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Charming Stone Cottage With Private Pool set in Beautiful Mountain Scenery

Overview

Property

Updated: 27-Nov-2016
Peaceful And Secluded cottage in 5 acres of vineyard 10 Mins Drive From Medieval Town Of Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana

Originally a farm cottage, Castello has been lovingly restored to provide a comfortable home whilst retaining a traditional simple charm. Surrounded by vineyard, the house is in the Garfagnana, a peaceful backwater of hills, lakes and old mountain villages in Northern Tuscany. 10m x 5m private pool with paved surround and sun terrace set in extensive lawns. Wood burning pizza oven and BBQ. Spacious roofed terrace overlooking the vines and wooded hillside beyond and paved terrace off the kitchen with views to Lago di Pontecosi and the Apennine mountains. The medieval town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana with supermarkets, bars etc is only 10 mins drive and great for people-watching over a coffee or aperitivo in the main piazza. It has a thriving weekly market, with religious processions, open air concerts and food and wine festivals during the summer. Florence is a 2 hour train journey and can be reached in time for morning coffee.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I bought Castello in 1995 and spent many happy years living the 'good life' and bringing the abandoned land and vineyard back to full production. Everyone in the village is so friendly and helpful, and I have made some wonderful friends over the years. Now for family reasons I have returned to live in England but still spend a lot of time at Castello. A few years ago, with encouragement from my family (and particularly my grandson!) I put in the pool and started to lend/rent out the house to family and friends. They in turn recommended it to their friends and it's lovely to see the house lived in and enjoyed by so many people. My Italian friends are very supportive and help me by looking after the house, land and pool to enable my guests to have a relaxed and trouble free holiday.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely villa. I thought the setting and the views were superb. We managed to see quite a lot in a week - Florence, Lucca and Pisa, also walks to the village above. We walked down to the village where we ate at the pizzeria which was excellent! Melissa and friends Sept 2009, 2010 Melissa and family August 2012



We have had a super time here, it is just lovely whatever the weather. We have explored a lot of the area with your maps and Mary's knowledge. The scenery is wonderful and we love the hilltop towns and villages. Thank you so much for allowing us to come and share your house. Lynn and Jim - Sept 2010



Thank you for a great holiday in your beautiful home in Tuscany which we fell in love with; Garfagnana was spectacular and we loved Castelnuovo! The swimming pool was wonderful and the children didn't want to leave it so we mainly ventured out at night. We would love to return again soon. Sharron, Peter and family - August 2011
Jan 2013
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2 Reviews

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based on 2 holidaymaker reviews

4

Wonderful country villa

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay and have just booked a second visit in the summer 2016. The area is lovely with lots of places to visit. We visited Lucca ,and Florence. The views are stunning and the location is peaceful, we are hoping to make more use of the inviting pool this time.There are several areas to eat al fresco in sun or shade. The owner Vanessa is friendly and very helpful and informative and will answer any queries you may have.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Janette! I'm delighted you had such a good time you want to come again - look forward to welcoming you back to Castello next year! Vanessa x
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Beautiful location & comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful setting with all the amenities you need for a relaxing holiday yet with plenty to do in the vicinity. Ideal for families & couples. Great experience in booking direct with owner, very personal & efficient. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Erica! All my guests had a great time this year - a brilliant hot and sunny summer helped I think! Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Vanessa
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Location

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

One hour drive over the marble mountains to extensive sandy beaches - Forte dei Marmi is an elegant town with designer shops and plenty of fish restaurants; Viareggio is a fashionable beach resort next to the family friendly Lido di Camaiore.

2 hours to the picturesque beaches of the Cinque Terre and Lerici.

Travel:

Pisa airport 90 minutes - car hire available at airport. Car recommended. Castelnuovo di Garfagnana has a railway station with a good (and cheap) service to Lucca, Viareggio, Florence (Firenze) and Pisa.

Distances:

10 mins walk to Filicaia, village with 2 bars one an excellent pizzeria

10 mins drive to medieval town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, all amenities

30 mins drive to hilltop town of Barga

1 hour to delightful walled city of Lucca

90 mins to Pisa, airport and leaning tower!

2 hours Florence (Firenze)

Further Details:

5 mins drive to Lago di Pontecosi with bar/restaurant - delicious ice creams by the lake or excellent 'workmans lunch' for 10 euro. Pleasant walk round lake to old church.

Golf Club Garfagnana at Pontecosi 15 minutes away. Challenging 6 hole course with abundant obstacles set in stunning mountain scenery. Club hire; putting green; driving range; bar; restaurant.

15 mins drive to the amazing Buffardella Adventure Park with 7 challenging courses of climbing ropes, ladders and zip wires through the trees - amazing for both adults and children - full safety training given!

30 mins drive to Parco del Levigliese with supervised outdoor pursuits and canoe and kayak hire.

40 mins drive to interesting and unusual caves where natural limestone rock has created impressive sculptures inside the mountain.

Wonderful area for walking, horse-riding (Garfagnana Trekking) and fishing, and perfect for just sitting and relaxing; Lots of hillside villages and towns to explore in stunning mountain scenery, all with excellent local restaurants and bars.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
May/June
14 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
July
25 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
July/Aug
16 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
Aug/Sept
27 Aug 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
September
17 Sep 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
For your security, please telephone me on 07867 918713 or 01323 766023 to confirm your booking before sending any money!
25% holding deposit required then balance paid 8 weeks before holiday please.
£250 security deposit before holiday begins which will be repaid straight after.

Changeover Day:
Arrivals and departures can be on any day of the week to enable a stay of any length (minimum 7 days) and take advantage of cheaper midweek travel.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the exclusive use of the house, and pool when available, for one week and include towels and bedlinen. Guests should note that in 2015 the pool will be open from mid May to end September but this can be flexible.
Reduction for second week.
Reduction for reduced occupancy (i.e. one couple only) excluding school holidays
Reduction for returning guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Fully tiled upstairs bathroom with bidet, wc and hand basin and spacious shower cubicle. Outside wc.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Z bed available
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - double aspect - views to the pool and views to Lago di Pontecosi and mountains. King size bed with plenty of room for Z bed. Ceiling fan Bedroom 2 - views over the vineyard and wooded hillside. Double bed. Ceiling fan Studio - sofabed

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Castello is a traditional Tuscan cottage with terracotta roof. The stone walls are half a metre thick and have double glazed windows with adjustable shutters to retain the heat in winter and keep out the sun in summer. Floors are original marble tiles except the kitchen, studio and terrace which are terracotta. Large roofed terrace has chestnut beams and pillars. Outside: 5 acres of vineyard, rough pasture and woodland drop down to small mountain stream. Large lawned area with swimming pool 10m x 5m (exclusive to house guests) with paved surround and sun terrace. Plenty of sun loungers. Adjoining wisteria covered pergola with table tennis table under. Roofed terrace has good sized wooden dining table and chairs with step to entrance terrace and wood fired pizza oven, marble slab for pizza preparation. BBQ. Stone steps lead from kitchen/dining room to paved terrace with garden table and chairs. Under main terrace there is an outside wc; washing machine and washing line; wooden doors to cantina (cellar) and old pigsty where farm machinery and wine equipment are stored (both private). Roofed building to park car in shade with stone steps up to house. Utility Room: Freezer in studio Washing machine under terrace with drying area Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house is clean for guests arrival with beds made! Price includes towels and bedlinen, but please bring own towels for pool and beach. Basic necessities supplied (ie salt, flour, washing up liquid etc) please replace any empties. Other: Studio with sofabed; glazed doors to large roofed terrace Small freezer; iron and ironing board; portable fans

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