|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
"Il Metatino" is a lovingly restored former chestnut roasting cottage, keeping it's original features, with arches, exposed chestnut beams and terra-cotta tiled floors and ceilings, with white washed walls. It has a couple of outside terraces, one with a pergola shaded by an ancient fig tree and another which is a sun trap, all have fantastic views with medieval hamlets and villages perched on the hillsides. The nearest town of Bagni di Lucca (the baths of Lucca) is 4 miles away down the valley and has all the amenities you could wish for, the historic city of Lucca is 16 miles away and the jewel of Tuscany.
Staying here gives you the chance to explore three important aspects of this beautiful region of Italy. Firstly, the art, architecture and civilised way of life in towns and cities - Lucca (18 miles), Pisa (35 miles) and Florence (60 miles) are easily reached by road or rail. Though they are further away, Bologna, Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano are all viable day trips by car. Lucca our provincial capital is truly a memorably beautiful town. The walk around the wall is the favourite walk of many locals let alone tourists, with views of the town on one side and of the surrounding countryside on the other. Bikes can be hired to add healthy extra exercise to the experience.
Secondly, there is the beach culture to sample. You will be a little over an hour's drive from Viareggio the main resort of the Versilian coast and miles of sandy beaches backed by the marble mountains of Carrara. The beaches are mainly managed by entry-charging concessions but there are advantages - umbrellas and loungers provided in your own space, freshly raked sand and, for refreshment, hot drinks, soft drinks, chilled wine and beer and cold and hot food on pleasant terraces. Further on, up the coastal autostrada and now a total drive of 90 minutes, Lerici is well worth a visit - a lovely little coastal town in a beautiful setting with a regular boat service across the Gulf of the Poets (Shelley, etc.) to the equally beautiful resort of Portovenere.
Thirdly is the Italy often hidden from the package tour tourist. This house is in the heart of a relatively unspoilt, hilly country region with the charming town of Bagni di Lucca just a ten minute drive away. The town has a three-pool facility in a beautiful, scenic setting, restaurants, bars, a range of shops and a local market. Villages are set in hilly chestnut forests where self-sufficiency exists alongside the use of local supermarkets. Footpaths and ancient mule tracks provide scenic routes for walkers of all ages and abilities. One favourite walk is the 15 minute stroll from the house to the well-stocked food shop in the next village! Another favourite activity has been simply sitting in the late afternoon sun on the courtyard, with an aperitivo, looking at the view and drinking in the atmosphere - along with the aperitivo of course!
This cottage more than lived up to its description and exceeded our expectations - space, comfort, decor, ready supply of maps and books and other homely touches etc etc. We loved it.
The cottage is located in a hillside hamlet and has fantastic views. It has lots of different areas to sit in (inside and out) so its easy to enjoy them. The garden offers a choice of sunny or shady areas to sit in and we found the house nice and cool to retreat back to after a day's sightseeing in the heat.
The local Italian family who look after the property were warm, welcoming and generous. They live nearby so were on hand if needed but left us in complete privacy so we were able to totally relax. Indeed, this is a great place to escape the rat race and unwind.
Bagni di Lucca, the local town, has supermarkets, shops and a small number of bars and restaurants. It also has a great swimming pool complex and wild swimmers may enjoy going a couple of miles upstream on the river that runs through the town.
We enjoyed exploring nearby hilltop villages and also Lucca and Montacatini Terme which are less than an hour's drive away. We intended going to Pisa and the coast but ran out of time. We noticed that there is a train service from one of the other nearby towns which we will investigate next time.
All in all this was just our cup of tea!
We have stayed in many self-catering properties over the years, but I can honestly say this was the best for its combination of superb qualities. It is in a beautiful location which, though quiet, is not really remote, with neighbouring properties and a well-stocked general store 10-15 minutes stroll away; it is extremely clean and well-maintained making it a pleasure to be inside if you have to be; it is equipped with everything you need and more, plus the bonus of a superb book and CD collection; and the welcome pack is the best I've ever seen. The neighbours who look after the cottage are a delight and made it clear they were there if we needed them. Having spent the previous week travelling alI the way from the north of England to Tuscany by train, we didn't want to venture far from the cottage and it was easy to relax and read, with a glass of Tuscan wine nearby, stopping occasionally to look out over the fantastic views. It really felt as though we were in a well-loved home and we feel privileged to have stayed at Il Metatina - we hope to return in the near future!
If you want peace and quiet surrounded by wonderful views this is the place to be! The cottage has been beautifully renovated inside and the outside space looks out over uninterrupted views of the countryside. The welcome pack here is the best we have ever experienced, including a delicious homemade lasagne and cake from the lovely Italian neighbours who look after the property. Despite the rural location Bagni di Lucca is only a short drive away with a supermarket and restaurants, plus many other fantastic towns and villages within easy reach by car or train. We would definitely recommend the cottage to anyone looking to get away from it all and experience rural Tuscany at its best. Sitting on the patio with a glass of Chianti as the sun sets over the hills is a must :) We will be back for sure!
What a wonderful time we had! And our stay at Il Metatino was wonderful!
We did have some difficulty in finding the house, we didn’t drive far enough up the hill to the car park, and spent some time before we realised this, but eventually we found Il Metatino and fell in love with it straight away!
Laura and her family are such a delight and so welcoming and helpful. It was lovely to have a home cooked meal ready for us when we arrived and we really enjoyed our last night when we were invited round to join the family for pizza!
The views from the house are wonderful…I especially enjoyed the bedroom view, to wake up every morning to that view was such a delight!
The house is really well equipped….. and was spotlessly clean.
We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return in the future.
Our stay at Il Metatino was perfect. The cottage is as sweet and cute as it looks on the photos. You will not regret staying here. After a tiring journey, we were happy to arrive at our destination and were directed to our accommodation by a friendly local couple. Inside we were immediately reassured that our break would be wonderful; the cottage was clean, bright and airy with stunning views over the valley. It has a charm and elegance about it. The welcome pack was extremely generous and we made good use of it. Our favourite spot in the cottage was the reading room which was such a lovely place in which to relax. The views were so good that not a lot of reading was done! Outside the terrace and patio are wonderful spaces. The peace and quiet, the bird life, the views across the valley changing with the weather and the sound of donkeys bellowing in the mornings were mesmerising. There are plenty of walks along well-kept paths and mule tracks close to the cottage and many fantastic villages to explore nearby. We particularly liked eating out in the restaurants in Bagni di Lucca. I would happily return to Il Metatino again and again.
What a gem we found in Il Metatino- it ticked all our boxes with a rural location yet within easy reach or Lucca & Barga, stunning views and beautifully appointed property all as described in the property listing.
With a friendly, nearby caretaker who was attentive but unobtrusive, any needs we had were swiftly attended to.
A fabulous, well appointed property with lots to keep us occupied whether the sun shone or it rained, there were local maps to use in walking the hills, loads of books on the area and further afield and lots of little touches to make our stay extra special.
We certainly plan to visit again soon and highly recommend the property and the area.
the popular beach town of Viareggio and trendy Forte dei Marmi are about 45 minutes away
Nearest airport is Pisa (28 miles) with 20 UK locations flying there and car hire is available
Bagni di Lucca 4 miles with train station, to major cities
Lucca 16 miles
Pisa 28 miles
Florence 50 miles
Abetone (ski resort) 22 miles
the nearest shop is in St Gemignano, a beautiful short walk along the picturesque track which passes the cottage and sells all basic foodstuffs
Bagni di Lucca, 10 minutes away has 2 small supermarkets, a variety of bars and restaurants and shops, a market twice a week and a great public swimming pool with 3 pools and spa.
The coast is just over an hour away
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
25% required to confirm the booking and the balance at 8 weeks prior to your stay
Changeover Day is Saturday
Notes on prices:
Price Includes Linen and Towels