HOUSE WITH STUNNING VIEWS IN THE TUSCAN MOUNTAINS

Keith Skerman

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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HOUSE WITH STUNNING VIEWS IN THE TUSCAN MOUNTAINS

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A self catering rental in a medieval village with 3 double bedrooms

An old house with all modern comforts in an ancient mountain village in Tuscany, Italy. Stunning views across the valley from the balcony. Enjoy the private courtyard for sunbathing or eating outside in the summer.

There are modernised 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry, kitchen and diner/lounge.

Try the local authentic Italian food and wine at the restaurant 30 metres away, and a choice of restaurants in surrounding villages and towns. Castles and valleys to explore by horse, foot or car. A swimming pool is available at a hotel in the next village.

Easy to reach by car from the airports at Genoa, Pisa, or Parma. It is within 40 minutes by car from the Tuscan beaches, or 'Cinque Terre' picturesque fishing villages, and 1.5 hours from the historic towns of Florence, Pisa, and Lucca. In the winter it is only 30 minutes from local ski resorts at 'Prato Spilla' and Cerrreto.

Location details: THe village has a carpark outside the main entrance, which does not allow vehicular access to the house. THe house is 400 metres from the carpark on a mainly level narrow street.

There are an 'agritourism' B&B in the village close to the house, called ' Casa Turchetti' will offer local meals by prior booking.

There is a river at the bottom of the valley via a path from near the village car park, with a pictureque mill, and deep pools which are ideal for swims in the summer.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
6 of us have just returned from a fabulous holiday here. The house is deceptively spacious but very comfortable and maintained to a high standard. The views are absoultely stunning. An artist would love to sit on the terrace and paint them. We BBQ'd most evenings as the weather was so good but we dined twice at the nearby Casa Turchetti. where we ate delicious traditonal italian dishes and were made very welcome. The hamlet is very small and quiet but interesting none the less. We travelled to Pisa, Lucca and did the boat trip to The Cinque Terre. All very enjoyable. We also made a trip up to the Ski slopes and stopped off in Crespiano on the way back for an excellent lunch in the Galetti resaturant. The largest town nearby is Aulla and has some very good supermarkets but there a small but very interesting and well stocked store in Licciana Nardi. Sadly didn't have enough time to explore as much as we would have liked but will definitely come back one day. We would highly recommend this house to anyone seeking a peaceful holiday, far from the madding crowd. "
Jun 2010
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Keith Skerman

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Speaks english, french, german, italian
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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4.2
based on 9 traveler reviews

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House with stunning views in the Tuscan mountains
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Comano Massa Carrara
Manchester, England
4

Tranquil paradise close to major attractions

  • 4 of 5
The property is located in a small hamlet with stunning views. It has been sympathetically restored, but contains all modern conveniences and is very well maintained. Although it is well off the beaten track, the property is within striking distance of many different attractions, whether it is walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside, opera in the open air at Lucca, the coastline around Lerici or the sights in Genoa, Parma or Pisa - the house is well situated for all. For those people wanting to abandon the car, there is a train service from Aulla approx. 20 mins away. A variety of restaurants can be found in the surrounding villages, but there is also a restaurant a matter of a few yards from the property. I would thoroughly recommend this property and will definitely be making a return visit.
  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This property is well placed for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits and wonderful scenery and is modern and comfortable in a old setting.
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House with stunning views in the Tuscan mountains
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Comano Massa Carrara
Cambridge
4

Beautiful setting; lovely views.

  • 4 of 5
This house is in a beautiful setting, in an area with much to see and do -- or you can just take it easy and look at the stars! The house is very well equipped and comfortable. It is attractively decorated and has lots of space for a family of 5. There are nice books and board games to enjoy. It has a friendly lived in feel to it. The best thing, though, has to be the view from the balcony.
In the area, we enjoyed visiting Bagnone and Filletto (medieval town and village), eating at Mountain Verde restaurant in Apella (just above Tavernelle), swimming in an Olympic size outdoor pool in Villefranche, eating at Beatrice (best pizza ever) in Monti, visiting Camano castle and walking up in the Appenines.
We will be going back!
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted the house and the locality proved to be such a hit with this family. The opportunties in the Lunigiana district to enjoy local restaurants, mountains, and historic places without the crowds or expense of more wellknown Tuscan destinations are a secret to be shared. This review was a summer break, we look forward to the local chestnut, wild mushrooms and wine festivals this autumn with availablity for late bookings.
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Comano Massa Carrara
5

Wonderful first visit to Tuscany

  • 5 of 5
A wonderful first visit to Tuscany. The view from the lounge balcony was simply breathtaking. The house was nestled in a small village, beautifully renovated sympathetic with its age. Having said that we were not sure of modern conveniences and creature comforts. The property was in good order, clean and well presented.

I am 84 years old and do have some mobility challenges. I didn't find either the walk (approx. 200 metres) to the house from the car park or the house itself presented me with any problems.

The house is well placed to visit many tourist attractions. Only 40 mins from the Lericia and the Cinqueterra. We took a boat trip and visited villages along the coast.

In addition, we were only an hour and quarter from Parma, Lucca and Pisa, all of which we visited. The churches and cathedrals were stunning and the leaning tower at night time unforgettable.

The walks in the vicinity look to be varied, my husband took a walk from the back of the village to the top of the local hill. It was quite strenuous, but I'm sure if my 87 year old husband can make it, most people will. The reward was stunning views of the local area.

My first and hopefully not my last visit to Canto di Maggio.

Thank you. I will definitely be recommending this to friends and family!
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cattagnano is a well placed Italian village for those who like the mountains, renaissance towns, and the coast in Tuscany/Liguria. So I am delighted it was such a good holiday for such a wonderful older couple with young at heart approach to life. We try to make sure the house is up to the best of standards for all those who stay.
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Comano Massa Carrara
4

A lovely relaxing break

  • 4 of 5
We spent a lovely lazy week here. the courtyard gets the sun for the majority of the day, and when it's gone it's perfect time for a beer on the still-sunny balcony. A really peaceful location with some nice walks in the area.
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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House with stunning views in the Tuscan mountains
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Comano Massa Carrara
5

Gorgeous cottage!

  • 5 of 5
What a gorgeous cottage! The owner has sympathetically renovated and restored this old cottage so that is has both modern luxury facilities and beautiful traditional features. It is spacious, clean, comfortable and welcoming - with an extensive collection of books! A very helpful and friendly local English-speaking man from the B+B in the village is on hand, not that we had any issues. The views from the balcony are absolutely stunning and we spent many an hour sitting there, admiring the views, with glasses of local vino. The medieval village was unlike anything I had ever seen before and it was wonderful to explore its narrow alleyways and tunnels. A truly spectacular spot! We would strongly recommend this cottage for an authentic, rural get-away! Many thanks!
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I am delighted this group enjoyed their time in the house that caught my imagination when I bought it 6 years ago. The Italian "borgo" or medaeval village in the mountains in the summer is a dream come true. Thanks.
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Comano Massa Carrara
Zichron Yaacov, Israel
1

Faulty electricity and mould on the walls

  • 1 of 5
It was a shame that a property with such great potential had not been properly maintained and that our holiday, for which this house, in a true medieval village, was to be a central feature, was seriously damaged because the lack of maintenance of this property left the house with a useless electrical system and thick mould on the walls of a bedroom and the kitchen, rendering the house uninhabitable. Upon our arrival, we had no electricity to any of the kitchen appliances, nor could we run the boiler for hot water or heaters or even certain lights without tripping off all the electricity to the whole house. I had brought with us meat and dairy products for what was to be a 5-night stay which I was unable to refrigerate at the house, nor was I able to cook dinner for our family on that cold, dark first night. We found thick mould on one bedroom wall and in the kitchen that I photographed for the owner and which indicated that the damp seeping into the house had not been properly treated; this was particularly disturbing with 2 asthmatic children. Needless to write, we could not stay in the house and we wasted half of our next day of holiday moving to other accommodation. While the owner agreed to pay for the other accommodation, we ended up having to stay in very dated rooms, with leaky showers above a bar on a main road in a neighboring village with no oven, washing machine, dishwasher, etc.; needless to write, not the accommodation nor amenities for which we had paid. When I asked the owner for some gesture of compensation for the first miserable cold night and for the fact that we did not get anything near to what he had advertised on this site and what we had paid for, he was unmoved and after one email saying he would pay only for our phone calls from Italy to the UK, he did not have the courtesy to answer any further emails.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the private owner I have offered regret and support for the problems that arose for this family in April 2011. However the account given is in part inaccurate and misleading as follows:
1) The property is an old stone built Italian house that was completely modernised 6 years ago. This included new electrical, plumbing etc systems. Therefore maintenance was not the cause of the problem on this occasion which was exceptional for reasons that were outside the owner’s control.
2) The loss of electricity in the house was due to external power supply problems that had not occurred before and have been rectified since. The owner arranged local tradepeople to check both immediately this family reported the problem, and since and they were unable to resolve it as the solution lay with the power company.
3) The background heating to keep damp in house was therefore not operating, due to a lack of power. A small amount of mould occurred in one bedroom as a result– it was not a maintenance issue.
4) The alternative accommodation arrangements were put in place by the family with local contracts the owner put them in touch with, also ensuring they incurred no additional expense for it. At no stage after they took up the alternative did they inform the owner of any concerns, who was therefore unable to deal with any issues arising.
5) The costs of these alternative arrangements were double the receipt from the family, so the complaint about reimbursement is unfounded. The owner exercised as much diligence as possible in what was an exceptional situation. There have been holiday lettings in this house for 5 years without this or anything similar occurring before.

It is of course a matter of regret that any problem arose, and future contingency plans are in place to ensure alternatives are of the same high quality as this house offers.
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Aulla
Nearest Motorway
13 Kilometres
Aulla
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Lerici
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Galleti
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Prata Spilla
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Casa Tutchetti
Car: necessary

Cattognano is a medieval village 'borgo', in the Lakes National park in the Tuscan mountains. Good for hillwalking, relaxing, sightseeing ancient castles overlooking the Taverone and Magra valleys in this region of Lunigiana.

Restaurants in nearby towns and villages are known for their authentic local Italian fare (including wild mushrooms and chestnuts in the autumn).

It is 40 minutes by car to beaches along the Tuscan coast at Massa, Carrera and Viareggio, and to picturesque fishing villages along the 'Cinque Terre' coast of Liguria. It is 40 munutes to the Carrera white marble quarries, & hotsprings at Equi Terme. There is Puccini opera in summer Pisa,Verdi in October Parma for music lovers

The historic renaissance cities of Florence, Pisa, Parma and Lucca are 1.5 hours drive away for sight seeing and shopping. There are ferries to Sardinia and Corsica from the nearby port of La Spezia

In the winter there is skiing at the resorts of 'Prato Spilla' and Cerreto' 30 minutes away

Ski: Cattognano is only 30 minutes by car to Prato Spilla, a local Italian ski resort with chair lift upto the pistes, and with instructors and equipment rental available. The house is also about 45 minutes away from Cerreto which is a larger ski resort than Prato Spilla, with a greater variety of pistes and facilities.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Comano House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
summer
May 31 2014 - Sep 12 2014
2 night minimum stay
£78
£550
 
 
autumn
Sep 13 2014 - Nov 14 2014
2 night minimum stay
£70
£450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £100
Notes A deposit of £100 per rental is needed to confirm the booking and full payment in advance will be required at least 4 weeks before start date. Bank transfers or cheques are acceptable. Winter availability is with a minimum of 4 weeks advance notice (for supplies of wood for the heating system and cleaners).
Additional fuel costs including wood pellets used for central heating are included in thew
To confirm a booking a £100 deposit is required. THe remaining balance due has to be paid at least 4 weeks in advance of the start date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Comano House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Parking On Street
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Pantry Items
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Bathrooms have marble tops on sink units and extensive modern tiling. Main bathroom has a hand held shower. En-suite bathroom has shower, and bidet. Towels and linen are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , en suite
  • Each bedroom has a double wardrobe, and bedside units. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have desks, and windows with views across the valley from the balconies. Bedroom 3 has French doors onto the courtyard and an en suite. All the bedrooms have original wood ceilings and Tuscan tiled floors. The bedrooms and bathroom are connected by an internal corridor to the porch. Linen, towels and cushions are provided.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • ruins
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
Notes:
Cleaners will come before after the rental period and the cost is included. Linen and towels are provided. A welcome pack of food will be available. All appliances and facilities are modern. There are plenty of books/novels and games in English. Local information and maps are available. There are CD and DVD players with a stock of English discs.The laundry room has a washing machine, tumble dryer, hand washbasin, iron and ironing board etc. The kitchen has a fan oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. There is a woodburner in the living room which runs the central heating for the cooler months. The courtyard/patio is enclosed and private with space for sunbathing, outside eating and a small barbecue. The lounge balcony has outside chairs and stunning views, and there is a small balcony attached to bedroom 2. The mezzanine above the bedroom 3 is private and unavailable.
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