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Renovated barn with private pool and stunning views

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

A self-catering rental within county of Lucca in the beautiful Garfagnana

Beautiful newly renovated barn with private pool, set in a rural position with wonderful views of the Apuane mountains, yet less than a 5 minute drive from the popular market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. This spacious, light & airy 3 storey detached property with its traditional arch style windows, chestnut beamed ceilings exposed stonework, and working open fire, boasts 6 bedrooms (one with private balcony) and 5 bathrooms. The main house has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en-suite) along with a very large open plan kitchen/diner; living area; dining area; (all with direct access to the grounds) and second living area/quiet room. The remaining 2 bedrooms and one bathroom (optional extra) are situated underneath the main house giving some privacy from the rest of the group and making this house an ideal choice for two families. This area of the property boasts a further living/kitchen diner, and direct access to the gardens

Property Manager
Lorraine Venturelli
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 28, 2017


Castelnuovo di Garfagnana Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , en suite
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , ground floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , bidet , apartment, optional extra
  • The full bathroom has wonderful views of the 'Uomo Morto' - relax in the bath with a glass of wine and admire the view!
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , en-suite , feature fireplace and personal balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , apartment, optional extra
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , apartment, optional extra
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Free Wireless Internet. Guests to bring own computer. We can organise massage and personal chef services, both of which are very popular with guests! Please note - there is a security deposit of €400 payable on arrival for this property


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Renovated barn with private pool and stunning views
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews

Perfect Family Vacation in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

My family (8 adults, 4 kids) spent an unforgettable week at Orbaci. The farmhouse, garden, terrace and pool, everything was in perfect condition. The location in the hills of C.d.G. is amazing and there is plenty of space for everybody. Restaurants and grocery shopping within 5min driving distance. And most importantly: The hosts were amazing: Very friendly, helpful with every question and even prepared a delicious cake. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad you found this well looked after property to be in a perfect condition and that you enjoyed the space at the house and the overall location. I also love Mel's cakes! We hope to hear from you another time. Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
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Perfect holiday villa and location

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing week holiday at orbaci villa. The location was perfect for all our needs, it was a great balance of rural and close to lovely villages and towns.

The villa was perfect it had everything you need, we were there with 8 friend and loved sitting at the outside table ever night eating, drinking and laughing.

Thanks very much to our hosts Alan and Mel amazing help recommending restaurants and areas to visit, Alan was really helpful arranging bikes for couple of our party.

Thanks to Lorraine who managed the booking for her excellent communication and informative prior to holiday.

We all would definitely go back to villa.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to you too Janice for looking after the house so well. We are really happy to hear you enjoyed this peaceful yet very handy location and that you had a good time as a group of friends - this place really is ideal for large groups! We hope to hear from you another time. Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
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Beautiful house in stunning nature for 2 families

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week in late June at Alan and Mel´s villa! We were 2 families with 5 kids (ages 8-13) and appreciated the combination of rural peace with stunning views of nearby mountains, and the ability explore the rich area of Garfagnana.

Alan and Mel are excellent hosts: the house, pool and garden are well maintained. They helped us on many occasions with restaurant tips, making telephone calls to local stores, as well as several surprises we weren´t expecting (some great bottles of wine and a cake which Mel made herself!)

The kids enjoyed the pool, ping pong tables, and all the games inside. The adults were mostly concerned with food production and the kitchen provided everything we needed to compose fantastic meals, which most often we enjoyed on the patio overlooking the pool. The rooms and beds were very good. Clean, spacious bathrooms. The feeling of light and airy was prevalent.

The location was ideal for us: Castelnuovo is a charming medieval town with lots of fun activity. In addition there are numerous sights and destination, all within 30-45 minutes. Our only regret was not booking two weeks. At the end of our week we still had many exciting wishes that had to be left undone. We will definitely be back. Thanks Alan and Mel for making our week so memorable.

PS: the local restaurant, in Cerretoli just 3 minutes away, has excellent food and is a must!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you loved this place - it is difficult to find guests who do not appreciate the space, cleanliness, views, and the well equipped nature of this property! Do come again another time for 2 weeks - Alan and Mel would love to have you. Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
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Fantastic property in a beautiful part of the world.

  • 5 of 5

This really was the perfect property for our holiday. 10 of us, a mixture of adults, teens and little ones had a wonderfull time. The villa has been thoughtfully designed with all modern amenities required yet styled beautifully with a sympathetically rural feel. The pool was incredible, a perfect size for a large family group and combined with the rest of the outside space , meant we never felt like we were on top of one another.

The location of the property was also a delight with amazing views from every window yet close to a good sized town with all the shops, supermarkets and restaurants you could need. Some of us managed the walk into and back from town a few times, but be warned it is a challenge as it is up a steep hill. Even so it is only a 25 minute walk and perfect for burning off those pasta calories. If you cant face the walk, a taxi was only 10 euros wich was great after a night out for a family meal.

Thw wildlife around the villa was great too, we saw a group of deer at the end of the garden one morning, pheasant in the afternoons and bats in the evening. We didn't spot them, but we did hear wild boar on a few occasions as well.

Our hosts Alan and Mel were supberb, right from pulling out all the stops to get the villa ready ahead of schedule as they knew we were arriving early to giving us plenty of advise about where to eat and which of the numerous picturesque local hilltop towns and villages to explore, I would definately recomend Corfino for the view and delightful backstreets, Barga is also a must for a slightly larger town and you simply have to visit Lucca with its authentic period architecture and amazing city walls you could easily spend a couple of days there soaking it all in. With plenty of museums and even an annual music festival that this year featured artists such as Green Day, Rag n Bone man and The Rolling Stones it really did have it all.

We cant thank Alan, Mel enough for the chance to stay in their lovely propery and we look forward to hopefully seeing them again in the future.

I would also like to thank Lorraine who manages the bookings for her excellent communication which helped make the process so painless.

If you haven't booked a property through homeaway before and haven't been to Garfagnana, what are you waiting for?

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit such a detailed review! Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed this house so much! I agree that Alan and Mel are great hosts and that they take a great deal of care to ensure they are offering a quality house, with and that they will give guests as much or little help/advice as they want/need. Happy to read also that you loved the beautiful Garfagnana. We would love to welcome you again. Lorraine at tuscan-retreats.
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A beautiful place in toscana

  • 5 of 5

We were 9 adults and 3 children off on summer vacation to this beautiful place . The hosts were fantastic . Very Helpful with places to see , moutainbike- routes and many other things. The house is beautifully restored and the surrounding area has many options for sightseeing. The house worked perfectly for 12 with a large lovely pool - beautiful garden - all in all a fantastic stay for all of us. Thanks to our hosts😊

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, which has been passed to your hosts who have sent their best wishes and said they would be happy to see you again. Good to hear that you loved this place - ideal for a large group and a beautiful location as you say... Lorraine at
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Just amazing

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing week, spending time with family in a gorgeous setting, we couldn't have asked for more. It's our second year booking with Tuscan Retreats, both properties were perfect for our needs. Lorraine you really know your stuff!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review! We are glad you loved this place too - it is pretty special! Hope to be able to assist another time too. Best wishes Lorraine at
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Pieve Fosciana
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The villa/barn is situated in the heart of the Garfagnana, with stunning 360 views of the Appenines, Apuane Alps and the famous 'Uomo Morto'. Whilst ideal for a peaceful, rural away from it all holiday, this property offers the convenience of town too, with the famous market town of Castelnuovo less than a 5 minute drive away. Indeed the beautiful fortress, with commanding views over the valley and the mountains beyond, and noted for its classical music events, is 10 minutes on foot.

The town itself has a weekly market, bars, restaurants, shops, and train station for easy exploring.

Drive times are:

Castelnuovo 3 mins or so

Mediaeval town of Barga - 15 minutes

Lucca - 45 minutes

Pisa - 1 hour 15 minutes

Florence - 90 minutes

National Park of Orrechiella - 30 mins

Walking, horseriding, and picnic opportunities straight from the door!

Other Activities: skiing 20 min drive


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $532.98

Cot and highchair can be provided free of charge.
Pool towels included on request.
Cook can be arranged on request for evenings when one wishes to dine at home. (notice required)
There is a security deposit of €400 payable on arrival in cash.
**For May and June the property can be rented as a 4 bedroom and 4 bathroom accomodation (with apartment closed off for privacy) at a price of £1550.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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