Essential AGM 2009


Ian writes: for our annual AGM, Helen, Sarah and I decided to head for the hills above the Tuscan coastline. We have several houses in the tiny hamlet of Metato (Cascatella, Nicolo, Federico, La Pergola, Martina) and having stayed there for three nights I can confidently say that the location is in my top ten favourites in all of Italy. The owner, Stefano, is an architect and has designed some really stylish and comfortable holiday houses and apartments.*

The views from the terraces are all amazing – Nicolo especially. Our days were mostly filled with talk of business, but we managed to squeeze in a couple of trips; Helen’s handbag hunt will one day have a blog all to itself. The evenings were ‘home cooked treats’ with wine and open fires.†


Metato is also a great place for a romantic getaway. Friends of mine stayed in Cascatella last year, and after 30 years of marriage said they felt like honeymooners – the evening lights twinkling below them and the waterfall pool to cool off in…

*A big thank you to Stefano for his hospitality. Anyone interested in visiting Berlin let us know as Stefano also has an apartment in the centre of the town; the pictures he showed looked pretty impressive.

†For opera lovers these houses would be the ideal location when visiting the world famous Puccini Festival.