Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa, Nearest railway: Aulla|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|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|
|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.
The Tuscany region
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.
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23 Aug 2013
"Dream Tuscany Vacation"
Casa Michele was perfect in every way. The house and stone patio are what you would see in a movie. The house itself is in a very small adorable hilltop village that is secluded and very quiet. There are however lots of cute larger villages with shops and markets within a 15 minute drive or so. There is so much to do in the area, we had many plans , but beware the patio and views are so relaxing you might end up spending most of your time lounging and dining al fresco on the patio as we did! We used the wood pizza oven almost every day!
We had two couples staying in the house and it was the perfect size, with the pull out couch downstairs I would say a family staying would work out well too. We would definitely go back.
17 Aug 2013
"Beautiful Tuscan Villa"
Our family enjoyed an incredibly relaxing sun-soaked week in this beautiful hill-top town Tuscan villa. Initially taken aback by its remoteness (bring groceries when you arrive Sunday afternoon), we settled in quickly and relaxed completely with the gorgeous mountain views, fabulous patio and the routine of living in a beautifully renovated stone house. Day trips to Fivizanno, Cinque Terre and Equi Terme were all we needed before we rushed home to enjoy the sunsets. We are already dreaming about our next visit to Casa Michele!
9 Jul 2013
"Relaxing amid splendor"
"Charming" is the first word that comes to mind when describing the property. It's a centuries old stone villa, with updated kitchen and 2 baths, on the edge of a centuries old, hilltop, stone village. The view of the Apuan Alps from the terrace is awe inspiring, as are the villages, each with a bell tower, spotted throughout the rolling hills. The only sounds are coo-coo birds and church bells. I've never felt closer to God. If you tire of relaxing it's only a half hour drive to some of the finest beaches on the Italian Riviera, and some of the finest restaurants. The only downside is the villa is located down a rather steep set of steps from the car park. The road to the village is a bit twisty, but there is no traffic so you may drive a slowly as you like.
5 Jun 2013
"Magical Stay in an Italian Village"
This Italian villa far exceeded our expectations. The location, the views, the mountains, the lack of other tourists and the lovely lady who greeted us all helped make our stay at Casa Michele such a… More
12 May 2013
"Can't get enough of it"
When my husband and I first decided to spend some time in Tuscany a couple years ago, we pulled together a quick wishlist of what our place of stay would look like. I wanted vineyard views. He wanted … More
9 Nov 2012
"Fantastic place to stay and discover Italy."
My husband and I stayed at Casa Michele for five days in late October and had the most wonderful experience. It was exactly what we were looking for and was so nice and comfortable - it made our stay … More
30 Oct 2012
"I want to go back"
I wanted to celebrate my 60th birthday in the land of my birth with some close friends and my stay at Casa Michele was truly magical. I loved the house from the moment I arrived; it was cozy, comfortable, had all the amenities and I felt right at home. The views from the terrace were spectacular and the tolling of the bells added a mystical feeling to the experience. There was a sense of serenity at Casa Michele that has stayed with me since I returned home. It is located in a very small village and a car is essential so you can enjoy the surrounding area. Kathy, the owner, provided a list of things to do in the area and every day my friends and I would visit a different town and try a new restaurant. If you crave a visit to a larger town you can take the train to Lucca, Florence, Pisa and others. I also loved the fact that there were few tourists so I felt as if I was a resident rather than a visitor. For me it was the perfect way to celebrate and I am already planning to return to see the places I missed the first time.
11 Oct 2012
Delightful cottage, quiet and away from it all, lovely views and location in N Tuscan mountains. Interesting and windy access roads. Don't follow Tom Tom's recommended road up to the property!
1 Oct 2012
What a fantastic, fantastic escape. The villa is absolutely beautiful, overlooking olive groves and mountain ranges all around. In the day we'd go on countryside walks, and evenings we'd sit… More
So pleased to hear you had such a great experience, we hope we can welcome you back another time to Casa Michele and Luscignano1
14 Sep 2012
Firstly, many thanks for letting us experience Italian village life in such a perfect location!
Property was off the beaten track but was something we were aware of and it suited our needs perfectly. Situated in a charming 'shopless' and 'barless' village it was the perfect getaway from everyday life but within short drives of many interesting places to visit.
The locals were lovely and always pleasant when passing through the 'square'.
Everything was provided in this fully equipped property which was maintained to a high spec and the welcome from Clementina and her husband Nico (keyholders) was delightful.
Shopping facilities were a short drive away as were the local eateries - all info provided in an informative pack which was available in the property.
Plenty of reading material provided for those wanting to spend the day in on the large terrace taking in the wonderful views - magnificent and which changed dramatically through different times of the day. Never boring.
Do take the train to Lucca from Pieve San Lorenzo - much better than the hassle of driving and just over 20 euros return for two people isn't worth taking the car. Also take in the market at Fivizzano and sample a coffee and pastry and Bar Riccti. Also worth a visit for fantastic pizzas at great prices is Il Borghetto in Pieve San Lorenzo - excellent.
The coast is less than an hour away but do try the scenic route via Fosdinovo. Bit of a hairy drive but well worth it for the chance to take in the views.
All in all we had a fantastic two weeks in this idyllic property and we are both of the opinion to return one day and we thank Kathy for the opportunity to visit her little piece of Italy - you are very lucky.
T&T (August/September 2012)
Thank you so much and I hope we will see you back on another holiday to Casa Michele ! Kathy
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