Holiday home near Lucca
About the home
This charming apartment laid out over 2 floors is located in an ancient stone building erected over 250 years ago as part of medieval farming comunity. The apartment has truly fantastic views from all the rooms and the outside terrace, overlooking wooded hillsides dotted with pretty villages and churches to the mountains beyond. The terrace has plenty of room for dining outside in the warmer months. Castello is only 20 minutes from Lucca and 40 minutes from Pisa airport . A peaceful romantic setting for couples or families who would like to experience true Tuscan living.
Conveniently situated2km from the nearest village shops selling excellent local produce( including home made fresh pasta), 2 bars and a restaurant.
My apartment is authentically restored but also modrnised to provide a welcoming holiday home. It retains original features like terracotta floors.The house is well equipped, with plently of books and games. It is furnished in traditional style with two spacious bedrooms-1 double and 1 twin, bathroom with bath and shower attachment and constant hot water supply, large country eat-in kitchen, large sitting room with wood burning stove. there are also radiators in all the rooms.
Outside space includes a sun terrace and a shaded terrace with dining and barbecue facilities where you can enjoy to the full the spectacular Tuscan countryside and unbeatable views which help make Castello so special.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, 30km|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 5, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
You enter the house via the original exterior stone staircase which leads up to the terrace with barbecue and big marble topped table with chairs and the main entrance of the apartment.
From the terrace, double glass doors open into the spacious living room furnished with local traditional furniture and which has a wood burning stove.
An archway from the sitting room leads into the large fully equipped kitchen/dining room. From the living room a staircase leads up to two large bedrooms, one double and one twin and the bathroom.
The bathroom has wash basin, WC, bidet and bath with shower attachment., the washing machine is located in the bathroom.
Both bedrooms are traditionally furnished and each has a large wardrobe, a chest of drawers, bedside tables with bedside lights as well as a central ceiling light.
There is a folding bed for a fith guest with space for use in either bedroom
All the beds have mosquito nets.
Iron, ironing board and hairdryer are supplied
There is a travel cot and a high chair in the house.
Bed linen and bathtowels are available to hire on a weekly basis and are changed on a Saturday
Further details outdoors:
Castello 6 is in a little hamlet . It has two terraces, one with outdoor furniture. it doesn't have a private garden but because of it's rural location you are free to walk where ever you wish in olive groves, vineyard and countryside surrounding the hamlet.
There are old mule paths crisscrossing the countryside. One takes you down on foot to the village of Valdottavo(about 15 mins) and another takes you up through the woods and leads to a simple country restaurant, open for Easter and then from June onwards. The walk is about 30 mins an is a great excursion for Sunday lunch!
Prices quoted are for four persons; the charge for a fifth guest is £70 per week. There is no charge for one child under the age of three years with four visitors. A cot and high chair are available at £20 a week inclusive.
Prices include electricity and gas; (excluding heating) and hot and cold water. Full central heating is available and wood for the wood burning stove. Payment should be made at Castello.
Bed linen and bath towels are available to hire. Bath towels should not be taken out of the house. The linen will be placed in the house for your arrival.
Payment. 30% (In sterling or Euros) of the total rental on registration, the balance 8 weeks before your visit. If the booking is made within 8 weeks then the whole payment is due on registration.
Personal Insurance & Cancellation Cover. In the very unlikely event that my houses become unavailable, I reserve the right to cancel a booking. I strongly recommend that you take out personal insurance at the time of booking to include cancellation cover. If you have to cancel your visit, should you do this more than 8 weeks before your holiday is due to begin, I will try to re-let and deduct any cost from your deposit. If I am unable to re-let then I will retain the deposit. If you cancel less than 8 weeks before, I will retain the deposit and you will also be liable for the remaining balance unless I have been able to re-let.
Conditions. Damage to the property or breakage should be reported and paid for before you leave Castello and if any problem arises in the house while you are there please talk to me about it. The house must be vacated by 10.00 am to allow preparation for the next visitors. Please do not arrive before 3.00pm. The house will be open and the keys in the door. Please leave the house in a clean and orderly state when you leave. There is parking space for one car very close to each property; cars are parked at owner’s risk.
The English owner lives in Lucca so is on hand if any help is required
The Tuscany / Lucca Province region
The whole area around Lucca is rich in historic and cultural interest. Castello lies approximately 15 kms. north of the ancient walled city of Lucca.
The list below is a selection of a few of the numerous attractions of this beautiful area of italy
Bagni di Lucca - 14 kms from Castello with it's fabulous open air spa water swimming pool which is open to the public every year from June onwards and well worth a visit for cooling off on hot sunny days. The town also has a great spa centre offering a range of treatments all year round.
The historic walled city of Barga - 24 kms from Castello. Well worth a visit to the 11th century Cathedral which dominates the town and which has amazing views over the Apuan Alps.
The town organises Jazz and Opera festivals during the summer months and also has a thriving Italo-Scottish comunity. They even have a 'Fish and Chip' festival from 25th July to the 17th August every year.
Castelnuovo in Garfagnana - 33 kms from Castello is the town known as the 'Gateway of the Garfagnana'. The Garfagnana the mountainous area of Northern Tuscany is an area of incredible natural beauty and is inside the National Park of Orichella. It is a naturalists paradise with caves and gorges to explore, abundant plant and animal life to identify and hidden villages where time stands still. Great for nature lovers with trekking, hiking, cycling, pony trekking. You can also sight see by car if you are feeling less strenuous!
Abetone - 50 kms from Castello is an hours drive away . It is a popular ski area and you can easily go for a days skiing from Castello.
There are so many more places of interest easily reachable from Castello including;
The delightful Cinque Terre - 63 kms from Castello are 5 amazing little fishing ports situated on the Ligurian coast line. They are a must see experience and less than an hour from Castello, along with the beautiful ancient fishing port of Porto Venere.
Florence - 85 kms from Castello which needs no explanation and is an easy trip on the motorway from Lucca or take the bus or train , with cheap and frequent departures from Lucca
Siena - 146 kms from Castello where the dramatic 'Palio' horse race is held in the Campo - the main square - each year on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August and San Gimignano - 200 kms from Castello famous for it's beauty and stone towers are both about a 2 hour drive away.
The Versilia coastline - 30 kms from Castello with it's never ending stretch of beach has many lively cosmopolitan resorts such as Viareggio, Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi. it is about a 45 minute drive from Castello. Here you will find miles and miles of golden sandy beach and many beach clubs to choose from. The nightlife here in the summer goes on all through the night every night until sunrise.
Castello is very accessible, Pisa International Airport is only 45 minutes by car. Florence Airport about an hour away. Pisa airport has daily Ryanair, British Airways and Easyjet flights from the UK.
There are also excellent motorway and rail connections from Lucca.
The climate in from April onwards is good, best months May & June , not too hot and countryside still nice and green. July & August long hot days and nights , with temps in the low to mid 30's °c common. September is still hot but cooler in the evening mid
The Lucca / Media Valle del Serchio area
My house in Castello is just 15 kms north of Lucca, one of the most beautiful and unique cities in Tuscany and just 2 kms from the friendly village of Valdottavo with shops, bars and resaurant.
Lucca is a charming and beautiful city, with its priceless art treasures, narrow cobbled streets flanked by imposing palazzos, secluded squares, gardens and many, many churches.
Whilst retaining all the elements of its age and history one finds sophisticated shops bars and restaurants.
On the third weekend of every month there is a fantastic antiques fair which lasts for 2 days.
Throughout the summer months there are various classical and contemporary music festivals. We have had David Bowie, Elton John, Oasis, Jamiroquai and many other big names.
The most important date on the religious calender for Lucca is September 13th. The festival of the Luminaria di Santa Croce takes place. At nightfall the city is transformed, lit by candles and burning torches with processions with medieval dress and drummers drumming, it is like stepping back in time and well worth visiting.
On top of the medieval walls which enclose Lucca there are wide and shady tree lined avenues. Here the locals cycle, walk their dogs and promenade. There are grassy ramparts ideal for relaxing after sight seeing or you can hire bikes and ride around the 4 kilometers of wall. A great way to see the city from up high.
The Puccini open air Opera Festival takes place every year in the summer on Lake Massaciuccoli at Torre del Lago, south of Viareggio. The open air stage with the back drop of the lake and mountains is very atmospheric. a must for opera lovers.
Local activities include swimming, tennis, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, the beach with wind surfing and surfing lessons available.
How to get there
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The nearest airport is Pisa international only 45 minutes drive from Castello.
Pisa has daily flights to and from the UK. Budget airlines including Ryanair and Easyjet fly here
BA and AlItalia have scheduled flights and there is now an International service from the USA 3 times a week with Delta.
The airport is right next to the motorway which runs to Lucca and there is a train station at the airport with connections to Lucca.
All the major hire car companies are represented at the airport. If you fly Ryanair they will discount your car hire if you book with Hertz.
Activities near Lucca
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
03 Jun 2012
This peaceful and idyllic retreat was where we enjoyed one of our favourite ever holidays. (Castello 6 has the best views.) This is a holiday for the independent traveller who is prepared to make a little sacrifice in the search for total peace and relaxation.
The location is not for everybody - over a mile off the beaten track, high up on an overhang that can only be reached by a winding single track. Not for the faint hearted!
However, once at the property you can only marvel at the rustic charm, gasp at the views over the valley, open a bottle of Chianti and relax. The only sounds you will hear are churchbells in the far distance. The house is better than even the photographs suggest, full of rustic charm but with modern comforts.
Lucca is fabulous and only 15 minutes away by car. Get lost wandering in the old streets, have a lazy lunch in the Piazza, and your stress level will soon come down.
The owner is English, lives nearby, and is extremely helpful.
12 Aug 2011
This was a fantastic destination for a group comprising of two couples. We were exhausted following four very busy days in Rome and needed a quiet break to regenerate some energy. The road up to the... more
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|1 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|27 Oct 12||23 Nov 12||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|6 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|31 Aug 13||2 Nov 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|2 Nov 13||30 Nov 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday and Saturday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Prices quoted on the website are for four persons; the charge for extra guests is £70 per week per person. There is no charge for one child under the age of three years with four visitors.
Prices include electricity, gas; (excluding heating) and hot and cold water. Full central heating is available and wood for the wood burning stove. Payment should be made at Castello.
Bed linen and bath towels are available for hire. There is an order form to fill out, should you require this service. Bath towels should not be taken out of the house. The linen will be placed in the house for your arrival.
Payment. 30% (In sterling) of the total rental on registration, the balance 8 weeks before your visit. If the booking is made within 8 weeks then the whole payment is due on registration. Visitors outside of Europe to pay the full amount in sterling on registration.
Personal Insurance & Cancellation Cover. In the very unlikely event that my houses become unavailable, I reserve the right to cancel a booking. I strongly recommend that you take out personal insurance at the time of booking to include cancellation cover. If you have to cancel your visit, should you do this more than 8 weeks before your holiday is due to begin, I will try to re-let and deduct any cost from your deposit. If I am unable to re-let then I will retain the deposit. If you cancel less than 8 weeks before, I will retain the deposit and you will also be liable for the remaining balance unless I have been able to re-let.Enquire now
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