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IT1096 - Filomena (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6 + 1

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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Filomena (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6 + 1

Entrance to this spacious property is made from the terrace, thro' the original stone doorway bearing the date 1594. The door leads straight into a large comfortably furnished living rm with Wifi, TV & DVD player. Stone staircase leads to 1 twin/double bedroom (extra put-u-up bed available) & 1 double bedroom with shared bathroom with shower. On the landing there is a roof terrace with views over the valley & rooftops. On the groundfloor, there is a double/twin bedroom with en-suite shower room & small balcony. A separate large kitchen dining room with original stone fireplace & a farmhouse table which comfortably seats 8. The kitchen is well equipped, w/machine, dishwasher, microwave & fridge/freezer. The single beds can be used to form large double beds. There is patio furniture on the terrace at the entrance of the house allowing alfresco dining, with a further terrace, via steps leading up to an elevated area with more panoramic views of the valley. We have upgraded to Gas BBQ's!!

About the property


It is known that this was the 1st building to be built in the village in 1594. It has had many uses in its time and was once used as a convent with its cellars being used for the production of olive oil and wine. The olive oil is still being made by the locals from the village olives groves, including our own olive oil & wine is made from the vines grown on the hillside. We purchased the building in an almost ruined state in early 2004 after many years of it being uninhabited. (some parts over 100 yrs) It has been divided into separate dwellings, each having its own individual features & all having been lovingly restored by local craftsmen to include all the modern day appliances while maintaining the traditional Tuscan charm. There is a fascinating mixture of high ceilings, original floors, chestnut beams, stone fireplaces and terracotta floors. With a heated swimming pool set in the extensive grounds, commanding an unbroken and breathtaking views of the hills, a perfect place to relax.


During the high season our bookings are usually 'back to back' and we are not able to be flexible with our Saturday changeover day. For those families who wish to arrive a day early or stay a day longer, there is a very good and very reasonably priced local hotel in Borgo Mozzano. (Hotel Milano) Their charges include breakfast and they have family rooms for up to 5 people. They also have a restaurant. If you wish to consider this option, please do not hesitate to contact us, or if you wish, contact them direct. They do have english speaking staff available.

For folk arriving late in the evening, we can arrange for some breakfast items so that you can enjoy your first morning without having to hurry out to shop!

ONE BEDROOM detached house - see 8170223 - Sleeps 2/3 for more information

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Gill Clay
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 January, 2017

About Gill Clay

We 'discovered' Celle, by mistake really! In fact 'it' found 'us'! We were not actually looking to buy 'anything' 'anywhere' We had been on holiday in Lucca with an Italian friend and we were told about a Puccini concert that they hold twice during the summer, in the small hillside hamlet of Celle - the home of generations of the Puccini family. We were intrigued and drove from Lucca to Celle for the performance. Our evening was magical and it totally changed our direction in life.

We moved from Croydon to the Isle of Wight and then sold our distribution business of 27 years in 2007 - people call it retirement! We now spend half the year in the Isle of Wight and the other half in Italy. We call it a balanced life!

Gill Clay purchased this house in 1999

What makes this house unique

We live in a small hamlet village and the people in the village are our 2nd family. There are only about 35 people who still live in Celle and they are always busy growing their fruit and veg and making their wine and olive oil. We love the natural life here. When you look out onto the surrounding hills, there is a sense of calm and peace and we know that we have arrived 'home'

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(9 traveller reviews)


Simply the best

  • 5 of 5

One of the best vacations we have ever had. The villa has a breathtaking view like something you'd see in a travel magazine. The location was great, because the major cities like Florence, Siena, and Rome, could be done in a day trip. Not only that, but there was plenty to do in town. The villa is also ideal for just spending a whole day relaxing by the pool and cooking dinner in the fully furnished and stocked kitchen. Fresh fruit and local wine were waiting for us when we arrived. There's also a grocery store just a few minutes away where you can pick up more groceries and any other items you may need. Whats more, the hosts are one of the most genuine and heartfelt people you will ever meet. They have no problem with showing you the region and telling you the best spots to visit in Italy. Ultimately, it is the best option if you want a genuine Tuscan experience and for a headquarters for your Italian Adventure.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments - Hope to see you again when you are in Europe. Gill & Ken
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Picturesque, relaxing, and great hospitality

  • 5 of 5

This is a first for me - a five star review! I normally consider a four star review as excellent as there's always room for improvement. Not in this case. They have thought of all the small details so you don't have to. Obviously this is a fantastic location - peaceful, beautiful, relaxing… I could go on. But also the little things like washing up liquid, salt, sugar and oil. The well equipped kitchen. The comfortable beds. All the modern features, but still retaining that Tuscan charm. There are so many restaurants in the area that we did not have time to sample them - we will have to come back.

The downsides? Well you must have a car and be able to walk up the steps or slope to the village. We were there when it was very hot, so I'd consider going outside school holidays.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments. Kind regards Gill
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5 star stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Gill and Ken's fantastic property. The location is perfect for a getaway-from-it-all retreat. The accommodation is excellent, clean and well-maintained and Gill and Ken have thought of everything you might need to make it a home-from-home. The kitchen is very well equipped including cool-bags for picnics and charcoal for the barbecue. If you don't fancy cooking there is a lovely restaurant in the village and great places to visit for sightseeing. Gill and Ken are superb hosts, very thoughtful and generous. I heartily recommend them and their property.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 12, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here twice on family holidays with teenagers and we intend to return. The house is delightful - full of character, comfortable, spotless and well-equipped - and the village and area are beautiful with plenty to do. Gill and Ken are the very best of hosts: friendly and welcoming and extremely knowledgable. A real find.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Can't fault it!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed by our hosts Gill and Ken who were helpful and friendly without hovering around us constantly. The accommodation (Filomena) was very beautifully renovated and with all the comforts of home that you could think of. The booklet in the lounge room was especially handy, it told us of all the sights we could go and see and more importantly, all the restaurants and supermarkets that were close by. As it is located up in the hills, once you were home for the night, that was it! So having directions to the local supermarket was a real bonus. We had a fantastic time and I would recommend Gill and Ken's accommodation to anyone. Fair warning though, you will need a car, I think relying on a bus would be impossible.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An absolutely wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Il Capriccio for a week at the end of June. It is a very tastefully renovated property with all modern appliances and it provided excellent accommodation for us. The house was spotlessly clean, extremely well equipped and with lovely views over the village and beyond from the terrace at the front. Celle is situated in a beautiful, peaceful village setting and is a welcome escape from the throngs of tourists in busier towns and cities. The large heated pool is fantastic. There are hammocks to relax on as well as sun loungers around the pool and plenty equipment for the younger visitors to play with. The garden areas are immaculately kept and the views across the hills are amazing.

Gill and Ken provide the all-important human touch and are genuinely lovely hosts. They give you a warm welcome and are on hand to make you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your stay. They have provided all their guests with a substantial information pack covering suggestions for day trips, restaurants etc.

Celle is within easy reach of Lucca, where it is possible to hire bikes to cycle round the city walls ? great fun! We also enjoyed a visit to the gardens at Villa Reale at Marlia and a drive north through beautiful countryside to the Devil?s Bridge at Borga del Mozzano and on to Barga.

The Molin del Volpe and La Fonte restaurants are within easy reach of Celle and we can?t recommend them both highly enough.

This was our third visit to Celle. We didn?t want to leave and we have already rebooked for next September. I guess that says it all really!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Pescaglia in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom with shower - Toilet , Bath with Shower , On first floor
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , On ground floor and ensuite
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , On the ground floor with ensuite facilities & a balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Upstairs room with outside terrace. Separate bathroom & WC
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Upstairs- The extra large bed can be split to 2 single beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The properties all have gas central heating. Gas, electric & water is included in the price. Crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets and towels including beach towels are included & changed weekly. All of the properties have been traditionally refurbished to a high standard, and the kitchens are well equipped to make cooking a joy (for those who enjoy cooking!). A travel cot and highchair is available on request. We include many items such as loo paper, tea, coffee, sugar, pepper, salt, cling film, foil, kitchen towels, d/washer & w/machine tabs, to name a few - items that we feel are essential for every day living but can be wasteful to buy for only a short stay. There are absolutely no hidden charges & we hope we have provided everything to make your stay with us relaxing, enjoyable and trouble free. We offer (if available) the use of our personal Sat Nav (Tom Tom) making siteseeing easier - on a 1st come 1st served basis. Outside: Celle, like so many Tuscan settlements, 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. Celle is a peaceful place, totally unspoiled; it retains its slow tempo and traditional way of life. It has been home for generations of Italian families who still cultivate the surrounding land.   Access to Celle is by narrow, winding, asphalt road from Diecimo. There are excellent restaurants nearby. The countryside surrounding Celle, is a delight and there are pleasant walks into the woods and across the hillside. The slopes are resplendent with wild flowers, seemingly at all seasons. The heated s/pool measures 12m x 4.5m (opens May). Comfortable sun loungers are closeby the poolside & there is an area of shade. The views are magnificent.

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