, the pretty town of Fivizzano is close and you can shop in the market ther once a week and sit in a pavement cafe in the attractive market square and watch the world go by. The beautiful rugged coastline of the Cinque Terre is close, with its picturesque fishing villages with pastel-coloured houses and lovely coastal walks. You can park the car and take the train along the coastline (the cost of this is peanuts!), have a delicious seafood lunch in one of the villages and then a dip in the sea. To recap, if you enjoy old buildings, peaceful locations and beautiful natural environments, then you will love this place.
Casa Glyn was perfect! The location was unbelievable. Peace and tranquility with a view to die for. In fact the villa and its location were so fantastic that we didn't go anywhere or do anything . . . except eat and drink fantastic local food on the wonderful terrace and laze by the pool. Every detail has been considered and the villa felt like a real home. We would love to come back.
Casa Glynn is a very nice villa that I would recommend to visitors that appreciate high quality. Bedrooms, living rooms, kitchen and bathrooms are all in a high quality. The terrace provides an excellent view and has ample room for 6-8 people. Both owner and caretaker speak English and are very helpful. Visitors should be prepared for a 15-30 minutes drive for grocery shopping.
What a fantastic place! The quality of accommodation is superb, especially the kitchen which is not only equipped with all the utensils and euipment you need but also many basic ingredients. However, it's not the inside where you spend the majority of your time and the outside spaces are just as impressive. We spent hours sitting on the spacious terrace over looking the hills and town below us - even seeing some deer one evening. The pizza oven is fantastic fun and produces amazing results (with practice)! Finally the pool provides gorgeous relief from the heat and is wonderful to spend the odd day lazing around. Fivuzanno (sp?) is just a 15 minute drive away and contains everything you need, from banks to a bakery to restaurants. I'd have no hesitation in recommending this as a fantastic villa to get away from everything and relax.
Wow! What a view! Lovely time thank you ,an unspoilt part of Italy! The walking is excellent and folk very friendly - Love the house.
We really needed a peaceful, relaxing holiday & Casa Glyn could not have been bettered - extremely comfortable, gorgeous & well-equipped kitchen, stunning views. ……The evenings were blissful too - cooking in the pizza oven, watching the stars and the big moon rise over the sky - and the fireflies were amazing! We’ve never seen so many….Could anything be bettered?...
We arrived to a gorgeous, relaxing and well equipped house with breathtaking views. Karsten was a great help and the maid was so sweet and so keen to speak, however our Italian was limited to almost zero. The first few days were spent relaxing by the pool and dining on the terrace with the swallows swooping above. The evening sunsets beautiful and the sky at night a dream with shooting stars and one night a great views of the milky way……..I have to say that we didn’t see anywhere as beautiful as Cotto and its view, it is truly wonderful.
A fabulous week. It was so exciting to arrive through the tiny roads in Cotto to such an idyllic house. The views are magnificent and everything in the house really comfortable and the kitchen is a dream!....Great week - so relaxing.
Thank you for a truly wonderful stay here at Casa Glyn. We really enjoyed everything from those fabulous dinners on the terrace, to the pool and all the excellent villages all around.
We had a fantastic time in italy. The weather became a bit changeable but we were so busy exploring that it didn't really matter. The house was lovely and we really enjoyed being there, its a pity we didn't have longer.
Just thought I would say thank you for a wonderful time spent at Casa Glynn. We thought the house and it's position were superb.
We really enjoyed our holiday at Casa Glyn, it is a really beautiful house and staggering view. Please let Max know that we really enjoyed the fabulous meal he cooked for us while we were there. Max's food and that view are a very memorable combination!
Hi Merrion, great to meet you last week and thank you in person for helping us to have a great break. Just wanted to take this opportunity to reinforce the great time we had, Casa Glyn is in an amazing spot and the quality of the villa helped us to enjoy our holiday.
Thank you so much for your beautiful house. We had a great time. We enjoyed the amazing views and the great design. It seems that you thought about everything until the tiny details. The atmosphere was peaceful and calming and that was exactly what we needed. ……Thank you.
We’ve loved our visits to Casa Glyn - it’s a magical place!
Having spent many holidays in Italy it was so nice to find somewhere really unspoilt and peaceful with the most stunning views. I could easily have sat on that terrace all day just looking at the changing light over the mountains. When we did drag ourselves away, we discovered what a fantastic spot this is to explore this undiscovered part of Tuscany and the Ligurian coast - and there are loads of gems like Lucca close by.
The Cinque Terre was our favourite place - not to be missed! The boat trip along the Gulf of Poets, the walk among the vineyards between 2 or 3 of the jewel-like villages perched high above the coast and the seafood lunch right by the sea at Manarola - that was a memorable day. Another great outing was a trip up into the foothills of the Apennines - well worth it for the wonderful sweeping drive through chestnut and pine forests and more spectacular views.
What a delightful house too! You have thought of everything and we loved the way you’ve decorated it - it feels very personal, comfortable and relaxing - a real home rather than a holiday house. We really enjoyed cooking in your kitchen, obviously designed by a real cook! It was a real pleasure to pick up the freshest ingredients nearby and come back and cook them, glass of wine in hand, occasionally peering out again at the view. Thank you so much for letting us share your lovely home. We look forward to coming back!