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Enchanting 2 bedroom villa in Tuscany with breathtaking views and private pool – Home 1657404 Villa

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Enchanting 2 bedroom villa in Tuscany with breathtaking views and private pool – Home 1657404

Excellent Excellent – based on 5 reviews

  • Villa
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Villa / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 58 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from manager

Description

The villa is situated on the hillside 2km from the medieval market town of Castelnuovo 50km north of Lucca. Set in the unspoilt Garfagnana valley, the house is isolated and surrounded by over an 10 acres of land overlooking the river Serchio and the lake of Pontecosi.

Comfortably furnished.

Spacious open plan lounge and fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, 1 double bedroom, 1 bedroom with bunk beds, 1 bathroom with, shower,& washing machine. Dishwasher , Sat TV, DVD, CD stereo & VCR. Free WIFI Internet. Covered eating out area with 2 BBQs and traditional wood oven.

Exclusive use of luxury swimming pool ( 12m x 6m ).

Ideal for peaceful walks and trekking, yet a very short drive into town.

Location description from manager

The Tuscany region

The Garfagnana

is an area exceptionally rich in nature, and is one of Tuscany's best kept secrets! When

The villa is situated on the hillside 2km from the medieval market town of Castelnuovo 50km north of Lucca. Set in the unspoilt Garfagnana valley, the house is isolated and surrounded by over an 10 acres of land overlooking the river Serchio and the lake of Pontecosi.

Comfortably furnished.

Spacious open plan lounge and fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, 1 double bedroom, 1 bedroom with bunk beds, 1 bathroom with, shower,& washing machine. Dishwasher , Sat TV, DVD, CD stereo & VCR. Free WIFI Internet. Covered eating out area with 2 BBQs and traditional wood oven.

Exclusive use of luxury swimming pool ( 12m x 6m ).

Ideal for peaceful walks and trekking, yet a very short drive into town.

Location description from manager

The Tuscany region

The Garfagnana

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.



Country Activities

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.



Days out
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:



Barga

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

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

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.



Florence

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 Seaside

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.

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

The property is situated just 2 km from the village of Filicaia itself with its restaurant/pizzeria, pub, bar and basic shop.

This beautiful unspoilt and mountainous region can be found just 1 hour north of Lucca, and 90 minutes from Pisa.

Hundreds of hilltop villages abound, the closest station is at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, 10 minutes in the car for easy exploring.

The local attractive market town of Castelnuovo, famous for its Thursday morning markets, and with all facilities is just a 10 minute drive. This town has bars, restaurants, gelaterias, and a river...In high season the town really comes alive, and often hosts outdoor evening entertainment.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa Bed, 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Payment
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the manager

Tuscan Retreats Ltd
Response rate:
80%
Calendar updated::
09 Feb 2017
Years listed:
7
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, Italian


This Villa has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 06 May 2014. Located in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, it has 5 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £569 to £936.

The Manager has a response rate of 80% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 09 Feb 2017.

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“Delightful place to stay”

Reviewed 14 Sep 2015

La Piastra is a comfortable house in a marvellous position with huge grounds looking out over the valley to the east and the mountains beyond. It's a delight to eat outside on the terraced lawns with scents of star jasmine in the evening air. Very peaceful. The swimming pool is large and pleasant (and must be a godsend in high summer). The owners are hospitable and generous. The house is clean and well maintained. If you don't know Garfagnana it's worth mentioning that it's scenically the best part of Tuscany, being the valley between two high mountain ranges. There are many attractive villages and small towns and castles, and the area feels unspoilt. The roads are not fast for driving but there's a rail service along the valley. It's a great area for walking and cycling; the Appenines are rounded and accommodating while the Alpi Apuani are spikier and more dramatic. We were mountain biking: Daniele Saisi has a web site describing excellent local routes. Castelnuovo itself is a pleasant if unspectacular relaxed town with gelaterias and restaurants, and Lucca not far away is one of our favourite towns in Italy. It would be hard to stay at La Piastra without a car (although we did manage just with bikes on our first stay). There is a good Conad supermarket at Gallicano and a useful smaller one at Castelnuovo.

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“Well kept property in Wonderful location with perfect hosts”

Reviewed 8 Oct 2014

We had a lovely stay at La Piastra. The photos of the property do not do it justice. It it well equipped, clean and is in one of the lovliest locations with views across the valley from every window. We were able to move the table to a number of different spots throughout the huge garden to make the most of the sun at different times of the day. The pool is well maintained and has the advantage of afternoon shade allowing the children to play in it for longer, and has good seating and sunloungers. Our hosts were most delightful, and we were allowed to pick ripe tomatoes, zucchini and fruit from the trees. The gardens were beautifully maintained and we made use of the BBQ a and the pizza oven (which was fab). The whole family would love to to return again to this charming little villa.

“Beautiful area and friendly people”

Reviewed 7 Oct 2014

We arrived to a very clean and cosy house. The garden was well kept. The house was perfect for our family, as the boys could have their own room. The garden was almost a park and we enjoyed all the fruits and vegetables growing there. We spent a lot of time in the pool, yet it was a bit annoying with lots of flies biting the wet skin. Unfortunately the lamps in the pool didn't work, due to some heavy weather earlier this year, so we couldn't go for a night swim. We liked the porch and had almost all our meals there. The terrace next to the pool was great for relaxing in the afternoon. The WIFI was OK in the house, but always lost connection in front of the house and at the pool. The property hosts were very nice and helpful, eventhough they didn't speak english and we don't speak italian. There are nice places to eat in the village, and the Supermarket was only a short drive away. We loved the area and enjoyed the beautiful view from the property.

Thank you for your review and we are glad you had a great time! Apologies for the problem experienced with the pool lights - this has now been resolved. A shame also about the flies about this year. We are very lucky since we don't get mosquitoes in the area but unfortunately in 2014 with the rainiest year we have had for 100 years (we usually pray for some rain high season!) the flies and frogs all came out!

“beautiful house with lovely pool”

Reviewed 7 Oct 2014

We had a wonderful week in "la Piastra". Beautiful garden. House was bigger inside than I saw on the pictures. Nice patio and we enjoyed the BBQ and pizzaoven. Very private. Pool was large and deep, that was great. Only downside was the last stretch of road to the house. A little too bumpy for our low car.

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