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Fiona Cully

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Beautiful restored Tuscan farmhouse with sole use of pool in National Park

6 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Media Valle del Serchio Villa Rental Photos and Description

Tuscan farmhouse, newly restored with sole use of 10m pool in National Park

The property is a fully restored traditional fifteenth century farmhouse set within a hectare of hazelnut forest and olive grove, away from traffic, although easy to reach by road. There is a parking for up to 3 cars. The garden is large which is ideal for families with children and the pool is enclosed with a gate.

This is the perfect place to unwind surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and chestnut forests and with fantastic views of the Apennines mountain range that forms part of the Parco del'Appennino and Orechiella Nature Reserve.

Garfagnana is located in the northern tip of Tuscany in the Lucca province and is approximately one hour drive from Pisa airport.

The farmhouse is situated less than a kilometre from the village of Vallico di Sotto which is in the commune of Fabbriche di Vallico in the Val di Turrite, a tributary to the Serchio river in the Garfagnana across from the city of Barga. The farmhouse is in the national park 'Parco Naturale delle Alpi Apuani' which covers the mountain range between the Garfagnana valley and the coast of the Riviera delle Versilia. As well as innumerable villages, the towns of Barga, Castelnuovo and Bagni di Lucca are nearby and the natural features of the Grotto di Vento (wind caves) the Orrido di Botri (gorge), Carrera marble and the Prato di Fiorito (Field of Flowers). The Tuscan cities of Lucca, Siena, Florence, Pistoia, and Pisa are within an easy drive as is the Versilian coast. There are activities in the area such as walking, pony trekking, canoeing and a visit to Pinnochio at Collodi. There is a wide choice of traditional reasonable priced Tuscan restaurants nearby.

TIPS - Eat your main meal at lunchtime, local trattorias will usually charge 10 Euro (£9) for a three-course lunch including wine, water and coffee (pranzo di lavoro). Or why not pack a picnic and try the range of breads, cheeses and cured meats. Drink at the cafe counter! Coffee and soft drinks taken standing up at the counter instead of at a table are half the cost. Train travel is still extremely good value. There are excellent connections from the local town to nearby Lucca, Pisa, Florence or the Cinque Terre on the coast. Good wine is available from a local wine merchant at excellent value for money. The Garfagnana region is famous for local produce such as pecorino cheese, farro, porcini mushrooms and polenta. There is a large supermarket in Gallicano and many local markets which sell clothes, flowers, pottery, hardware, carpets, shoes, leather goods and gifts and well as fruit, vegetables, meat and cheeses. Shops close between 1pm and 4pm and are open until around 7pm.

In general the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the different provinces. However the coast and valleys are hotter in summer than the hilly areas. Usually summers in Tuscany are hot with little or no rain. April and May are milder and rainier but there are still plenty of dry, sunny days. July and August are the hottest months. Spring can be one of the most rewarding times to visit, average temperatures are warm and comfortable. It can however be one of the wettest seasons but normally by May rain is rare and the days are longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. Summer in Tuscany is usually hot and sunny with pleasant evenings for 'al fresco' dining. Humidity levels can get high, especially in the cities. Throughout the months of July and August there are many 'festas' held in the small villages where you can eat and drink to your heart's content for a minimal amount and they are a truly memorable way to experience the real heart of Tuscany.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Fiona Cully (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Reviews

4.2
based on 6 traveler reviews

Beautiful restored Tuscan farmhouse with sole use of pool in National Park
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 6 reviews
3

Beautiful, but......

  • 3 of 5

This is a truly beautiful villa which has been carefully restored to a high standard. The views are breathtaking, the pool is lovely and it really is 'away from it all'.

But there were a few things which let it down and which should be borne in mind before booking this place: firstly the details given weren't quite accurate- there was no second fridge, the passcode for both the wifi and the pool lock was wrong. Secondly the drive to the house is not for the faint-hearted; lots of steep, narrow roads, blind bends with sheer drops to one side etc. Take a small car with automatic transmission. Thirdly and finally, there are a number of dogs in the nearby village which literally bark all night. Sadly we didn't get a single good sleep because of them and left exhausted, which is just the opposite of what you need on holiday. Such a shame.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and I am pleased you thought the villa was beautiful. It is such a shame that you did not contact either myself or our friends concerning the wifi and pool lock during your stay as these details were accurate when I emailed the details to you, however I am pleased to note that you still managed to enjoy the pool. The house is in the Apennines mountain range as stated in the house details which is why we have such fantastic views but this does mean that the roads are typical mountain roads which may not be appropriate for nervous drivers. There is a main road to the village of Vallico di Sotto and then a white road (which is very normal in Italy) from the village to our house which is less than a kilometre. The house is in the countryside which is why I describe it as ‘rural’ in the description which does mean that if you have the windows open you will hear ‘night noises’ however the dogs are kept near the village and tend to bark only at feeding time.
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Rural and peaceful

  • 3 of 5

Property situated approx 2 km along a bumpy track. Requires 4 x4 ! It is an apartment in a farmhouse.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. The house is situated along a white road which is very typical in Italy about 1km from the village, unfortunately the road suffered over the winter which meant it was a little bumpy however there has been remedial work completed recently by the commune. We have had the house for twelve years and during this time have never had to rent a 4x4 which are expensive to hire, however I do not recommend a sports car :) The house consists of two, self contained two bedroom apartments and we currently rent the upper apartment (as detailed in the pictures) with sole use of the pool, the lower apartment is available to rent if guests are holidaying with friends or family.
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5

Fantastic Holiday in a stunning Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week at the beginning of May, the weather was perfect but most of all the Villa is fantastic! Waking up every morning to stunning views across the valley. Breakfast outside in the sun looking over the pool (which is just great to relax at after a day exploring lucca and the surrounding areas).

Just a short drive from Lucca itself where we spent alot of time exploring. The local area in the valley is full of wonderful places to stop and take in the surroundings and the food available in the local restaraunts is great.

The local people are friendly and very helpful (saving us from a broken down hire car!) notihg is too much trouble.

We stayed here with our 8 month old Baby Boy who had a great time and all was provided for him at the villa (cot, high chair etc).

We could not have been Happier; thanks again for allowing us to visit your wonderful house Fiona!

Mr and Mrs Pote

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday.
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5

Wonderful, Relaxing oasis!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week and we found it very clean, tidy and well equipped. The house sits in a gorgeous location and the pool is a fabulous place to spend a sunny afternoon.

Fiona gave us an excellent briefing before we arrived and there were tourist guides in the house as well. There are a number of lovely restaurants nearby and Luca is a short drive (but we spent a lot of time just staying by the pool!). Overall, we would highly recommend this to all our friends and we are planning to go again!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Paradise on the earth

  • 4 of 5

The description of the location was very precise and corresponding to the reality. The pictures for the différent levels were not well defined. The property was very clean and the materials used are of first Quality. The view is fantastic and the pool is very nice. We had the chance to be alone the first week. As already said we will recoommend without problem the proprety to friends. We have much enjoy small villages than big cities.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Paradies für Naturliebhaber

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben 2 absolut traumhafte Wochen in dem äußerst schönen Ferienhaus verbracht (alleine im oberen Stockwerk - das untere war frei). Die Lage ist einzigartig - man ist richtig weit oben auf dem Berg, sehr abgelegen, mitten in einer sehr urwüchsigen Natur und hat einen sensationellen Blick in das weitläufige Tal.

Das Haus ist wirklich sehr gut restauriert und wurde geschmackvoll und hochwertig ausgestattet. Man vermisst nichts. Alles ist sehr gepflegt und sauber. Ein absolutes Highlight ist der große und saubere Pool.

Danke für die schöne Zeit!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
72 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Vallico di Sopra
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Fornaci di Barga
Nearest Motorway
36 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Fabbriche di Vallico
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Pisa
Car: necessary

Nearest Airport: Pisa at 72 Kilometres

Nearest Ferry: Livorno at 100 Kilometres

Nearest Train: Fornaci di Barga at 9 Kilometres

Nearest Motorway: Lucca at 36 Kilometres

Nearest Beaches: Pisa at 60 Kilometres and Viareggio at 67 Kilometres

Nearest Barpub: Vallico di Sopra at 2 Kilometres

Nearest Ski: Abetone at 40 Kilometres

Nearest Golf: Pisa at 60 Kilometres

Nearest Restaurants: Vallico di Sopra and Fabbriche di Vallico at 2 Kilometres

Car: necessary

Other Activities: live theatre, Barga jazz festival, opera, spa,

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Rates & Availability

Fabbriche di Vallico Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
peak summer
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,505
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
 
late summer
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 28 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$844
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A deposit of 30% is taken on booking. Cancellation Policy: full refund if more than 60 days before start date, no refund if less than 60 days before start date unless replacement found.
Extra beds are 10 Euro/day/person. An allowance is made for fuel usage in the above rates to cover normal cooking and washing. If the central heating is used then there will be a standing charge of 15 Euros per day

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Media Valle del Serchio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 77 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Cot and Z bed (suitable for a child) are also available. All bedrooms have fantastic views across the Turrite Cava valley.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The washing machine is not in the kitchen but in a separate outside utility space. There is also a second fridge located in the outside utility space. There are sufficient tables and chairs to dine outside either on the upper veranda or inside. The pool area is enclosed with a gate to prevent unsupervised young children or wild animals accessing the area. The pool and other outside areas are well lit so can be enjoyed until late in the evening.

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