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Architect Design House In Two Acres Of Olive And Fruit Trees

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

A beautiful and peaceful location near a pretty village 30 mins. from The Bay of The Poets. A land of castles, history, villages and famous places.

This unique house full of light and views of our terraced land studded with olive and fruit trees and the hills and mountains beyond. The main part of the house is open plan with living,dining and kitchen all on one level along with a separate bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The second bedroom and wet room are on the first floor.The self-contained third bedroom is on the lower level with external access. Large sliding doors lead to the terrace where you can sit and listen to the birds during the day and in the evening watch the sunset. Our salt water pool is 9x4m and opens as soon as the weather becomes warm.

Simon McBride
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Simon McBride

Simon and I bought the land and built the house finally moving in spring 2010. We lived there all year round until the call of our first grandson lead us to make the decision to spend part of the year in England so we could be more 'hands on'. So we now rent a house in Bath and let our guests live in our home in Italy for much of the summer months. It suits our lifestyle well and means we happily enjoy the two different ways of life. Nothing gives us more pleasure than to know our guests are as happy in casa Sillara as we are.

Simon McBride purchased this house in 2005

Why Simon McBride chose Province of Massa and Carrara

Simon is a freelance photographer and has spent much time in Italy photographing houses and gardens for a number of books and magazines. He found Lunigiana was a wonderful mix of mountains, rivers, woods plus the proximity of the Mediterranean coast which was why we came to this are for somewhere to buy.

What makes this house unique

The house is very quiet and private with far-reaching views of the mountains and yet it has easy access not only to local amenities but also the autostra, railway and four airports within reasonable disdance


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Province of Massa and Carrara in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower over, washbasin and WC First floor bedroom has an ensuite wet room with shower, washbasin and WC Lower ground floor bedroom has ensuite wet room with shower, washbasin and WC
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor bedroom with a double bed First floor bedroom with two single beds that can be used as a double bed or singly Lower ground bedroom with double bed accessible by external steps
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Not suitable for children under ten years of age Outside: There are two acres of terraced land surrounding the property. There are olive, fig, cherry, plum, apple pear,and peach trees. The tiled terrace provides the perfect place to sit and view the stunning landscape or enjoy a BBQ or drink as the sun sets over the hills and mountains Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing-board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. The house is thoroughly cleaned and linen and towels changed before and after the stay. Maid service may be arranged at an extra cost Other: Dining room with large dining table and six chairs. Terrace with patio furniture, parasol and BBQ


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Wonderful property - highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a week at Casa Sillara and wow...what a fabulous house! This is the first time in many years that we've rented a property and I'm glad to say we definitely chose the right place for our family. The whole house has been very well thought out, nicely furnished and was very clean on arrival. A nice touch was leaving us some beers and a bottle of prosecco for our arrival.

The kitchen is fully equipped a with everything you could want. We all loved the pool and the great loungers... so much so we found it hard to tear ourselves away from it! There's plenty of places to explore locally and you're also not too far away from Lucca and Pisa.

For a true, authentic italian experience ask to be booked into the local restaurant, the owner's daughter speaks good english and helped us make the right meal choices (don't expect a menu) - wonderful food and reasonably priced. David and his wife Ana are there for any emergencies and were a great source of information. Great communication with Sarah the owner and all our questions were answered quickly.

Don't hesitate in booking this truly wonderful house. Thanks Sarah and we'll definitely book again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for a fabulous review, I do so hope you do come back again. Sarah
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I don't think I've ever felt so relaxed

  • 5 of 5

We spent a glorious two weeks at this lovely house and used it as a base to explore Tuscany. We visited Pisa, Pontremoli, La Spezia and the Cinque Terre. The house really is as wonderful as all the reviews suggest. Very clean and well maintained. The mountain views are spectacular. The weather was glorious during our stay but we did get to witness an electric storm in the distance over the mountains one night which was magical. The house is really well equipped but as other reviewers have said the pool really is the highlight and none of us could wait to dive in as soon as we got back from a day out. We didn't get to see much of the local wildlife other than one fallow deer who jumped out of the road as we drove down towards the castle at Malgrate. Certainly no wild boar other than on our plate in a couple of the local restaurants. There is a folder that Simon and Sarah leave in the house which is a mine of useful information. Our favourite meal out was definitely Thursday night grill night at the Gavarini restaurant which is only a five minute drive away and we'd recommend that to anyone. Although we did stay in a few evenings, cooking dinner ourselves and eating out on the terrace and watching the sunset over the mountains with a glass of wine. Having Dave on hand to help us book restaurants and give us the benefit of his local knowledge was a real bonus. We all came away saying that we'd never before felt so relaxed as we did during our two weeks at this house. Dave, Debbie, Amy, Jack and Tom - Leigh on Sea, Essex

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is a lovely review and we're so pleased you enjoyed yourselves so much. I'm suprised you didn't see the wild boar making mischief at the bottom of the land but have to say secretly rather pleased! Thank you for your kind words Sarah
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Blown away!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back and if I’m honest it’s the first holiday that I’ve been on for many years where I wasn’t gagging to get back to work after the first 7 days. I actually needed another 7!

We loved the home! It was beautiful and in such a stunning piece of countryside. The only downside was that it was like Chinese torture every night trying to get the kids out of the pool.

Lisa’s parents stayed in a local hotel but were so impressed came to spend most days with us by the pool. They also loved the home. We ended up eating twice at the restaurant at the bottom of the hill by the Castle that Sarah booked us into. It was so rustic, the food and local wine was terrirfic and we loved eating there so we went back!

Dave was super helpful and on his recommendation we spent the day at Lericci on the coast without the kids! Lisa’s parents took care of them for the day.

Needless to say, we intend to return next year and will probably bring the in-laws. They can stay in the 3rd en-suite bedroom downstairs, which is pretty much self-contained and very private.

We kept a watch out for the wild boar and were disappointed only to hear and not see them but maybe next time round.

I can't recommend this home enough - staying in, which we did or going out - it's the perfect base! It has everything and we treated it like a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mark for a great review, you would certainly be very welcome to visit our house again and I'm sure we could lay on some wildlife for you! Sarah
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the most perfect house in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

the house was clean ,well presented with all the amenities you could want.the pool was gorgeous and the setting unbelievable

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jane , I'm so very glad you enjoyed living in our house, we hope we might see you again in the future Sarah
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kington langley, Chippenham, Wilts, UK

Great property with lovely surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We arrived quite late in the evening to be welcomed by a spectacular display of fire flies in the garden of the property. Quite magical! The property and surroundings certainly live up to the photos and the description. It was well equipped for all our needs (four adults and two young children) during the holiday and very stylish and comfortable. The pool was very much enjoyed by young and old(er) alike.

The surrounding villages and castles were beautiful and very photogenic although travelling locally we felt a little safer driving rather than walking due to the narrow roads and hairpin bends.

A short drive to Villafranca and you could get on a train to visit the beautiful Cinque Terre villages on the coast.

We really enjoyed our week in Northern Tuscany and would certainly recommend the property.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday, the fireflies are quite spectacular aren't they, just like Christmas lights They are at their best in June. Thank you for your kind review. Sarah
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The setting of this property is simply stunning; the property itself is modern and has amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this property. The whole property was modern and really comfortable, with a glass frontage which meant views over the mountains from wherever you stood. It was like stepping into someone's home - and so had all those 'extras' that make all the difference ... like herbs and spices, and washing powder! When we tired of pizzerias (which we did, as we felt that they get a bit repetitive) there was everything we needed to cook at home. Although there was air conditioning in the main parts of the house, there wasn't any in the bedrooms - we were staying at the beginning of September but one of the bedrooms was still too hot for a comfortable night's sleep, despite there being very modern fans provided. The setting of the property was stunning. We were blown away by just how quiet it was - the noise made by the insects in the garden far exceeded any noise made by other humans. The pool was lovely, with the best sun beds ever. We drove to Lucca and to the coast, and took the train from La Spezia to Cinque Terre - all within an hour's drive. But the best time was spent at the villa, lazing around in the sun by the pool, with the mountains as a backdrop. We had one or two 'hiccups' (couldn't get the pool lights to come on, and some lights bulbs needed replacing) but a phone call to Dave always brought a prompt response - and there's a lot to be said for this! And the wifi really did work - which was very important for our teenage guests (no complaining!!) All in all - a fantastic property, and an even more fantastic setting.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. Sorry about the lights failing, something it's difficult to foresee but I know Dave will have helped you with this. We are arranging for air conditioning in the bedroom in May 2017 and this should sole the problem
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La Torre Malgrate
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Car: necessary


There are many different beaches to choose on the Mediterranean coast of Tuscany and Liguria which is about 30mins away. Swimming is good in clear, clean water. Many beaches have bars and restaurants. Boat trips are available to visit the delightful sea front towns of the Cinqueterra. All from 30 - 45 mins by car.


Airports of Pisa and Genova are both just over an hour away. Milan about 2 1/2hrs

There are express trains to Florence and Rome from nearby Aulla or local trains to Florence, Parma, Lucca etc from Villafranca which is 10mins away.

The autostrada system is also convenient with an exit at Aulla and Pontremoli just 15 - 20mins to the house.


Bagnone a charming medieval town is 20 mins by foot or 5 mins by car.

Pontremoli with its beautiful cathedral and castle 15 mins by car.

Parma, Lucca Pisa Genova are all near for a day trip, while the many empty roads into the Apuan mountains can afford delightful days out.

Further Details:

There is information on the many places of interest, events and good local restaurants in the house and our local representative will be available to help guide and answer any questions at the time of the visit


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Province of Massa and Carrara, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
19 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
1 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

Booking Notes:
25% deposit within 5 days of booking, non refundable
Balance and £400 against damage 60 days prior to start of holiday

Changeover Day:
Saturday throughout the high season but there may be flexibility in May and October. We ask our guests to arrive after 4pm and vacate the house by 10am on the day of departure. Arrangements can be made to leave luggage at the house for a later departure

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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