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Holiday cottage in Sommocolonia – Home 6581651 Cottage

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Holiday cottage in Sommocolonia – Home 6581651

Excellent Excellent – based on 5 reviews

  • Cottage
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car advised
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

L'Aurora di Montagna is a quaint, rustic, Tuscan villa/cottage in an ancient hilltop village with the most incredible, mesmerising views imaginable. Possibly "The best view in Tuscany" as described by many people who have visited the property!

South facing and 1,000ft above the valley floor in the Apennine foothills, the villa is built into the front of a little village called Sommocolonia. From every part of the property there are panoramic views of the valley floor, the Apuan Alps and Barga, which has been voted as one of Italy's 20 most beautiful villages/small towns.

Sun from early morning to sunset with two beautiful terraces to enjoy the vista, outside living and al fresco dining. Watch the working valley below you change by the hour.

Listen to the woodworkers on the slopes, cuckoos singing in Spring and wild boar in the valley rivers. Watch the Fireflies, shooting stars and satellites at night. Or just enjoy the peace and quiet of this

L'Aurora di Montagna is a quaint, rustic, Tuscan villa/cottage in an ancient hilltop village with the most incredible, mesmerising views imaginable. Possibly "The best view in Tuscany" as described by many people who have visited the property!

South facing and 1,000ft above the valley floor in the Apennine foothills, the villa is built into the front of a little village called Sommocolonia. From every part of the property there are panoramic views of the valley floor, the Apuan Alps and Barga, which has been voted as one of Italy's 20 most beautiful villages/small towns.

Sun from early morning to sunset with two beautiful terraces to enjoy the vista, outside living and al fresco dining. Watch the working valley below you change by the hour.

Listen to the woodworkers on the slopes, cuckoos singing in Spring and wild boar in the valley rivers. Watch the Fireflies, shooting stars and satellites at night. Or just enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful and historic village setting.

The setting is romantic, atmospheric, quiet and simply stunning.

Fantastic for walkers, hikers, food lovers, those with cultural interests and the shear love of all things Italy where the Tuscan pace of life is slow and meant to be enjoyed.

Every room in the cottage has dramatic valley views of Barga and centuries old thick walls keep the property cool in the hot summer months. Simple, rustic accommodation with a well equipped kitchen for all those who love cooking in this food rich region of Italy.

Large main bedroom with King sized double, wall fresco's and double aspect. Second bedroom with King sized double and double sofa bed for larger family stays. Third bedroom with bunk beds and all with lovely views.

The terrace sitting room on the first floor converts to a forth bedroom. It has a small utility room, bathroom and is accessed from the terrace only. Making very private and separate sleeping for 2 people in a larger party? Flexible accommodation with 3/4 bedrooms for up to 8 people.

The property is ideal for two/three couples, two small families or one large family.

Along with medium speed internet and WiFi, there is an up to date 4k UHD Smart TV and Blu Ray player in the cosy lounge for those who may enjoy watching films on those low season nights. There is also a Cambridge Audio HiFi system with an i/Apple (and other devices) dock.

A roaring, contemporary wood/log burner produces fantastic adjustable warmth for the lounge and background heat for two bedrooms in the low season months should guest require it. Another log burner in the hall can provide further background heat for the house if needed. Making April, early May and the winter months a toasty stay!

Location description from owner

The Tuscany region

The Garfagnana / Serchio Valley is one of the most beautiful and dramatic parts of Tuscany. It's somewhat off the beaten track, little tourism, great value if you eat out or buy in and its not far from the mass tourism (but of course cultural) areas of Florence, Pisa, Sienna and lower Tuscany etc.

The Garfagnana area is rich in cultural history, natural beauty, food, lifestyle and the friendliness of its people. This large valley is hemmed in by the Apuan Alps on one side and the Apennine mountains on the other and the view, wherever you are, is always dramatic and breath-taking.

Wolves up in the high passes, deer and wild boar in abundance and a choice of beautiful natural parks in the region - The Orecchiella and Orrido di Botri being the best.Wildlife is everywhere and the seasons all have their special look in the valley.The famous Versilian Coast and the incredible Cingue Terre (5 Villages) are only an hour away by car or train. A must to visit if you can.So is the nearby,wonderful walled city of Lucca, home and birthplace of Puccini and a great day out to explore. Cycle or walk the entire city wall and enjoy the quaint interior of this historic Tuscan gem!

One of the joys of the area is the food. The Garfagnana valley is justly famous for its prosciutto, pork, pecorino cheese, chestnuts and honey. Within the ancient walled town of Barga, there are really excellent restaurants where you can sample local specialities in a genuine atmosphere. Barga is a "Citta Slow" so all food is freshly prepared from (mostly) local ingredients so menus are very seasonal. Specialities include Stinco di Maiale (pork shin) Tagliata di Manzo (beef) Funghi, especially the Porcini found locally and various chestnut dishes. Pastas include Ravioli with butter and sage or in Spring Ortica (Nettle), Maccheroni (a flat pasta, not the tubes) which is usually taken with a game sauce eg Lepre (Hare) Cinghiale (Wild Boar) or Truffles (Tartufo). Trout is common as there are many trout farms in the valley and in the mountain rivers.

The three top restaurants in Barga produce modern twists on Tuscan cuisine, are really high quality, lovely atmosphere and relatively inexpensive.

The food in the area is not be confused with standards you may have experienced in the mass touristy areas where Italy is often and very badly represented!

Lovely, rustic eateries are also found up in the woods on both sides of the valley - many highlighted in our guest information pack. Some have menus, some are set menus, but great advice is always to ask "what's in season, what do you recommend" and you'll not be let down.

As the Garfagnana isn't too "touristy" Italian may be the only language in some eateries you visit but always be rest assured that you will be understood by patient chefs and waiting staff who really appreciate your custom.

We can book restaurants prior to guests staying if required.

Sommocolonia

Sommocolonia and the cottage / villa look down on Barga which is the focal point of this valley. This peaceful, sleepy 2,000 year old Roman village also has an interesting WW2 history - being on the Gothic Line and indebted to US Buffalo soldiers who gave their lives in defending Sommocolonia. There are books in the villa that cover this fascinating history.

Barga was voted in Italy's top 20 villages for its balance of culture, old fashioned tradition, gorgeous old town looks, food and life - its a working hilltop town/village with a vibrant community and loads of character.The 10th Century Duomo (church) at the top of the town is simply stunning.There are Opera and Jazz festivals in the summer and a Jazz club is open every Friday.

Walking, hiking, cycling or just day tripping around the area is a pleasure. Footpaths are well signposted and our very detailed guest information provides many ideas on how you can explore and enjoy the area to the full!

For families or those who like swimming, there are 3 lovely pools in the area - Barga (7 mins), Albiano (10 mins) and at the Il Ciocco Resort (15 mins). Plus beautiful river swimming in many locations in the valley.

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Families

  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed Sofa Bed
    Bedroom 3: Bunk Bed
    Beds in other rooms: King Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room, 1 Toilet Only

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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
Please contact the owner
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Mark A
Response rate:
50%
Calendar updated::
11 Jan 2017
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


This Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 16 May 2015. Located in Barga, it has 5 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £700.

The Owner has a response rate of 50% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 11 Jan 2017.

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“Fantastic mountain villa in Northern Tuscany in a warm community with walking trails at reasonable costs.”

Reviewed 28 Aug 2016

We love this mountain village. Significant WWII history and museum next door to villa and an ancient mule trail 20-30 minute walk down to a great little cafe Diavoli and another trail behind the cafe over and into Barga. Barga is a big town or small city depending on how you look at it. Great restaurants, an amazing town pool and driving access to Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, beaches and all the hiking you can handle. Small towns up and down the Serchio valley with authentic meals. Can't say enough about this gem of a region. The Villa is very clean and very spacious. We made a family visit from Massachusetts, USA. My wife and I in the master bedroom. My daughter and her grandmother in the second bedroom each with a big bed. and our sons in the room with bunk beds. We did not take advantage of the lower bedroom and full bath where another couple could have stayed in total privacy. Clean and comfortable with a view to die for. We will be back~!

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