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Tuscany: Charming Hilltop House with Pool in a Lovely Wine Village

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House in Ceserano, Nr. Fivizzano in Province of Massa Carrara - Stunning Views

La Bella Vista is a classic traditional house completely made of stone located in the heart of Tuscany, close to 3 airports served by Ryan Air. The thick walls and tile and terrazzo floors keep the interior cool in summer and warm in winter. The accommodation consists of entrance foyer, kitchen, sitting room and dining room on the ground floor; three bedrooms (one with balcony), and bath on the first floor; bath (with power shower) and laundry room on the lower floor as well as a terrace and patio. The house, which has central heating and is available year-round, sleeps six and is comfortably furnished. Mountains, valleys and streams surround the area and the elegant beaches of Versilia (Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio) and the Italian Riviera, (Cinque Terre, Portofino) are less than an hour's drive away. A special swimming pool has recently been installed on the terraces of the house. Easy mountain walks begin from the village. Detailed information for excursions provided by proprietor.


Property Manager
Joe McEvoy
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Joe McEvoy

Pat and Joe McEvoy were both raised and educated in the USA. Both have had careers in education: Joe as a academic physicist in Europe and America, and Pat as a school administrator and later counselor at the American School in London. Their winter home is in London where they have lived since 1973.

Joe McEvoy purchased this house in 1980

Guestbook comments from the manager

We are in love with Ceserano and the entire area. The beauty, the peace, and the warmth of the people . . . we will never forget.

Thomas & Alexandra, Gloucester, Mass USA



Lerici and the boat ride to the Cinque Terre; the outdoor markets in Aulla and Fivizzano; the marble caves at Carrara; and the unforgettable Medieval Fayre at Filetto. love, love, love from Laurie & Michael & family. (Bristol, UK)



Thank you. We found a week of heaven, and our favourite people, the Italians. The view, the food, the wine, the village, a trip to Florence and finally . . . the seaside. Every sense tantalised. You are blessed here, thanks for sharing. The Lewis Family, Luxembourg.



We feel honoured to have enjoyed a glorious week of activities and relaxation here in 'La Bella Vista'. In our opinion, Ceserano is the best and we will get our dates sorted for next year as soon as we get back to London (sigh). Miller Family, London NW6.



Your new pool is sensational, our family had a ball ! Bill
Oct 2006
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Amenities

Fivizzano House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , Power shower
  • Bathroom on the first floor has bath/shower, basin, wc and bidet and the bathroom on the lower floor has a power shower, basin and wc. Both are fully tiled, floor and walls.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The main bedroom has a king size bed; the second bedroom has two large single beds and balcony with an amazing view of the Appenines; the third bedroom has sturdy adult-size bunk-beds. All of the rooms have fantastic views of the mountains.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Information containing maps, time-tables, a reading list, possible excursions, suggestions for walks and most important, the names of favourite local restaurants have been organised by the owners for tenants’ convenience. The local restaurants are proud of cuisine of the region, known as Lunigiana, which is healthy, delicious and inexpensive. Parking is just three minutes from the house. Outside: The front terrace faces the mountains, and is always bathed in sunlight. Several lounge lounge chairs are available to take advantage of this glorious feature of the Italian climate. A swimming pool with special characteristics has been installed (2008) Though the pool is small, a continuous water stream can be switched on which allows for extended swimming exercise and, of course, cooling off. Children of all ages love it. The pool is shared only with the owners who live next door. Utility Room: The utility room has a clothes washer and dryer for use by tenants and the terrace has a clothes line for quick drying in the Tuscan sun. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are included in the rental, but not beach towels. The property is cleaned weekly. Other: There is a fully-equipped laundry room with clothes washer and dryer as well as facilities for hanging clothes in the sunshine. Sunloungers with cushions are provided and the terrace has a table, chairs and sun umbrella. High speed internet for free use.

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Merveilleux hôtes

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Le lieu où est situé la maison est une invitation. Situé dans les hauteurs toscanes, le micro village d'une 10ene de maisons dont l'entrée principale est l'arche du clocher de l'église, est un point de vue idéal sur les reliefs verts alentours. La maison, bien desservie et spacieuse, a pour elle la chaleur et le confort. Notez que toutes les maisons accrochées aux reliefs vivent ; fissures sur les façades du village, charme de l'ancien, ruelles méditerranéennes. Les hôtes ont été tellement accueillants un super + ! Toute la famille a apprécié leur discrétion (malgré la proximité géographique), leur sympathie et leurs bons conseils. Ils nous ont littéralement bluffés avec toutes les activités alentours, de vrais guides ! Une mine d'information sur la région assez impressionnante. Pour couronner le tout, la maison est un point central parmi toutes les activités, fêtes estivales, lieux à visiter. Merci a eux d'avoir proposé leur maison a la location, pour la piscine, l'emplacement, leur chaleur et leurs bons soins (cupcakes yummi!). De très bons souvenirs gravés dans nos 5 mémoires. Et l'envie de revenir !

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This charming family from the north of France (two sisters, their partners and a child) seemed to very much enjoy what we had to offer as a stay in the Tuscan hills. They managed to travel to the areas which we thought would appeal to them and they spoke favourably of our suggestions. Traveling with a 12 year-old daughter who is disabled, they never-the-less used our pool with great excitement and brio. The pool was ideal for the girl and she seemed to splash about with tremendous energy much to our delight. One aspect of the use of the pool was the night time swimming which the adults enjoyed late into the night as our setting is very private. We would welcome this family to our property again and hope they had as enjoyable time as they appeared to. Pat & Joe McEvoy Ceserano
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Schön gelegenes Haus fernab eingetretener Touristen-Pfade

  • 5 of 5

Alles da was man braucht. Tolle Vermieter, die gute Tipps geben. Neben interessanten Orten warten auch spannende Lebensgeschichten auf den Mieter.

Great hospitality. Everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Excellent tips for interesting places to visit and food. It's worth listening to the story of their lifes. Dear Patricia, dear Jo it was a great pleasure for all of us to meet you and we really did enjoy our stay at your lovely residence. We saw a new facet of the beautiful Tuscany. We promise that Amelie will learn new jokes and Florian will study your heroes, too. Many thanks Rita and Michael.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Genoa, Pisa or Parma
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Lerici
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

World famous Carrara is near with its white marble, the oldest industrial site in the world in continuous use. In Pietrasanta, are numerous showrooms and workshops, where the marble is cut into sheets or sculpted into statues and ornaments. Visitors are welcome. Parco Naturale Delle Alpi Apuane: This mountainous area was designated a nature reserve in 1985. An excursion by boat to all five towns of the Cinque Terre can be made from the nearby seaside town of Lerici. A full day visit to Florence is possible by train leaving nearby Aulla station at 06.27 AM arriving in Florence Santa Maria Novella station at 9 AM. The return leaves Florence at 6 PM. The owners can advise on reservations to the Ufizzi and Accademia ('David') Galleries. Also visits to wineries for purchasing quality wines from Tuscany (Colli di Luna and Chianti) at discount prices. Lively festivals featuring music and local cuisine are everywhere and traditional open-air markets complete this wonderful holiday area.

Coast/Beach:

Lerici is a seaside town with lovely cafes and restaurants which line the port. From here it's possible to take a daily boat to PortoVenere, the Cinque Terre and all the way to Portofino. Forte dei Marmi, a very fashionable seaside resort, and other beaches on the Versilia Coast can be visited using the autostrade in just 40 minutes from Ceserano. The Cinque Terre is an easy excursion by car or train, less than an hour away. A daily train allows for a pleasant day in Florence without driving.

Travel:

Getting There... Ceserano sits in the centre of a triangle, equidistant from the region's 3 airports: Pisa, Genoa and Parma... each within an hour's drive. These airports are served by the low fares airline, RyanAir, so there is always a practical choice. Car hire is necessary for good connections and each of these airports offer reasonable rates.

Distances:

Cinque Terre The fine small fishing villages on the Ligurian coast, only a 40 minute drive from Ceserano. Well known for their simple beauty, absence of motor traffic and precious family - run restaurants. A wonderful hike with a view out over the sea can be made from one Cinque Terre village to the next through the terraced vineyards which produce a wine famous throughout Italy.

St. Terenzo al Mare is the lovely quiet seaside town just next to Lerici. Only 25 minutes from Ceserano.

Further Details:

Ceserano has a post office, grocery store and cafe. Only 10 minutes away in Pallerone is a bakery, a bank with ATM and an excellent supermarket. The quality of the cuisine in local restaurants of Lunigiana and the low prices astound visitors. A good 3 course lunch with wine can be had for 12 euros (about GBP 7.00). Try the owner's recommendations.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $132.47

Booking Notes:
To make a reservation, a £150 (or equivalent) deposit is necessary and final balance is due 8 weeks before arrival. Payment can be made by cheque or electronic transfer (preferred).

Changeover Day:
Arrival and departure is usually on Saturday, but this can be negotiated if bookings allow.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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