About the property
- Barn2152 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
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
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- within one hour
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 25, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Perfect Family Vacation in Tuscany
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!
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
Perfect holiday villa and location
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.
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
Beautiful house in stunning nature for 2 families
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!
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
Fantastic property in a beautiful part of the world.
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?
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.
A beautiful place in toscana
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😊
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 Tuscan-retreats.com
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!
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 Tuscan-retreats.com
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
Additional information about rental rates
NB - The Stay Tax of €1 per person per night, is applicable for a maximum of 5 nights and is payable in cash on arrival. There is a security deposit of €400 payable on arrival in cash. 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) **For May and June 2018 the property can be rented as a 4 bedroom and 4 bathroom accommodation (with apartment closed off for privacy) at a price of £1350.