|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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.
We have just returned from a wonderful stay.
The property is approached via an unmade single track road, which when driving in the dark for the first time is a little daunting! But it is so peaceful and quiet here it’s worth the bumpy ride.
The accommodation is approached along a stone path with the pool at the bottom of the path behind a locked gate.
The accommodation was lovely and really well thought out. The upper terrace with dining area and sun loungers for the late evening sun along with a BBQ. Inside the bathroom is well equipped and the dining / kitchen / living area is spacious and lovely. The master bedroom was a good size and the bed comfy. The twin room was also a good size although we didn’t use this room. The accommodation stayed cool throughout the day as long as the breeze was allowed to pass through the open windows.
The pool was a very good size and the temperature was perfect for cooling off from the hot sun.
The view was amazing during the day and at night (no light pollution) so we were lucky enough to see the persids when we were there.
We really enjoyed our stay here and look forward to coming back again. Fiona was quick to respond to queries and kindly had some essentials available for us when we arrived late at night.
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.
Property situated approx 2 km along a bumpy track. Requires 4 x4 ! It is an apartment in a farmhouse.
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
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!
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.
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
Other Activities: live theatre, Barga jazz festival, opera, spa,
|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