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Villa and award winning salt water infinity pool set in a private vineyard

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Details
Property
villa
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
5 nights

Description

Fosciandora Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa in Fosciandora, near Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy - South west facing 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.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Owner
Christianne Douglas
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016

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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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Villa and award winning salt water infinity pool set in a private vineyard
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
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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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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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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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Stunning

  • 5 of 5

Stunning villa up in the mountains overlooking a beautiful valley. The house is very large and well equipped, furnished to a very high standard and can easily fit two families sharing. The pool is amazing and sits within a vineyard overlooking the valley.

The property was spotless and was cleaned by the cleaner twice while we were there. We also took advantage of the owners visiting chef to cook a 5 course feast for our family one night - which was a lovely treat.

The owner provided a very detailed book of ideas and activities that we could take advantage of which was very helpful.

I would thoroughly recommend the property. It is great.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was SUCH a pleasure to host you, thank you for looking after the villa so beautifully, so glad you and your family enjoyed visiting the marble cave and and the sea. The team thoroughly enjoyed looking after you too ! You will always be welcome back... ANYTIME
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Amazing villa with a ten million dollar view

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many villas around the world and La Collina Del Sole is by far the one my family would put at the top of the list. The homeowner has provided you with the right recommendations to make the stay magical for your family. The in-villa dinning is a must for your stay. The food Maria prepared and the outside sitting will be a night my family will remember for a long time. We traveled with four children under the age of 10 and the villa met all of our needs. The homeowners have taken great pride in their home and it shows at every level. We highly recommend La Collina Del Sole for families or a group of couples.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was SUCH a pleasure to be part of the planning of your stay and I know the team at La Collina del Sole loved looking after you. I do hope the remainder of your trip was as special, sorry you could not pack the view from our terrace and take it with you BUT you will ALWAYS be welcomed back and you could entice Maria to do a couple of cooking classes for you so you can take the taste of Tuscany home. So glad your children enjoyed the salt water pool, mid September is often a stunning time of year to visit with warnth in the air and the autumn colours in the chestnut woods beginning to turn. We are working on some wonderful new experiences like truffle hunting and bespoke racing car experiences so....See you soon ! and THANK YOU for beign such wonderful guests. X Chrissie
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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 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). There are many festivals, feasts and concerts during the holiday seasons.

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.

Coast/Beach:

Forte dei Marmi with its beautiful beaches and active night life 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 5 minutes drive

The bustling market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is 15 minutes drive

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 Conad in Gallicano 15 minutes drive. You can also opt for our highly reccomended outside catering options.

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 14
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 16 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
5 night minimum stay
$2,604
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 15
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$3,666
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 16
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$2,604
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 17
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$3,029
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 18
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$3,454
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 19
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$3,985
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 20
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$3,454
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 21
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$3,029
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 21
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$2,604
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$2,763
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $531

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.

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Amenities

Fosciandora Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
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 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 to 10 (5 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master double bedroom with bathroom en suite and own terrace. Two double bedrooms. Two twin bedrooms.
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
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.

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