A 3 bedroom upper apartment less than an hour from Pisa airport, serviced by English speaking Factor (who lives locally). Based in the heart of Tuscany with stunning views of the town of Barga and surrounding areas. This is an amazing family friendly property with all-round secured gating and garden area. Train station to visit all tourist locations Lucca, Florence, Pisa etc only a few kilometers away. Local town of Castlelnuovo only 3km away will all supermarkets, bars, restaurants and shops you will need. As we have an English speaking key holder close by you will never be stuck for help, advice or assistance during your stay thus ensuring your holiday is always going to be the best experience it can be.
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Cantombacci, Tuscany, Italy - Province Of Lucca, Serviced By English Speaking Contact
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- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 13, 2018
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 Province of Lucca
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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
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.
Quiet and relaxing holiday
Traditional villa with a homely feel. Well equipped kitchen and a bonus to have a washing machine. Balcony of a good size was excellent for dining outside and enjoying the wonderful views. Arriving late at night there was a generous gesture from Anna, lovely lemon cake, biscuits and good bottle of red wine. Its good to have an english speaking host to advise on shops, train etc. Thanks for everything Anna. We started our holiday as guests and left as friends. Although a couple of kilometres from Barga we found the location ideal for day trips to Barga, Lucca and Florence.
Mark & Audrey Aitken
Hi Mark. Thanks very much for the lovely review. I'm glad you and the family had a great time. The pictures looked amazing too. Hopefully bump into you guys again in the future. Carlo.
Relaxing home from home in a fantastic location
We stayed in the apartment for a week with our 3 kids. The location and facilities were excellent. The essentials were there on arrival including a homemade lemon cake - just what was needed after a day traveling! We explored a few places in the area including Lucca (and the bike hire), Florence and the Ferrari museum at Maranello. Anna was on hand to answer any questions and provide local knowledge. A great location and well worth the visit.
Hi Ross. Great to hear you guys had a good time and managed to get to the major attractions! Many thanks for the good feedback too. All the best to you and the family. Carlo
Roomy and well equipped base for exploring Tuscany
The apartment is fantastic, with stunning views through most windows, plenty of space to make yourself at home and everything you could possibly need during your stay.
The location is perfect. We found it very easy to get about (with a hire car) and did loads of interesting day trips including Florence, Lucca, Barga, Cinque Terre, San Pellegrino in Alpe and Grotta del Vento. There are also plenty of lovely walks to do within a 20 minute drive (we managed two and left our hiking map for future guests to use).
Carlo was extremely helpful, and he and Anna went out of their way to make sure that we were comfortable and had everything that we needed (including (high chair, travel cot etc).
I think it goes without saying that the local food was exquisite, but I'll mention it anyway. All of the restaurants that we tried were excellent quality, friendly and accommodating to my wife's gluten intolerance (something that we were worried about with all of the pasta and pizza!).
I would not hesitate to return or recommend to anyone interested in exploring this gorgeous part of Italy.
Hi Peter. Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review for us and giving feed back on your stay. I was glad to hear the local restaurants catered for gluten free diets, that was excellent. I look forward to trying some of the hiking routes you discovered myself, the pictures looked amazing! I've already mentioned it to some of the people who have booked for 2017. Thanks again. Carlo
Villa Alfredo a picture postcard retreat
The description about the layout and location was accurate and the directions to get there by car were very straight forward. The property is built on two levels with a separate entrance to the upper floor where holiday makers reside. On the lower level there is a family related to the owners of the holiday apartment. The holiday apartment is spacious and offers ample facilities for up to six people. The manager Anna is very pleasant and helpful and lives a very short walking distance away. The holiday apartment has spectacular views of the mountains eastwards and you can see the medieval town of Barga clearly in the distance.
The location is excellent for visiting northern Tuscany however you do need a car to get to the smaller towns. It is easy to visit the larger towns such as Lucca and Florence by catching the train from Gallicano/Barga train station five minutes drive away. This is well worth doing.
The owners provide a list of local attractions and within the property there is a pack of pamphlets giving guides and tours of local towns. We did a 10 kilometer walk around Gallicano which is well sign posted and there is a fantastic restaurant called Antica Trattoria dell'Eremita which is well worth a visit and the effort to get up there.
If you want a taste of real Tuscan life this is the place to stay!
Hi Mike & Heather. We are delighted you had a good holiday. You are the first people that we know of to have ventured up to Antica Trattoria dell'Eremita, I will need to include it in our info pack I've heard its a lovely place to eat. We, of course, would love to have you guys back at some point in the future and I hope our paths cross in that regard. All the best. Ciao. Carlo
Fantastic Summer Stay in
When we arrived it was after 11pm so was dark and unfamiliar but the directions we were given were fantastic and we had no problem finding the house. When we arrived at the house we were hungry but all shops were closed by the time we arrive. Not to worry though, there was a fresh baked cake and wine to welcome us and fresh bread, milk and cereal among other food items.
The house was clean and tidy and the bed was extremely comfortable.
There was information provided on where to go sightseeing and how to get there. There were also recommendations for places to eat with directions to each place. We had no problem finding our way about.
The grocery store was a 5 minute drive away and there was a small shop to purchase water, beer and snacks just a 5 minute walk from the house.
The scenery was breathtaking.
All in all a fantastic holiday and I will most definitely be back.
Hi Katrina. We're glad to hear the cake and wine was well received after a long day travelling. I was impressed to hear how much you guys managed to see and do during your stay: Viareggio, Pisa, Cinque Terre and Florence! We of course would be thrilled to see you guys back, plenty more exploring to be done and plenty more restaurants to wine and dine at! 😄
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.