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4 Lovingly Restored Properties that share a heated pool in spacious surroundings - Il Capriccio (2 Bedroom, Sleeps 4 +2)

Overview

Property

Updated: 01-Nov-2016
Celle dei Puccini, Nr. Pescagila, Lucca, Tuscany - Home To Generations Of Italian Families Who Still Cultivate The Surrounding Land

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.

MIDWEEK ARRIVAL OPTION

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

More Details

Details for holiday home Il Capriccio (2 Bedroom, Sleeps 4 +2), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 2 Bathrooms

1 dble bedroom with en-suite b'room & a twin/dble bedroom with separate shower room with WC. An extra single bed in living room which is on same level as bedrms for extra person. All rooms are comfortable & to high spec. The en-suite b'room has a bidet & bath. The separate sh'room has a shower cubicle, basin & WC. Both rooms have attractive tiled floors & walls with traditional chestnut beamed ceilings. Well equipped kitchen/diner with dishwasher, gas hob,elec oven, a larder fridge & full size fridge. Stairs leading up to bedrms & living room. Original terracotta floors & high ceilings with chestnut beams, maintaining traditional charm.

From the kitchen a spiral staircase leads down to a utility room with w'machine, tumble drier. Large living rm is on the 1st flr taking advantage of the magnificent views from 3 windows overlooking the the valley & roof tops of the village. Comfortable leather sofas. Wifi, TV & DVD player. The thick walls & high ceilings keep the rooms cool in summer

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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!

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4 Reviews

5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

5

Classy Rustic Charm & All Mod Cons

  • 5 of 5

Gill & Ken's fantastic attention to detail started with their helpful directions on landing at Pisa Airport, navigating not only the roads to Celle, but also tips & suggestions about the car hire.

Celle itself is an unspoilt, pretty village clinging to the stunning hills above Lucca. The accommodation is at the top of the village commanding views right along the valley over the terracotta rooftops below. All of Gill & Ken's properties are centuries old village homes beautifully restored to their original glory, Stylish and with superior, well maintained modern facilities. The kitchen was particularly well appointed in holiday let terms & made cooking with the local produce a joy. The cleanliness was faultless.

Gill & Ken are perfect owner/managers: helpful & hospitable, but never intrusive. They supply excellent books of suggestions of where to eat, walk, sight see or seek adventure and are also ready to answer all your questions about the locale. There is so much to do. The hiking is superb & there are also caving & swimming activities, though we limited the latter to sunbathing around & swimming in the heated pool, situated on it's delightful hillside terrace.

Local places to eat are many if you are willing to drive a short distance. A certain level of mobility is needed to walk up from the car park to the accommodation.

This is a truly idyllic place and we look forward to a return visit very soon. We would recommend this place to anyone who appreciates great natural beauty, stylish living & tranquility.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write your kind comments down in a review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and hope to see you again soon. Gill & Ken
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Best vacation location

  • 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
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Smith Family Review

  • 5 of 5

On our third return visit to Celle, we found everything as perfect as ever! Wonderful clean, well equipped kitchen, comfortable furniture and rooms and excellent facilities. The village and area are simply wonderful if you like peace, quiet and nature. Nothing, however, can compare to the warmth and care of the hosts who absolutely make our holiday by considering every possible comfort and luxury. They are happy to recommend restaurants and trips out personally and maintain the property and pool to excellent standards. We are returning next year, already booked!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Over and above

  • 5 of 5

Gill and Ken are the most thoughtful owners! We have travelled extensively but we have never been so well looked after! Nothing is too much trouble! On our late arrival, dinner supplies and breakfast for the next day had all been prepared! The Peroni and red wine also went down a treat! Reservations to restaurants were made for us! The directions and local information that was prepared made our stay stress and hassle free! Everyone in our party loved the pizza night that Gill and Ken arranged at a locals house, along with other guests! They even taxied us there and back! The apartment and pool was just fantastic, amazing views, perfect to kick back and relax! We had some lovely meals in local restaurants a short drive away! We visited Lucca and Pisa several times for shopping, ice creams, bike rides, food and culture.Our stay ended with a concert in the village to celebrate Puccini, with opera singers and music! Our 5 year old didn't want to leave, this was the same for her Grand Parents! A perfect holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Location

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Each of our properties has a detailed information pack that we have put together for our guests, showing places of interest, activities for all ages and we hope it will give our guests an idea of how to enjoy the Province of Tuscany to the full. To name but a few that you may wish to search on Google, Vinci, the home of Leonardo where there is an interesting museum for both children & adults showing models of his inventions. The monastry built 'in' the rock in Calomini (Eremo di Calomini) by the monks in the 7th century. Grotta del Vento, an under ground world of galleries & chambers. Parco Avventura, offers a challenge for children, youths & adults who can test their ability with suspension bridges, swinging beams, vertical nets, ropes etc. (trainers & long trousers essential) Many fabulous places for walkers, San Pellegrino to name but a few. Celle is an excellent starting point with so many things to do & see, an ideal finishing point for that important time for relaxation.

Coast/Beach:

There are miles of sandy beaches within easy reach from Celle. As the crow flies the coast is not far, but as we are in the hills, it takes a little longer to reach them - about 45 mins. Most beaches in Italy are private & for E20 a day they provide loungers & parasols, the use of the WC/showers & cold drinks & snacks & that all important icecream can be bought on their 'patch'. Viareggio, Lido di Camiore, Forte di Marmi are just a few of the many stretches of beaches that can be found. The train from Lucca will take you to Pisa and Florence which makes for a more relaxing day without the worry of parking the car somewhere in the city

Travel:

It is an easy journey by air from UK to Pisa. Pisa airport is a growing airport & you pass through the formalities quickly. An alternative airport is Florence. BA, Ryanair, Easy Jet & Jet 2 all service Pisa on a regular basis from all over the UK. By car from Pisa airport to Lucca is 25 mins by motorway with a further picturesque 25 mins journey to Celle following the river, then a winding, asphalt road from Diecimo. Driving from the UK is also an option which we can give advice if required.

Distances:

The whole area is rich in historic & cultural interest. The charming city of Lucca – 25 mins by car, retains elements of its age & history amid its many churches, imposing palaces & in the secluded squares one finds sophisticated shops & restaurants. Florence by car - 1hr 15mins. We recommend travelling by train (a doddle) as parking can be tiresome in the City. The Chianti area between Florence and Siena (2 hrs by car - each way) is one of the most beautiful in Italy. A long day, but do'able!

Further Details:

Shops: With only 32 people living in Celle, there is not enough business to warrant shops.

Only 10 mins drive down the hill is Diecimo. There is a row of small shops run by the locals, including a bank, Post office, 2 petrol stations, chemist, a baker who bakes on the premises and a grocers next door, selling fresh fruit & veg, Opened in 2015 is a Gluten free shop. There are 2 cafes, where you can stop & have coffee & delicious cakes freshly filled rolls. A further 5 min. drive to Borgo Mozzano, there is a supermarket & large deli. An ideal shop to start your holiday shopping. There is another, larger supermarket (Esselunga) in Marlia which is in the direction of Lucca. Many great restaurants within 8-10mins drive from Celle & one in the village itself serving fresh homemade traditional Tuscan food, made with local produce & local wines. The nearest Train Station is in Diecimo. You will need to change at Lucca for Florence or Pisa. Free parking at Diecimo Station

Climate: In the Spring (April/May) & Autumn (mid Sept - mid Oct) the temperatures are at their most comfortable & pleasant. July/Aug are usually hot & temperatures tend to stay around 30 - 35 degrees. Off peak holidays also have their attraction: May/June are wonderful months to visit, when the air smells of honey & the wild flowers are abundant. This is an excellent time for walking with many walks in and around Celle.

Sept & Oct are interesting months when the grapes are picked and the wine is made. October is when the fabulous porcini mushrooms appear & the locals go hunting in secret to find them in the forests. Restaurant menus change to include delicious dishes using these precious mushrooms, precious because the season is so short. It is also the season for zucca (pumpkin) and there are zucca festivals in nearby villages where you can buy locally made produce. October is also a time for collecting & roasting chestnuts.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
1
6 May 2017 - 19 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£525
for 7 nights
£525
 
 
2
20 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£630
for 7 nights
£630
 
 
3
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£870
for 7 nights
£870
 
 
4
3 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£705
for 7 nights
£705
 
 
5
17 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£870
for 7 nights
£870
 
 
6
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,010
for 7 nights
£1,010
 
 
7
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£870
for 7 nights
£870
 
 
8
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£705
for 7 nights
£705
 
 
9
23 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£525
for 7 nights
£525
 
 
Rate 7
26 Sep 2105 - 9 Oct 2105
7 night minimum stay
£640
for 7 nights
£640
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please note that we are able to take payment in euros. We ask that you contact us first to ensure that we have availability. A booking deposit of 25% is required to secure the booking dates. Our terms & conditions together with a booking form are sent & on receipt of a completed form & the deposit, the holiday is confirmed in writing. The balance being paid 8 weeks prior to commencement of the holiday. 
The owners Ken and GIll are on site during the summer period & are pleased to assist you i

Changeover Day:
Changeover is on Sats. We are flexible with changeover days during Mid-Low season (April. May, Sept and Oct), but during the high season this is difficult as our bookings are 'back to back'. B&B in the village restaurant for those wanting to arrive on Fri

Notes on prices:
The price quoted on this page is what you pay - there are no 'hidden extras' We provide items such as tea, coffee, loo rolls, kitchen rolls, oil, pepper, salt , charcoal, lighters, & many more items, what we would class as essentials, FREE of charge.
It is also possible to pay in Euros for your holiday.
The swimming pool is heated from May 21st to around Sept 19th 2016, (weather depending) but remains open but unheated for a further week i.e. 19th - 29th Sept and then it is covered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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'

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, ensuite
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Ensuite bathroom with bidet and WC
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Shower room across the landing

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • 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 swimming pool measures 12m x 4.5m (opens May). Comfortable sun loungers at the poolside & there is an area of shade. The views are magnificent.

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