|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Casa Nirvana is a traditional, stone built detached villa with balconies, terrace and garden. It has been lovingly restored and refurbished by the present owner and features cotto floors and an open fire, together with a pleasing blend of traditional and contemporary styling. Accommodation is provided on 3 levels: ground floor cooking and living, first floor bathroom, master bedroom and second bedroom and second floor mansarda (King sized room at the top). The landscaped garden boasts a spacious terrace for alfresco dining, sunbathing, or simply enjoying the magnificent scenery; and the enclosed lawn provides a safe play area for children. Car parking is both ample and convenient. Being just 1 hour from Pisa airport and within reach of excellent beaches and skiing, Casa Nirvana is centrally located in Lunigiana. It is a perfectly luxurious hillside retreat, for those not inclined to venture far; yet is ideally situated for the more adventurous to explore this beautiful part of Italy.
My husband and I live in rural North Yorkshire with our sons Joseph and Bertie. We share our UK home with Molly the Labrador, Trixie the Norfolk Terrier, William, Gemima & Pollyanna the cats, 2 horses, 2 ponies, a collection of hens & a small flock of sheep! Life is not dull. It's not quite "The Good Life" because we have conventional jobs, but we love the countryside and have come to really appreciate the idiosyncrasies of life in a country village. We have a long standing love of Italy. There is a passion about the way Italians do things; their food, their wine, their love of family, their style. The country is so historically and culturally rich. We originally set out to buy a holiday home but inevitably we have put down some Italian roots & Casa Nirvana is truly our second home.
Gillian Osborne purchased this villa in 2005
The food, wine, climate and culture were the reasons why we chose to buy another home in Tuscany, Italy. But there are so many beautiful areas in Tuscany that it took us a while to figure out precisely where we wanted to be. It had to be somewhere not too commercialised or touristy, somewhere that felt authentically Italian and somewhere easily accessible by road and air, because difficult travel arrangements would be a disincentive to popping over for short stays. We spent a long time looking at various properties, initially in the Garfagnana, but nothing seemed right. Then we found Lunigiana and instinctively knew this was the place. It has the coast, the mountains, a rich cultural heritage and such natural beauty. We felt at home.
Having decided to focus our search on properties in Lunigiana, we set about drawing up a list of all the things that were important to us in our holiday home. Most of the houses and apartments just have terraces, but we definitely wanted a garden. Somewhere to put the sun lounger, the paddling pool and the football. Secondly, although we were not looking to have purely beach or skiing holidays, we wanted the option of spending a day at the coast or on the piste, without having to travel too far. We also wanted to be within an hour of an airport, central for sightseeing and handy for amenities. But we also yearned for somewhere peaceful and relaxing, where we could unwind and immerse ourselves in genuine Italian culture. Casa Nirvana ticked all the boxes on our very tall order!
The three of us have stayed at Casa Nirvana for one week in each of the last 4 years and have always had a wonderful relaxing time. The self catering facilities are first class and the views are second to none. Because we’ve been visiting for the last 4 years we’ve seen the development of the property and it’s a fantastic getaway property, finished to a high standard. If your choice is not to just read a book and relax for a week then the tourist locations of Pontremoli, Florence and Pisa are within driving distance. The nearest beach is around 30 minutes drive and we visit at least once during our stay. Although the property is self catering a 15 minute stroll to the next village brings you to a trattoria where if you ask the owner he’s more than happy to make you an evening meal of your choice. You can sit either inside or outside and marvel again at the views. We’ll certainly be going back for a 5th time. 10/10 Daniel, June and Keith Bates
Our stay at Casa Nirvana was absolutely fantastic. Set in the beautiful Tuscan hills, the location was just ideal for both a relaxing quiet break and for visiting the surrounding areas such as the amazing Cinque Terre along with Lucca, Las Spezia and the beautiful beaches at Marinella di Sarzana and Massa. The house itself was immaculate. 3 excellent double bedrooms, gorgeous bathroom with roll top bath and a kitchen that was just a joy to cook in. The views from the house are a joy to behold and as soon as we arrived, we relaxed immediately. Our son at the time of travel was just under 2 years old and had so much fun playing in the garden and exploring the beautiful village setting that Casa Nirvana is set in. I would highly recommend staying at Casa Nirvana and am already looking forward to our next stay there.
We visited Casa Nirvana with our two children (7 and 12) and were taken aback by the wonderful location. Set in a tiny village in the Tuscan hillside, it was peaceful and really made us feel we were experiencing the 'real Italy' with no tourists apart from ourselves. The local residents were very friendly and the caretaker had thoughtfully left delicious local tomatoes, peaches (the size of a fist!) cheese etc so we could make breakfast after our late arrival. Having a car was a must, and allowed us to explore the beautiful and historic town of Pontremoli, La Spezia with it's chic marina and the amazing coastline of the Cinque Terre. Lucca was also a lovely surprise and the place to go for stylish shops.
The house itself was very well equipped, very clean and beautifully decorated in Tuscan style. The children loved it and we discovered a fantastic outdoor Olympic pool complex 20 min away which was very well priced for whole day visits. We all really hope to visit again.
From the first point of contact until our arrival, the owner could not of been more helpful.
The view from the property is just breath taking and Casa Nirvana has been lovingly renovated the photographs on the owners page although accurate do not do it justice, you have to visit to appreciate its beauty.
Everything you need for a self catering holiday has been thought of and the welcome pack was much appreciated. The property is very remote (but we knew this) we enjoyed visiting Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre and even Lake Garda. Thanks to Colette’s (housekeeper) suggestion we also visited Pontremoli (amazing cathedral) and Bagnone. We spent our last day chilling in the garden making the most of the sun and views!!
The cats gave us a warm welcome on our return to the house each evening and we also enjoyed a lovely meal at the restaurant down the hill. I would not hesitate to recommend Casa Nirvana and hope to return one day soon.
Casa Nirvana ligt prachtig in een rustig bergdorpje. Mooi uitzicht over de heuvels en Apenijnen. Huis is compleet en schoon met een lekker terras. Als je van een bad houdt is de badkamer prima, ben je een douche type dan is enige lenigheid geboden. Hoewel noordelijk gelegen ten opzichte van toeristische steden zijn Lucca, Pisa en Florence goed te doen. Aanrader als je van een ontspannen week houdt.
The Gulf of La Spezia (Gulf of Poets) is 20 mins drive. From La Spezia port, regular boat services run to the bustling and cosmopolitan beach towns of the Gulf of Poets, aswell as the charming villages of the World Heritage Cinque Terre. By car the Cinque Terre is 1 hour's drive, or 15 mins on the train from Aulla. The fashionably chic, sandy and certified blue flag beaches of Massa, Carrara and Sarzana on the Versilia coast, are approximately 45 mins drive. Water sports are widely available.
Airports: Pisa, Parma and Genoa are all 1 hour's drive away & bargain flights with Ryan Air, Jet2 or EasyJet can usually be found.
Trains: The train station at Aulla is 20 minutes drive from the house. Trains run from here to Pisa, Florence, Milan, Lucca and throughout Italy.
Car hire: The village has a regular, reliable bus service to Aulla, with several stops en route. Whilst car hire is not strictly essential it is recommended, in order to make the most of the sightseeing opportunities.
The nearest village with a bar, restaurant and alimentari (grocers) selling fresh bread to order, is a 10-15 minute walk. It is a 10 min drive to the small town of Barbarasco with several bars & restaurants. The largest town in Lunigiana is Aulla - 20 mins drive away, with a range of shops, banks, market, sports complex, petrol station & medical facilities. The historic town of Pontremoli is 25 mins drive, La Spezia 20 mins, Old Sarzana 40 mins, Pisa and Lucca 1 hour and Florence 1½ hours.
Lunigiana is a lush and fertile region in northern Tuscany. An area of outstanding natural beauty, where wildlife thrives and medieval hamlets are dotted all around. It lies between the coastal province of Liguria to the west and the Apennine mountains to the north-east. To the south-east, the region is dominated by the peaks of the Parco Alpi Apuane and beyond these lie the Renaissance Cities of Florence, Pisa and Lucca. It is a sunlit land, of chestnut covered hills dotted with ancient villages and terraced olive groves. Picturesque and not yet commercialised, here the pace of life is slow, the food and wine robust and the smiles as warm as the sunshine. Here the old-fashioned courtesies are observed and the stranger is made welcome. The coast of Lunigiana and nearby Liguria is stunningly beautiful. Characterised by charming villages and clean water, it includes the Italian Riviera, the Gulf of La Spezia (Gulf of Poets), the World Heritage site of The Cinque Terre and the certified blue flag beaches of Versilia, which are set against the magnificent backdrop of the marble mountains of Massa Carrara. Lunigiana has a particularly rich culture, with many beautiful churches, castles, towers and walled villages. Names of once-mighty families such as the Medici and Malaspina are commemorated by the fountains, piazzas and palaces they left behind. It is a veritable paradise for walkers, painters, photographers, and those who simply enjoy the pleasures of life; and is full of natural curiosities such as the caves near Equi Terme, site of the natural sulphur baths. Throughout the year there are numerous festivals, street markets and celebrations. Each February sees a spectacular Carnival in Viarreggio and in Pontremoli, the “Medievalis” festival takes over the town for 4 days every August, with medieval jousting on horseback, fire eating, and a host of other unmissable entertainments for all the family, aswell as delicious foods, mouthwatering wines and market stalls.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Please make initial contact via this website, by email or telephone, I will happily hold dates provisionally for 48 hours. A completed booking form and deposit of 25% secures a booking, and the remaining balance is due 60 days before the date of arrival. A £50 refundable security deposit is required for potential breakages, payable with the final balance. On receipt of full payment, directions and the Casa Nirvana information handbook will be sent by email, along with the wifi password and arrangements for keys. Online payment and booking is accepted via this website.
Changeover day is flexible.
Arrival is usually anytime after 14:00 and even very late arrivals can be accommodated. Departure is anytime before 10:00 but we can often be flexible with these times, depending on other guests arrangements.
Notes on prices:
Prices include all utilities, linen, towels and cleaning aswell as a small welcome pack of grocery essentials to kick off your holiday in tuscan style!
Shorter stays than 7 nights and discounts for longer term stays are both negotiable.