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Stunning Villa in Beautiful Conservation Village with panoramic views



Updated: 28-Sep-2016

Newly available to rent - A lovely 3 bedroom detached villa with private garage and large garden in the picturesque conservation village of Sassorosso, Garfagnana, Tuscany. Comprises large living room / dining area with log burning fire, kitchen, two bathrooms with shower and bidet, two double bedrooms and one single bedroom. Sassorosso is an enchanting village which is an excellent base for exploring the delights of Garfagnana, which is full of fantastic scenery, beautiful villages, with a wealth of festa's and celebratory events to see from April to October. The house is situated within walking distance of " Il nido dell'Aquila" bar and pizzeria, which has a dance or entertainment often on a Saturday, and "Linda's" Restaurant, which provides excellent traditional home-cooked Tuscan cuisine. "Casa Lavanda" is ideal for all year round rental : the stone house is cool enough for summer comfort and fully centrally heated for winter warmth. The views are spectacular, on the edge of Orecciella National Park, a wonderful location for hiking, woodland walks, horse-trekking, mountain biking, cycling (for the serious cyclists),and climbing. The villa is the perfect place to relax and feel as if you have been transported back in time. You can experience truly lovely sights and sounds - sometimes hearing the sound of goats bells in the fields below, seeing deer early in the morning, or even fire flies on the walk up to the pizzeria.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful spacious house

  • 5 of 5

The property looked superb in the photos and we were not disappointed when we arrived. The scenery is fantastic and the house is by far the best we have ever stayed in. Very well equipped and homely. Would definitely recommend this property. We so enjoyed eating on the outside terrace in the evening that we only ate out once at the local pizzeria and found the food to be good and great value.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great feedback, we're so glad you loved the house. We aim to please :-) and are always making improvements as new ideas come to mind. We hope to see you back again sometime, and offer a discount for return guests. Kind regards Sarah and Gerry
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Absolutely stunning

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing, spacious and well-supplied house set amongst outstanding scenery. When we visited, the late spring/early summer flowers, many alpine, filled the roadside verges with colour.

Both nearby restaurants within easy walking distance are of a very high standard. We tended to return again and again to the Pizzeria, because it is such a friendly environment; indeed we joined a wonderful party which included happy children and dancing on our first night in Sassorosso.

Because the roads up from Villa Collemandina are winding, the driving was unexpectedly good, careful and courteous. The larger road (SP72) which leads to Castileone is longer but wider and offers fantastic vistas on each corner.

Castileone itself is a charming, peaceful town, with good parking, some wonderful views from the turreted walls and from the war memorial gardens (tours of the highest wall walks are available). We spent some time in the 'Trend' cafe opposite the 2 town wall cafes and watched the farmer in the fields below harvesting the meadow grass. From the town it is a short distance to Pieve Fosciana where the 2 good size supermarkets are well stocked for all needs.

We love walking and there are several mule 'roads' and walking paths around the village, or a 30 minute drive takes you to the Oreccchiella National park (visit the bears!). There are easy so-called 'Sunday Walks' here, from 1 to 3 1/2 hour round trips and the longer 'Airone' trecks of 4 1/2 and 5 1/2hours and a 2 day duration. The park is open every day in July/ August. Of course beautiful Lucca (you can cycle the wide high walls for lovely views) is no great distance away, nor is Barga, with its impressive cathedral/ duomo - good cafes and restaurants abound here, too, of course.

At 'home' we sat for hours on the raised patio area near the loggia, looking at the vista; photos can't do justice to the majesty of the mountains all around. At night the fireflies light up the garden and surrounds in a magical (and free!) display. The foresters were busy up the hill near Linda's restaurant on two days and we watched with bated breath as the trees fell (safely I should add) to cries of 'timber!'.

This was a magical location and deserves to be fully booked - but leave us a space so we can return, please!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you loved Casa Lavanda and Sassorosso as much as we do. Your review is truly appreciated. We would love to have you back. We try hard to make sure we have thought of everything visitors might need to ensure you gave a great holiday. The location is a hidden gem, the views are something we never get tired of. Thanks again for your very kind words and detailed review. Kindest regards, Sarah and Gerry
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  • 5 of 5

Don't actually know where to start! Have had a fantastic few days (only wish is was longer!) Great place place to relax and unwind (with a glass of wine of course) and enjoy the stunning views down the mountainside. Casa Lavanda itself is beautiful and spotlessly clean with every conceivable kitchen utensil I can think of. Could not fault Casa Lavanda one bit, even the school bus picking up 2 kids as previously mentioned did not bother us (not quite sure why this was even mentioned in a previous review!) The attention to detail has been meticulous. Food in both Linda's and the Pizzeria excellent. Would definitely be returning to 'Casa Lavanda' and would recommend to others visitors. You will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed staying at Casa Lavanda. We have tried to think of everything you would need for a perfect stay, we are glad you loved the views as we do, and the lovely eating places nearby. We have never heard the school bus either- it must be too early for us! We are pleased that you hope to return someday, and would welcome you back. :-) Sarah and Gerry
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Ideal for a quiet & comfortable get-away

  • 5 of 5

Casa Lavanda is a spacious three bedroomed property with views to die for,is well equipped and,for a change,has decent,plush,comfortable beds.We found both the inside & out clean,tudy,with room allocated for alfresco dining & a

pleasant Sun-spot on top of the very useful Garage.The Village is small & seemingly completely refurbished with friendly inhabitants.The cottage is the first on the top road & dos get several locals that park outside plus is where the kids get collected for School,but is really no bother.The nearest grocery shop is a bit of a jaunt,so we just had to ensure we had everything we needed,no problem.There are two restaurants within 15 mins.walk.We did not eat out locally,but they were both very busy every time we passed.Both Lucca & Modena are each a good hour away,but there are plenty of little gems of Villages to discover amongst the mountains.

Overall we would fully recommend Casa Lavanda for a quiet & peaceful away from it all Holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your feedback. It's greatly appreciated. We're very glad we could accommodate your additional 5 days. We couldn't agree with you more, the views are to die for and exploring the multitude of pretty villages is something we never get bored with. The villagers are indeed very friendly and its a real pity you didn't manage to eat in either of the restaurants as they both do fantastic food, and the pizzeria has a dance under the stars in the summer which is a lovely experience.
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Stunning Views!

  • 5 of 5

From the front of the villa you look across towards the stunning Apuan Alps, behind are some of the wilder parts of the Apennine mountain chain. Plenty of room to sit out and enjoy the view in sun or shade, morning, evening or midday!

We had some wonderful walks in the Apennine Mountains but there are also medieval villages to explore and pizza to eat.

The villa is very generously equipped with friendly owners. It was a pleasure to stay there

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. The scenery from Sassorosso was one of the first things we fell in love with. We are so glad the villa met your requirements we are always trying to make improvements to ensure that visitors feel relaxed and at home when they visit. Hopefully see you back again. Kindest regards Sarah and Gerry
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From the Owner

Only just brought to the rental market a newly refurbished and decorated villa in a beautiful setting

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

A host of pretty, traditional Tuscan villages surround this area with gastronomic specialities for each of the villages as part of the local festivals they host during the month of August. Pork, trout, steak amongst the specialities. Delicious


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1 Sep 2016 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
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Updated: 28-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

Large garden and private parking with electric garage door opener.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Although the house does not have air conditioning, please don't let this put you off, as the inside of the house remains relatively cool in the summer and we have never felt the need due to the village being 900 metres above sea level. The higher altitude should get you a better tan ! the house is non-smoking and not suitable for pets Outside, there is a balcony at the front, a sunbathing area with loungers above the garage and a very large garden. The dining area is under a portico at the side of the house and there is a barbecue. Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid Service: Towels and line are included as well as separate beach towels for sunbathing. The house is prepared for your arrival.

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