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Main Door Apartment in the Historic Barga Vecchia

Overview

Property

Updated: 13-Aug-2016
Apartment in Barga, Lucca Province, Tuscany, Italy - Prime Location in Old Town with Open Airy Gardens

Casa Felice is unique for a property located in the historic Centre of Barga Vecchia in that in addition to its own two private terraces with views of the Duomo, the property also enjoys the tiered communal grounds of Parco San Felice,the gardens of the adjacent Church,with its shaded pergolas and large garden patio that sometimes hosts a band during the Festa in July.

The winding lanes of the old town are adjacent the property and you can meander from the nearby ancient gate of Porta Macchiaia along Via di Mezzo and into the historic Piazzas with their restaurants, galleries and shops to Porta Reale at the other side of town.

A climb to the Duomo (9th Century Cathedral which dominates the town) reveals breathtaking, almost unbroken 360 degree view of the surrounding hills and valleys. A large park divides the hilltop from the lower part of town known as Barga Giardino. Il Giardino is bustling with shops, cafes and restaurants and boasts a weekly market every Saturday morning.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My wife Anne and I have been married for over thirty years and have three daughters all of whom enjoy holidaying in Barga. We live in Scotland and have made many new friends, both locals and holiday makers during our many visits to Barga.

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Fantastico!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in beautiful Barga and found the apartment very comfortable,well equipped and with beautiful views over the rooftops and countryside.It is in a lovely private location with lots of outside seating options while still being within easy walking distance of all Bargas attractions,restaurants and bars.

Barga is quite stunning with its cobbled narrow paths and lanes and bright flower pots around every corner.Views from the Duomo are not to be missed ,even if it rains!

We also visited Canyon Park ,about 40 mins drive from Barga, and zip wired back and forth across the canyon which was scary but great fun and worth a visit !(E20 each)

We visited Florence by train and Lucca by car ,all very reachable for a great day out.

The charm ,character and beauty of Barga will see us return again soon when we hope the apartment will be free.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed our little oasis and more importantly enjoyed Barga and experienced some of the many things to do in this hidden gem tucked away in Northern Tuscany.
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Location

From the Owner

After a holiday in Florence in 2002 we returned to Italy the following year to explore Northern Tuscany and came across Barga by accident. We fell in love with Northern Tuscany and returned for the following three years to the Garfagnana Region basing ourselves in places like Castelnuovo and Villa Collemandina allowing us to mix rural retreats with town or village life. We found the region had so much to offer and was well placed for Lucca and the coastline at Viareggio but still found ourselves drawn back to Barga, even if only for the day. When we started to look in 2006 for a property we scoured the Serchio Valley, from Bagni Du Lucca in the south to Molazzana on the opposite side of the valley from Barga before settling for Casa Felice in the old town of Barga.(Barga Vecchia).

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 73 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Aristos at 88 Metres Nearest Train : Barga-Gallicano at 4.5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : L'Osteria at 200 Metres Nearest Ski : Abetone at 56 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 98 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

The Alpi Apuane national mountain park with its many kilometers of maintained tracks is renowned for its hiking, trekking and panoramic views. Classes can be arranged in Art and inspiration, creative writing, gastronomia, Italian Classes, Mind and Body, Music and Performance and Outdoor Adventures.

Coast/Beach:

The famous beaches of Versilia lie just beyond the coastal mountain range and can be reached by an attractive drive through one of the passes or via Lucca. Viareggio and Lido di Camiore are nearest and can be reached in about an hour by car. Within a further quarter of an hour are the picturesque town and coastal resort of Pietrasanta and the chic and fashionable shops and beaches of Forte dei Marmi.

Travel:

The main airport is Pisa, about 75 mins by car, and served by Ryanair from Stansted, Edinburgh and Prestwick. BA and Easyjet fly from Gatwick to Pisa,with Jet2 from Leeds Bradford and Edinburgh - Pisa.

The Serchio Valley line connects Barga to the main rail network of Italy. There is a bus service from Barga to Lucca, Castelnuovo and surrounding towns and villages.

Distances:

Florence about 60 miles, Lucca about 20 miles, Pisa about 30 miles. The Chianti region, Siena and San Gimignano are within an easy days drive as are Genoa and the dramatic coastline of the Cinque Terre.

Further Details:

Casa Felice is well located within Barga allowing you to walk to shops, bars, restaurants, banks and all facilities available in the town, (including an Olympic size pool complex). After a day sightseeing or at the beach, the visitor can stroll for an aperitivo at a local bar and have dinner thereafter without having to resort to the car. A flavour of daily life and all the activities on offer can be found in the excellent community website. Barga is ideal for those looking for the unique experience of living in a small medieval town with a peaceful environment but with a lively programme of activities. Barga has it’s own 18th century theatre and is renowned for its summer opera and jazz festivals. The restaurants of the area offer traditional Tuscan food and wines at easily affordable prices for the family.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
4 Sep 2016 - 24 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£100
for 5 nights
£600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
To confirm a booking a deposit of 50% of the total price is required with the balance payable 8 weeks before departure. If you book within 8 weeks of departure the full price is payable.

Cancellation must be made in writing with cancellation charge being the full deposit if you cancel more than 8 weeks before departure. Less than 8 weeks but more than 4 weeks before departure – 70% of the price. Less than 4 weeks – 100% of the price.

Notes on prices:
Prices for the property are per week and in British Pounds Sterling.
Discounts available for over a week or long winter lets and special rates on request for long week-ends.
Generally Saturday to Saturday but flexible subject to availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

One of the main reasons for choosing Casa Felice is that it is in the heart of Barga Vecchia (The old Town)and we can walk to the galleries, theatre and restaurants and it has a vibrant calendar of festas throughout the year including a chocolate festival in December. Despite having all that choice the location is quiet and surrounded by many local residents of Barga. We also find Barga well positioned for day trips to the beach at Lido Di Camaiore or Viareggio and offers excellent public transport links (Bus and Train) to Lucca and Pisa. In short it offers a choice of lifestyle, ranging from living in a village and being able to walk to all amenities, or explore the towns and villages of Northern Tuscany all set within spectacular scenery and literally adjacent our home.

Property Type

  • apartment

General

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

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom has floor and wall tiles and has bath and over bath shower & screen, bidet, wc, and feature vanity unit with inbuilt storage and large illuminated mirror.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed, Large Single (4ft 6ins)
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom has large Italian double bed with bedside lamps. There is a traditional oak inbuilt wardrobe with substantial hanging space and four drawers. There is a hairdryer available for use. Bedroom 2 has 120cm wide bed and freestanding wardrobe.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The property is painted in Italian style with fresh tuscan colours and is accessed from the dining terrace which leads directly into the lounge which has feature fireplace and large window with superb outlook. The modern kitchen is off the lounge, is compact but well appointed with fridge freezer oven and hob. The flooring in the lounge and kitchen is marble. The property is split level with three steps leading to a lower hallway with access to bathroom and two bedrooms. The bathroom is tiled and has a feature vanity unit with large illuminated mirror, wc, bidet, bath with telephone style hand held shower attachment. The master bedroom has a large oak in-built wardrobe with ample drawers. The second bedroom has free standing storage with ample hanging space .Both bedrooms have attractive parquet flooring. The property is cool in the summer and benefits full Gas Ch to keep you warm in the winter along with an open fire. Outside: Casa Felice is uniquely located within Parco San Felice, which in effect is the communal garden grounds of the San Felice Church. Access to the property is from Via della Misericordia opposite Casa Fontana (B&B) through a gate into a large paved patio where you can find a band playing during Festa Centro Storico. A couple of steps up from this patio is a small metal gate, which gives access to our lower grassed terrace which is ideal for those who wish to relax reading a book. Terracotta steps lead to the main terrace which has a patio table, parasol and four chairs and has open views up towards the Duomo. Adacent this terrace is a mature pergola and path and steps leading to a viewpoint overlooking the adjacent countryside towards Tiglio. Overnight parking in Barga Vecchia is restricted to residents and is due to its narrow lanes is only for the confident. Free parking can be found at the Acquedotto a 5 minute walk from Casa Felice Utility Room: There is a walk in utility cupboard off the master bedroom where we store the parasol,steps,iron/ironing board, spare light bulbs, tool kit, mops etc. The washing machine is located here. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen are included and the property will be cleaned before arrival and on departure. Additional cleaning for stays of 2 weeks or longer can be provided at a supplemental cost.

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