I FEEL it is only right that I warn you, that this is an EPIC post. EPIC!!
Quite possibly, my most epic yet. So before you begin, you might wanna pop the kettle on, make yourself a decent cuppa and get comfy. Because let me tell you, this post is a biggie.
Such a biggie in fact, that it’s taken me almost a full working day just to whittle down the photos and edit them.
But honestly, when it comes to Italy, can you blame me?
Italy is my favourite country in the world. No question. Plonk me anywhere on the Italian map and I’m as happy as Larry. (Whoever he is). I’ve visited many places in the past but hand on heart, I can tell you that no area in Italy has ‘spoken’ to me as much as Umbria.
That my blog posts have been a bit sporadic of late.
I’m a poorly lady you see at the moment, having had flu for the last week or so, so bar on odd post, I’ve spent most of my time lying in bed or watching endless rounds of children’s TV with little Elsie, who’s been pretty poorly too.
Anyhow, I’m trying my best to do what I can, but there’s no doubt that my work has suffered of late. So thank you for being patient and sticking with me. I promise normal, regular service will resume shortly.
Annnnd…so, with that in mind, let’s crack on with today’s post!
Because I do have a super post to share with you today. (Hell yeah!) One that’s certainly putting a big smile on my very grotty face, as I type.
This is the first instalment of our recent family holiday to Italy with the brilliant Italian accommodation experts, Bookings For You.
And is all about our stunning accommodation – a beautiful, modern and contemporary Italian 3 bedroom villa situated on the east bank of Lake Maggiore.
As holiday accommodation goes, let me tell you, this villa is by far, the most stunning place I have ever stayed in. For the views alone, I would have happily stayed!
I mean, just imagine, lying in bed and looking at this…
Because this is how I woke up in the mornings and this is what we all saw, every single day, from one of three lake facing terraces, that this stunning villa offers.
Here’s some more shots of the lake view, and I make absolutely no apologies for them. Because a view this spectacular has to be shared…
(The sunsets were particularly breathtaking…)
My photos don’t even do the beautiful view justice but you get the picture!
Just. Seriously. Beautiful.
The best view I’ve ever seen. In my life. And one I’ll never forget.
Tucked up high in the mountains, staying in this fabulous villa, was a little bit like being in an Italian version of Heidi.
By day, the only sounds I could hear were birds chirping, donkey bells ringing and water running down a tiny stream. And by night, nothing!
It was absolute bliss. A real slice of Italian heaven indeed.
Villa Caruso as it is lovingly called, is a stunning property.
And inside, had absolutely everything we needed as a family – for myself, Jamie, Elsie and my Dad and Step Mum who came with us – as well as being simply but tastefully decorated.
But it’s totally true. Tomorrow I’m jetting off to Italy with my family to stay in the stunning Italian Lakes, courtesy of Bookings For You.
We’ll be staying at Lake Maggiore, far North of the country and just five miles from the Swiss border, and I’ll be reviewing this beautiful family villa which boosts lake views, private terraces and stunning contemporary decor.
*does a dance of utter joy*
Am I the jammiest woman in the world right now?
However, after being rushed off to A&E this morning with a serious allergy reaction, I have to say I think I deserve this break.
(Thankfully all is well now, apart from being covered head to toe in a horrific rash, the likes of which I’ve never seen before nor want to again!).
So it’s going to be lovely. Really lovely in fact.
Jo, the lovely owner of Bookings For You, has been seriously helpful and the villa looks wonderful, so I’ve no doubt the gorgeous scenery, fresh air and heaps of Italian pasta plus copious amounts of red wine, will do us all the world of good.
Italy is my favourite country in the WORLD, so I’m more than a little excited and really looking forward to seeing what Lake Maggiore has in store.
As well as getting to grips with our stunning local surroundings, we’re also hoping to spend a day in Milan and pay a visit to Switzerland too.
As we came into land, we flew over the most beautiful beaches and turquoise seas, pretty little villages scattered across the hills, all lit up by the most glorious sunshine.
And so I knew, before my eager feet had even touched the hot tarmac, that I had found a Greek paradise. And, that I was going to love it.
The holiday started on the very best note.
After a short plane delay which left us sat still on the runway at Newcastle Airport, the Captain very kindly invited the children (and parents) to visit the cockpit. Excitement all round as you can imagine.
And after a pleasant flight of about 3 or so hours, we were soon there.
As a little family, we booked our holiday with Thomson as we wanted everything to be easy and thankfully it was. On arrival and after a short coach trip we arrived at our home for the week, the simply stunning Panorama Village in Lassi.
Panorama Village has absolutely glowing reviews on Trip Advisor and totally well deserved they are too.
The complex of self catering apartments is stunning.
Authentic, pretty and offering everything you need for a relaxing summer holiday, including the most amazing sea views.
We were given a lovely ground floor apartment with a terrace and this incredible view, that we enjoyed every single day. Bliss!
The inside of the apartment was exactly as you’d expect from a Greek holiday apartment – pretty basic but more than adequate.
We had a little kitchenette which was brilliant, air conditioning (a must!) and Elsie had plenty of room to let loose!
But it’s the outside that makes this complex so special.
Sea views to die for, the most stunning pool…
And a relaxed poolside bar that serves the most amazing cocktails.
And I’ve seen some truly wonderful places.
But I don’t think a holiday has ever touched me quite so deeply as this one – a short two day stay in a beautiful painted gypsy caravan in The Lakes.
We stayed in the spectacular caravan at The Blue House Bed & Breakfast in Ayside, a beautiful location just ten minutes or so from Lake Windermere.
Just a couple hours drive from where we live in South Yorkshire, on arrival we were greeted warmly by the lovely owner Tina and shown to our small but beautiful lodgings.
And when we entered the caravan? Well, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Elsie quite as excited!
After being a little worried that Elsie might not take to the caravan or that she’d find the space a little restrictive, she surprised us all by absolutely loving it and taking it all in her stride.
Our little free spirit knew we were on a mini adventure and relished every minute.
The caravan itself was, as you’d expect from a traditional gypsy caravan, small but incredibly beautiful.
Hello! I'm Kate - an award winning family & lifestyle blogger, freelance writer & mum.
1st book & 2nd baby both due in 2017. (Yep, I'm a little excited.)
Here I share my tales of how I try to strut my way - but often find myself hobbling (don't we all?!) - through life & parenting.
I do hope you'll enjoy what you read. Thanks so much for popping by. x
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