Guestbook

If you've stayed with us, you're welcome to write your comments here.

30 comments:

  1. Hi Pietro & Marijke

    Looking forward to staying this summer. Having seen La Serra when it was just a shell you have worked wonders making it such a beautiful home and business. Good luck and see you soon.

    Colin & Jean

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  2. Beste Pietro en Marijke,

    Heel erg bedankt voor jullie gastvrijheid! We hopen jullie snel weer te mogen ontmoeten!

    Andres Dorien & Eline

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  3. Hi Pietro and Marijke,

    We'd like to tell you that we had a wonderful holiday while staying with you a few weeks ago.

    We came for a hiking holiday and thanks to a great breakfast each morning and Pietro's expertise and knowledge of the mountains it was all made possible.
    There were plenty suggestions of what to do and see in the local area which was a nice alternative to hiking.

    Barga is a beautiful place and we look forward to coming back!

    All the best,

    Caroline and Vincent

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  4. INGA AND POUL MAY 2011June 3, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    EXCLUSIVE and modern boarding - each room with its own terrace
    OUTSTANDING views and nature from wherever you are
    EXTREMELY friendly atmosphere
    VARIED and good breakfast
    SHORT walking distance to interesting Barga
    DEFINITELY to be recommended

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  5. Peter and Jane May 2011June 4, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    Dear Marijke and Pietro
    Staying at La Serra di Barga was out-of-this world. It's a magical place and you have created something very special.
    Thank you for everything!
    Jane and Peter

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  6. Dear Pietro and Marijke,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality! You made our trip to Barga unforgettable. The Panoramica room is comfortable and beautiful. The view of the "dead man" (we prefer to think of him as sleeping) is spectacular. Breakfast was fresh, delicious and beautifully served. But the highlight of our stay was meeting you. We left feeling we had made new friends. We look forward to coming again someday.
    All our best,
    John & Maureen

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  7. Dear Marijke and Pietro,

    Thanks for everything, the nice advices, so good and variable breakfast, your patience with the kids. The hous is extremly beatiful and your warm smile makes the journey so agreable. From the instance we left your house, the kids were missing their room!
    We are looking forward to come back soon.

    With our best wishes,
    Maryam, Sepand, Sara and Sina

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  8. Abbiamo trascorso due giorni perfetti: luoghi pieni di fascino (non vedevo più le lucciole da anni!), una camera con una vista spettacolare sulle montagne, la piacevole compagnia di Pietro e Marijke, ottimi padroni di casa.

    A presto.

    Laura e Renato

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  9. Ann and John May 2011June 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Dear Marijke and Pietro,
    We have been telling everyone about your lovely house, our room with the kitchenette where you have thought of everything one might need, the terraces with the glorious views and the delicious breakfasts. We shall be back soon.
    Ann and John

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  10. On a 10 point scale with 10 being “the best” … the best setting, the best view, the best room, the best private terrace, the best kitchen, the best breakfast, the best bed, the best garden, the best wine, the best hike, the best history, the best energy, the best walk, the best downtime, the best olive grove, the best moon glow through our window, the best hosts … la Serra di Barga is an “11.” True magic.

    We planned a special time away but nothing prepared us for la Serra di Barga, Pietro and Marjke, their hospitality and beautiful home. Unforgettable. Paradise. Magnifico ! Do yourself a favor, let your soul nourish itself at la Serra di Barga.

    Rig and Lisa. May 2011

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  11. Hoi Pietro en Marijke, het was weer fantastisch. En wat is het mooi geworden. Haast on-italiaans af. Jullie gastvrijheid was weer helemaal geweldig. De heerlijke jam van Pietro gaat snel op. Die gaat zeker geen weken meer mee. Tot een volgende keer. Groetjes uit Ruurlo. Frank, Anneke, Mathijs en Thomas. PS. Wij mogen geen cijfers geven maar we kunnen ons de hoge waarderingen van de gasten zeer goed voorstellen.

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  12. Hallo, Pietro and Marijke. Once again, thank you so much for a wonderful couple of days in your home. The room was beautiful (so was the view from those huge windows), the breakfasts were great and the hosts were very welcoming and interesting!

    Sadly, the airport officials at Pisa confiscated the plum jam, which was very disappointing. Don't stop the jam-making however, Pietro!

    Many thanks to you both,
    Diana and Graham Pearce

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  13. Dear Pietro and Marijke,
    Imagine our surprise to learn your B&B has only been operating for a short time. You seem like you've been doing this for years! We had an amazing time at your B&B and in Barga. You were both very welcoming upon our arrival - chatting on the patio overlooking the village was just perfect after driving. Your home is beautiful, your garden is inspiring, and our accomodations were wonderful. Those huge windows overlooking the village was something out of a dream. I wish we had stayed longer! The walk to the village was peaceful, Barga was a pleasant time, and in the end we were sad to go. Congratulations on your retirement to Italy, the opening of your beautiful B&B, and we wish you much success in your business. We hope to visit again. Thank you for everything!
    Jason and Jess

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  14. Buongiorno Pietro & Marijke & Fliep !
    Merci pour votre accueil très chaleureux!
    Pietro est le guide idéal car il aime sa région ; Marijke rayonne de calme et de sympathie ; et Fliep est plutôt du genre coquin.
    Encore bravo pour votre B&B ! C'est le meilleur que nous ayions visité à ce jour ! Vous méritez un 10/10 ! Tout y est : confort, vue sublime sur la vielle ville de Barga avec de jolis couchers de soleil, calme, décoration recherchée, terrasse fleurie, parking (gratuit).
    Nous avons passé de très belles vacances chez vous ! Entre découverte et repos, nous avons trouvé un bon équilibre.
    Nous vous souhaitons tout plein de succès pour l'avenir ! Vous pouvez compter sur nous pour faire votre pub ;-) Chose faite déjà d'ailleurs via Facebook.
    Encore merci pour tout !
    Katia & Yvonne
    PS : le pot de confiture est presque vide ;-)

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  15. Pietro + Marijke are running not just a B&B, but a concept that is almost extinct these days. The hospitality is honest, the food is fantastic (breakfast filled our boots until late afternoon), the area was unspoiled, and the experience itself of getting to spend some time and becoming friends with these beautiful people was a great surprise for our 7 week long Italy trip. We cooked every night in their new kitchen set up in one of the studios we rented (for cheap), had wireless internet to plan more of our journey, got all the info we needed and more from our hosts (two very experienced travellers themselves - fluent both in 4 languages), and even managed to get a lift to and from the quaint train station. We relaxed as much as we could, and this B&B was a big help in that department. Thank you both for everything, and we hope your business and life remain genuine. Michael and Marlene Jess.

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  16. Abbiamo passato due notti alla Serra di Barga stupende.
    Ci sono poche parole per definire un luogo cosi meraviglioso e due persone magnifiche come Pietro e Marijke che ci hanno accolto e fatto sentire come a casa.
    La vista di cui abbiamo goduto, la pace e la serenità che ispira Barga e la giovialità dei proprietari ci hanno permesso di trascorrere un week-end che consigliamo a chiunque voglia staccare la spina e prendersi due giorni di puro relax immerso nella campagna maremmana.
    Stefano e Viola

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    1. ciao Stefano, grazie per queste belle parole! ma attenzione, qui la campagna non è maremmana, caso mai garfagnina! pietro

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  17. Dear Pietro and Marijke,
    We had a wonderful stay at La Serra and would like to thank you for your warm welcome and generosity. Our room was lovely and clean and had everything needed for self catering. The views are so beautiful and we enjoyed the local walks. We also loved the town and it's atmosphere, and especially the wonderful cathedral.
    We would recommend La Serra to others without hesitation.
    ps. thanks for the jam; it was delicious.
    All the best.
    Stella and Kevin Mahoney

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  18. When we first arrived at La Serra di Barga, it seemed as though we had stumbled upon a secret part of Italy, beyond the familiar rolling hills and olive orchards of classic Tuscany, high in the mountains, our own hideaway, including a private terrace with a clear view of the medieval tower and the terracotta rooftops of the walled village of Barga. It was an image so alluring that we could not resist snapping photos of it throughout the changing light of the day and evening. Walking the few minutes into town along the path, flickering with fireflies at night, it might sound like a flowery exaggeration, but it was truly magical. The room was much more than a place to sleep, it was a place to live, with a kitchen that served very well Paul's first attempt at Bolognese sauce, (which was delicious, by the way). Don't forget to ask Pietro to share his wisdom on the network of hiking trails that will lead you on a series of adventures in the surrounding hills. We spent two wonderful weeks at La Sera di Barga and we would have been happy to spend many more. Our thanks to Pietro and Marijke for being such charming hosts.

    Paul and Kelly, Toronto, Canada

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    1. Dear Kelly and Paul, we loved having you here, and are now touched by your beautiful words! Pietro

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  19. Dear Pietro and Marijke,
    Thanks for making our vacation in Barga so enjoyable. Your warm welcome and gracious hospitality made for a memorable holiday experience.
    We were very comfortable during our stay in your aptly named Panoramica apartment. Gazing through picture windows, beyond the ancient hilltop town to distant mountains, gave us a feeling of serenity.
    When that same view was enhanced each day by a superb breakfast served on your patio; what more could be asked of a host & hostess?
    But we did ask for more...and received it in abundance. Your guidance on local cultural events and advice on suitable hiking trails around Barga was invaluable. Also, your actions and concern for us, when we were a little late in returning from Monte Ferrato, was much appreciated.
    We hope to return to La Serra di Barga in the near future but meanwhile will be recommending your Bed & Breakfast to all our friends and family.
    Regards, Deirdre & Ron Arnott, Glasgow, Scotland.

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    1. Oh Deirdre and Ron, you've been such wonderful guests! Pietro

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  20. Dear Pietro and Marijke,
    we are already three weeks back home from our vacation in Italy, but we are still reminding our great time in your B&B. We have started with big surprise (do you remember our SMS reservation?), but this did not affect your pleasant hospitality in any way. Your tips for trips in Barga’s surroundings were really helpful and we enjoyed every minute of our stay in Tuscany. Definitely we will recommend your B&B to our friends and maybe one day we will be back as well. Thank you once more!
    Ales & Daniela, Czech Republic

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  21. Bonjour Marijke et Pietro,

    Un petit coucou d'Alsace pour vous dire que nous avons passé un séjour inoubliable à Barga dans votre belle maison.
    Nous avons particulièrement apprécié votre accueil chaleureux.
    Bravo pour cette magnifique chambre d'hôte avec vue exceptionnelle sur le village de Barga... et pour vos bons petits déjeuners !!!
    Nous conseillons vivement votre adresse.
    Claire et Maxime

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  22. Hi from Toronto
    My sisters and I took a cooking class at La Serra with Imogen. We learned so much about making pasta, ravioli, sauces, appetizers and more. We enjoyed eating the meals we prepared in La Serra's beautiful garden, with the best views to Barga. This was an amazing experience that we will never forget, we look forward to trying out the recipes at home and one day maybe we can stay at La Serra.

    Marie, Sylvie and Suzanne

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    1. Thank you Marie for these fine words. I am sure other guests will be inspired to get a cooking course by Imogen!
      Pietro

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  23. chers marijke et pietro,nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans votre B&B laserradibarga, a BARGA,près de LUCCA en Italie Le petit déjeuner succulent et copieux,chambre impeccable, une vue superbe sur le village et les montagnes..et votre accueil,votre gentillesse,votre disponibilité sont extraordinaires....Cest la 4e fois que vous nous recevez et votre qualité d'accueil ne faiblit pas!!!!!!
    sans compter que le rapport qualité-prix est imbattable!!!!
    A l'année prochaine!
    Laurence Navalesi et Hans Jurgen Schoenhage

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  24. Io e Stefano abbiamo soggiornato per tre notti (dal 20 al 24 agosto) con colazione presso il B&B "La serra di Barga", situato a qualche chilometro da Barga, che consiglio caldamente.
    I motivi principali per cui sceglierlo sono:
    la gentilezza dei proprietari Pietro e Marijke, una miniera di informazioni;
    la bellezza della casa e delle sistemazioni (abbiamo dormito nella camera panoramica), la bontà e l'abbondanza della colazione dolce e salata, che si può consumare anche in terrazza;
    il parcheggio per l'auto e la vicinanza a Barga, che si può raggiungere a piedi con una facile e breve (20 minuti con molta calma) camminata che si può fare anche di sera, perchè trovate una pila a led in camera, fornita dai proprietari;
    e soprattutto l'ottimo rapporto qualità/prezzo.
    Ho parlato della nostra esperienza al vostro b&b e della vacanza in Garfagnana sul mio blog.
    Grazie ancora per l'ospitalità, un abbraccio
    Patrizia e Stefano

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  25. Words cannot express the wonderful time we had in your charming bed and breakfast this summer. From the amazing breakfasts to the comfortable and well-appointed apartment, the place was BETTER than the photos (and how many times does that happen?). We did not have the pleasure of meeting Marijke since she was out of town, but Pietro was an amazing host and seemed to really understand how to treat guests, give us space when we needed it, and give us advice on interesting places to visit as needed. Barga is such a charming town set away from the main Tuscany throngs. If you are looking for a truly relaxing and leisurely vacation in a place that is not overly touristy and isn't overrun (yet) by us Americans, this is a great choice.

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