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Moscatino – Home 21140 Cottage

  • 1 bedroom
  • 3 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Cottage / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 3

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Peaceful and secluded , in hilly country surrounded by wooded hills. Adjacent are the owner's terraced olive groves and pinewood, ensuring privacy (apart from owner's other nearby house Casa San Moscato, formerly the farmhouse, sleeping up to nine, which is also available to let - see 'Tuscany, Lucca' on this website). This part of Tuscany is still relatively undiscovered and in the village the rustic life goes on as it always has, with forestry and olive husbandry. The area is much more hilly than the more southerly parts of Tuscany - it is not so stiflingly hot as the plain and for walkers there is direct access to pleasant hills with the Appennines within easy reach. There is a spring at the property, though we are now on mains water.

Further details

Moscatino is looked after by a multi-generational family (parents, grown-up daughters) in the village who are extremely helpful and obliging. The younger daughter speaks good English

Peaceful and secluded , in hilly country surrounded by wooded hills. Adjacent are the owner's terraced olive groves and pinewood, ensuring privacy (apart from owner's other nearby house Casa San Moscato, formerly the farmhouse, sleeping up to nine, which is also available to let - see 'Tuscany, Lucca' on this website). This part of Tuscany is still relatively undiscovered and in the village the rustic life goes on as it always has, with forestry and olive husbandry. The area is much more hilly than the more southerly parts of Tuscany - it is not so stiflingly hot as the plain and for walkers there is direct access to pleasant hills with the Appennines within easy reach. There is a spring at the property, though we are now on mains water.

Further details

Moscatino is looked after by a multi-generational family (parents, grown-up daughters) in the village who are extremely helpful and obliging. The younger daughter speaks good English and cleans the house/changes linen weekly and cares for the swimming pool. Keys are generally to be collected from/returned to the family.

Further details indoors

The conversion was carried out by expert local builders in a way that respected the character of the buliding while turning it into a little bijou cottage. It is completely self-sufficient except that the electricity supply is routed through the big house.

Further details outdoors

Immediately around the cottage is a small garden with sitting area, and beyond that the owner's terraced olive groves, part of which is designated for exclusive use of those staying at Moscatino. The swimming pool is shared with the occupants (if any) of the other house. The lower part of the property is steep wooded hillside, not cultivated, at the foot of which is a stream with a picturesque chestnut-grinding mill (not part of the property). Above the cottage is a small pine-wood (also belonging to the owners) screening the house from the village.

The Tuscany region

What can I say about Tuscany that has not been said already? Only that Tuscany north of the SS.435 Lucca-Pistoia-Florence road is very different from the south, with abrupt hills and deep well-watered valleys stretching north-east to the Appennines rising to 6000ft.+ at Abetone and elsewhere. San Moscato is still very much in the foothills (1500 ft), well within the area of olive + vine cultivation. The village, Pariana, is something of an 'eagles' nest' standing on a spur overlooking the valley which runs up from Collodi to the pass to Bagni di Lucca. Because of the plentiful water the valley bottom has long been used for paper-making and there are still some mills in operation there, though others are being converted into apartments. In the hills the traditional rural pursuits were, and still are, olive, vine and vegetable cultivation, honey, chestnuts, forestry and boar-hunting. As you might expect from such a list, the locals take their cuisine seriously and there are a couple of excellent country restaurants in the valley with a vast selection of eateries further afield between Pescia and Lucca. Wild boar (cinghiale) stewed with olives is a local delicacy, as are funghi, and figs with dried meats, and vin santo with cantucci biscuits - I could go on. In Pariana, a steep 10-minutes' walk from San Moscato, is a bakery which also sells staple foodstuffs, and there is a bigger shop at Biecina, at the junction with the main road (3 kms) and supermarkets, banks, speciality pasta shops, market etc at Collodi & Pescia, 20 mins drive away. Climate is normal Italian, with long hot sunny spells, and very pleasant in spring and autumn, but can be less settled than in the plain.

Villa Basilica

Collodi (10 kms south) is of some note, first as the place where Pinocchio was written, so it has its Parco di Pinocchio, and secondly for its recently restored Villa Garzoni with famous formal garden. The old village of Collodi is also very picturesque, as are the other villages on the flanks of the valley - Villa Basilica, Boveglio, Colognora, all 'eagles' nests' like Pariana itself. There are footpaths linking all these.

The road north up the valley goes over a pass with spectacular views to the Appennines and down to Bagni di Lucca, a nineteenth-century spa-town (still, of course, a spa with swimming etc) once home to the poet Shelley. This is also where the Linea Gotica passed in 1944 and there are memorials to the Italian resistance.

On the other side of the hills on which San Moscato stands, facing Lucca, are the Colline Lucchese doc vineyards and just the other side of the Lucca road are the Montecarlo doc vineyards.

I will not go into detail here over the cultural, shopping, promenading and other attractions of Lucca, our nearest substantial town, beyond saying that we never tire of visiting it. Its big festival is the Volto Santo, mid September. Pescia, which is closer, is smaller but has a lot to offer, as does the smart modern spa-town Montecatini Terme. Pisa, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano etc are within easy reach, some by rail.

There are coastal resorts all along the magnificent sandy beaches stretching north from Viareggio. Slightly further away there are dramatic rocky coasts starting at Bocca di Magra south of la Spezia which lead on to the Cinque Terre and Ligurian Riviera.

For dramatic scenery/mountain walking there is the Garfagnana valley, accessible via Bagni di Lucca, with Appennines and Apuan Alps (marble quarries): for sea views there are the Pisan hills between Lucca and Pisa and for coastal walking the Bocca di Magra peninsula and Cinque Terre. There are shady forest walks from the house and in the adjacent hills. On our website is a detailed guide to local walking.

Puccini came from Lucca and there is a Puccini festival in Viareggio in July/August but advisable to book on-line. Theatre and concerts at Lucca etc. Various village 'festas' especially the one in Pariana in early August when they dance in the piazza.

Otherwise just lie in the sun (or shade)!


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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa Bed
  • 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Tony R
Response rate:
75%
Calendar updated::
09 Aug 2016
Years listed:
9
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French, German, Italian


This Cottage has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 3. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 07 Feb 2007. Located in Province of Lucca, it has 1 review with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £368.

The Owner has a response rate of 75% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 09 Aug 2016.

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