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review 21 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The views from the house were absolutely breathtaking. Sipping coffee on the balcony and soaking up the beauty of the mountains and the valley below was good for the soul.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

A car is really essential and a good pair of walking shoes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely excellent. Best holiday we’ve had. A real authentic Italian village experience. One evening a group of locals had a sing song sitting outside their houses. Glorious melodies and harmonies drifting down the valley was an incredibly special experience. They even waved for us to come and join in!! The house is comfortable and very well equipped, with some nice homely featuressuch as board games. Even the sofa bed is comfortable! Easy to reach the stunning Lake Como, impressive waterfalls and St. Moritz.

review 4 Sep 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Dream place - location and the view are just amazing. The house itself is a very nicely restored granite/wood house - very well done! Perfect infrastructure! Most memorable for me was the evening biking trip up from Chiavenna to Pianazzola... 300m altitude, 10 hairpin curves (if you count also the exit from the main Chiavenn-Maloja road).

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

There are many absolutely beautiful little roads up to alps and local valleys nearby (e.g. Val Bodengo, Olmo, Alpe Dalo, Sant' Antonio Albareda, Castasegna/Soglio/Maloja, Uschione and more) - fantastic biking! Maybe a bit steep, but great training, very low traffic and beautiful views.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Hard to say, but I suppose so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

One of the best places I have been - hope to come again.

review 20 Jan 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We enjoyed being in a smaller town with less commercial activity. Pianazolla is certainly in a lovely part of the world.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It is important to understand that the house in Pianazolla is 20 minutes from Chiavenna by car. It is a very steep drive and for those not used to mountain driving it can be pretty scary. We were disappointed that it took more than an hour to get to the ski resort from the house. In the advertisement it is suggested that it is 20 minutes away. This is certainly not the case.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Our holiday with our family was very enjoyable. The house was clean and well maintained with mostly good facilities.

review 25 May 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Really lovely family walks and we took our dog. Charm of the little house and village we stayed in.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Definitely recommend a car.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Hope so, but not sure exactly how.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Beautiful setting and charming little house, perhaps a little bit tired at the edges and a few hiccoughs on arrival but owners very kind and helpful. We really enjoyed our holiday.

review 14 Sep 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The location of the house is in the most amazing, authentic Italian mountainside village called Pianozolla - known locally as the balcony of Chiavenna. It has cobbly streets, windy paths around charmingly rustic buildings. The balcony has the most amazing views over the valley with mountain ranges in full view and raptors, bats and lovely sunsets to watch in the evenings with a glass of very quaff-able local red wine. There are fabulous waterfalls nearby where you can swim or paddle, mountain walks to villages such as dallo and soglio in Switzerland or easy meanders around national parks and along rivers for the slightly less fit! Take walking boots or trainers though as many paths are slippery.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You need a car in our opinion, the walk to the house involves lots of steps and the drive is up a steep, vertical, hair bending road! If you plan to arrive on a Sunday there is no shops open and the house does not have any provisions provided such as milk plus many of the restaurants were closed by the time we arrived in the evening. Bergamo seems to be the closest airport but the drive to the house along the lake como can get extremely busy on a weekend so would advise arriving on a weekday if at all possible. Plenty to do throughout the year - it's an all season destination.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The local people were fabulous, we tried to shop at local delis and independent shops rather than at the large ipera supermarket which should help the local economy. The house has energy saving light bulbs but could perhaps use some more eco friendly goods such as washing up liquid, cleaners etc. You can walk from the house to chiavenna and get around by foot reasonably well but it's a fair trek back up the mountainside with shopping etc (a good hour with small children).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A lovely family holiday or romantic getaway, off the beaten track, true Italy at its best. Some fabulous restaurants in chiavenna and wonderful food and drink, simply gorgeous views, fresh air and zillions of places to go and see from lakes to quaint villages to deserted mountain treks. The locals are warm and friendly and the tourists are there but not in droves. The house itself is well presented, quirky, clean and well equipped. with comfort in mind. Highly recommended.

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