A nice blend of old and new - the owners have worked really hard to develop a dilapidated property, with some features dating from the medieval period, and give it a super-cool ambience. The main photo conveys the sense of space and light they have achieved, with trendy Warhol prints set against white walls contrasted with original wooden beams and a dramatic picture window that emphasizes the height of the split-level space. The walls are also punctuated with numerous small watercolours, most of which have "for sale" price labels attached. The view of buildings opposite is softened by several well-established trees surrounding an outdoor eating area that belongs to the restaurant below the apartment. We dined there twice and would recommend its authentic cuisine and quality of service. Paola was an excellent host, welcoming us on the first day and loaning us a mobile phone so that we could call her in case of difficulty. Her tips on what to do and where to visit were most helpful and we successfully followed many of her suggestions. The negatives were minor but we probably should mention them. 1 There is not much headroom above the bed upstairs and you can easily bang your head on the beams if you are not careful. For us it wasn`t a problem as we decided to sleep on the sofa bed downstairs after the first time I hit my head; however it might be a problem for a larger group for whom sleeping above and below stairs is unavoidable. 2. There is a bottle bank in the street just beneath the apartment. Again, not a problem for us as we are early risers, but those who like a lie-in might need ear plugs. 3. The TV has no English language channels and volume control for playing DVDs was inoperative. On reflection, though, it was a blessing to be free of UK/US newscasts for a week - we got the bare bones of what we needed to know through our mobile phone.
In summary, a great location and, quibbles aside, a living space we would gladly recommend to others.