La Penna, Villa in Coreglia Antelminelli, Nr. Barga, Tuscany - Historic Villa With Private Pool And Fabulous Garden In Fine Medieval Village
This historic 17th century villa is in the medieval town of Coreglia Antelminelli, set in the hills of the Appenines in the beautiful Garfagnana region of Tuscany. The beautifully decorated garden apartment has a living room, a fully equipped kitchen and two en-suite bedrooms. The large traditional Italian garden and terrace has a lovely private swimming pool, which is exclusive to the apartment. Media Valle, set between Lucca and the Garfagnana, is an exotic, lush green area of Tuscany unaffected by mass tourism. The area is superb for walking and climbing, with the famous and spectacular gorge 'Orito di Bodri' nearby. There are also many ancient villages in the area, many worth exploring. The town of Barga, famous for its art exhibitions, summer opera, jazz and food festivals, is only a few kilometres away. Also nearby is Bagni di Lucca, the 18C spa resort of the Luchessi nobles, with its thermal baths, elegant villas and pretty surroundings.
A further en-suite bedroom is also available
Top Traveller Review
An amazing villa in the most stunning location
About the Owner
We first visited this beautiful and "undiscovered" region of Tuscany in 1988, buying a house in 1994 and since then we have been heartened by the number of visitors who have returned time and time again to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Garfagnana, the generosity of its people, wonderful food and local culture.
Guestbook comments from the manager
5 out of 5
From the photos this villa looks absolutely perfect and I am very pleased to say that it did not disappoint. Very simple but very Tuscan. Rustic with views to die for. Leonardo the owner lives above and a nicer man you could not meet. Buy basic provisions from the supermarket in Galicano or Lucca before getting to the villa as there is almost nothing in the town, which also goes for places to eat. We chose to eat in. The kitchen has everything you need and there is a great bbq too. The pool is small but it certainly cools you down in the summer heat.
Thanks for the fine review. However I'm puzzled about your comment on the klack of restaurants as there are 3 in the village, and several within 15 minutes drive. One excellent one is only 2 minutes walk from the villa. There's also 3 cafe bars, a mini-market, a butchers and a fruit and veg. shop. The village was voted as one of the nicest in Italy in 2008.
4.5 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
An amazing villa in the most stunning location
We spent two weeks at Villa la Penna. The villa itself is beautiful and the setting awesome. We had sole use of the ground floor and found it clean and well-equipped. Some guests might find the inter-connecting bedrooms difficult to work with but you can leave the end bedroom via French doors and get to the living areas without disturbing anyone in the second bedroom. The owner, Leonardo, is delightful and we communicated via email using Google Translate on anything that we couldn't understand. He was always available but ensured our privacy at all times. The gardens are simply delightful with the most stunning views and are various sitting areas to find sun or shade as required. The pool is small but well-situated for the sun and excellent views. This wouldn't be suitable for very young children - the pool isn't gated and the walls round the garden have a sheer drop. Coreglia Antelminelli is a charming village. Lucca, Bagni de Lucca, Montecatini, Barga, Viareggio, Forte del Marmi, Grotta de Vente and Lago de Vagli are just some of the many places worth visiting and are within reasonable distance and with some of the most beautiful drives. Restaurants are good value and of a good standard. The locals are friendly too!
Words cannot describe the beauty of this villa and it's surroundings. The view from the north room was spectacular with french doors that opened to reveal an immaculate swimming pool, the mountains in the distance, and the local residents hanging out their laundry and singing to the radio each morning. The villa has the best of modern plumbing and kitchen fixtures (unlike many old buildings in Europe), with the best of the rustic which gives you the feel of living like a prince or princess centuries ago. The pictures on the site do not do it justice. There are a few things to consider if traveling with couples. The first floor of the villa is what you are renting which consists of two bedrooms with bathrooms, two sitting or living rooms and a kitchen. All rooms are connected by a door but you will need to go outside to go from the north bedroom to the kitchen or sitting rooms without disturbing anyone in the middle bedroom. This was not a problem for us but something to consider depending on your travel companions. This villa is situated far north of other Tuscan sights. We took two days and traveled to Venice and a day in Cortona and a day in Florence. If we had it to do over again we would have spent 4 nights at the Villa in order to travel to Cinque Terre and Lucca and then possibly a villa in Florence to take in the sights there and Cortona-Siena. I will say that the most enjoyable day that we spent was the day devoted to Coreglia Antelminelli. The restaurant L'Arcile was wonderful as were both of the bars. When you see bar in Italy, think Starbucks with alcohol.
Unsere Erwartungen wurden voll erfüllt. Ein altes, geschichtsträchtiges Haus mit Installationen, die dem Stand der Technik entsprechen. Ein liebevoll gepflegter Garten mit einer tollen Aussicht. Wir haben uns wohl gefühlt.
Schade nur, dass mit dem freundlichen, bemühten Gastgeber nur ein minimaler, von Google unterstützter Dialog möglich war; er spricht weder Deutsch noch Englisch.
Wonderfull house and garten, very helpfull owner
We were 5, 2 couples and a single and we stayed 1 week of may 2016.
The house is very beautifull and charming, the garten is fantastic, and situated in the most authentic medival village on a hilltop with long view over the next couple of mountains.
The small pergola at the edge of the garden is unique.
Leonardo, the owner, was very helpfull, starting and ending helping with the luggage in his smart small car from the parling lott outside the village port.
As mentioned by others, the arrangement of the two bedrooms are so, that the way to the livingrom and kitchen from the far one goes through the other bedroom or via the garten, small problem, if any, for us.
The third bedroom, on the second floor was not heated (heating is apparently in preparation), normally not a big problem, but the weather was rather cold that week.
On small thing, that would be pleasant is a better lightning in the kitchen, specially in the sink corner (the sink has no fall towards the drain).
A place that we would very much consider returning to an other time.
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
The Medievalle / Garfagnana is a compact area, easily accessible and superb for walking and climbing, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. We have links to an outdoor activities centre who offer guided walks, world class gorge walking and mountain biking amongst other activities.
There are many villages nearby worth exploring, including Barga, famous for its art exhibitions, summer opera, jazz and food festivals.
The area is renowned for its good value rustic, delicious food made using fine local ingredients.
There are dozens of good family run restaurants. A typical set lunch of pasta course, followed by meat and vegetables, with wine, bread and coffee, costs only 10-11 euros, and a typical main course in the evening costs 8-12 euros. Delicious pizzas cost around 4-7 euros.
We give detailed local information and recommendations.
There is a public tennis court in the village.
Pisa Airport is 1 hours drive.
Coreglia itself is an interesting medieval town with an ancient wall surrounding its old buildings. It is recognised as one of the loveliest villages in Italy. Only the smallest of vehicles can access its narrow streets, making the village very safe for children and recalling the atmosphere of bygone days. There are 3 restaurants in the village, friendly bars and pleasant parks.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
25% deposit required.
There is no breakages deposit
Entry day is flexible, Saturdays preferred in high season.
Notes on prices:
A 3rd bedroom and bathroom is available, increasing capacity to 6, cost £200-300 depending on season.
WI-FI is free
During colder periods central heating if required will be measured and consumption costs paid directly to the owner
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- autumn foliage
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- 100 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- En-suite with showers.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Sleeps 6 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Communicating bedrooms, both double with en-suite bathrooms. One can be made into a twin room, with French door to the garden. There is another bedroom and bathroom on the second floor which can be rented, at a cost of £200-400 per week more, sleeping 2 in a double bed.
- Tennis ...
- Notes on accommodation: A third bedroom with twin beds, with a 3rd bathroom can also be rented, increasing the capacity to 6 people. Outside: The garden is large and beautifully groomed, with several areas for outside eating or relaxing. The private pool is 7 x 3 metres. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen included. Final cleaning included.