Casa della Vista – Home 98899 Farmhouse
- 2 bedrooms
- 5 sleeps
- min stay varies
Casa della Vista – Home 98899
- 2 bedrooms
- sleeps 5
- min stay varies
Farmhouse / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 5
- Nearest beach 40 km
- Swimming pool
- Child friendly
- Car advised
- Air conditioning
- Pet friendly
- Private garden
Description from owner
- Great for children of all ages
- Pets welcome
Bed & bathroom
- 1 Double Bed, 2 Sofa Beds, 1 Single Bed
- 1 Shower room
- Air conditioning
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Private garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
- Yes, smoking allowed
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
- Response rate:
- Calendar updated::
- 16 Apr 2017
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
- Overall rating:
Languages spoken: English
This Farmhouse has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 5. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 25 Aug 2009. Located in Pescia, it has 12 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £500 to £645.
The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 16 Apr 2017.
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– based on 12 reviews
- Very Good
“A beautiful Tuscan retreat”
Our stay at Casa Della Vista was just wonderful - we found this lovely, rustic farmhouse to be the perfect place to relax and experience life in Tuscany. We were helped from our hire car to the house with our bags by Chris, who was really friendly and welcoming and gave some great advice on things to do and see in the region (as Kevin had via email prior to our arrival too). When we reached the house and saw the view we were amazed - breathtaking is really the word - and we immediately settled in to the house itself. It was exactly the kind of place we were after - somewhere a little off the beaten track; somewhere to really get away and relax, and somewhere to properly get a feel for Tuscany. As others have said, the people in the village and the wider region are so friendly; and we just loved the local restaurant Sandrino's - incredible food with such delicious local ingredients (definitely try the local beans and mushrooms!). We had day trips all over, to Lucca, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, wine tasting in the Chianti Valley...all an easy drive away. And we had several days just enjoying the view and the peace and quiet right outside the house itself. It's a wonderful place to enjoy a holiday, highly recommended.
Owner's reply: Thank you for taking the time to write this review - we are so glad you had such a great time! You seem to have struck a perfect balance between just chilling out and getting around the beautiful local area. We hope to see you back!
“Outstanding views, charming cottage and great for relaxing!”
After a short drive from Pisa airport made easy by very clear directions, no need for a sat nav, we were met on arrival by Chris who was really helpful in getting us and our bags to the cottage. The cottage itself was located just beneath the main village so enjoyed privacy which was really welcome but also had the most fantastic views on three sides with day long sunshine. The cottage although small, contained all the essential things for a holiday, As life is best lived outside, then the barbeque and the pool were the most important to us. On the nights we didn´t barbeque there was Sandrinos Tratoria, a short walk down the hill. Atillo cooks fantastic authentic Tuscan food in a welcoming restaurant, the wild boar is recommended. In the village itself was a small bar and again the welcome here was fantastic and the wine cheap! Many days were spent relaxing, floating in the pool, sun bathing or sitting under the olive tree reading a book but on days when we felt more energetic there was lots to do. Firenze was a 1 hr train ride away from Pescia but also Lucca is a beautiful and less busy town. Otherwise there are many local villages along the valley tucked away, with small bars where you can just wile away the hours. Overall, a stay here is a relaxing break away from the crowds soaking up the Tuscan lifestyle. We would definitely recommend it to like minded people who want to experience the real Tuscany and we would love to return. Many thanks, Gerdientje and James
Owner's reply: Many thanks for your kind words. We try to make little improvements every year to our lovely house but, in the end, it is the Tuscan scenery, lifestyle and hospitality that wins people over, just as you mentioned in your review. Hope to see you again soon!
“Breathtaking Italian Escape”
Being the usual hustle and bustle holiday type, for our next holiday we wanted something a little bit different. We wanted to experience a more relaxed and cultural holiday for a change. After viewing a few different types of accommodation in various locations, we finally decided that Casa Della Vista was what we had been looking for. We contacted the owner, who I might add was very informative and helpful at every stage. He supplied us with a wealth of local information, from places to visit, eat, sightseeing opportunities, detailed directions to the property, and much more. This filled us with every confidence that our holiday choice had been the right one. We hired a car from Pisa airport, and began our journey towards Sorana. The owner had told us about the supermarket ‘Esselunga’, in Pescia, which is the nearest town to Sorana where we would be staying, so we stopped off en route to get some necessities before continuing on. When you arrive at the village of Sorana and park the car, there is a short walk to the property. As you approach the farm house, you walk around the side of the property, and WOW! In front of you is one of the most jaw dropping views we feel we have ever come across. I will never forget that first glimpse. The tiered landscape of olive groves immediately in front of you, looking down over the forest covered valley, another small Italian village over the valley to your left, with a few other singular properties dotted on the landscape, sun shining over the mountain tops, this is perfection. Every morning, the first thing we would do was take another look at that view, just to make sure we didn’t imagine it. Moving on to the accommodation, as we were a couple, I can say that the house was plenty for us, with all the requirements that one should need for our truly rustic Italian holiday. Every room was spotless when we arrived. Upstairs is an excellent master with a huge comfy bed and ample storage space, the second bedroom housed a log burning fire, if only it was cold just for one night so we could use it. Moving downstairs we have the shower room / toilet which again was spotlessly clean, but watch the water it does get very hot, the lounge which contains a very fluffy rug and comfy sofa, and the kitchen, which had all the requirements that we needed in the form of a gas hob/oven, fridge freezer, kitchenware etc, and to our surprise, tap water that is fed from a fresh spring further up the mountain, perfect for drinking. We settled in straight away to our surroundings, and as I mentioned above, this was not our usual type of holiday. As we had the hire car we took the opportunity to sight see as much as we could, and after some long days of exploration, the pure relaxation of returning to our farm house with a view. As others, we also dined at Sandrino’s, which if you are reading the reviews, you will know by now it is at the bottom of the hill, and we can to confirm that the food here is second to none. They offer great hospitality, with a great selection of top quality Italian food, at a very good price, and worth every penny. May we also recommend that you try the prosecco that they have on offer as this too is very nice indeed. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Della Vista, we will definitely be back in the future. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
Owner's reply: Steve, I think you have missed your vocation as a poet! Your description of the view is one of the most eloquent we have received! Thanks for taking the trouble to write to us, we really appreciate it and are happy you had such a good time Regards Kevin
“Great place to get away from the fast pace of modern life.”
Landing at Pisa airport & following the directions provided, the journey took approx. 40/50mins & was very easy to follow. As the owner states the path is a little steep in places, I believe that a new path will be constructed at the end of April/beginning of May (so the locals inform us). The villa had all that we required to use as a base. We found a lovely place to eat at the bottom of the hill called Sandrino's - O MY GOD the food is out of this world, the staff/owner are most friendly & we would have paid twice as much in the UK for this meal. The nearest town is Pescia & we found a little market on Saturday in the main square/ with some very nice shops & caffas. You can also catch the train from Pescia to Florence (Firenze in Italy) - approx 3 trains every hour at a cost of 10.40€ return. When you return the trains to catch are Lucca or Viareggio, again 3 trains every hour. I would also recommend a trip to Lucca which is a wall city/town which is 20/25mins away from Pescia. This is the place for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track & have a real tuscan experience. The village is small, & beautiful for an evening stroll. But the thing we will take away from this villa is sitting outside on the terrace in the afternoon/evening with a nice bottle of wine enjoying the views down, up & across the valley. I can't wait to come back.
“Superb Location, Friendly Village”
The property is in a very private location, superb for a get away from it all break. The village is lovely, the locals very friendly and a great regular bus service down to the nearest town Pescia. The property is great, but small and quite cramped for 5 people. It is directly joining two derelict properties. The pool is not 25' long and did not have a working filter, and was not that clean. It was a small ground top pool. There is a stand alone air conditioning unit in one room only, the downstairs living room ( which doubles up as one of the bedrooms). You had to lead the outlet pipe out of one of the windows, which had to remain open, which made the aircon much less effective. I would not say the location is suitable for young children unless you want to spend the holiday following them around as the olive grove was overgrown and a very steep drop down the hill near the pool and patio areas. The mule track was overgrown in summer and we were advised not to walk down it by the locals, due to snakes and wild boar. The terms and conditions on booking stated that the electricity was very fragile in times of high demand. However, we experienced the trip switch fusing every time we used the bathroom or had a shower, several times a day/night. We have alerted the owner to this as there appears to be a problem on the circuit. The cooker handle was broken which created a problem when we tried to cook something as the door of the oven heated up to a very high temperature, quite dangerous. There was not enough seating for 4 of us outside for al fresco dining. we had to use one of the deck chairs, which was unsuitable. We have let theowner know all of the above and having said all that, we had a super holiday in a fantastic location and a rustic Tuscan farmhouse with its quirky charm. We are the adventurous type so managed to overcome the above niggles, but for those who maybe require a bit of luxury, you might be frustrated.
Owner's reply: The dimensions of the pool have been changed on the description to 15' by 8' - thanks for pointing this out. this size of pool is still plenty big enough to accommodate a family of 4 splashing around. If the filter issue had been reported, we coud have fixed it - not having a working filter will make it difficult to keep the pool clean. We have found that the air conditioning unit is more than adequate to keep that room cool during the hot summer. We have never had any trouble with young children staying at the property and our experience is that the olive groves provide great adventures for them. We will make sure that the tracks past the house are strimmed in future but there has never been an issue with anyone being attacked by snakes or wild boar. However, as described in the house summary, it is located in a hillside village in northern Tuscany. If local wildlife is not something guests are comfortable with, then this is not the property for them. The electricity has been checked and circuit breakers replaced and the cooker handle repaired. There are four chairs in the under house storeroom and four more wooden chairs in the house which can be moved outside when there are more than 4 guests dining. There should be no need to try and use a deckchair. The house is not described as 'a luxury villa' - it is a rustic Tuscan farmhouse. As most of our guests find, it is the location and quiet which enables people to have a calm, relaxing holiday. Thank you for the rest of your comments
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