Maleficent Adventures

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Category: Accommodation-Review

Review: Villa Casale Vorno, Italy

A few weeks ago, our family headed to Vorno,  a small village 10 minutes outside of the city of Lucca, Italy. This rustic villa set in the rolling Tuscan countryside was a perfect base for a week away with the family.

The villa had everything we needed, it slept up to 12 people with 5 bedrooms inside the house, with another bedroom situated in its own building on the property.

The private pool was located at the end of the garden along a path lined with olive trees. Whilst initially it was a little coldwe found it perfect for cooling off in the hot afternoons, the diving board helps!

Top Tip: Be sure to bring Mosquito repellent  we were bitten badly. Don’t worry, if you forget it is only a short drive to Lucca wheretwo large supermarkets are located.

Included in the weekly rental was a delicious prepared breakfast every day by Roberta, a local who would not only have everything laid out for us by 8am but would also clear everything away after and put the leftovers in the fridge for our lunch. Breakfast was typical continental: meats and cheeses, pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit  and cereal; as well as an array of local hot and cold delicacies that would change daily. We were also welcomed to the property with a prosecco and tapas spread.

The villa was equipped with afull kitchen and outdoor barbecue, perfect for self catering. The ice machine in the kitchen was a welcome addition, and very useful for taking ice buckets for drinks down by the pool. If you are not so inclined to cook on holiday, there are four restaurants in Vorno within around a 15 minutes walk..

We recommend: Ristorante Pizzeria A Bimbotto, a fantastic family run restaurant with a wide choice of local eats.

The age range of our guests was 18 months – 59 years old and it met everyone’s needs, with a highchair and cot provided. The website said that it building would be accessible as it is located at the foot of the hills – we would read into this carefully as there was no access to the pool or garden except up steps, with uneven ground between the house and pool area. Also there were no bedrooms on the ground floor – however we did not have access to the extra building.

We had a great time at the villa, Tuscany is such a beautiful region and the villa worked as a good base forexploring either by car or foot. Whilst it wasn’t modern, it had a rustic charm to it and way certainly very clean and well kept.

We’re already looking to go back next year!

This villa can be booked with Bridgewater Travel

Review: Hotel Adriatic Rovinj, Croatia

A few weeks ago, we headed to Croatia with our sister to a small town called Rovinj on the north west Croatian coastline.

Sitting in the heart of Rovinj old town, on the water’s edge, is Hotel Adriatic. This modern art-deco hotel has all the contemporary features you want, free WiFi, air conditioning and USB charge points but most importantly it has a lot of character.

Room 8 was where we spent the weekend and it was beautiful. Mirrored walls around one side of the room seemed to make the room swell in size. There was enough space to for all three of us to comfortably share, with one sleeping on a comfortable fold out sofa bed. The best feature of the room (in our opinion) was the bathroom. The waterfall shower and large bathtub were perfect to relax and cool down after a long hot day exploring the area.

With only 18 rooms up for grabs this hotel gives a boutique feel, with wonderfully considerate staff that pandered to our every need. As well as having a mini-bar in each room, downstairs was a fully stocked bar with both indoor and outdoor seating. The bar staff were expert mixologists and we can highly recommend you try the mint julep from the cocktail menu. We often found ourselves outside watching the people and boats go by as we sipped our beers and cocktails long after the sun has gone down.

Whilst, there isn’t much in the way of facilities in the hotel, it is part of the Maistra chain which has 8 hotels around Rovinj including: Hotel Katarina and Hotel Lone. As a guest at the hotel you were able to enjoy the facilities at any of the other hotels free of charge. We found ourselves visiting the Island of Katarina and making good use of their pool and miniature golf course (for an extra charge of 10KRN pp) on a hot day. We were also able to hire the hotel’s bikes for the day to explore the coastline, free of charge.

We had a fantastic time at this hotel, however, on a subsequent trip we’d probably stay in one of the sister hotels. Whilst the Adriatic won out on location to the old town, the other hotels had more facilities and offered more opportunities to cool down and relax. Which in the heat, was a much more enjoyable way to experience the town of Rovinj.

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