Lovingly restored stone cottage with original features of high wood beamed ceilings, ceramic floors, and where the caves are still in use today. The home has original Tuscan antiques and furnishings, but all with a modern flair. This is not a traditional holiday home as it was designed for the owner to live in, and is furnished with every attention to detail.
The house is ideally located in a hilltop village offering spectacular scenery, the chesnut hills and valley views and stunning mountain peaks surround you. Peaceful, tranquil, and ideal for kicking back and relaxing.
The home sleeps up to six people, with the additional option of an apartment in the village, that can sleep another three, and this is offered free of charge when booked together with Casa Michele. See Casa della Nonna on this website for photos and a complete description.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marinella, Sarzana|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa, Nearest railway: Aulla|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The property has a fully equipped kitchen, living room with working wood burning fireplace, a divan sofa bed for additional two persons, a large dining room seating six, two full sized bedrooms with panoramic views from each, a huge bathroom offering large bathtub and shower, and a second bathroom with large walk in shower. All the rooms have beautiful views, even the bathrooms, so enjoy a glass of local wine while soaking in the tub and admiring the views!
|Further details outdoors|
The house also offers two panoramic stone flagged outdoor terraces, with a beautiful shaded pergola for dining out in all weathers, protection from the sun and rain, and also has an outdoor barbecue and a genuine wood fired pizza oven for creating your own pizzas or roasting of meats. In addition there is a garden, tended by one of the local villagers, with olive trees and beautiful roses and local plants.
The house is private and has its own locked front gate, and is situated in an excellent sun trap offering sun from early morning till late evening. The home's large thick walls protect it from the heat, and offer excellent cooling during day and evening.
Parking is available behind the house in a small parking lot for Casa Michele and in the village square.
Lunigiana, the land of the moon. Known for its spectacularly clear moonlit and star bright skies, clean mountain air and unbelievable views of the chesnut hills that surround you and the spectacular Apuane mountain ranges, that glisten in the daytime sun, appearing like snow capped mountains, but actually working marble caves where most of the industry of Massa Carrara marble takes place.
Many wonderful restored castles to visit in the area, famous during World War II for helping prisoners of war escape from the area, hiding out in the surrounding woods, helped by the locals, many of which still live in the village. The village has two small churches, both used daily, and has the added benefit of daily deliveries by van of bread, local cheeses, meats, fruits and vegetables and even a weekly van offering furniture for your patio!
The town of Fivizzano is a short fifteen minute drive away and offers everything you need to make your stay an enjoyable one. Supermarkets, locally made breads and desserts, wines, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. There is a large and well appointed hospital, doctors, dentists, pharmacy, and a wonderful open air market every Tuesday morning selling clothing, household goods, foods of the area, shoes, children's toys and clothing. A great atmosphere and wonderful people watching in the two bars in the village square, which house the outdoor market - a must see. A small but lovely spa town Equi Terme offering great cures in their thermal waters, spa treatments, or plain lazing around one of their two large swimming pools is a great day out. There is a book full of information in the property with ideas and suggestions for you for day trips to all the local attractions.
There is also a local ski resort thirty minutes drive above Fivizzano, which makes a lovely day outing in the summer months also, as there is a great park and lake as well as wonderul restaurants offering local delicacies of the area. We are less than an hour from the Italian Riviera and the seaside, and a day's outing to Lerici for its famous seafood and outdoor market on a Saturday morning are definitely a must do! You can take the boat and visit the beautiful Cinque Terre, and can hike between the five villages, hopping on and off the boat as you feel, and taking advantage of the great restaurants each of these wonderful little villages has to offer. Or pack and picnic to go, and enjoy one of the beaches of the Cinque Terre to relax and soak in the atmosphere.
Casa Michele, the property is situated in a medieval hilltop village called Luscignano, a short five minute drive to the closest village offering all the facilities, butcher, baker, groceries, cafe, bar, even two restaurants offering local fare at very affordable prices. There is even a doctor and a dentist, should they be required, as well as a pharmacy, hairdresser and even a local gym!
The area is known for its' natural beauty and unspoilt nature surrounds you. Ideal for walking, hiking, biking or just relaxing and taking in the beautiful views from either one of the two terraces, or relaxing in a hammock swinging gently from the olive trees in the garden taking in the majesty of the Apuane Alps which face the property.