Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Located in the village of Convalle in the idyllic surroundings of the Apuan Alps Natural Park near Pescaglia in the Lucca province of Tuscany, you will find an oasis of peace and tranquility in which to relax and unwind.
Casa Marginetta is a tastefully restored collection of 300-year-old stone cottages that have been joined together to offer spacious accommodation for up to seven people.
Whatever your preference, be it winter sports, summer sun, good wine, fine food, walking, cycling or sightseeing, Casa Marginetta could be your ideal Tuscan 'agroturismo' home from home!
Low cost flights from an ever-growing number of UK and other European airports and airlines, together with quick local transfers, now make getting here more affordable and less hassle than ever before.
Why not make this the year that you discover Tuscany?
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 27 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||800 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 47 km, Nearest railway: Diecimo-Pescaglia 8.6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
• Enjoy numerous digital TV and radio channels from the BBC, ITV, BSkyB etc. via satellite
• Main and portable TVs each with their own INDEPENDENT satellite receivers for multiroom viewing
• Two DVD players with a library of DVD movies, general entertainment and children's programmes
• Dolby 'surround sound' home cinema system
• Sony 'Playstation 2' console with a library of games
• Motorola walkie-talkies
• Two Italian pay-as-you-go mobile telephones
• Two Electric pedestal fans
• Bread maker
• Brita water filter jug
|Further details outdoors||
• Take a deep breath of fresh Tuscan air as you enjoy the panoramic views from our traditional terraced garden.
• Stroll around the ancient cobbled village and chat to the locals in a safe, traffic-free environment.
• Relax and catch a few rays on the chestnut sun deck. Recliners are provided.
• Feeling peckish? Why not enjoy the simple pleasures of food freshly cooked on the gas bar-b-que, conveniently located at the other end of the garden terrace ... A family-sized picnic table is provided too.
• Pick fresh mint, figs, plums and blackcurrants from the garden.
At Casa Marginetta we believe in offering you total fairness and flexibility:
• Families always welcome ... we have never charged extra for school holidays :)
• Arrive any day of the week you like ... whatever suits you best.
• Stay for the exact number of nights you want ... no need to pay by the week.
• If it's available, it's yours ... secure any booking with just a 10% deposit.
• Unforeseen difficulties? ... A fluent English/Italian speaker is on hand to help you overcome them easily.
The Tuscany region
* Lucca *
The cosmopolitan city of Lucca with its ancient oval amphitheatre, exquisite architecture and fully intact 'Walls'
can be reached in 30 minutes. This beautiful city may be easily explored on foot, bicycle or even by hiring a
* Pisa *
Pisa is only an hour away. See the famous 'leaning tower' before it falls down!
Now re-opened, it makes an interesting climb, and the panoramic view from the top is wonderful!
* Florence *
Fabulous Florence, one of the finest cultural centres in Europe, is also about an hour away. Don't miss the
"Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore", the "Ponte Vecchio" and the "Galleria degli Uffizi", home of "Michaelangelo's
David", and other famous works.
* Grab your buckets and spades for summer seaside fun at Viareggio *
In the summertime, Viareggio and neighbouring resorts are a millionaires' playground with expensive yachts
moored in the harbour and some top-class restaurants!
Families are also well catered for and there’s something to suit every budget. There's mile upon mile of golden sand on which to relax and unwind and a variety of watersports including surfing are possible too! The seaside is only 40 minutes drive away.
* Cecina Acqua Village Water Park *
Open 8am ~ 6pm every day throughout the summer from June.
Located just south of Livorno, the park is little more than an hour and a half from Casa Marginetta.
This fabulous water park is full of exciting slides, chutes, and a wave swimming pool to boot!
There are trampolines, beach volleyball, surfing, amusement arcade, 'soap soccer' and even a 'human table football' game! A picnic area, bars and restaurants cater for every need.
Entrance: Children under 3 are free, Children 3-11 €13, Adults €18. Parking is free.
* Try Skiing or Snowboarding for winter fun at Abetone *
Around 50km from Convalle, the fabulous winter sports paradise of Abetone awaits you. With twenty nine marked runs and eleven brand-new lifts installed in recent years, Abetone is truly a world-class resort!
In addition, if you're new to skiing then Abetone is probably the best place on earth to learn!
Forget mile-long ski school drag-lift queues and accidents ... Abetone has a good-sized separate nursery slope served by two excellent chairlifts and a 'magic carpet' travellator!
Fast gondolas and modern chairlifts abound and a fabulous new fast link from Villa Imperatori to Seletta opens up the exciting 'Riva' slopes as never before!
Add English-speaking guides and gentle introductory cruisey-blues right from the mountain top and you've the perfect recipe that'll have you hooked in no time!!
This is a great place for skiers and boarders alike as Abetone has never ever suffered an avalanche ... so as resorts go, it is about as safe as you can get!
From December until April, experience mile after mile of exciting runs of the highest quality across five fully interlinked resorts at unbelievably low prices.
Five day adult lift passes are available from €65 ... That works out at just €13 a day!
For children up to age 7 it's even less ... only €42,50 for five days ... that's just €8,50 a day!
We have also negotiated special prices on equipment hire and tuition for guests:
Five days hire of skis, boots and poles for just €32 ... and for children a free safety helmet is included too!
A two hour private lesson for up to five people at the special price of €76 ... and it's just €38 per hour thereafter if you want some more ...
That works out at just €7,60 per person per hour ... Why make do with ski school when you can afford your own private tutor?
With the credit crunch biting, prices like these could save your family a fortune and help you to enjoy a fabulous winter break for less. Check the prices in other resorts and you'll find that Abetone offers unbeatable value for money!
* The authentic taste of Tuscany *
A wide selection of local restaurants in the “Valley of Gastronomy” offer a wealth of genuine Tuscan gourmet delights:
• Freshly made calzone pizzas sizzle in the log-fired stone oven at “La Fonte”.
• Home-made “Tortelloni” pasta and the freshest seafood are on offer at “La Tana”.
• Possibly the world’s best mixed grill is served at “Il Guerriero”.
• Fresh “Funghi Porcini” mushrooms are yours to enjoy at “Il Molino del Volpe”.
To add to your experience there are unforgettable Italian tomatoes in salads drenched with local Luccan
‘extra virgin’ olive oil and tasty balsamic vinegar from Modena in nearby Emilia-Romagna.
Last, but not least, you are free to choose from a host of delicious white and red wines to complement your
meal. Put some sparkle in your life with a tasty Prosecco or enjoy the red sophistication of Vino Nobile di
The above are just a small selection of the range of superb culinary delights on offer, and all at exceptionally
No wonder our guests want to visit again and again!
So much to see and do nearby:
* Puccini's home *
Puccini's home in Celle is only a few minutes' drive away, and you can see where he composed the aria “Nessun Dorma” from the opera “Turandot” made famous by Pavarotti and more recently by Paul Potts.
* Grotta del Vento *
Situated in the centre of the Apuan Alps? Natural Park, this is one of the most complete European caves, presenting an extraordinary variety of phenomena, the most unusual of which is a natural breeze which blows through the cave due to the presence of a second (unused) entrance. The speed and direction of the breeze is dependent on the temperature gradient between the two entrances and yet inside the cave the temperature is a pleasant 10.7°C (53°F) all year round.
Following illuminated and easy-going trails, expert speleological guides will show you the many wonders of the underground world: from shining stalactites and stalagmites to polychrome flowstone, alabaster draperies, crystal-brimmed lakes, underground water-courses and bizarre forms of erosion.
* Thermal Swimming Pool *
Bagni di Lucca Villa has a large open-air swimming pool (open Jun-Sept, 10am - 7pm) with a smaller shallow toddler pool and a diving pool with 1 metre and 4 metre diving boards. All of these are fed with water from a thermal spring and are surrounded by deckchairs and sun umbrellas, use of which is included in the admission charge. Admission is €7 for adults and €5 for children (3-13 years).
* Thermal Baths *
The spas in Bagni di Lucca were already important during Ligurian, Lombard, Roman and Etruscan times. By the 12th century the spa was so famous that Countess Matilda of Tuscany made it more accessible by improving the surrounding roads and constructing the Devil?s Bridge at nearby Borgo a Mozzano. During the 15th century the reputation of the spas was high enough to raise Bagni di Lucca to the same level as the spas at Karlsbad, Spa, Baden and Vichy throughout Europe.
Today the nineteen hot springs still flow from the slopes of the Corsena hill and the therapeutic value of the waters remains incontestable. The waters reach temperatures up to 54 degrees centigrade and all sorts of treatments are available to cure respiratory problems, traumatic injuries, gynaecological and fertility problems, nervous conditions, and problems of the arteries and rheumatism. Some of the baths are good for the skin and others for general health and well-being.