6 bedroom,4 bathroom farmhouse & barn with 2 en-suite guest bedrooms max 11
- english, italian
About Michael Barton
We are British couple living in the UK and have been regular visitors to Italy since purchasing a village house in San Cassiano near Bagni di Lucca 1988. Now recently retired we hope to be able to spend much more time in Italy. A chance encounter in 1994 with the UK Estate Agent who sold us the property led to the purchase of this property. 'A total ruin in a great location, excellent views but no vehicular access, no electricity, no water and as it is in a National Park you may have some planning issues' was how he described the property.
Michael Barton purchased this Farmhouse in 1995
Why Michael Barton chose Fabbriche di Vergemoli
As you can see from the above photograph the property was in a state of total ruin. We thought that for a property that had been on this site for centuries should not be allowed to be reclaimed by the trees. There is a date stone above the front door with the date 1840 carved with various initials.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The property can be used for up to 11 people by families by using all the property. An alternative arrangement is that 4 couples each have a floor to themselves to include a bathroom and privacy for each couple. Although less than a kilometer from the nearest village of Vallico di Sopra the property is accessed by a public paved road and is totally private. The 5 acre (2 hectare property is mostly wooded with some olive and fig trees and vines planted around the house with plenty of different outdoor locations to relax. All rooms have extensive views over the Turrite Cava valley, known locally as 'La Valle del Profondo Verde' (The Deep Green Valley). There are several excellent reasonably priced restaurants serving typical local produce as well as international dishes within 5km. The local town of Fabbriche di Vallico is 3km on the river and has restaurants, grocery shops, cafes, butchers, hairdresser and ATM. Groceries can be delivered both before arrival and during your stay by arrangement. One of the local restaurants will deliver pizzas and full menus by arrangement so you can enjoy a fully prepared meal at the property without the need to drive.
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A True Vacation Home
Tagoli is a beautiful villa high up in the mountains with views that are unparalleled. The rooms are spacious, and there is plenty of common space to accommodate larger groups. The pool is sparkling, and the temperature is perfect to cool off in the heat of the afternoons. The drive up the mountain is a real experience, but you get used to it. One thing to note for other travelers -- and maybe this is just an American thing -- but we were a little surprised that the house did not have any supplies (trash bags, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap, etc.). Future visitors should make sure to stop for provisions before arrival or arrange for those provisions to be delivered from the local store. We arranged for the local store to stock the house with some groceries before we arrived, and we were glad we did. We cooked a good deal at the villa, but in the two and a half weeks we stayed at the villa, we managed to try most of the local restaurants in the area (they were all great but Da Sandra is fabulous, and Al Laghetto shouldn't be missed). Overall the villa was gorgeous, and the days slipped by in the way they do only at the best vacation homes. We were thrilled with our experience.
The farmhouse was not only as described and but far exceeded our expectations. The view and serenity are truly amazing. We stayed for three weeks with our 4 adult children and their families ( children from 2-13 years old); rotating in and out as they toured Italy. The kitchen was well stocked and easily handled meal preparation for 9 plus people. The Farmhouse and the Metato accommodated social gathering for meals and relaxation while also offering each family privacy when wanted.
The drive up the mountain, was a bit hairy for folks from the plains of America, l but one we quickly adjusted to. (Hint: take your time and tap the horn before a sharp curve.) The drive was well worth it to stay at Tagoli. It didn’t deter us from making several day trips to Lucca, Pisa, Barga, Fabbriche di Vallico, and Castelnuovo—all within a 90 minute drive. We enjoyed a cooking class and winery tour just outside of Lucca. Train service in and out of Lucca is excellent and provides easy access to the whole of Italy. We also made two visits to Da Sandras—excellent and authentic Tuscan food at a great value. Our visit was wonderful!
Great location if you love the mountains.
Authentic and well renovated farm house with all essential amenities, including dishwasher with is appreciated when you are nine people in the house (it fits 11). Access to the house requires some careful driving up the mountain (about 15 minutes), but you are rewarded by the most spectacular view. We did some day trips to Lucca, Pisa and Cinque Terre, as well as shorter trips to Grotto del Vente and Ponte delle Maddalena. Just as much time was spent at the very nice pool which is a lifesaver during the height of summer. This house and location is highly recommended if you value privacy, quiet surroundings and great views, and don't mind the drive up and down the mountain.
The property is located less than 3km from the town of Fabbriche di Vallico which has shops, restaurants, ATM, etc and is by the river at the bottom of the Turrite Cava valley. The public road is fully paved up to the property and there is plenty of private on site parking.
Beautifully converted buildings in an outstanding natural setting. Highly recommended.
Comfortable and spacious accommodation for four families, including three under-4's. Lovely pool and spacious grounds with good shade, outside eating areas etc. Huge views, and no traffic noise. We were very reluctant to leave!
Idyllic Tuscan Holiday
We stayed in the villa in August for 11nights. In total there were 9 people in our group. The villa is fantastic - it comfortably sleeps 9 people (and more!) and was very well equipped, clean and in a beautiful location. The villa is located in the mountainous region of Tuscany and is remote, however it is a short (20minute) drive down the mountain to supermarkets etc. The villa is very well equipped - especially the kitchen - and Mike (the owner) has kindly provided lots of information about local activities and restaurants which made our stay very enjoyable. The villa is beautifully restored and the pool and sun terrace area are perfect for relaxing. The villa was very clean and tidy and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We would highly recommend this villa to anyone thinking of travelling to Tuscany for a holiday with family and friends.
We had a very happy week at Tagoli with our family (7 adults). We arrived very late due to our flight being redirected so had no idea of the beautiful surroundings until the following morning. We had taken advantage of a grocery delivery from the local shop prior to our arrival so were able to make the most of our first meal on the balcony overlooking the valley. This became a feature of our stay with at least one meal per day being taken there, with the autumn sunshine ensuring that we were comfortably warm.
The accommodation was ideal for us and everywhere was very clean and the kitchen well equipped.
We made use of the pool each day of our stay and thoroughly enjoyed walking along the lanes locally. The trip to Lucca was a highlight of our holiday and we had a lovely day wandering through the town. We all enjoyed a celebratory birthday meal at Da Sandra. We would highly recommend the villa and would love to return there one day
The Tagoli Casa Colonica (farmhouse) is situated less than a kilometre from the village of Vallico di Sotto which is in the commune of Fabbriche di Vallico in the Val di Turrite. The Turrite River flows down the valley to join the Serchio River in the Garfagnana Valley opposite the city of Barga. The farmhouse is in the national park 'Parco Naturale delle Alpi Apuani' which covers the mountain range between the Garfagnana valley and the coast of the Riviera delle Versilia. As well as innumerable villages the towns of Barga, Castelnuovo and Bagni di Lucca are nearby and the natural features of the Grotto di Vento (wind caves) the Orrido di Botri (gorge), Carrera marble and the Prato di Fiorito (Field of Flowers). The Tuscan cities of Lucca, Sienna, Florence, Pistoia,Pisa are within an easy drive as is the Versilian coast. There are activities in the area such as walking, pony trekking, canoeing and a visit to Pinnochio at Collodi. There is a wide choice of traditional reasonable priced Tuscan restaurants nearby. There is a shop (deliveries possible), butcher, bars and restaurants, ATM in the nearby village, 3km. Large supermarket 10km.
Other Activities: Spa, Casino