CASA APUANA. BEAUTIFUL TUSCAN VIEWS, VINEYARDS AND POOL

Sue Grieve

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CASA APUANA. BEAUTIFUL TUSCAN VIEWS, VINEYARDS AND POOL

Montecarlo House Rental Photos and Description

Casa Apuana is a light, airy and comfortable family home. It is one of the most private of a small number of properties in an attractive, secure, gated restoration of old vineyard buildings (Borgo le Vigne). There is parking and a delightful, good sized, pool with extensive views. The large downstairs room has a sitting and dining area and a modern fully equipped kitchen. Upstairs are two comfortable bedrooms and a bathroom. The double has fantastic views, the twin has views over the back garden to distant mountains, both have full length windows. The peaceful garden on 3 sides of the house allows the choice of sun or shade at any time of day. The property is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and the views over the Apuan Alps are breathtaking.

DETAILS OF THE AREA: Casa Apuana is an excellent base for visiting all the major Tuscan sites FLORENCE (1h on the train) SIENA and SAN GIMIGNANO (1.5h), VIAREGGIO and the coast (40 minutes). There are also numerous delightful and less well known places nearby. LUCCA is a walled medieval city, the birthplace of Puccini, with pleasant pedestrianised streets ,cafes, restaurants, shops and music. The Puccini opera festival held in July / August in TORRE DI LAGO is 40 minutes away. At VINCI it is possible to visit the house where Leonardo da Vinci was born and the nearby museum has a fascinating exhibition of his works.

The whole area is wonderful for walking. Notable are the high plateau above PRATO , the mountains and gorges of the GARFAGNANA and ABETONE in the Apennine mountains. The CINQUE TERRE is easily accessible for a day trip.

Local information and our own comments and tips are available in the house and our local contact may be able to offer guided tours.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Sue Grieve

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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5
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SUPERB PROPERTY IN A GREAT LOCATION.

  • 5 of 5
We spent a fabulous week in Casa Apuana. Everything was as described in the brochure. The apartment itself was ideal for our family of 4, clean, homely and furnished to a very high standard. The pool area was terrific and despite the shared aspect, there was always plenty of space for relaxation. Casa Apuana is situated in a perfect location for exploring Tuscany with the added bonus of the charming hilltop town of Monticarlo within walking distance, a lovely place to dine and watch the sun go down with a nice glass of vino.The icing on the cake for us was the chance to visit the Lucca summer festival to see some of our favourite bands. We would love to return sometime soon.

Richard
Derby
England
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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FAB ACCOMODATION, BEAUTIFUL & CONVENIENT LOCATION

Fab Accomodation, Beautiful & Convenient Location
  • 5 of 5
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Italy. Following a few days in Rome we drove to Tuscany and stayed at the beautiful and relaxing Casa Apuana, located within Borgo le Vigne, a small group of private residences converted from a former vineyard.

This was our first visit to Tuscany & we chose Casa Apuana primarily because of it's location. It's only a few kilometres from the autostrada at Altopascio, with very easy access to Lucca, Pisa & the coast to the west, San Gimignano & Siena to the south and Florence to the east.

Casa Apuana is exactly as described. It is light and airy. However, despite the heat, the shutters allow the accomodation to remain cool. It is modern, comfortable and very well equipped.

The complex is set in lovely surroundings, the gardens and communal areas are well maintained. The swimming pool is a fantastic addition and especially enjoyed by our two young daughters, who would have happily spent all holiday in it!

The immediate area is stunning, surrounded by vine and olive groves, with beautiful views of the Apuana Alps. Montecarlo is located at the top of the hill, a typical Tuscan village, with lovely bars, cafes and restaurants.

In conclusion, Casa Apuna offers the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing holiday and is in a great location for sight seeing. We would thoroughly recommend it.

The Nash Family, Wiltshire, England
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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HOME FROM HOME IN A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
We have just returned from 2 weeks in Casa Apuana. We being my wife and I and our daughters who are 20 and 17 and we would all much prefer it if we were still there.

The house is as described and is part of a larger group of properties converted from a farm. It is just outside a village and surrounded by vines and olives in rolling countryside. Although there were other people on site it never seemed crowded and the pool is big enough to cope.

In the house is everything you could ask for and some things I wouldn't have thought of but which came in useful. On the ground floor is a sitting area and a well equiped and practical kitchen. On the second floor 2 bedrooms and a shower / toilet.

The location is excellent, you can do whatever you want. The village of Monecarlo has several good places to eat, is interesting and has great views. If you go a bit further Lucca is only a short drive away, you can get the train to Florence and several other interesting places on the way from Altopascio for next to nothing. San Gimignano and Siena are an hour and a half ish drive away through beautiful countryside. We only went to the coast once but it is easy if you go on the toll road or very interesting but not easy if you don't.

I don't have much more to add other than we would love to return.

Some advice.

Don't take too much stuff, we took about 3 times as many clothes as we needed and there is a washing machine if you need it.

The train station at Altopascio is easy to use it has ticket machines in English and a ticket to Florence cost 5.80 euro. The trains go about every hour. They say from platform 2 but there are no signs for platform 2 only platform 1. What they mean is the platform one set of tracks over, you just walk over the first set of tracks at specially marked places and get on the train (it is easier than my explaination makes it sound).

The Conad supermarket in Altopascio is very good. When we were there it opened 7am to 9pm Mon-sat and 7am to 1.30 pm (I think) on Sunday.

The Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago is worth a visit if it is on. They have a good bar and very reasonable food there and it is easy to find. the location is fantastic by the lake with mountains behind it.

Almost everwhere you go is beautiful.

If you don't want to go up to Montecarlo to eat, Angela's which is near the school and only 10 minutes from the house is good and not expensive.
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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CASA APPUANA

  • 5 of 5
What a great find ! A lovely appartment in a fabulous setting and very near to Montecarlo which has a very good selection of bars and restaurants. We had several excellent meals and all were great value. Lucca is one of the loveliest towns in Italy and is only about 20 mins away by car.Montecatini Terme is well worth a visit too - it is unlike anywhere I have been in Italy- a bit of Bath and Mayfair- very elegant and impressive! The pool is just the right size and even in the school holidays it was never too crowded and the views from it are stunning. We will certainly go again to this terrific spot. Kevin Fox
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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CASA APUANA - AUGUST 2011

  • 5 of 5
We had a fabulous week at Casa Apuana although it just was NOT long enough !!!
After a lovely drive through the French countryside and Alps, we were ready for a relaxing break. Our first impressions were that Casa Apuana was just as described - a lovely apartment situated within a small hamlet of properties in the middle of no-where - perfect ! We were worried that our children may be a little bored by the quiet and countryside but that was all forgotten when they saw the swimming pool. The weather was beautiful - constant 30-31 degrees so relaxing by the pool was easy. Girls soon made friends with a French family and were happy swimming all day whilst we relaxed in the sunshine. Sometimes we had the pool to ourselves, at others 3-4 other families were also using the facilities but to say it was August - it was hardly crowded and remained a tranquil setting.

The apartment had exceptional facilities, we did not require anything. Claudia arrived on our fist evening to welcome us and was very knowledgible.

We didn't cook evening meals, instead we opted for Montecarlo - a beautiful little villiage at the top of the hill where we found a couple of fabulous trattorias for authentic Italian cuisine - in particular the one on the left after the chemist (can't remember name) but they served terrific huge steaks and risottos - all very resonably priced.

It was soon time for us to pack up and move onto our next destination. We would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to see Italy away from tourists and hectic lives. Since returning to the UK, we have already reserved dates to return next year - for longer !!
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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BRILLIANT HOLIDAY AT CASA APUANA JUNE 2011

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had one of our best holidays yet at Casa Apuana. The house and the surroundings are so peaceful it was a perfect relaxing break.

As you walk into the house you’re immediately struck by the cleanliness and comfy modern furniture; we felt immediately at home. There is plenty of space for your family or a group of friends to enjoy the garden with a hammock, the kitchen with a large dining table, or relax on the sofa. The kitchen is very well equipped, my husband who is a keen cook, didn’t want for anything.

The swimming pool is large and we found we frequently had it to ourselves. The surrounding views are of rolling hills with vineyards in the foreground and mountains in the distance.

We hired a car and visited Lucca twice. It is such an unusual place, there is a 4km walk around the tree lined city walls and we climbed the tower in the centre with trees growing out of the top! We visited Pisa to see the Leaning Tower, Duomo and Baptistry. It is very touristy but we couldn’t resist seeing the tower. We walked up to Monte Carlo which is a steep climb but worth it once you’re at the top.

The owners have gone out of their way to provide really useful information in a folder that is full of ideas of what to do in the area. There were many more things that we wanted to see and do but were just happy relaxing at the house and the pool that we ran out of time, so we'll have to come again!
  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Altopascio
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Altopascio
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
beach
Car: necessary

Just 30 km from PISA airport, Casa Apuana is 5 minutes away by car or 20 minutes walk from MONTECARLO, a charming medieval village, with fortress, churches, local shops, bank and a wide choice of restaurants. There is a friendly local 'alimentare' / local store 5 minutes walk from the property and 2 excellent supermarkets 15 minutes drive away. The area around MONTECARLO is famous for wine and in the undulating countryside there are numerous vineyards to visit for 'degustazione' and the purchase of wine and olive oil, the nearest is just across the road.

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Montecarlo House Rental Rates

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Jun 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
£700
 

Notes

  • Rental rates include a bed linen, towels (except pool towels) and a local contact. If you stay a full 2 weeks it also includes a change of bedding and towels.
    The full rental fee plus a deposit of 30% of one week's rental is payable 6 weeks before arrival and is refundable, subject to breakages, on return of the property keys.

Amenities

Montecarlo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Fully tiled modern bathroom with a walk in shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • In addition there is a double sofa bed in the living room which would be suitable for a child or for occasional use.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • cycling
Notes:
Casa Apuana is suitable for families or couples of all ages, although not ideal for children under 5 as there is a stone staircase in the house. The house is very well equipped for self-catering and has a washing machine, an iron, an ironing board , a hairdrier and a TV. There is plenty of seating to relax in the private garden or around the lovely pool, both with loungers and chairs. Please note that parents should ensure safety of their own children around the pool which is generally open mid-May to mid-October.

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