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Very private Sympathetically Restored Barn With Private Pool, Country Views WIFI

Overview

Property

Updated: 06-Dec-2016
Barn in Puglianella, Camporgiano, Castelnuovo, Lucca - Peaceful Retreat, with total privacy and private pool!

Romantic, 2 bed, 2 bath restored barn, with beamed ceilings and traditional flooring throughout giving a feeling of yesteryear, but with all modern comforts and amenities. The grounds are extensive, private and peaceful, and the immediate garden is fenced for those with children. The garden is well kept, with lovely BBQ area and private pool. There are great uninterrupted views from the house, with the hills and mountains making a dramatic backdrop. Whilst set in a totally unspoilt area, there is a village 2km either side of the house each of which has a good restaurant. Other villages with fuller facilities are around a 10 minute drive away. The large village of Camporgiano is around 10 mins and has all facilities including a train station for stress free exploring and a small Monday morning market. The market town of Castelnuovo is a 20 mins or so drive from the house. Pisa airport is around a 90 minutes or so drive and Genoa is 2 hrs 15 mins.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Fabrizio and Lorraine and fell in love with this fantastic unspoilt, green and mountainous area of Garfagnana many years ago due to the amazing views, the wonderful peace, and the real yesteryear, non touristy feel to the entire area. We achieved our dream of coming to live in this little piece of paradise with our two daughters, 10 years ago. We have been letting properties in the area for 12 years (our own properties , and for others via our agency Tuscan Retreats). We also assist friends running Houses in Tuscany with all their booking administration, so we advertise for ourselves, Tuscan Retreats and Houses in Tuscany, the latter of which has been running for 15 years. We get lots of fulfillment from seeing others fall in love with the area and return to us again and again!

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Speaks English, Italian

8 Reviews

5
based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

5

Away from it all...peace in the mountains!

  • 5 of 5

Stunning pool, very well equipped house, lovely and very helpful owners. Lots to do for all ages...canyoning, zipwiring, wonderful kiking, historical sites, villages, restaurants etc. The 25 min drive it takes to get anywhere is more than compensated for by the peace, seclusion, beauty and immersion into mountains, nature, agriculture and rural italian life at a slow pace...

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. Glad you enjoyed the property and all there is to do in the area! It is easy to think a mountain holiday is just about walking or lying around a pool! Fabio and Elisa would love to welcome you again. Just as a note for future guests, it is a drive for visiting places etc but there is a good restaurant with English speaking owners where you can dine al fresco less than a 5 minute drive away and the village of Camporgiano say a 10 min drive has a choice of 4 restaurants too. Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats.com
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5

Al Melo is a beautiful lovingly restored property

  • 5 of 5

Al Melo is a lovely property and the photographs that you see ,genuinely do it justice. I picked this property almost as soon as I had seen it when searching for somewhere in Tuscany. It was the first I saw that really interested me and I was glad that I booked it. It has all the amenities that you would hope for throughout the property and the renovation which was done over 10 years ago was done properly with quality materials , bringing out the very best of this typically lovely Italian rustic property. It has a large area for sunbathing with a pool, and is secluded , private and quiet, nestled in the hills with beautiful views. There is a large BBQ area and the property is on 2 floors. You enter on the upper level, and you do downstairs to the bedrooms where it is much cooler. These properties have thick walls and are typically cool, ( no aircon fitted ). We visited in June , the temperature was up to 36C in the 2nd week, and the house remained cool. The property also has the option of wifi , and has sky TV if you want to catch up with a movie or sport or news. It would be ideal for a family as there is enough garden for children to play and of course the pool. There is plenty of covered parking, and shops restaurants are a 10 minute drive away. Fabio and Elisa tend to the gardens regularly to keep them neat and tidy and are excellent hosts ensuring that your stay is everything you wanted. They live a few minutes away in the local village and will visit to make sure you are ok. The local people are lovely , friendly and often gather at their local community center where we lucky enough to be invited to share an evening with them cheering on Italy in Euro 2016. Leaving to come home is the hardest bit, its magic charm pulls at you as you leave ! You wont be disappointed, it will be the centre piece of your adventure!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We are glad you loved this well kept property and its great location . Thanks also for mentioning how cool the house remains - I know lots of people worry when they see houses in this area dont have aircon, but as you say, they really dont need it! Great to hear you enjoyed going up to the village too . Lots of guests who are lucky to be there when they are having their pizza nights, say they were the best evenings of their holidays! Fabio and Elisa, send their best wishes and would love to see you again. thanks. Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats.co.uk
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5

Peaceful retreat with magnificent views!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Al Melo. When we arrived there was a lovely welcome basket. Facilities are superb, plenty of kitchen equipment, Sky tv, wifi, plenty of books. The bedrooms are downstairs and are lovely and cool making for a restful night.

The garden is beautiful and the pool was at a refreshing 26/27 degrees. Lots of different places to sit, with tables to eat, an outside brick barbecue. Fantastic views all round.

Fabio and Elisa were lovely hosts, they were not intrusive, yet were on the other end of a phone if you needed them. They made us feel welcome, left gifts of potatoes and baby plums, that brings me onto the vegetable garden which we were able to help our selves to when ever we wanted - lots of herbs - a very novel 'basil bath'!

The views all around are magnificent, lots of wildlife, seeing deer, Eagles, woodpeckers, lots of friendly lizards.

Would recommend visiting the restaurant in Roggio, and spend time visiting the surrounding mountain villages and towns, which were beautiful.

Al Melo is an ideal place for peace and tranquility, taking in the views, enjoying the sun, and if you want to explore Tuscany you not too far from some beautiful cities, with the drives down the mountain roads being magnificent.

Thank you Fabio & Elisa for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

The four of us were looking for a nice, quiet place to recover from a busy time at home.

Lorraine suggested Al Melo and it was an excellent advise. Arriving at Al Melo everything was even better than the description and pictures! Exactly what we needed!

The very warm reception by Fabio was the start of 2 weeks of a lovely summer holiday.

The house, garden and pool were in perfect condition (every 2 days the owner came to clean the pool). There was also a vegetable garden where we could use everything like tomatoes, salade, beans,... No need to go to the market!

We also had some lovely evenings in the little village (pizza, porchetta, music,...) we were very welcome and had a lovely evening, thanks to Fabio and his family.

If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet place, If you need lovely garden, splendid view and comfortable house, Al Melo is an excellent choice!

And Fabio and his family are a warm and considerate host-family, doing everything to guarantee you a pleasant stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comprehensive review! We are glad you loved the house, the garden and picking your own vegetables etc! We agree that this is the perfect place for a relaxing and private stay, and it helps to have such good owners and lovely villagers too!
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5

Comfortable, well-equipped, fabulous views

  • 5 of 5

The property had everything you could need. The pool was great (perfect for the children), and cleaned very regularly by the owner. Al Melo was very well maintained, and spotlessly clean.The location was fantastic, provided you don't mind the mountain roads. The property owners were very helpful and friendly. Local restaurants (in Roggio) offered excellent, well-priced food. I would definitely recommend the property, and we will hopefully be coming back soon! Overall, a great place to relax and unwind, but if you want to travel and do more, the option is there to visit Pisa, Florence, Lucca etc (possible by train)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed this beautiful house and the stunning area!
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5

Tranquility at it's best

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous property in a delightful area. Very peaceful and superb hosts. Great pool area.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review!
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Location

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Travel:

Car hire essential

Pisa airport is around a 90 minutes or so drive and Genoa is 2 hrs 15 mins

Distances:

2km to restaurant

3km to village with small supermarkets, shops, small weekly market, couple of restaurants and train station

20 min drive to larger market town

Further Details:

Days out:

Lucca - just over an hour - cycle around the still intact walls, wonder at the architecture and churches, visit the opera, meander in the narrow streets, shop til you drop...

Pisa - leaning tower 90 mins

Barga- beautiful mediaeval town with good restaurants and views - 35 mins

Castelnuovo local market town - 20 mins

Orecchiella - national park - 25 mins

Plenty of hilltop villages to visit

Beach 90 mins

Climbing park - 20 mins

Grotta del Vento - large natural cave system - 40 mins

Ideal for walking or just relaxing!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£460
for 4 nights
From
£115
£630
 
 
Mid Season
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
£560
for 4 nights
From
£140
£800
 
 
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£560
for 4 nights
From
£140
£800
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We take a 15% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival
We can take payment in sterling or Euros, via cheque, bank transfer or credit card (paypal)

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover in high season but flexible other times of year

Notes on prices:
Bedding and towels (not pool towels) included in cost of stay
Initial, and final clean included as well as mid stay clean and linen change for a stay of 2 weeks
All utilities with the exception of heating included in price
We can provide a cot and high chair free of charge
WIFI E25 per week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

General

  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • children welcome

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • There are 2 shower rooms both with shower cubicle, bidets, sink and WC.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with large double bed Bedroom 2 with twin beds, that can also be made up as a double on request.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Insect screens throughout. Outside: Extensive private grounds, with garden area fenced for children. Private pool 8M x 4M Lovely BBQ/picnic area Further area outside house for dining al fresco Both bedrooms have double doors leading to garden Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included in cost of stay and changed weekly for stays of more than 1 week. Weekly clean also included for stays of more than 1 week

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