Villa near Barga, Tuscany, Italy - Secluded Hilltop Location, 10 Mins from Barga
Farmhouse in Lucca Area, Tuscany, Italy. This renovated Tuscan farmhouse sits on a 2km gravel drive above the ancient hillside town of Barga. It is secluded yet within easy reach (20 mins) of both Barga and Castlenuovo with their many facilities for eating and entertainment. The villa has 3 double bedrooms (1 x en-suite), 2 further bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, terrace and pool area. There is also a games room with ping pong table. A mettato or chestnut store outside serves as a pool house. In the vicinity is hill walking, trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and fishing and is approx 40 mins from the ancient walled town of Lucca and approx 1 hour from Pisa International Airport. Florence with all its attractions is 1.5 hour away. A trip to the beach at Viareggio or Forte dei Marmi is 1 hour approx. It is the perfect retreat yet within easy access of all the fabulous facilities that this part of Northern Italy has to offer.
Top Traveller Review
The perfect getaway
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
Watch the fire flies twinkle at night on the terraces below.
Could stay forever.
4.2 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
Top price but not top quality
This is without doubt a charming villa set in beautiful surroundings. But given the amount charged (for a villa that's not close to the major Tuscan cities) we expected a better standard of accommodation.
The "private drive" up to the villa is in fact a poorly surfaced track that's difficult to navigate - in fact, our car got completely stuck in the gravel and had to be towed out. Driving up it in the dark was treacherous.
The villa, though charming, was not particularly clean when we arrived, and had various things in it broken or not working. The machine that was supposed to keep the pool clean didn't work, and the pool net was broken, which took a few days to sort out. Two of the rings on the hob weren't working. There was no hanging space in four of the five bedrooms. The bathroom lock was broken. The fridge wasn't very cold and was constantly wet inside. All this might be acceptable if you were paying less, or if you were borrowing the house from a friend, but we felt that the price charged indicated accommodation of a higher overall standard.
In addition, there was no indication in any of the advertised material that the outside space is uneven and difficult to walk on. There are two sets of grass steps outside the property, one of which had unsecured paving stones on it - fine if you're nimble but not fine if you're not. We felt this should have been pointed out in the listing.
Finally, the listing states that it is 10 minutes from Barga (the nearest town). This is incorrect - it's actually about 25 minutes.
I wrote to the owners on our return with a list of all the things that had been unsatisfactory. Unfortunately - despite the fact that they had been very helpful before our holiday - they appeared unconcerned about all the things that we had felt fell below standard. So I have no way of knowing whether any of the problems in the house have been addressed.
A beautiful villa that has something for everyone
Well the pictures do not really do this villa justice. The surrounding views, woodlands and facilities are just stunning. The villa is superbly kitted out and having the large pool in the blistering summer heat was a blessing to us all. There was 7 of us in our party and you never felt on top of each other - always a place to find peace or sit on the terrace and enjoy a shared glass of wine. It was well presented and we enjoyed having all the mod cons and had many fun nights making good use of the selection of games. My husband loves to cook and the kitchen was great for preparing our meals or breakfast outside. Our contact Suzie could not have been more helpful and gave good instructions on how to find the villa and made sure we had all we needed for a good stay. If you are used to this kind of area in Italy then you will know that access roads can be challenging and this is the case here. However you get used to this very quickly and you simply can't have this stunning location without a little bit of effort. This is a great place for a large group of people, either just to relax and unwind or for visiting the many beautiful towns, restaurants and festivals in and around this area. This place has the wow factor and you will be totally smitten by its charm.
The perfect getaway
A scenic hours drive north from Pisa Airport, this stunning Tuscan villa was beyond our expectations. Large and extremely comfortable, literally equipped with everything you could possibly need, including a good selection of music, games and dvd's for the kids. The local supermarket was only about 15 minutes away so cooking and eating in was no problem. The views across the valley from the terrace were breathtaking, a great place to start the day with breakfast and end the day with several glasses of wine! We had a wonderful meal in Barga, and great fun cycling around the walls at Lucca. Further a field, Pisa and Florence are a must. We had a fantastic holiday and have recommended this haven to everyone!
Beautiful house, wonderful location
The villa was really beautiful, spacious and decorated to a very high standard. It was fantastic having wifi there. There are great views from the terraces. The setting is quiet and secluded. The property was very clean and was clearly well maintained. A large group of us went and there was plenty of space for all. The English owner was very helpful and answered all our questions. The nearby town of Barga was great with some really good restaurants and lovely architecture.
The house is as beautiful as the photos, comfortable and clean with everything we needed. I was pleased that the kitchen was fully kitted out which meant we could cook all the meals we wanted to, but we also enjoyed the wonderful restaurants in Barga and surounds.
The views from the terrace are spectacular and we enjoyed breakfast before we went exploring and relaxed with a glass of wine to watch the stars at the end of the day.
The area is marvelous to explore with lots of places to visit. We also loved our time 'at home' in the pool, in the games room or just lazing around.
The whole family enjoyed every moment.
If I could, I would
I fell in love with Il Castegnello in about 5 minutes. You have privacy but the village down below and access to the main roads are not a far drive at all. You have the view, the proximity to so many great things to do and places to see in Tuscany, the thoughtful, practical and artistic renovations, the private pool (although it was too chilly in April!). The house is sound and welcoming. The kitchen works in all its aspects, the heating as well. I've always had the dream of owning a place like this and bed&breakfasting or renting out by the week. Obviously the wonderful owners got there before me!! I'm just a cello player, but if I could buy this place...I would!
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
ADDITIONAL SERVICES - PRICES ON REQUEST SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY
TUSCAN COOKERY COURSE
We can offer you a real taste of Tuscan Cookery at Il Castagnello! Our ladies are not Chefs as such but with a passion for cooking in a traditional way! The lessons are for 3-4 hours starting in the afternoon and are relaxed and informal. During the lesson the ladies like to talk about tuscan cooking traditions and lifestyles before they leave the group eating all the courses they themselves have prepared.
A wine tasting in Tuscany is a must! A trip to the local Cantina del Vino can be arranged where you can taste a number of differing regional wines. Taxi arranged.
English speaking babysitter (subject to availability)
The villa is ideally placed for day trips to the seaside - the Italian Riviera with Viarreggio and Forte dei Marme make a fabulous family day out. It is approximately one hour by car from the sea.
Pisa International Airport - 1 hour.
Florence Airport - 1.5 hours.
Rome Airport - 2.5 hours.
Il Castagnello is set in the tranquil and beautiful chestnut forests of the Alpi Apuane. Set on a private drive two kilometres from the main road you will enjoy breathtaking views across the valley to the hillside battlements of Barga, your nearest town. During the season Barga enjoys art, opera and jazz festivals. If you want something more energetic than lying by the pool in the sun then head for the local sports facilities, you can fish in the River Serchio or horse ride in the valley.
The villa is between the towns of Barga and Castlenuovo - both of which have great facilities and markets. Florence with its abundance of culture is a comfortable day trip away, just an hour and a halfs drive. The same of Pisa with its beautiful Leaning Tower an hour away. There are tennis courts in Barga and the Garfagnana, famous for all walking, trekking and outdoor persuits radiates out all around you - Castlenuovo is the trekking centre of the Garfagnana region. For further information see www.ilcastagnello.co.uk
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
Please look at the website for further information at www.ilcastagnello.co.uk
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds during the summer season.
50% payable on booking further 50% payable 8 weeks before holiday with the £300 security deposit
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer ...
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- Game Room ...
- Games ...
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- En-suite bathroom to master bedroom. Bathroom two (family bathroom) with shower. Bathroom three (downstairs) with shower.
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom - double with en suite. Bedroom 2 - with double bed. Bedroom 3 (downstairs) - with double bed and terrace. Bedroom 4 - with twin beds. Bedroom 5 - with bunk beds.
- Ski & Snowboard ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: The villa is at the end of its own 2km gravel drive and has ample parking for guests. There is a large cantina on the ground floor that has been converted into a games room with Ping Pong. The property is suitable for either one large family or extended family, two families or a group of sharers. Outside: The property lies within 3 hectares of its own chestnut woods. The terraces stretch below to the views of Barga and beyond. There is ample room for the children to explore while the adults lounge around the 10 x 5 metre private pool. In the Mettato providing shade for outside dining there is a barbeque for al fresco eating - and a large outdoor dining table. There is ample outdoor furniture for your enjoyment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Details available on request.