Cantombacci, Tuscany, Italy - Province Of Lucca, Serviced By English Speaking Contact
- english, italian
About Carlo Bertoncini
This house was built by my late grandfather and has remained in family ownership. My wife and I use the house frequently, we love entertaining our friends and introducing them to Italian culture. We are confident we offer people the authentic Italian holiday experience and will always guarantee each booking our personal attention to ensure this. My wife works for the BBC and I am a Chartered Engineer. Any questions or comments feel free to contact me. Saluti! Carlo Bertoncini
Carlo Bertoncini purchased this Apartment in 1960
Why Carlo Bertoncini chose Molazzana
This house has been passed down from my Grandfather who was Knighted by the Italian Government before he died for his services to his country. It is two-story with another family living in the lower floor so the grounds are well kept all year round. It really is a fantastic location with an amazing view. There is a train station about 8 mins away and from there you can go to all the major Tuscan locations, Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Viareggio etc. If you want to venture further my Wife and I have driven to Monaco for the weekend from the house. Leave in the morning, be there by lunch time.
What makes this Apartment unique
My aunt is the key holder who previously lived in Scotland (but now in the local village) so offers a fluent English speaking contact. Across the road is a beauty therapy shop run by my cousin. She has over 20 years experience in the field. Very popular with the ladies (and gents). Go there for a relaxing massage then come back to the house to enjoy (many) bottles of wine on the terraced balcony whilst enjoying the view.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
A home from home
This is a beautiful typical Italian home in a great location. It's in an ideal situation for exploring the nearby countryside with a great view of the local mountains from the sunny balcony. Highlights during our short break here included eating in some of the many excellent restaurants in the nearby town (Castelnuovo), hiking in the hills and generally just enjoying the lovely views from the house. The owner could have not been more helpful in terms of his prompt communication and great suggestions for things to do. The house itself was very well appointed with a fully equipped kitchen for self catering and toiletries left for the use of guests. It was like a home from home! I would have no hesitation in recommending this accommodation to family and friends and would really like to return at some point in the future.
A beautiful place in an astounding spot!
The house sits on the peaceful slopes of a hill overlooking an incredibly beautiful valley. I would spend my time (when not out exploring) sitting on the terrace, just soaking it in. A truly inspiring visit.
Tuscany half term holiday 2018
A pleasant flight and car journey to this gorgeous Italian home in the mountains. Greeted by a very welcoming Anna who had gone above and beyond by leaving us a delicious home baked cake, bottle of fizz for us and pear juice for the mini ones! Also some much needed milk for a cuppa that went so well with that cake.
Carlo Bertoncini (Anna’s nephew) was full of pre holiday advice, reassurance and committed to ensuring we had a great holiday. We pre planned our excursions the night before dependant on the October weather. A little stormy at the beginning of the week but didn’t put us off getting out and exploring. The house itself is a traditional upper level Italian family home contained with everything you need including a terraced balcony with views to die for. There is a property below which is also occupied by family.
We drove from our location everyday and made trips to Modena to The Ferrari Museum and also a local walk around the old town stopping for fantastic coffees. This is also the home town of Luciano Pavarotti, His music can be heard in the museum. We drove to Barga the family home town of Paulo Nutini (one of my faves!) the most Scottish town in Italy! We climbed the steps to the top where we saw a military museum and Duomo Di san Cristoforo with spectacular views all around. We then Headed to Lucca the walled city, found nearby street parking and found ourselves walking into Piazza Amfiteatro where an episode of Top Gear had been filmed. Beautiful pasta and wine to be eaten here. We climbed Torre delle Ore (clock tower) and heard them chime right above us at 3pm and also the nearby Torre Guinigi (the tower with trees on top!) some amazing views from both towers.
The following day saw us head to Sant’Agata Bolognese to the Lamborghini museum-you might notice a car theme going on here! Mother of two young petrol heads! Also nearby is the Ducati Museum sadly we didn’t get time to visit this year. One of my most memorable and favourites days was in Pisa. Being a typical tourist and visiting the Cathedral, Baptistery and climbing the tower. We then headed up to Mura Di Pisa to climb the walls, 3km long to see the views around us. We ate out during the day and cooked when we got back in the evenings.
Our facilities were clean, comfortable and we are definitely returning next year. The service From Carlo and Anna was superb. Our boys said ‘This is the best holiday ever!’ Memories made ❤️👌�🏻�
Hi Sophie - such lovely words, thank you very much. You and your family totally embraced what it means to holiday in Tuscany, exploring the history, culture and amazing environment the region has to offer. The fact that we could be a part of making memories for your family is a privilege.
We really look forward to your return next year and that you will experience the sun, sea and sand (with wine, of course) of the Tuscany area and make many more family memories.. Also, if you didn't get the chance there is a second ferrari museum your boys can visit and Pagani have just opened one this year too :) The mother of two petrol heads will get a break soon we hope :)
Carlo and Anna
Amazing villa, views and location!
So much I wanted to say about this place and can’t do it justice all in one review!
The house is laid out perfectly, two single beds in a shared room for my boys and a double bedroom for us with a mountain view from the bed! Very scenic and beautiful.
The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you could possibly need. Even some Limoncello to sample! There is a dish washer but we preferred to wash by hand. The added bonus is that there is a washing machine. I shall know to pack lighter on our next visit!
The bathroom is lovely and has a shower-youngest son dislikes showers but we got him in it and actually liked it.
Being end of season holiday in October the weather was particularly stormy and Italy was experiencing floods and storm damage in areas, it didn’t put us off. It was warm but wet some days. A waterproof and umbrella is all that’s needed. We wore light layers so we could put on or take off when needed.
Coming home to the Villa most evenings in the dark there was sufficient lighting and the warmth of central heating. I would recommend taking a pair of slippers so you don’t get cold feet on the beautiful Italian floors too.
I cannot recommend Carlo, Anna and the Villa enough. We shall be back to explore more of what Italy has to offer and do more locally too.
I will personally make sure there is enough locally made limomcello to see you guys through your next holiday. Thanks also for the tips re slippers etc. I will ensure to tell future guests, thanks so much.
Clean, comfortable, gorgeous, spacious, relaxing.
Lovely, authentic, clean and spacious holiday house with stunning views from a comfortable well equipped balcony. Beautiful trips to local towns, gorgeous swimming pools with idyllic views and bar. Very peaceful and authentic Italian with trains easily accessible to Lucca and other areas. Perfect for a family or group holiday.
The best view ever!
This property sits in the beautiful, lush Tuscan hills with a picture perfect view from the balcony. Fully equipped, spotlessly clean and comfortable we spent a lovely week here as our base to visit Pisa, Florence, Lucca and Barga (which was our favorite). Local restaurants within a few kilometers of the house were delicious, surprisingly inexpensive and not to be missed. Highly recommended.
Hi Karen. Many thanks for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time here. We would look forward to having you guys back anytime!
2 hrs to Viareggio beach by train, 1.5 hrs by car.
Pisa airport 1hr by car.
Hire car essential (if flying over)
Castelnuovo, market town (3 miles) -15 mins (car)
Lucca - 50 mins (train)
Barga - 20 mins (car)
Florence - 1.5 hrs (train)
Pisa - 1hr (train)
Monaco - 4.5 hrs (car)
English speaking speaking key-holder.
Beauty therapy treatments available (next door)
Local wines and produce available.