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Private Villa and Pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 16-Oct-2016
Holiday Home in Cardoso, Nr. Barga, Tuscany, Italy - Secluded Location on Beautiful Hillside Site

La Fucina nestles above the Serchio valley which runs through the Garfagnana area of Tuscany not far from the historic walled city of Lucca. The private pool is 10 by 5 metres and enjoys stunning panoramic views of the Serchio valley and the Appenine and Apuane moutains. La Fucina was transformed from a barn into a comfortable dwelling house in 2006/2007 and is constructed from the local “Cardoso” stone, named after the quaint but lively little village just up the hill. This barn renovation retains all the character of a Tuscan country dwelling with chestnut beams and terracotta tiles whilst giving the guest all that is required for modern living. Our information pack (see our website - link below) gives details of the places of interest and restaurants with a price guide to help you enjoy for yourself the pleasures of this beautiful area. Our website has more info/photos and recent guest views of the house and area.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Ruth, Thank you very much for letting us have your lovely house. We had a great time, saw Lucca, Barga and Florence and all the way up the valley including the caves. It was hot so we used the pool a lot. We ate out quite often and recommend the Mercato Contadino and the restaurant up by the dammed lake, Al Laghetto. As you said, virtually impossible to get a poor meal. Thank you.
Jul 2015
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5 Reviews

4.6
based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

5

Wonderful views, great place to stop and unwind.

  • 5 of 5

Simple journey - fly into Pisa then an easy one hour drive to La Fucina (easy to drop by the Tower en route.) The villa is comfortable and clean with a wonderful outdoor area for meals and/or simply lazing by the pool with the wonderful views as the sun tracks over through the day.

The main bedroom has views across and along the valley - had the great experience of sunbathing by the pool as we watched thunderstorms roll around the other side of the mountains all afternoon.

Nearby there's an easy-to-reach supermarket to stock your fridge and lots of typically Tuscan towns to explore from nearby Barga (10 mins) to Castelnuovo (20 mins) and the fantastic Lucca (35 mins.)

A lovely place to chill out. Easy to reach, great to stop, explore or balance the two.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect position for exploring the region!

  • 4 of 5

We had the most wonderful 10 days at La Fucina. Beautiful setting, fantastic pool and homegrown vegetables in abundance! The villa is perfectly placed to explore the region and was close enough to everything we needed, whilst being secluded and private at the same time. Ruth has thought of everything that a family might need to enjoy their stay at La Fucina. A car is a must! The local towns and villages were amazing and we look forward to another visit soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rural Tuscan Hillside Escape

  • 4 of 5

The description of this villa on the website was accurate and the pictures helped a lot. It was exactly as it appeared. It was a beautiful property, clean and well maintained with the crowning glory of a magnificent swimming pool which was used a lot in the intense July heat. The owner, Ruth, was very helpful and always responded quickly to emails. The area around the villa and the surrounding countryside was lovely. Lucca was an easy driving distance away. It's a perfect property if you want a relaxing break in the country but It was a drive to get anywhere else though with no restaurants or bars within easy walking distance. Having said that many of the nearest restaurants were excellent - Mercato contadino was notable and well worth a visit.

The downside for us was the lack of air conditioning. Although not generally a fan of artificial cooling we were there in a heat wave and it meant that we had to leave windows open all night so we were prey to the local mosquito population!

But, in summary, a lovely villa in a lovely part of a lovely country. Thank you Ruth.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have good quality room fans but these were clearly insufficient for the most extreme heat wave that there has been in a decade. I have recently purchased a portable air conditioner which should rectify any future issues of this nature.
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Perfect Tuscan Break

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the house. So peaceful and quite. It's a wonderful spot. The weather was very hot and the pool at just the right temperature, The house is lovely and perfect for our holiday,

The surrounding hill towns are well worth a visit. Barga old town is a real gem with good restaurants.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Fucina

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay. The house and the grounds are charming, we ate tomatoes off the vine. The pool was incredible, just as you said, totally private and the views were stunning. Thank you for the recommendations for the local restaurants, they were very good, but we didn't get to dine there so much as we couldn't get the children out of your fabulous pool. Happy children = Happy Holidays.

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 55 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Il Flamingo, Colle Aginaia at 1 Kilometres Nearest Train : Fornaci Di Barga at 2 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Lucca at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Il Flamingo, Colle Aginaia at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Abetone at 40 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 50 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

The region is excellent for walking/trekking, mountain biking, cycling, hang gliding, skiing, eating, drinking and sight-seeing.

Coast/Beach:

The Versillia coast is known as the Italian Riviera and is within one hours drive of La Fucina. The main resort of the region is Viareggio.

Travel:

Pisa airport is 1 hours drive away and is served by all the main airports. Car hire is also available here. Other airports include Bologna (2.5 hours away).

Distances:

Cardoso is 2km. Barga is 6km. Gallicano is 5km. Lucca 30km. Abetone 40km. Pisa 60km. Florence 130km.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 6
22 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
 
Winter/Spring
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
Easter
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
Rate 8
22 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 
 
Summer 2016
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
Rate 7
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
Rate 8
30 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Lettings will always commence on a Saturday. We will require 25% of the rental price as deposit. Balance 10 weeks before start of holiday (plus a £350 returnable security/damages deposit, refundable at the end of your holiday). Alterations subject to a charge of £30 for each alteration made. Cancellation by You. If you wish to cancel your holiday entirely you must do so in writing, either by e-mail or post.
Cancellation charge
Over 60 days 25%
40 – 60 days 50%
Less than 40 days 100%

Changeover Day:
Bookings will usually commence on a Saturday in high season. Departure time is 10am and arrivals not before 3pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • villa

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • caving

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Downstairs toilet and utility room. Upstairs bathroom with power shower, toilet and bidet.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.

Outside

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

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Outside: Running along the two double patio doors coming from the open plan kitchen and living room is a substantial patio which catches the morning sun and is shady in the afternoon. This is perfect for those who need the shade in the hot afternoon. Another patio complete with a dining suite of teak garden furniture, seating from 6-8 people is situated between the house and the pool. This also enjoys panoramic views of the valley and is ideal for alfresco dining. The private pool is 10m by 5m and easily accessible by the Roman steps leading down into the pool. Utility Room: Toilet, basin, washing machine/tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are included. (Beach towels are also provided). Cleaning and changes of bed linen is performed weekly but extra cleaning, if required, can be arranged at a charge.. Other: Open plan kitchen dining room with dining table seating 6-8 and double patio doors.

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