|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Romantic, 2 bed, 2 bath restored barn, with beamed ceilings and traditional flooring throughout giving a feeling of yesteryear, but with all modern comforts and amenities. The grounds are extensive, private and peaceful, and the immediate garden is fenced for those with children. The garden is well kept, with lovely BBQ area and private pool. There are great uninterrupted views from the house, with the hills and mountains making a dramatic backdrop. Whilst set in a totally unspoilt area, there is a village 2km either side of the house each of which has a good restaurant. Other villages with fuller facilities are around a 10 minute drive away. The large village of Camporgiano is around 10 mins and has all facilities including a train station for stress free exploring and a small Monday morning market. The market town of Castelnuovo is a 20 mins or so drive from the house. Pisa airport is around a 90 minutes or so drive and Genoa is 2 hrs 15 mins.
We are Fabrizio and Lorraine and fell in love with this fantastic unspoilt, green and mountainous area of Garfagnana many years ago due to the amazing views, the wonderful peace, and the real yesteryear, non touristy feel to the entire area. We achieved our dream of coming to live in this little piece of paradise with our two daughters, 10 years ago. We have been letting properties in the area for 12 years (our own properties , and for others via our agency Tuscan Retreats). We also assist friends running Houses in Tuscany with all their booking administration, so we advertise for ourselves, Tuscan Retreats and Houses in Tuscany, the latter of which has been running for 15 years. We get lots of fulfillment from seeing others fall in love with the area and return to us again and again!
Stunning pool, very well equipped house, lovely and very helpful owners. Lots to do for all ages...canyoning, zipwiring, wonderful kiking, historical sites, villages, restaurants etc. The 25 min drive it takes to get anywhere is more than compensated for by the peace, seclusion, beauty and immersion into mountains, nature, agriculture and rural italian life at a slow pace...
Al Melo is a lovely property and the photographs that you see ,genuinely do it justice. I picked this property almost as soon as I had seen it when searching for somewhere in Tuscany. It was the first I saw that really interested me and I was glad that I booked it. It has all the amenities that you would hope for throughout the property and the renovation which was done over 10 years ago was done properly with quality materials , bringing out the very best of this typically lovely Italian rustic property. It has a large area for sunbathing with a pool, and is secluded , private and quiet, nestled in the hills with beautiful views. There is a large BBQ area and the property is on 2 floors. You enter on the upper level, and you do downstairs to the bedrooms where it is much cooler. These properties have thick walls and are typically cool, ( no aircon fitted ). We visited in June , the temperature was up to 36C in the 2nd week, and the house remained cool. The property also has the option of wifi , and has sky TV if you want to catch up with a movie or sport or news. It would be ideal for a family as there is enough garden for children to play and of course the pool. There is plenty of covered parking, and shops restaurants are a 10 minute drive away. Fabio and Elisa tend to the gardens regularly to keep them neat and tidy and are excellent hosts ensuring that your stay is everything you wanted. They live a few minutes away in the local village and will visit to make sure you are ok. The local people are lovely , friendly and often gather at their local community center where we lucky enough to be invited to share an evening with them cheering on Italy in Euro 2016. Leaving to come home is the hardest bit, its magic charm pulls at you as you leave ! You wont be disappointed, it will be the centre piece of your adventure!
We had a lovely stay at Al Melo. When we arrived there was a lovely welcome basket. Facilities are superb, plenty of kitchen equipment, Sky tv, wifi, plenty of books. The bedrooms are downstairs and are lovely and cool making for a restful night.
The garden is beautiful and the pool was at a refreshing 26/27 degrees. Lots of different places to sit, with tables to eat, an outside brick barbecue. Fantastic views all round.
Fabio and Elisa were lovely hosts, they were not intrusive, yet were on the other end of a phone if you needed them. They made us feel welcome, left gifts of potatoes and baby plums, that brings me onto the vegetable garden which we were able to help our selves to when ever we wanted - lots of herbs - a very novel 'basil bath'!
The views all around are magnificent, lots of wildlife, seeing deer, Eagles, woodpeckers, lots of friendly lizards.
Would recommend visiting the restaurant in Roggio, and spend time visiting the surrounding mountain villages and towns, which were beautiful.
Al Melo is an ideal place for peace and tranquility, taking in the views, enjoying the sun, and if you want to explore Tuscany you not too far from some beautiful cities, with the drives down the mountain roads being magnificent.
Thank you Fabio & Elisa for a lovely stay.
The four of us were looking for a nice, quiet place to recover from a busy time at home.
Lorraine suggested Al Melo and it was an excellent advise. Arriving at Al Melo everything was even better than the description and pictures! Exactly what we needed!
The very warm reception by Fabio was the start of 2 weeks of a lovely summer holiday.
The house, garden and pool were in perfect condition (every 2 days the owner came to clean the pool). There was also a vegetable garden where we could use everything like tomatoes, salade, beans,... No need to go to the market!
We also had some lovely evenings in the little village (pizza, porchetta, music,...) we were very welcome and had a lovely evening, thanks to Fabio and his family.
If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet place, If you need lovely garden, splendid view and comfortable house, Al Melo is an excellent choice!
And Fabio and his family are a warm and considerate host-family, doing everything to guarantee you a pleasant stay.
The property had everything you could need. The pool was great (perfect for the children), and cleaned very regularly by the owner. Al Melo was very well maintained, and spotlessly clean.The location was fantastic, provided you don't mind the mountain roads. The property owners were very helpful and friendly. Local restaurants (in Roggio) offered excellent, well-priced food. I would definitely recommend the property, and we will hopefully be coming back soon! Overall, a great place to relax and unwind, but if you want to travel and do more, the option is there to visit Pisa, Florence, Lucca etc (possible by train)
Car hire essential
Pisa airport is around a 90 minutes or so drive and Genoa is 2 hrs 15 mins
2km to restaurant
3km to village with small supermarkets, shops, small weekly market, couple of restaurants and train station
20 min drive to larger market town
Lucca - just over an hour - cycle around the still intact walls, wonder at the architecture and churches, visit the opera, meander in the narrow streets, shop til you drop...
Pisa - leaning tower 90 mins
Barga- beautiful mediaeval town with good restaurants and views - 35 mins
Castelnuovo local market town - 20 mins
Orecchiella - national park - 25 mins
Plenty of hilltop villages to visit
Beach 90 mins
Climbing park - 20 mins
Grotta del Vento - large natural cave system - 40 mins
Ideal for walking or just relaxing!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
We take a 15% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival
We can take payment in sterling or Euros, via cheque, bank transfer or credit card (paypal)
Saturday changeover in high season but flexible other times of year
Notes on prices:
Bedding and towels (not pool towels) included in cost of stay
Initial, and final clean included as well as mid stay clean and linen change for a stay of 2 weeks
All utilities with the exception of heating included in price
We can provide a cot and high chair free of charge
WIFI E25 per week