Self catering villa with olive, fruit trees & a vine clad terrace near Lucca
Beautiful Tuscan villa with private pool and stunning views, Casa Peggi is a truly romantic hideaway with a spiritual feel. The villa boasts 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms [2 on suite] a new kitchen & lounge and cool sitting room in the cantina. Three of the bedrooms have double beds [one a lovely four poster] the other two bedrooms have single beds. There is also a sofa bed and two cots for any babies.
There are two external eating areas; one, a vine clad terrace with stunning views to the villages across the valley, the other, a romantic stone hideaway next to an old pizza oven, perfect for watching the fireflies in June. The Villa has central heating and a wood burning fire and stufe, so is perfect for winter and autumn breaks when you can enjoy beautiful walks in the woods full of chestnut trees and porcini.
The pool is set to the side of the Villa with terra cotta paving and grass banks with steps leading into the shallow end - perfect for children and elderly relatives.There are 8 sun loungers and several deck and director chairs. The views of the distant mountains are stunning and the Villa is set in 10 acres of woodland and gardens yet is only 1 km from the nearest village and shop; secluded not isolated.
The house can sleep up to 11 people and the prices listed are for the whole house; However, if you are a smaller group, please feel to contact me and discuss a price for your party.
Winter Breaks: The price for holidays from November until the end of march does not include the gas for central heating this is paid locally at a rate of 150 Euros per week or 25 euros per day for short stays. It does, however, include the cost of logs so please feel free to stoke up the fire and roast some local chestnuts!
The area is known as The 'Garfagnana' and is often described as the Lungs of Italy with its tree laden hills and mountains contributing to the freshest of air. Most of the area is a designated national park, full of Deer, wild boar, eagles and a multitude of wild life. Fantastic for walks, biking, mountaineering, canoeing, riding and just relaxing and taking in the scenery. Garfagnana is also known for its food and many types of long forgotten vegetables, fruit and cereals are still grown, eaten and enjoyed in the many splendid restaurants and cafes.
Garfagnana is also ideally positioned to explore the history of Tuscany with the splendid walled city of Lucca only 40 Kms away and Florence an hour and a half away. For those of you that like to take in the beach life, Viareggio and the Tuscan Riviera is an hour away.
The House is fully equipped with all the appliances you need, dishwashers, Washing machines, double oven, 6 burner stove, fridges and freezer. There is an docking station for ipods/ipads and laptops, a wifi internet system, television, Dvd player [with a collection of Dvd's] plenty of books and games.
There is also Bbq equipment and a fire pit for outside cooking or just sitting by the fire late at night and watching the shooting stars.
Children are welcome and love exploring the gentle sloping wooded terraces and playing in the pool, the house is also suitable for the elderly [my 83 year old uncle loves it!] but please be aware that it is on a hill and the house is on tree floors so is not ideal for wheelchairs.
Due to the nearby farms and allergy concerns we cannot allow pets, sorry, and for similar reasons we ask smokers not to smoke in the house but use the outside areas.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
About Mr M J Foskett - www.tuscany-retreat.co.uk
Our daughter spent her first few years with us in Tuscany by the sea and we were always returning year after year, then in 2007, after looking for many a year, we found Casa peggi. If you come and stay you will realise why I had to buy it.
Mr M J Foskett - www.tuscany-retreat.co.uk purchased this villa in 2007
Why Mr M J Foskett - www.tuscany-retreat.co.uk chose Lucca Area
Once you see the view, walk in the Hills, breathe in the air, eat the food meet the locals, you will understand why this house. My heart is lifted every morning and pressures disappear, it is a great place to re-charge my batteries and, maybe, yours.
What makes this villa unique
Makes my heart sing, nothing else to add!
(6 traveller reviews)
I wasn't quite prepared for the stunning beauty of the location. The house was clean, welcoming and full of charm. It was well equipped and to have bread and other essentials awaiting our arrival was a godsend - not to mention the bubbly in the fridge! Couldn't keep the kids out of the pool. Perfect holiday.
Lovely Summer solstice holiday
My Family [Husband, 3 children and my sister and Husband plus 2 children] spent and an Idyllic week at Casa Peggi. From the warm welcome and the welcoming glass of prosecco to the end fond farewells the week was perfect!
The Children loved the pool and spent hours and hours splashing and laughing; having a salt water filter system meant that they could play without any issues with chlorine they loved it.
Local restaurants were friendly and good value, on the day when it rained [it poured down!] we went to Lucca and that was beautiful, full of history and fantastic ice cream.
Would highly recommend it!
Perfect in May
We were two families, of four and six, with children aged from 3 to 13, and everyone was enchanted with Casa Peggi. The house has been beautifully furnished with a particularly well-equipped kitchen (we cooked most evenings) where you can gaze out at the misty mountains while stirring the risotto. Look out for Monte Forato in the far distance ("What is that, a hole? Does that look like a hole to you??!"). The upstairs bedrooms have wonderful views over the valley, and downstairs the cantina bedroom is cool and quiet away from the others. No need to overrun the baggage allowance with toys and beach towels, there's lots to choose from, as well as maps & local information, a very varied and interesting book collection, and dvds.
We didn't get back in the car for three days after arriving, we were so relaxed and at home. The weather was almost entirely sunny with a couple of night showers - just enough to keep the tomato plants happy. The children swam, played football behind the house, chased lizards and beetles. We walked, looked at the view, watched the fireflies, chatted, read, ate, drank... Once we started to feel a need to commune with our host country, the house is very well placed for visiting Barga and Castelnuovo, and Lucca slightly further afield (hire a bike for six!). For stocking up, there's a hypermarket in Gallicano about 15 minutes drive away where you get anything from farro to footballs.
The owners were more than helpful, even with last minute emails the day we travelled (it's a good idea to get some directions for the last bit of the journey up the hill, as Google's were mystifying, once we turned off towards Fosciandora). The local housekeeper who met us on arrival (perfect English) was justifiably proud of the house as she showed us round and happy for us to contact her with any problems during our stay (we had none). I would recommend Casa Peggi absolutely, and I hope we'll be back.
Lovely Tuscan home
We stayed here August 09, sharing with another family and it was exceptional. Perfect balance of Tuscan charm with the comforts and conveniences of quality fixtures and fittings, we all felt at home. The owner was helpful, providing all the info we needed for the trip and the local agent was a kind and knowledgeable resource on arrival. A lovely home in a beautiful environment, stunning views, lovely, well maintained pool, great outside dining area. A superb find...but don't tell anyone!
We had an amazing week at Casa Peggi for my Dad’s 60th birthday. The house is lovely and the views are unbelievable. I wish we were back there now! There were 8 adults and 2 young children in our group and there was plenty of room for us all to have our own space, along with great areas to get together for meals etc. The owner, Mike, was really helpful and quick to respond to emails and questions. I would really recommend this property.
We stayed at Casa Peggi for Christmas 2008, with two families, including three young ones. We had brilliant sunshine and crisp frosts most days, and the view across the mountains was magical. At this time of year the area is fantastic, experiencing the Italian Christmas, walks in the woods, long lunches in local restaurants and shopping and sightseeing in Lucca. Casa Peggi is a lovely house with large rooms, a cosy kitchen with open wood fire and views to die for. The English owners have been really helpful and know all the best places to go. we will definitely be booking again.
From the Owner
“Once you see the view, walk in the Hills, breathe in the air, eat the food meet the locals, you will understand why this house. My heart is lifted every morning and pressures disappear, it is a great place to re-charge my batteries and, maybe, yours.”
Activity and Interests
Beautiful self-catering villa, 5 bedrooms, lovely pool, quiet, sunny location
Casa Peggi is an old farmhouse in a quiet sunny location in the National park of Garfagnana, lovingly renovated and restored with all services and fittings modernised, to create a stunning home that provides comfort and style in a tranquil setting.
The property can accommodate up to 12 people, with 5 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms, a large kitchen/dining room, comfortable living room and playroom/study. The floors are tiled throughout, all the windows are traditional castagne and have traditional wooden shutters. All of the bedrooms have stunning views of Monte Forato and the Apennines rising up to 1800 metres. Twp of the bedrooms are ensuite and one is set in the cantina with its own living room and vine clad terrace. Casa Peggi has an attractive garden, with shrubs, fruit trees, a covered terrace and two other outside eating areas. The land extends to over 4 hectares [10 acres] and is ideal for wandering and exploring for inquisitive minds. There is a lovely swimming pool 10m x 5m, with a salt based cleaning system which is great for kids and those with sensitive Skin. The pool has steps leading to a shallow end and ideal for families with children, the garden is also equipped with many outdoor games, bikes and a fire pit for evening BBQ'S
The Garfagnana area is famous for its food, with cheeses, wines honey and chestnuts famed throughout Italy. The Salami and wild boar are a must for non vegetarians and there are many restaurants that specialize in the local foods and shops in towns and villages nearby where you can buy excellent local produce to cook at home. The local area of Fosciandora is also famed for its Porcini Mushrooms, the locals will help you out and supply a few if you are not an expert in finding them yourself! A walk through the wooded hillsides will certainly reward you with some fabulous views and scenery and I am sure you will come across a local farmer who will gladly sell you home made foods but you usually have to share a glass or wine or two!
The local village, Riana is only 10-15 minutes walk away and is a charming village with a shop and bar. The village centre has a lovely church beautiful little houses, hidden Alleyways and with a little playground. You can also find banks, a post offices, bakeries and restaurants in the many towns a further few kilometres away.
The nearest large supermarket is 15 minutes drive away in the historic town of Gallicano, which has a good fresh fish counter, plenty of meats and all the food you will need. It also has many household and garden goods, toys and even some clothes.
The historic and beautiful town of Barga, 15 minutes drive away, and is very much worth a visit during your stay. Lovingly restored by the Italian government in recent years, the town founded by the Lombards and was built around the trade for silk and was rightly famed and fought over for centuries. This is a lovely place to come and wander around the shops and twice-weekly market, have lunch in and see the fine architecture and peaceful squares.
Walking in the hills around Casa Peggi is another lovely way to spend some time. There are several local walking routes meandering between villages, showing you the local flora and fauna and beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Another local favourite is cycling. The house has three bikes, and a days cycling through the hills and mountains is a must but going 'off Piste' is for the fitter and braver as the hills can be quite steep and rugged. If you or your children like mountain biking there are many centres that cater to this, we can also arrange horse Riding days and excursions
A day at the beach is another option; about an hour's drive away is the Tuscan Riveria with the famous towns of Viareggio and Forti di Marmi, The beaches are all manicured with umbrellas and loungers for hire, drinks and lunch delivered to you, all at a cost! For those who prefer a less organised more carefree feel the beaches south of Viareggio are all sand dunes and pine forests.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
29 Oct 2016 - 21 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early summer 2017
20 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
A refundable security deposit will be payable of £250 at the commencement of your holiday and returned to you on your departure.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
From the Owner
“Makes my heart sing, nothing else to add!”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Sofa Bed
- Tiled Stove
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
- Books for Kids
- DVD Player
- Games for Kids
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- 300 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, washing machine
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
- There are 5 bedrooms each sleeping two people, a further person can be accommodated on a sofa bed in the lounge. Alternatively we can close off one bedroom and a bathroom and rent the property at a reduced rate for 6/8 people.
- Bicycles ...
- 2 bicycles
- 8 garden chairs
- Fresh clean towels and linen are provided on a weekly basis, there are also additional towels for the swimming pool. A daily maid service is available on request at additional rates paid locally. It is also possible to arrange for a chef and catering for dinner parties and large events. If you would like individual tailor made tours of the local area and further a field, with or without a driver, this can also be arranged locally through an English and Italian speaking friend.