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Spacious villa own pool, stunning mountain views, WIFI, free traditional meal!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautifully restored stone villa with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and private pool.

An hour north of Lucca, Vallecchia Sotto is a beautiful, light and airy stone villa, with private pool & wonderful views overlooking the mountains.

The house boasts beamed ceilings, chestnut windows, & traditional style furniture.

This 5 bedroom villa spans 3 floors, & provides flexible accommodation, with the ground floor designed as a fully equipped, 1 or 2 bedroom apartment which interconnects with the rest of the house as required.

3 of the bedrooms have en-suites, with the other 2 having an interconnecting bathroom with tub.

There are 2 fully equipped kitchen/diners, & 2 living rooms with comfy sofas in each.

Each of the floors have personal eating out areas with fantastic views. There is a private 6M x 12M pool with internal steps & a large sunbathing area. There are 3 terraces leading from the house itself giving a good selection of eating space.

A prefect spot for a family holiday, especially for two families holidaying together who still want their own space.

And, as a special treat, the owner has asked to local cooks to come and cook for guests free of charge one evening (best to arrange prior to arrival) . Dinner will comprise antipasti, first course, second course, dessert and 1/2 litre of wine each plus coffee! Ingredients will be local and freshly produced as much as is possible. This is a wonderful treat! Many guests enjoy their evening so much they book the ladies again....

Ground floor: Spacious light & airy living room with fireplace & 2 comfy sofas - double doors leading to patio. Kitchen diner - dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, fridge freezer. Dining table for up to 12. Kitchen has doors leading to outdoor eating area. Double bedroom with ensuite shower room.

The ground floor apartment can be closed off, or can interconnect with the first floor,which is reached either via independent entrance, or via internal stairs when hired in conjunction with the ground floor.

First floor also comprises spacious living room with comfy seating. Kitchen diner with dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, fridge freezer. Dining table for up to 12. Kitchen diner leads to terrace with large table & chairs. Ground floor area also leads to eating/relaxing terrace at back of house. Also on this floor is a double or twin bedroom with en suite shower room with WC and a separate ground floor WC.

Second floor: Double /twin bedroom . Bedroom with 3 single beds.

Bedrooms separated by interconnecting bathroom with tub & shower over. Further double bedroom with en suite. Each room is spacious, light & airy, & all furniture is new. Beamed ceilings throughout. Full privacy.

Outside: Gardens with olive trees and views over mountains. Private pool of 6M x 12m with internal steps. Large sunbathing area around pool. Three different terraces leading from house for outdoor relaxing/al fresco dining....

More Details

Property Manager
Loretta Nardini
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks for all Your help with organizing our holiday in Vallecchia Sotto! And special thanks to Fabrizio for helping us there.

After spending two great weeks at Vallecchia Sotto, we are already planning a new trip for summer 2011.
Aug 2010
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Fosciandora Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Interconnects to two bedrooms
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , En suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , En suite
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ladies available to cook delicious local meals in comfort of your own home for those evenings you don't wish to drive. This is on request and with notice. TV with UK freeview channels. WIFI internet FREE **Enjoy a Traditional Tuscan Meal cooked at home, available free of charge**


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Spacious villa own pool, stunning mountain views, WIFI, free traditional meal!
average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

Views cannot be beaten

  • 5 of 5

The first impressions of this villa were incredible. Everything down from the views, to the villa itself, to the lovely welcome dinner we had that night.

The cooks are so lovely and definitely worth getting and it takes the hassle of going out and finding something or cooking your own meal.

The villa is huge and accommodated 8 of us with more room with a bedroom not even being used.

I would highly recommended this property, the management team are very professional and will try to help you out as best they can with any request.

The only bad bit I can say is that the pool isn't cleaned but just means getting your own bugs out.

Had a lovely 5 days and will defiantly be back

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Laura! Glad you had a good time and enjoyed the views, the wonderful meal, and all that space in the house! We would love to hear from you again NB - For future guests, do note the pool IS cleaned twice weekly in accordance with the guidelines and the pool pump is on regularly at the optimum recommended too. However, since this is the countryside you do get insects and between cleans and when pump 'resting' you need to use the net to get them out if they are not picked up by the skimmers. Thanks!
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Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time and the views were stunning. The house was well equipped and the meal cooked for us by Frederick was delicious - such a treat! Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed this property with its stunning views and that you enjoyed your meal - Federica is an amazing cook! Will love to hear from you again. Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
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Stunning property, spacious and clean. Recommended

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely recommend, bid enough for two families. Ideal location for nearby towns. Cleaned to a high standard and amazing home cooked meal by two local ladies. Wonderful area to relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. Good to hear you would recommend this lovely property which from experience is incredibly well presented by the cleaning lady. Glad you enjoyed the meal - we have tried the meal offer too, and it was delicious! Lorraine at
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Fantastic view from the dinner table

  • 5 of 5

This house was amazing. Fantastic views, well equipped, lovely garden and pool and plenty of space for 8 adults.

We really enjoyed eating on the balcony with the valley spread out below us.

The station is 15 minutes away so perfect for day trips to Pisa, Lucca or up the valley ( we took our bikes on the train and cycled back down). Easy acces from Pisa airport by road or rail if you have a pick up from the station.

The road up to the house is windy and narrow in places but fine after a couple of trips!

The meals cooked by Frederika are wonderful we went back for more!

We would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, and we are glad to hear you had a good time at this beautiful place! We have also been cooked for by Federica and I agree, her food is scrumptious. The team at Vallecchia Sotto, and us at Tuscan-retreats would love to welcome you again. Thank you Lorraine
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A beautiful villa in a beautiful valley

  • 5 of 5

The house was immaculately presented, clean, tidy and well kitted out. The bedrooms are all spacious with comfortable beds; the bathrooms are both very large and modern. The pool is wonderful with floodlighting for the evening swim - something we did on many occasions. Eating out on the terrace while the sun went down over the hills of Garfagnana was a complete delight.

My only slight niggle was the lack of 'stuff' which made the place a bit echoey and a bit un-lived in.

The villa is ideal for two families in that it comprises two self-contained apartments, both with their own kitchens and living areas so you can be together and apart when desired. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, and we are glad you loved this pristine house, with its amazing views. It is great you were able to use the pool at night too, which is always fun. Thank you for your recommendation!
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Amazing spot, very nice house!

  • 4 of 5

It's a wonderful place with stunning views and it's a very nice, well equiped house, but the way to get there is quite narrow, winding and steep. Above that, it takes some time to get to places of interest as Luca and Cinque Terre.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Castelnuovo (6 holes)
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Ponte di Ceserana
Car: necessary

This stunning villa is situated 1 hr. north of Lucca high in the hills of Garfagnana Northern Tuscany.

The views & walking opportunities are the real attraction of this property but there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the market town of Castelnuovo, famous for its Thursday morning market (less than 15 min. drive) and also in the beautiful mediaeval Barga which is less than a 20 min. drive away.

There is a small bar/shop in two of the closest villages one of which is less than a km away and a restaurant and train station at the bottom of the hill 3.5 km away.

Barga the beautiful mediaeval town, with its wonderful architecture, Duomo, good restaurants and regular outdoor entertainment is a popular destination and the medieval walled city of Lucca is less than an hour away - try cycling around the walls, meandering in shady narrow streets and people watching in the Grand Piazzas while enjoying a drink or a gelato!

Florence and Siena can be reached for day trips, and Pisa with its airport is a 1 hr 15 minute drive.

The Versilian coast is a good day trip reached either via Lucca or more spectacularly by crossing through the Apuan Alps.

The famous Wind Caves are a 40 minute drive, as is the Canyoning park, where one can jump down waterfalls into beautiful rivers.

Closer to home there are plenty of little historic villages to visit, many of which have local festas in the summer.

Don't forget the lake of Vagli (with its hidden village submerged by the water) for an afternoon drive, or the lake of Pontecosi, where one can stop for a drink. Some some guests love to swim in the river too ...

Many guests enjoy to visit the local Fortress at Verrucole which is a good afternoon out, with stunning views and some interactive activities for the children. Also close by is the Buffardello tree climbing and zip wire park (ideal for both adults and children of all ages with a variety of runs) where one can take a picnic or BBQ and spend the entire day in the welcome shade of the forest.

The real beauty of this area is the dramatic mountain scenery, and the hundreds of hilltop villages to explore, endless picnicking opportunities, and the pure peace of a non touristy holiday ......

Airports-Pisa 85 min.; Florence 1hr 50 min.;Genoa 2 hr. 30 min.; Milan 3 hr. 15 min; Bologna 2 hr. 30 min.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Cot and high chair free of charge.
English speaking lady available to assist with any problems.

This is a flexible property - do ask for reduced prices for closing off one of the kitchens/living rooms, and one or two bedrooms to reduce capacity

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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