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18th century Tuscan farmhouse and converted barn in the Garfagnana - La Capanna

Bedrooms 1
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights



La Capanna

This converted barn sleeps 2. It consists of a large upstairs sitting/double bed room, a bathroom (shower, bidet, basin, toilet and washing machine) and a kitchen/living area (hob, oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, open fireplace, dining and sitting area). One large terrace at the front and a second in the garden look out on lovely views and the garden has mimosa trees.

About the property

Farmhouse: 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 7. Barn: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 2

Situated on a spur of the Appenines, this recently restored family owned farmhouse and converted barn stand on 2 acres of tranquil olive grove and meadow, 2 km from the picturesque old walled town of Barga, which has all the shops necessary for daily living. The rooms are simple but comfortably furnished, with terra-cotta floors and chestnut beamed ceilings. Each house has a large terrace shaded by a pergola and the views are spectacular in every direction.

Buvicchia: Buvicchia is very quiet, a wonderful spot to get away from it all as we have been doing for over 30 years. Barga has all the shops needed for daily living and there are many good and inexpensive restaurants in Barga and the surrounding area. Lucca, a spectacular walled town, is 40 mins away, Florence an hour and a half, Pisa just over an hour, and the railway is 7 km away for trains to Lucca and beyond or up into the high Garfagnana. The sea is just over an hour away also. A car is very desirable and car hire is available via the major companies at Pisa airport.

The Farmhouse: Built in 1740 as a small two-roomed farmhouse, Buvicchia 3 was added to over the following decades to include a large 'cantina' or winestore (now the sitting room) with bedrooms overhead. Right up to 1972 there were earth floors downstairs, no electricity and just one cold tap in the kitchen! Two restorations later, the farmhouse now has all the necessities for daily living but the atmosphere has not changed. You can still imagine it as the home of a subsistence farmer through two centuries.

The adjacent barn: Built in the 1860s, converted in 1974 and fully restored in 2004, this converted barn sleeps 2. We have preserved as much of the character as possible by leaving the first floor almost unchanged (that's where the hay was!) and the ground floor open plan also. A terrace at the front and a second one in the garden both look out on wonderful views. This is a real hideaway, a place for total relaxation.

More Details

Carol O'Sullivan
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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A deposit of 200 per week booked is payable on booking.
Visits which cross over booking periods are charged pro rata.
Tenancies can start on any day of the week to facilitate travel arrangements and flight bookings.
The minimum period is one week. Periods of more than a week but not an exact number of weeks are charged pro rata. Lets of less than a week are possible, but there will be a minimum charge.


Barga Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The washing machine and central heating and water boiler are also in the bathroom. Bath mat provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 king
  • The bedroom doubles as a sitting space also. With Terracotta floors and beams, windows and door all of chestnut wood as well as a lovely upstairs balcony with fabulous views, this is more than a bedroom! The downstairs sitting area has an open fireplace which is lovely and snug in the winter.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
While La Capanna is not suitable for infirm people as there are steps outside and the main bedroom is upstairs, the active not-so-young have been very happy there. We can provide bed linen for a small charge, or you can bring your own. There is a fireplace in the downstairs living area for use in cold weather and central heating throughout. We provide bathmat and tea towels, but not bath and hand towels.


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La Capanna
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Barga Beauty

  • 5 of 5

This is a little gem of a capanna and very well equipt. The picture are deceptive as its very spacious for two inside. The views from the terrace are stunning and we had two weeks of beautiful weather. The walk from the house to Barga town is about 30 minutes but lovely to stroll in and enjoy the warm seafood salad at Riccardo's restaurant - a must. Alpino's for the best capaccino and cake to kick start your day. We had everything we needed in the capanna and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Great Value and would highly recommend it to explore the acient town of Barga and experience the many events and places to visit during the summer. Thank you for the easy transactions and communication in our booking and we will certainly be looking to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you had a great stay and enjoyed the Capanna! :)
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Shrewsbury, UK

Lovely Converted Barn with Great Views.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks in June 2009 and were blessed with beautiful weather. The property is clean, well equipped and very spacious for two. The area is hilly affording beautiful views of the Apuane Alps and Barga. Although the area is hilly the 25 minute walk to Barga is relativley flat and easy. Barga is a quiet town with a maze of narrow streets, plenty of restaurants and enough life to watch passing by.

Its a ten minute drive to the local train station where you can park the car and catch the train to Lucca, Pisa and Florence.

We will recommend this property to our friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Barga is situated 40 kilometres north of Lucca at the southern end of the spectacularly beautiful area known as the Garfagnana which sits between the Apuan Alps and the Appenines in the very north of Tuscany.


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