Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 9
AN OPPORTUNITY TO RENT THIS BRAND NEW AND RECENTLY REFURBISHED VILLA AVAILABLE TO RENT FOR THE FIRST TIME. SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN VIEWS - SHARED POOL AT ADJACENT HOTEL WITH RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA.
Originally a Landowner's Villa dating back to 1880, Antico Casale has been carefully renovated keeping some of its original features.
The Villa is situated in a quiet and rural area on the edge of the pretty and ancient village of Castiglione di Garfagnana and has been extensively and completely renovated. The pretty garden is edged with mature olive trees and the gravel driveway leads to the front of the Villa with ample parking.
Although the construction of the swimming pool is yet to be completed, arrangements have been made with the adjacent Albergo Castello for guests of the Villa to use their pool. The Hotel also has a large Restaurant and Pizzeria which is open daily for lunch and dinner.
The main entrance of the house leads into a spacious hallway with a Fitness Room and Cellar on the ground floor. A sandstone staircase with wrought iron balustrades leads to the first and second floors.
On the first floor there is a new fully fitted kitchen with oven, gas hob, dishwasher, double sink & drainer, microwave, toaster and kettle. There are spectacular mountain views from the window. Large table and chairs for up to 10 guests.
Double doors lead from the kitchen to a raised terrace with an outdoor dining table and 12 chairs, sun umbrellas and BBQ for alfresco dining. From here steps lead down to the garden.
Also on the first floor is a spacious WC. L-shaped lounge area large double sofa-bed, three windows, two with stunning mountain views, an open log fire and Satellite TV and DVD Player.
An Archway leads to the stairs to the second floor which has 3 Bedrooms (2 Doubles and a Twin).
The Master Bedroom is very large, light, open and airy with 3 windows all with mountain views. A single bed can also be made available for a child and/or a cot for a small baby. The en-suite bathroom has a bath with shower attachment, sink and basin.
The second double bedroom is smaller with a window to the side. Bedside lamp and table and new chestnut wood wardrobe with large hanging space and two drawers.
The twin bedroom has two windows both with mountain views, bedside lamp and table and new chestnut wood wardrobe with large hanging space and two drawers.
There is also a separate shower room with WC and sink and a 'lavanderia' on this floor housing the washing machine, sink, iron, ironing board, clothes airer and various cleaning products.
The Tuscan Climate:
In general the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little variation between the different provinces. However the coast and valleys are 3 or 4 degrees hotter in summer than the hilly areas. Usually summers in Tuscany are hot with little or no rain. April and May are milder and rainier but there are still plenty of dry, sunny days. July and August are the hottest months. September and October are usually warm during the day but cooler in the evenings.
Spring can be one of the most rewarding times to visit, average temperatures are warm and comfortable. It can however be one of the wettest seasons but normally by May rain is rare and the days are longer with up to 10 hours of daylight.
Summer in Tuscany is usually hot and sunny with pleasant evenings for 'al fresco' dining. Humidity levels can get high, especially in the cities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Forte dei Marmi 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 60 km, Nearest railway: Castelnuovo di Garfagnana 5 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|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Although Casa Vacanze Antico Casale is in a quiet and rural position enjoying views of breathtaking scenery, the centre of the nearby village of Castiglione di Garfagnana is only a 5 minute walk away where you can sit and watch the world go by at one of the three bars - ideal for enjoying a cappuccino and getting to know the friendly local people. There are also several family run restaurants with outside dining to enjoy on warm summer evenings.
The busy town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is only a 15 minute drive away and has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to experience, whether it's a morning coffee, a light lunch, an aperitivo or an evening meal.
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is a typical bustling Italian town that is important for local farming and agriculture and famous for local produce including pecorino cheese, farro (barley), porcini mushrooms and polenta (ground maize) and is located at a height of approx. 300m above sea level.
The town is well served by supermarkets, small specialty food shops, restaurants and bars. There is a busy market on Thursday mornings 8am – 1pm which sells clothes, flowers, pottery, hardware, carpets, shoes, leather goods and gifts and also has a separate fruit and vegetable section. It's best to go early for the atmosphere.
The local clothes and shoe shops can also offer some great bargains. Shops close generally between 1 pm and 4 pm and are open until around 7pm.
Castiglione di Garfagnana
Trains from Castelnuovo station go regularly to Lucca where there are connections to Florence, Pisa and onwards. There is also a bus station in the centre of town which connects to most of the villages and towns in the area.
Throughout the summer months there are daily 'festas' held in the many small villages in the area with speciality food and drink e.g. Traditional Tuscan specialities ranging from trout, steak, pasta, cheese, funghi (mushrooms) and a German Beer Festival all with dancing to music. Here and at many other festas you can eat and drink to your heart's content for a minimal amount. A truly memorable way to experience the real heart of Tuscany and its friendly people and cultures.
Tennis courts in nearby Villa collemandina, a 9-hole golf course (10 minute drive in Bosco), pony trekking and daily hiking excursions can be organised locally to explore the many surrounding mountain villages against a backdrop of stunning scenery.
The small ski resort of San Pellegrino and the Parco del Orecciella Nature Reserve with its Visitor Centre, Bar & Restaurant, Bear Enclosure, Botanic Garden and Hiking Trails are only a 30 minute drive away with the coast and upmarket beach resort of Forte dei Marmi just 30 km away.
The old walled city of Lucca, Pisa and Florence and are easily accessible by car or train.
Further details and more information regarding daily excursions can be found in the property's House Book.
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