PONTE DI CASTELVECCHIO HOLIDAY HOUSE CASA DELLE RONDINE IN CASTELVECCHIO

Mr Graham Bunten

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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PONTE DI CASTELVECCHIO HOLIDAY HOUSE CASA DELLE RONDINE IN CASTELVECCHIO

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Beautiful Tuscan village house with stunning view

Castelvecchio is an unspoilt medieval village in which Casa delle Rondine is to be found. It is a traditional village house, the front within the village yet the rear of the house is totally private. Beautifully restored and furnished with antiques, it provides accommodation for 6 - 7 people. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, recently fitted marble kitchen dining room . There is a beautiful large traditional stone terrace perfect for al fresco dining, extensive terraces with olive and fruit trees. Casa delle Rondine enjoys stunning panoramic views of the Tuscan hill villages of Stiappa and Pontito and the surrounding forested countryside. Parking is easy and access through out the village is by foot, three excellent restaurants can be reached within a ten minute drive, of which one can be walked to in ten minutes. It is most suitable for couples and families. Facilities include an excellent DVD & book collection,Casa Rondine is the perfect place to enjoy the real Tuscan

Castelvechio ammenities include Bar Marina, a short 3 minute walk from the house. The bar opens at 8am for capuccino and pastries and closes around midnight throughout the summer months. The bar provides light meals at very reasonable prices. Also they have a small grocery shop attached and although very little English is spoken, Riccardo the owners son is very patient and very willing to help.

This property can be booked with our other sister property 'Casa Della Torre' also in Castelvecchio , some 3 minutes walk away. This property is also a village house that can accomodate 4 people.

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

Mr Graham Bunten

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2011
Speaks french, german, italian, english
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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Ponte di Castelvecchio Pistoia Area
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TUSCAN HEAVEN

  • 5 of 5
Castelvecchio became home for our family and friends for two glorious weeks in July. It is an idyllic location; a hill-top village with breathtaking views, a refreshing contrast to life in a London suburb.

We couldn’t believe our luck. The house was beautifully presented, comfortable and well equipped in the Tuscan style.

After a warm welcome in the Bar Marina by Riccardo, Samuela and the rest of the family, our bags were delivered through the narrow lanes aboard the family Ape. Despite our very limited Italian the little village was forever welcoming - even the cats!

We tried all the local restaurants and they were all excellent in atmosphere, service and quality. Pescia market on a Saturday is a particular delight of colour and smell, while the restaurant in the old Flower Market was superb for lunch – busy with locals who know the best places to eat.

The information pack provided by the owner was comprehensive and the welcome basket was very much appreciated after a hot thirsty journey from the airport.

This is the perfect way to experience Tuscan life. It is very easy living; sunbathing, walking, making friends with the chickens, listening at night for the cinghiale snuffling in the woods and the fun of the occasional barbeque.

It is heaven on earth and we were sad to leave.
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Owner's Response: Caroline and family , a great big thank you for your kind words , we try to make our guests feel comfortable and to enjoy a stress free holiday. Internet is now available at the house for those who wish to keep in touch.
Once again thank you for your recommendation
Best wishes
Graham and Vanda
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Ponte di Castelvecchio holiday house Casa delle Rondine in Castelvecchio
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A WEEK IN AUGUST

  • 5 of 5
This amazing house offered us an unforgettable week of true relaxation and exuberance. Castelvecchio is very quiet and calm. Through its narrow stone-paths one discovers different views of the beautiful scenery.

The house boasts a rustic character, its stonework is authentic, the terracotta floors are magnificent as is the wooden beaming on the ceilings. Wooden furniture with marble tops, old-style yet comfortable beds along with careful lighting prove the owner's respect to local aesthetics and culture. More so when one can only admire the taxing, obviously arduous duty of keeping the character intact in a bathroom which must also offer all modern amenities. I loved the small windows here and there which negate the need to turn on any light during the day. If I was alone, I would sleep in the terrace bedroom with its exposed stonework and fancy bath.

The terrace is totally private, its view is superb. In fact, we spent most of our time out there and took some exceptional photos.

The welcome pack contained everything a late traveller could ask for, bread, olive oil, coffee, honey, pasta, biscuits, eggs in the fridge and of course a generous bottle of Tuscany house wine.

All the rooms were clean and prepared in a simple manner. We also found helpful instructions and suggestions from the owner. Where to go, what to see etc. I admit we wouldn't have visited Lucca if it weren't for Graham's suggestion. We are thankful for that, as Lucca is fabulous. We liked it so much, we went there twice eating our hearts out on the bicycles.

A gas fired cooker with top brass cookware is an amateur 'Chef's' paradise. We prepared some excellent meals in less than an hour. A wide variety of seasonings was also available.

Of course we visited other classic Tuscan destinations, Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano. If we were not so reluctant to leave the house, we would have visited Pisa or Viareggio. All these are close in a sense of a day's trip. But we preferred to indulge in the homey environment and meditate watching the view from the terrace instead.

All in all, a week was too little. We plan to go back. I imagine Easter or early spring would be fantastic. Meanwhile, this property, more of a home rather than a rented house, offers true Tuscany living experience. It feels like your own Tuscan house and the owner sees to that really hard. As such, and if your vacation is more that a swimming pool, this property cannot be recommended highly enough.
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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4 DAY SHORT BREAK

  • 5 of 5
This was my first visit to Tuscany and it will definitely not be my last. The house was beautiful with stunning views everywhere. The rooms were immaculate and the bed was so comfortable; the best sleep I’ve had in years! The large veranda was perfect for eating out and had exquisite views. The area was extremely safe and the locals very friendly. We used the local buses but a car would be advisable if you want to visit lots of places.
The only problem was having to leave. I would thoroughly recommend this property, you will not be disappointed.
  • Submitted: May 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Edinburgh Scotland
5

HOLIDAY 2010

  • 5 of 5
Spent 3 weeks in this beautiful villa in 2010. We were a group of 5 (2 adult and 3 teenagers) and were looking for a quiet spot which allowed easy access to Lucca and Florence. An easy drive from the village to Pescia gives fabulous access by car or train (we suggest the train - it is very affordable) to main cities in Tuscany and beyond.

The village is quiet and very friendly with a fair amount of local activities going on. The house was exactly as described with the terrace being a very special place for eating and general relaxation and with completely uninterrupted views.

On arrival the house was spotless and equipped with everything we could possible need. In the village itself there is a charming little cafe for breakfast and the occasional evening meal. They also stock your morning bread and some great local produce. Within a few minutes walk from the house there is a pizzeria restaurant serving take away as well as sit in food. A little further down the hill there is another super restaurant where you can eat in or out (maybe a 10-15 minutes walk).

If you like to get out and explore the area on foot then there are nearby villages which are worth the visit and maybe take anything from 30 mins to a couple of hour to walk there and back - stopping of course for the much needed cappuccino along the way. On our walks we stumbled across an outdoor art exhibition and a sculpture exhibition so worth the effort.

Whilst there is public transport to and from the village I would recommend travelling by car at least to and from the main town of Pescia. Maybe worth also noting that if planning to walk there is a fair amount of hills involved so perhaps not for anyone who needs help getting around.

if you feel like a day relaxing by a pool then there is a very nice country club as you enter Pescia which allow daily membership or weekly membership - again quite affordable.

All in all a lovely home from home and to be recommended for people looking for the authentic Italy but also wanting the benefits of being fairly close to some beautiful cities.
  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
PISA and Florence
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Pescia
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Chiesina Uzzanesa
Nearest Beach
55 Kilometres
Viareggio
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Bar Marina Castelvecchio
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Montecatini
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
La Pieve, Castelvecchio
Car: necessary

Casa delle Rondine is within an hour drive of Florence, Pisa and the famous seaside resort of Viareggio with its annual Puccini summer festival at Torre de Lago, a must for any opera fan. The beautiful walled city of Lucca is just over half an hour away. The hill village of Castlevechio, which form Casa delle Rondine is part of , the central village of ten picturesque hill villages which form the Dieci Castella. All now have UNESCO World Heritage Status and should be visited. Castelvecchio itself boasts the Dieci Castella's tenth century Romanesque 'cathedral' while the village's church sits above a recently discovered and restored crypt whose walls are covered with 16th century frescoes. Castelvecchio has three very good yet reasonably priced restaurants, a small shop, a post office and a bar with a view to die for. Walking within the village is a taking a step back in time with ancient fortified walls and breath taking views. Indeed walking anywhere in the Dieci Castella is highly recommended.

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Ponte di Castelvecchio House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jun 21 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
€1,200
 
 
mid season
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
€995
 
 
Low Season
Sep 27 2014 - Nov 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
€850
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €200.00
Payment of 25% due upon booking plus refundable deposit of €200. The balance to be paid 4 weeks prior to arrival date
Notes Please Note: The owner of this property accepts payment in the original currency specified (Euro), The conversion tool is provided for your convenience only. The owner may accept other currencies if specifically agreed in advance.
We will require a €200 returnable deposit in addition to the booking fee, to cover major breakages and for extra cleaning upon exit is excessive
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Amenities

Ponte di Castelvecchio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Telescope
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tiled Stove
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Heating ...
Kitchen:
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Family bathroom has recently been fitted to a high standard, terrace ensuite bathroom has also recently been fitted and has a music facility. With central heating radiator
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , first floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , first floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , top floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , terrace bedroom
  • Large bedrooms, two with spectacular views, antique wardrobe and fitted wardrobe and antique furniture. All rooms are equipped with central heating having one or two radiators in each.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 7 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • tennis
Notes:
There are tables and chairs for terrace alfresco dinning for 12 people For the colder months, a wood fired ,central heating radiator system has recently been installed which now makes it very comfortaable.
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