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Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This spacious and airy property has been renovated with a great deal of care, and boasts original chestnut beams, hand made chestnut windows (some of which are traditional tuscan style arched windows) and exposed stonework.
Modern comforts have not been forgotten and there are 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (two of which are en-suite), large kitchen a living/dining area, and a 'quiet room' leading from the dining room.... Each room has a wonderful view, and one can even bathe in the bathroom with a stunning view of the famous Uomo Morto, part of the Apuane mountain range!
The design of the villa makes it ideal for large groups, each requiring some privacy from the other, in terms of bedroom, living and kitchen space, but still wishing to spend time together. It is possible for all to dine together both inside and out.
Outside, there is the beautiful private pool (6M x 12M with internal steps) and the very spacious sunbathing terrace on one side, and grassed area surrounding the rest.
The gardens have a feeling of maturity, with many mature trees, shrubs, flowers and even rockery areas, designed in such a manner so as not to detract from the amazing views of the mountains (including the famous Uomo Morto) beyond.
A peaceful retreat, yet less than 5 minutes into town by car, and within walking distance of a restaurant, situated inside the walls of the local fortress - a real treat!
Enter villa into enormous open plan L shaped kitchen living diner with :
Beamed ceilings throughout
2 balconies leading from living room
Modern kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
Living area with comfy sofas and fireplace
TV, DVD, CD player
Enormous dining table
Dining area leads through to 'quiet room' with further comfortable seating.
Also on this floor is ground floor shower room.
The entire floor is spacious and is filled with light courtesy of the enormous windows/doors, two of which lead to small outdoor terrace.
Broadband Wireless Internet access E35 per week payable on receipt of access code. Guests to bring own computer.
4 large bedrooms, three of which are double rooms, and one of which can be double or twin.
Two of the double rooms have their own en-suite shower rooms, and one is especially romantic, with double doors leading to small balcony, and own original feature fireplace.
There is also a family bathroom, with bathtub on this floor (relax with a glass of wine admiring the mountains!).
The washing machine is situated in the utility room accessed externally.
There are extensive mature gardens, and a pool (6M x 12M, with internal steps), spacious sunbathing area, BBQ, Table Tennis, eating terrace and breathtaking views.
Pool towel can be provided on request.
Please note there is a security deposit of E400 payable on arrival for this property
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Forte dei Marmi 43 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 75 km, Nearest railway: Castelnuovo di Garfagnana 2 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|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Cot and highchair available on request.
Free pool towels can be provided on request.
Wireless Internet access available at extra cost. Guest to bring own computer.
Cook can be arranged on request for evenings when one wishes to dine at home. (notice required)
|Further details outdoors|
Plenty of parking for up to 6 cars.
6m x 12m Private swimming pool. Pool open from mid April to October.
Bedding and towels are included in the cost of any stay, as well as all utilities with the exception of heating which if required is payable locally
We take a 15% deposit with the remainder payable 8 weeks prior to arrival
We accept payment in sterling and euros
E400 security deposit payable on arrival in cash
About this location
The Tuscany region
The Tuscan Region of Italy is well known for its warm balmy summers, beautiful countryside, rolling hills, mouth - watering food, and of course its towns and villages, rich with medieval architecture…
The Garfagnana region of Tuscany, often known as its ‘Green Lung’ is situated away from the milling crowds that can often be found at the most famous Tuscan locations and is totally unspoilt, remaining untouched by tourism.
The scenery is spectacular, green and mountainous with views of both the Apuane and Appenine mountains at every turn…And, due to the altitude whilst the weather can be very hot, it is always pleasantly cool for sleeping…
The food is usually home made, using home grown produce, and is typically simple and extremely tasty. Prices here remain very reasonable due to the fact that food is prepared with the locals, and not tourists in mind…The local wine is cheap and surprisingly drinkable!
The pace of life is slow and peaceful – spend your days enjoying secluded picnics, swimming in rivers, or watching locals play bocce or ‘cheese throwing’. Visit hundreds of ancient hill top villages, or relax at home basking in stunning scenery.
For ‘townie’ days, visit the mediaeval towns of Barga, Lucca, Castelnuovo, with Pisa and Florence within easy reach too…This is Olde Worlde Italy.
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
The farmhouse is situated in the heart of the Garfagnana, with stunning 360 views of the Appenines, Apuane Alps and the famous 'Uomo Morto'. Whilst ideal for a peaceful, rural away from it all holiday, this property offers the convenience of town too, with the famous market town of Castelnuovo less than a 5 minute drive away.
Indeed the beautiful fortress, with commanding views over the valley and the mountains beyond, and noted for its classical music events, is 10 minutes on foot & here one will find a good quality restaurant serving excellent local food.. The town itself has a famous weekly market, bars, restaurants, shops, and train station for easy exploring. Drive times are: Castelnuovo 3 mins or so Mediaeval town of Barga - 15 minutes Lucca - 45 minutes Pisa - 1 hour 15 minutes Florence - 90 minutes National Park of Orrechiella - 30 mins Walking, horseriding, and picnic opportunities straight from the door!
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26 Feb 2014
"Perfect getaway for a large family"
I booked this holiday for all of my girlfriends family. 11 of us went in total. We could not have been happier with the service. The booking process with Tuscan Retreats was transparent and profession… More
12 Aug 2012
"Fantastic place, lovely owners"
We stayed three weeks at Orbaci together with friends and family and had a wonderful time! The place is clean and very well kept. The estate feels spacious and is lovely situated in the Tuscan hillside, very private. The owners are very kind and helpful, and not at all intruding. Nearest village (5 min by car, 10 min walk on a small path) is the charming Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. We had all we needed – and then some. We will look back on this holiday with warmth and thankfulness – and hope to come back one day! We will recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a calm holiday with good food (nice outdoor eating area), swimming in the pool, hikes in the mountains a short drive away, visits to the local market or visits to Tuscan villages and cities.
20 Sep 2011
"A Family Celebration at Orbaci"
Orbaci was the perfect villa for a relaxing celebration for our large family. The villa itself is fitted out to a very high standard and very well equiped. It's situation is beautiful, with stunning views over to the distant mountain range. The swimming pool is idyllic. Alan and Mel, the owners who don't live on site, are very nice. Never obtrusive, but willing to help if required. Mel made a meal (at a reasonable extra cost) for our arrival, which was extremely tasty. All in all, the holiday was worth every penny.
16 Aug 2011
"Fantastic villa in beautiful position"
We had a party of 9 staying 2 weeks in this wonderfully converted and updated villa. It was spacious and very comfortable. Everything you would have wanted was available in the villa. The surroundings are simply stunning. Forested mountain sides, quietness it was a joy getting up every morning. It is locatecd only 5 mins drive from the area's main town so convenient for provisions etc. it is also accessible to the coast (1hr), Lucca (1hr), Pisa (1.5 hrs) and Florence (2hrs) so good days out are also practical as well. The owners Mel and Alan and very knowledgeable and given provided presents of home grown vegetables and honey! Thoroughly enjoyable stay.
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