House near Lucca, Tuscany, Italy - Peaceful Location, Yet Only 15 Minutes To Lucca
Castello is a small hamlet perched on a hillside commanding wonderful views over the Serchio valley. The house overlooks hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves and wooded slopes whilst to the northwest are the high peaks of the Apuan range. Access to Castello is by the narrow, winding road from Valdattovo, a distance of 2kms away. It is off the tourist track in this relatively undiscovered area of Tuscany, but is an excellent base from which to explore all that Tuscany has to offer. The house has been carefully restored over recent years retaining many of the original 18th century features. It is approached by the front stairway to a large balcony from which the entrance to the house leads to an impressive sala, a very spacious and beautifully proportioned room with high beamed ceilings. Eating al fresco is a must from the lovely balcony where you can soak up the magnificent views across the Tuscan countryside.
The house faces the southwest which means that both the private courtyard to the rear of the house and balcony enjoy all day sunshine. Life takes on a different and slower pace at Castello, providing you with the time and space to reconnect with family and the outdoors. Right outside the front door are trails for biking, hiking, or just taking a leisurely walk along the mule paths which were the once the only way to access Castello. Whilst there are no shops or bars in the hamlet of Castello, there is great local food shopping within the towns of Valdottavo and Borgo a Mozzano. The shopping ranges from freshly butchered meat, baked goods, fresh pasta, pizza, and of course local wines.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
We live in Hertfordshire in the UK with two teenage children who love Italy as much as we do. Whilst we do not speak Italian (yet - we are having lessons) we have not found that it is a problem as the local people are only to happy to help you out. What surprised us most is that there is a large Scottish / Italian community in the local area. So don't be surprised to hear a broad Scottish accent including from Elisabetta who looks after our house and you when you are staying at Casa Castello.
4.6 based on 10 holidaymaker reviews
Incredible location and lovely house
What a great apartment. Loads of room and the views from the terrace in the morning are just incredible. Everything we needed was there and it's just a short drive from Lucca for restaurants and bars. Absolutely nothing bad to say about it. Just perfect.
Beautiful get away from it all location
We had a lovely stay here in the summer, the road there took some getting used to! but was well worth the effort, a spacious comfortable apartment with spectacular views awaited us. We particularly fell in love with Lucca and the swimming pool at Bagni de Lucca
fantastic house in perfect setting
This lovely property is in a tiny hamlet on the hillside above Valdotavo. The house is deceptively large: a beautiful open living room with stunning views across the valley; a front terrace with a large table for outdoor dining; a well equipped kitchen, with its own outdoor space; and a couple of large bedrooms with a bathroom plenty big enough for our party of four. All the facilities I would expect on a self catering holiday were available including a large washing machine, although as we were out and about so much, we made no use of the TV and DVDs.
Like elsewhere in Italy, the car is vital. The hill road is great fun to negotiate and once that is done, there are the most amazing places to visit from Lucca (15-20 minutes door to door), to Barga (walled city/church), to the seaside. The house has a dedicated parking space in the area to the front of the row of houses. You can walk down to the village in a 20 minute stroll using the mule tracks and those same tracks are easily navigable around the hills. I would definitely recommend this if you can as the views are stunning. You don't need to be an experienced walker at all, just wear suitable trainers!
The neighbours are a mixture of local people, second home owners and lets/visitors and we enjoyed meeting and speaking to them, although generally this is a very quiet place - space to get away from it all.
I would definitely recommend this to friends and family. Don't bother if you are looking for chic sophistication, this place is about creature comforts in a beautiful setting or a romantic retreat away from the world!
Beautiful Property with Stunning Views
The journey to this property, up a steep, winding road should give you a clue of what lies aheadI A really beautiful house in a converted castle with the most spectacular views. A view that changes throughout the day. It makes it difficult to leave to explore the surrounding area. But that you must. The house is a short drive or walk to the village of Valdottavo, where you will find everything you want from a village including a small theatre with a charming cafe. The house itself is well equipped and spotlessly clean. Elisabeth, the property manager, even left us a trifle for our first evening meal. The layout is light and spacious,with a large dining/living room, comfortable sofas, a terrace large enough to dine out and relax on whilst enjoying the stunning views. The kitchen is very well equipped and we ate in most evenings. There were four of us and there was plenty of space. The bedrooms are a good size, beds comfortable - just watch your head on the beams! We had days out in Lucca, Barga and generally exploring the beautiful countryside. This place ticked all the boxes for a relaxing, peaceful break in beautiful surriundings. I shall definitely return,
Charming and Relaxing with Spectacular Scenery
This hidden gem is within walking distance of the village of Valdottavo, though the car journey is up a winding track. When you arrive and see the amazing views of the valley below you might not want to leave this beautiful, peaceful spot. The layout is fabulous, enabling you to dine and relax whilst always enjoying the spectacular scenery. We were four adults sharing the property and, though we had to dodge the odd ceiling beam upstairs, found we had plenty of living and sleeping space. The property is light and airy with a sympathetic, modern feel in the historical setting. The kitchen is well equipped for creating an Italian feast. The quality of the furnishings is high and the beds very comfortable. There is an outside terrace suitable for relaxing and dining. We had days out in Lucca, Barga and the CinqueTerre, all within easy reach. We also undertook some of the local walks from Castello. The local village has all the essentials and there's a supermarket a short drive away. All in all we had a fabulous and relaxing holiday here, that would be hard to beat.
From the Owner
“We have owned Casa Castello since June 2014 wanting our own piece of Italian heaven. We fell in love with the area after having our first holiday in Italy in 2013 and we think that Casa Castello is the most idyllic spot for winding down and getting rid of the stresses and strains of day to day life. We bought this house from two UK owners who had had the house for 14 years and named it 'il sogno' which in Italian means the dream. We hope that you too will enjoy this beautiful spot, holidaying with us at Casa Castello.”
Activity and Interests
One hour from Pisa airport or 1.5 hours from Genoa airport. Use of a car is essential. The property is accessed via a tarmac road maintained by the local authority, but the last 2 kms like many of the roads to the villages in the area are narrow, windy and single track with passing places.
Lucca - 14km
Barga - 25km
Pisa - 35km
Viareggio - 45 km
Abetone - 50km
Florence - 85km
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
4 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Full payment must be made within one month of arrival. A non refundable 30% deposit at point of booking is required to secure your availability.
Flexible change over days are possible. Please arrange to arrive after 3pm and leave by 11am on your last day.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The property is ideally situated for a short break or a longer stay, winter or summer. Located just 45 minutes from Pisa Airport (lots of low cost carriers fly here), you can easily get to this charming spot. Lucca, with its complete city walls is 15 minutes away, whilst Florence, Sienna and San Gimignano are reachable from the house. 45 minutes away are the fashionable seaside Tuscan resorts of Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio. But closer to home, you can experience the magnificent landscape of the Garfagnana, with scenic mountain walks, the towns of Barga with it's summer music festival and the 19th century elegance of the spa resort of Bagni di Lucca. In winter, Tuscany's largest ski resort at Abetone is 45 minutes away on easily accessible roads.”
- Away From It All
- Fireplace ...
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player ...
- Stereo ...
- Video Library ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom with bath/shower, washbasin and wc on first floor. There is a separate wc and shower in the cantina (cellar).
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed with commanding views across the valley. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. with two front facing windows.
- Terrace ...
- Garden ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Notes on accommodation: There is one parking space allocated to the property. The property is non smoking. Outside: Al fresco balcony with table, chairs and parasol. Private courtyard garden to rear. Utility Room: The cantina houses a utility area with washing machine, a wood store as well as boot changing facilities. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen for the duration of your stay are included in the price. Please do bring your own beach towels. Other: Spacious landing area on the first floor is almost a room in itself, which leads onto the bedroom and bathroom. There are ironing facilities on the landing as well as a full length mirror.