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Stunning villa and award winning salt water infinity pool in its own vineyard

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Space 2,421 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

5 bedrooms, south west facing, 2 terraces for alfresco dining with spectacular panoramic views of apuan mountains and unforgettable sunsets

The pool and views from La Collina del Sole are like something from a film set. Situated in the stunningly beautiful Garfagnana region of Tuscany north of Lucca, La Collina del Sole is a fabulous family home for relaxed summer living. The property is the much loved holiday home of a British family and is ideal for a bunch of friends or a family with its relaxed and character filled atmosphere. Comfortable and well equipped with fabulous al fresco dining area, in the evenings sitting out on the terrace is a dream as the sun sets over the spectacular Apuan mountain range. It’s hard to draw oneself away from the pool with its Jacuzzi feature. Inside La Collina del Sole with its beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, Tuscan arches and open fire places, the living areas are on the upper level with open plan living and dining areas leading to the kitchen which is well set up for those guests who enjoy cooking whilst on holiday. Downstairs are the bedrooms with direct access to the outdoors.


Owner
Christianne Douglas
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Christianne Douglas

We hope to welcome you to La Collina del Sole and aim to help you experience authentic Italian culture using the insights we have gained over the years with the “insiders” help of our local friends and extensive network of contacts our owners web site has an entire section highlighting our favourite finds and activities which have been tried and tested over 24 years of enjoyment of this idyllic place. We will be adding to our suggestions list on a regular basis so do keep checking it out.

Christianne Douglas purchased this villa in 1980

Why Christianne Douglas chose Lucca Area

Italy has the friendliest of welcomes where a halting “Grazie” with an English accent elicits praise. Not only are the Italians super hospitable they also know how to live well, and share their knowledge enthusiastically you will find a wealth of fabulous and well-priced wines, excellent cuisine laced with delicious freshly picked organic tomato sauces, homemade pasta and freshly baked bread. Succulent treats like truffles and Funghi Porcini are easily found; Italians are gourmands without the fuss.

There is so much to do! from Etruscan, Roman and Medieval treasure hunting, to Olive Oil & Wine tasting, from Italian cooking lessons to eating the best ice cream in the world. You can walk for miles in the National Park or laze by the pool reading your favourite book. Italy IS la Dolce Vita

What makes this villa unique

La Collina del Sole commands a view to rival most from any vantage point at the villa including the award winning salt water infinity pool.

The Villa is set in one of Italy’s National Parks where tranquillity and natural beauty are outstanding. You can stroll to the local bar and general shop or drive 20 minutes to medieval market towns with all manner of tempting local food produce or within 1.30 hours you can enjoy sophisticated Florentine shopping or be at Pisa Airport.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We so loved the house and our whole Italian experience. The leisurely dinners where the five of us sat outside and talked for extended periods of time was completely worth the trip! You have found gems in the whole staff. Everyone was so nice and helpful! And that pool!!! It is to die for!! Absolutely loved it!! We were in it every day!!

Thank you again for opening up your home to us and being so gracious!! … It was amazing!

Beautiful house, pool view! Best vacation ever ! We really had a wonderful time – Thanks ! Louann - Texas



Off to one of the restaurants recommended in your guide book this evening… Might do a festa towards the end of the week. We're all having a great time and the place is just beautiful! We had the pizza experience last night which was lots of fun… Luke wrote later:

Back now thank you, and sad to not be waking up to the view of the mountains! Everything about the trip was brilliant and we all had such a great time - thank you so much. Luke - London



We can't thank you enough for truly one of the best vacations we have ever taken. We love staying at La Collina del sole....truly paradise. Your team rolled out the red carpet for us and made us feel like we are family. We especially love taking full advantage of all the food services! Making authentic Italian pizza outside was a blast! We loved all the food that your team prepared for us...outstanding! We hope to come back to your spectacular villa again! - Rebecca and Tod



Enjoyed being “Home” again and look forward to our return in the not too distant future, Thank you for taking such good care of us. Our memories are still fresh though, and I can clearly imagine lying by the pool, eating in the spectacular outdoor dining terrace, hiking the trails in the area....

We had another SPECTACULAR holiday at your lovely villa. The chocolate torta was delicious. I wish I could speak Italian, Mario brought us porcini and chanterelle mushrooms one morning. We had the chanterelles for breakfast and then cooked a nice thick steak for dinner and served the porcini as a side. They were AMAZING. In Lucca we rode bikes on the wall and did a visit to Barga for the afternoon. Back at work now but we are planning our next trip to Italy (again).

Hugs from a very relaxed group at La Collina! - Natascha & Diane



We enjoyed ourselves hugely in your beautiful house. Could you please say a big thank-you to the cooks and the translator who made pizza with our children? Our youngest was over the moon with his rabbit and finally (at the age of nearly two) managed to sleep through the night every day of the holiday. We're all agreed that we would love to visit again! - Ian & Nina
Mar 2011
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Amenities

Fosciandora Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2421 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • En-suite bathroom for Master bedroom with bath, hand shower, basin and WC. Bathroom with shower over bath, basin, WC, bidet and laundry facilities. First floor shower room with basin and WC.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , private terrace and ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , with spectacular views of the Tuscan carrara marble hills
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , with private fireplace
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Private access to side terrace and to villa
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , private access to side terrace and villa
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 to 10 (5 bedrooms), we have 2 cots and enough equipment for 2 infants including a very large playpen. Notes on bedrooms: Master double bedroom with bathroom en suite and own terrace. Two double bedrooms. Two twin bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Traditional wood fiired pizza baking oven and separate stone built BBQ. Cook service available on request. Guided local and mountain walks with a fully accredited guide (additional charge). Outside: Award winning infinity salt water pool D shaped 16m x 32m x 2 m max depth with Jacuzzi + changing room and WC. The property is set on the side of a hill alongside a private terraced vineyard. 2 terraces with tables and chairs for dining. 6 sun loungers and 3 Carrara marble sun beds. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Maid service 2 hours each Tuesday and Thursday. Linen and towels changed each Saturday. In our "Pizza Experience" learn to cook a Pizza from scratch, or learn to cook like Mamma with Italian cooking lessons

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Stunning villa and award winning salt water infinity pool in its own vineyard
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
5

What a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at La Collina del Sole! Not only was the place beautiful with an awesome infinity pool but the views were amazing. We cooked out one night and watched a beautiful sunset. Everything was so clean and we had everything we could need for our stay! My only regret is that there was so much else to do we didn't get as much time as we would have liked to stay around and enjoy everything at the house!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a such pleasure to host you, thank you for looking after the villa so beautifully I am glad you loved the chance to eat al fresco, the side verandah really lends itself to long lazy dinners in the spring/summer viewing the sunset. It is of course also the perfect place to enjoy the pizza's made durign the Pizza experience the team offer. The front verandah is great for later dinners to enjoy the twinkling of the distant lights. So glad to that you loved the saltwater infinity pool. It is so healthy to swim in, relaxing and inspiring with its views. The team will be delighted to read your comments, they take great pride in making sure the villa is super clean and ready to make you feel as if it were your home with thoughtful touches, that make for a luxury stay. We look forward to welcoming you again soon A Presto! .
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5

Exceptional Tuscan Experience

  • 5 of 5

La Colllina del Sol is not just a beautiful place it is a lifetime memory. The moment you arrive you are treated to spectacular views from the villa, infinity pool and the outdoor terrace. The villa is wonderfully furnished and has everything you need to settle in for a relaxing stay. Chrissie and Andrew prepared a book of memorable options and contacts from massages and hiking to pizza making. These hosts went out of their way with special touches to make our experience and stay memorable. The location was great for trips to local wineries, Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano, Sienna and Cinque Terre. Truly a place to enjoy all that Tuscany offers.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Realistic Villa Under the Tuscan Sun

  • 5 of 5

The property is exactly as pictured and as described online. Surrounded by an onsite vineyard, olive trees, and other fruit trees-the villa is nicely furnished and equipped with surprisingly fast WIFI for being in the mountains. The owners provided timely and responsive customer serice throughout the pre-arrival process; and then provided plenty of useful information during the stay. We utilized many of their recommendations to explore the surrounding area. Additionally, we thoroughly enjoyed making authentic wood fire pizzas with Gessica and Maria as one of the many meal experiences they offer at the villa. Also, the beautiful infinity edge pool is a wonderful respite on a warm sunny day. We highly recommend the La Collina for anyone wanting the true Italian villa under the Tuscan sun experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure to have you stay at La Collina del Sole, SO glad the pizza making experience was such a success! I know the girls really enjoyed cooking alongside you. Thank you for your kind words it was a pleasure to look after you and help with any enquiry. I am so glad that the restaurant recommendations were a spot on, we do try to add new ones each year, so for your next stay there will be more choices, we also keep a check on previous recommendation - hence our bathroom scales read much higher than we would like! Our special experiences recommendations are also expanded each year, so there will be plenty of new “only at La Collina del Sole” experiences to enjoy. The weather here is amazing despite being nearly the end of September, and the salt water infinity pool is being thoroughly enjoyed. we cant wait to welcome you back, See you SOON Best wishes Chrissie and Andy
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5

A great holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks in this wonderful environment. The outdoor area is fantastic as well as the services provided by the owners. We made use of the dinner options several times during our stay and the food was marvellous! I would love to come back and can recommend this villa to everyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing place - better than the photos!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at this beautiful villa. Chrissie and Andrew were very responsive from the start, helping us to have a more enjoyable stay. We spent most days lazing by the pool and enjoying the amazing views over the Carrara mountains. I would recommend this to any groups of friends/families! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful house with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a true pleasure to host you and to help out in any way we could, so glad you enjoyed the salt water infinity pool, and sampling the restaurant reccomendations, the pizza wood oven cooking and the "in-house" catering :-) The team really enjoyed lloking after you and we ALL look forward to welcoming you again all the way from Australia ! ! Chrissie and Andy
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5

Beautifull family villa with an amazing view

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with 6 friends and 2 babies for one week in the villa. We all fell in love with the beautifull view and the wonderfull infinity pool.

Chrissie gave us helpfull information about the region and we enjoyed some of the recommended restaurants. We highly recommend this place for families or group of friends. We would like to thank Chrissie and her husband for the service and pleasant contact.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bar Moscardini Mari Chiara
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Golf Club Garfagnana
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
SP41 to Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Il Ponte di Ceserana
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
74 Kilometres
Forte de Marmi
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The nearby historic town of Barga is full of beautiful piazzas, museums, character filled cafes, fabulous restaurants, beautiful churches, ambience filled cobbled streets and exceptional views. Lucca, Florence and Pisa are a short distance away we have provided a comprehensive villa handbook to help you get the best of your trip.

There are many festivals, feasts and concerts during all year round..

We are set in the midst of a National Park with outstanding beauty all round which is best admired from our salt water infinity pool. If you like walking the area is a hiker's paradise. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy exploring the Apuan mountain range eating and possibly staying over night in the mountain huts (Refugio)

Coast/Beach:

Forte dei Marmi with its beautiful beaches, and homes of Italian celebrities, it has an active night life and is 70kms.

Travel:

Pisa airport takes 1.5 hours by car or train to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

Florence airport takes 1 hour 45 minutes by car. As the property is in a rural setting car hire is essential (off road parking area).

Distances:

The village with food and clothes shop, bar and pharmacy is 3 minutes drive or 20 minute delightful walk

The market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is 15 minutes drive and offers everything you would need for a gourmet or family vacation

Barga 15 kms. Lucca 40 kms. Florence 120 kms.

Further Details:

There are a great number of excellent and well priced local restaurants within 7 to 15 minute drive. Main shopping in market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Large supermarket in Gallicano 15 minutes drive. You can also opt for our highly recommended catering options.

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Rates & Availability

Fosciandora Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Rate 18
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$3,541
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 19
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$4,086
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 20
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$3,541
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 21
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$3,105
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 21
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$2,669
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 22
Dec 23 2017 - Apr 6 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$2,669
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 23
Apr 7 2018 - Jun 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
$3,105
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 24
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 29 2018
5 night minimum stay
$3,541
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 25
Jul 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
$4,086
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 26
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 28 2018
5 night minimum stay
$3,541
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 27
Sep 29 2018 - Dec 21 2018
5 night minimum stay
$2,669
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$2,833
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $544.74

Booking Notes:
Please book by web, e-mail or phone. 50% deposit payable in advance to secure the desired holiday period, balance due one month before arrival. Damage deposit €500 payable one month before arrival and repayable, less any deduction for cost of replacement or repairs, one week after end of holiday.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is changeover day. Guests are requested to arrive after 4.00 pm and depart before 10.00 am.

Notes on prices:
Price per week based on 8 person or less occupancy + infants.
Additional guests at €245 per person per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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