Casa della Lavanda is a romantic stone house sleeping 5 + 2 (double sofa bed) in the historic and picturesque village of Sommocolonia near Barga. A recent Italian visitor has described it as "un vero paradiso!" - A real paradise.
With magnificent views of Barga and the valley, this holiday home offers relaxation, the countryside, a taste of the Italian way of life and is perfect for a relaxing get away from it all holiday.
It is in the perfect spot for travelling to other Tuscan towns such as Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa and the coastal towns of Torre del Lago, Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi
There is a complimentary hamper of food with wine on arrival to help you settle in and relax so you don't have to do the shopping straight away and our artisan made lavender products are available for you to use.
Upstairs there are two large bedrooms, one a double, the other a triple both with wardrobes and views of Barga and the valley below. There is a bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, basin and wc.
Downstairs off the hall is the sitting room with double sofa bed, chair, and stereo. There is a traditional Tuscan fire place for romantic evenings by the fire.
The kitchen is modern in style with cooker, fridge and cupboards. There is a large round table seating five persons.
The kitchen opens onto the sunny balcony with table and chairs and stunning views of Barga below and the valley. You can while away the afternoons after lunch or dinner, with a glass of wine taking in the ever-changing vistas as the light changes.
Downstairs from the hall is the main cantina (cellar) which is mainly used for storage but where there is a sofa and some children's games. The cantina leads onto a paved patio area which is quiet and shaded. Off the patio, there is another cantina which houses the washing machine.
Down from the patio is a paved garden with a long table seating eight persons.
The garden is under a grape vine covered pergola with a border of fragrant lavender and roses and is perfect for evening dining by the candle light of the hanging lanterns and has, of course, the wonderful views down to Barga.
Casa della Lavanda has been said by locals to have the best views in the village.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Please contact the owner|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The village of Sommocolonia is very old. Indeed it was founded by the Romans and was, for strategic reasons, a very wise choice as the views are just spectacular.
Sommocolonia offers the sort of tranquility and peace that is hard to find these days. You can listen to the birds singing as you relax in the warm sunshine and it's easy to forget the hustle and bustle of every day life.
You can walk the old Roman road down to Barga with its restaurants, shops, banks and other facilities it is just a few minutes drive away down the regular road.
Barga is a medieval Tuscan town situated 35km north of the city of Lucca, the Provincial capital. It was founded by the Lombards, and evolved as a castle enclosed by walls, of which two gates (Porta Reale and Porta Macchiaia) have survived. It has been described as one of the prettiest towns in Italy.
The town was well known during the Middle Ages for the manufacture of silk threads which were exported to major centres such as Florence, its mills hydraulically powered by the nearby rivers.
Today, the old part of Barga (Barga Vecchia) hosts many cultural events and is home to various shops, restaurants and gelaterie.
The Duomo (cathedral) (11th-16th centuries) is on the summit of the hill of Barga Vecchia and has panoramic views of the surrounding area.
In Barga Giardino which is outside the walls of Barga Vecchia, you find banks, shops, the supermarket, bars and the lively centre of the town.
Sommocolonia is very close to the Garfagnana area.
The Garfagnana is an historical region of Italy, which today forms part of the province of Lucca.
It is located between the Apuan Alps, which is famous for the production of marble, and the Apennines.
The Garfagnana is a dramatic and beautiful part of Tuscany with spectacular scenery which is different to the Tuscan region further south which is much flatter.
The native trees of the Garfagnana are mainly deciduous. The most common is the Chestnut which was once an important food source for the local people. In November time, there a many local festivals where you are served up local treats made with chestnuts.
The Garfagnana region is also famous for the production of farro (spelt) a primitive wheat which is low in gluten and is very versatile for both winter and summer dishes and also for porcini mushrooms which are found in the area around June time and then again in September.