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House & Location – We all thought Casa Glyn was a fabulous house.

It was beautifully presented and is in a quite outstanding position. We loved the location, the setting and the views. (But please can you arrange with the Powers that be for the sun to set on the terrace in the evening and not behind the hills)

The property was well equipped and everything worked well from the showers to the Pizza oven.

In short, the verdict was:-

“All fab and we would defiantly recommend it to like- minded friends. It scored 10/10”.

As you know, due to the fantastic weather, we spent most of our time at Casa Glyn but we enjoyed our outings especially our two visits to the Agriturismo Restaurant up the hill! (10/10) and to the Castello on Thursday.

Last but not least, we want to congratulate Mojo and you for “being there but not being there” at CG if that makes sense.

We were always very grateful to you for your “discretion but also your omniscience and readiness to help us, including re watching Lions in NZ!”.

So many thanks for a terrific holiday.

With Best Wishes,

Annabel and Paul

“We had the pleasure of staying at Casa Glyn. A beautiful house that was restored a few years ago to a high standard. The house is hidden from view in the most idyllic setting in rural Tuscany. Perfect for us, wanting a tranquil retreat in the quiet countryside. Casa Glyn did not fall short in any way. The morning sun drew us out to the large terrace, where we took in the breathtaking views of the valley and Apuans in the distance. The house far exceeded our expectations. Large rooms, all well equipped, comfortable and clean. The gardens and pool were lovely too, both large and well kept. Parking was never an issue. The parking area is in the grounds of the house, behind closed gates. We always felt safe and secure.

This holiday was made extra special by Merrion Charles, the owner of the property and of course not forgetting her wonderful Border Terrier MoJo. Merrion provided us with recommendations of places to visit, including restaurants which she booked for us. Straightaway she grasped the sort of places we’d like and we were never disappointed with her choice. Nothing was too much trouble for Merrion, who always went that extra mile for us. A lot of the places we visited, we would never have discovered if it wasn’t for Merrion.

The local village of Fivizzano is in easy reach and had plenty of amenities for us. We visited other places further afield such as Portovenere and Lucca.

Often when arriving back after a day of exploring, we would be greeted by MoJo, Merrion’s Border Terrier. She was a lovely addition to our holiday.”

Family McIndoe from UK, Summer 2017

Dear Merrion,

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,

Lots of love from Francesca, Suzanne, Alexa and Julie, from Canada and Italy – June 2013

“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.”

Bruce Burnett & Family, Gloucestershire, UK – August 2012

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!

Tasioulas Family, South Africa – August 2012

“….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 !”

Holdsworth Family, London, UK – August 2012

“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.”

Philippa Selfe & Party, South Africa April 2012

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.

Guy & Annalise De Glanville, London – September 2012