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Stunning villa and award winning salt water infinity pool in its own vineyard

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Space 2,421 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

5 bedrooms, south west facing, 2 terraces for alfresco dining with spectacular panoramic views of apuan mountains and unforgettable sunsets

The pool and views from La Collina del Sole are like something from a film set. Situated in the stunningly beautiful Garfagnana region of Tuscany north of Lucca, La Collina del Sole is a fabulous family home for relaxed summer living. The property is the much loved holiday home of a British family and is ideal for a bunch of friends or a family with its relaxed and character filled atmosphere. Comfortable and well equipped with fabulous al fresco dining area, in the evenings sitting out on the terrace is a dream as the sun sets over the spectacular Apuan mountain range. It’s hard to draw oneself away from the pool with its Jacuzzi feature. Inside La Collina del Sole with its beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, Tuscan arches and open fire places, the living areas are on the upper level with open plan living and dining areas leading to the kitchen which is well set up for those guests who enjoy cooking whilst on holiday. Downstairs are the bedrooms with direct access to the outdoors.


Owner
Christianne Douglas
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017

About Christianne Douglas

We hope to welcome you to La Collina del Sole and aim to help you experience authentic Italian culture using the insights we have gained over the years with the “insiders” help of our local friends and extensive network of contacts our owners web site has an entire section highlighting our favourite finds and activities which have been tried and tested over 24 years of enjoyment of this idyllic place. We will be adding to our suggestions list on a regular basis so do keep checking it out.

Christianne Douglas purchased this villa in 1980

Why Christianne Douglas chose Fosciandora

Italy has the friendliest of welcomes where a halting “Grazie” with an English accent elicits praise. Not only are the Italians super hospitable they also know how to live well, and share their knowledge enthusiastically you will find a wealth of fabulous and well-priced wines, excellent cuisine laced with delicious freshly picked organic tomato sauces, homemade pasta and freshly baked bread. Succulent treats like truffles and Funghi Porcini are easily found; Italians are gourmands without the fuss.

There is so much to do! from Etruscan, Roman and Medieval treasure hunting, to Olive Oil & Wine tasting, from Italian cooking lessons to eating the best ice cream in the world. You can walk for miles in the National Park or laze by the pool reading your favourite book. Italy IS la Dolce Vita

What makes this villa unique

La Collina del Sole commands a view to rival most from any vantage point at the villa including the award winning salt water infinity pool.

The Villa is set in one of Italy’s National Parks where tranquillity and natural beauty are outstanding. You can stroll to the local bar and general shop or drive 20 minutes to medieval market towns with all manner of tempting local food produce or within 1.30 hours you can enjoy sophisticated Florentine shopping or be at Pisa Airport.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We so loved the house and our whole Italian experience. The leisurely dinners where the five of us sat outside and talked for extended periods of time was completely worth the trip! You have found gems in the whole staff. Everyone was so nice and helpful! And that pool!!! It is to die for!! Absolutely loved it!! We were in it every day!!

Thank you again for opening up your home to us and being so gracious!! … It was amazing!

Beautiful house, pool view! Best vacation ever ! We really had a wonderful time – Thanks ! Louann - Texas



Off to one of the restaurants recommended in your guide book this evening… Might do a festa towards the end of the week. We're all having a great time and the place is just beautiful! We had the pizza experience last night which was lots of fun… Luke wrote later:

Back now thank you, and sad to not be waking up to the view of the mountains! Everything about the trip was brilliant and we all had such a great time - thank you so much. Luke - London



We can't thank you enough for truly one of the best vacations we have ever taken. We love staying at La Collina del sole....truly paradise. Your team rolled out the red carpet for us and made us feel like we are family. We especially love taking full advantage of all the food services! Making authentic Italian pizza outside was a blast! We loved all the food that your team prepared for us...outstanding! We hope to come back to your spectacular villa again! - Rebecca and Tod



Enjoyed being “Home” again and look forward to our return in the not too distant future, Thank you for taking such good care of us. Our memories are still fresh though, and I can clearly imagine lying by the pool, eating in the spectacular outdoor dining terrace, hiking the trails in the area....

We had another SPECTACULAR holiday at your lovely villa. The chocolate torta was delicious. I wish I could speak Italian, Mario brought us porcini and chanterelle mushrooms one morning. We had the chanterelles for breakfast and then cooked a nice thick steak for dinner and served the porcini as a side. They were AMAZING. In Lucca we rode bikes on the wall and did a visit to Barga for the afternoon. Back at work now but we are planning our next trip to Italy (again).

Hugs from a very relaxed group at La Collina! - Natascha & Diane



We enjoyed ourselves hugely in your beautiful house. Could you please say a big thank-you to the cooks and the translator who made pizza with our children? Our youngest was over the moon with his rabbit and finally (at the age of nearly two) managed to sleep through the night every day of the holiday. We're all agreed that we would love to visit again! - Ian & Nina
Mar 2011
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Fosciandora in Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2421 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 / Check-out: 16:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En-suite bathroom for Master bedroom with bath, hand shower, basin and WC. Bathroom with shower over bath, basin, WC, bidet and laundry facilities. First floor shower room with basin and WC.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , private terrace and ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , with spectacular views of the Tuscan carrara marble hills
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , with private fireplace
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Private access to side terrace and to villa
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , private access to side terrace and villa
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 to 10 (5 bedrooms), we have 2 cots and enough equipment for 2 infants including a very large playpen. Notes on bedrooms: Master double bedroom with bathroom en suite and own terrace. Two double bedrooms. Two twin bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Traditional wood fiired pizza baking oven and separate stone built BBQ. Cook service available on request. Guided local and mountain walks with a fully accredited guide (additional charge). Outside: Award winning infinity salt water pool D shaped 16m x 32m x 2 m max depth with Jacuzzi + changing room and WC. The property is set on the side of a hill alongside a private terraced vineyard. 2 terraces with tables and chairs for dining. 6 sun loungers and 3 Carrara marble sun beds. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Maid service 2 hours each Tuesday and Thursday. Linen and towels changed each Saturday. In our "Pizza Experience" learn to cook a Pizza from scratch, or learn to cook like Mamma with Italian cooking lessons

Reviews

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Stunning villa and award winning salt water infinity pool in its own vineyard
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Stunning property in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

La Collina Del Sole is a stunning house in a stunning location. The house is beautifully furnished and very well equipped. The local team who prepare and maintain the property could not be more helpful, with lovely touches such as homemade lasagna and cake on arrival and biscuits in each bedroom. The infinity pool is spectacular, with a view that you could never tire of. We swam in it every day. Andrew and Chrissie provide a wealth of information to help with your stay. The pizza experience is a must. We have a wonderful week at La Collina and would not hesitate to return.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lisa: Thank you for such a beautiful review I can honestly say it was a PLEASURE to have you as guests, the team loved looking after you, So glad the pool came into its own and that all the small touches within the villa were appreciated. I hear you went to Siena and Volterra hope it was not too hot! WE SO LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK, Thank YOU for looking after the villa so beautifullly. And thank you for posting all those fab images on Google ! they are stunning. XChrissie
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5

Face to face with perfection

  • 5 of 5

We had a week with our 3 boys and girlfriends, a total of 8 staying. The location of the villa, a former farmhouse, is perfect as it is high enough on the Serchio river steep valley that you get a late sunset and outstanding views of sorroundings, it is also secluded from nearby villages so that it is extremely quiet; so quiet that the noise of the road at the bottom of the valley is barely audible.

The house fittings are comprehensive so you have all necessary equipments in the kitchen to cook whatever you fancy. Rooms aren't enormous but are very comfortable and beds even more so.

We were there at the end of a heatwave as such we didn't us much the inside of the house but just made the most of its outside. The swimming pool is superb: really wide and deep, outstanding views and (as it has salt in it) no nasty chlorine smell; in our stay the weather was hot some spent most of the time at the pool area and it was impeccable. At sunset the swifts dived on in it ti skim the water surface for an and of the day drink, very relaxing to watch and if you want to see more of it sit on the stone bench few feet away from the pool. I think that this was the highlight of a very restful holiday.

We had all our meals at the dining area under the pergola where it was cool and had great views; the barbecue works a beauty and we had some really good grilled local grilled meat and sausages.

Jessica the lady in charge of the house is very nice and efficient and her pizza making experience was fun and very tasty.

We also walked to some villages nearby and the walks are great fun as it is rather wild if compared to British country walks but the paths are well marked. I recommend the walk to Riana and to Lupinaia. We couldn't resist the curiosity to visit the village on the hilltop opposite us, Palleroso: definitely worth the drive as it looks like a stage set.

A visit to Castelnuovo is definitely worth given its medieval features, confluence of two rivers and some interesting food shops. We found easier and more convenient do food shopping at Conad supermarket in Pieve Fosciana, very well stocked and priced reasonably.

We also drove to Braga which is an other charming medieval hilltop town and the visit there was extremely interesting as it is like a stage set and the duomo atop the hill has extremely interesting 12th century sculptures.

The house guide book is a masterpiece. If we tame our desire for new places we will be back. Highly recommended!!!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Giulio and Codacci Pisanelli Clan: Thank you for such a helpful and comprehensive review, we certainly enjoyied having you to stay and hope that someday after seeign all you wish to see, you return to watch the swifts having their evening drink at the infinity salt water pool. They are still doing it now, once it gets cooler they will migrate to Northern Africa, but seem content to stay here for now. We are so glad you enjoyed the ooutisde pizza oven and the barbeque, deffinitely the best way to cook in warm weather enjoying the cool breeze under the pergola terrace. The Barga Jazz festival is on as I write and in a few weeks the swifts will have emigrated and the villa will come into its own with its fireplaces and large living areas, with long chestnut covered hillside walks hunting for funghi procini and black truffles and enjoying the latest organic wine vintage... the best ! and later on still with excellent skiiing just under an hours drive away. A very different aspect to the fabulous experience you had at La Collina del Sole. I have recently found some fabulous new experiences for the villa handbook including a visit to the vineyard whcih won best organic wine of Italy 2015, they are very close as we overlook their vinyards.... there will be plenty of new aspects to enjoy at La Collina del Sole. We look forward to keeping in touch A PRESTO !
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Beautiful Italian Villa Experience

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed stepping back in time to enjoy La Collina Del Sole and the charming surrounding small villages. The villa comfortably fit all 10 of us and we took full advantage of the saltwater infinity pool. Listening to the nearby church bells and observing the swallows skimming the water of the pool are very special memories of our stay.One of our favorite experiences was the Pizza Experience starting in the kitchen then continuing out onto the beautiful wisteria covered pergola. Maria, Gessica, and Frederica are very personable. We hiked the trails and local mountains and traveled to Torre Del Lago for the Italian opera, Turandot at the Puccini Festival. Castelnuovo is very close by and we visited for dinner out. Thank you so much Chrissie and Andy for a memorable vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was SUCH a pleasure to look after you, we are delighted ou were able to fully enjoy the ralaxation, the experiences and the FUN available at La Collina del Sole. The Swallows "hapy hour" when they skim the surface of the saltwater pool in the evenning has got to be my all time favourite, there is such peace and beauty in simply admiring nature at its most complete. So glad you enjoyed visiting the food shops and reataurants in Castelnuovo and Opera at Torre del Lago, so wonderful to listen to Puccini in the place where he actually wrote and composed the operas. See you soon !
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Hope to Go Back

  • 5 of 5

With a Pool and View like that, it makes for an incredible week.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback, it was a pleasure to host you we look forward to welcoming you again. There is no shortage of activities to do near La Collina del Sole as you saw from our handbook, so no fear of running out of new experiences. Followign these you can then return to the same high standard of villa delivered meals or even try the feast where all is cooked, served and cleared up for you, rather like the Pizza Experience your children so enjoyed, and then of course ... that fabulous pool to cool down in. A presto !
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5

Exceptional Tuscan Experience

  • 5 of 5

La Colllina del Sol is not just a beautiful place it is a lifetime memory. The moment you arrive you are treated to spectacular views from the villa, infinity pool and the outdoor terrace. The villa is wonderfully furnished and has everything you need to settle in for a relaxing stay. Chrissie and Andrew prepared a book of memorable options and contacts from massages and hiking to pizza making. These hosts went out of their way with special touches to make our experience and stay memorable. The location was great for trips to local wineries, Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano, Sienna and Cinque Terre. Truly a place to enjoy all that Tuscany offers.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Laurie Ann it was SUCH a pleasure to host you and your family, I am so glad the Massage was such a success, we do aim to add new and exciting experiences each year, we have had by popular request a workshop on how to make organic soap and beauty products, using locally grown herbs and ingredients, we also added an afternoon with a well known local painter and of course we are constatnlty on the lookout for new and exciting finds. We look forward to welcoming you again with added special activities you can check out and .... New finds! a presto !
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What a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at La Collina del Sole! Not only was the place beautiful with an awesome infinity pool but the views were amazing. We cooked out one night and watched a beautiful sunset. Everything was so clean and we had everything we could need for our stay! My only regret is that there was so much else to do we didn't get as much time as we would have liked to stay around and enjoy everything at the house!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a such pleasure to host you, thank you for looking after the villa so beautifully I am glad you loved the chance to eat al fresco, the side verandah really lends itself to long lazy dinners in the spring/summer viewing the sunset. It is of course also the perfect place to enjoy the pizza's made durign the Pizza experience the team offer. The front verandah is great for later dinners to enjoy the twinkling of the distant lights. So glad to that you loved the saltwater infinity pool. It is so healthy to swim in, relaxing and inspiring with its views. The team will be delighted to read your comments, they take great pride in making sure the villa is super clean and ready to make you feel as if it were your home with thoughtful touches, that make for a luxury stay. We look forward to welcoming you again soon A Presto! .
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bar Moscardini Mari Chiara
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Golf Club Garfagnana
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
SP41 to Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Il Ponte di Ceserana
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
74 Kilometres
Forte de Marmi
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The nearby historic town of Barga is full of beautiful piazzas, museums, character filled cafes, fabulous restaurants, beautiful churches, ambience filled cobbled streets and exceptional views. Lucca, Florence and Pisa are a short distance away we have provided a comprehensive villa handbook to help you get the best of your trip.

There are many festivals, feasts and concerts during all year round..

We are set in the midst of a National Park with outstanding beauty all round which is best admired from our salt water infinity pool. If you like walking the area is a hiker's paradise. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy exploring the Apuan mountain range eating and possibly staying over night in the mountain huts (Refugio)

Coast/Beach:

Forte dei Marmi with its beautiful beaches, and homes of Italian celebrities, it has an active night life and is 70kms.

Travel:

Pisa airport takes 1.5 hours by car or train to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

Florence airport takes 1 hour 45 minutes by car. As the property is in a rural setting car hire is essential (off road parking area).

Distances:

The village with food and clothes shop, bar and pharmacy is 3 minutes drive or 20 minute delightful walk

The market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is 15 minutes drive and offers everything you would need for a gourmet or family vacation

Barga 15 kms. Lucca 40 kms. Florence 120 kms.

Further Details:

There are a great number of excellent and well priced local restaurants within 7 to 15 minute drive. Main shopping in market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Large supermarket in Gallicano 15 minutes drive. You can also opt for our highly recommended catering options.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Fosciandora, Lucca Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 21
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£1,539
for 5 nights
£2,155
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 22
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£1,539
for 5 nights
£2,155
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 23
7 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,791
for 5 nights
£2,507
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 24
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£2,042
for 5 nights
£2,859
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 25
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£3,299
for 7 nights
£3,299
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 26
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£2,042
for 5 nights
£2,859
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 27
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,539
for 5 nights
£2,155
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£1,634
for 5 nights
£2,287
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £439.84

Booking Notes:
Please book by web, e-mail or phone. 50% deposit payable in advance to secure the desired holiday period, balance due one month before arrival. Damage deposit €500 payable one month before arrival and repayable, less any deduction for cost of replacement or repairs, one week after end of holiday.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is changeover day. Guests are requested to arrive after 4.00 pm and depart before 10.00 am.

Notes on prices:
Price per week based on 8 person or less occupancy + infants.
Additional guests at €245 per person per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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