|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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 t
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'
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 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'. There is a very good hotel locally that offers a very good rate per night if you wanted to arrive (or leave) a day earlier
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.
We spent a week of our summer in the beautiful Tuscan “hamlet” of Celle. Such a lovely area off the main tourist track, but not too far from Lucca and slightly further to either the coast or Torre Del Lago. The apartment was marvellous, so much character and style and everything you could need….such a high standard with a lot of love put into it!
We filled our days with a mix of “action and adventure” or lazing by the lovely pool, chilling and soaking up the sun. On the active days we did some orienteering down waterfalls, paragliding off a local mountain (incredible thing to do!!) or taking in the culture of an opera performed at the fabulous amphitheatre at Torre Del Lago from the local composer, Puccini. The local Puccini museum is also worth a visit.
Thank you Gill & Ken for your help, advice and organising some of the incredible things we did during our stay in Tuscany, especially the pizza night - such fun. Such a super holiday….
Ken and Gill went above and beyond the call of duty as hosts. Always willing when we needed them. The house was simply the best appointed we have rented. Ever. Nothing was wanting. Kitchen was very well equipped and allowed us to cook when we wanted, but also very good local restaurants nearby.
Celle is a beautiful rural village. Incredibly quiet and peaceful. A great antidote to our everyday lives. It is well positioned as a base to visit the sites of Tuscany. I hope we will be back.
Gill and Ken have to job of holiday property owners down to a fine art! The place is lovely and the apartment was stocked with everything you need. My wife reckoned that the kitchen was better stocked than ours at home. The swimming pool is cleaned every morning at 6am. The property (La Sinfonia) is finished to a very high standard. Gill and Ken go out of their way to ensure that your stay is as relaxed as possible. I would recommend Celle to anyone wanting a relaxed holiday. A visit to the nearby restaurants Mulon (at the bottom of the hill) and La Fonte (further up the valley) is a must! Keeping to their attention to detail, each apartment has folders full of information on local restaurants and attractions. While we were there, Gill and Ken heard about a new sea swimming area near Pisa which was cordoned off by a rock wall so that it was safe for children - they travelled to visit (and assess) it before including it in their info on attractions! It's comforting to know that Gill and Ken will have reviewed all attractions they recommend.
Sinfonia is a beautifully restored and furnished apartment, set high up in the hills of Celle dei Puccini with far reaching views over the wooded hills north of Lucca. The apartment offers a good size living area with carefully chosen furniture and décor which really compliments the building. There is a magnificent wood burning stove as you enter the living room, whose flue travels up through a vaulted ceiling. A real wow. The kitchen is modern and very well equipped with all the utensils any holiday maker would need and everything is meticulously clean. There is a downstairs bathroom with shower, very handy when just returning from the pool. Upstairs there is a lovely twin bedroom and double bedroom with a further good size bathroom. Off the kitchen is a small balcony with a high table and 4 stools. The views from here are amazing and we spent many hours here gazing across the rooftops of the village below and the surrounding countryside. Our hosts, Gill and Ken have clearly taken a lot of time and effort in restoring this apartment and the others within the building. The restoration has been carefully considered, and the attention to detail is first class. The added benefit is that Gill and Ken live on site so if we did need anything they were on hand. Nothing was too much trouble. Outside the property there is a lovely and well maintained swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers and chairs, lawned area, raised terrace with 4 hammocks under a shaded canopy which was very welcome when it became really hot. The property also had a gas BBQ and separate eating area outside. The restaurants we ate at locally, offered excellent quality food and good value. The nearest supermarket was about 15 mins drive away and good value for money. Lucca is approximately 30 minutes drive and Pisa 1 hour 15 minutes. There are plenty of interesting places to visit within a 1.5 hour drive. We visited Lucca, Barga, and Vinci all of which are well worth going to. However, we were more than happy to just stay put at Celle Dei Puccini and relax by the pool. We will definitely be returning next year.
To say that this holiday location is idyllic is an under statement. We have stayed in La Sinfonia many times over the last five years. It is a beautiful family home that has been lovingly restored and has every essential requirement for us to call this "our own" holiday home. The hospitality and kindness shown by Gill and Ken the owners keeps bringing us back to visit again and again. There is also so much to do in the area and the prime village location puts you in the heart of rural Tuscan life with the added bonus of all the history at the Puccini museum. A truely magical holiday destination, one to be highly recommended.
We stayed in La Sinfonia for a week last July and had an absolutely amazing time! The house is spacious, airy and extremely comfortable with absolutely everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday. The views from the house out over the village and the surrounding hills are breathtaking especially after a thunderstorm! That was only one afternoon and the sun and heat returned very quickly afterwards! There is plenty shade around the immaculate pool and the house stays cool. Our kids (5 and 7) loved the pool and hammocks.
The village is beautiful and we had a lovely meal in the wee restaurant. Lucca is only a short drive away and well worth a visit but we left it until late afternoon so we could cycle around the walls when it was cooler.
Ken and Gill were extremely helpful in their quiet and unobtrusive way and nothing was too much trouble. They even let our wee boy help with the gardening!