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Bianca Tonkin

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, italian, Basic Hebrew.

Rustic Tuscan Hideaway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Groppo Villa Rental Photos and Description

A detached newly renovated boutique rental with all mod cons and rustic charms.

The house in Northern Tuscany is available to rent as a holiday home on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

A detached property set in an acre of Tuscan hillside with incredible views across the Magra valley, Apuan mountains & distant hills of Liguria. If you are looking for a holiday rental in Tuscany then look no further. Casa Miele is loved by all who visit and even locals compliment the fortunate outlook and position of this property.

The view changes on a daily basis depending on the weather & lighting conditions, which highlight or hide different contours on different days & provides wonderful surprises when a new castle or village seems to emerge.

Casa Miele is an original stone property that has been renovated & enlarged to provide a calm oasis to enjoy & savour the Italian countryside in-between trips to the endless interesting destinations nearby.

We set out to create a modern and functional space with clean lines, retaining traditional & rustic charms.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Bianca Tonkin (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, italian, Basic Hebrew.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)
Rustic Tuscan Hideaway
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews
5

Very Nice hollidays in Casa Miele

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfull souvenirs for us and for our 3 Kids. Big garden to play, nice view in front of mountains, quiet place and lovely village. It was our third stay in Casa Miele... Always a pleasure and Bianca, the owner, is very helpfull even if she lives in UK. Toscana is very beautifull of course.

We hope to come back next Year.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wow!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a fabulous holiday. The villa has been done up beautifully. We loved looking at the before and after renovation photo album. It made us appreciate it all the more. The villa has an authentic Italian feel with all the comforts of home. Even before we arrived we felt we had lots of great information and ideas on what to do from your website and this helped us get so much out of the holiday. From the moment we landed at Pisa airport, we loved every minute of it. It started with a straight forward drive up the coast with stunning mountain scenery on our right. The directions we received were easy to follow as we wound our way gently up through towns and villages to the lovely Bagnone. The final steep drive up to Casa Miele is breath-taking. The setting gives stunning views from both the garden and the roof terraced patio. We almost didn’t feel the need to venture out, but venture out we did. We were spoilt for choice but went where the weather was best – Pisa (much more impressive than we anticipated) and the lovely walled city of Lucca are a must. We also visited the heritage coastline of the Cinque Terre villages. The coastal walk is supposed to be one of the most beautiful in Europe and, from the short stretch we did, it was definitely not oversold. There was so much more we could have done but a week went by very quickly. We shall definitely aim to be back for more.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wow!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a fabulous holiday. The villa has been done up beautifully. We loved looking at the before and after renovation photo album you had in the villa. It made us appreciate it all the more. The villa has an authentic Italian feel with all the comforts of home. Even before we arrived we felt we had lots of great information and ideas on what to do from your website and this helped us get so much out of the holiday. From the moment we landed at Pisa airport, we loved every minute of it. It started with a straight forward drive up the coast with stunning mountain scenery on our right. The directions we received were easy to follow as we wound our way gently up through towns and villages to the lovely Bagnone. The final steep drive up to Casa Miele is breath-taking. The setting gives stunning views from both the garden and the roof terraced patio. We almost didn’t feel the need to venture out, but venture out we did. We were spoilt for choice but went where the weather was best – Pisa (much more impressive than we anticipated) and the lovely walled city of Lucca are a must. We also visited the heritage coastline of the Cinque Terre villages. The coastal walk is supposed to be one of the most beautiful in Europe and, from the short stretch we did, it was definitely not oversold. There was so much more we could have done but a week went by very quickly. We shall definitely aim to be back for more.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Opps Review request malfunction. I didnt write this but the real writer posted as themselves above. Will try to get them to delete this
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5

A fire fly fiesta

  • 5 of 5

We booked Casa Miele as a rural retreat to experience proper Tuscan life and it didn't disappoint.

The house was a pleasure to discover down a single track that felt like you were in a forest and the feeling of light and space was immediately apparent as we pulled back the shutters.

Bianca leaves you to it but the folders in the house and knowing she is available to ask questions is great.

The house is immaculately clean, well stocked, particularly the little glass bowls in the bathroom of things you may have forgotten, hairdryers in each bathroom, slippers... And also games for indoors and out.

The kitchen was a highlight and it felt like home from home and there were ample plates and glasses.

We spent a lot of time in the house, on the Portico mainly, but also explored Pontremoli, Cinque Terra and Lucca oh and the nearby outdoor pool.

The stars, fireflies, fresh air and views will stay with me for a long time and we hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Hidden away paradise

  • 5 of 5

Bianca's Tuscan hideaway was the perfect getaway for me and 7 friends to laugh, dance, run around the garden, explore Tuscany from and eat breakfast on the terrace. The fireflies at night are magical and blanket the grass! the rooms are really spacious and there are several options for places to sit and eat. it got rainy one day but there were plenty of games in the house to play. all the cooking utensils you need are available and lots of guides for the area too. we found two treasures of restaurants in nearby Bagnone - one in a little grotto we had to ourselves! and the price was sooooo affordable I would definitely come back again. thanks so much Bianca for making it easy and for communicating so regularly with me.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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The photos don't do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a long weekend with a friend and we didn't want to leave. I personally would have stayed in the 'Honey House' every minute of the day as it really is a thing of true spacious handsomeness, with a gigantic garden; a collection of wonderful spaces inside and out. Luckily for me, my friend pestered me to go out and see the surrounding areas (despite the pull of Casa Miele). Words fail me. It's such a beautiful part of the world. Believe me, I'm going back. I'm going back soon!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We hope you come back soon :-) Bianca
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Pisa, Parma or Genoa
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Bagnone
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
VillaFranca-Bagnone
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Pontremoli
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Bagnone has 4 resturants
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Zeri
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
lerici, Via Reggio, Cinque Terre
Car: necessary

Bagnone is one of the prettiest villages in the center of Lunigiana. Topped by a castle fortress with the typical round tower of Lunigiana, the castle is now divided into several family units for the lucky few that get to live in it and enjoy the view. It is possible to walk up to the castle from the lower town. A wonderful walk it is too, over the ponte vechio where an obligatory pause to enjoy the view and a great photo opportunity.

Bagnone was home this Summer 2009 to Europe's biggest ever lottery win. Well the ticket was purchased in one of its several cafes. The small picturesque town was swamped by international press for one surreal week where one reporter noted the irony of winning the lottery when you already live in a place that people fantasise about moving to after a lottery win! That says it all really it is a spectacular town known as the jewel of Lunigiana.

Other Activities: Hiking

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Rates & Availability

Groppo Villa Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $112
Refundable damage deposit $169

Deposit of 150 Euros taken at time of booking and returned once housekeeper has checked the property over.

You pay 150 euro deposit to secure your booking. This then becomes your returnable damage deposit.
Then you need to pay the remainder ( full rental amount) no less than 8 weeks before your stay.
You leave the 100 Euros for the cleaner at the property before you leave.

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Amenities

Groppo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • En Suite ground floor bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    ist floor shared bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • Bathrooms are both brand new and have good water pressure.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Ground Floor Bedroom - 1 queen , Travel cot available
    Terrace Bedroom - 1 double , Travel cot available
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Travel cot available
  • Ground Floor Bedroom- is a very large en suite bedroom located on the ground floor. It has some original exposed stone walls. Access from the living room or has its own entrance via its own French doors leading to the garden. Terrace Bedroom- is a double bedroom with French Doors leading to a large terrace. The walls are original stone that is exposed in places and 4 meters high. The wooden vaulted roof is above at around 5 meters so this room is very cool and airy in summer. This room has an I pod docking station. Large Family Bedroom- this room also has 4 meter high walls rising up to the 5 meter high wooden roof, there is also a mezzanine floor up in the rafters with 2 adult size single beds. There is a wooden ladder/ stairs leading to the mezzanine floor and an iron safety railing and this area is used at your own risk and is unsuitable for very young children. This room would suit a family of 4 or 3 to 4 teenagers or 3 single adults sharing.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski privileges optional
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
There are lots of books and DVDs. The very well equipped kitchen has everyday items as well as specialist cookware and cloth napkins, and nice silverware if you want to have a smart dinner. There are many leaflets and books on local sites, art and nature. We have sourced a fantastic qualified guide that can take you on some spectacular walks that you would not find on your own. Amazing mountain walks for all fitness levels and he works with local schools so he knows child friendly walks and the things that kids love to see and know about. we also have a wine tasting expert who will come to the house and put on a wine tasting for you. There is a wide range of tasting packages to suit all budgets and tastes. Its recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment and to book the event at the start of your stay so you can enjoy all the leftover wine for the rest of your stay.

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