About the property
- House1076 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
A Charming 10th Century House in Tuscany
This lovely stone cottage is situated on the edge of a sparsely populated hilltop village, 450m above sea-level, on the hills leading up to the Apuane mountains.
A truly peaceful place with a charming, sunny garden which looks out over a natural panorama that extends over woods and fields far into the distance.
The house is on 2 floors: Arriving on the terrace in front of the house the traditional Italian pizza oven and barbecue is on your right. The front door opens to reveal a large sunny living room with log fireplace, sofa, chairs, and dining area. This leads through to the well equipped kitchen which in turn takes you outside to a table under a pergola, and the pretty garden which is scented by roses, and lavender and stocked with a variety of herbs, salad and vegetables. Then there is the little olive grove which is also part of this enchanting and historic property.
From the living room a short flight of stone stairs take you up to the 2 bedrooms. Each double room, painted in warm lime-wash colours, has its own bathroom, and beautiful views for you to enjoy. A third bed can be added on request.
Car parking is on a quiet country lane, 3 minutes walk from the house. The nearest café, shop and excellent restaurant is 1km away. Farm shops in Gombitelli, just 3km away, sell local farm products such as cheese, olive oil and ham.
Guided mountain walks of varying degrees of difficulty are available, as well as help choosing daily activities: Pisa(40km), Pietrasanta, Cararra, Lucca (18km), Pistoia and Florence are all within reach, as are the golden sandy beaches of Versilia (25km) and the delightful Cinque Terre.
The surroundings of Fibbiano:
From the house you can follow any of several footpaths for lovely short walks through
the olives groves or along woodland paths. For longer walks you can follow the hill paths that originally connected the local villages prior to the road. These ancient paths wind through the Camaiore area, and cover a total of around 30 kilometres. They remain far removed from the main
road and are well kept by the council: they are a true local treasure. These paths offer spectacular views towards the sea. On a clear day visibility extends to the islands of Elba and Giglio, the Gulf of Porto Venere and sometimes even France.
Guided mountain walks of varying degrees of difficulty are available.
People who love mountain trekking will be happy to know that Fibbiano is just 100m from the stunning Alpi Apuane Park. Following the trails you can reach its peaks. Excursions can last from two hours to ten hours or more.
Fibbiano is just 25 minutes from the coast, and the long sandy beaches of Viareggio.
It is a one hour drive to Porto Venere or Lerici. Lucca is 25 min. away.
This ancient town known for the amazing architecture of its Roman
walls, beautiful churches, the Amphi theater, streets full of lovely
shops, not to mention the art, the culture, Lucca comics or the summer music festival (both of international fame).
Pisa is 45 km away and Florence 60km.
English, German, Italian and French spoken by the owner.
Balthasar and Sarah
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- May 21, 2018
About Balthasar and Sarah
I, Balthasar, am originally from Zurich, but have lived in Italy for many many years now. A cabinet maker by trade I have a workshop in Camaiore. I love walking in the mountains, and cooking Italian food. My English friend Sarah, who lives on an organic farm nearby, helps me with the rentals by answering emails and the phone.
Balthasar and Sarah purchased this House in 2013
Why Balthasar and Sarah chose Camaiore
This is a property full of character, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. It has been inhabited since the middle ages, and there is a reason for this. The village is incredibly historic, full of winding alley ways and completely free of cars. The surrounding vine-yards and olive groves are tended with love by the locals. The house and garden are delightful. A poetic place to relax and recharge.
What makes this House unique
Sitting with friends or family under the pergola with a glass of excellent wine and experiencing the total calm of the place whilst the sun sets over the olive groves below is an experience not to be missed. This ancient stone house must have many happy stories to tell of the people who have lived here over the centuries. This is what you sense about the house: harmony, peace and history. It is people friendly. The area has an incredible set of resources, in a short time, after walking out of the front door, you can be either lying on a sunny beach, shopping for designer clothes, about to dive into a rock pool of crystal clear mountain water, or visiting a museum or gallery of mind blowing Renaissance art works. I am nearby and always available for advice on places to visit or local restaurants to eat in, that perhaps are not in most tourist guide books.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 9:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Magical (with the right expectations)
My wife, myself and my two young daughters (6 and 3) stayed here for a month. We absolutely loved it and would love to stay in this exact spot again some day. However, we knew ahead of time what we wanted and I feel it's helpful to describe to other potential guests what to expect.
The cottage is located in a hillside "village". The village is really more like a neighborhood. Maybe 50 homes and about 10-15 minute drive (depending on your bravery and driving ability) down a narrow twisty mountain road to the nearest small town where there is a grocery store (Simply Market) and a few restaurants (and a great gelato place: Sylvia's). There are other cottages attached to this cottage and next door. However, the way it is situated when you sit int the backyard you do have a lot of peace and quiet. We loved walking the cobblestone street to take out the trash and saying hello to our neighbors (mostly older Italian men and women).
The view and solitude were amazing. It was magical to wake up and throw up open the windows and look over the village (with bright flowers in bloom, terra cotta roofs and a church bell tower peaking up in the distance). Then we'd go downstairs open the windows, cook breakfast and eat outside staring at the surrounding steep hills covered with trees. Later we'd sit in the shade of the olive trees and read.
But you are about 30-40 minutes from the nearest big town: Lucca. About 1 hour from Pisa and about 1.5 hours from Florence. If you want do a bunch of sight seeing this is not your place. If you want to relax in the Italian country side and do hiking (there are several hikes nearby, and the drive itself is wonderful) this is a great place. You'll need to cook your own meals unless you love driving.
My older daughter is allergic to mosquitoes so we try to be extra careful. Unfortunately they are really attracted to her. She probably got bit 40-50 times while we there despite our precautions. However I only got a bit a single time during the month. There is mosquito repellant provided.
The cottage also does heat up. We were sweating at night (but didn't open the windows at night because of the mosquitoes). However, with same fans and some cool showers before bed we managed. We are an easy going family and this wouldn't prevent us from going back, but if you are really sensitive to heat or are only used to air conditioning this might not work for you.
We loved this place and exceeded all our expectations.
Thank you for your nice review. Just to clarify a couple of things: we have of course stated in the house description as acurately as possible the type of house, and its surroundings, so would expect everyone who books to be as prepared as you were, given that they will have exactly the information you yourselves had.
This year we have had a heat wave and it is very unusual for the weather to be as hot or as dry for as long as it has, in this part of Italy.
If you had mentioned your child's allergy to mosquitos, or your discomfort in the nights, before or during your stay, we may have been able to offer a solution of some kind. We want all our guests to have their dream holiday in a place that is right for them, and hope that we are completely honest about what we are offering.
Tranquil home in nature
Wonderful place to stay in the Tuscan hills. There are so many lovely places to visit nearby. But best of all was spending time in the garden under the olive trees and enjoying the views. The house is very comfortable, simply and beautifully furnished. We enjoyed listening to Balthasar's wide cd collection! Balthasar very friendly & helpful with lots of suggestions. We hope to return!
Schon zum zweiten Mal haben wir hier in Fibbiano sehr entspannte Ferientage verbracht. In diesem mit viel Liebe zum Detail und Stil eingerichteten Haus fühlt man sich vom ersten Moment an wohl. Und hat dank der Ausstattung mit wundervoller CD-Sammlung, Klavier und schönem Geschirr eher den Eindruck, in einem Privathaus zu sein, denn in einem Ferienhaus. Unübertroffen auch die mit Olivenbäumen, Rosmarin und Lavendel bestückte Terrasse, von der aus sich der Blick sanfte Hügelketten bin hinunter nach Camaiore und Viareggio erstreckt. Eine Ruheinsel der Extraklasse - zumal das kleine Dorf, in dem das Haus steht, sehr urig, still und autofrei ist.
Wer freilich nach turbulentem italienischen Dorfleben sucht, hat es hier schwer: in Fibbiano gibt es weder Läden, Restaurants noch Cafés. Erst in etwa 1 Kilometer Entfernung, in Castello, ist die nächste (übrigens fantastische) Einkehrgelegenheit. Der nächste Supermarkt liegt ca. 15 Minuten Autofahrt entfernt, das Meer (Viareggio) ca. 40 Min. Wer allerdings Ruhe, Abgeschiedenheit und Idylle sucht und die Seele mal ordentlich baumeln lassen möchte, wird schwer Besseres finden ... Ach ja, habe ich den Pizzaofen vor dem Haus schon erwähnt? Allein er wäre schon fast die Reise wert!
Wie schön, Balthasar, dass du so einen wundervollen Ort geschaffen hast!
Charmante maison dans un village pittoresque
Nous avons apprécié l'accueil de Balthasar dans son gîte situé dans un village ancien où l'on circule à pied par des ruelles étroites. Le gîte est très agréable, la déco sobre et respectueuse du lieu. La terrasse et le jardin sont charmants.
charmante maison dans un cadre merveilleux
Très jolie et authentique maison, charmante propre et bien équipée. accueil très convivial par le propriétaire attentionné et éminemment sympathique tout le long du séjour. Environnement préservé et panorama exceptionnel, dans une nature intacte . Ballet de lucioles la nuit, abeilles, lavandes, oliviers ... Très bon conseils et adresses de la part de Balthazar pour goûter à la gastronomie italienne, se balader ou se baigner tranquillement. Très jolies balades en forêt . séjour de 3 semaines en juillet 2014, disques et livres pour les quelques jours d'orage et goûter le bruit de la pluie ... Très belles vacances.
The house is truly perfect for enjoying nature and recharging away from other people but Lucca is the nearest historic town, with a city wall that you can cycle around on top of (bikes on hire there). Most shops and places there are open on Sundays too. There are some beautiful churches and art works to see, but there are also lovely patisseries and coffee shops. The summer brings a fantastic music feastival, and the autumn the famous Lucca Comics event. The area of Camaiore is amazing to live in because it has mountians and coast to choose from...nature parks or fashionable shops and restaurants. The coast line offers different types of sandy beach experiences. There are 'free' beaches including a long sandy section which goes from Viareggio to the Serchio estuary, here you have to walk a few minutes from the car before you can lay out your towel and picnic then dive into the foaming waves. Then there are the liberty Viareggio beaches, with parking, umbrellas and deck chairs that you hire. As the coast moves up through Lido di Camaiore to Pietrasanta the style of the beaches change and they become more luxurious, until you reach Forte dei Marmi the most expensive of Versilia beaches, if you like that kind of thing. Fish restaurants abound as do restaurants in general along the coast in an area that is traditionally an Italian holiday spot. It is also possible to go down to the port and buy fresh fish off the fishing boats in the morning. Torre del Lago offers an open air opera season in the summer. Trekking in the mountains is a fantastic experience for adults and children alike. It is possible to see amazing wild flowers, animals and birds, and pick wild raspberries and blueberries depending on the season. There are several long, deep, caves that are visitable with incredible stalactites and stalagmites...a welcome walk into the coolness and on a hot August day you need to wear a good jumper down there! The marble quarries of Carrara are an impressive and fascinating place to visit, especially at sunset when the white walls of the quarries (where Michealangelo came to choose the marble for his famous sculpture of David) are coloured by the reds and oranges of the fading sun. Guided walks and maps are both available. Streams that come out of the mountains gush down the hills to form waterfalls and rock pools of icy but exhillarating water to dip into. The Tadpoles and tiny frogs delight children, in places that tourists do not often know about. There is a fantastic adventure park for kids (and adults) in Garfagnana with zip wire routes running high up through the trees. This would be a whole day trip, as it is more than an hours drive away. Cinque Terre is also easily reachable for a day trip walking along the famous rocky coastal paths to tiny fishing villages. Florence and Pisa are of course just a short drive or train journey away for an incredible renaissance historical experience. But as I said in the begining the house is really perfect for chilling out in peace and quiet with the people you love to be with.
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The village was built before cars were invented so car parking is 2 minutes walk from the house, on a country lane. Access to the house is by foot along lovely cobbled alleys and stone steps.