from £120 / night help Price for guests, Nights approx:
- 3 bedrooms
- 8 sleeps
- min stay varies
- 3 bedrooms
- 8 sleeps
- min stay varies
Description from owner
The 2 bedroom cottage and 1 bedroom barn (only let together) have been lovingly restored with a great deal of care and personal attention by the owners who are keen to share their house with other families when they are not in residence.The properties retain most of their original features, with original chestnut beamed ceilings throughout, and wooden and terracotta flooring. There is a large fireplace in the living room there, as well as an open fire in the barn. For summer living there is also a fully equipped 'outdoor' kitchen meaning there is no need to enter the house from dawn til dusk! The extensive patio area boasts the most fantastic views of the mountains, and is high above Barga which is a beautiful city lit up at night, creating a very romantic place to Eat 'al fresco' and for enjoying those last glasses of wine of the day! The property is located high in the mountains, thus ensuring it is never 'too' hot, and it really feels it is possible to
The 2 bedroom cottage and 1 bedroom barn (only let together) have been lovingly restored with a great deal of care and personal attention by the owners who are keen to share their house with other families when they are not in residence.The properties retain most of their original features, with original chestnut beamed ceilings throughout, and wooden and terracotta flooring. There is a large fireplace in the living room there, as well as an open fire in the barn. For summer living there is also a fully equipped 'outdoor' kitchen meaning there is no need to enter the house from dawn til dusk! The extensive patio area boasts the most fantastic views of the mountains, and is high above Barga which is a beautiful city lit up at night, creating a very romantic place to Eat 'al fresco' and for enjoying those last glasses of wine of the day! The property is located high in the mountains, thus ensuring it is never 'too' hot, and it really feels it is possible to touch the stars at night! The private 'infinity style' swimming pool is above the houses so as not to totally spoil the traditional feel of the property, and to ensure it remains totally out of sight.The view from the pool is wonderful and the style of pool means it feels one is swimming in the mountains .... There is also a stepped area for paddling / sitting in the water. The owners are very keen to share their love of the area, and will be happy to provide for all your needs when they come up to check all is fine. This is a true retreat staying in your own private part of Italy, and it will be difficult to tear yourselves away !IIf you do venture outside, then Barga with its numerous shops, restaurants, open air concerts, mediaeval town, river and Duomos are only a 10 minute drive - what a perfect location! Not suitable for elderly due to steep Climb to the pool. The owners also keep bees, and will no doubt give you some honey. The hives are away from the house and pool. Fuller information:Cottage Ground floor: Large entrance hall, with dresser.Living / dining room with open fireplace, Full Sat TV package, stereo and wifi Farmhouse kitchen with large eating table, separate 4 ringed hob, fridge and microwave, dishwasher. Door leading onto: Extensive patio area overlooking the town of Barga. Outside eating furniture, and sun beds. Outside clay pizza oven (the owners will show you how to use this if you wish to have a go), and fully operational chestnut drying house.From the patio there is an 'outside kitchen', with modern oven and hob, freezer, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a further shower room, so that the house can be redundant during the day if you wish! Upstairs: One double bedroom, One twin bedroom, Extensive 'landing' area with pellet burning stove, and sofa bed. Modern shower room. Barn:Ground floor: Living area with large windows and arched doorway out to patio, separated from the kitchen/dining area by a circular working fireplace which sits in the middle of the room and therefore heats the entire floor.Kitchen has oven, hob, fridge, washine machine… living area has working fireplace, dvd player.First floor: Up the spiral staircase there is a lovely romantic double aspect 4 poster bedroom with doors placed opposite the bed, to take advantage of the wonderful views. There is also a good sized modern shower room. Outside: Infinity style pool with Roman Steps - it feels as though one is swimming in the mountains! Pool is 10M x 5M. Covered relaxing at the pool area as well as sunbathing area. There is also a fridge by the pool to keep your drinks cool! Extensive patio area outside of houses, including wood oven and BBQ. NB - We are able to offer the main house (sleeps 4+2) with exclusivity (barn closed for privacy) in May, June and September for £750.
Location description from owner
The Tuscany region
The Tuscan Region of Italy is well known for its warm balmy summers, beautiful countryside, rolling hills, mouth - watering food, and of course its towns and villages, rich with mediaeval architecture…The Garfagnana region of Tuscany, often known as its 'Green Lung' is situated away from the milling crowds that can often be found at the most famous Tuscan locations and is totally unspoilt, remaining untouched by tourism. The scenery is spectacular, green and mountainous with views of both the Apuane and Appenine mountains at every turn…And, due to the altitude whilst the weather can be very hot, it is always pleasantly cool for sleeping…The food is usually home made, using home grown produce, and is typically simple and extremely tasty. Prices here remain very reasonable due to the fact that food is prepared with the locals, and not tourists in mind…The local wine is cheap and surprisingly drinkable!The pace of life is slow and peaceful – spend your days enjoying secluded picnics, swimming in rivers, or watching locals play bocce or 'cheese throwing'. Visit hundreds of ancient hill top villages, or relax at home basking in stunning scenery.For 'townie' days, visit the mediaeval towns of Barga, Lucca, Castelnuovo, with Pisa and Florence within easy reach too…This is Olde Worlde Italy
Pegnana is set just 10 minutes from Barga, which itself is 45 minutes North of Lucca, 1 hr from Pisa; 1.5 hrs Florence; 2.25 hrs Siena; 1 hour coast. Airports - Pisa (1hr 10 mins); Florence (90mins);Genoa (2.5 hrs); Bologna (2.5hrs). Barga, the closest town is a beautiful medieval hill-top town, situated approximately 45 minutes North of Lucca.The town boasts cobbled hilly streets, fantastic views, an abundance of churches; 3 bridges, and a duomo. There is also a large outdoor community swimming pool surrounded by the Alpuan Alps.Barga is well known in the area for its good restaurants, and also for its open air concerts held overlooking the town. Jazz; opera, and the classics, are performed, quite often free of charge.The town is well located to serve as a base for exploring either by car, or by train, the more well known sites of Lucca(45 mins), Florence (1.5hrs), Siena(2.25 hrs), and the seaside town of Viareggio (1 hr). The famous caves of Grotto di Vento are circa 20 mins away.The completely unspoilt area of Garfagnana, further North is also easy to explore, with its Natural Parks, mountains, hill top villages, and panoramic views at every turn!
- Nearest beach 56 km
- Swimming pool
- Child friendly
- Car essential
- No pets allowed
- Private garden
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
- High chair available
Bed & bathroom
- 2 Double Beds, 1 Sofa Bed, 2 Single Beds
- 3 Shower rooms
- Wi-Fi available
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Private garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- CD 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 owner
Lorraine Venturelli (Property Manager Tuscan Retreats Ltd)
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- Calendar updated:
- 10 Aug 2016
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English, Italian
This Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 22 May 2014. Located in Barga, it has 3 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £800 to £1295.
The Owner has a response rate of 80% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 10 Aug 2016.
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– based on 3 reviews
- Very Good
“Outstanding view and fabulous infinity pool.”
Marco and Simonetta were the most helpful hosts we have ever met. Nothing was too much trouble, and we had a fantastic holiday.
“Magnificent Mengarino - a bit hit with all the family !”
My family and I stayed in Mengarino for a week in August. It was so much better than we had anticipated. The rustic farmhouse had everything we needed to make our stay very enjoyable. The farmhouse is situated high up in the hills over looking Barga so the views were amazing. The large garden area with an infinity pool overlooking the mountains was a perfect place to relax. What really made the holiday for us was Simonetta and Marco's Italian hospitality. On our first morning Marco had left us some jars of honey to try from his local bee hives. On Wednesday night Simonetta and Marco cooked us some amazing Tuscan pizza's in their clay oven, which we've been raving about to our friends since we got back. The farmhouse is in a great location 5minute drive to Barga and close enough for day trips to Lucca and Florence. Thank you so much Simonetta and Marco for making our stay so enjoying. It's the best place we've stayed in Italy.
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at this farmhouse. We have also partaked of Simonetta and Marco's pizzas - amazing! Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats.
“This is a beautiful place to stay in Italy”
You wind your way up the hills to Mengarino which is situated high up above Barga. Simonetta was there to meet us having kept in touch during our approach and showed us around the farmhouse and second apartment. Having settled in we wandered up to the pool, and oh my word, it was stunning! The views defy description. During the week Marco came up to check the pool and ensure we had everything we needed and brought up some honey and a semi freddo which was both thoughtful and spoiling . On Thursday Marco, Simonetta and their son cooked the most delicious pizzas in the property's pizza oven. The houses have everything you need and Marco and Simonetta ensure your stay is perfect. Sitting outside under the covered area by the farmhouse you really are in your own little bit of heaven.
Thank you for your review, and we are really happy you appreciated the house, views and the care given to you by the owners!
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