About the property
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- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Villa in Barga, Lucca Province, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Less Than 5 Minute Drive To Barga, And Within Walking Distance Of Local Village
This villa, has been renovated, furnished & equipped with quality & care to give a truly relaxing holiday! Renovated by the owner with his own holidays in mind, lots of thought has gone into this luxurious house, which has been designed to take advantage of the unrivalled views of Barga. Home from home, there is quality furniture, lots of equipment & plenty of storage. Casa Roc has not lost its rustic charm, with wood floors, beamed ceilings & character features, blending seamlessly with modern comforts! There is a real feel of romance, and whilst great for families, the house is ideal for honeymoons. There are 3 bedrooms, each with their own luxury bathroom (2 fully en-suite), a welcoming open plan living/diner, and a designer kitchen. Each of the living areas, and the bedrooms overlook the garden, the pool and the view of Barga with the mountains beyond. Outdoor dining and relaxing areas complete the offering!
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 12, 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!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Albiano is a village in the Garfagnana region of northern Tuscany, very close to Barga, ‘the most Scottish town in Italy’. Both are a slightly off the tourist track, with most visitors to the area having some ancestral connection with it. This is a pity, as it is one of the most spectacular and fascinating parts of Italy, with the locals friendly and welcoming, particularly to inglese (English speakers). For a family holiday with 2 or 3 kids, Albiano Casa Roc is the perfect place to stay.
Casa Roc has pretty much everything you will need. Double and twin bedrooms upstairs, single downstairs, all with en suite. Spacious living room (with dining table), kitchen and covered patio area outside, perfect for breakfast. But best of all is the pool, with sun loungers, parasols and al fresco dining area. If your kids (like mine) love swimming, this will certainly make your holiday. Pool towels are provided. We did need to scrounge a fan for night time, although admittedly the ‘Lucifer’ heatwave was exceptional, even for Italy.
Barga is walkable (although hard in the heat), but to make the most of what the area has to offer you will need a car. Shops are in Barga, with the gigantic Conad supermarket about 20 mins drive away. Eating out in Albiano means La Terrazza (4* on TripAdvisor), rustic and family-run. However, there is alot more choice if you drive.
We visit Albiano regularly, principally to visit family and friends. From now on, Casa Roc will now be our first choice when it comes to finding somewhere to stay.
The property was exactly what we hoped for . The directions supplied meant we arrived without any "detours" and we were delighted with what we found. The house is spacious, very clean and had everything we needed. The kitchen was better equipped than mine- not that we ate there much . The house sits on the side of the hill and the views are wonderful across to Barga and the mountain. The local restaurant was a 5 minute walk and was full to the brim on Sunday night ( book) but empty on Thursday and i believe the pizza ovens at the weekend draw a big crowd. The bedrooms were big , our bed very comfortable and plenty of hanging space. The evenings were chilly and i was worried that i would be cold but the wardrobe revealed extra pillows and blankets so we were very cosy. We had a very minor issue on Sunday and i called the agent Monday morning and they sorted it immediately. The only critic i have is that it would have been good to have a little salt and pepper and maybe some olive oil as we had to buy this and only used a teaspoon full but having said that we had milk and a bottle of cava in our fridge ( don't know if the house provided or they had been left by the previous tenant) The pool was lovely ( bit chilly) and we spent many hours sitting by it,reading drinking a G and T and gazing at the views. The area was stunning, the locals very friendly and we had what we wanted - a quiet beautiful villa, away from the crowds ( except one donkey and a very persistent owl) Heads up- you do need a car and the Italians do like driving an inch from your back wheel plus a lot of narrow mountain road so you have to be a bit brave. Supermarket is 10-15 minutes drive and has everything you could need but unlike UK you need to bag and weigh your fruit and veg before the till . We didn't have a bad meal out but favourite was Il Pozzo in Pieve Fosciana
Booking highly recommended- can we come back please?
Beautiful House in Stunning Location
Our stay at Casa Roc was so good we've booked to return next year. The propety is in a stunning location, very peaceful and relaxing. The house and the grounds are very well equipped and very well presented.
It's the ideal place if you just want to relax and unwind, yet, there are many places which you can easily reach if you want to explore (Florence, Pisa, Lucca, the beach). There is a restaurant within walking distance and many more just a 5 minute drive away in Barga. Our favourite was L'Atlana, just within the walls, and a favourite with the children was il Giardino Ice Cream shop. The supermarket is also just a short drive from the house.
We would highly recommend Casa Roc and Tuscan Retreats.
Thank you for taking the time to send a review. Good to hear you had such a wonderful time, and we look forward to welcoming you in 2018.
Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
Great place to spend our vacation
We had 2 perfect weeks in Casa Roc. Because of the location in the hills we had warm (but not to warm) days and perfect temperature in the nights for sleeping. The house has all you need and feels like a cosy home away from home. Fantastic views and a great pool to spend the lazy summerdays in. Barga is worth lots of visits - and not only because of the delicius italian icecream but also to experience the original italian atmosphere and calm approach to life. We would love to come back and can highly recommend the house.
We vow to return to this special place!
This is by far our best choice so far.
The villa is very comfortable, extremely well equipped and has a wonderful outlook. I cannot live the rest of my life without waking up, throwing open the bedroom shutters and seeing that view again.
The pool was divine and again afforded us superb views.
We drove from the UK and would do so again willingly to stay here.
Thank you for your review
So glad to hear this is the best place you have stayed - I agree that those views are just amazingly beautiful! Good to know you would be happy to come again - you will be very welcome.
Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats
Amazing Holidays with a Fantastic view
We have never been to Italy on a more Fantastic place. When you Open the gate for the first time you know that this will be very hard to say goodbye when you are leaving.
Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you loved the house so much you didn't want to leave! it has the same effect on me when I visit!
Best wishes Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats.co.uk
Pisa airport is say a 1 hour 15 minute drive from the property.
Car hire recommended.
Within easy walking distance,of local village with its good restaurant, and local shop/bar.
Less than 5 min drive from Barga
Barga itself is circa 1 hour 15 mins from Pisa
1 hr 40 mins from Florence;
50 minutes from the beautiful walled mediaeval city of Lucca and close to the National Parks of the Apuane Alps.
Hilltop villages abound, and exploring can be either townie or totally rural - the choice is yours, if you can tear yourselves away from the house!
Situated less than a 5 min drive from the Mediaeval town of Barga, with its hilly windy cobbled streets, duomos, 10th Century cathedral and ancient architecture. Barga is also renowned in the area for its good quality, but reasonably priced restaurants. There are often outdoor concerts/plays performed many times free of charge with performances ranging from Rock and Pop, to Jazz and the Classics.
Train station less than a 5 minute drive away for stress free exploring.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Changeover Day: Preferred changeover is Saturday but we aim to be flexible outside of July and August Notes on prices: Cot and high chair available on request at no extra charge. Utilities, with exception of heating included in the price.