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Hillside villa with secluded terrace, extensive gardens and spectacular views

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Overview

Property

Updated: 03-Nov-2016
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Traditional village house near Aulla, Tuscany, Italy - A taste of traditional village life within easy access of beaches, mountains and historic cities

Casa della Vigna is a beautifully restored village house with an extensive garden and wonderful views. The house is all on one level, with an open-plan living and dining room, well-equipped kitchen, two good-sized bedrooms and a shower room.

From the rear of the house, French doors lead out onto the large south-facing terrace, which offers complete privacy, a choice of sun or shade, and panoramic views, complete with barbecue, table and chairs. The view stretches from the Carrara mountains to the east out towards the Bay of Poets to the west. Benefiting from summer’s long sunny days, the garden is a fertile haven of wisteria, olive trees, irises and other local flora.

Stepping out of the front door, you enter the Borgo, a steep passage which leads up through the village between and under neighbouring houses, where front doors are interspersed with the entrances to cool, dark cellars traditionally designed for storing home-made wine and olive oil. The Borgo is the most direct way to access the village’s communal parking area.

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Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Gillian Willis
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
3 November, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely garden, friendly locals and great area to explore. Comfortable stay, very reasonable price and excellent location
Apr 2015
  • 1 of 4

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely garden, friendly locals and great area to explore. Comfortable stay, very reasonable price and excellent location
Apr 2015
  • 1 of 4

3 Reviews

4.3/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

5

Perfection in Lunigiana

  • 5 of 5

It's not often that you manage to book a holiday home which meets all your expectations, but this was absolutely the case with Casa della Vigna. Perched high above the town of Aulla, and only an hour's drive from Pisa airport, this was exactly what we needed for a one-week break in this stunning (and not too hot!) part of Italy. The views from the totally-private sunny patio area are magnificent - snow-capped mountains, hill-top villages and the town itself, far below.

The house is well-equipped, and totally comfortable. The village is quiet and peaceful (hardly any cars, but plenty of sunbathing cats!), and the local residents are friendly, pausing to call 'Buon Giorno' whenever you pass, or keen to try out a little English.

There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance, most with stunning views, and it was good to be surrounded by Italian families enjoying an evening out, rather than the usual hoards of tourists.

We drove to the coast on a couple of days to enjoy the delights of the bustling Italian Riviera, and - of course - to Pisa itself. All just perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

A fine base for a very enjoyable holiday

  • 4 of 5

A well-presented and exceptionally well-equipped house on the edge of a friendly hillside village. There is a splendid south-facing and completely private terrace with views south to the sea, and west to the mountains. It's ideally situated for exploring both the hills and the coast and the Cinque Terre (for which we took the train from Aulla and the ferry from La Spezia). We also enjoyed a day in Genoa - the Maritime Museum is well worth a visit.

Aulla is a good centre for local shopping, and we found good restaurants both there and in the villages (though we thought the local speciality 'Panigacci' a bit overrated).

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Happy holiday

  • 4 of 5

Very comfy and well-equipped house with spacious garden. Fabulous panoramic views across to the Carrara mountains and La Spezia on the coast. Great spot for exploring the Ligurian coast and Tuscan hill villages. Our particular favourites were the Cinque Terra coastal villages, Portofino and Lucca - all within 1 hours drive. Weather was perfect, so we spent two days relaxing on the sun terrace. This is a lovely house, it has good wifi connection, several good walks and buzzy local restaurants nearby. It is an ideal spot for exploring North West Italy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Location

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

Lerici, only half an hour away, is an old fishing port with a good fish market, beaches and boats out to the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre are a collection of five old villages clinging to the cliff sides. They are full of excellent restaurants, and lovely coves for bathing.

There are several beach resorts further south along the Tuscan Riviera, such as Marina di Carrara and Forte di Marmi.

Travel:

Pisa and Genoa airports are 1 hour by car.

Distances:

Nearest supermarket is found in Aulla, 5km away.

Aulla's train station, with good connections to La Spezia, Pisa, Lucca and Parma, among other places, is 6km away.

Further Details:

Podenzana Castle perched above Aulla, is a well-proportioned triangular building, massively restored in the 18th century after an explosion in the powder room. The castle is at the top of a steep hill and nearby are 5 excellent restaurants, all within walking distance of the house. They specialise in the regional dish of Panigacci, small chestnut flour pancakes cooked over an open wood fire and served with creamy cheese and home cured meats.

The Fortezza Brunella broods over the town of Aulla, originally build in the 15th century as a defensive rather than a residential castle with walls 10ft thick, narrow windows and vaulted ceilings. It was restored earlier in the 19th century by Montagu Brown, the British consul in Genoa and is now a natural history museum, accessible up a steep driveway off the main Via Nationale. The castle was purchased after the first world war by the Beevor family and a book written called "A Tuscan Childhood" by Kinta Beevor, well worth reading of life in Italy between the two wars.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring
8 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 
 
Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£580
for 7 nights
£580
 
 
Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
30% non-returnable deposit with final amount payable 30 days before letting.

Changeover Day:
The changeover date is usually Saturday and incoming guests are asked to arrive no earlier than 4.00pm. On departure we ask that guests leave by 10am to allow for cleaning.

Notes on prices:
Please contact owner.

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Facilities

Property Type

  • villa

General

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Dining Area

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • 1 bathroom with basin, bidet, WC and shower.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed, 2 bedside chests of drawers, a larger chest of drawers, double wardrobe, lamp and mirror. Bedroom 2 with king-size bed and single bed, bedside table, large treble wardrobe, bookcase and lamp.

Outside

  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Outside: Through the french doors is the shady patio, looking over the vines and olives towards the mountains. The paved terrace beyond has steps down to the garden and a further covered area with barbecue, table and chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Clean towels and linen supplied weekly.

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