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Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Oct-2016
2 double bedroms, both ensuite, large open dining/living area. Private terrace

Casa D'alloro has two beautifully appointed double bedrooms, both en-suite. One has an outstanding view over the chestnut swathed foothills of the Apuan Alps. A fully equipped kitchen includes dishwasher and microwave, while the lounge area also has those spectacular views down the valley towards the Magra river.

Breakfast on the terrace in the cool shade watching the butterflies and listening to the crickets. Evening in the warm sun watching the shadows lengthen. Then the fire flies appear below in the garden flitting from the bushes to the fruit trees. As it gets darker the sky lights up with a million stars so bright without florescent lights and you can hear the owls over the valley and even the rustling in the bushes of the wild deer or maybe even the chingale wild boar so prized by the locals. Far away towards Aulla just a few lights twinkle in tiny villages like ours and above Licciana is the faint orange glow of the cemetery...... this is Lunigiana........

Outdoor Pool - our new in ground pool( 8m x 4m) has just been completed. Roman steps lead into the pool to give easy access for all ages. The pool is 1.25m deep..perfect for adults to do easy lengths and shallow enough for kids 7 and over to be able to stop for a breather. The location is amazing with views far down over the valley.

Local attractions 1: Lucca - 1 hr 10 mins - Provincial capital with intact Renaissance walls. Do not miss the oval Piazza Antiteatro right in the centre which has some of the original arches still in place. This is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccici the famous composer and there is a summer music festival held which has included Eric Clapton, Burt Bacharach, Anastasia and Moby. At nearby Torre del Lago there is a Puccini festival every July/ August.

Potovenere/Cinque Terra - 55 mins - World Heritage Site. Picturesque town on the Gulf of Poets with great seafood trattorias where you can catch the ferry to the 5 villages of the Cinque Terra. Over the centuries terraces have been constructed on the steep hillsides to cultivate vines and olives. No cars can reach the villages and the inhabitants are proud of protecting their way of life.

Eating out - possibly our favourite activity... huge choice from 12 euro local lunches of fresh mountain produce to the more expensive but superb restaurants around Lerici.

Local attractions 2: Lerici/San Terenzo - 35 mins - beautiful typical seaside resort that hasn't changed much over the years due to strict planning regulations. Dominated by its castle, it also has a small fish market right on the harbour. There is a small public beach that is shallow and safe for kids. Great ice cream parlours and restaurants. You can also get the ferry to Portovenere across the bay.

Sarzana - 30 mins - beautiful centro storico with large piazza and marble Gothic cathedral dating from 1355. Some lovely restaurants and ice cream parlours. Huge antiques market every month.

Parma - 1 hr 30 mins - world famous for Proscuitto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, architecture and one of the oldest universities in the world. Easy to visit and to park in and amazing food. Many beautiful Romanesque churches and lovely gardens around the Ducal Palace.

Luni Amphitheater and Museum - 40 mins -Founded in 177BC there are remains of the Roman Amphitheater and is located on the via Aurelia which lead to Rome.

for more info please see casadalloro.com and baccana on facebook

more info.....: Hill walking - directly from Casa D'alloro there are endless spectacular marked hill walks in the Apuan Alps. Wild boar roam the mountains and all the locals search for fungi the day after rain.

Water Parks -There are two water parks within easy reach, one at Villafranca in Lunigiana and one close to Fivizziano.

Karting - there is an outdoor kart track between Lerici and Boco di Magra and a world championship track at Parma just 1 hour drive.

Opera - just one hour from Torre di Lago to experience Puccini where it was written. Book early in the season to ensure you get a seat.

Shopping - Forti dei Marmi is just down the autostrada where you can enjoy the passegata with the locals browsing Tods, Prada, Hogan, Dolce e Gabbana before stopping for your appertivo....it has to be a Prosecco......

Adventure park - parco 100 aventure is the summer activity at the Prato Spilla ski resort. A challenging adventure set high in the chestnut trees caters for 6 to 76 year olds.....

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

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Speaks English, Italian

16 Reviews

4.9
based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

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Lovely villa in a rustic village with amazing views!

  • 4 of 5

Upon arriving in Baccana myself and my partner were blown away by the beauty of the place, the views are stunning and the little village is very rustic and charming, the photos do not do it justice. The villa itself is lovely with ample space and everything you need for a relaxing holiday in the mountains. It does however get rather warm over night with no air conditioning and I imagine it is much hotter in the middle of summer but the back bedroom is much cooler than the front. The welcoming food hamper was also very gratefully received after a long journey from the UK. The pool is very welcoming and perfect for cooling down in on a hot day and it looks lovely when lit up at night, the garden is pretty large but does look a little incomplete and could do with a bit of attention/tidying up, possibly with the addition of paving around the pool. The area is very quiet and the perfect place to escape for a week or two, there is a lot of wildlife around including tawny owls, butterflies, dragonflies and lots of crickets and cicadas which create the lovely ambient hum come sunset. There are several stray cats in the village and although I am a cat lover they did become a bit of a nuisance, trying to get into the house and begging for food. The villa is pretty much in the middle of nowhere up a very bumpy and windy road in the car so be prepared to travel for any sightseeing etc. There are several little local villages with a couple of restaurants, unfortunately we didn't get to visit as many of them as we wanted but Beatrice's Pizzeria and Montagna Verde are a must. It's also worth visiting the beautiful Cinque Terre villages, we drove to La Spezia station and got the day train ticket to visit all 5 villages which worked out very well, you can also get the ferry but this is a lot pricier and you get less time in each village. Overall we loved our stay in Baccana, we were very sad to leave and we will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review....we are waiting on quotes for paving around the pool .... after the pool was intsalled the soil level dropped a few times so now its settled is the time to sort the surround. The cats can be annoying but as they are not ours there is little we can do...though we do ask in our arrival instructions that you do not feed or encourage cats or dogs to come up to the terrace area... In summer best to keep curtains pulled during the day to keep interior of house cooler and open up all the doors once it cools in the evening to get air flowing through the house..takes a bit of practice to get it working well....
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Perfect holiday home from home.

  • 5 of 5

Our second time here and now we are happily planning our third. Both times we went with friends and being able to have a double room with ensuite for each couple makes sharing easy.

We love the the peace and quiet, the comfort, the attention to detail, the facilities, the fireflies and stars and the pool and the location is also perfect.

One of the best things though is that Mark responds instantly and incredibly helpfully to any queries even on matters unrelated to this lovely holiday Casa.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful hideaway with amazing views..

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing 2 weeks in Baccana with our 3 children. Everything we needed was at hand and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the pool! With the coast near it made it a great location. Tellaro and the crystal clear sea was one of our favourite places and surprisingly very quiet for Italy! San Terenzo was perfect for a late swim and gelato..

Everything we had to eat was lovely, but eating at Montagne Verde was most definitely the best. Fabulous food which kept coming over 3 hrs! We would highly recommend it and great for children.

Thanks to Antonella for being so kind and helpful during our stay. If you need to know anything Mark was always at hand to help who also gave us lots of information before and during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

It epitomises Italian charm

  • 5 of 5

Casa D'Alloro definitely is more remote than we thought but the peacefulness and tranquility makes it so special. Once you know your way around -the neighbouring villages have everything you need.....there's great restaurants and bakeries , butchers etc . Mark ( the owner) has made the property so comfortable and homely; respectfully restoring it to its traditional style but also ensuring guests have all the convenient mod cons . Mark is so helpful too . Casa D'Alloro is simply beautiful... And the area is breathtaking . Now back in cloudy UK I miss Casa D'Alloro! !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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It epitomises Italian charm. The escape place we all crave.

  • 5 of 5

Casa D'Alloro definitely is more remote than we thought but the peacefulness and tranquility makes it so special. Once you know your way around -the neighbouring villages have everything you need.....there's great restaurants and bakeries , butchers etc . Mark ( the owner) has made the property so comfortable and homely; respectfully restoring it to its traditional style but also ensuring guests have all the convenient mod cons . Mark is so helpful too . Casa D'Alloro is simply beautiful... And the area is breathtaking . Now back in cloudy UK I miss Casa D'Alloro! !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely adored this beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for the wow factor this stunning villa is for you! Set in the heart of some of the most glorious Tuscan mountains you wake every morning to spectacular skyline views and the opportunity for a refreshing swim in your own private pool. Evening time sees the sky changing gradually changing colours into twilight lit up by dancing fireflies giving the place a magical presence that is second to none. It's also a great spot from which to tour the area and the local produce is so authentically Italian so you really feel a part of the culture ... all brought back to cook on a traditional outdoor wooden stove. Mark, the owner was a super host always on the end of the phone if needed and helping to make our stay so happily memorable. In essence, this place is a little piece of heaven that can be in experienced summer or winter when the chains go on the car wheels and the skiing is awesome too. We loved it all. Thank you ❤️

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Unspoiled hilltop village in Tuscany ... Why wouldn't you want to be part of it... Southern Tuscany (chiantiashire) is very different and this was the ideal opportunity to buy a property in real Italy and live with the locals.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 99 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Crespiano at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : La Spezia at 36 Kilometres Nearest Train : Aulla at 16 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Aulla at 16 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Crespiano at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Prato Spilla at 27 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lerici at 40 Kilometres Car: necessary

Welcome to Casa D'alloro and find out why George Clooney has swapped a villa on Lake Como for a country retreat in Lunigiana.... Set deep in the ancient territory of Lunigiana it is Tuscany before the huge influx of tourists. Restaruants are superb serving local produce from the mountains and the nearby Mediterranean sea at very reasonable prices. Beaches are shallow and safe, perfect for kids. You can take the ferry to the UNESCO coast of the Cinque Terra or take to the mountains for summer hiking, autumn mushroom hunting and winter skiing. The beautiful cities of Lucca, Parma and Florence are an easy drive or train journey or you can soak up the style of Portofino and shop in the designer boutiques of Forti Dei Marmi.

Casa D'alloro has two beautifully appointed double bedrooms, both en-suite. One has an outstanding view over the chestnut swaithed foothills of the Apuan Alps. A fully equipped kitchen includes dishwasher and microwave, while the lounge area also has those spectacular views over the private pool and down the valley towards the Magra river.

Other Activities: skiing just 27km from house. porcini mushrooms in local woods with licence

Ski: Cerreto Laghi - is the major ski resort of the region with 28 km of challenging slopes, a snow park, ski school with travelator and snow making facilities. Piste 2 has FIS approval and hosts slalom races during the season. The instructors say that if you can ski Monte Nuda you are then able to ski anywhere in the Alps.... There is also a cross-country course and an Olympic size ice rink. Around the lake are great value hotels and restaurants, ski hire shops and delicatessens selling local and regional produce and there are some exclusive ski wear and clothes shops specializing in Moncler, Timberland and Geox. There are rarely long queues for the modern lift system, every one is very friendly and the instructors at the ski school are superb and really great value. (28 euro for private 1 on 1 lesson).

Prato Spilla is closer though is a much smaller resort with around 12km of runs which are less challenging than Cerreto but equally great value and very friendly. 15 euro day pass .

Availability

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Spring 2017
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£255
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Summer 2017
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£504
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£1,175
 
 
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£341
for 3 nights
£795
 

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Refundable Damage Deposit £150

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Facilities

From the Owner

Expirence the real Italy and the real Italian food and living in the countryside alongside the locals. Great value food and wine. Close enough to visit Lucca, the Riveria, Cinque Terre without paying the high prices.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Rustic

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 85 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • You enter the house through the expertly crafted arched doorway. To your left is the spacious main bedroom with kingsize bed, traditional furniture and original features of the cantina stonework highlighted. This leads through to the ensuite with shower, wc, bidet and a stunning Carrara marble surface on the original pointed stone ledge. The front bedroom has spectacular views over the garden and on to the the chestnut forests beyond. Again there is a kingsize bed, reclaimed wooden shelf and reclaimed chestnut beams. A traditional wardrobe in the dressing area completes the luxury finish to the room. The ensuite has 2 large basins, Venetian mirrors, bidet and ample bath to soak in after a days skiing.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • The local hand crafted kitchen has everything you need if you enjoy cooking (as we do) but also if you have kids and need a microwave and dishwasher (i really don't want to wash up on holiday !) . The lounge has those same views with a comfortable sofa bed and Sony HD TV with DVD player. This whole space has the original stone cleaned and re pointed up to shoulder height and the beautiful arched roof plastered in the traditional way. You exit the house onto the terrace through either the front bedroom or the living area. Here there is enough space to sit and enjoy breakfast taking in the tranquillity of the large garden area with endless chestnut covered hills across the valley.

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