Unbeatable views, peace and comfort, the perfect base for exploring the area
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About Jennifer Gale
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 work as a Nurse in the NHS. I get to Castello as much as I can.
Jennifer Gale purchased this House in 1985
Why Jennifer Gale chose Borgo A Mozzano
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.
What makes this House unique
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!
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Fabulous Property, Idyllic Views, Excellent Host.
Jennifer's home in Castello is wonderful. Spacious, well equipped, nicely furnished, private and with a view to die for.
Jennifer herself is an expert host and ensured that everything was well prepared for our arrival.
No doubt everyone who stays in Castello falls in love with the place. We too! And we look forward to returning.
Peace and tranquility
What a wonderful week we had here in this glorious setting. We have been looking forward to this ever since we booked. The views were magnificent, opening the shutters and listening to the birds and distant bells were the ‘stuff of dreams’ . We were aware of the drive up to Castello especially the last 200m, even so on our second trip up we damaged the wheel. So please be extra careful on your approach.
We loved the house and all it’s quirks especially the (original) carousel. It had everything we could possibly need, just sitting on the terrace savouring all around us will stay in our memories always. Thank you Jennifer
Many thanks for your review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in Castello.
Peaceful retreat after busy days just what the doctor ordered.
Really beautiful typical Tuscan country cottage.
This was a stunning place to stay. Amazing views, very characterful house, which was more spacious than I imagined. Peaceful, yet a very realistic 25 minute drive to Lucca.
Just as you would imagine a peaceful countryside retreat.
If I hadn't already seen that the owner wouldn't sell, I'd be asking!
Wunderschönes altes charmantes Haus in herrlicher Lage oben in einem kleinen Weiler mit fantastischem Blick über das Tal. Wir haben besonders die Aussicht vom Balkon aus genossen, dies war unser Liebingsplatz zum Essen und Lesen. Daneben gab es noch einen schönen Sitzplatz auf der Terrasse, zu jeder Tageszeit findet man bei Hitze ein schattiges Plätzchen rund um's Haus. Hier leisteten uns oft zwei nette Katzen Gesellschaft, die sich immer über eine Futterration gefreut haben.
Lucca ist eine wunderschöne Stadt (hier gibt es auch einen großen Esselunga-Supermarkt zum Einkaufen mit toller Auswahl), Florenz haben wir mit dem Zug von Lucca aus besucht. Ansonsten gibt es Wanderungen in der näheren Umgebung, leckere Restaurants finden sich nach 10-20 Minuten Autofahrt in der Nähe.
Wir werden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen, wir waren alle drei begeistert.
Superb view with peace and beautiful birdsong
Myself and my wife stayed at Castello 11 for eleven nights. The house is lovely, characterful and cool inside. The balcony with tiled roof is just so lovely to sit on - great view looking down on the valley on trees and olive groves whilst for most of the day in the welcome shade. The valley bottom church bells chime softly in the distance. The dawn chorus birdsong and view from the ground floor double bed were lovely.
The village of Valdottavo with some shops on the valley floor takes 5-10 minutes to reach by car down the narrow and steep road that winds up the hill and is a bit challenging especially the last 200m stretch which has a jagged rock face and sharp turn. Parking is 50 yards from the house.
The nearest big town of Lucca takes about 20 minutes to drive to and it is simply lovely. The big car parks round the outside are free, with just a few minutes walk into the walled town. Lucca has many piazzas. Our favourite was Puccini which was a bit quieter than the others and had some nice restaurants reasonably priced. We much preferred Lucca to Florence. We thought it was prettier, much less busy and churches were free to go in.
Walking from the house in the nearby woods was nice in the shade, but fairly energetic as quite hilly.
We were sad to leave such a lovely spot.
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.