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Country House With Spectacular Views And Private Pool With Hydro Massage

Overview

Property

Updated: 14-Sep-2016
House in Gromignana, Lucca Province, Tuscany, - Peaceful Location north of Lucca.

The house is located 40 mins by car from Lucca and 15mins from Barga. The house has been fully restored to a very high standard and has many of the original features with beamed ceiling throughout. Covered terrace area for outside dining Lawn area outide the lower kitchen. The swimming pool area has a large stone paved terrace (80 sq mt.)with covered dining area, BBQ and enough space for sunbathing on sun beds. There is also a small kitchen and bathroom.The views from the house and pool are spectacular and overlook the hills to the south east.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We offer a lovely house in a tranquil setting for a relaxing holiday under the Tuscan sun. Orlando and Catherine speak Italian, French and English and can offer many suggestions of things to do and see in the area. We love nature and living in a country environment growing many local vegetable which are available to guests.

Come and enjoy our lovely home!

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Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

A wonderful 10 day holiday in this fabulous villa. The hard work and determination to make sure the pool was ready really made our holiday extra special. Loved the area particularly checking out the hillside villages, feeling on top of the world at Abetone and at the centre of the earth at the Grotto del Vento. We loved it so much that the last 2 days have involved property hunting.

To all that read this; we are jelous that you are here in Gromognana and we are back home in Hertforshire.

Kate, Rachael, Charlotte, Steve and Matthew 2 August 2013





A real gem in the beautiful Tuscan Hills. We have had an absolutely wonderful holiday and had to drag ourselves away on occasions to discover the surrounding area! Many thanks to Catherine and Orlando for allowing us to stay in their fabulous home. We look forward to returning.

Sue, Bec, Ol, Jaine, Zac, Bev, Neil, Tsha, David adìnd Tlex
Nov 2012
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9 Reviews

4.3
based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

4

Breathtaking outside hideaway in the tuscan hills.

  • 4 of 5

We arrived at night and the house is quite a windy drive up the hill, but don't let that put you off! We were greeted by Catherine and Orlando who gave us the tour round finishing at the pool area, which is even more beautiful than the photos suggest. The house has everything you would need but is more homely and rustic than glamorous and swish. You have to remember you are in the woods and that suited us. Catherine and Orlando are warm hosts who use the house nearby so are readily available if you have any questions or need any assistance. Nothing was to much trouble and they made our stay even more wonderful. The house will restore your carbon footprint as it has a lot of green solutions so is environmentally friendly. We had a relaxing, happy and fun-filled holiday and the house was a good base for exploring Lucca, Sienna and Florence.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our home and you will be welcome to come again if you choose to come and stay again.
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5

A home from home

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Gromignana House the first week of October – the house and views are stunning, the beds were so comfortable and with feather bedding which is a nice touch and the wood burning stoves were made full use of during our stay. The swimming area was fantastic and having the kitchen & facilities down there so helpful, although we didn’t get to make full use of this as the weather wasn’t great for our trip. Catherine & Orlando were very helpful and it was great to have people with local knowledge who we could call on. The house felt like a home from home and the gardens were so beautifully maintained, we loved popping out to collect some herbs for our dinner. We did the farm day but I would say that if you can’t speak any Italian it may not be ideal for you. I am quite surprised by the derogatory review below – the roads weren’t that small I’ve been on roads much tighter across the UK! I was made aware of the no jumping in the pool policy when I booked and with regards cleanliness for us it was perfectly acceptable, this is a countryside house and due to the style would be impossible to get into every nook and cranny. The comment regarding the scorpion is just plain silly – we didn’t see any and if we had we would have ignored/removed it!

All in all would I stay in Gromigana House again? 100% yes.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the very positive review. We try to make the house and grounds as comfortable as possible for guests so we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you and your sisters again Catherine & Orlando
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Not what it seems

  • 1 of 5

Although this house may look great, it isn't. Let's start with the pool. The owners have neglected to remove a bee hive at the end of the swimming pool. The pool was constantly swarming with bees which the owners think are just "having a drink of water". The kids did not think they were cute after they were stung. The owners yelled at us for letting the kids jump into the pool. Claiming the splashing was causing the pump to use too much electricity. Even if that was true, I don't care. I was paying for the electricity that week with rental fee. If there was no jumping allowed in the pool, it should have been mentioned in the listing. The house was fairly clean, but only surface clean. The kitchen looked lived in with crumbs in the cutlery drawers. The top floor bedrooms do not have ceiling fans. It was unbearably hot up there. The house is in a row house. The neighbours are connected, with their balcony less than 10 feet away. If you are draiving, be warned, the road is extremely twisty and 25 mins up. You cannot walk to a town. And you will need to hire the narrowest car you can, with mirrors that fold in. The parking was limited and very difficult. Not to mention the scorpions crawling on the walls. Good luck getting a good night's sleep with those around. When we told the owners about the scorpions, he said that was nothing, "you should see the vipers". A terrible place to bring kids. Choose a place where you can walk to a town, play in the pool and sleep peacefully.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our house is located with a fantastic view which you can only get if you go up the road from the valley. The drive is only 10 mins not 25 mins and yes the road is twisty which is normal when going up a steep hill. Nearly all the roads, when you get off the autostrada, are twisty and narrow that is just a part of Italy as the roads were built before the invention of the motor car. The tranquillity and natural surroundings are what we offer which also includes the animal, birds and insects which are all part of living in the country. This past summer was particularly hot and dry which meant that the bees needed water. They came to drink at the pool. They are not aggressive bees and die after stinging, they only sting for defence. There also is no hive at the end of the pool or nearby. As the pool is an infinity pool with a depth of 1.5 mts. excessive jumping, like bomb jumping, causes the water to fall not just into the overflow channel but also onto the land below the pool where there is an olive grove. If sufficient water is lost the pump would run dry and burn out.. We try to help the environment and have installed solar panels, led lights and try not to waste energy as well as save it. The pool is also located in the garden completely private and not overlooked by anyone. The neighbours terrace is 10 mt away from the house (not 10 ft) and around a corner and hidden behind a screen. We have parking for 4 cars, one with no width restriction, the others are no problem getting in and out. I have a Renault Cleo and do not need to fold in my mirrors. As far as scorpions crawling the walls, this is absolutely not true. We do get the occasional scorpion in the house but rarely and never crawl the walls, they are only about 2.5cm long and run away when disturbed. In all the 13 years we have owned the house no one has been stung by them ever, and vipers, we never mentioned them as they are so rare and I have never seen one. . Catherine Litherland
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5

Hill top heaven

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a fortnight in Catherine and Orlando's house in Gromignana with our young children and had a lovely time.

Everything about this place involves going up and down - the tiny village is right at the top of a hill so you get the most incredible views (and we were both training for runs so they were extra hard work!) and the house covers three floors as it sits nestled in the side of the hill itself. It's beautifully decorated, the rooms were lovely and the bathrooms especially luxurious and special.

Catherine and Orlando were just a few doors down and really helpful, giving suggestions about places we could visit and also a great sense of security and calm. We even visited a working farm with Catherine.

The area is beautiful - we had lots of day trips out to hill top towns, castles, caves, gorges and adventure playgrounds climbing through trees. Then of course we spent a good time by the lovely pool in the sunshine.

It would also be a gorgeous place to visit in the winter - there are lovely wood burning stoves and soft sofas to cuddle up on which we didn't really need in the heat of August.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for such a lovely and positive review. You all were a pleasure to have in our home and hope you will choose to come again sometime in the future. Our kind regards to you and your children, Catherine & Orlando
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4

Relaxing in the most beautiful scenery

  • 4 of 5

Thank you to Catherine and Orlando for letting us stay in their lovely villa, situated in the Tuscan hills. The weather was quite perfect. Blue sky and sunshine for the whole week allowing us to enjoy perfect views across the valley. The villa was well equipped, clean and well maintained, the gardens were lovingly tended and the swimming pool just perfect for both swimming and cooling off.

We enjoyed visiting the local villages where everybody was very friendly but other than that spent happy, lazy days at the villa.

Would definitely recommend the villa for it's stunning views.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for posting your review. We aim to give people who come and stay at our home the best we can offer so we are very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. Thank you, Catherine & Orlando
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5

Wonderful change of pace

  • 5 of 5

We spent a relaxing and magical time on top of the world out side Lucca in Gromignana. The house is located in breath taking scenery removed from the hustle of every day demands. The house has been thoughtfully remodeled to include all the modern luxuries and amenities to make our stay relaxing. The infinity pool was clean, private and specials with its own kitchen facilities. There are wonderful walks in the local hills with views of beautiful Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

We bought this property 11 years ago and spent time renovating and landscaping the land to enjoy this peaceful setting, plus building a beautiful infinity swimming pool with idro massage. To make this portion of the garden more enjoyable there are kitchen and bathroom facilities plus a BBQ and shade covered dining area and outide furniture. Gromignana is in an area which offers tranquillity while at the same time the ease of travel to places like Lucca, Pisa and Florence and many more with a train service at the bottm of the road. There are also many music festivals in the area as well as wonderful vineyards. Our knowledge of the area will ensure you have a holiday you will never forget.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Roma at 3 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ghivizzano/Coreglia at 6 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Via National at 6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Coreglia Antelminelli at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : viareggio at 56 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Beaches 1 hour drive

Travel:

Pisa airport 1 1/2 drive. Car rental is essential.

Distances:

Coreglia Antelminelli is the nearest town 8 min drive. Village of Lucignana 6 mins drive, Bagni di Lucca 1/2 hour drive. Barga 20 min. drive. Many walks close by as well as National Parks. The famous gorge of Orrido di Botri nature reserve 1/2 hr drive. Grotta di Vento cave system 40 min drive. Wine tasting trips organized to local vinyards. Private guided walks and hikes arranged

Further Details:

Garfagnana area is known for it's local produce and there are many restaurants serving local dishes. Shopping for food is available at both small local shops as well as large supermarkets close by. ATM machines are available at all of the many local banks. A book containing telephone numbers for information about places of interest, restaurants, recommended walks and emergency services is in the living room. Our own Exta Virgin Olive oil is avilable for purchase as well as home made lemoncello, both of these are made with no chemicals using our own home grown products.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
spring 2017
27 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 
 
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,695
for 7 nights
£1,695
 
 
Autumn 2017
10 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Booking is recommended with a deposit of £350 at the time of booking paid in Sterling by bank transfer. Half remaining rentl charge to be paid 60 days prior to arrival and the balance 14 days before arrival. The booking deposit becomes a securtiy deposit when the rental begins and will be returned (minus any cost of damage) 14 days after departure by bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday with arrival at 4pm and departure at 10am. This is flexible subject to availability

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

If you are looking for an "off the beaten track away from all the tourists" this is the place. There is no reason to spend money buying drinking water as the tap water (from the aquaduct) is completly safe to drink. There are no extras to pay for as there are NO HIDDEN COSTS everything is included in the price.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 2 with large shower wc, bidet and sink. 1 bathroom with shower, wc, bidet and sink, 1 bathroom with bath, large shower, wc, bidet and sink.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedroom 2 with double bed and ensuite bathroom, bedroom 3 with double bed, bedroom 4 with twin beds.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The house is arranged in two apartment with connecting interior staircase making it suitable for two families sharing the accommodation. It also has two separate entrances one from the road level and the other from the garden. The infinity pool is situated on a terrace one level down in a very secluded area with bathroom/kitchen facilities, BBQ and paved dining terrace. Outside: Private Infinity swimming pool with hydro massage. 12 mt by 3.5 mt. Paved area with outdoor furniture for dining and sunbathing. BBQ, small kitchen and bathroom. Outside shower. Utility Room: Washing machine in cantina with sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included.

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