|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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, and within walking distance of a good restaurant. 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
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😊
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!
We had a fantastic holiday at Orbaci - we were 3 families with 6 teenage children and the house was extremely comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate such a large group. It is set high up in the hills above Castelnuovo so views spectacular. The arrangement of the rooms in the property was perfect for our families - the 4 teenage girls really loved being in the self contained downstairs apartment and although we cooked the main meals up in the big kitchen upstairs, we used to apartment kitchen for breakfast/lunch everyday and ate outside all but 1 evening! The owners Alun and Mel were fantastic hosts ensuring everything was perfect for our stay and advising us on where to eat/shop/buy wine as well as providing us with some home produce both grown and baked whilst we were there!
They recommended a fantastic dining experience in a local 'fortress' within walking distance which was so unique it was a perfect way to end out 2 week holiday!
Castelnuovo is a pretty medieval town and good to explore - we walked into town every morning to collect bread and even managed the slightly longer walk uphill on the way back some mornings tho got quite a nice little system going of arranging a lift back when we had wine to carry as well! Local supermarket (5 minute) drive down mountain was excellent plus weekly market meant it was easy to self cater and the standard of the local produce was extremely high!
We made trips to Lucca and Florence whilst we were there but spent most of our time relaxing by the pool, reading and playing table tennis. A very relaxing holiday and one we would definitely look to do again!
We just wanted to write to say just how much we enjoyed our week at Orbaci and how much we enjoyed exploring the beautiful Garfagnana region . It is a lovely relaxing property set in an idyllic location with stunning scenery right on the doorstep. For our money the Garfagnana has just as much to offer as the rest of Tuscany but with the huge added advantage of being free of most of the tourist hordes. The day we went to Lucca was the only time we really felt we had strayed back into the main flow of summer tourists
Mel and Alan made us very welcome and were very helpful . The highpoint for us was the absolutely wonderful meal Mel cooked for us to celebrate our daughter’s twenty-first birthday whilst we were staying at Orbaci . The food was really delicious and Alan made an excellent head waiter! It made Sophie’s birthday into a very special memory .
The arrangements with the wheel chair worked really well and meant the Carolyn’s mother had the best holiday she has had for years as we were able to get her out and about a lot more.
The heat was amazing and meant that swimming in the pool was a great relief . It also means that we will have to come back at another time of year when it is cool enough to go walking . In particular , we had an excellent late afternoon wander at San Pellegrino but we only managed to scratch the surface so we are going to have to come back when we will be free to wander to our hearts content.
The place was beautiful, from the first moment we pulled into the drive we were blown away by the views. The house itself was well designed and a great size. it was only the four of us (2 children under 5!) so we did not use the basement at all, but the main house was perfect and beautifully architected, particuarly the beautiful pool area. The owners had made a real effort to ensure people felt at home, with plenty of lovely touches and decorations throughout the house. they even bought us some produce from the local market one day, as well as ensuring we had a bottle of delicous prosecco on arrival and being full of helpful tips. The most wonderful thing was that it was firefly season and baeautiful evenings were spend on the balcony with a glass of wine watching natures amazing lightshow over the gorgeous valley - perfect!. the local village was also just the right size with a few really good restaurants and an entertaining market day. We really enjoyed our stay here and woluld return, potentially with another family as well.
We stayed at Orbaci for a week, we were 3 families each with 2 teenagers. The house was perfect for our reunion. It offered something for everybody. The foodie adults found a great kitchen totally kited out with everything you could imagine, the teenagers had the pool the pingpong table and games, the 1000 piece puzzle was even attempted. There were two lovely large tables one inside one outside for our lavish evening meals. The bedrooms were lovely with clean crisp sheets and soft towels. There was obviously a lot of thought and care put into making this property perfect. The other amazing point to mention about Orbaci is the location, incredible scenery, a lovely little town 5 minutes away and many other little villages to wonder around, a visit to Lucca is also a must.
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 & here one will find a good quality restaurant serving excellent local food (prior notice required).
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
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$482|
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 £1395.