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Tuscan detached Village House with grounds & own pool & WiFi

Overview

Property

Updated: 20-Jun-2016
Detached House, nr Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany - Real Italian Country Life In Beautiful Village, Awesome Views, Town Within 7 Minutes' Drive

Four storey ‘rustico’ stone house built in 1906, completely refurbished, with white-washed walls, original cotto floors and exposed chestnut beams. Thick stone walls mean it’s cool in the height of summer and toasty once the gas central heating fires up in winter. The village is a typical Italian hillside community, mostly totally quiet, but also passing goatherds, boar & bird shooting, agriculture, as well as the usual hubbub of Italian village life. It’s also a very safe and welcoming environment and our guests don’t feel they have to be too precious, (especially good if you have younger kids), and great, if like us, you love your music! After nightfall the village is totally silent, devoid of light pollution so ideal for star-gazing and chasing fire-flies.

  • Sleeps 11
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Professional couple, based in the UK. Well-travelled in Europe, been holidaying (and working) in Italy for two decades. The owners use the house year-round outside guest rental periods.

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

"thank you we had an amazing holiday and you have a wonderful house in a perfect location." WM, Aug 12

"The house was fantastic, lovely village. The mountains have more character than the more well-trodden parts of Tuscany,the house is the perfect base to explore them from." ME, Oct 10.

“Molto Bello!”, P's dad

"We had a wonderful time thoroughly enjoyed both your beautiful villa and the stunning scenery". DB,

"We had a good time in and around Gombereto, thanks for the good preparations. We especially appreciated the welcome pack, and the folder with some additional info." TT & JW

"We really enjoyed our stay and the views were wonderful. Teresa's welcome was great. We had everything we needed. Many thanks again for a very enjoyable holiday." MB

"The house was gorgeous - the kind of rustic style we love. I really needed total relaxation so a perfect week had by all. We have passed the word around and would love to have a week or so again with friends." KL
Jan 2011
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

5

Great

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous holiday here. Absolutely beautiful grounds and views. A rustic old house, but has everything you need. This house is a great base to go and explore from, set about 500meters above sea level in the mountains. The village is perfect and a great small store that sells all the essentials. 20mins down the mountain Is lovely Bagni di Lucca with larger supermarkets.

The pool was a nice size not huge but perfect for the 6 of us. A great BBQ area and hammock in the shade. The patio area outside the kitchen is newly done and was wonderful to sit out there for every meal, most nights we sat out and played games in candle light. A few doors away is s great English couple called Shirley and Roy who run a B&B. If you have any questions they can help. Shirley also does massages, facials etc they a good! Roy is a brilliant chef for a price per person £25-30 he will do a 2 course meal for your party. We did it and the food was outstanding it's a must we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The villa was a really characterful but comfortable place to stay, with everything you need for an affordable but luxurious self-catering break. The furnishings were appropriately rustic whilst still being a nice place to relax and lying in the hammock in the dappled shade you feel a lot further away from civilisation than you really are. Bagni di Lucca has plenty to offer for a short drive down the mountain (and I understand there's a bus service as well), and it makes a great hub to explore Tuscany. Alternatively you can just hole yourself up on top of a mountain with a stack of ice lollies and sangria with a good (or not so good) book by the pool, though don't be surprised if you get distracted by the view, which is beauuuutiful. The house also has lots of books, CDs and DVDs for those days when you really don't feel like moving :) The kitchen and dining space is huge which makes for a really sociable cooking experience as well. I can't recommend this villa more highly - a really wonderful holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Location

From the Owner

We spent ten years looking all over Italy and eventually found and fell in love with this little corner of Tuscany. Hot, but not too hot, real scenery, lovely people, loads to see and do, great little hilltop towns, high, interesting and green countryside, skiing nearby…. Top seven things we like to do: 1.Long al fresco lunches in the courtyard 2.Swimming in the pool then sunbathing all day on the decking 3.the evening passagiata through the village squares and lanes (especially if it’s just rained! – very ‘Name of the Rose’) 4.A long day out in Firenze, with shopping at the Barberino outlet mall. 5.The Sunday antiques market in Lucca. 6.Touring through the nearby Garfagnana valley. 7.Barga for dinner, followed by passagiata and gelati!

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Ideal for: cycling, touring, hiking, arts and culture tours.

Coast/Beach:

Viareggio Beach is an hour away by car. Forti di Marmi is a posh little resort town. Cinque Terrre - the five lands - are amazing, especially Venazza. Great fishy stew in Livorno!

Travel:

Pisa airport is an hour away and we recommend that you hire a car from the airport. A compact four door will suit the hills. Sat nav recommended for getting around as some of the road layouts can be a bit tricky.

Distances:

under 10 mins to spa town of Bagni di Lucca with three supermarkets and a dozen restaurants and pizzerias. The town is famous for its casino and health spas – hence its association with the Grand Tour: its historic literary visitors included Byron, Shelley and the Brownings. There is a small market twice a week, many food shops, well stocked wine merchants with friendly owners. Also an Olympic-size open air swimming pool and a tennis centre. Friendly, convenient internet-café by the river.

Further Details:

Just 40 minutes from the walled town of Lucca, beautiful buildings, restaurants, bike rides and shopping. If you ski, then you're only 45 minutes from the ski resort of Abetone, where you can hire your boots and skis and ski straight off. Visit Puccini's house and open air opera at Lake Massaciuccoli in July and August. The Scots/Italian town of Barga is about 45 mins away, great for the fish and chip festival!

Stunning and unspoilt Garfagnana valley and the Apuan National Park is on your doorstep, within 30 minutes drive. For the kids, Pinocchio Land theme park, the Aqua Village water park and the Cavallino Matto amusement park are easily accessible. For the chaps, the Vespa museum is just outside Lucca. A well-stocked shop is five minutes walk up the hill in the next village. If there’s anything else you need, just ask: we are happy to provide other items if given enough notice.

The housekeeper lives in the village and speaks Italian and English. She will arrange access and keys handover for you, as well as being on hand to help you with any questions.

Availability

Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
30% booking deposit at time of booking, and remainder of the rental 30 days prior to rental commencement date. Refunds will be made if the property can be re-let. A refundable security deposit of £300 is also payable with your second payment, returned within 14 days of your rental if there are no unreasonable damage or breakages. Supplement of 20 euro per day for gas central heating in mid & low seasons. Swimming pool opens in high season only unless otherwise advised. Xmas & NY rentals tbd.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday during peak season, but there may be some flexibility, depending on other bookings. Arrivals from 4pm and departures by 10am please.

Notes on prices:
All prices are for the entire property, which sleeps 10 for one week running Saturday to Saturday. Minimum stay is 7 days unless otherwise negotiated. We will need to know guest numbers for laundry, etc. Xmas and New Year rentals can be discussed separately. Supplement of 20 euro per day to cover gas central heating in mid & low seasons. Swimming pool opens in high season (July, August and September) otherwise advised.

deposit of 30% then balance at least 30 days before travel; security deposits returned within 10 days of the holiday

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

From the Owner

Some more of our favourite things... 8.A beach day at Viareggio, with a seafood lunch in a beach cafe. 8.Going to Lucca out of season for some retail therapy and dinner. 9.Skiing at Abetone, just for the day or stopping over in a friendly family hotel with a gourmet dinner 10.Long day out in the Cinque Terre, swimming, sunbathing and lunching: our favourite fishing village is Vernazza. 11.August Festival in Gombereto – La Festa Medievale: flag-throwers, food stalls, processions and fireworks. Mad! 12. Touring Il Strada del Vino – the Lucchese hills wine route –sampling Montecarlo whites and reds and sumptuous olive oils 13.Morning and evening walks up to the shop, then back round the roads, enjoying the views; about 30 minutes, perfect before dinner! 14.Chillin' with a cold one.

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Two fully equipped bathrooms with showers, one on the ground floor, the other on the top floor.

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Middle floor: bedroom 1, one double. Bedroom 2, one double. Bedroom 3, two single beds. Top floor: Bedroom 4, one double and one single. Bedroom 5, one double. [plus lounge, one double sofa-bed. Two cots (used at your discretion).

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Complementary welcome pack is provided including: wine and beer, milk, fruit juice; bread, pasta and sauce, fruit, coffee, tea and biscuits, etc. A well-stocked shop is five minutes walk up the hill in the next village. If there’s anything else you need, just ask: we are happy to provide other items if given enough notice. The housekeeper lives in the village and speaks Italian and English. She will arrange access and keys handover for you, as well as being on hand to help you with any questions or emergencies. Outside: Swimming Pool on full-width raised wood deck. Pool is 8 x 5m, constant depth of 160cm. Pool is cleaned weekly. Decking area has dining table and 6 chairs, plus 4 recliners and 4 other pool chairs, with soft cushions. 3 parasols. Some shade also under the fig tree. Garden has three tiers on hillside. Top terrace is fine for ball games. Garden gets the sun from 10am to 8pm. There are several BBQ’s, and a barn for storage. Outside drying lines. A shady courtyard outside kitchen offer alfresco dining. Utility Room: Store room with washing machine, ironing board & iron, drying lines, beer fridge and spare seating. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedding and towels are fresh on your arrival and will be changed after one week's stay. Cleaning is every week.

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