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Pretty Tuscany holiday rental near Lucca in beautiful location

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Unbeatable views, peace and comfort, the perfect base for exploring the area

My house is on the edge of a hamlet nestling in the hills. The perfect choice as a base for your self catering holiday. Unwind on the terrace soaking up the sun and views, re-tread ancient footpaths winding into the hills, explore famous cities of art or just relax on the beach! Sample the real Italian food and wine experience from little country Trattorias then get away from it all at your holiday villa. Only 2km from the village of Valdottavo with shops, bars and restaurant for your immediate requirements and remember the famous city of Lucca is only 20 min by car. Furnished in traditional style No.11 offers 2 spacious bedrooms, one double & one twin, bathroom, sitting room, kitchen/dining room with log fire for winter evenings, panoramic, intimate covered terrace accessed from ground floor, plus another large front terrace with dining and barbecue facilities where you can enjoy to the full (hopefully with a glass of wine) sunsets and long summer evenings.

About Lucca: The whole area is rich in historic and cultural interest. Castello lies approximately 17 km. north of the ancient walled city of Lucca. It is a charming and beautiful city, with its priceless art treasures, narrow cobbled streets flanked by imposing palazzos, secluded squares, gardens and Romanesque churches. Whilst retaining all the elements of its age and history one finds sophisticated shops and restaurants. On the third weekend of every month there is a fantastic antiques fair which lasts for 2 days Throughout the summer months there are various classical and contemporary music festivals. On top of the medieval walls which enclose Lucca are wide and shady tree lined avenues. Here the locals cycle, walk their dogs and promenade. There are grassy ramparts ideal for relaxing after sight seeing or you can hire bikes and ride around the 4 km of wall. A great way to see the city from up high.

About the area: Bagni di Lucca 14 km from Castello has spa water swim pool and spa centre offering treatments all year. Barga 24 kms with 11th C.Cathedral and views of the Apuan Alps plus Jazz Opera festivals in summer, 'Fish and Chip' festival in July/August. Castelnuovo in Garfagnana 33 km 'Gateway of the Garfagnana' an area of incredible natural beauty and National Park of Orichella, caves, gorges, abundant plant and animal life, hidden villages where time stands still, great for hiking, cycling, pony trekking. Abetone 50 km a popular ski area. The Cinque Terre 63 km, 5 little fishing ports a must see along with the beautiful fishing port of Porto Venere. Florence 85 km motorway from Lucca or take the bus or train. Siena 146 km has the dramatic 'Palio' horse race on 2nd July and 16th Aug. San Gimignano 200 kms famous for it's stone towers. Versilia 30 km a huge stretch of beach and resorts ofViareggio, Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi beach clubs and night-life all night every night until sunrise

About Castello: Like so many Tuscan settlements, Castello clings to the side of a hill overlooking valleys, hillsides and mountains with terraced vineyards and olive groves in the foreground, and beyond, wooded slopes and picturesque villages. It is a peaceful place, totally unspoilt. It retains a traditional way of life and has been home for generations of Italian families who still cultivate the land. In the Spring of 2003, BBC2 screened a 'reality TV' documentary series concerning British families o wishing to relocate to another country. One of the programmes in the series follows the fortunes of a family wishing to relocate to Tuscany, in the Lucca area. The beginning of the programme shows the family viewing a handful of properties in the area and choosing the one that they would most like to live in. They chose my house in Castello and lived there for the duration of the filming. They, like me, fell in love with Castello and the house and playfully tried to persuade me to sell it to them.

More Details

Jennifer Gale
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

About Jennifer Gale

The house was acquired as a complete ruin and my husband lovingly restored it with great character using original materials in keeping with it's rustic history. As he is no longer with us, it is a great and lasting tribute to his skill. I lived in number 11 with my son for 10 years. I now live in the UK and work as a Nurse in the NHS. I get to Castello as much as I can.

Jennifer Gale purchased this house in 1985

Why Jennifer Gale chose Lucca Area

The house is simple and rustic reflecting it's history as a farm worker's dwelling. It's stones are steeped in history. It remains part of a little community, my neighbours were born and bred in Castello. For anyone wanting an authentic, beautiful little countryside retreat as a base for exploring this remarkable and magnificent area of Tuscany then Castello 11 is perfect.

What makes this house unique

Peace and quiet after day trips to the cities of art. West facing covered terrace to enjoy the sunset. Nature all around you from the wild flowers in the olive groves to the swallows in the skies. Breathtaking views all year round. A decent sized village only 5 mins away for amenities and Lucca, the beach, the mountains, the cities of art and Pisa airport all just down the road!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Borgo a Mozzano in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • The bathroom at castello 11 is equipped with full size bath with shower attachment and shower curtain. There is also a wash basin with large mirror, a bidet and WC. The bathroom has 2 large windows both glazed with mirrored glass from the outside for privacy which means you can lie in the bath while admiring the views! There is a hair-dryer and a wood and glass wall cupboard for storing toiletries.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • ground floor bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    First floor bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • The house has terracotta floors and beamed ceilings throughout in the traditional manner. There are Persian rugs on the floors throughout the house too.The double room has wardrobe, chest of drawers and 2 bedside tables with bedside lamps. There is also a central ceiling light .There is a travel cot and a folding bed to be used in either of the bedrooms. The twin room has twin beds with bedside tables, a large wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table. There are bedside lamps and ceiling light. There are fans in the house and mosquito nets too. All bedrooms have beautiful views from the windows across the valley.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
All linen for your stay is available to hire from me on a weekly basis or you are very welcome to bring your own. Payment according to number of guests is set out in the facilities information in the linens provided box and should be made at Castello to my manager. Sun loungers and garden furniture are provided. In low season the changeover day can be flexible.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


a dream of a country home in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We (couple + dog) enjoyed a wonderful week in this very well-equipped, well-maintained and lovingly decorated country home. We found everything according to the description. The houskeeper Anna was very friendly and helpful, especially with the centralheating that was absolutely necessary as we stayed around Easter of 2017.

We loved the tiny hamlet of Castello, the silence, stunning view of the surrounding hills and the walks through the olive tree gardens as well as the proximity to Lucca. Dear Jenny, we've already recommended this house to friends and plan to come back sometime! Kind regards, Uli, Heinz + Yuma

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful charming house

  • 5 of 5

A really charming house in the hills. A fantastic terrace with great views. The house is well equipped for a relaxing stay. A short drive into Lucca which is a beautiful town. Also worth visiting Florence for the day as it is not a long drive. Would definitely stay at the house again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful house with a spectaculair view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this wonderful house. It's very authentic with a nice decoration and a spectaculair view on the terrace and from the bedroomwindow. The house has everything you will need. A nice kitchen with oven and dishwasher, a washing machine and when you come home after a day visiting the beautiful surroundings you can take a warm bath and relax. Lucca is nearby (only 20 minutes drive) and a big supermarket only 10 minutes away. The coast is also close. And the cinque terre is very nice to visit. In the morning you can buy your bread in the village. We certainly can recommend this house and like to come back someday.

Renata, Fred, Yoran and Liam (the Netherlands)

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: To Renata and family, I'm so glad you enjoyed my home in Castello and the beautiful surrounding areas. You are very welcome back any time.
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my little perfect dreamhouse

  • 5 of 5

We went there in august 2014, the house is perfect, wish it was mine.

The furniture is typical italian farmer style, The house has a wonderfull view, also from the bathroom.

Driving up to the location is a litlle challenge, but its worth it!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ballito, South Africa


  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 12 and occupied three houses in Castello - an epitome of an ancient Italian village. No. 11 had the best view and soon became our favourite - amalgamation of ancient atmosphere and modern (comfortable) living incl. wi-fi. Exceeded our expectations in all aspects. Being close to famous historical and art locations (Luca, San Gimignano, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Cinqua Terre), we used it as a base. We regret not spending more time in the surrounding beautiful area and most definitely will come back to explore. Already recommended no.11 to a few friends.

It was a memorable stay!!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A get-away-from-it-all house in rural Tuscany

  • 4 of 5

The house is located in the remote rural hamlet of Castello, situated in the hills above Valdottavo, near Lucca. It was simply furnished but that all added to it's rustic charm. The house had both a covered and uncovered terrace, perfect for lazy breakfasts in the early morning sun, then sundowners and suppers in the evening. The kitchen was adequately kitted out, the beds were comfortable and covered with mosquito nets, and there was always plenty of hot water. The village of Valdottavo at the bottom of the hill, provided all the essentials - a fantastic butcher, bakery, grocery shops, coffee bars and a fantastic pizzeria, and was a short drive away from the beautiful walled town of Lucca. We all loved the house, and as we were not in search of bland luxurious accommodation, this place was just perfect. We would love to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring Season
1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Summer Season
23 Jul 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Autumn Season
30 Sep 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning and preparation £25
Pet Fee £0

For stays of less than one week please contact me for availability and rates.

Prices quoted are for four persons; the charge for a fifth guest is £10.00 per night. There is no charge for one child under the age of three years with four visitors. A cot and high chair are available at £20 a week inclusive.

Prices include electricity, gas; (excluding heating) and hot and cold water.

Personal Insurance & Cancellation Cover. In the extremely unlikely event that my house becomes unavailable due to circumstances beyond my control, I reserve the right to cancel a booking and will refund any payment that you have made to me in full. I strongly recommend that you take out personal insurance at the time of booking to include cancellation cover. If you have to cancel your visit, you should do this in writing at least 6 weeks before your holiday is due to begin. If you do cancel you will receive a 50% refund of the total cost of your booking. I reserve the right to retain the full cost of the booking on cancellations made less than 4 weeks before the start date of the booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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