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  • An exceptionally stylish well appointed apartment

    "An exceptionally stylish and well appointed apartment with a wonderful view from its balcony of the river front. Restaurants immediately outside the and only a 10 minute walk to the centre of Bordeaaux. The efficient tram stops immediately outside this first floor apartment which is served by a lift. The secure underground parking is approximately 4 minutes walk away."
    Guest: Mary M. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 22, 2014
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  • Heart of Rome

    "The Stoll Apartment was a perfect location for my families first visit to Rome. It had plenty of room for me, my wife and our twin 11 year old boys and helped us get a real feel for the city. The owners local agent met us at the door the morning we arrived and showed us everything we needed to know about the place. We were off exploring the city in no time and spent 7 great nights there. The washing machine and dryer were key since 11 year olds tend to get gelato all over themselves. The apartment felt very secure, the wifi worked well, the bathrooms were very modern and outdoor space was fantastic. The vibrant street life right outside the door really helped get you into the vibe of the city. A dozen restaurants and bars were just steps away and great gelato shop was right across the street. We pretty much walked everywhere but when we did take a cab, we simply walked a block to a cab stand. I will definitely stay here on our next visit."
    Guest: Homerclees Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 22, 2014
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  • On a Tuscan hill

    "We have recently returned from a two week stay at Borghetto Calcinaia. The house is perfectly situated on a hill above a lake in an area of great beauty, within easy reach both of national parks and of enchanting local hill top towns (Anghiari, Sansepolcro, Arezzo and Monterchi). It has everything that one might expect of a high grade Tuscan villa - the generous pool surrounded by olive trees, the gracious rooms with high ceilings, the terrace with its shaded dining table - but two features are absolutely outstanding and make it unique in our experience. First, the entire property (main house, apartments and surrounding gardens) has been conceived, decorated and presented with great taste and sophistication. It is a most gracious place in which to spend time. Secondly, Dennis and Gilly have a real gift for hospitality and approach guests with an open-hearted generosity of spirit which is utterly disarming. This is expressed not just in small but touching ways (home-made jam and oil in a welcome basket, a daily delivery of bread, a well-timed batch of exquisite freshly-baked muffins as guests arrived) but in their remarkable willingness to help when problems arose, to deploy their enormous fund of local knowledge to assist and to draw on some of their considerable credit balance of local goodwill for our benefit. They were a totally discreet presence but also a warm, kind and completely dependable source of advice and practical help. We had a party ranging in age from 14 to 77. Everybody felt at home immediately and seemed to enjoy themselves enormously. We have stayed in houses in Italy before; we have even stayed elsewhere in this area before; we have never stayed anywhere remotely like this. Very highly recommended."
    Guest: Rory P. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 27, 2014
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  • Perfect family stay

    "We had an absolutely wonderful time at Casa Helena. Our family of five, including three teenagers, stayed here for the better part of two weeks at the end of July / beginning of August. This was the first trip to Europe for the kids, and we left with a lifetime of memories. We had high expectations for the property, having heard of it from others who had stayed there. These were easily exceeded. Pre-arrival, we had received a detailed guide from the owner, which proved to be incredibly helpful throughout our stay. We were met in nearby Camucia by Stefania, who gave us a tour of the property (and greeted each of us with a very Italian two kisses on the cheek!). During the stay we made very good use of the newly remodeled kitchen and outdoor grill. Fresh vegetables and homemade olive oil and wine from the surrounding grounds complemented our dinners perfectly. Eating well is big for our family, and we couldn't have been more satisfied. We also made good use of the pool -- an excellent way to relax after exploring Cortona and other nearby towns. The views of Cortona from the backyard were absolutely gorgeous. The location of Casa Helena was likewise perfect. Morning walks up to the town of Cortona were pleasant. We also took day trips to Florence, Lake Tasiemeno (for wake boarding), Castiglione, Sienna, and nearby vineyards for wine tastings. All of these were easily reachable. As this was the kids' first trip, we also took an overnight trip to Rome -- also easily reached with a two hour drive. We did find that having a car was a good idea if you like to explore as we do. Our experience at Casa Helena was truly wonderful. We will definitely recommend it to friends."
    Guest: Andrew Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 11, 2014
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Germany Travel Tips

Seasons to Visit Germany Vacation Rentals

Most visitors to Germany travel in the warmer summer months that run from May through September. The peak travel season is typically during June and July. In general, summer days are long with the sun only setting after eight at night. This allows plenty of time for sightseeing and other activities. In the winter, the temperatures range from mild to freezing depending on where you are in Germany. The northern and eastern parts frequently get heavy snowfall during December and January. In the south and more mountainous regions, the snow and scenic beauty attract many visitors in the wintertime.

Attractions and Activities at Germany Lodging

Germany has a rich and diverse history. In almost every town or city, there are buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, beautiful churches or cathedrals, and local legends that have become part of the local traditions. There are many museums in Germany catering to a wide range of interests. Far from boring showcase-type exhibits, modern museums include video, sound and actual artifacts to bring history to life. While traditions remain strong, Germany is a modern nation and this is reflected in the high-tech modern style of living in the cities. Restaurants and bars range from traditional eateries to quirky and sometimes bizarre-themed venues. Most people visit Germany to take in the ancient castles, museums and churches. In the summertime, the best way to explore is on foot. Enjoy a cup of coffee at a street side café and browse through the shops in between your visits to museums.

Germany Travel Tips

Getting around Germany is easy but before you set out, make sure you have a good guidebook with you. In this way, you can plan some of your travel routes and make sure you get to the sights that you really want to see. If you plan to travel by train or are spending some time in one particular city, look into purchasing a travel pass. This is often far more affordable than single route tickets. Germany is relatively safe but be aware of walking around alone at night. Like most major cities, there is always a risk of becoming a target for crime.

Getting to and Around Germany

Germany takes up a large part of Central Europe and is easily accessible by air, land and sea. The harbor at Hamburg is one of the largest and busiest in the world. While it is mostly cargo that is transported, several worldwide cruise liners also dock at Hamburg. If you already reside or are traveling in Europe, one of the best ways to get around is by train. There is an extensive rail network in Germany that links it up with the rest of Europe. High-speed intercity trains are a convenient way of traveling longer distances. Smaller towns and villages can be reached on standard trains. Some of the rail routes, such as the one from Cologne and Dusseldorf to Frankfurt, follow the scenic route along the Rhine River. This is one of the best ways to see the countryside.

There is also an extensive road network; however, you do need to be confident in your driving ability. The high-speed autobahns and inner city congestion can be somewhat intimidating if you are not used to it. Germany has several efficient international airports. The busiest is Frankfurt International Airport. This is mostly due to its central location within Germany and Europe. Other international airports include Berlin Airport and Munich Airport. From these airports, you can get domestic connections on to other cities such as Dusseldorf, Bonn, Hamburg, and Dresden.

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