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Renovated barn with private pool and stunning views

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 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, 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

Property Manager
Lorraine Venturelli
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 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 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

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: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: Jul 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: Jun 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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Beautiful house set in spectacular countryside

  • 5 of 5

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!

Sarah Gage

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Sarah, and I am pleased you had such a good time at this beautiful place and enjoyed the local area too ....We have also tasted Mel's baking which is delicious, and have also dined at the fortress which I agree is really unique! Mel and Alan send their best regards and look forward to maybe seeing you again another time. Thanks again, Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats
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A restful week in a rural idyll

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed this lovely house and the stunning location. It is good to make use of Mel's brilliant cooking for a special occasion or just when you don't wish to go out! We have booked her ourselves! Thanks
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Beautiful house and setting

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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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 & 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


Rates & Availability

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
**Special Offer Price
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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