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Hillside villa with secluded terrace, extensive gardens and spectacular views

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

About the property

Traditional village house near Aulla, Tuscany, Italy - A taste of traditional village life within easy access of beaches, mountains and historic cities

Casa della Vigna is a beautifully restored village house with an extensive garden and wonderful views. The house is all on one level, with an open-plan living and dining room, well-equipped kitchen, two good-sized bedrooms and a shower room.

From the rear of the house, French doors lead out onto the large south-facing terrace, which offers complete privacy, a choice of sun or shade, and panoramic views, complete with barbecue, table and chairs. The view stretches from the Carrara mountains to the east out towards the Bay of Poets to the west. Benefiting from summer’s long sunny days, the garden is a fertile haven of wisteria, olive trees, irises and other local flora.

Stepping out of the front door, you enter the Borgo, a steep passage which leads up through the village between and under neighbouring houses, where front doors are interspersed with the entrances to cool, dark cellars traditionally designed for storing home-made wine and olive oil. The Borgo is the most direct way to access the village’s communal parking area.

More Details

Owner
Gillian Willis
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
August 11, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely garden, friendly locals and great area to explore. Comfortable stay, very reasonable price and excellent location
Apr 2015
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Amenities

Montale Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
General:
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • 1 bathroom with basin, bidet, WC and shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed, 2 bedside chests of drawers, a larger chest of drawers, double wardrobe, lamp and mirror. Bedroom 2 with king-size bed and single bed, bedside table, large treble wardrobe, bookcase and lamp.
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking
Notes:
Outside: Through the french doors is the shady patio, looking over the vines and olives towards the mountains. The paved terrace beyond has steps down to the garden and a further covered area with barbecue, table and chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Clean towels and linen supplied weekly.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
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Hillside villa with secluded terrace, extensive gardens and spectacular views
average rating of 4.5 based on 10 reviews
5

Well placed for exploring, a lovely house and hassle free rental.

  • 5 of 5

Well placed for visiting other places by car or train ( from Aulla or La Spezia station).

We went to the Cinque terre by boat from La Spezia and returned by train, Pisa by train, Lucca, Florence and Genoa by car as well as some lovely places closer by.

The house was well situated in a lovely quiet village, clean, tidy and provided all we needed.

The terrace was lovely, with great views and we got to appreciate the local wildlife with a visiting hedgehog and a family of wild boar!

Good instructions to find our way and a hassle free rental in general.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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4

Ideally positioned for exploring

  • 4 of 5

on the border of Liguria and Tuscany, this is ideally positioned for exploration. East to the Garfagnana; north into the mountains; south the to Cinque Terre coast. Genoa is an hour away by train.

Aulla itself - nearest town - is underwhelming in the extreme, but there are good walks near Podenzana.

One warning: we parked our hire car on the edge of the vill car park instead of in the centre and the next morning found that someone had scored keys the lengths of the car.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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5

Perfection in Lunigiana

  • 5 of 5

It's not often that you manage to book a holiday home which meets all your expectations, but this was absolutely the case with Casa della Vigna. Perched high above the town of Aulla, and only an hour's drive from Pisa airport, this was exactly what we needed for a one-week break in this stunning (and not too hot!) part of Italy. The views from the totally-private sunny patio area are magnificent - snow-capped mountains, hill-top villages and the town itself, far below.

The house is well-equipped, and totally comfortable. The village is quiet and peaceful (hardly any cars, but plenty of sunbathing cats!), and the local residents are friendly, pausing to call 'Buon Giorno' whenever you pass, or keen to try out a little English.

There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance, most with stunning views, and it was good to be surrounded by Italian families enjoying an evening out, rather than the usual hoards of tourists.

We drove to the coast on a couple of days to enjoy the delights of the bustling Italian Riviera, and - of course - to Pisa itself. All just perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

A fine base for a very enjoyable holiday

  • 4 of 5

A well-presented and exceptionally well-equipped house on the edge of a friendly hillside village. There is a splendid south-facing and completely private terrace with views south to the sea, and west to the mountains. It's ideally situated for exploring both the hills and the coast and the Cinque Terre (for which we took the train from Aulla and the ferry from La Spezia). We also enjoyed a day in Genoa - the Maritime Museum is well worth a visit.

Aulla is a good centre for local shopping, and we found good restaurants both there and in the villages (though we thought the local speciality 'Panigacci' a bit overrated).

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Southampton
4

Happy holiday

  • 4 of 5

Very comfy and well-equipped house with spacious garden. Fabulous panoramic views across to the Carrara mountains and La Spezia on the coast. Great spot for exploring the Ligurian coast and Tuscan hill villages. Our particular favourites were the Cinque Terra coastal villages, Portofino and Lucca - all within 1 hours drive. Weather was perfect, so we spent two days relaxing on the sun terrace. This is a lovely house, it has good wifi connection, several good walks and buzzy local restaurants nearby. It is an ideal spot for exploring North West Italy.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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5

Schönes Haus mit super Aussicht!

  • 5 of 5

Das Haus ist gemütlich mit einer Terrasse die eine ausgezeichnete Aussicht bietet.

Diese lädt ein zum Sonnenbaden oder auch Grillen.

Das Haus ist gut ausgestattet und gut sortiert.

Man findet sich schnell zurecht.

Aulla ist schön und bietet gute Einkaufsmöglichkeiten, sowie einige Restaurants die auch eine wunderschöne Aussicht bieten.

Von Aulla aus kann man auch gut andere Orte besuchen.

Orte wie Portofino, Pisa oder Bologna lassen sich gut erreichen.

Auch kann ich empfehlen mal nicht über die Autobahn zu fahren und die Küstenstraße zu wählen.

Der Kontakt zum Vermieter war unkompliziert.

Bei Fragen oder Problemen konnte man sich direkt an diesen wenden und bekam sofort eine Antwort.

Allerdings muss man beachten das der Parkplatz ein gutes Stück vom Haus weg ist und man einen steilen Berg zum Haus hinabgehen muss.

Somit ist es für Leute die vielleicht nicht so gut zu Fuß sind etwas schwierig Einkäufe oder auch das Gepäck hinunter zu bekommen.

Ansonsten war alles super und kann dieses Domizil nur weiterempfehlen.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Map

Coast/Beach:

Lerici, only half an hour away, is an old fishing port with a good fish market, beaches and boats out to the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre are a collection of five old villages clinging to the cliff sides. They are full of excellent restaurants, and lovely coves for bathing.

There are several beach resorts further south along the Tuscan Riviera, such as Marina di Carrara and Forte di Marmi.

Travel:

Pisa and Genoa airports are 1 hour by car.

Distances:

Nearest supermarket is found in Aulla, 5km away.

Aulla's train station, with good connections to La Spezia, Pisa, Lucca and Parma, among other places, is 6km away.

Further Details:

Podenzana Castle perched above Aulla, is a well-proportioned triangular building, massively restored in the 18th century after an explosion in the powder room. The castle is at the top of a steep hill and nearby are 5 excellent restaurants, all within walking distance of the house. They specialise in the regional dish of Panigacci, small chestnut flour pancakes cooked over an open wood fire and served with creamy cheese and home cured meats.

The Fortezza Brunella broods over the town of Aulla, originally build in the 15th century as a defensive rather than a residential castle with walls 10ft thick, narrow windows and vaulted ceilings. It was restored earlier in the 19th century by Montagu Brown, the British consul in Genoa and is now a natural history museum, accessible up a steep driveway off the main Via Nationale. The castle was purchased after the first world war by the Beevor family and a book written called "A Tuscan Childhood" by Kinta Beevor, well worth reading of life in Italy between the two wars.

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $26.38

Booking Notes:
30% non-returnable deposit with final amount payable 30 days before letting.

Changeover Day:
The changeover date is usually Saturday and incoming guests are asked to arrive no earlier than 4.00pm. On departure we ask that guests leave by 10am to allow for cleaning.

Notes on prices:
Please contact owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.