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Elcriso – Home 5540443 Villa
- 4 bedrooms
- 10 sleeps
- min stay varies
Elcriso – Home 5540443
- 4 bedrooms
- 10 sleeps
- min stay varies
Villa / 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 10
- Nearest beach 55 km
- Swimming pool
- Child friendly
- Car advised
- No pets allowed
- Private garden
Description from manager
Elcriso is a newly renovated detached 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom stone farmhouse with own pool and stunning views, set in a peaceful very rural location yet within walking distance of a restaurant.The property has been refurbished with love and care, using lots of traditional Tuscan furniture, and provides really spacious family accommodation situated over 3 floors. Ideal therefore for 2 families holidaying together. There is traditional flooring throughout, solid chestnut windows and doors, and the second floor boasts arch valuted beamed ceilings. Most rooms are double aspect.On the ground floor there is a large bright double aspect kitchen/diner full equipped with oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and dining table which extends to give sufficient seating for all . Also on the ground floor is a spacious living room withfireplace, some exposed stonework, comfy seating, SAT TV, DVD and WIFI internet.On the first floor there are two spacious bedrooms - one double and one double
Elcriso is a newly renovated detached 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom stone farmhouse with own pool and stunning views, set in a peaceful very rural location yet within walking distance of a restaurant.The property has been refurbished with love and care, using lots of traditional Tuscan furniture, and provides really spacious family accommodation situated over 3 floors. Ideal therefore for 2 families holidaying together. There is traditional flooring throughout, solid chestnut windows and doors, and the second floor boasts arch valuted beamed ceilings. Most rooms are double aspect.On the ground floor there is a large bright double aspect kitchen/diner full equipped with oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and dining table which extends to give sufficient seating for all . Also on the ground floor is a spacious living room withfireplace, some exposed stonework, comfy seating, SAT TV, DVD and WIFI internet.On the first floor there are two spacious bedrooms - one double and one double with an extra single bed. There is also a good size pristine shower room (which also houses washing machine).On the second floor there are a further two large bedrooms, both with arch vaulted beamed ceilings - one double, and one a triple room. There is also a new spacious shower room on this floor too. Outside:Direct from ground floor onto eating terrace with amazing views for eating al fresco and enjoying pre dinner drinks.Large garden - all fenced and gated.Private pool overlooking georgeous mountain vistas. Sunbathing area. Shower and footbath.BBQ with further relaxing area.Parking.
The owner is happy to come and cook delicious meals on request, which has proved very popular with guests.
Location description from manager
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.
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
This property is peacefully situated just beneath the peaks of the Appenine mountain range; 800M from the village of Chiozza with its basic shop, bar and restaurant; approximately 1 hr 15 minutes north of Lucca, and a 15 minute drive to the market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana with it famous Thursday morning market, shops, bars, restaurants and train station…..
The local village has a bar/basic food shop and a popular restaurant and it is possible to walk cross country for 3km to a further restaurant, located in Castiglione, a beautiful fully walled mediaeval village which is known for its intact protecting walls, fantastic views, and summer festas.
The property is located only a 15/20 minute drive to the famous mountain peak top village of San Pellegrino with its mummified saints and incredible views.
Whilst a walkers paradise and set in the depths of the countryside, there is not a feeling of isolation at this farmhouse and the house is only a 10 minute drive or so from what is often described as the best restaurant in the area, at Pieve Fosciana, which also boasts, shops, banks, bars, restaurants, and the most gorgeous delicatessen with take way home made traditional Italian food.
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
Bed & bathroom
- 2 Super King Beds, 6 Single Beds
- 2 Shower rooms
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Private garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- 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.
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the manager
Tuscan Retreats Ltd
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- Calendar updated::
- 23 Feb 2017
- Years listed:
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- United Kingdom
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Languages spoken: English, Italian
This Villa has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 10. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 23 Dec 2014. Located in Province of Lucca, it has 3 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £823 to £1293.
The Manager has a response rate of 75% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 23 Feb 2017.
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– based on 3 reviews
- Very Good
“Maximum relaxation, great place for nature, walks and farniente”
We stayed at "Elicriso" with a large family of 2 adults, 4 teeenagers and a 10-year old. It was a great stay in all respects. The location is beautiful: on the way to a small hamlet (Prunecchio), itself 1 km away from a picturesque village (Chiozza), on the side of the mountain, with great/relaxing views on the valleys, the small villages and the Alpi Apuane. Peace and quiet. The house is also conveniently located for various hikes/treks, either down to Castiglione di Garfagnana, around the villages or up the Appenines (after a 15-20 minutes car ride) from San Pellegrino in Alpe and various passes. The house itself is very well-renovated, respecting the 'traditional' style. The rooms are spacious, the beds large and comfortable. All equipments are fine, and the house is _very_ well kept (very clean and orderly). The swimming pool is very relaxing and fresh after a day of walks or visits. A special 'plus' to the owner and her assistant Fabiana for great service -- very hospitable, responsive and helpful. We had the unfortunate experience of a mechanical problem with our car (quite a problem in the mountains!), and she helped us out through a local mechanic etc. So: very nice, authentic place. This house is a great place to stay and relax. Nature is all around, and wildlife is also close by -- on a quiet morning we saw a large male deer very close to the house. Naturally, being up on the mountain means that driving times to cities are longer. Count 1 hour for Lucca (great city!) & 1h 30 mins for Pisa; also 1h30 to the seaside. Some convenient supermarkets are down in the valley -- a 15 mins car ride. We very much recommend Elicriso!
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit such a detailed review. We are glad you loved this stunning area and Angela's house, which she looks after so well. We hope to welcome you another time.
“Perfect Tuscan retreat with fabulous views”
We (me, husband and two twenty something children) had a fabulous week in this lovely, spacious house in the Tuscan mountains. We were warmly welcomed to the property by the owner who lived close by and who was a valuable source of information and advice. The house had all we could wish for and more, including a lovely pool with the most fabulous views of the mountains. The village was a short walk up the hill and had a great bar/restaurant for eat in or take away pizzas. The wild life was great - wild boar, deer, foxes and enchanting fire flies. There were plenty of places to visit, though we spent most of our time lazing by the pool in the sun. The Lucca festival was on and we had a great evening there at a Paolo Nutini concert in the central square - an unexpected bonus. I would not hesitate to recommend this property.
Thank you for your review of this beautiful property in its gorgeous rural location. We are glad you had a special stay!
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