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RESTORED CASA WITH LARGE GARDEN AND PRIVATE POOL IN HILLTOP BORGO.

Mark Carson

Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Mark Carson

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Speaks: english, italian
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RESTORED CASA WITH LARGE GARDEN AND PRIVATE POOL IN HILLTOP BORGO.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

Licciana Nardi House Rental Photos and Description

2 double bedroms, both ensuite, large open dining/living area. Private terrace

Casa D'alloro has two beautifully appointed double bedrooms, both en-suite. One has an outstanding view over the chestnut swathed foothills of the Apuan Alps. A fully equipped kitchen includes dishwasher and microwave, while the lounge area also has those spectacular views down the valley towards the Magra river.

Breakfast on the terrace in the cool shade watching the butterflies and listening to the crickets. Evening in the warm sun watching the shadows lengthen. Then the fire flies appear below in the garden flitting from the bushes to the fruit trees. As it gets darker the sky lights up with a million stars so bright without florescent lights and you can hear the owls over the valley and even the rustling in the bushes of the wild deer or maybe even the chingale wild boar so prized by the locals. Far away towards Aulla just a few lights twinkle in tiny villages like ours and above Licciana is the faint orange glow of the cemetery...... this is Lunigiana........

Outdoor Pool - our new in ground pool( 8m x 4m) has just been completed. Roman steps lead into the pool to give easy access for all ages. The pool is 1.25m deep..perfect for adults to do easy lengths and shallow enough for kids 7 and over to be able to stop for a breather. The location is amazing with views far down over the valley.

Local attractions 1: Lucca - 1 hr 10 mins - Provincial capital with intact Renaissance walls. Do not miss the oval Piazza Antiteatro right in the centre which has some of the original arches still in place. This is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccici the famous composer and there is a summer music festival held which has included Eric Clapton, Burt Bacharach, Anastasia and Moby. At nearby Torre del Lago there is a Puccini festival every July/ August.

Potovenere/Cinque Terra - 55 mins - World Heritage Site. Picturesque town on the Gulf of Poets with great seafood trattorias where you can catch the ferry to the 5 villages of the Cinque Terra. Over the centuries terraces have been constructed on the steep hillsides to cultivate vines and olives. No cars can reach the villages and the inhabitants are proud of protecting their way of life.

Eating out - possibly our favourite activity... huge choice from 12 euro local lunches of fresh mountain produce to the more expensive but superb restaurants around Lerici.

Local attractions 2: Lerici/San Terenzo - 35 mins - beautiful typical seaside resort that hasn't changed much over the years due to strict planning regulations. Dominated by its castle, it also has a small fish market right on the harbour. There is a small public beach that is shallow and safe for kids. Great ice cream parlours and restaurants. You can also get the ferry to Portovenere across the bay.

Sarzana - 30 mins - beautiful centro storico with large piazza and marble Gothic cathedral dating from 1355. Some lovely restaurants and ice cream parlours. Huge antiques market every month.

Parma - 1 hr 30 mins - world famous for Proscuitto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, architecture and one of the oldest universities in the world. Easy to visit and to park in and amazing food. Many beautiful Romanesque churches and lovely gardens around the Ducal Palace.

for more info please see casadalloro.com and baccana on facebook

more info.....: Hill walking - directly from Casa D'alloro there are endless spectacular marked hill walks in the Apuan Alps. Wild boar roam the mountains and all the locals search for fungi the day after rain.

Water Parks -There are two water parks within easy reach, one at Villafranca in Lunigiana and one close to Fivizziano.

Karting - there is an outdoor kart track between Lerici and Boco di Magra and a world championship track at Parma just 1 hour drive.

Opera - just one hour from Torre di Lago to experience Puccini where it was written. Book early in the season to ensure you get a seat.

Shopping - Forti dei Marmi is just down the autostrada where you can enjoy the passegata with the locals browsing Tods, Prada, Hogan, Dolce e Gabbana before stopping for your appertivo....it has to be a Prosecco......

Adventure park - parco 100 aventure is the summer activity at the Prato Spilla ski resort. A challenging adventure set high in the chestnut trees caters for 6 to 76 year olds.....

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mark Carson (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2008
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, italian

Why Mark Carson chose Licciana Nardi

Unspoiled hilltop village in Tuscany ... Why wouldn't you want to be part of it... Southern Tuscany (chiantiashire) is very different and this was the ideal opportunity to buy a property in real Italy and live with the locals.

What makes this house unique

Expirence the real Italy and the real Italian food and living in the countryside alongside the locals.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 7 traveler reviews

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Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
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Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p491888
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Licciana Nardi Massa Carrara
5

Perfect house in a beautiful setting!!

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful week at Casa Dallora!!! What a nice house at a amazing place!!!! We loved it!!! Nice pool with beautiful view. And the house was so complete. Even a dishwasher and a washer.Everything was nice and clean! And the owner is very helpful. He had a lot of good suggestions where to eat or were to go.What a nice part of Toscane. We did go to Tuscane before, but than we did the touristic spots like Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Sienna etc. But this part of Toscane we had never been. It’s beautiful. We definitely come back!
  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p491888
+44 -(0)7717711447
Licciana Nardi Massa Carrara
4

A real Italian Holiday

  • 4 of 5
On arrival after a long day of travelling we arrived at Casa Dollora, we were initially a little nervous as we took the remote windy road up to the very little village,that looked a little tired and need of love on first sight, then a friendly neighbour then showed us through the cobbled pathways to the Casa. and we loved what we found, a slice of authentic Italy restored beautifully, the village the next day with fresh not tired eyes was seen in a different light, a real treat a real find beautiful, nothing like the tourist traps of the coastal area. The facilities were clean and tidy and information inside all relevant. The views are wonderful from the balcony, the facilities in the Casa are much more than ample, books, DVDs, pool gear, kitchen etc.., the pool area perfect for our family time we desired and BBQ area (on logs provided by the neighbour) perfect, The house was self cooling in the hot weather that we encountered so great when needed to cool down. The village is surrounding by other hillside villages all seem to offer a little local restaurant or something , that all seemed full to the brim of locals. We loved visiting these, a real highlight trying to order without a menu and limited Italian skills.. The house is about 40-50 mins drive from Le spezia and lerici, but we were happy to drive this distance to the peace and quiet of the area, local shops for food in Aulla about 20 mins away. We did no walking but I imagine this would be the ideal location. The communication with the owner was first class, he really cares. We had a good time here.
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p491888
+44 -(0)7717711447
Licciana Nardi Massa Carrara
5

Rural idyll

  • 5 of 5
We've just returned from a very peaceful week and cannot recommend Casa Dalloro highly enough.

The property is authentic; it has wonderful character. The views are incomparable and from the pool it's just beautiful. Our young children (5 and 1.5 years) loved exploring the garden, meeting the local dogs/ cats and goat and swinging in the hammocks. Our eldest also made friends with a little Italian girl. It was lovely to see that language is no barrier and that hopscotch is fun in any country!

The owner, Mark, was a pleasure to deal with throughout offering helpful information at any time.

We would happily return!
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p491888
+44 -(0)7717711447
Licciana Nardi Massa Carrara
5

BACCANA

  • 5 of 5
A fabulous week. Found it difficult to leave, wished we'd gone for two weeks. Such a quiet location, no tourists, just the sound of the children playing in the pool! Tiny village, so pretty with little pathways around derelict houses, with the occasional old lady greeting you as you passed! Friendly locals, who gave us tomatoes and herbs. Tiny shop in Crespiano, with all the basics including good wine for less than 2 euros!!
Day at Lerici was great - crowded beach but warm safe sea, little shops and restaurants, and another great day on the crowded and hot boat trip to Cinque Terre. Worth it for the lovely lunch overlooking a tiny harbour. But both days made us glad that we weren't staying with all the other tourists in crowded towns, and we found it hard to leave the peace and quiet of the village on all other days.
Suprised by how untouristy the area was, very little in the way of cafes/restaurants in the nearby towns. But added to the peace and charm of the area.
Perfect location for chilling and de-stressing.
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: many thanks Linda. glad you enjoyed your stay. every time we go out to casa dalloro we seem to find new places to eat..the Italians are very good at hiding their restaurants..during the week workers lunch for 10-12 euro is usually good.. i am working on an app (search appcatch then casa dalloro) to list all the local eateries we have been to and other useful things you might need to know while staying at casa dalloro..hopefully this will help.
business
Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p491888
+44 -(0)7717711447
Licciana Nardi Massa Carrara
5

Wild boar and plums

  • 5 of 5
We loved it all: The house, the location, the new pool, the mountains, the friendly locals who didn't mind we didn't understand italian, the mozarella cheese, tomatos, olive oil, wine, plums in the garden and wild boar eating plums in the evening. Perfect holiday!
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p491888
+44 -(0)7717711447
Licciana Nardi Massa Carrara
5

Peace and Tranquilty in Rural Tuscany

  • 5 of 5
We are two couples and initially, we had chosen this appartment because it offered us the rarity of two bedrooms, both with a double bed and en-suite . However, we also wanted to stay in a place which offered us a glimpse of the real Tuscany, away from all the tourist areas.
We were not disappointed. Baccana fulfilled all these expectations - and more.
We were captivated by its location. As we sat on the terrace, wine in hand, watching the wonderful sunsets that gradually gave way to the tranquility of an evening silence - only broken by the occasional call of the owls - we really envied Mark for his 'find'!
The interior of the property has been sympathetically restored with stylish, high standard fixtures and fittings. It was fully equipped to a level well beyond that of a normal 'holiday let' and importantly, the good quality king-sized beds, bedding and pillows were very comfortable.
From our initial enquiry onwards, and particularly when, through unforseen circumstances, we needed to change all our holiday dates, the owner, Mark, was friendly, very patient and accommodating. He also furnished us with his tried-and-tested eating places, favourite beaches, 'must see' locations and mountain trails.
We loved the sheltered Lerici beach; we would advise everyone to visit the Carrara marble quarries and mine (the Marmo tour) and we enjoyed our taster visits to Florence, Pisa, Forte dei Marmi and Sarzano. Then on the way home, we would stop off to buy seafood or fish for the BBQ.
We all love Italian food and the Lunigniana cooking is delicious. There was a wide choice of authentic local regional restaurants and Agriturismo but we would especially recommend the nearbye restored monastery of Montagne Verde, where we had an incredible Sunday Lunch on the terrace. It took three hours and to our delight, all the water, and as much wine as we wanted, was included in the set price.

If you looking to stay in a bustling resort, Baccana is not for you, If, however, you are looking for a character property set in tranquil surroundings, with stunning views, which also provides an easily accessible base for exploring Tuscany, then Baccana is an ideal and unique choice.

We all loved it. Tricia and Jean-Claude; Lynn and Michael
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: thank you all for the review..we were pleased to be able to accomodate a date change. Thanks also for helping us with suggestions to improve casa dalloro further... we do hope that a pool will happen sometime soon... perfect guests.....

Map

Nearest Airport
99 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Crespiano
Nearest Ferry
36 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Aulla
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Aulla
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Crespiano
Nearest Ski
27 Kilometres
Prato Spilla
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Lerici
Car: necessary

Welcome to Casa D'alloro and find out why George Clooney has swapped a villa on Lake Como for a country retreat in Lunigiana.... Set deep in the ancient territory of Lunigiana it is Tuscany before the huge influx of tourists. Restaruants are superb serving local produce from the mountains and the nearby Mediterranean sea at very reasonable prices. Beaches are shallow and safe, perfect for kids. You can take the ferry to the UNESCO coast of the Cinque Terra or take to the mountains for summer hiking, autumn mushroom hunting and winter skiing. The beautiful cities of Lucca, Parma and Florence are an easy drive or train journey or you can soak up the style of Portofino and shop in the designer boutiques of Forti Dei Marmi.

Casa D'alloro has two beautifully appointed double bedrooms, both en-suite. One has an outstanding view over the chestnut swaithed foothills of the Apuan Alps. A fully equipped kitchen includes dishwasher and microwave, while the lounge area also has those spectacular views over the private pool and down the valley towards the Magra river.

Other Activities: skiing just 27km from house. porcini mushrooms in local woods with licence

Ski: Cerreto Laghi - is the major ski resort of the region with 28 km of challenging slopes, a snow park, ski school with travelator and snow making facilities. Piste 2 has FIS approval and hosts slalom races during the season. The instructors say that if you can ski Monte Nuda you are then able to ski anywhere in the Alps.... There is also a cross-country course and an Olympic size ice rink. Around the lake are great value hotels and restaurants, ski hire shops and delicatessens selling local and regional produce and there are some exclusive ski wear and clothes shops specializing in Moncler, Timberland and Geox. There are rarely long queues for the modern lift system, every one is very friendly and the instructors at the ski school are superb and really great value. (28 euro for private 1 on 1 lesson).

Prato Spilla is closer though is a much smaller resort with around 12km of runs which are less challenging than Cerreto but equally great value and very friendly. 15 euro day pass .

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Rates & Availability

From £139 Per night

Licciana Nardi House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
Jan 3 2015 - Jun 5 2015
5 night minimum stay
£975
 
 
Summer
Jun 6 2015 - Sep 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,175
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£975
 

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £150

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Amenities

Licciana Nardi House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 85 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Rustic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • You enter the house through the expertly crafted arched doorway. To your left is the spacious main bedroom with kingsize bed, traditional furniture and original features of the cantina stonework highlighted. This leads through to the ensuite with shower, wc, bidet and a stunning Carrara marble surface on the original pointed stone ledge. The front bedroom has spectacular views over the garden and on to the the chestnut forests beyond. Again there is a kingsize bed, reclaimed wooden shelf and reclaimed chestnut beams. A traditional wardrobe in the dressing area completes the luxury finish to the room. The ensuite has 2 large basins, Venetian mirrors, bidet and ample bath to soak in after a days skiing.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The local hand crafted kitchen has everything you need if you enjoy cooking (as we do) but also if you have kids and need a microwave and dishwasher (i really don't want to wash up on holiday !) . The lounge has those same views with a comfortable sofa bed and Sony HD TV with DVD player. This whole space has the original stone cleaned and re pointed up to shoulder height and the beautiful arched roof plastered in the traditional way. You exit the house onto the terrace through either the front bedroom or the living area. Here there is enough space to sit and enjoy breakfast taking in the tranquillity of the large garden area with endless chestnut covered hills across the valley.

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