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Entrance from terrace leading directly into the well equipped kitchen. The apartment has the benefit of a sth facing ‘belvedere’ - (bella - meaning beautiful - vedere - meaning to see) an enclosed & elevated terrace with breathtaking views over the hills and valleys. There are 2 dble bedrms - one twin/double with an adjoining shower room with bidet & the other dble room with en-suite shower room. This room has a small balcony/terrace. The apartment was originally the wine cellars and features many of the old stone archways. With the added windows and walkway into the 'belvedere' terrace, this has become a sunwashed and bright apartment. The living room is comfortably furnished (it is possible to put a put-u-up bed for an extra child) altho' many spend their time reading & relaxing on the secluded terrace watching the world go by! The kitchen is well equipped with large fridge with freezing compartment, d,washer & w/machine. Gas B-B-Q. Wifi
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
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
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'
Absolutely lovely in every way. Gill and Ken were fantastic hosts, very friendly and full of information if you want it, nothing too much trouble and the accommodation in Belvedere was superb, spot on for our requirements.
All the little extras such as tea/coffee, washing tablets, loo rolls etc really make a big difference to that supermarket shop and adds a home from home feel.
The winding hill up to the property did cause a few scary moments but you do get used to it. Recommend if there are 2 drivers in the party that you both make yourself named drivers to give that flexibility. We didn't and it was a big mistake.
The pool area was lovely, never very busy and a welcome relief to the intense heat we had for the first week, even when it cooled down a bit for the final few days it was really pleasant. Not that we used it that much as there is so much to see and do in the area, you really do need to make choices.
Visited Lucca three times, gorgeous, Pisa, Vinci, Grotto di vento, Barga, Montecatini del Terme as well as more local sights such as Devils Bridge.
We were planing a visit to Florence but the intense heat changed our mind for us. We have decided to do this as a city break another time in a cooler month.
We would definitely return here but not in July/August as too hot for hubby.
Thank you Gill and Ken for a lovely 10 days. You have a fab place there. Almost don't want to place this review as it will be harder to make a booking.
First off, we have stayed here three times now and we love it.
The website, backed up by responsive e-mails from Gill and Ken give a comforting feel to the place before you get there and directions from Pisa to Celle are spot on. Confidence is high before you get there ......it doesn't wain when you stay either!
Celle is up a hill but on arrival there is always someone there to take baggage up the final short sharp ascent. The properties have been lovingly restored and are beautifully presented. La Belvedere is fabulous; excellent kitchen (good fresh food an excellent butcher are a ten minute drive away in Borgano), decent showers (with plenty of hot water and good pressure), comfy bedrooms but the best bit is the private 'tower' to relax in during the heat of the day or simply to sit out in at night and enjoy a glass or two and listen for the double chiming of the clock in the village above. Each of the properties has its own private area with seating, a BBQ and a view.
Location is great and Lucca is a 30 minutes drive away. We love walking and not only are there some good local wanders but also some great walks in the National and Regional parks close to hand, try the gorge walk at Orrido di Botri (Teenagers will love it!) or head for the Parco Alpi Apuane or San Pellegrino - scenery is spectacular but be prepared for some very narrow twisty roads. There are caves, aerial adventures, the home of Pinocchio and Leonardo da Vinci's birthplace all within sensible distance for day trips. Gill and Ken have put together several itineraries and there are plenty of up to date leaflets and pamphlets in the properties.
There are several good restaurants within a short drive of Celle and the information pack provided gives details and numbers. However, if you're wanting somewhere special to go try Antica Locanda di Sesto in Sesto di Moriano - Trip Advisor isn't wrong. We ate in a lot as fresh food is in abundance and BBQ pork from the butcher in Borgo a Mozzano is something special.
The village is very peaceful and we have been there out of the traditional school holiday times and I expect the pool area can become quite noisy - but it is a great place for families and being socialable.
This is a great place to stay in a fabulous part of Italy but it is made even better by Gill and Ken. They are perfect hosts and keep everything clean, never watching over you but never far away should you need anything.
We have never been anywhere twice except for here!!
We stayed in 'Belvedere' for the last week of a two centre holiday in July.
The accommodation was fabulous; spacious, full of character, very comfortable, spotlessly clean, with fantastic views and incredibly well equipped...everything you could need and more.
Ken and Gill were perfect and generous hosts. As Ken said- "We are here if you need us and if you don't, we're not."
The pool and surround is really lovely...our daughter (9) was very happy. Pizza night was delightful. Local restaurants are excellent (we loved La Fonte).
Celle is very rural and peaceful but within easy reach of so many wonderful places to visit in this part of Tuscany.
We had a perfect week and have already booked for next year!
We had a wonderfully relaxing week here. Days out, guided largely by the information pack that was provided at the property along with added input from Gill and Ken. We particularly enjoyed our trips to Lucca, the local winery for lunch and the Carrara marble quarry. Our evenings were spent relaxing in the covered terrace, which has superb views over the surrounding hills.
We have never stayed anywhere so clean and well prepared or amply stocked. This included many items that would not usually be provided.
Gill and Ken are very good hosts, who are most helpful yet unintrusive at the same time.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone who is looking for a peaceful get away. We will definitely be returning.