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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3 Jun 2014
Casa Michele is a stone home perched on the side of a mountain. The place itself is comfortable, personal, with the luxurious mixing with the rustic in the most artistic way. The terrace is large, with lovely little areas to sit or to eat, with loads of flowers and trees, and the view can only be described as spectacular. This place is on the outskirts of a small village, very private, and surrounded by countryside and villages that are hundreds of years old, and it is like going back in time. If you like being off the beaten track, you could not find a more charming place. The area is great for walks and there is a tiny train station nearby that can take you to Florence, Lucca, and elsewhere, but why would you want to be anywhere else? This place is a jewel.
8 May 2014
"Charming Italian Villa with Incredible Patio & Views"
We had an incredible week at Casa Michelle! All of the other reviews were accurate and Casa Michelle exceeded our expectations! The day trip to Lerici, traveling by boat to Cinque Terre and hiking o… More
Thank you so much for such a lovely review. I hope you will return to Casa Michele and if so please do remind me as I automatically will offer you a discounted prices for being such a lovely return customer to my little house in the hills! All the very best, Kathy
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.
Thank you so much for such a lovely review of Casa Michele. If you return on another trip please do remind me as I automatically will offer you a discounted price for being such a lovely return customer to my little house in the hills of Tuscany! All the best, Kathy
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!
Thank you so much for such a lovely review! I just wanted to remind you that should you decide to return to Italy and Casa Michele, that I offer an automatic discount to any of my return customers to Luscignano and my little house in the hills, so please do remind me you are a return customer - I do hope we see you back one day! I will also offer the same discount to any friends you refer, as word of mouth has been my best success for happy customers! All the best, Kathy
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.
Thank you so much for your lovely review of Casa Michele and your stay in our little house in the hills of Tuscany. I also wanted to remind you that should you return on another trip to remind me that you have stayed with us before, as we will automatically offer you a discounted price for any further visits to either Tuscany or Nice. Thank you again, all the very best. Kathy
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
Thank you for such a lovely review ! I just wanted to let you know that should you return to either Casa Michele or any of my properties in Nice to remind me that you are a return customer as I automatically will offer you a discount on my published prices for being such a lovely client and making a return visit! Thank you again. All the very best, Kathy
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
Thank you so much for such a lovely review! I just wanted to let you know to please remind me should you return another time to either Tuscany or Nice, as I will automatically give you a discounted rate for being such a wonderful client and for posting such a lovely review, but also as I like to have happy customers and when they are happy as you are - they deserve a reward! Thank you for taking the time to post this review. All the best, Kathy
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
Thank you for your lovely review of Casa Michele. I just wanted to ask you to please remind me should you decide to return on another trip to either Tuscany or Nice, as I automatically give a discounted rate to any of my return clients to either country - thank you again for such a nice review - I love to hear from my clients when they have had such a lovely time! All the best, Kathy
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.
Waiting for your return visit Orietta! Ha Ha - seriously I am only now reading my reviews, I really am AWFUL! Casa mia ed casa tua and I am looking forward to celebrating my 60th birthday this year as you did - I hope mine is as memorable and don't forget, there is always a place at the table for YOU! xxx
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!
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