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Guest house | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
"Dolcevento" is a converted Tuscan stone building restored to a high standard by the owner to reflect the traditional local architecture. This is complemented by antique furniture to maintain the atmosphere of an old building, equipped however with modern installations. These include underfloor heating, a modern en suite bathroom for every bedroom, wi-fi connectivity, bug screens on the windows and doors (although these are hardly necessary in this area), instant hot water at the taps etc.
The building is located in its own landscaped terrain of 3.5 acres; the garden includes a very private swimming pool (approx 15 x 5 m, 2.4 m deep) with a rose garden, fountain, woodland, orchard, olive grove, and much more besides. There is a large car park but the access to the house is via a cul-de-sac lane which means no traffic noise and great privacy.
If you want to laze in the sun all day, the pool area will provide everything you need with wonderful views and the possibility of ordering lunch by the pool. Any other meals may be ordered and breakfast is included in the price.
This place is ideal for a group of up to 6 with one of the bedrooms able to be made up with twin beds. However, any number from one to six people can book and will enjoy the facilities of a traditional self-catering holiday without the need to pay for the whole house.
Guests should note that there are three domestic cats on the property.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 50 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 50 km, Nearest railway: Borgo a Mozzano 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Borgo a Mozzano is a delightful little mediaeval town half an hour north of the provincial capital of Lucca. It is small enough not to have a parking problem and large enough to have all the facilities of a normal town including three banks, a supermarket with delicatessen, four restaurants, a post office, railway station, police station, tourist office, public tennis court and swimming pool, all the normal shops and a lot of public activities such as, in the spring an azalea festival, in the summer open air opera and a July beer festival, while in the autumn there is a Halloween festival (one of the largest in Europe).
During the months of June, July and August the weather is normally consistently hot with temperatures frequently going above 30°C. April and May are undoubtedly the most beautiful months with mild to warm temperatures and an abundance of spring flowers, acacia blossom and the scent of lime flowers. September can suit those who prefer slightly cooler summer temperatures before autumn sets in.
Skiers can come here during the winter months and go up to the ski resort at Abetone, about 50 minutes away. This is a very attractive place with many very varied and scenic runs, several through the woods. All ski equipment can be rented locally. Best time for this is February.
Borgo a Mozzano
The province of Lucca is the northern part of Tuscany, unlike all the stereotyped images of Tuscany's fields of sunflowers covering gentle slopes. This is fairly mountainous country and, for that reason, far less spoilt by overpopulation, industry, multi-lane highways and the like. There are dozens of fascinating mediaeval villages perched up high in the hills above the valleys and Dolcevento is located below just such a one. Rocca was a mediaeval fortress and the village has no building which can be less than 200 years old.
Despite the magnificent position, privacy and peace which this affords the visitor, tourists who want to visit the famous cities of Florence, Pisa, Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, or the intriguing group of coastal villages called the Cinque Terre just north of La Spezia, can easily do so in a day trip. Your host can provide you with detailed tourist information, advice and maps and you can, if you wish, order dinner to be ready for you on your return.
And, of course, the city of Lucca which can be reached in half an hour, will be an unforgettable experience. This is a city whose walls, built between about 1550 and 1650 were never attacked and consequently are pristine and now a national monument. You can walk or cycle round the top of the walls in an hour, shaded by an avenue of trees, looking down on the city inside. You can walk across the city in 15 minutes but will find that you can cheerfully spend a day wandering the streets since there is so much to distract, entice and seduce you inside the walls.
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13 Oct 2013
"relaxing and lovely"
Dolcevento was a relaxing and lovely B&B in Tuscany! I found Dolcevento as was looking to stay in the area for a wedding. I arrived from Milan via train and after spending time traveling and being i… More
19 Jun 2013
"perfect and peaceful"
My fiancée and i stayed in this wonderful little B n B nestled high up in the hills above Borgo a Mozzano last week while on a scouting mission for a venue for our wedding. When we arrived we found i… More
12 Jun 2013
We found Dolcevento whilst looking for accommodation for 6 in the area so we could attend a wedding at Villa Catureglio which is near the village of Borgo a Mozzano. I am sure the Brides plan was for … More
TripAdvisor reviews are very valuable in highlighting problems which guests don't mention at the time but write about later! This review and the next one have drawn my attention to the inadequate mattress on the divan bed which no-one had ever mentioned before. As the reviewer said, I managed to provide an alternative mattress the following day and have now purchased a new one which will, I hope, prove comfortable. It is perfectly true that the bedroom in question is normally a living room and the bed is a divan bed as is mentioned on the website. There are some things which can't be changed (such as this year's awful weather) but I hope that sleep quality will not be an issue in future.
10 Jun 2013
"Charming B&B with extras"
We primarily booked Dolcevento as we were looking for a property to accommodate a family of 4 & another couple for 2 nights in this area. I have to admit that our first impression on being shown our r… More
Please see my response to the review posted on 12 June entitled "Charming B&B".
23 May 2013
"Views to die for"
We had a wonderful couple of weeks stay at "Dolcevento" with Diccon. The location is superb for a relaxing holiday where you can soak up the tranquillity and just chill. When we decided to a… More
21 May 2013
"A really good experience"
Dolcevento has been well described in other reviews. It is a lovely place to stay if you like peaceful and off the beaten track (which we do), and you like cats (which we do). We stayed in April 2013 … More
22 Oct 2012
"Dolcevento ... warm aanbevolen! (door Kristiaan Van Ingelgem, Belgium)"
Mijn verblijf in Dolcevento samen met mijn vrouw en een bevriend koppel was heel ontspannend.De natuur is er zeer mooi en het zicht op de uitlopers van de Apennijnen geeft een speciale sfeer.Tijdens o… More
2 Oct 2012
"Che Bella Casa"
You do need a good set of directions, and a GPS sure helps. We had both, thanks to the owner, Diccon, and our Citroen C3. This beautiful and lovingly restored house is up in the hills behind the small… More
26 Sep 2012
"A corner of paradise"
This beautiful property is nestled up in the mountains north of the medieval town of Lucca just below the small village of Rocca. Our British host, Diccon, has transformed this nineteenth century fa… More
26 Sep 2012
"An exceptional house...and a personal chef!"
When I first read about Dolcevento, I thought `this looks too good to be true'...so my expectations were high. I'm delighted to say they were all exceeded. The house is spacious, well furnis… More
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