This unique house full of light and views of our terraced land studded with olive and fruit trees and the hills and mountains beyond. The main part of the house is open plan with living,dining and kitchen all on one level along with a separate bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The second bedroom and wet room are on the first floor.The self-contained third bedroom is on the lower level with external access. Large sliding doors lead to the terrace where you can sit and listen to the birds during the day and in the evening watch the sunset. Our salt water pool is 9x4m and opens as soon as the weather becomes warm.
A beautiful and peaceful location near a pretty village 30 mins. from The Bay of The Poets. A land of castles, history, villages and famous places.
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 3, 2018
About Sarah McBride
Simon and I bought the land and built the house finally moving in spring 2010. We lived there all year round until the call of our first grandson lead us to make the decision to spend part of the year in England so we could be more 'hands on'. So we now rent a house in Bath and let our guests live in our home in Italy for much of the summer months. It suits our lifestyle well and means we happily enjoy the two different ways of life. Nothing gives us more pleasure than to know our guests are as happy in casa Sillara as we are.
Sarah McBride purchased this House in 2005
Why Sarah McBride chose Province of Massa and Carrara
Simon is a freelance photographer and has spent much time in Italy photographing houses and gardens for a number of books and magazines. He found Lunigiana was a wonderful mix of mountains, rivers, woods plus the proximity of the Mediterranean coast which was why we came to this are for somewhere to buy.
What makes this House unique
The house is very quiet and private with far-reaching views of the mountains and yet it has easy access not only to local amenities but also the autostra, railway and four airports within reasonable disdance
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Excellent location, amenities and property. The local villages of Bagnone, Villafranca and the Castle are a joy to explore. Very peaceful, very restful and a perfect location for a family holiday. Simon and Sarah make excellent hosts and gave us great tips on what to do. Their suggestions on local restaurants were spot on.
We definitely hope to get back one day.
Lovely villa in a beautiful, tranquil location.
We had a lovely week in this beautiful villa. It is spacious and well maintained with everything we needed. The pool is spotlessly clean in amongst the vast gardens and was cared for during the week by the very helpful Ana. We enjoyed meals on the terrace every day. It is very tempting to return next year.
I don't think I've ever felt so relaxed
We spent a glorious two weeks at this lovely house and used it as a base to explore Tuscany. We visited Pisa, Pontremoli, La Spezia and the Cinque Terre. The house really is as wonderful as all the reviews suggest. Very clean and well maintained. The mountain views are spectacular. The weather was glorious during our stay but we did get to witness an electric storm in the distance over the mountains one night which was magical. The house is really well equipped but as other reviewers have said the pool really is the highlight and none of us could wait to dive in as soon as we got back from a day out. We didn't get to see much of the local wildlife other than one fallow deer who jumped out of the road as we drove down towards the castle at Malgrate. Certainly no wild boar other than on our plate in a couple of the local restaurants. There is a folder that Simon and Sarah leave in the house which is a mine of useful information. Our favourite meal out was definitely Thursday night grill night at the Gavarini restaurant which is only a five minute drive away and we'd recommend that to anyone. Although we did stay in a few evenings, cooking dinner ourselves and eating out on the terrace and watching the sunset over the mountains with a glass of wine. Having Dave on hand to help us book restaurants and give us the benefit of his local knowledge was a real bonus. We all came away saying that we'd never before felt so relaxed as we did during our two weeks at this house. Dave, Debbie, Amy, Jack and Tom - Leigh on Sea, Essex
That is a lovely review and we're so pleased you enjoyed yourselves so much. I'm suprised you didn't see the wild boar making mischief at the bottom of the land but have to say secretly rather pleased!
Thank you for your kind words
We just got back and if I’m honest it’s the first holiday that I’ve been on for many years where I wasn’t gagging to get back to work after the first 7 days. I actually needed another 7!
We loved the home! It was beautiful and in such a stunning piece of countryside. The only downside was that it was like Chinese torture every night trying to get the kids out of the pool.
Lisa’s parents stayed in a local hotel but were so impressed came to spend most days with us by the pool. They also loved the home. We ended up eating twice at the restaurant at the bottom of the hill by the Castle that Sarah booked us into. It was so rustic, the food and local wine was terrirfic and we loved eating there so we went back!
Dave was super helpful and on his recommendation we spent the day at Lericci on the coast without the kids! Lisa’s parents took care of them for the day.
Needless to say, we intend to return next year and will probably bring the in-laws. They can stay in the 3rd en-suite bedroom downstairs, which is pretty much self-contained and very private.
We kept a watch out for the wild boar and were disappointed only to hear and not see them but maybe next time round.
I can't recommend this home enough - staying in, which we did or going out - it's the perfect base! It has everything and we treated it like a home from home.
Thank you Mark for a great review, you would certainly be very welcome to visit our house again and I'm sure we could lay on some wildlife for you!
the most perfect house in a perfect location
the house was clean ,well presented with all the amenities you could want.the pool was gorgeous and the setting unbelievable
Dear Jane , I'm so very glad you enjoyed living in our house, we hope we might see you again in the future
Great property with lovely surroundings
We arrived quite late in the evening to be welcomed by a spectacular display of fire flies in the garden of the property. Quite magical! The property and surroundings certainly live up to the photos and the description. It was well equipped for all our needs (four adults and two young children) during the holiday and very stylish and comfortable. The pool was very much enjoyed by young and old(er) alike.
The surrounding villages and castles were beautiful and very photogenic although travelling locally we felt a little safer driving rather than walking due to the narrow roads and hairpin bends.
A short drive to Villafranca and you could get on a train to visit the beautiful Cinque Terre villages on the coast.
We really enjoyed our week in Northern Tuscany and would certainly recommend the property.
We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday, the fireflies are quite spectacular aren't they, just like Christmas lights They are at their best in June.
Thank you for your kind review.
There are many different beaches to choose on the Mediterranean coast of Tuscany and Liguria which is about 30mins away. Swimming is good in clear, clean water. Many beaches have bars and restaurants. Boat trips are available to visit the delightful sea front towns of the Cinqueterra. All from 30 - 45 mins by car.
Airports of Pisa and Genova are both just over an hour away. Milan about 2 1/2hrs
There are express trains to Florence and Rome from nearby Aulla or local trains to Florence, Parma, Lucca etc from Villafranca which is 10mins away.
The autostrada system is also convenient with an exit at Aulla and Pontremoli just 15 - 20mins to the house.
Bagnone a charming medieval town is 20 mins by foot or 5 mins by car.
Pontremoli with its beautiful cathedral and castle 15 mins by car.
Parma, Lucca Pisa Genova are all near for a day trip, while the many empty roads into the Apuan mountains can afford delightful days out.
There is information on the many places of interest, events and good local restaurants in the house and our local representative will be available to help guide and answer any questions at the time of the visit
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: 25% deposit within 5 days of booking, non refundable Balance and £400 against damage 60 days prior to start of holiday Changeover Day: Saturday throughout the high season but there may be flexibility in May and October. We ask our guests to arrive after 4pm and vacate the house by 10am on the day of departure. Arrangements can be made to leave luggage at the house for a later departure