Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Pineta is an old Tuscan farmhouse with beamed ceilings and tiled floors which has been converted for modern living. There are three bedrooms, the double bedroom has an en suite bathroom, one twin room and a second twin/double room as required. There is a separate shower room with lavatory and washhand basin all at first floor level. The ground floor comprises a fully furnished dining room with wood burning stove, a fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher and fridge/freezer, separate laundry with washing machine, lavatory and wash hand basin and a sitting room with wood burning stove, satellite tv and dvd player. There is an ipod dock with the cd/radio. The air conditioning is via mobile fans, however being in the hills the property is generally not too warm in the evenings. The property is perfect for those wishing to prepare their own meals or alternatively there are numerous good local restaurants in the vicinity.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 70 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 60 km, Nearest railway: Ghivizzano 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The property is fully equipped with all necessary facilities for a self-catering holiday. It has been attractively furnished and provides a comfortable home away from home in a wonderful setting in the countryside but not far from Lucca, Bagni di Lucca and Barga. All of these towns are interesting to visit. There are sports facilities available in Bagni di Lucca to include tennis courts and a public swimming pool. It is also a well known spa town for those looking for some extra luxury on their holiday with the usual spa treatments and massages available. There are walking maps in the property and there are numerous well-marked walking routes in the area which are shown on the maps. Further maps and the english-speaking 'Grapevine' magazine detailing local events can be purchased in newsagents (In Ponte all'ania in particular which is nearby). The area is popular with cyclists and road bikes or mountain bikes can be hired in Lucca at Chrono bikes. The property is approximately 1 hours drive from Abetone for skiing enthusiasts. This is a good local ski resort with plenty of skiing for a couple of days at least.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a fully maintained terraced garden with olive grove. The garden is well laid out with mature trees and bushes and planters in the summer months. There is a 15 m pool which is fully maintained and surrounded by a separate table, chairs and umbrellas for outside dining. The property has an unrestricted view down the valley towards Lucca.
A deposit of £200 is payable at the time of booking to cover cancellation, damage, breakages and telephone usage. The deposit will be returned in full provided that the letting proceeds and there are no deductions applicable for any damage etc.
The full rent is payable 2 months before commencement of any letting.
The Tuscany region
This area is known as the Garfagnana region. It is rural and hilly with some spectacular scenery. It is ideal for walkers, or cyclists who like a challenge. Otherwise it is a great place for relaxing and visiting towns of interest such as Bagni di Lucca which has sports facilities and a spa and a long history of association with English literary artists. Barga is an attractive and historic town which has an annual jazz festival in late summer. Lucca is an historic walled city and has many good shops and restaurants. Access to Florence and the rest of Italy is easy by car or train from the local station in Ghivizzano. There are many interesting places to visit in the area and there are plenty of good supermarkets, local shops and restaurants. The weather should be good from spring through to the end of October, when the much cooler autumn weather begins. There is skiing at the resort of Abetone approximately one hour's drive from the villa.
Places to visit include the Grotto del Vento - an interesting underground labyrinth of caves with stalactites and stalagmites. There is a local monastery on the road to the Grotto where there is a restaurant with stunning views. Barga is well equipped for tourists with art galleries, shops and restaurants. There are also many interesting hill villages and towns in the area. Alternatively spend a day at the coast at Viarreggio or the more upmarket resort of Forte dei Marmi.
The Orechiella national park north of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is home to local wildlife and has some fantastic mountain scenery. There are other recreational activities here associated with a park region, eg walking, mountain biking, boating.
Alternatively for bike hire try www.chronobikes.com in Lucca which has a good range of mountain and road bikes. In Bagni di Lucca try quad biking, 4x4, paintball or rafting with www.luccaquad.com. There are other sports facilities in Bagni including a swimming pool and tennis courts.
For those requiring a more relaxing pastime the spa in Bagni di Lucca has all the usual spa treatments.
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28 Aug 2013
Fantastic views, very private, quiet location and a great swimming pool.
This villa is well worth the hill for the scenic views and a great base to explore further afield by car (Florence for example). We stayed here as a base for cycling but would be very comfortable for a family holiday .
23 Aug 2013
"Fantastic Villa, great location, facilities and well maintained"
We had a great holiday at Villa Pineta. The Villa itself, the location, the pool and the facilities all exceeded our expectations. We went as a family of 5 with 3 teenage kids and all had a really wonderful time. We have rented properties in Italy and Spain over the past 6 years or so, and can honestly say that Villa Pineta is one of the best we have rented.
The Villa is set in a very peaceful and relaxing location with very well kept and spacious gardens that provide an area for relaxing, or for the kids to be more energetic. It has a large, clean and well maintained pool, which was a must for our family. It is well proportioned with good sized rooms and very well equipped with more than enough crockery, cutlery and kitchen equipment for a family of 5 or more. It is within easy reach of many interesting hill top medieval villages which we enjoyed exploring, with enough restaurants close by for the nights we ate out.
The communication and information provided by the owner, Dawn, was very professional and helpful, with excellent directions and information pack sent prior to arrival. The local contact person, Barbara, was also very helpful in providing some local knowledge and tips for days out etc.....
Overall I would not hesitate in recommending Villa Pineta to anyone who is looking for a relaxing, peaceful holiday in Tuscany, with the opportunity to visit some wonderful local villages or the main cities of the region such as Pisa and Florence.
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