3 en-suite bedrooms, spacious patio and terrace, garden and woodland
- english, italian
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A Respite In Time
An extraordinary place, allowing a quiet freedom to be immersed in the power of nature, in both sight and thought. Surrounded by history in an ancient land , this comfortable house looks over a medieval church ,valleys and mountains, a respite from a hectic world. It is well furnished and cared for, and very much appreciated by us. Thank you Meryl
Sandra and Johnpaul
A joy for the heart and soul
The photos do not do it justice. It is a way off the beaten track but the peace, quiet and views are stupendous.
Everything needed was provided and the owner made sure our stay was everything we hoped for and more.
We will certainly return if and when we can.
A house in the mountains
We arrived a little early; Meryl had been gardening. My first words to her, after how do you do, were 'The photographs don't do this place justice'--and they don't. If you know Italy and the light in the mountains in the early morning, in the brightness of the day, and in the glorious evening, you know how exquisite it is to sit and watch the play of light and cloud across the landscape, and to see the lights of the village across the valley coming on. And behind you, as you sit on the terrace, is a charming, comfortable and thoroughly welcoming house. Yes, the approach roads are rather exciting, and those who live in the mountains tend to drive as if no-one else ever uses the road (but they do, of course) but you get used to it and come to see it all as part of a holiday the memories of which will last and last as a time of special beauty. So: house great--charming, well-kept, well-organised: host kind and helpful, all together, who ever really wants to go home?
Fabulous mountain retreat
Thoroughly enjoyed our week at this villa. The peace, tranquility and unspoilt views are amazing. The accommodation is first class and made beautiful by the personal touches and homely feel not often found in rented villas. Meryl could not have been more helpful and had very kindly provided us with suggested hikes within the area. We really hope we get the opportunity to stay here again in the future and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to escape and relax.
If you like both nature and comfort.
Although through the years we have been spoilt by many beautiful houses, this one left us speechless when we arrived: the view is absolutely stunning. Furthermore you have 100% privacy (no neighbours, no noise, no traffic), and the house itself offers all the comfort and charm of a luxurious home that looks (and in fact mostly is) brand new. Add a warm welcome from Meryl, the owner of the house, and we think this is the ideal holiday home in the Garfagnana valley. The description, pictures and previous reviews on the site speak for themselves, and match our experience.
What we particularly liked was the fact that you could do walks straight from your house. For instance you can hike through the woods to Sillico (to get a coffee in the morning) or stroll in 5 minutes to a rocky viewpoint overlooking the whole valley.
The terrace is very spacious and wraps all around the house, so you always have a place to sit in the sun or in the shade. The absence of street noise and only the sound of the birds made it a place to truly wind down and relax. We saw a deer, a porcupine, fire flies, lots of lizards, birds of prey and even sometimes a human being.
By car it is a 20 min. drive to Pieve Fosciana to do your shopping (or eat at Il Pozzo!). The mountain road to the house is sometimes narrow and winding, but not dangerous and in good condition. Very worthwhile to visit is Lucca, San Pellegrino, a National Park, or a drive straight through the mountains to Massa.
Meryl, thank you for the great stay at your house, and we hope to return soon.
Essence of Toscana
1) Very friendly, attentive and intelligent landlord.
2) The house is located in best place of the valley.
3) It is the best place to drink morning coffee. View from the house is beautiful. Possibilities to enjoy this view are perfect from early morning to night during any weather conditions.
4) Absolutely silent and peaceful place. Only few cars in whole day.
5) Completely safe place.
6) The house is cosy, clean, comfortable and fully fitted for all needs.
7) Good start position to travel around by car or on foot.
Conclusion: strong recommendation for any kind of tourists.
In the Apennines of Northern Tuscany, in the Province of Lucca, the Rustico dell'Eremo is an enchanting, fully-renovated mountain villa at 2,800 feet, overlooking the spectacular Garfagnana Valley and enjoying breathtaking views of the Apuan Alps.
Ideal for walkers, it offers the opportunity to walk in one of the loveliest areas of Italy, in both the Apennines and the Apuans, visiting medieval hamlets, hermitages, castles, Michelangelo's marble quarries and limestone caves and following ancient pilgrim routes, as well as wandering through Lucca, Pisa, Barga and Florence.
The Grotta del Vento, the Orrido di Botri and the ghostly flooded village of Vagli are all within easy travelling distance.