Villa Collemandina Apartment Rental Photos and Description
All bedrooms with en-suite facilities and Wi-Fi
The newly built Luisa Apartments are situated between the villages of Villa Collemandina and the pretty villlage of Pianacci, with easy walking distance to a small but well-stocked supermarket (La Fontana) but is only 15 minutes drive to the nearest large town of Castelnuovo with all facilities. The stunning backdrop to this property are the Appennine mountain range which form part of the Parco del'Appennino and Orechiella Nature Reserve with its Visitor Centre, Bar & Restaurant, Botanical Garden, Bear Enclosure, Trout Lake and Hiking Trails.
Apartment 3 (first floor) sleeps up to 8
2 double bedrooms both with en-suite shower rooms (1 with balcony) with the option of adding two sets of bunk-beds sleeping up to 8. Separate dining area with view of pool and mountains beyond. Large separate well equipped kitchen. Private shaded terrace for dining al-fresco. Outdoor Pizza Oven.
Apartment 1 (ground floor) Sleeps up to 6
1 bedroom sleeping 4 - 1 double/2 single beds (bunkbeds). Double sofa bed in the lounge area sleeps 2. Newly fitted shower room with separate shower cubicle, WC, bidet, sink, vanity unit. Open plan kitchen/lounge/dining area. French doors lead to private patio with table/chairs over-looking the newly built pool. Large and spacious gardens with play area. Ample parking.
Apartment 2 (ground floor) sleeps up to 6.
1 bedroom with double bed and 2 single beds (bunkbeds) and a double sofa bed in the lounge area.
Tips on how to make the most of your holiday:
Eat your main meal at lunchtime!
Even in the bigger cities there are local Trattorie charging around 10 euros (£9) for a three-couse lunch including wine and coffee (pranzo di lavoro). Or why not pack a picnic and try the range of breads, cheeses and cured meats available locally and spend the day exploring the Orecchiella National Park & Nature Reserve (30 minutes by car) driving through stunning scenery with breath-taking mountain views.
Drink at the cafe counter!
Coffee and soft drinks taken standing up at the counter instead of at a table with waiter service are half the cost.
Train travel is still extremely good value. There are excellent connections from the local town of Castelnuovo to nearby Lucca, Pisa, Florence or the Cinque Terre on the coast (around 9 euro return per person via La Spezia).
Excellent Tuscan wine is available from a local wine merchant at great value for money. Why not buy for the duration of your holiday and if travelling without restrictions, buy a case or two to take home.
The Tuscan Climate: In general the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little variation between the different provinces. However the coast and valleys are3 or 4 degrees hotter in summer than the hilly areas. Usually summers in Tuscany are hot with little or no rain. April and May are milder and rainier but there are still plenty of dry, sunny days. July and August are the hottest months. September and October are usually warm during the day but cooler in the evenings.
Spring can be one of the most rewarding times to visit, average temperatures are warm and comfortable. It can however be one of the wettest seasons but normally by May rain is rare and the days are longer with up to 10 hours of daylight.
Summer in Tuscany is usually hot and sunny with pleasant evenings for 'al fresco' dining. Humidity levels can get high, especially in the cities.
The Local Area: Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is a typical bustling Italian town that is important for local farming and agriculture and famous for local produce including pecorino cheese, farro (barley), porcini mushrooms and polenta (ground maize) and is located at a height of approx. 300m above sea level.
The town is well served by supermarkets, small specialty food shops, restaurants and bars. There is a busy market on Thursday mornings 8am – 1pm which sells clothes, flowers, pottery, hardware, carpets, shoes, leather goods and gifts and also has a separate fruit and vegetable section. It’s best to go early for the atmosphere.
The local clothes and shoe shops can also offer some great bargains. Shops close generally between 1 pm and 4 pm and are open until around 7pm. Trains from Castelnuovo station go regularly to Lucca where there are connections to Florence, Pisa and onwards. There is also a bus station in the centre of town which connects to most of the villages and towns in the area.
Details for Luisa Apartment 1 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
The Apartment was well furnished, clean and had just about all we needed. The pool is lovely in pleasant gardens with a magnificent view. The area is interesting with spectacular scenery and crazy hillside villages (why did they build them there?) - Sillico and Careggine were our favourites. There is not that much provided for holiday makers in the area, which could be considered a good thing. I would recommend trying Osteria Lo Sfizio Carfagnino da Mara in Castiglione for rustic food. Our favourite cafe was at the station at Castelnuovo from where it was easy to get to Lucca, Pisa & Florence although there are not that many trains. Don't miss the church in Villa Collemandina - interesting painted ceiling.
As another review has noted, flexibility in arrival and departure dates is helpful - just because it allows more choice of flights without penalty. A car is certainly needed to get to this peaceful location. Arrival and departure arrangements were very easy.
Mrs Varinia Terroni
I live in the beautiful Garfagnana region of Tuscany with my husband Paolo and Yorkshire Terrier, Millie. We have rented property in this area since 2005 and enjoy meeting guests from all over the world who come to visit this very special and unspoilt part of Tuscany
The Luisa Apartments are ideal for couples or families and with it's welcoming owners are perfect for a relaxing and quiet holiday and for exploring the local area with several small villages only a short drive away waiting to be explored. The garden is spacious and well kept and the pool is cleaned and maintained daily (in the early morning to avoid disturbing guests).
Although the Luisa Apartments are in a quiet and rural position enjoying 360 degree views of breathtaking scenery, the popular village of Castiglione di Garfagnana is only a 10 minute drive away (or 40 minute walk) where you can sit and watch the world go by at one of the three bars - ideal for enjoying a cappuccino and getting to know the friendly local people. The busy town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is only a 15 minute drive away and has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to experience, whether it's a morning coffee, a light lunch, an aperitivo or an evening meal.