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Lorraine Venturelli

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, italian

Barga -cottage and restored barn 6 hectares of land and private pool

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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3 bedrooms, 3 shower rooms, sleeping 6+2.

A lovingly restored 3 bed detached stone cottage, and separate 1 bed chestnut house (let together), both with original beamed ceilings and flooring, situated in the hills overlooking the beautiful medieval town of Barga. Just a 10 min. drive or so from town, yet very peacefully situated in circa 6 hectares of private farm land/forest high up in the hills. The views from both the houses/extensive patio area & the land are stunning. Eating al fresco is a real treat -the lights of the town provide a romantic backdrop, and due to the altitude it feels possible to touch the stars! Alongside the patio area there is a large original outdoor pizza oven. In the fields above, there is the infinity style swimming pool (5M x10M). If you like to cook, then the house is perfect - there is a wood burning 'aga' in the kitchen, a modern oven 'outside' and also the pizza oven & BBQ. The houses are furnished in traditional style, are well equipped and lovingly presented. A perfect 'remote, yet central', and ideal for groups of two couples requiring privacy from each other, but plenty of room to dine and socialise together.

This choice is ideal for families, with plenty of room for children to explore the grounds, and with the second outdoor kitchen you need never set foot in the house during the day if you prefer! Just use the outdoor kitchen for your supply of cold drinks and wine, & to prepare those salads hand picked from the grounds...

The pool is situated above the house, with stunning views of the countryside...

There really is a feeling of pure peace at this house,& it is the perfect place to completely relax, and enjoy the pleasures of the scenery and the quiet!

This is an agriturismo and as such bees are kept on site, at a good distance from the house, (fresh honey provided) and there are 3 resident cats - not permitted in house. There are also goats in a field up above the pool area.

Fuller details - main house:

The property retains most of its original features, with original chestnut beamed ceilings throughout, and wooden and terracotta flooring.

There is a wood burning stove in the kitchen, and a large fireplace in the living room.

For summer living there is also an 'outdoor' kitchen .

Ground floor:

Large entrance hall, with dresser.

Living / dining room with open fireplace, Satellite TV including English channels, DVD, Internet access.

Farmhouse kitchen with large eating table, wood burning aga style stove, separate small hob, grill, fridge and microwave. Door leading onto:

Extensive patio area overlooking the town of Barga. Outside eating furniture, and sun beds. Outside clay pizza oven (the owners will show you how to use this if you wish to have a go), and fully operational chestnut drying house.

From the patio there is an 'outside kitchen', with oven, freezer, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher. There is also a further shower room, so that the house can be redundant during the day if you wish!


One double bedroom

One twin bedroom

Extensive 'landing' area with TV, and sofa bed.

Modern shower room


The property has a real romantic feel and is complete with four poster bed!

On the ground floor there is a living area with large windows and arched doorway out to patio, separated from the kitchen/dining area by a circular working fireplace which sits in the middle of the room and therefore heats the entire house.

Kitchen has oven, hob, fridge, washine machine… living area has working fireplace, dvd player.

Up the spiral staircase there is a lovely romantic double aspect 4 poster bedroom with doors placed opposite the bed, to take advantage of the wonderful views..

There is also a good sized modern shower room.


The private 'infinity style' swimming pool (10M x 5M plus roman steps) is high above the house so as not to totally spoil the traditional feel of the property, and to ensure it remains totally out of sight. The view from the pool is wonderful and the style of pool means it feels one is swimming in the mountains

The owners are very keen to share their love of the area, and will be happy to provide for all your needs.


Not suitable for elderly or infirm due to steep Climb to the pool.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Lorraine Venturelli (Property Manager)
Speaks: english, italian


based on 14 traveler reviews

Barga -cottage and restored barn 6 hectares of land and private pool
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

A gorgeous place to stay in Italy

  • 5 of 5

Mengarino is situated in the hills above Barga and you wind your way up enjoying increasingly stunning views. On arrival we were met by Simonetta who had been excellent at making sure we had directions and who provided a warm welcome. We were shown around the property which is stunning with an older farmhouse and newer apartment. After settling in we wandered up to the pool, and oh my word, what a stunning spot with amazing views.

The houses are well equipped, there is a barbecue by the farmhouse and a lovely covered seating area where you can eat outside.

Marco visits to check the pool and see if you need anything and brought honey and a delicious semi freddo and is incredibly helpful.

On the Thursday evening Marco, Simonetta and their son came and made the most delicious pizzas in the property's pizza oven.

So did we like it - no, we adored it! Mengarino is a little bit of heaven and simply gorgeous.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad you had a fantastic time at this very special place! We have passed your comments onto Simonetta and Marco
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Paradise in Tuscany

  • 4 of 5

We absolutely loved Mengarino. 2 fabulous houses which suited our family perfectly. Stunning setting and we were so content at night to bbq and eat and drink together looking at such beautiful views of Barga at night. Even more exquisite was the pool and its views. Simonetta and Marco made our stay as easy and peaceful as possible. Only tiny drawback is the drive into Barga for restaurants - a good 10 minutes but the effort was balanced by the peace and tranquility of the setting of Mengarino we will return thank you

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It is good to know that you enjoyed one of our favourite places and we hope to see you again!
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A very special place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Mengarino with our two teenagers for one week and had to move on to another accommodation as it was only available for 7 days. After experiencing Mengarino we really didn't want to go anywhere else, so I would suggest booking it early enough for a whole two weeks if you plan on staying in the Barga area for that amount of time. We stayed in the smaller cottage and our teems stayed in the other - the first time ever we had such privacy on a family holiday. Of course they relied on our place for cooking etc and that's where we gathered for that, otherwise we lounged by the pool or read outside. This past summer's weather in Tuscany was the worst in history we heard (and in other places in Italy) and we had at least a full 4 days of rain spread out over the 2 weeks with nights being colder than I packed for. When it was dry the sun was hot and pool area to die for. Total privacy was heaven. As the other reviews say, the owners Simoneta and Marco were just the loveliest hosts and seemed truly keen to host their pizza night - it wasn't just a token gesture. Simonetta is English speaking and Marco is not but this did not deter his warm friendliness. He makes honey there and left a jar for us and the pizzas were overflowing that evening. Accommodation wass fully equipped with loads of towels and kitchen essentials and Simonetta was kind enough to allow us to arrive early on that first rainy afternoon. if we ever wanted to stay in that area again this place would be our first choice - worth every penny! One minor point, the directions were not exactly perfect in terms of estimating distance to landmarks and we got a bit confused but managed. We weren't used to driving up so far with so many windy roads and were less inclined to do this at night in the dark. But it was a great place to settle in to with good food and drink anyway. Thanks to Simonetta and Marco again for such a warm welcome!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Top Secret.

  • 5 of 5

I better ain´t write nothing.

This is a hidden paradise! And we want to keep it as such. Not telling anything anyone. Just that much: Yes, the picture ARE true. Absolutely spectecular location. Very kind landlady/lord.

BUT: Dont tell around!!!

Best regards

Thomas and Juliane with family / Munich

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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geweldige vakantie

  • 5 of 5

we hadden een fantastische vakantie in Mengarino. prachtige omgeving en super vriendelijke eigenaars. de kinderen waren helemaal weg van de pot heerlijke honing die we kregen van Marco. ook de pizzanight blijft in onze gedachten ... nog nooit zo'n lekkere pizza's gegeten.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Simply Stunning

  • 5 of 5

All the other reviews on here are completely accurate!!! This lovely cottage and barn are simply stunning. Beautifully renovated by the current owners these properties are charming both inside and out. Modern facilities are all there (washing machine, dishwasher, wifi etc) but with beautiful rustic beams and stonework of the properties.

The grounds are extensive and have a lovely well tended garden area in front of the main cottage and around the pool area. In addition there is several hectares of olive trees, chestnut, & walnut trees, apples and pears etc.

The pictures of the pool do not do it justice its fantastic. Even at the end of sept when we visited it was alluring enough to get us in the water (a bit chilly at that time of year but worth it!!!). The view is lovely, and a night under the stars after watching the sunset with the pool lights on and a bottle of wine takes some beating!!!

As previously mentioned by all Marco and Simonetta are the true stars. Their pizza evening was a great night and with much of the ingredients homemade (right down to the pizza base flour!!) the best pizzas we had ever tasted. Their kindness and generosity certainly made the trip even more memorable.

All in all a place to thoroughly recommend, I can't imagine anyone that wouldn't think this is one of the loveliest places to spend a holiday!!!

Thanks Marco & Simo for letting us stay!!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Barga lots of restaurants
Nearest Beach
56 Kilometres
Forte dei Marmi
Car: necessary

Pegnana is set just 10 minutes from Barga, which itself is 45 minutes North of Lucca, 1 hr from Pisa; 1.5 hrs Florence; 2.25 hrs Siena; 1 hour coast.

Airports - Pisa (1hr 10 mins); Florence (90mins);Genoa (2.5 hrs); Bologna (2.5hrs).

Barga, the closest town is a beautiful medieval hill-top town, situated approximately 45 minutes North of Lucca.

The town boasts cobbled hilly streets, fantastic views, an abundance of churches; 3 bridges, and a duomo. There is also a large outdoor community swimming pool surrounded by the Alpuan Alps.

Barga is well known in the area for its good restaurants, and also for its open air concerts held overlooking the town. Jazz; opera, and the classics, are performed, quite often free of charge.

The town is well located to serve as a base for exploring either by car, or by train, the more well known sites of Lucca(45 mins), Florence (1.5hrs), Siena(2.25 hrs), and the seaside town of Viareggio (1 hr). The famous caves of Grotto di Vento are circa 20 mins away.

The completely unspoilt area of Garfagnana, further North is also easy to explore, with its Natural Parks, mountains, hill top villages, and panoramic views at every turn!


Rates & Availability

Barga Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 9 2016
4 night minimum stay
Late Summer Special offer
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

NB - We can offer the main house (sleeps 4+2) with exclusivity (barn closed off for privacy) in May, June and September for £795 and for late bookings we can let just the barn sleeping 2 (with the main house closed for privacy) for £650
First and last clean included in price as well as weekly clean and linen change for stays of 14 nights or more.
Additional cleans available at an extra cost.
We take a 15% deposit, with the balance payable 8 weeks prior to arrival.

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Lucca Area Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom main house - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom main house - toilet , shower , this is accessed via 2nd kitchen from patio
    Bathroom barn - toilet , bidet , this is accessed via 2nd kitchen from patio
  • Second shower room in main house is accessed via patio and second kitchen
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom House - 1 queen
    Bedroom House - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom in barn - 1 queen , 4 poster bed
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 sleeping gallery in main house 1 double in barn
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The swimming pool is 10M x 5M and is situated in land 'above' the house overlooking the town, so as not to 'spoil' the traditional feel of the property. Also, outside is the traditional style Bocce (Boules) court and a separate area for enjoying ping pong...

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