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Beautifully restored in typical Tuscan style

Mr Hugh Bird

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Mr Hugh Bird

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Speaks: english, italian
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Beautifully restored in typical Tuscan style

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Pescaglia House Rental Photos and Description

A 2 bed cottage in the hills above Pescaglia, with fabulous views.

The house is situated just above the village of Pescaglia, and enjoys fabulous views down through the Pescaglia valley, towards Lucca and beyond. Pisa airport is just over an hour away, Lucca (the walled city) is about 30 minutes, Florence just over an hour away, with many other famous towns within easy reach.

Barga, the famous hilltop town is well worth a visit, with stunning views, charming streets and ancient cathedral. Montecatini, one of the more famous spa towns is also well worth a visit, and perhaps after sampling the thermal baths, a trip to the old town up on the hill for your evening meal....magnificent! Lucca just has to be visited, mostly free of traffic because of the city walls, it is very enjoyable to explore on foot, with so much to see, many churches, the Roman Anfiteatro, and many piazzas, with cafes and restaurants and galore. The top of the walls can be cycled around, we took our own picnic, and stopped half way....very pleasant. (cycle hire in Lucca)

Passo a Sella is an old farm house, set in the hills just North of Lucca. It has been restored in typical Tuscan fashion. There is a large terrace area to enjoy the fabulous vista, whilst dining, or just sipping your prosecco and relaxing. The house sleeps four people, in one double bedded room and one twin bedded room. The living room has a fire place for the cooler autumn evenings.

The front door opens onto the large terrace which catches the sun for most of the day during the summer. The house is well situated for walking, perhaps taking a hike, to build the appetite ready for the evening feasts. The bathroom has a large shower, wash basin, toilet and bidet. There is another toilet and shower area, useable in the warmer months, in the outhouse. The kitchen is well equipped for self catering with all the usual necessities. The worktop is a pink Sardinian granite, the doors are chestnut (castagne), of which there are many in the woods.

The pool is an above ground type, approx 12ft across, and 3.5 ft deep.

The nearest village, Pescaglia, is about 8 minutes in the car. It has a shop, a cafe, and many churches. There are many restaurants dotted around the hillside, all offering a gastronomic feast. The nearest restaurant from the house is about 2 minutes away, this is also a small shop that always seems to be very well stocked with fresh produce. The Italians are fanatical about their food!

San Gimignano and Siena are within easy reach, as is Bagni di Lucca, another famous spa town. The beaches are easily reached in about 50 minutes, with Carrara the backdrop to the coast.....a fantastic vista. Viareggio and Camaiore are the closest beach resorts, very popular with the Italians through the summer (Carrara, of course the home to the Carrara marble industry).

There are many other towns and villages which all have their own quaint charms, and awaiting your exploration. The area is just saturated in 'history'.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mr Hugh Bird (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent two weeks in this comfortable house. There is a small, cozy livingroom and a spacious kitchen with everything you need for cooking; also two bedrooms with good beds. We were surprised to find a lot of clean towels in de bathroom and our beds made up, so no need to use our own sheets.

From the large courtyard you look over the trees into the valley; at night you see the lights of Lucca. If the sun shines hot , the pool is large enough for a cool bath.

The location of the house is, although just below the road, rather isolated. Pescaglia offers nothing to see. Lucca is a 35 minutes drive, the supermarket 25 minutes. Tip 1: if you like to go to Florence, take the train, free parking in Lucca at the backside of the station. Tip 2: don’t miss a diner at restaurant La Fonte, 5 minutes under Pescaglia; after you have tasted the excellent housewine, it is a real sensation to drive the meandering road up to the house…

If you like touristic entertainment in the immidiate vicinity, go elsewhere. If you are looking for rest and privacy, this is a top location, with a good price - quality ratio.



September 2012

Niels K. & Markus V.

The Netherlands
Sep 2012
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Reviews

4.6
based on 14 traveler reviews

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Beautifully restored in typical Tuscan style
average rating of 4.642857 based on 15 reviews
4

Relax heaven!

  • 4 of 5

We (2 friends) stayed here to relax and leave all the stress behind – and sure thing this can be done!! The house is super remote (I would not want to stay there alone) with just bird song and bees by day, and owls, bats and fireflies at night. Just heaven to be on the terrace and stare into beauty.

You have to love driving, as it is very remote in winding roads. Sat nav is def helpful there, though the descriptions from Hugh for all are very good and clear.

The bathroom was also good condition – clean and useful with super hot water.

As we stayed quite early in the year, the house was still a bit in its winter sleep I think. It would need to warm up for summer as it smelt a little damp still. Though we had fresh picked flowers all over the house, so no problem at all. Same for the pool, it was not working which we got advised before arrival (would have been too cold to go in anyway)

On the plus, this time of the year were not many tourists around. We did a lot of driving, discovering and laying in the sun which was just perfect.

I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a remote place to stay. It is very peaceful and simple. While writing this I am already dreaming of going back!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your review but would like to add, that although the house is out in the country......there are restaurants within a 3 to 4 minute drive, and that Lucca (the famous walled town) is 35 minutes away. Other villages being much closer. The review almost makes it sound tooooo remote. But that is the beauty of the area, it is quiet, yet has good access to amenities, such as restaurants and shops. Many thanks
5

Wonderful getaway in great location

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a week in this lovely cottage in August 2014 finding everything we needed and great views! The house is well-located for Lucca, Pisa (an easy drive) and Florence (go by train from Lucca) as well as for the impressive marble mines and the Garfagnana. There is plenty to be explored if you like driving! It was great to have a small clean pool and the kids spent plenty of time in there. The house is located quite high up in the hills and this provided a welcome respite from the heat of the cities - lovely and warm but not stifling. Perhaps the only downside is the long and winding road up to the house; however, you soon get used to that and know every bend well! All in all, lovely house, great location, helpful owners; highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would like to thank Anna and family for their review. It is always good to know that someone has enjoyed the house and the appreciated the area.
5

Quiet, secluded, spectacular views.

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our one week stay at this exquisite Tuscan home which sits atop a mountain and commands incredible views of the valleys below. We enjoyed breakfasts on the veranda with the aforementioned views and enjoyed dinner at local restaurants the best of which was La Fonta, just a few minutes away. The location afforded us easy day trips to Lucca, Pisa, Florence, and the gorgeous hiking trails of Cinque Terra. We also hiked in the Apennine Alps and Apuane Alps and had very good fly fishing for trout with a local guide. We almost hated to leave the property, however, since it was so comfortable and clean with nearly perfect quiet and solitude. I have and will continue to recommend this property to friends considering a Tuscan holiday.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Wunderschöner und erholsamer Urlaub

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren in diesem Jahr zum ersten Mal in Italien und hatten eine wunderschöne Zeit auf einem wunderschönen Fleckchen Erde. Das Haus, die Terrasse und der Pool waren perfekt. Wir konnten hier richtig gut ausspannen. Alles war es wie es in der Beschreibung stand und wir waren sehr zufrieden. Die Lage des Hauses ist sehr schön und der Blick ins Tal fantastisch. Die Umgebung ist sehr ruhig, was zum Entspannen super ist. Wir verbrachten viele schöne Abende auf der Terrasse und konnten dabei im Tal die funkelnden Lichter der Stadt beobachten, einfach schön. Die Hinweise, die der Besitzer zum Haus gegeben hat, waren sehr hilfreich und machten es sehr leicht schöne Orte für Besichtigungen und sehr gute Restaurants zu finden. Die Besuche toskanischer Städte haben wir sehr genossen. Lucca, die Stadt, die vom Haus aus am schnellsten zu erreichen ist, hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Man kann sehr schön bummeln, das Flair genießen und auf der Stadtmauer spazieren. Siena hat uns auch sehr gut gefallen und wir können einen Ausflug dahin nur empfehlen, die schönen Gassen, der Piazza del Campo, wirklich sehenswert. Für uns ein absolutes Muss ist San Gimignano, das man, wenn man Zeit hat, auf dem Weg nach Siena besichtigen kann. Ein wunderschönes historisches Bergdorf. Florenz ist natürlich auch ein Muss, wenn man die Toskana besucht. Auch diesen Ausflug haben wir sehr genossen. Wenn Sie charmante Bergdörfer mit weniger Touristen mögen, müssen Sie unbedingt Barga besuchen. Dort können Sie wunderschöne Aussichten und ein schönes Flair genießen. Auch das Restaurant, in dem wir gegessen haben, war sehr gut.

Alles in allem hatten wir einen wunderbaren und erholsamen Urlaub. Die Toskana hat uns sehr fasziniert und uns hat es an nichts gefehlt. Das Haus ist wunderschön! Wir können es sehr empfehlen und würden es auch wieder wählen!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
4

somewhere in the middel of nowhere

  • 4 of 5

We arrived on a sunday and found a peaceful, quiet place a few kilometers above Pescaglia. The view was magnificent, the house was great and well equiped for the days we stayed here. We where there with a full moon and the bats where flying in front of it. I thought it was a pricture from a fairytail.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We especially like dining on the terrace, and enjoying the views while sipping our wine. The night time views are just as spectacular, with all the lights twinkling in the valley below, and especially at firefly time, when the forest is aglow with "fairy lights". One of Natures fantastic sights!
5

Passo a Sella - A Tuscany Hillside

  • 5 of 5

Family of three adults - August 2011

We stayed at Passo a Sella for a week, midway through our driving holiday in Europe. It made a nice change from a different hotel every night and was a good base for enjoying the Tuscany region. The house surpassed all our hopes and expectations as it was fully equipped with everything required for our stay and has incredible views over the valley. One of the outstanding features was the spacious terrace, which is totally private and cannot be overlooked from any direction. Breakfasts on the terrace and evening barbeques were some of the highlights of our stay. The whole property was clean and in excellent condition. The owner was very helpful and gave a lot of useful information prior to our visit. The only slight negative is the steep slope from the car parking area to the house, for carrying luggage back up to the car at the end of our stay but that was definitely outweighed by all the positives about the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Diecimo
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
55 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Cammaiore
Car: necessary

Local activities include cycling, walking, swimming and fishing. Fishing guides are available. There are many very pleasant walks through the woods. A fifteen minute walk also takes you down to the nearest bar/restaurant/shop, although it is uphill on your return. The local restaurants are a delight! There are many within an easy drive, all serving very good local fare. To dine out is a real pleasure, and will not cost a fortune! There are many towns and villages within easy reach of the house, Lucca, Florence, Barga, & Bagni di Lucca to name a few, all with their own character and steeped in history. We are able to arrange walking tours of Florence and Pisa. Please contact the owners for more details.

For those of you interested in classical music.....Lucca and the surrounding area was home to the Puccini family. During the summer months, there are outdoor music festivals in Lucca and at Torre del Lago. We especially enjoy visiting in June, when the fireflies are at their best, on a nice warm evening.

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Rates & Availability

From £100 Per night

Pescaglia House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
summer
May 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
£100
£575
£2,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£100
£575
£2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £150
Notes Prices are as follows; May through to the end of October 2015 the weekly rate is £575.00 or 750 euros. Extra days can be added at £100.00 or 120 euros per day, but the minimum stay is for 4days. The deposit has to be paid along with the initial 25%, as we do not have the facility to collect on arrival. But it is returned after your stay, subject to all being well at the property. (In the 10 years since we have had the property, at no time have we had reason to make any deductions)

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Amenities

Pescaglia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • the main 'bathroom' has a shower, toilet, bidet, and wash basin. Second shower room has a shower, toilet and wash basin.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The bedrooms are traditionally Tuscan with terracotta floors, and have plenty of storage space. The windows overlook the terrace, also enjoying the fantastic views. Cots for babies are available on request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
Notes:
The facilities available allow you to self-cater with ease. The kitchen is well equipped, and a lunch on the terrace sipping an ice cold prosecco, gazing at the views just has to be had. For the evening meals we enjoy eating out at the local restaurants, of which there are many......and a sumptious meal for 4 will not break the bank! In one particular favourite of ours, we often have 2 or 3 courses plus wine, coffees and local liquers for around 40 euros for 4 people. The house has central heating for the cooler spring and autumn evenings, also a wood burning stove in the living room.....very cosy on a cold night! The swimming pool is a 'splash' pool, but very nice to cool off in, in the very hot summer weather. The outdoor furniture consists of table and chairs for 4 people, also 4 sunbeds.

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