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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3
The property has spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of the valley and the encompassing Appenine and Apuan mountains in the distance. Accessed along an old stone lane of about 800 metres fron the principal road connecting Villafranca and Pontremoli. A private and tranquil position situated in the national park of the Magra valley with the river to one side and a lake on the other yet close to many of Lunigiana's picturesque towns and villages A modern kitchen is fitted with full oven, gas hob and dishwasher. An air cooling system is available for the summer months and heating for the cooler seasons. The property has been restored to a high standard and sympathetically designed to feature open beamed ceilings, terracotta floors, chestnut doors and windows with traditional shutters. Antique furnishings compliment the tuscan style. The property comprises: Pergola for outside dining. Entrance leads to the kitchen/dining room with feature log burning fireplace. Ground floor single bedroom with door to the pool area and adjacent w.c. Stairs lead to the first floor double bedroom with views from the window of the Apuan mountains. Classic designed shower room.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 25 km|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 90 km, Nearest railway: Pontremoli 15 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), Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details outdoors|
The property has its own private terrace and driveway with a communal garden and swimming pool shared with one other property. The pool and garden is night lit for evening dining or a late dip and features external showers.
Swimming pool available from end of May until the end of September. The swimming pool is shared with another cottage however depending on availability the property can be offered with exclusive use of the pool and grounds for a supplement.
About this location
The Tuscany region
Lunigiana is the most northern part of Tuscany bordering Liguria, with Pisa and Genova airports approximately one hour away. A quiet corner of Tuscany where traditions are strong , hospitality generous and the pace of life relaxed. The marble peaks of the Apuan and the Appenine mountain ranges encompass the region against which magical outlines of castles can be seen, many restored while others remain romantic ruins. Paths lead through narrow village streets with stone houses rendered beautiful with simplicity. Seasonal festivals are held in the villages throughout the year to celebrate the harvests, with simple recipes evolved through the centuries and gathered from the tastes of Tuscany ,Liguria and Emilia Romagna.
During the long summer nights the village streets are lit by candle light with live performances and cantinas are opened selling local handicrafts. Experience this beautiful landscape by foot or horseback or even cool in the shady river pools of the valleys. Pontremoli is a principal town with its imposing Duomo and hilltop castle that house the stele statues dating from 2000BC, said to hold the mystery of an ancient civilisation.
In contrast to Lunigiana, the Ligurian coast is so very close in distance but in many ways a world apart. A short drive takes you to the Gulf of the Poets where you can wander the bustling, old streets of La Spezia with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, enjoy a drink in its many bars and of course explore the shops. Relax in one of the many seafood restaurants at Lerici and watch the sunset from the harbour. Regular ferries leave from Portovenere with its pastel coloured waterfront, and the award winning Cinque Terre, five fishing villages that cling to the side of this dramatic coastline. The last of these villages has a beautiful beach for sun and sea enthusiasts, with some of the clearest waters in Italy. Sarzana lies inland, an elegant town of piazzas and narrow lanes with a host of antique shops and small boutiques and opens its streets during the summer for the annual market selling antiquities and memorabilia.
Cultural centres such as Parma and Lucca are in easy reach. Florence can be visited by car in about an hour and 30 minutes or experience the superb scenery by train. Transport links are very good and inexpensive, however car hire is recommended to really appreciate the region. This is a holiday with an opportunity to explore not only this beautiful part of Tuscany but also Liguria. If you have a passion for Italy, its architecture, culture, fine food and wine then this experience is for you. It would be impossible to mention all the region has to offer , however we are sure that after your visit this will be a place you find difficult to forget.
Villafranca in Lunigiana
The town of Villafranca is approx. 5 mins drive with a selection of shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Bagnone, a picturesque market town offers a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy drink on the piazza and watch the world go by. 5 mins drive takes you to Filetto ,an enchanting village with cobbled streets. During the month of August the medieval festival is held with open air banquets, market stalls and entertainers in costume.The area offers an ideal retreat to ’get away from it all’ yet close to some of the most beautiful towns and villages in the area, the enchanting coast and the famous centres of Tuscany.
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7 Oct 2012
"The perfect getaway!"
My boyfriend and I stayed at La Gemelle for a week and it was the most perfect week. The cottages are beautiful and the location is absolutely stunning. La Gemelle is situated just outside the tiny village of Silico which is a cute old place where the restaurant doubles up as the shop, gelateria and everything else. However, it is just a short ride to the local town and supermarket.
The infinity pool was essential with the heat of the day and it was lovely to sit by it on an evening to watch the sun go down over the mountains. We even received a free bottle of prosecco from the owners as they thought it was romantic!
The family are extremely welcoming and although they spoke limited English (and we spoke even less Italian!) we managed to understand each other without a problem. They even allow you to pick as many vegetables as you would like from their organic vegetable patch and the owner makes his own red wine which he brought around for free on our first night to sample.
There are options for food as although it is self accomodation, the owners do pizza night and other evenings if you let them know on arrival which night you would prefer. This was about 20 euros for food and drink and was recommended to us.
Before going I was nervous that it would not be all that I hoped it would be. I can safely say that it was more than I had hoped for and the pictures do not do this place justice.
If you are looking for a quiet get away to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery, this is definitely the place to go.
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Darren Chester (Property Manager Tuscan Hideaways)
- 2 Years listed
Calendar last updated:30 Jun 2013
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