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17th C Tuscan Villa With Mountain Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

Casa Ceru has been lovingly restored (by it's current owners) to it's gentrified roots (using antique materials, hand-made cotto floors and beamed ceilings) whilst offering the utmost tranquility for those seeking total relaxation in one of two terraces overwhelmed by the surrounding trees and flowers and spectacular view. The interior of Casa Ceru has been spectacularly refurbished with a mix of eclectic taste, fine antiques, local arts and crafts and a dash of modernity. The overall design combines Old World Tuscany with modern luxuries and sublime comfort, leaving one to experience a special holiday in Tuscany.

Some Highlights:

- House is located on a marked mountain hiking path

- Location--close to Lucca, beaches and important historical cities

- Sleeps 4 very comfortably

- Two terraces

- Private garden

- All modern fixtures and facilities

- High quality linens and towels

- High quality mattresses

- Free WiFi

- Free Satellite TV

- Friendly village

- High quality interior furniture and fittings

The house sits perched on the side of a mountain with the most breathtaking views surrounded by dense forests. We are a three minute walk to the Village Bar, where again the views are breathtaking. Adjacent to the bar is an Alimentari (a small grocers shop) should you need a loaf of bread or milk in a pinch. We are a short drive ( 4/5 km) to some fabulous restaurants, some notably part of the Slow Food Movement. Hiking and country walking routes begin just outside our door. During the autumn harvest, there are plenty of towns that offer food festivals promoting local produce including cheeses, meats (wild boar) and wines. The Garfagnana produces spelt, chestnut and the woods behind Cardoso has some of the best mushroom picking in the region. There are scores of beaches to visit along the Versilian coast (the Riviera) where you pay daily for a chair and umbrella. Should you venture out to Forte dei Marmi --try a Wednesday, the market day. The seafood meals are fresh and delicious. Should you wish to stay within the environs of Lucca, there are villas, gardens, the Puccini Festival, held every July/August as well as Casa di Puccini and let's not forget antiquing. Lucca is well known for their antique shops and quality of goods. Lucca holds an antique fair every third weekend of the month. The walls around the old town remained intact and remain a pedestrian promenade which give way to a nightly 'passeggiata.'

More Details

M. Patrick
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 26, 2017

About M. Patrick


M. Patrick purchased this house in 2005

Why M. Patrick chose Cardoso

After visiting Tuscany for many years, Lucca in particular, we fell in love with all things Luccese; the history, the art and the people. The mountains, medieval villages, winding roads and dreamlike landscapes drew us to the northern region of La Garfagnana. The area is magical with it's breath taking views, fresh air and wonderful food. The hamlet in which the house is located is private and yet still very much part of the Village life


Cardoso House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • the bathroom has mountain views and feels spacious. The shower with glass/stone tile and a bespoke stone console add to the bathroom's clean and modern lines.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , mountain and valley views
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • the master bedroom has intoxicating views to the valley.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
luxury accommodation.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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17th C Tuscan Villa With Mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

A very peaceful place in a stunning surrounding

  • 5 of 5

Cardoso 2016. We (family with two kinds) will remember our stay here for a long time.

The house Casa Ceru is a truly beautiful house with a little castle feel! The interiour is beautifully decorated and is very spacious. I really loved the well equiped kitchen to prepare all the delicious Tuscan food. Most of the time we spend on the gardenterrace. The view over the green valley is great, both during the day and late at night under the bright stars. We did some long trekkings, one starts just behind the house. There is a nice little river down the valley, where we had some refreshing moments (ideal for little children to play in the water).

We went to Lucca, Florence and Pisa, all within easy reach and we went to the sea and we certainly recommend the mountainroad from Garfagnana, with some breathtaking mountains (also very nice to do some trekking here!). Cardoso is also very close to Barga, a really nice little town with several good restaurants to enjoy a relaxing evening. Angela, thank you very much for the beautiful house and especially for your good care and information beforehand. It made us feel at home even before we arrived!

All the best, Marc

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marc, You're most welcome. It is with great pleasure we welcomed you and your family and thrilled to hear you enjoyed the house as it was intended with the bonus of being located on such a beautiful valley. Making it so peaceful and serene. All the best to and yours.
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Wunderschönes Haus in toller (sehr einsamer) Lage

  • 5 of 5

Das Haus ist fantastisch eingerichtet, super toll restauriert und sehr sauber!

Wir wussten dass wir recht einsam liegen, wollten das auch, im Urlaub war es dann aber mit 3 Kindern doch ein wenig zu weit weg vom Meer... aber alles drumherum war wirklich toll! Die Restaurant Tipps waren super, ganz besonders der Italiener unten im Naturreservat!

Ganz besonderen Dank auch noch mal an die Vermieter, ein sehr netter Kontakt! Danke, Angela!!!

Ich kann es nur wiederholen: wunderschönes Haus in einsamer, toller Berglage! Die Bilder des Hauses sind schon eindrucksvoll, das Haus selber übertrifft es noch!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled when our guests enjoy the views, scenery and location; it's a special corner of Tuscany.
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

When we first opened our eyes and looked out the window of the bedroom we could not believe . . . the view which was spectacular, and the finishes throughout extremely well chosen. The Villa was clean, and quiet, and so comfortable making it difficult to leave and visit the numerous attractions, go shopping and to restaurants (which were plentiful - great recommendations from the owners of where to eat). Cannot wait to go back and we can honestly say this has been the Best Holiday EVER. Patricia

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We're thrilled when our guests enjoy our holiday home as much as we do. The photos do not do the views justice. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Casa Ceru - a stunning Italian villa

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay in this delightful villa for a week in August. It was perfectly decorated and has the most beautiful soft furnishings. Added to this there were two terraces that looked over the wooded valley beyond, as well as a perfectly designed small garden for sitting out in with a glass of bubbly. A visit to Lucca was one of the highlights of our stay no more than an hour away. We would highly recommend this villa as a place to stay in northern Tuscany.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you kindly for such a lovely complement. I am overwhelmed when i hear such comments from our guests and how they have enjoyed Casa Ceru exactly the way it is intended to be; bubbly included.
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Truly fantastic...

  • 5 of 5

Hi - i would just like to say a huge " thank you for having us as at your house."

It truly was so fantastic. The scenery, the, locals and the food really made our holiday!

We thought you might like to see a few snaps of us enjoying the house!

It was absolutely amazing. Everything is top quality from the cutlery to the furniture!

Thank you so much!

the D family.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and for appreciating the house. We love to hear how our guests enjoy some of the little things that make a holiday special!
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Whowww..., what a wonderfull Zenn house!

  • 5 of 5

Whowww...., what a wonderfull house, we all loved it. It is adorable!!!!

It was really perfect, everything is geared to aker, lovely! We all came to rest, the house is really zenn....

We loved the beds, they are very comfortable!

In the evening we loved to sit outside in de garden wich is lovely too, or at the balcony and we heard the wolves howling!

We went down the hill, to the street wich you can see from the bedroom, and we took photo’s over there off Casa Ceru. There is also a small river where we have a swim. It is a natur reserve down there, very lovely...

We went to the town Barga and to Luca, they are lovely places to go.

We enjoy our staying at Casa Ceru very much! We would really love to go back again some time!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you B. family for such a lovely review. It's nice to hear the house has a "zen" appeal to it as we find it extremely enjoyable and relaxing too. We look forward to welcoming you back - anytime!
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Pisa Airport
Nearest Barpub
Village Bar/café in easy walking distance
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Variety of excellent restaurants
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The Garfagnana has many treasures such as walking & hiking trails (chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, black and white truffles, and honey), the fort of Castelnuovo affording a very rustic and fabulous cuisine, Grotta del Vento (Cave of the Wind), the fascinating and only canyon in Tuscany: the Orrido of Botri., Barga (published in the 'Most Beautiful Towns of Tuscany'), the spa town with thermal baths of Bagni di Lucca The environs of Lucca has some of the most beautiful public villas and gardens to explore: Villa Reale, Villa Mansi, Villa Torrigiani, Villa Grabau, the Garzoni Villa in Collodi, Palazzo Pfanner (in Lucca center) and last but not least, Villa Oliva.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $427.66
Final Cleaning Fee $ 3.36 per person per night

The road up to the house may be inaccessible through the months of January thru March.

***Winter Rates (Nov 1 thru March 30) : a heating surcharge applies to the weekly rate.
***An additional charge for firewood applies to the weekly rate.

A Fining cleaning Fee is Due upon arrival of 56 Euros per week based on occupancy for two. 10Euros for each additional person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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