|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
The house is situated just above the village of Pescaglia, and enjoys fabulous views down through the Pescaglia valley, towards Lucca and beyond. Pisa airport is just over an hour away, Lucca (Puccini's home town...the walled city) is about 30 minutes, Florence just over an hour away, with many other famous towns within easy reach. Puccini's Grandparent's house is a short drive from Sella, and is now a museum. He used to take vacations there.....the restaurant in the village is also well worth a visit!
Barga, the famous hilltop town is well worth a visit, with stunning views, charming streets and ancient cathedral. Montecatini, one of the more famous spa towns is also well worth a visit, and perhaps after sampling the thermal baths, a trip to the old town up on the hill for your evening meal....magnificent! Lucca just has to be visited, mostly free of traffic because of the city walls, it is very enjoyable to explore on foot, with so much to see, many churches, the Roman Anfiteatro, and many piazzas, with cafes and restaurants and galore. The top of the walls can be cycled around, we took our own picnic, and stopped half way....very pleasant. (cycle hire in Lucca)
Passo a Sella is an old farm house, set in the hills just North of Lucca. It has been restored in typical Tuscan fashion. There is a large terrace area to enjoy the fabulous vista, whilst dining, or just sipping your prosecco and relaxing. The house sleeps four people, in one double bedded room and one twin bedded room. The living room has a fire place for the cooler autumn evenings.
The front door opens onto the large terrace which catches the sun for most of the day during the summer. The house is well situated for walking, perhaps taking a hike, to build the appetite ready for the evening feasts. The bathroom has a large shower, wash basin, toilet and bidet. There is another toilet and shower area, useable in the warmer months, in the outhouse. The kitchen is well equipped for self catering with all the usual necessities. The worktop is a pink Sardinian granite, the doors are chestnut (castagne), of which there are many in the woods.
The pool is an above ground type, approx 12ft across, and 3.5 ft deep.
The nearest village, Pescaglia, is about 8 minutes in the car. It has a shop, a cafe, and many churches. There are many restaurants dotted around the hillside, all offering a gastronomic feast. The nearest restaurant from the house is about 2 minutes away, this is also a small shop that always seems to be very well stocked with fresh produce. The Italians are fanatical about their food!
San Gimignano and Siena are within easy reach, as is Bagni di Lucca, another famous spa town. The beaches are easily reached in about 50 minutes, with Carrara the backdrop to the coast.....a fantastic vista. Viareggio and Camaiore are the closest beach resorts, very popular with the Italians through the summer (Carrara, of course the home to the Carrara marble industry).
There are many other towns and villages which all have their own quaint charms, and awaiting your exploration. The area is just saturated in 'history'.
We spent two weeks in this comfortable house. There is a small, cozy livingroom and a spacious kitchen with everything you need for cooking; also two bedrooms with good beds. We were surprised to find a lot of clean towels in de bathroom and our beds made up, so no need to use our own sheets.
From the large courtyard you look over the trees into the valley; at night you see the lights of Lucca. If the sun shines hot , the pool is large enough for a cool bath.
The location of the house is, although just below the road, rather isolated. Pescaglia offers nothing to see. Lucca is a 35 minutes drive, the supermarket 25 minutes. Tip 1: if you like to go to Florence, take the train, free parking in Lucca at the backside of the station. Tip 2: don’t miss a diner at restaurant La Fonte, 5 minutes under Pescaglia; after you have tasted the excellent housewine, it is a real sensation to drive the meandering road up to the house…
If you like touristic entertainment in the immidiate vicinity, go elsewhere. If you are looking for rest and privacy, this is a top location, with a good price - quality ratio.
Niels K. & Markus V.
This was the most peaceful villa we have ever stayed in with great views and lovely walks in the surrounding area. Perfect if you want to unwind and do very little. Not too far from Lucca which is a beautiful city.
The house was as described in the description, and the photos were accurate. Communication with the owners was good. I would highly recommend if you want a break from everyday life, though the wifi is there if you need it!
The house lived up to our expectations. Loved the views, fireflies, little skittering lizards, we saw a porcupine crossing the road late one night which surprised us enormously!! Lots of driving, blind bends, hairpin bends and manic Italians. Very intimidating when your not used to it but I soon got used to it!! Loved Lucca, Florence and Pisa. Trains are great and cheap, very entertained to buy train tickets at the local cafe. Tried some of the recommended restaurants, lovely people in la font but service was awful, I had finished my main course a good 30 mins before my husband and sons arrived. Al collette was great, family run and lovely, a very aged grandma came out as we left to ask us if everything was OK, she was so nice, it was a Sunday afternoon and they had turfed the family out so we could eat!!' We were grateful but a tad embarrassed! The only negatives here were the derelict house next door and the dangerous steps down to the pool area, I would be very concerned about letting children go down there on their own, especially as the woodland by the pool falls away steeply and it could be nasty if someone fell. Try viareggio and some of the big old villas around the countryside. Al in all a great holiday,
We've recently returned from our second August stay at this lovely place and continue to recommend it highly. The house is well-equipped, owners are helpful and the house is a perfect size for a small family (we are 2 adults and 2 primary-age children).
The weather was particularly hot this year and we appreciated losing a few degrees by the house being in the hills - this made the stay much more bearable but still very much warm enough -- the kids were again able spend time in the pool while we were on the terrace planning and relaxing.
We were surprised to find many more places of interest this year including the villa tour near Lucca and the Passo di Radici - an exhilarating (slightly hair-raising!) drive. There is certainly a lot to see and do in the region.
Although a car is essential and the location peaceful, it's just a short drive to many wonderful places- Lucca itself, Pisa, the Grotto del Vento, Bagni di Lucca... Shops, restaurants (and cash machines, supermarkets) are all within very easy reach too. We may well be back again!
We (2 friends) stayed here to relax and leave all the stress behind – and sure thing this can be done!! The house is super remote (I would not want to stay there alone) with just bird song and bees by day, and owls, bats and fireflies at night. Just heaven to be on the terrace and stare into beauty.
You have to love driving, as it is very remote in winding roads. Sat nav is def helpful there, though the descriptions from Hugh for all are very good and clear.
The bathroom was also good condition – clean and useful with super hot water.
As we stayed quite early in the year, the house was still a bit in its winter sleep I think. It would need to warm up for summer as it smelt a little damp still. Though we had fresh picked flowers all over the house, so no problem at all. Same for the pool, it was not working which we got advised before arrival (would have been too cold to go in anyway)
On the plus, this time of the year were not many tourists around. We did a lot of driving, discovering and laying in the sun which was just perfect.
I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a remote place to stay. It is very peaceful and simple. While writing this I am already dreaming of going back!
Our family spent a week in this lovely cottage in August 2014 finding everything we needed and great views! The house is well-located for Lucca, Pisa (an easy drive) and Florence (go by train from Lucca) as well as for the impressive marble mines and the Garfagnana. There is plenty to be explored if you like driving! It was great to have a small clean pool and the kids spent plenty of time in there. The house is located quite high up in the hills and this provided a welcome respite from the heat of the cities - lovely and warm but not stifling. Perhaps the only downside is the long and winding road up to the house; however, you soon get used to that and know every bend well! All in all, lovely house, great location, helpful owners; highly recommended.
We very much enjoyed our one week stay at this exquisite Tuscan home which sits atop a mountain and commands incredible views of the valleys below. We enjoyed breakfasts on the veranda with the aforementioned views and enjoyed dinner at local restaurants the best of which was La Fonta, just a few minutes away. The location afforded us easy day trips to Lucca, Pisa, Florence, and the gorgeous hiking trails of Cinque Terra. We also hiked in the Apennine Alps and Apuane Alps and had very good fly fishing for trout with a local guide. We almost hated to leave the property, however, since it was so comfortable and clean with nearly perfect quiet and solitude. I have and will continue to recommend this property to friends considering a Tuscan holiday.
Local activities include cycling, walking, swimming and fishing. Fishing guides are available. There are many very pleasant walks through the woods. A fifteen minute walk also takes you down to the nearest bar/restaurant/shop, although it is uphill on your return. The local restaurants are a delight! There are many within an easy drive, all serving very good local fare. To dine out is a real pleasure, and will not cost a fortune! There are many towns and villages within easy reach of the house, Lucca, Florence, Barga, & Bagni di Lucca to name a few, all with their own character and steeped in history. We are able to arrange walking tours of Florence and Pisa. Please contact the owners for more details.
For those of you interested in classical music.....Lucca and the surrounding area was home to the Puccini family. During the summer months, there are outdoor music festivals in Lucca and at Torre del Lago. We especially enjoy visiting in June, when the fireflies are at their best, on a nice warm evening.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$185|
Prices are as follows; May through to the end of October 2015 the weekly rate is £575.00 or 750 euros. Extra days can be added at £100.00 or 120 euros per day, but the minimum stay is for 4days. The deposit has to be paid along with the initial 25%, as we do not have the facility to collect on arrival. But it is returned after your stay, subject to all being well at the property. (In the 10 years since we have had the property, at no time have we had reason to make any deductions)
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.