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House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
This spacious 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom traditional stone farmhouse and barn has been restored to a very high standard, with all modern conveniences. There is a well equipped designer kitchen; beautiful shower rooms and plasma screen wall mounted television, all effortlessly blending with olde world charm such as traditional flooring and windows; chestnut beamed ceilings, and beautiful fireplace.
The house whilst very traditional has large windows creating a sense of light and airiness not always found in older style properties and it also has the benefit of a large terrace on the first floor as well as a further ground floor terrace both of which overlook the garden and pool.
There is a good sense of privacy for larger groups, with the upstairs area 'sub-divided' into two separate sleeping zones – one with a double room and single room sharing a bathroom , and the second having a double and small twin room sharing a bathroom.
There is a further double bedroom with en suite shower room too.
The grounds have a private pool, lovely views, woodburning Pizza Oven and BBQ, and shaded areas for relaxing under trees.
Enter house via large covered terrace into very spacious living room/kitchen/diner.
The room has lots of windows, beamed ceilings and traditional flooring as well as an enormous original fireplace.
There is a large dining table with ample space for all to dine, a couple of sofas, and a wall mounted plasma screen tv.
There is a choice of SAT TV, DVD, and stereo for entertainment.
At the back of the room is a hand built kitchen with beautiful curved worktops, forming a serving/preparing 'island'.
The kitchen is equipped with oven; 5 ring hob; double sink; microwave; dishwasher; large fridge/freezer.
Leading from the living room is a hallway from which one enters the utility room with washing machine and storage rooms, along with a ground floor bathroom, with WC, bidet, and shower cubicle. Free WIFI available
On the first floor there is a beautiful double bedroom with en suite shower room, and with door leading to upstairs terrace which spans the the length of the house and which has plenty of space for sunbathing, reading and relaxing with a view over the garden.
Leading down the hallway, there are two night 'zones' on either side of the house. One contains a double bedroom, a single bedroom and a shower room, whilst the other contains a double bedroom, small twin bedroom and shower room.
Each bedroom has good level of modern storage in the form of built in wardrobes, cleverly mixed with traditional style beds, lighting and other bedroom furniture.
Most bedrooms are double aspect.
There is a single chair bed which can be used for an extra person.
Outside there are two large terraces, at the front of the house, a further area at the back with a shaded area for when the sun becomes too much!
There is a brand new private pool of 10.7M x 5M set in the flat gardened zone of the grounds.
For al fresco dining there is a traditional style outdoor wood burning oven and BBQ.
Owner available to cook meals on request with advance notice.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 70 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 95 km, Nearest railway: Piazza al Serchio 5 km|
|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|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Tuscany region
is an area exceptionally rich in nature, and is one of Tuscany's best kept secrets! When the rest of Tuscany is busy with people and traffic, the unspoilt Garfagnana is having another quiet and peaceful day. Thanks to its location in the green lush Serchio River valley north of Lucca and Pisa, surrounded by two mountain ranges, the area remains largely unaffected by tourism. The Apennines and the marble mountains of the Apuane dominate the area, and provide spectacular views. You cannot see or hear the noise of the cities, but you are still close enough to experience them.
Nature is at its best here - canyons carved out of rock, mountain pastures, basins extracted from ancient glaciers, rock arches silhouetted against the mountains and lakes derived from the construction of dams. There are pastures and chestnut groves developed from old forests, fruit of the thousands of settlements that have taken place over time. It is a vibrant area where the culture and natural character have been preserved thanks to the existence of parks and nature reserves.
From the northern end of the Garfagnana, the river Serchio winds roughly parallel with the coast for about 30 miles down to Lucca. There is some industry on the flatter valley bottom but the sides generally run up quite swiftly into a patchwork of woods and farms, and green countryside.
The skies feel spacious, because the summits of the mountains lie well back providing stunning vistas, and giving room for spectacular sunsets!
The largest towns in the region are Barga and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, but the area is a scattering of small communities, and hilltop villages whose orchards, vineyards and grazing lands are separated by oak and chestnut forest.
For the tourist there is an abundance of landscapes, picturesque villages, churches and castles, good traditional local fresh food and wine, and a wealth of time to relax in peace in the atmosphere of yesteryear.
Come from Mid May to Mid June and enjoy the fireflies twinkling around the countryside with their 'fairy' lights – a real sight to see! Or in August when one can relax outside in the evenings and see shooting starts whizzing past…Such experiences are just magical…
What to do in the Garfagnana
When people think of Tuscany, they think of rolling hills, villas and cypress trees. In Garfagnana there are mountains and alpine scenery.
The area is great for walking the many great marked trails, trekking, horse-riding and biking through the amazing and lush tranquil valley, and kayaking on mountain lakes. There is fishing both in the rivers (famous for their trout) and lakes too. Not forgetting the many medieval villages and old fortresses worth exploring, pretty local towns, busy little markets, and plenty of opportunity for sunbathing and picnics, there's something for everyone.
If you are looking for a cultural day out, or just fancy meandering through pretty towns and feasting on pastries and ice cream, there are many local sights of interest that can be visited:
With its cobbled lanes and impressive duomo with panoramic view, Barga is a naturally beautiful and quaint town, untouched by mass tourism. It's is a gem: ancient, immaculate and prosperous. In an incredible location, it has retained its medieval foundations, narrow streets, tiny squares and steep stairwells. There are many good restaurants, bars, gelaterias and patisseries too for when exploring is just too much!
Of an evening, especially in July, the town comes alive with live free music in its many Squares, markets under the stars, and traditional festas.
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
This splendid medieval county town provides excellent facilities. The region's 'capital', is guarded by its Rocca, a castle decorated in the best 14th century manner. This is also reflected in its piazzas and pavement cafés. It has plenty of bars and restaurants, a good selection of shops and a lively market on Thursday mornings.
Lucca is a wonderful small city protected by massively thick 16th-century walls, which are still intact, and around which one can stroll or cycle. The historic centre within the walls features some of Italy's finest medieval and Renaissance architecture, superb dining, antique markets, designer shopping, and classical and rock music festivals. Easy to access from Lucca are the stunning nearby Lucchese Villas in the surrounding hills and the Wine Trail or 'Strada del Vino'.
Pisa is known throughout the world for its famous Leaning Tower, but there is so much more to Pisa than this striking landmark. This ecclesiastical city began life as a seaside settlement around 3,000 years ago and was first laid out in the mid-eleventh century. Pisa is crammed full of wonderful, historical monuments and buildings dating back many hundreds of years and much of the city has retained its medieval appearance. Pisa is also known for its excellent university, which gives the city a young vibrant feel. Plenty of cafes to stop and watch the world go by.
The capital of the region of Tuscany is a beautiful and busy city. It attracts millions of tourists each year and is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its artistic, historic and cultural heritage and impact in the world remains vast up to this day. The Ufizzi Gallery and the Academia are a must to see especially Michelangelo's “David”. Stroll the Ponte Vecchio and Boboli Gardens and experience the amazing views from Piazzale Michaelangelo. After the Duomo and Santa Croce, wander the markets for a bargain.
The coastal area of Tuscany is an entirely different site to discover. The waters are clean and a perfect temperature for swimming; the beaches are spotless and well kept - an ideal seaside retreat. The sandy beaches of Pisa, Viareggio and the famous Forte dei Marmi are spacious and ideal for children, and up at Marinella there is a large protected bay with shallow waters. The beautiful coastal towns of the Cinque Terre are also worth a visit.
The Wind Caves
Situated in the centre of the Apuan Alps' Natural Park, this is one of the most complete European caves. Follow illuminated and easy-going trails and admire the many wonders of the underground world. Shining stalactites and stalagmites, to crystal brimmed lakes are just some of the amazing things you will see.
Yearly Events in the Garfagnana.
Each year the main time for festivals is really the holiday period of June, July and August. This is when most small villages in the valley start to have their local fairs and festivals. Celebrations with local foods and traditions, have for example themes of trout, polenta, mushroom, maccheroni, steak and cheese rolling to name a few! There are music festivals also is the summer months which range from Opera to Rock and local folk music. Information can be found at the local Tourist Information Offices.
San Romano in Garfagnana
Situated high in the hills, 1 hr 15 mins north of Lucca in the heart of the Garfagnana, close to the Orechiella National Park, this peaceful retreat is a 10 minute drive from the large village of Piazza al Serchio, with all facilities.
Perfect for those seeking a very rural property and for families that enjoy walking, nature and picnics….
For more townie days there is the local market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana with its bars, restaurants, shops and famous Thursday morning market around a half hour drive away; the medieaval town of Barga a 45 min drive; Lucca 1 hr 20 mins; Florence around 2 hours and Pisa airport around 1 hr 45 mins.
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