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Barn in Puglianella, Camporgiano, Castelnuovo, Lucca - Peaceful Retreat, with total privacy and private pool!
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.
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- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
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!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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A little bit of Tuscan paradise
Stayed one week August
Family of 3 adult 2 young children
We had the most brilliant week at al melo. The property is totally secluded, you can't see or hear anything or anyone from the villa. The lane down to the property is very steep and narrow so wouldn't be suitable for a large vehicle. It is immaculately clean and equipped with with everything you need. The outside space is just amazing, pool is a fantastic size and the grass area is great for sunbathing but also large enough for the children to run or kick a ball around. Wifi excellent, good choice of English channels including cartoons for kids. Location wise we found the drive up and around the mountain a little daunting at first but soon got used to it, it is worth it for the breathtaking views this villa has over the Italian mountains.
The bedrooms being downstairs meant it was a lovely pleasant temp for sleeping, the sofa bed upstairs was also used but it was very warm on the upstairs level at night.
Found one tiny scorpion in the shower tray, easily caught and popped outside. Lots of lizards and bats and Eagles to see - amazing - , we hoped to see a deer but didn't. Fabio is a welcoming and friendly host, we would absolutely return to this villa and hope to do so next year. We visited Lucca, Cinque Terre, grotto del vento and Pisa on our trip, Italian drivers are a little crazy but the villa is in a great location for road/train travel and we easily accessed all of these places.
Very highly recommend this villa, it is truly a little bit of Tuscan paradise.
Peaceful tranquility, in beautiful location
We arrived late at night in the rain in a very remote location in northern Tuscany and to be fair we were a little apprehensive about what sort of holiday we would have. However, we were met by Fabio the owner, in the village centre to take us down to the property. Fabio was available throughout our stay, and put himself out when I had an issue with my hire car. Although late and dark we could see the villa was as perfect as the pictures found on various websites. In the morning the rain had cleared and the sun was shining and we now saw the true beauty of the location. Fabio had invited us to help ourselves to fresh fruit and veg from the allotment opposite the villa so we did whilst the children enjoyed the ample sized pool.
As I said the location is very remote so be prepared for a fair amount of driving if you want to explore (45 mins to the bigger supermarket in Gallicano and at least 20 mins to the nearest town of note)
The local train service is excellent and cheap. Trains can be caught to Lucca, Florence and Pisa from Camporgiano station which is 10 mins from the villa.
There are several restaurants in the area but all a Car journey away. Colletti in Roggio is a must, incredible value for the amount of quality food you receive.
Overall the villa & location made our holiday a fabulous experience and we would definitely recommend to anyone wishing to get a taste of pure Italy, And we hope to visit again.
Breath Taking Location
Fabio and his family were just delightful and so welcoming to their property which they have very lovingly restored. The location is just breath taking and so private you really do feel you are all alone.
The property was immaculately clean, in fact I have never stayed in a property that was so clean. Everything worked perfectly. Fabio kindly brought fresh produce from his small holding and told us to help ourselves to the fruit growing on the property - mmmm delicious!!
The facilities here were fantastic, you really want for nothing, with plenty of garden space for everyone, with out door seating available at every great vantage point of the property.
The location couldn't be better, you do need a car to get around but you are never far from anywhere and the local train station has fabulous connections Lucca, Pisa and Florence, even the Cinque Terre is easy enough to get to.
I would definitely recommend this property and we will use it as our base in future.
I stayed in this wonderful villa for nearly two months it would have to been the most majestic scenery you could wish for the alps the valleys.Fabio and his wife who own the villa, just made us feel at home fantastic place fantastic villa John [AUSTRALIA]
Thank you for your review. Fantastic to know you love this amazing place!
Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
Idyllic and relaxing home away from home in Tuscany
My first impression of the cottage was "Wow". It's situated in an area that offers excellent views of the mountains of Tuscany. It's located on the outskirts of the village and well away from any passing traffic, so was very quiet. If you want complete relaxation, this would be the place for you. The cottage was presented by the owners immaculately clean. In terms of everyday living, all the necessary equipment was available to us, as well as many creature comforts. The kitchen was well stocked with the usual plates, cutlery and utensils, together with a washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, cookers etc.
Fabio (the Owner) also took pride in the outside space. The gardens were well maintained and added to the feeling that we were being well catered for. The opportunities for outdoor living were also available. Plenty of tables, chairs, parasols and loungers meant that a place to relax/eat in the sun or the shade was available. The swimming pool was a blessing when the temperatures reached 30 degrees. The waters were wonderfully refreshing and warm.
Fabio was a great host. He was friendly, helpful, who also provided us privacy. He welcomed us with a small hamper of wine and foodstuffs and throughout the week would leave us some of his home grown foodstuffs from his nearby allotments.
There is a small town 10 mins away that has train station. The line it's on goes through to Lucca and Pisa. The cottage is therefor a great base to see some of the other attractions that Tuscany has to offer.
We rarely visit the same holiday cottage twice (preferring to visit different regions each year). We will make an exception with this cottage. It's certainly worth another visit.
Thank you for your detailed review! Good to hear you had a fantastic stay and appreciated this well cared for and well presented house, and also that you felt well looked after. Great to hear you would make an exception to return here, and we would love to hear from you again.
Best wishes Lorraine at tuscan-retreats.
Absolutely stunning location and property has everything we needed for a self catering stay. A real 'away from it all' holiday The owners Fabio, Elissa and their children Sophia and Matteo were wonderful hosts. Weather was SCORCHIO and topped 50 degrees C for five of the ten days we were there. WE INTEND TO RETURN FABIO so be warned!! :-) Thank you so much - we loved it and were amazed at the hard work you and your family do.
Thank you for your review! Great to hear you found the property and location stunning and that you are coming back! Fabio, Elisa and family will be very pleased to have you .
Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
Travel: Car hire essential Pisa airport is around a 90 minutes or so drive and Genoa is 2 hrs 15 mins Distances: 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 Further Details: Days out: 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!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
NB - The Stay Tax of €1 per person per night, is applicable for a maximum of 5 nights and is payable in cash on arrival. Changeover Day: 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 Free WIFI