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Tuscan Villa with Private Pool and stunning views sleeping up to 11 people

Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Castiglione di Garfagnana, Tuscany - Peaceful Location with Stunning Views of Garfagnana

Villa Prunecchio is a restored farmhouse perched above the Garfagnana valley in the province of Lucca, with southern aspect and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Situated in the tiny hamlet of Prunecchio and just a 15-minute walk to the village of Chiozza, the house is a haven for those in search of peace and tranquility in a gorgeous Tuscan setting. Several walking routes from the house will take you along ancient mule tracks to medieval bridges and villages, through chestnut forests and way-marked trails. The 10X5 private pool has a shallow area for young children and comes equipped with 3-metre trampoline, large built barbecue, worktop and sink, thatched pergola and fridge. The cities of Lucca ( 1 hour) Pisa (1.5 hours) and even Florence (2 hours) are all within a day-trip, and the medieval towns of Sillico, Castiglione, Piever Fosciana, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana and San Pelegrino are all within a 20-minute drive.

Colm Breathnach
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2017

About Colm Breathnach

Colm and four sons have restored this property to the highest standard with the help of international volunteers from over twenty countries and over many years. Colm lives in the house during the winter and restoration projects are ongoing

Colm Breathnach purchased this villa in 2002

Why Colm Breathnach chose Province of Lucca

Prunecchio is a hamlet back in time where the land is still tended with old world tools and instruments. This place has to be seen and felt to be believed. The view and sunny aspect are magnificent but it is only after a while you tune into the various sounds and sights the immediate vicinity has to offer: crickets, wild boar, deer, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, spades, axes, scythes etc. Cars cannot come down to the hamlet which makes it stand apart in its old worldliness


Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Forte dei marmi
Car: recommended


Villa Prunecchio is 1.5 hours from Pisa Airport. Car hire strongly recommended.


Chiozza village 1.2 km.

Castiglione town 9 km by car or 4 km walking

Pieve Fosciana town 8 km

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana with most major services 10 km

Lucca 55 km

Pisa 75 km

Further Details:

A haven for those who like walking along forest tracks, medieval trails, through chestnut forests and in a setting of breath-taking beauty. A peaceful hamlet set back in time where locals are still very much in touch with the land and forests around them. There is a pizzeria in Chiozza (1.2 km) which attracts food-lovers from far and wide who enjoy the summer breezes, extensive views and excellent value. There is also a local shop with most basic supplies, a mobile shop which calls to Prunecchio on Tuesdays at 11:30. The restaurans of Il Pozzo, Lo Sfizio and Il Castello are a short drive away, and Risorante Il Belvedere a tantalising 1.5-hour walk away (30-minute drive) in Sillico, across the valley and visibile from Prunecchio.

The entire Garfagnana is a wonderland of forests, streams, medieval trails and villages, and reaches up into the high Appenine mountains. The hamlet of San Pellegrino (1,500 metres above sea-level) is only a ten-minute drive away with a wonderful ethnographical museum, great restaurants and wonderful walks of varying duration along the Appenine ridges.


Province of Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
  • Bathroom 1 on 1st floor with bath, wc, bidet Bathroom 2 on ground floor with wc Bathroom 3 in cellars en-suite with shower to bedrooms 5 and 6
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedroom 3 with single bed Bedroom 4 with single bed and raised level bed suitable for young person Bedroom 5 with double bed Bedroom 6 with couch convertable to double bed
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: This property is ideal for one or two families. The owners live here during the winter months and have four children - hence trampoline, basketball net, table-tennis table etc. Bedrooms 4 and 6 ideal for siblings / young people sharing. Access to the villa is by steps and is one minute from the parking area, making the house and surrounding area very peaceful and safe for children. Outside: Terrace leading from living room affords extensive views over valley and mountains. Large patio below terrace with access from cellars and bedroom 6 via traditional Tuscan arches. Path leads down to pool area with trampoline, solar shower, barbecue, large thathced pergola with table, seating, worktop, running water and fridge. Utility Room: Washing machine in utility room situated in cellars Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included and changed once weekly. Property also cleaned once each week. Other: Small office with broadband wireless internet connection included for guest bringing their own lap-top


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Tuscan Villa with Private Pool and stunning views sleeping up to 11 people
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A beautiful, peaceful hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We've just completed a week at Villa Prunecchio, and were extremely sad to leave. What a wonderful, wonderful place! The house is beautiful, comfortable and clean, the countryside superb and Colm is an absolutely wonderful host. If you are looking for a special place to recharge the spiritual batteries, go for country walks or sit on a balcony eating large amounts of cheese, I can't recommend it highly enough.......

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late ind the evening and therefore wasn't able to see much of the outside, but when we woke up in the morning we were all very excited. The view from the house over the valley was stunning and the patio in the front of the house was the perfect setting for our mornings afternoons and evening. There's nothing better than to start you day with a dip in a pool in such lovely surroundings. Due to the great weather we didn't spend much time inside, but even though we had been forced indoor the house offers a very cosy living room and dining room. The house have been restored in a way which feels very authentic and we didn't feel any urges to go on many trips, since we felt like we have everything we need there.

Groceries had to be done in a nearby village which is not in a walking distance, but that's to be expected when you want a view like that.

We would definitely recommend the place to others both families and groups of friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic setting, spacious property

  • 4 of 5

A comfortable family home with plenty of space inside and outside. Lovely pool and great barbecue area. Trampoline and table tennis welcome extras. Pizzeria in the nearby village serves very good food but check opening hours as only open weekend evenings in June. Property managers friendly and helpful. Amazing thunderstorms while we were there but plenty of sunshine too. We were a party of 5 adults and we all had a great time. Be warned of steep steps leading from the car parking area to the property and the directions given are not very detailed but we found it in the end! The kitchen is well equipped but could do with a little updating in places. Everything else was great.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please email us with your inquiry. We will be in touch within 24 hours with details of availability. A non-refundable deposit of 50% is payable at this stage to secure the booking. The balance is due one month before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday with arrival any time from 16:00 and departure before 10:00. If you want to arrive earlier or leave later let us know and we will arrange for you to have full use of the pool area.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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