Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6 Home 116086
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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms / sleeps 6
- Great for children of all ages
- Car advised
- No pets allowed
- Private garden
Description from owner
Lovingly restored stone cottage with original features of high wood beamed ceilings, ceramic floors, and where the caves are still in use today. The home has original Tuscan antiques and furnishings, but all with a modern flair. This is not a traditional holiday home as it was designed for the owner to live in, and is furnished with every attention to detail.
The house is ideally located in a hilltop village offering spectacular scenery, the chesnut hills and valley views and stunning mountain peaks surround you. Peaceful, tranquil, and ideal for kicking back and relaxing.
The home sleeps up to six people, with the additional option of an apartment in the village, that can sleep another three, and this is offered free of charge when booked together with Casa Michele. See Casa della Nonna on this website for photos and a complete description.
The Tuscany region
Lunigiana, the land of the moon. Known for its spectacularly clear moonlit and star bright skies, clean mountain air and unbelievable views of the chesnut hills that surround you and the spectacular Apuane mountain ranges, that glisten in the daytime sun, appearing like snow capped mountains, but actually working marble caves where most of the industry of Massa Carrara marble takes place.
Many wonderful restored castles to visit in the area, famous during World War II for helping prisoners of war escape from the area, hiding out in the surrounding woods, helped by the locals, many of which still live in the village. The village has two small churches, both used daily, and has the added benefit of daily deliveries by van of bread, local cheeses, meats, fruits and vegetables and even a weekly van offering furniture for your patio!
The town of Fivizzano is a short fifteen minute drive away and offers everything you need to make your stay an enjoyable one. Supermarkets, locally made breads and desserts, wines, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. There is a large and well appointed hospital, doctors, dentists, pharmacy, and a wonderful open air market every Tuesday morning selling clothing, household goods, foods of the area, shoes, children's toys and clothing. A great atmosphere and wonderful people watching in the two bars in the village square, which house the outdoor market - a must see. A small but lovely spa town Equi Terme offering great cures in their thermal waters, spa treatments, or plain lazing around one of their two large swimming pools is a great day out. There is a book full of information in the property with ideas and suggestions for you for day trips to all the local attractions.
There is also a local ski resort thirty minutes drive above Fivizzano, which makes a lovely day outing in the summer months also, as there is a great park and lake as well as wonderul restaurants offering local delicacies of the area. We are less than an hour from the Italian Riviera and the seaside, and a day's outing to Lerici for its famous seafood and outdoor market on a Saturday morning are definitely a must do! You can take the boat and visit the beautiful Cinque Terre, and can hike between the five villages, hopping on and off the boat as you feel, and taking advantage of the great restaurants each of these wonderful little villages has to offer. Or pack and picnic to go, and enjoy one of the beaches of the Cinque Terre to relax and soak in the atmosphere.
Casa Michele, the property is situated in a medieval hilltop village called Luscignano, a short five minute drive to the closest village offering all the facilities, butcher, baker, groceries, cafe, bar, even two restaurants offering local fare at very affordable prices. There is even a doctor and a dentist, should they be required, as well as a pharmacy, hairdresser and even a local gym!
The area is known for its' natural beauty and unspoilt nature surrounds you. Ideal for walking, hiking, biking or just relaxing and taking in the beautiful views from either one of the two terraces, or relaxing in a hammock swinging gently from the olive trees in the garden taking in the majesty of the Apuane Alps which face the property.
Bed & bathroom
- 2 Double Beds, 1 Sofa Bed, 1 Cot available
- 2 family bathrooms, 2 en suites, 1 shower rooms
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
- Cot available
- Private garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Bicycles available
- Central heating
- Log fire
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Video player
- DVD player
- Hair dryer
- Long term lets (over 1 month)
- Suitable for people with restricted mobility
- 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.
- No smoking at this property
About the owner
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- Calendar updated:
- 26 Jul 2015
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- United Kingdom
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- Paypal accepted
Languages spoken: English, Italian
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“Casa Michele - Even more beautiful than you can imagine!!”
What an incredibly beautiful Villa. One never knows what one will get when getting properties from a website but beleive me, this one is better than the pictures. Peacful, quiet, relaxing , beutifully and tastefully decorated and the views are simply breathtaking! Though isolated from pretty much everything, the proximity to all the surrounding little towns makes things quite easy (except don't run out of milk or wine lol). The people in the village are friendly but are few and far between...there are more cats than people I think lol If you are looking for an amazing place to call your home base, Casa Michele is the place. If you are looking to be in the centre of all the action, this may not be your spot. If you have difficulty with climbing stairs, getting to the Casa may be a minor issue as there is quite a steep walkway from the parking spot. In my view, Casa Michele is a huge thumbs up
Thank you so very much for taking the time to complete the review. I am so very happy you enjoyed yourselves and that you found exactly what you were looking for from my description of Casa Michele, when you arrived! I hope to see you back on another trip to Luscignano ! Kind Regards, Kathy
Casa Michele is a stone home perched on the side of a mountain. The place itself is comfortable, personal, with the luxurious mixing with the rustic in the most artistic way. The terrace is large, with lovely little areas to sit or to eat, with loads of flowers and trees, and the view can only be described as spectacular. This place is on the outskirts of a small village, very private, and surrounded by countryside and villages that are hundreds of years old, and it is like going back in time. If you like being off the beaten track, you could not find a more charming place. The area is great for walks and there is a tiny train station nearby that can take you to Florence, Lucca, and elsewhere, but why would you want to be anywhere else? This place is a jewel.
Thank you for taking the time to post your review and comments. I very much appreciate this and hope that you will return one day either to Tuscany or Nice and enjoy another lovely holiday with us! Thank you! Kathy
“Dream Tuscany Vacation”
Casa Michele was perfect in every way. The house and stone patio are what you would see in a movie. The house itself is in a very small adorable hilltop village that is secluded and very quiet. There are however lots of cute larger villages with shops and markets within a 15 minute drive or so. There is so much to do in the area, we had many plans , but beware the patio and views are so relaxing you might end up spending most of your time lounging and dining al fresco on the patio as we did! We used the wood pizza oven almost every day! We had two couples staying in the house and it was the perfect size, with the pull out couch downstairs I would say a family staying would work out well too. We would definitely go back.
Thank you so much for such a lovely review of Casa Michele. If you return on another trip please do remind me as I automatically will offer you a discounted price for being such a lovely return customer to my little house in the hills of Tuscany! All the best, Kathy
“Beautiful Tuscan Villa”
Our family enjoyed an incredibly relaxing sun-soaked week in this beautiful hill-top town Tuscan villa. Initially taken aback by its remoteness (bring groceries when you arrive Sunday afternoon), we settled in quickly and relaxed completely with the gorgeous mountain views, fabulous patio and the routine of living in a beautifully renovated stone house. Day trips to Fivizanno, Cinque Terre and Equi Terme were all we needed before we rushed home to enjoy the sunsets. We are already dreaming about our next visit to Casa Michele!
Thank you so much for such a lovely review! I just wanted to remind you that should you decide to return to Italy and Casa Michele, that I offer an automatic discount to any of my return customers to Luscignano and my little house in the hills, so please do remind me you are a return customer - I do hope we see you back one day! I will also offer the same discount to any friends you refer, as word of mouth has been my best success for happy customers! All the best, Kathy
“Relaxing amid splendor”
"Charming" is the first word that comes to mind when describing the property. It's a centuries old stone villa, with updated kitchen and 2 baths, on the edge of a centuries old, hilltop, stone village. The view of the Apuan Alps from the terrace is awe inspiring, as are the villages, each with a bell tower, spotted throughout the rolling hills. The only sounds are coo-coo birds and church bells. I've never felt closer to God. If you tire of relaxing it's only a half hour drive to some of the finest beaches on the Italian Riviera, and some of the finest restaurants. The only downside is the villa is located down a rather steep set of steps from the car park. The road to the village is a bit twisty, but there is no traffic so you may drive a slowly as you like.
Thank you so much for your lovely review of Casa Michele and your stay in our little house in the hills of Tuscany. I also wanted to remind you that should you return on another trip to remind me that you have stayed with us before, as we will automatically offer you a discounted price for any further visits to either Tuscany or Nice. Thank you again, all the very best. Kathy
“I want to go back”
I wanted to celebrate my 60th birthday in the land of my birth with some close friends and my stay at Casa Michele was truly magical. I loved the house from the moment I arrived; it was cozy, comfortable, had all the amenities and I felt right at home. The views from the terrace were spectacular and the tolling of the bells added a mystical feeling to the experience. There was a sense of serenity at Casa Michele that has stayed with me since I returned home. It is located in a very small village and a car is essential so you can enjoy the surrounding area. Kathy, the owner, provided a list of things to do in the area and every day my friends and I would visit a different town and try a new restaurant. If you crave a visit to a larger town you can take the train to Lucca, Florence, Pisa and others. I also loved the fact that there were few tourists so I felt as if I was a resident rather than a visitor. For me it was the perfect way to celebrate and I am already planning to return to see the places I missed the first time.
Waiting for your return visit Orietta! Ha Ha - seriously I am only now reading my reviews, I really am AWFUL! Casa mia ed casa tua and I am looking forward to celebrating my 60th birthday this year as you did - I hope mine is as memorable and don't forget, there is always a place at the table for YOU! xxx
Delightful cottage, quiet and away from it all, lovely views and location in N Tuscan mountains. Interesting and windy access roads. Don't follow Tom Tom's recommended road up to the property!
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit your review - I am so pleased you had a great time at Casa Michele and thank you for your word of advice to others! For some bizarre reason the SatNav directions take you up a road that is designated for tractors only so please only follow the directions I send out to you on how to arrive and IGNORE your TomTom or SatNav in your rental car!! Google Maps as we now know, is not perfect ! Hope to see you back on another trip to either Tuscany or Nice with us - thank you again for being such wonderful clients!
Firstly, many thanks for letting us experience Italian village life in such a perfect location! Property was off the beaten track but was something we were aware of and it suited our needs perfectly. Situated in a charming 'shopless' and 'barless' village it was the perfect getaway from everyday life but within short drives of many interesting places to visit. The locals were lovely and always pleasant when passing through the 'square'. Everything was provided in this fully equipped property which was maintained to a high spec and the welcome from Clementina and her husband Nico (keyholders) was delightful. Shopping facilities were a short drive away as were the local eateries - all info provided in an informative pack which was available in the property. Plenty of reading material provided for those wanting to spend the day in on the large terrace taking in the wonderful views - magnificent and which changed dramatically through different times of the day. Never boring. Do take the train to Lucca from Pieve San Lorenzo - much better than the hassle of driving and just over 20 euros return for two people isn't worth taking the car. Also take in the market at Fivizzano and sample a coffee and pastry and Bar Riccti. Also worth a visit for fantastic pizzas at great prices is Il Borghetto in Pieve San Lorenzo - excellent. The coast is less than an hour away but do try the scenic route via Fosdinovo. Bit of a hairy drive but well worth it for the chance to take in the views. All in all we had a fantastic two weeks in this idyllic property and we are both of the opinion to return one day and we thank Kathy for the opportunity to visit her little piece of Italy - you are very lucky. T&T (August/September 2012)
Thank you so much and I hope we will see you back on another holiday to Casa Michele ! Kathy
We had an unforgettable stay at casa Michele. The property itself is beautifully decorated, it's quirky and doesn't feel like your typical holiday rental - more like home to home experience. The views from the cottage are truly dreamlike. However, the word of warning It's a rather remote location so you really need a car to get there (unless you like long distance mountain trekking). Also if you are using GPS to get there it will try to take you up the steap and windy unsurfaced road instead of the proper road a bit further on. Don't listen to GPS directions! If you like to be active, there is a lot to see and do around this beautiful area, and the owner, Kathy is very helpful and gives a lot of good tips before your arrival. If you arrive in the summer months be prepared to face the heat! From about the midday it's not really possible and wise to stay in the sun on the terrace. You really want to cool down and escape from the heat of the day. The nearest swimming pool is Equi Terme, which is very pleasant. Not much point going to the seaside, as it is packed. Also one thing you notice fairly quickly (apart from mosquitoes) is that it's not a overly touristy area, and people holidaying there are mainly Italians. So whereas the rest of Tuscany in the summer months is packed, here you can still find some peace and quiet. By the way, I travelled all around Italy before, and I have to say this is one of my favourite areas. Overall a great stay!
Thank you for your lovely review, it is always so heart warming to hear from someone who loves our home away from home experience! We hope you will return!
“Casa Michele - So lovely, so quiet and relaxing”
We rented this little cottage for our honeymoon, it was our first experience of Tuscany, and we loved it. The cottage resides in a little hill top village - and the drive up to the cottage is around 3/4 of a mile of winding lane, you will certainly need a car. The village is around one and a half hours drive from Pisa Airport. The village is very quiet (unless you arrive in the middle of a local power ball game - but the villagers were lovely and suspended their game for us to drive through the 'court'). Local shopping is in Casola or Fivizzano, and there are great little shops to stock up with supplies. The supermarket is in Aulla. The cottage is beautifully and tastefully decorated, with a superb private terrace where you can look out across the Tuscany hills. At night all you can hear are the crickets and the distant bells of the churches. It really is magical. As the weather was so lovely we never ate in the dining room, all our meals were outside on the terrace. The cottage has two double bedrooms and two bedrooms, one ensuite. It really is lovely, we are planning a return trip very soon!
So lovely to read that honeymoon couples so enjoy the peace, solitude and beauty of the area - to us it is the perfect place to relax and unwind after the hectic pace of arranging a wedding - so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your honeymoon and stay!
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