About the property
- Villa2152 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights
Villa Carla has a private 16 metre solar heated hydro pool near fine market town
Villa Carla, also known as Villa Saida, is within walking distance of the town of Castelnuovo Garfagnana, the centre of the wonderful mountainous area of the Garfagnana in Northern Tuscany. Sleeping up to 14 people, this villa provides luxurious accommodation for large groups of family or friends, and is perfectly sited to visit historical sights, the coast and the beautiful national parks in the area. The pool heated by solar power, open from mid May to end September.
The 16 metre swimming pool, in the large garden of the villa, is filled with healing saltwater and heated for your comfort. There are breathtaking views from the pool of the surrounding valleys and the Apuane Alps. There are hydro massage jets within the pool and good pool furniture and towels are provided.
With its close proximity to 3 National Parks and the Bagni di Lucca thermal baths, Villa Carla really is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Lucca, Pisa, Florence and the coast, can all be reached by road or by train from the local train station (2km); which gives you the option of not having to hire a car for your visit.
The Apuane Alps are a favourite place for many outdoor activities such as climbing, mountain biking, hiking, or to go caving and canyoning. We have close links to an outdoor activities company and can help to organise activities.
Nearby to the villa there are tennis courts and golf courses and, in the winter, there are ski resorts within driving distance.
The villa has underfloor heating throughout, so 'off-season' visits would not be uncomfortable.
Villa Carla lies in almost an acre of private land and mature .The villa is constructed in a modern way but is built respecting the traditions of Tuscany, using materials available in the area, like wooden beams and rafters handcrafted on local walnut, and floor tiles handmade in Tuscany.
A notable feature is the large hallway with a staircase which has beautiful hand crafted, wrought iron railings and banisters.
There are 2 lounges in the villa. The large main lounge has comfortable leather sofas, large screen TV with some satellite channels, computer with broadband Internet access and CD player.
There are large electric French windows leading out to the patio area of the property, only one of a number of special features in the property. To the rear of this large lounge is a formal dining table and seating for up to 14 people.
Leading off the back of the dining area is the main kitchen. This kitchen also has a breakfast table and chairs for 8 and is fully furnished with oven, cooking hobs, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven, double sink and coffee machine.
There are 7 double and twin bedrooms in the villa, of which two are on the ground floor with a bathroom next to them. One of the bedrooms also has a doorway with direct access to the garden.
Also on the ground floor is a second smaller living area, where there are also comfortable sofas, a large screen TV with some satellite channels, a computer with Internet access and CD player. The dining table can seat up to 6 persons and the kitchen area of this lounge is also fully fitted with an American fridge-freezer, dishwasher, oven, microwave oven, cooking hobs and double sink. Perfect for large families or groups.
Upstairs there are 5 double-bedded rooms, all with wardrobe, dresser and TV. There are three bedrooms and bathrooms along a corridor, and two further bedrooms and bathrooms along a short hallway.
The master bedroom, is a double bedroom with chest of drawers, TV, a separate dressing area and wardrobes, and a large bathroom with Jacuzzi corner bath, his and hers sinks, WC and bidet. There are French windows in the bedroom area leading out to the terrace area with fine views of the garden, the mountains and the town fortress.
All bedrooms are equipped with music through a wired system.
There is free Wi-Fi.
Villa Carla is excellent for wedding receptions. Accommodation for extra guests or larger groups can be arranged nearby.
We can help arrange mountain biking, hill walking, horse riding, gorge walking and cooking classes which are all available locally.
Ground floor (210 sqm):
There is a large sitting/dining room with comfortable sofas, satellite -TV, a 32” screen, large table in local chestnut wood which seats 12-14 people, and a computer.
Adjacent is a wide, bright and fully equipped kitchen (traditional and microwave ovens, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc. and a table with 6 to 8 seats).
A second hall with a kitchen fully equipped as the one already described, with 2 sofas, 32“ screen sat-TV, a table with 6-8 seats;
1 double bedroom
1 twin bedroom
1 bathrooms with shower
1 toilet with washbasin
First Floor (201 sqm): This floor can be reached climbing a beautiful and bright staircase built in Tuscan style. There is 1 double bedroom with wardrobe room and bathroom with double sink, a Jacuzzi bath and shower with water massage;
1 double bedroom with bathroom with double sink and shower;
1 double bedroom with bathroom equipped with a Jacuzzi bath and shower with water massage. These 3 bedrooms have a terrace with a beautiful view of the pool, the Garfagnana and Serchio River valley, and Monte Alfonso Fortress.
2 more double bedrooms with adjacent bathrooms with shower.
Basement (125 sqm): a large garage (with 2 doors operated with remote control and sufficient to park 2 cars inside and other 2 outside but covered), 1 bathroom with shower, washroom with washing machine, a sink and a table with iron for ironing.
All bedrooms are equipped with TV sets and music with wire system; the 2 sitting rooms have sat-TV, DVD player.
You can see more properties in the area on our website www.friendsoftuscany.com
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- English, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 2018
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Memorable trip to Villa carla
Wonderful villa, private pool and garden, spectacular views and close to the town to take advantage of the local restaurants. The mountain environment was wonderful. We had a specific requirement for wheelchair access and for anyone requiring this the villa was very suitable. Local taxis were able to take the wheelchair also.
Thoroughly recommend the villa to all parties
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave this lovely review. I will pass it on to Sandro who I am sure will be delighted. We look forward to welcoming you back to this wonderful 'untouched' area of Tuscany and would be delighted to offer you a returners discount.
Wonderful accommodation in a beautiful setting.
The villa is spacious and very well equipped. The pool is excellent. The town is close but a car is needed for the middle aged unless they are moderately fit. The station is further out of town and does not have a taxi rank. The staff in the station bar will call taxis. Simone Romei, a recommended driver, couldn't be more helpful and speaks excellent english. He was tied up with local fireman duties for one week whilst we were there but recommended another driver. A list of recommended local services and instructions on fuse boxes and kitchen equipment would be useful. There was a storm one night which tripped the gate switch, it took about half a hour to find the fuse box with that switch. This is all the negatives about the villa.
The local town is excellent. It is not a tourist centre. It serves a local community so prices are very reasonable, there are excellent restaurants and most of all it is quintessentially Italian.
We loved the villa and thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing holiday in the most beautiful surroundings.
A fantastic time was had by all, can't wait to go back, lovely people and a gorgeous place.
The owners were lovely people very friendly, the villa was gorgeous we could not fault it, it was perfect. The locals were friendly and the little village that was appox 15min walk away had plenty of cafes and the food and drinks were at very reasonable prices.
This was our first trip to Italy and we are definitely going to go back as it was such a beautiful place where we completely relaxed.
Thank you for the lovely review. We are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful time. I and the owners would love to welcome you back and remind you that we offer a Friends of Tuscany returners discount as well as a 'recommend a friend' discount.
Wonderful villa with fantastic views
We were a family group of 5 adults and 3 children aged 11, 8 & 6. The villa is spacious to say the least with 2 lounge areas and 2 kitchens if needed! There is a table tennis table in the garage area as well as a laundry room with washing machine. The villa had Wifi which worked perfectly well with the 5 devices we hooked up to it. TVs in all bedrooms and both lounges have access to Italian TV, no English speaking satellite channels, and there are a couple of DVD players (well used when you have a week of rain!!)
The pool is set in spacious gardens and is solar heated, unfortunately we had rain for most of the week we were there so cant comment on how effective this heating is. The gardens have plenty of grassed areas good for playing ball games with the kids. There is a small charcoal barbecue available for use too.
The owners live just five minutes from the property so are on hand for any problems that need resolving. We found them both very pleasant and eager to ensure our stay went well. Please note that they do not speak English so practise your Italian or take a dictionary to make communicating with them easier.
The villa is located on the hillside overlooking Castelnuovo di Garfagnana and has wonderful views of the surrounding Tuscan hills, it should be noted that the walk into the town takes about 15 minutes (20 mins to return uphill) but because the villa is on the hillside the walk is a steep one. Not recommended for the elderly or less mobile. A taxi back from town cost us 15 Euros, but that was for 8 of us in a minibus.
The town has a selection of good restaurants spread around and also a few shops plus a supermarket. The market on a Thursday is mainly cheap clothes so don’t expect a traditional continental market with food, fruit and veg etc… There is a train station in the town and the train to Lucca takes just under an hour (11 Euros return), the journey is a picturesque one along the river and Lucca is worth a visit for a day out.
Nær det perfekte.
Dejligt hus med rigtig god beliggenhed, godt indrettet med meget fine værelser og rigtig god plads, dejligt pool område med fantastisk udsigt, huset ligge i et fredligt område og ca.15 min gang fra den hyggelige by Garfagnana.
Der er stort set alt i huset, dog trænger det udendørs møblement til en udskiftning og fylder man huset op ( 14 sovepladser er der ikke solsenge til alle ).
Ejeren er flink og rar og vil sine gæster det bedste, MEN taler kun italiensk !
Vi havde en dejlig uge med perfekt vejr, traveture og ikke mindst det vi var kommet efter landvejscykling i det meget bjergrige område :-) perfekt for vores gruppe
Romslig villa med fin utsikt
Villa Carla innfridde absolutt våre forventninger. Selve huset og uteområdet var stort og romslig. Det hadde god standard, var ryddig og rent. Det var en garasje med to parkeringsplasser. Ellers var det god plass til å parkere utenfor huset. Det var tilrettelagt for å kunne grille i hagen. Her var det langbord og en helt ny grill. Velutstyrt kjøkken med moderne hvitevarer. På badet var det nok av håndsåpe og håndkle. Vert / eier av huset var hyggelig og hjelpsom. Husvert kunne begrenset med engelsk, noe som kunne føre til misforståelser. Stort sett gikk dette greit. Savnet flere kleshengere i skapene. Totalt sett var vi svært fornøyd med huset og oppholdet. Kan anbefale dette stedet!
The centre of the local market town of Castelnuovo with good shops, excellent restaurants and wine bars, and a famous weekly market, is only 800 metres walk from the house. The area is well known for its excellent value restaurants, using the best of local ingredients. A typical set lunch with 4 choices of pasta course, and 4 choices of main course costs only 10 euros inclusive of bread, wine and coffee. It is possible to have a multi-course traditional Sunday lunch or dinner with ample wine, coffee and liquers for less than 25 euros. Garfagnana is the best area in Tuscany for walking. We have links with an outdoor activities company who offer guided walks and climbing, mountain biking, canoeing and world class gorge walking. We provide comprehensive local information and recommendations. Directions from Pisa to Lucca, then North to Castelnuovo. Exact directions given. English speaking Mini-bus taxi available for airport or local trips.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The law in Tuscany requires property owners to ask guests to pay a Tourist Tax of €1 per day per person (5 days maximum). Under 14s do not apply. This will be paid directly to the owner On arrival an £800 or €800 returnable damages deposit wil be payable direct to the owner and will be returned at the end of your stay at the owners discretion. In colder weather central heating is charged at 120 euro per day if used and is payable direct to the owner. Includes all bed linen and towels. Final cleaning is included in the price.