Cottage with private pool, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms sleeping up to 9 . Views!
- english, italian
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Tourist tax taken €1 per person to maximum of €5 per person per stay. Not applicable to guests under 14 yrs. Tax payable in cash on arrival
Pool open 1 May to 30 September. If pool required outside of this time our written agreement is required
Heating not included in the price of your stay. If heating is required it is to be paid locally for the amount used.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Relaxing holiday in beautiful location.
We have had a lovely holiday. The house and accommodation were very clean. The owner came by on the Saturday and made us very welcome. He brought over a wifi box which my husband was very glad about. He also brought over a bottle of wine which again my husband liked. We/I have enjoyed the pool at least twice a day. We were visited by a cat and some kittens which my daughter really liked. We ended up feeding them so they made an appearance at least twice a day. We enjoyed ice cream in Lucca at Yogurtmania, a lovely lunch time meal at il Fatty in Massa. Overall a very nice trip. Also the owner was particularly helpful when I left my phone in my room. He sent it back to me without any charge. Thank you so much.
Beautiful, quiet and relaxing
We stayed in this cottage for one week with our family of 6 children ranging from 9 months to 14 years. It's located a little way up the side of the mountain and accessed by a small, bumpy, gravel track which leads only to a fish-farm and the cottage itself. The views from the house were lovely and a short drive on up the mountain-side to Corfino gives you an even better view of the mountains and valleys surrounding the cottage.
The house itself was indeed very rustic (complete with dust) but also very pleasant. There is plenty of space to sit at tables but there isn't really anywhere comfy to sit. The sofa bed seats 3 which wasn't really enough for us but we sat and ate on the terrace for most of the time anyway, enjoying the fresh air, scenery and beautiful weather which we were blessed with.
The steep stone staircase gave us a little cause for concern given that we had a (very fast) crawling baby with us but our other children managed without any trouble. The bedrooms themselves were plenty big enough and comfortable.
The swimming pool is fairly big and a constant 1.5m deep. Deep enough for the kids to jump in from the side without bumping on the bottom (not head first though!). It's not heated but it didn't need to be -- according to the thermometer it was about 26 degrees in there all week. Our children spent a significant amount of time in the pool (which was cleaned by the owner half-way through the week) and were very sad to leave it at the end of our stay! The pool area is enclosed so you can be sure that smaller children don't go wandering off and accidentally falling in.
The big supermarket "Conad" in Gallicano is just like an English supermarket and open on Sundays which is very useful for a Saturday change-over. It's about 25 minutes drive from the house. But there are also two smaller supermarkets in Pieve Fosciana (10mins) which also have everything you could need.
With Pisa (80mins), Lucca (60 mins), Florence (2 hours) and the sea (90 mins) all within day-tripping distance it is a good location but a car is essential. And don't forget the smaller mountain villages of Corfino and Castiglione which are only a 5-10 minute drive away.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
The cleaner has apologised that the place was a little dusty. She had decided to hoover off all the beams on the ceilings and whilst she did vacuum underneath afterwards she thinks maybe the beams were a little 'disturbed' and continued to drop bits. She will only undertake the ceiling clean at the beginning of the season from now on or when there is a gap in booking so that things get time to settle.
We are glad you loved the house, area, views and pool just the same and that you were sad to leave...
Thank you again.
Lovely mountain house with great views & pool
We love the house and location (this was our second visit) and Brunello is very friendly and helpful.
Lots of places to visit, Lucca, Viareggio & Orecchiella Park.
Thank you for submitting a review on your stay and we are glad you loved this house and area enough to come back. It gets in your bones!
peace and quiet
If you're looking for peace and quiet and mountainviews, don't look further. Rustico Brunello is as it says very 'rustico' and a great view of the mountains. For us it was to quiet. Brunello is a very nice and hospitable guy.
We had bad luck with the weather.
Lovely house, great owner & great location.
The house and garden were lovely, really homely and relaxing. The pool was amazing with wonderful views, it was great for children as it was set slightly away from the house and fenced all round.
Brunello the owner was very friendly and helpful, even providing fresh fruit and vegetables for us from the house garden.
Great facilities including a dishwasher & washing machine.
We'd love to come back and didn't want to go home!
A nature lovers paradise
Another Tuscan gem! This was our second visit to the Garfagnana area (its highly addictive). We had an amazing two weeks holiday. Don't be put off by the track road, its a bit rough but keep the speed down and you will find its worth it. I advise you take a torch though as we arrived late at night when the outside lighting wasn't on (its on a timer). The property and the pool were spotless.The house was spacious with a well equipped kitchen. Beds were comfy and bathrooms spacious and clean. Well maintained large garden with pond and fountain. Separate laundry area with washing machine. There are various restaurants in the area but we chose to do a big shop at E'Leclerc in Gallicano and eat on the terrace taking in the stunning views. However there is also an amazingly well stocked shop 5 mins from the property for essentials. The Thursday market in Castelnuovo is a must. The rotisserie chickens are yummy. If you want free wi-fi try the bar Centrale in the square in Castelnuovo a must for teenagers! Also in most bars if you ask for a panini you will get a wonderful sandwich costing very little to take away - we had a lot of picnics. Fortezza delle Verrucole is well worth a visit with English speaking tour guide. Every road seems to lead to a beautiful view but these were our favourites: Vagli, Roggio, Orecchiella, San Pellegrino in Alpe, Corfino and the trip to Grotto del Vento. Wildlife we encountered included wild boar, snakes, lizards, scorpions, wasps we called chinooks due to their size, beautiful butterflies, an array of different birds and incredible spiders. Again don't be put off they are as scared of you as you are of them! Brunello and his wife were very helpful and a house clean with fresh linen and towels was offered after our first week. Please be aware that the pool is not graduated and came up to my shoulders at both ends (I am 5ft 1inch tall) but it was perfect for two tall teenagers. Pool is gated for security. The pizza oven and BBQ were great fun with sink and tap and outdoor lighting. Not forgetting this the year that Andy Murray won Wimbledon which we watched in the Sports Bar in Castelnuovo. Also worth mentioning is twice we have tried to catch the cheese rolling at Orzaglia as recommended but we have never managed to see this. We fell in love with this property and would love to go back with friends.
Rustico Brunello is situated in the province of Lucca, and more specifically, in the green & mountainous Garfagnana - the unspoilt and non touristy 'Green Lung' of Tuscany. The cottage is located a couple of kms from the village of Villa Collemandina, with its shop, 2 restaurants, pharmacy and post office.
There are plenty of other hilltop mediaeval villages in the vicinity too - some with restaurants, all with wonderful views...The closest larger town is the market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana which is a 12 minute drive away. Here there is a famous Thursday morning market, all facilities including restaurants, bars, train station, supermarkets etc.....
Surprisingly convenient for town for such a rural and peaceful location, yet only a 15/20 or min drive up into the National Park of Orecchiella which is renowned for its views, wildlife and walking trails which last anything from 1 hour to 4 days!
Lucca 70 mins; Barga 30 mins; Pisa 90 mins; Florence 2 hrs;