English, from London, 28 years in Italy
We truly loved our stay at Annie's. Right since we contacted Annie, she was warm, welcoming and helpful. A definite plus being able to communicate in English when in the Italian countryside. Even though we arrived much later than the time we had originally discussed with her, Annie was understanding and picked us up at a convenient location.
The location of the cottage is spectacular, being right on the border of Tuscany and Umbria. It is a quick five minutes from the village of Pozzuolo which has a cute pizzeria and a supermarket...handy! The room, kitchen, bathroom are all very nicely furnished. One of the most comfortable beds we've slept in! Annie had a heater on for us which made it nice and toasty. The breakfast was delicious and filling. We shall always remember her cherry bake dessert!
Annie and her partner Derek are delightful hosts. It was a real pleasure getting to know them.
Annie we hope to come back again soon! Thanks for such a wonderful wonderful stay :)
Annie is a lovely host with a very pretty home in a beautiful location. Heartily recommend!
Annie is a wonderful, warm and very accomodating host. I arrived at Castiglione del Lago after 6 very hectic days of sightseeing and her home was a haven of peace and tranquility. Set in the beautiful countryside of Umbria, it felt like I'd walked into a Van Gogh painting! I just loved everything in her home & I felt very privileged to be allowed to share it. Annie treated me to some very special cooking & I felt like I was visiting a friend. Thank you and Derek for everything, for wonderful memories I will cherish and a holiday I will always remember. I would absolutely love to visit again. Cheers & warm wishes. Vineeta
We couldn't rate our home stay at Annie's any higher! Fabulous, vibrant, colourful people who were incredibly generous and kind. Additionally Annie has a beautifully authentic, historic Italian home. We would love to come back!!
Response from Annie:
Oh, gosh, thank you, guys! It was a pleasure. x annie
We have had gorgeous holiday at Annie's. We felt like staying with a friend. Everything was super and we got lots of advice concerning sightseeing Umbria and Toscany. The house is quite charming and so is the garden with plums fresh off the tree. We left Italy having new friends (thank you Derek for all your practical advice) and hoping to be back.
Annie's little cottage is lovely and she was a great host! Too bad we were only passing by! We would have loved to stay with her for a longer time!
Response from Annie:
thank you. come back soon!
Our stay with Annie was beyond expectation. A lovely house and a superb host. Home made breakfast and delicious cooking. We also loved the conversations over diner and her sense of humor. What more can I say. If you're looking for a great place to stay in Italy, contact Annie!
August 2013, Rolf and Mariette.
Annie is very hospitable and responsible hostess. We were not easy to find a house, because the time was late, but Annie did everything to give us the right way. The room was very nice and cozy interior. In the morning we had breakfast in the beautiful garden with views of the Tuscan fields.
We loved staying with Annie. Her house was a delight. She is really the perfect host. Everything was immaculately laid out to make our stay as comfortable as possible, but more important was the time she spent just visiting with us and answering all our questions about Italy and sharing stories about her life. If we had 3 thumbs, we would give her 3 thumbs up.
Staying with Annie was one of our loveliest airbnb experiences. She is warm, welcoming, a great cook and has a gorgeous cottage. The room has an antique, comfortable bed and we slept soundly. The breakfast was delicious. We took up Annie's offer of dinner and we're glad we did! We only stayed one night, but it would be a great base for exploring the beautiful surrounds. Highly recommended!
I moved to Umbria from Sweden in July 2012 and met Annie for the first time early in the fall. She is the kind of person that you immediately feel comfortable with, like you known them for a very long time. Her home is like herself, warm and welcoming, decorated in a country house style making it a cosy retreat. I enjoy coming to her home for dinner, which is always well prepared and delicious. Annie has lived in this part of Italy for over 25 years and she is familiar with the area and can suggest a number of excursions in the are as well as more distant ones since her work takes her around Italy.
I have known and worked with Annie for the past 8 years. I would thoroughly recommend staying at her charming, pretty cottage with its lovely gardens and gorgeous lake views. Annie is the perfect hostess with her warm and generous personality, her fabulous sense of humour, her great cooking skills and extensive knowledge of Tuscany and Umbria and many other parts of Italy. You will be in good hands!
Sally Munerati. Friend and colleague
Annie is a marvellous bubbly and lively person. I have known her for 5 years and have loved going to her pretty house for dinner, she is a good cook and very good organiser, so if you go a stay with her she is bound to suggest some unusual things to do in the area. You will have a lovely time as she is a great host.
I have been working and traveling with Annie for the last 13 years, and never feel more at home "on the road" than when I am staying in her beautiful cottage! Her welcoming hospitality and the charm of her cottage makes me want to stay there forever! Her extensive knowledge of the area's sight seeing, restaurants, wineries, and local villages taught me many aspects of the Italian culture and lifestyle that I would not have been able to learn without her. I can recommend this experience to everyone looking for a great vacation in Italy!
I have traveled from the States to Umbria and Tuscany and have found Annie's bed and breakfast to be a wonderful warm home. Centrally located we were able to visit great villages and of course vineyards on easy day trips. Annie is not only a fabulous host she is very knowledgeable about the area.... I can't wait to go back....
Annie has been a dear friend and advisor of ours ever since we restored our 17th century house in Umbria and began to rent out our apartments 10 years ago. (see (website hidden)). Annie's advice about how to go about marketing and growing our business, and how to handle the international clients has been superb. She is incredibly well informed, creative, energetic, trustworthy, and resourceful. She is wonderful to work with and to know. The highest recommendation possible! 10 out of 10! Harris
Dan and I have known Annie for 6 years and she is a good and trusted friend. She lives near us in a lovely house in beautiful countryside. She has a warm personality, is very good with people and she is an excellent cook. We unhesitatingly give her our highest recommendation.
I have known Annie for quite a few years..stayed at her lovely home and enjoyed the warmest hospitality! Her home is beautifully decorated and very cozy , with a lovely garden to sit in and read a book with a nice glass of wine. You will have a wonderful experience in Italy and have a memorable visit. She is very knowledgeable about all that is happening in the area and her warm personality is an added bonus for all who stay there.