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Amazing views from this splendid 3 bedroom villa in Lucca region of Tuscany



Updated: 12-Sep-2016
Cantombacci, Tuscany, Italy - Province Of Lucca, Serviced By English Speaking Contact

A 3 bedroom upper apartment less than an hour from Pisa airport, serviced by English speaking Factor (who lives locally). Based in the heart of Tuscany with stunning views of the town of Barga and surrounding areas. This is an amazing family friendly property with all-round secured gating and garden area. Train station to visit all tourist locations Lucca, Florence, Pisa etc only a few kilometers away. Local town of Castlelnuovo only 3km away will all supermarkets, bars, restaurants and shops you will need. As we have an English speaking key holder close by you will never be stuck for help, advice or assistance during your stay thus ensuring your holiday is always going to be the best experience it can be.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

This house was built by my late grandfather and has remained in family ownership. My wife and I use the house frequently, we love entertaining our friends and introducing them to Italian culture. We are confident we offer people the authentic Italian holiday experience and will always guarantee each booking our personal attention to ensure this. My wife works for the BBC and I am a Chartered Engineer.

Any questions or comments feel free to contact me.


Carlo Bertoncini

Call Owner
Speaks English, Italian

8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Villa Alfredo a picture postcard retreat

  • 4 of 5

The description about the layout and location was accurate and the directions to get there by car were very straight forward. The property is built on two levels with a separate entrance to the upper floor where holiday makers reside. On the lower level there is a family related to the owners of the holiday apartment. The holiday apartment is spacious and offers ample facilities for up to six people. The manager Anna is very pleasant and helpful and lives a very short walking distance away. The holiday apartment has spectacular views of the mountains eastwards and you can see the medieval town of Barga clearly in the distance.

The location is excellent for visiting northern Tuscany however you do need a car to get to the smaller towns. It is easy to visit the larger towns such as Lucca and Florence by catching the train from Gallicano/Barga train station five minutes drive away. This is well worth doing.

The owners provide a list of local attractions and within the property there is a pack of pamphlets giving guides and tours of local towns. We did a 10 kilometer walk around Gallicano which is well sign posted and there is a fantastic restaurant called Antica Trattoria dell'Eremita which is well worth a visit and the effort to get up there.

If you want a taste of real Tuscan life this is the place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mike & Heather. We are delighted you had a good holiday. You are the first people that we know of to have ventured up to Antica Trattoria dell'Eremita, I will need to include it in our info pack I've heard its a lovely place to eat. We, of course, would love to have you guys back at some point in the future and I hope our paths cross in that regard. All the best. Ciao. Carlo
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Fantastic Summer Stay in

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived it was after 11pm so was dark and unfamiliar but the directions we were given were fantastic and we had no problem finding the house. When we arrived at the house we were hungry but all shops were closed by the time we arrive. Not to worry though, there was a fresh baked cake and wine to welcome us and fresh bread, milk and cereal among other food items.

The house was clean and tidy and the bed was extremely comfortable.

There was information provided on where to go sightseeing and how to get there. There were also recommendations for places to eat with directions to each place. We had no problem finding our way about.

The grocery store was a 5 minute drive away and there was a small shop to purchase water, beer and snacks just a 5 minute walk from the house.

The scenery was breathtaking.

All in all a fantastic holiday and I will most definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Katrina. We're glad to hear the cake and wine was well received after a long day travelling. I was impressed to hear how much you guys managed to see and do during your stay: Viareggio, Pisa, Cinque Terre and Florence! We of course would be thrilled to see you guys back, plenty more exploring to be done and plenty more restaurants to wine and dine at! 😄
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Superb location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely spacious, well maintained villa with a fantastic view over the serchio valley. Local towns Gallicano and castelnuovo do garfagnan easily accessible with some form of transport. Conad supermarket within Gallicano which had all the produce needed. Local restaurants recommended were superb and reasonably priced.

Anna (local contact) was extremely helpful and easy to converse with. Only downside is the need for a vehicle for excursions. We hired a car since we knew the villa was out with reasonable walking distance. However we also made use of the train from local stations for longer distances.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gordon. Thanks very much for the review. I am pleased you, and your family enjoyed your stay. It's great to hear you tried some of the suggested restaurants too! If there is anywhere you went or ate that you would recommend to future guests please let me know and I'll add it to the info pack. Hope to have you guys back one day :) Carlo
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Peace and quiet and stunning views.

  • 5 of 5

Having recently stayed at this property for a week, I would highly recommend it for anyone looking to get away for some peace and quiet.

The villa sits on a hillside with stunning views from the balcony overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains.

It's a short drive from local market towns with fantastic authentic restaurants and bars that are all family friendly and easily accessible.

There is a large supermarket nearby for all you might need during your stay.

The villa itself is very clean and extremely well equipped for families or friends looking to share a good sized space.

It has pretty much everything you could think you'd need for a self catering villa and a few nice extras too.

There are two large double rooms, one smaller twin room, a kitchen/dining room and a lounge.

There is of course also the terrace to sit out on and take in the stunning views.

A car is essential to get around the local market towns although there is a train station near by which will connect you to places like Lucca, Pisa and Florence.

It's also worth noting that there are plenty of reachable day trips by car or train. We visited the Lamborghini factory and museum. We even took one out for a drive in the Italian countryside. Ferrari is also a comfortable day trip for a similar experience.

If however, you are purely looking for a peaceful, well kept villa with stunning views then look no further than this place.

Also worth pointing out that the owners are very helpful and speak fluent Italian or English.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from Home in the Hils of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

The villa has stunning views across the Serchio valley to the distant hills. While a car is essential to get to the property, the local train station allows inexpensive and easy access to the major towns in the area (Lucca, Pusa, Florence). We were met at the villa by Anna who gave us a really warm welcome and useful information about the district. The house was clean, well organised and provided everything we needed for our stay. There are many good restaurants to be found a short drive away together with excellent local produce in the shops. We would recommend exploring the many beautiful hillside villages. For sunseekers, good beaches are only an hour or so away. We have already recommended a stay here to friends and relatives and look forward to our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Peter. Many thanks for your review of the property. I am glad to hear you found some of the many good restaurants in the area and enjoyed the local foods. I am really pleased you enjoyed the views and I'm hoping you did so with a bottle or two of the local wine. Your recommendations to your family and friends was very kind, thank you very much. We would love to have you guys back at some point in the future too! Best wishes Carlo
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Excellent accomodation in stunning Italian setting

  • 5 of 5

Breath-taking views over Tuscan countryside enjoyed from a traditional Italian home. Only 1 hour drive from Pisa Airport and an excellent centre for touring the region of Lucca. A car is essential for touring the surrounding area; we especially liked the villages of Bastiano (en route to the Grotta del Vento) and Castiglione. The Old Town of Barga is certainly worth a visit especially in the evening. Regular trains from Barga are available making Lucca, Florence and Pisa within easy reach. Should anyone be looking for a place to relax and unwind, it would be difficult to find somewhere more perfect. The people in the area were all very friendly, especially Anna who looked after us like family; introduced us to local festivities (Pizza and Donuts) and made herself available to answer our questions at all times. A week was barely long enough to sample all the local bars and restaurants but hopefully we will be able to plan another visit in the near future and once again enjoy fruit picked fresh from the garden.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lindsay, I'm delighted to hear you and your wife enjoyed your time at the house. Anna was very quick in telling me how lovely you and your wife were and that it was a pleasure having you. If you ever do decide to visit again we would be thrilled to have you back. Many thanks for taking the time to write a lovely review. Keep in touch. Ciao. Carlo
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From the Owner

This house has been passed down from my Grandfather who was Knighted by the Italian Government before he died for his services to his country. It is two-story with another family living in the lower floor so the grounds are well kept all year round. It really is a fantastic location with an amazing view. There is a train station about 8 mins away and from there you can go to all the major Tuscan locations, Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Viareggio etc. If you want to venture further my Wife and I have driven to Monaco for the weekend from the house. Leave in the morning, be there by lunch time.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 76 Kilometres Nearest Train : Molognio at 6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : 5 at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 71 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Italian cookery classes; sugar craft classes and demonstrations.


2 hrs to Viareggio beach by train, 1.5 hrs by car.


Pisa airport 1hr by car.

Hire car essential (if flying over)


Castelnuovo, market town (3 miles) -15 mins (car)

Lucca - 50 mins (train)

Barga - 20 mins (car)

Florence - 1.5 hrs (train)

Pisa - 1hr (train)

Monaco - 4.5 hrs (car)

Further Details:

English speaking speaking key-holder.

Beauty therapy treatments available (next door)

Local wines and produce available.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season 2
1 Sep 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Changeover Day:
Usually Saturday (other days can be considered)

15% secures dates with remaining balance to be paid 2 months prior to arrival.

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From the Owner

My aunt is the key holder who previously lived in Scotland (but now in the local village) so offers a fluent English speaking contact. Across the road is a beauty therapy shop run by my cousin. She has over 20 years experience in the field. Very popular with the ladies (and gents). Go there for a relaxing massage then come back to the house to enjoy (many) bottles of wine on the terraced balcony whilst enjoying the view.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Dining Area


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • caving


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet with shower (combi + solar - continuous hot water), bidet.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Double bed. Bedroom 2 - Two single beds. Bedroom 3 - Double bed plus single bed.


  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included. Linen changed once a week. Washing machine available. Other: Balcony with table and chairs.

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