|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
The villa is on the edge of a hamlet nestling in the hills. The perfect choice as a base for your self catering holiday. Unwind on the terrace soaking up the sun and views, re-tread ancient footpaths winding into the hills, explore famous cities of art or just relax on the beach! Sample the real Italian food and wine experience from little country Trattorias then get away from it all at your holiday villa. Only 2km from the village of Valdottavo with shops, bars and restaurant for your immediate requirements and remember the famous city of Lucca is only 20 min by car. Furnished in traditional style No.11 offers 2 spacious bedrooms, one double & one twin, bathroom, sitting room, kitchen/dining room with log fire for winter evenings, panoramic, intimate covered terrace accessed from ground floor, plus another large front terrace with dining and barbecue facilities where you can enjoy to the full (hopefully with a glass of wine) sunsets and long summer evenings.
About Lucca: The whole area is rich in historic and cultural interest. Castello lies approximately 17 km. north of the ancient walled city of Lucca. It is a charming and beautiful city, with its priceless art treasures, narrow cobbled streets flanked by imposing palazzos, secluded squares, gardens and Romanesque churches. Whilst retaining all the elements of its age and history one finds sophisticated shops and restaurants. On the third weekend of every month there is a fantastic antiques fair which lasts for 2 days Throughout the summer months there are various classical and contemporary music festivals. On top of the medieval walls which enclose Lucca are wide and shady tree lined avenues. Here the locals cycle, walk their dogs and promenade. There are grassy ramparts ideal for relaxing after sight seeing or you can hire bikes and ride around the 4 km of wall. A great way to see the city from up high.
About the area: Bagni di Lucca 14 km from Castello has spa water swim pool and spa centre offering treatments all year. Barga 24 kms with 11th C.Cathedral and views of the Apuan Alps plus Jazz Opera festivals in summer, 'Fish and Chip' festival in July/August. Castelnuovo in Garfagnana 33 km 'Gateway of the Garfagnana' an area of incredible natural beauty and National Park of Orichella, caves, gorges, abundant plant and animal life, hidden villages where time stands still, great for hiking, cycling, pony trekking. Abetone 50 km a popular ski area. The Cinque Terre 63 km, 5 little fishing ports a must see along with the beautiful fishing port of Porto Venere. Florence 85 km motorway from Lucca or take the bus or train. Siena 146 km has the dramatic 'Palio' horse race on 2nd July and 16th Aug. San Gimignano 200 kms famous for it's stone towers. Versilia 30 km a huge stretch of beach and resorts ofViareggio, Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi beach clubs and night-life all night every night until sunrise
About Castello: Like so many Tuscan settlements, Castello clings to the side of a hill overlooking valleys, hillsides and mountains with terraced vineyards and olive groves in the foreground, and beyond, wooded slopes and picturesque villages. It is a peaceful place, totally unspoilt. It retains a traditional way of life and has been home for generations of Italian families who still cultivate the land. In the Spring of 2003, BBC2 screened a 'reality TV' documentary series concerning British families o wishing to relocate to another country. One of the programmes in the series follows the fortunes of a family wishing to relocate to Tuscany, in the Lucca area. The beginning of the programme shows the family viewing a handful of properties in the area and choosing the one that they would most like to live in. They chose my house in Castello and lived there for the duration of the filming. They, like me, fell in love with Castello and the house and playfully tried to persuade me to sell it to them.
The house was acquired as a complete ruin and my husband lovingly restored it with great character using original materials in keeping with it's rustic history. As he is no longer with us, it is a great and lasting tribute to his skill. I lived in number 11 with my son for 10 years. I now live in the UK and get to Castello as much as I can.
Jenny Gale purchased this house in 1985
The house is simple and rustic reflecting it's history as a farm worker's dwelling. It's stones are steeped in history. It remains part of a little community, my neighbours were born and bred in Castello. For anyone wanting an authentic, beautiful little countryside retreat as a base for exploring this remarkable and magnificent area of Tuscany then Castello 11 is perfect.
Peace and quiet after day trips to the cities of art. West facing covered terrace to enjoy the sunset. Nature all around you from the wild flowers in the olive groves to the swallows in the skies. Breathtaking views all year round. A decent sized village only 5 mins away for amenities and Lucca, the beach, the mountains, the cities of art and Pisa airport all just down the road!
We had a great time in this wonderful house. It's very authentic with a nice decoration and a spectaculair view on the terrace and from the bedroomwindow. The house has everything you will need. A nice kitchen with oven and dishwasher, a washing machine and when you come home after a day visiting the beautiful surroundings you can take a warm bath and relax. Lucca is nearby (only 20 minutes drive) and a big supermarket only 10 minutes away. The coast is also close. And the cinque terre is very nice to visit. In the morning you can buy your bread in the village. We certainly can recommend this house and like to come back someday.
Renata, Fred, Yoran and Liam (the Netherlands)
We went there in august 2014, the house is perfect, wish it was mine.
The furniture is typical italian farmer style, The house has a wonderfull view, also from the bathroom.
Driving up to the location is a litlle challenge, but its worth it!!!
We were a group of 12 and occupied three houses in Castello - an epitome of an ancient Italian village. No. 11 had the best view and soon became our favourite - amalgamation of ancient atmosphere and modern (comfortable) living incl. wi-fi. Exceeded our expectations in all aspects. Being close to famous historical and art locations (Luca, San Gimignano, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Cinqua Terre), we used it as a base. We regret not spending more time in the surrounding beautiful area and most definitely will come back to explore. Already recommended no.11 to a few friends.
It was a memorable stay!!!
The house is located in the remote rural hamlet of Castello, situated in the hills above Valdottavo, near Lucca. It was simply furnished but that all added to it's rustic charm. The house had both a covered and uncovered terrace, perfect for lazy breakfasts in the early morning sun, then sundowners and suppers in the evening. The kitchen was adequately kitted out, the beds were comfortable and covered with mosquito nets, and there was always plenty of hot water. The village of Valdottavo at the bottom of the hill, provided all the essentials - a fantastic butcher, bakery, grocery shops, coffee bars and a fantastic pizzeria, and was a short drive away from the beautiful walled town of Lucca. We all loved the house, and as we were not in search of bland luxurious accommodation, this place was just perfect. We would love to return one day.
Nous avions été prévenus par Jenny la propriétaire, la route n'est pas facile et le coup de klaxon avant les virages est vivement conseillé, mais quel bonheur à l'arrivée au hameau de Castello avec cette vue magnifique de la terrasse.
Nous avons adoré cette petite maison sur les hauteurs de la Toscane avec cette décoration au style brocante.
Merci pour la gentillesse de Jenny
Nous en garderons un très bon souvenir, à recommander sans hésitation.
Sylvie, Mireille, Philippe et Régis
We had a great week. It is possible to make beautiful walks directly frow the house, lucca is near. The house is comfortable. The place is very quiet.
Castello is just 17 km north of Lucca, one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany and just 2 km from the friendly village of Valdottavo. Heading north a short distance from Castello, is the Spa town of Bagni di Lucca with it's fabulous open air spa-water swimming pool and spa treatment centre. Then there is the historic walled city of Barga not to mention many beautiful hidden villages to explore and skiing at Abetone, an hours drive away. The delightful Cinque Terre -5 amazing little fishing ports - on the Ligurian coast line are a must do and less than an hour from Castello, along with Porto Venere .Florence is an easy trip just over 1 h. Siena and San Gimignano about a 2 hour drive away. The beach with lively cosmopolitan resorts like Viareggio, Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi and miles of golden sand is about 45 minutes away. Pisa Airport is 45 min by car and Florence airport about an hour away. There are excellent motorway and rail connections from Lucca.
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May 28 2016 - Sep 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
For stays of less than one week please contact me for availability and rates.
Prices quoted are for four persons; the charge for a fifth guest is £70 per week. There is no charge for one child under the age of three years with four visitors. A cot and high chair are available at £20 a week inclusive.
Prices include electricity, gas; (excluding heating) and hot and cold water.
Payment. 30% (In sterling) of the total rental on registration, the balance 8 weeks before your visit. If the booking is made within 8 weeks then the whole payment is due on registration. I accept payment by bank transfer.