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Pool with view

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

All this peace and tranquility, with a true rural location, yet less than a 5 minute drive from the Mediaeval town of Barga, with its windy hilly cobbled streets, wonderful architecture, and its restaurants, bars and outside entertainment in the summer.

Within walking distance is the small village of Albiano with a good restaurant - itself with marvellous views, and local shop.

With 4 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms, the property itself consists of a Main Farmhouse and Barn, both of which have been restored to an extremely high standard, using original materials wherever possible. Only let together providing privacy, and an ideal choice for an extended family, giving each family their own space, and kitchen/dining facilities, yet plenty of room to all be together.

There are terracotta floors, chestnut beamed ceilings, fireplace, traditional quality furniture and fabrics, all perfectly blended with the comforts required for a modern holiday.

There are 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, in the main house, with 1 bedroom and one bathroom with jacuzzi in the romantic, individually equipped barn.

There is an eating out area leading from the dining room of the main house, and there is the bamboo covered private terrace and further eating area at the barn.

The pool is new, has steps for relaxing/paddling, and again boasts stunning views - the perfect place to relax.

This property is finished to a wonderful standard and is a real treat.

If required the owners can arrange helicopter tours of the area, or a helicopter transfer from Pisa airport for those special occasions; there is horse riding nearby; we can arrange for daily cleaning; meals can be cooked in the function room or gardens of the estate (do ask for menus and photos of stunning location!)........All these extras are available at an additional cost.

Ideal for a honeymoon, or for a larger group sharing a special occasion...........

This is a wonderful property!

The main house consists of:

Traditional kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, eating area

Living/dining room with , Sat TV , stereo, opening to outside eating area.

Also on the ground floor is a double bedroom and twin bedroom and a bathroom.

Upstairs:

There is a double bedroom with en suite, and also a second living room upstairs with a single sofa bed.

In the 'cellar' area there is a second kitchen with oven, hob, fridge and dishwasher leading directly to eating area.

The barn/Capanna:

Large open plan living/dining/kitchen area with fireplace. Kitchen is equipped with dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave.

Sofa bed.

There is a TV and CD player in living area.

Upstairs is a romantic mezzanine style bedroom with en-suite bathroom boasting jacuzzi. The bedroom leads to a wonderful covered resting/reading area.

Outside:

Eating area, extensive grounds, BBQ

The pool is 10 x 5 M with stunning views

WIFI internet available €20 p/w.

Pool towels provided

Size Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Viareggio 70 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa 75 km, Nearest railway: Castelvecchio Pascoli 3 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ

About this location

The Tuscany region

The Garfagnana

is an area exceptionally rich in nature, and is one of Tuscany's best kept secrets! When the rest of Tuscany is busy with people and traffic, the unspoilt Garfagnana is having another quiet and peaceful day. Thanks to its location in the green lush Serchio River valley north of Lucca and Pisa, surrounded by two mountain ranges, the area remains largely unaffected by tourism. The Apennines and the marble mountains of the Apuane dominate the area, and provide spectacular views. You cannot see or hear the noise of the cities, but you are still close enough to experience them.

Nature is at its best here - canyons carved out of rock, mountain pastures, basins extracted from ancient glaciers, rock arches silhouetted against the mountains and lakes derived from the construction of dams. There are pastures and chestnut groves developed from old forests, fruit of the thousands of settlements that have taken place over time. It is a vibrant area where the culture and natural character have been preserved thanks to the existence of parks and nature reserves.

From the northern end of the Garfagnana, the river Serchio winds roughly parallel with the coast for about 30 miles down to Lucca. There is some industry on the flatter valley bottom but the sides generally run up quite swiftly into a patchwork of woods and farms, and green countryside.

The skies feel spacious, because the summits of the mountains lie well back providing stunning vistas, and giving room for spectacular sunsets!

The largest towns in the region are Barga and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, but the area is a scattering of small communities, and hilltop villages whose orchards, vineyards and grazing lands are separated by oak and chestnut forest.

For the tourist there is an abundance of landscapes, picturesque villages, churches and castles, good traditional local fresh food and wine, and a wealth of time to relax in peace in the atmosphere of yesteryear.

Come from Mid May to Mid June and enjoy the fireflies twinkling around the countryside with their 'fairy' lights – a real sight to see! Or in August when one can relax outside in the evenings and see shooting starts whizzing past…Such experiences are just magical…

What to do in the Garfagnana

When people think of Tuscany, they think of rolling hills, villas and cypress trees. In Garfagnana there are mountains and alpine scenery.

Country Activities

The area is great for walking the many great marked trails, trekking, horse-riding and biking through the amazing and lush tranquil valley, and kayaking on mountain lakes. There is fishing both in the rivers (famous for their trout) and lakes too. Not forgetting the many medieval villages and old fortresses worth exploring, pretty local towns, busy little markets, and plenty of opportunity for sunbathing and picnics, there's something for everyone.

Days out

If you are looking for a cultural day out, or just fancy meandering through pretty towns and feasting on pastries and ice cream, there are many local sights of interest that can be visited:

Barga

With its cobbled lanes and impressive duomo with panoramic view, Barga is a naturally beautiful and quaint town, untouched by mass tourism. It's is a gem: ancient, immaculate and prosperous. In an incredible location, it has retained its medieval foundations, narrow streets, tiny squares and steep stairwells. There are many good restaurants, bars, gelaterias and patisseries too for when exploring is just too much!

Of an evening, especially in July, the town comes alive with live free music in its many Squares, markets under the stars, and traditional festas.

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

This splendid medieval county town provides excellent facilities. The region's 'capital', is guarded by its Rocca, a castle decorated in the best 14th century manner. This is also reflected in its piazzas and pavement cafés. It has plenty of bars and restaurants, a good selection of shops and a lively market on Thursday mornings.

Lucca

Lucca is a wonderful small city protected by massively thick 16th-century walls, which are still intact, and around which one can stroll or cycle. The historic centre within the walls features some of Italy's finest medieval and Renaissance architecture, superb dining, antique markets, designer shopping, and classical and rock music festivals. Easy to access from Lucca are the stunning nearby Lucchese Villas in the surrounding hills and the Wine Trail or 'Strada del Vino'.

Pisa

Pisa is known throughout the world for its famous Leaning Tower, but there is so much more to Pisa than this striking landmark. This ecclesiastical city began life as a seaside settlement around 3,000 years ago and was first laid out in the mid-eleventh century. Pisa is crammed full of wonderful, historical monuments and buildings dating back many hundreds of years and much of the city has retained its medieval appearance. Pisa is also known for its excellent university, which gives the city a young vibrant feel. Plenty of cafes to stop and watch the world go by.

Florence

The capital of the region of Tuscany is a beautiful and busy city. It attracts millions of tourists each year and is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its artistic, historic and cultural heritage and impact in the world remains vast up to this day. The Ufizzi Gallery and the Academia are a must to see especially Michelangelo's “David”. Stroll the Ponte Vecchio and Boboli Gardens and experience the amazing views from Piazzale Michaelangelo. After the Duomo and Santa Croce, wander the markets for a bargain.

The Seaside

The coastal area of Tuscany is an entirely different site to discover. The waters are clean and a perfect temperature for swimming; the beaches are spotless and well kept - an ideal seaside retreat. The sandy beaches of Pisa, Viareggio and the famous Forte dei Marmi are spacious and ideal for children, and up at Marinella there is a large protected bay with shallow waters. The beautiful coastal towns of the Cinque Terre are also worth a visit.

The Wind Caves

Situated in the centre of the Apuan Alps' Natural Park, this is one of the most complete European caves. Follow illuminated and easy-going trails and admire the many wonders of the underground world. Shining stalactites and stalagmites, to crystal brimmed lakes are just some of the amazing things you will see.

Yearly Events in the Garfagnana.

Each year the main time for festivals is really the holiday period of June, July and August. This is when most small villages in the valley start to have their local fairs and festivals. Celebrations with local foods and traditions, have for example themes of trout, polenta, mushroom, maccheroni, steak and cheese rolling to name a few! There are music festivals also is the summer months which range from Opera to Rock and local folk music. Information can be found at the local Tourist Information Offices.

Barga

Situated in 16 hectares of land, with wonderful views at every turn, this property is a perfect rural retreat, yet it is less than a 10 minute drive from the Mediaeval town of Barga, with its hilly windy cobbled streets, duomos, 10th Century cathedral and ancient architecture. Barga is also renowned in the area for its good quality, but reasonably priced restaurants. There are often outdoor concerts/plays performed many times free of charge, usually based on the classics/jazz, and during the festas the town often puts on wonderful firework displays.

There is also a station for stress free exploring.

Closer to home, and within easy walking distance is the village of Albiano with its good restaurant, and local shop.

Barga itself is circa 1 hour from Pisa, 1 hr 30 mins from Florence; 45 minutes from the walled mediaeval city of Lucca and close to the National Parks of the Apuane Alps. Hilltop villages abound, and exploring can be either townie or totally rural - the choice is yours.

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