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Mark Carson

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian

Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Massa Carrara House Rental Photos and Description

2 double bedroms, both ensuite, large open dining/living area. Private terrace

Casa D'alloro has two beautifully appointed double bedrooms, both en-suite. One has an outstanding view over the chestnut swathed foothills of the Apuan Alps. A fully equipped kitchen includes dishwasher and microwave, while the lounge area also has those spectacular views down the valley towards the Magra river.

Breakfast on the terrace in the cool shade watching the butterflies and listening to the crickets. Evening in the warm sun watching the shadows lengthen. Then the fire flies appear below in the garden flitting from the bushes to the fruit trees. As it gets darker the sky lights up with a million stars so bright without florescent lights and you can hear the owls over the valley and even the rustling in the bushes of the wild deer or maybe even the chingale wild boar so prized by the locals. Far away towards Aulla just a few lights twinkle in tiny villages like ours and above Licciana is the faint orange glow of the cemetery...... this is Lunigiana........

Outdoor Pool - our new in ground pool( 8m x 4m) has just been completed. Roman steps lead into the pool to give easy access for all ages. The pool is 1.25m deep..perfect for adults to do easy lengths and shallow enough for kids 7 and over to be able to stop for a breather. The location is amazing with views far down over the valley.

Local attractions 1: Lucca - 1 hr 10 mins - Provincial capital with intact Renaissance walls. Do not miss the oval Piazza Antiteatro right in the centre which has some of the original arches still in place. This is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccici the famous composer and there is a summer music festival held which has included Eric Clapton, Burt Bacharach, Anastasia and Moby. At nearby Torre del Lago there is a Puccini festival every July/ August.

Potovenere/Cinque Terra - 55 mins - World Heritage Site. Picturesque town on the Gulf of Poets with great seafood trattorias where you can catch the ferry to the 5 villages of the Cinque Terra. Over the centuries terraces have been constructed on the steep hillsides to cultivate vines and olives. No cars can reach the villages and the inhabitants are proud of protecting their way of life.

Eating out - possibly our favourite activity... huge choice from 12 euro local lunches of fresh mountain produce to the more expensive but superb restaurants around Lerici.

Local attractions 2: Lerici/San Terenzo - 35 mins - beautiful typical seaside resort that hasn't changed much over the years due to strict planning regulations. Dominated by its castle, it also has a small fish market right on the harbour. There is a small public beach that is shallow and safe for kids. Great ice cream parlours and restaurants. You can also get the ferry to Portovenere across the bay.

Sarzana - 30 mins - beautiful centro storico with large piazza and marble Gothic cathedral dating from 1355. Some lovely restaurants and ice cream parlours. Huge antiques market every month.

Parma - 1 hr 30 mins - world famous for Proscuitto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, architecture and one of the oldest universities in the world. Easy to visit and to park in and amazing food. Many beautiful Romanesque churches and lovely gardens around the Ducal Palace.

Luni Amphitheater and Museum - 40 mins -Founded in 177BC there are remains of the Roman Amphitheater and is located on the via Aurelia which lead to Rome.

for more info please see casadalloro.com and baccana on facebook

more info.....: Hill walking - directly from Casa D'alloro there are endless spectacular marked hill walks in the Apuan Alps. Wild boar roam the mountains and all the locals search for fungi the day after rain.

Water Parks -There are two water parks within easy reach, one at Villafranca in Lunigiana and one close to Fivizziano.

Karting - there is an outdoor kart track between Lerici and Boco di Magra and a world championship track at Parma just 1 hour drive.

Opera - just one hour from Torre di Lago to experience Puccini where it was written. Book early in the season to ensure you get a seat.

Shopping - Forti dei Marmi is just down the autostrada where you can enjoy the passegata with the locals browsing Tods, Prada, Hogan, Dolce e Gabbana before stopping for your appertivo....it has to be a Prosecco......

Adventure park - parco 100 aventure is the summer activity at the Prato Spilla ski resort. A challenging adventure set high in the chestnut trees caters for 6 to 76 year olds.....

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mark Carson (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian

Why Mark Carson chose Massa Carrara

Unspoiled hilltop village in Tuscany ... Why wouldn't you want to be part of it... Southern Tuscany (chiantiashire) is very different and this was the ideal opportunity to buy a property in real Italy and live with the locals.

What makes this house unique

Expirence the real Italy and the real Italian food and living in the countryside alongside the locals. Great value food and wine. Close enough to visit Lucca, the Riveria, Cinque Terre without paying the high prices.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)
Restored Casa with large garden and private pool in hilltop borgo.
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews
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Beautiful hideaway with amazing views..

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing 2 weeks in Baccana with our 3 children. Everything we needed was at hand and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the pool! With the coast near it made it a great location. Tellaro and the crystal clear sea was one of our favourite places and surprisingly very quiet for Italy! San Terenzo was perfect for a late swim and gelato..

Everything we had to eat was lovely, but eating at Montagne Verde was most definitely the best. Fabulous food which kept coming over 3 hrs! We would highly recommend it and great for children.

Thanks to Antonella for being so kind and helpful during our stay. If you need to know anything Mark was always at hand to help who also gave us lots of information before and during our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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It epitomises Italian charm

  • 5 of 5

Casa D'Alloro definitely is more remote than we thought but the peacefulness and tranquility makes it so special. Once you know your way around -the neighbouring villages have everything you need.....there's great restaurants and bakeries , butchers etc . Mark ( the owner) has made the property so comfortable and homely; respectfully restoring it to its traditional style but also ensuring guests have all the convenient mod cons . Mark is so helpful too . Casa D'Alloro is simply beautiful... And the area is breathtaking . Now back in cloudy UK I miss Casa D'Alloro! !

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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It epitomises Italian charm. The escape place we all crave.

  • 5 of 5

Casa D'Alloro definitely is more remote than we thought but the peacefulness and tranquility makes it so special. Once you know your way around -the neighbouring villages have everything you need.....there's great restaurants and bakeries , butchers etc . Mark ( the owner) has made the property so comfortable and homely; respectfully restoring it to its traditional style but also ensuring guests have all the convenient mod cons . Mark is so helpful too . Casa D'Alloro is simply beautiful... And the area is breathtaking . Now back in cloudy UK I miss Casa D'Alloro! !

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Absolutely adored this beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for the wow factor this stunning villa is for you! Set in the heart of some of the most glorious Tuscan mountains you wake every morning to spectacular skyline views and the opportunity for a refreshing swim in your own private pool. Evening time sees the sky changing gradually changing colours into twilight lit up by dancing fireflies giving the place a magical presence that is second to none. It's also a great spot from which to tour the area and the local produce is so authentically Italian so you really feel a part of the culture ... all brought back to cook on a traditional outdoor wooden stove. Mark, the owner was a super host always on the end of the phone if needed and helping to make our stay so happily memorable. In essence, this place is a little piece of heaven that can be in experienced summer or winter when the chains go on the car wheels and the skiing is awesome too. We loved it all. Thank you ❤️

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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An absolutely beautiful house in a perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Baccana. The house was everything we'd hoped for and more. The location is remote, peaceful and blissfully beautiful. The house has everything you will need and all of the advice and suggestions in the booklet are really helpful. We will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Perfect house in a beautiful setting!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Casa Dallora!!! What a nice house at a amazing place!!!! We loved it!!! Nice pool with beautiful view. And the house was so complete. Even a dishwasher and a washer.Everything was nice and clean! And the owner is very helpful. He had a lot of good suggestions where to eat or were to go.What a nice part of Toscane. We did go to Tuscane before, but than we did the touristic spots like Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Sienna etc. But this part of Toscane we had never been. It’s beautiful. We definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
99 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Crespiano
Nearest Ferry
36 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Aulla
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Aulla
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Crespiano
Nearest Ski
27 Kilometres
Prato Spilla
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Lerici
Car: necessary

Welcome to Casa D'alloro and find out why George Clooney has swapped a villa on Lake Como for a country retreat in Lunigiana.... Set deep in the ancient territory of Lunigiana it is Tuscany before the huge influx of tourists. Restaruants are superb serving local produce from the mountains and the nearby Mediterranean sea at very reasonable prices. Beaches are shallow and safe, perfect for kids. You can take the ferry to the UNESCO coast of the Cinque Terra or take to the mountains for summer hiking, autumn mushroom hunting and winter skiing. The beautiful cities of Lucca, Parma and Florence are an easy drive or train journey or you can soak up the style of Portofino and shop in the designer boutiques of Forti Dei Marmi.

Casa D'alloro has two beautifully appointed double bedrooms, both en-suite. One has an outstanding view over the chestnut swaithed foothills of the Apuan Alps. A fully equipped kitchen includes dishwasher and microwave, while the lounge area also has those spectacular views over the private pool and down the valley towards the Magra river.

Other Activities: skiing just 27km from house. porcini mushrooms in local woods with licence

Ski: Cerreto Laghi - is the major ski resort of the region with 28 km of challenging slopes, a snow park, ski school with travelator and snow making facilities. Piste 2 has FIS approval and hosts slalom races during the season. The instructors say that if you can ski Monte Nuda you are then able to ski anywhere in the Alps.... There is also a cross-country course and an Olympic size ice rink. Around the lake are great value hotels and restaurants, ski hire shops and delicatessens selling local and regional produce and there are some exclusive ski wear and clothes shops specializing in Moncler, Timberland and Geox. There are rarely long queues for the modern lift system, every one is very friendly and the instructors at the ski school are superb and really great value. (28 euro for private 1 on 1 lesson).

Prato Spilla is closer though is a much smaller resort with around 12km of runs which are less challenging than Cerreto but equally great value and very friendly. 15 euro day pass .

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Rates & Availability

Licciana Nardi House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
$1,548
 
 
Autumn 2016
Sep 4 2016 - Nov 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
$784
 
 
Spring 2017
Mar 25 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$784
 
 
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,548
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$1,048
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $198

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Amenities

Massa Carrara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 85 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Rustic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • You enter the house through the expertly crafted arched doorway. To your left is the spacious main bedroom with kingsize bed, traditional furniture and original features of the cantina stonework highlighted. This leads through to the ensuite with shower, wc, bidet and a stunning Carrara marble surface on the original pointed stone ledge. The front bedroom has spectacular views over the garden and on to the the chestnut forests beyond. Again there is a kingsize bed, reclaimed wooden shelf and reclaimed chestnut beams. A traditional wardrobe in the dressing area completes the luxury finish to the room. The ensuite has 2 large basins, Venetian mirrors, bidet and ample bath to soak in after a days skiing.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The local hand crafted kitchen has everything you need if you enjoy cooking (as we do) but also if you have kids and need a microwave and dishwasher (i really don't want to wash up on holiday !) . The lounge has those same views with a comfortable sofa bed and Sony HD TV with DVD player. This whole space has the original stone cleaned and re pointed up to shoulder height and the beautiful arched roof plastered in the traditional way. You exit the house onto the terrace through either the front bedroom or the living area. Here there is enough space to sit and enjoy breakfast taking in the tranquillity of the large garden area with endless chestnut covered hills across the valley.

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