|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Detached house in Celle dei Puccini has a large shared heated pool with IT1096. The pool is only available to our guests and is set in spacious surroundings.
The house consists of 2 bedrooms - one double bedroom and a single bedroom. Both these rooms have loads of storage space. There is a shower room with hand basin, WC and bidet on the ground floor. The living room has comfortable furniture and has a TV and DVD player (Italian) Entrance to the Butterfly House leads into a kitchen diner which is well equipped. Outside there is a large private garden with comfortable hammocks and other loungers. There is a patio table and chairs and a gas BBQ.
Celle, the ancestral home of the famous composer Puccini, is a small hamlet settling, above the village of Diecimo, approx 12km from the ancient walled city of Lucca. Celle, like so many Tuscan settlements, clings to the side of a hill overlooking valleys, hillsides & mountains with terraced vineyards olive groves. In the foreground & beyond, wooded slopes & picturesque villages. Celle is a peaceful place & totally unspoiled; it retains its slow tempo & traditional way of life. It has been home for generations of Italian families who still cultivate the surrounding land. Access to Celle is by a winding asphalt road from Diecimo. There are excellent restaurants nearby, one in the village itself. The countryside surrounding Celle, is a delight & there are pleasant walks into the woods & across the hillside. The slopes are resplendent with wild flowers, seemingly at all seasons.
We are flexible on change over days.
We 'discovered' Celle, by mistake really! In fact 'it' found 'us'! We were not actually looking to buy 'anything' 'anywhere' We had been on holiday in Lucca with an Italian friend and we were told about a Puccini concert that they hold twice during the summer, in the small hillside hamlet of Celle - the home of generations of the Puccini family. We were intrigued and drove from Lucca to Celle for the performance. Our evening was magical and it totally changed our direction in life.
We moved from Croydon to the Isle of Wight and then sold our distribution business of 27 years in 2007 - people call it retirement! We now spend half the year in the Isle of Wight and the other half in Italy. We call it a balanced life!
This was our second visit to "Butterfly"; a house ideally suited for the two of us set amongst the Alpuan Alp foothills looking south over further forested valleys and hills. The charming little village of Celle has a "Puccini" connection and stages the occasional operatic concert in summer months. The accommodation is very well equipped, has it's own garden shaded by olive trees and there's a convenient "barbie". Lucca and Florence can easily be reached by car or train (station just 4 miles away) but, more importantly, there are numerous historical quaint villages to visit nearby. The locals are very friendly. Local restaurants are very reasonably priced but do indulge, when you find it, in the local wine. Good fish, meat and, of course, pasta. Good local supermarkets, bakers, fruit and veg shops. A supply of local information on hand in the house.
Well worth a visit. We'll be back next year; more to see nearby as well as in Lucca and Florence.
Just returned from a lovely relaxing week in the Butterfly cottage, accommodation very clean and well equipped with a very comfortable bed, large garden and fantastic views. Ideally located for trips out although we stayed at the cottage for three of our days soaking up the sun and relaxing in the pool. Ken and Gill are perfect hosts unobtrusive but on hand to book restaurants etc. they provide each cottage with a complete guide to local attractions including driving routes. Ladies there is a hairdryer, iron and ironing board provided. The steep steps provided our daily exercise. Would highly recommend this cottage.
The Butterfly House is a new addition to the 'Go-Tuscan' range of holiday properties in Celle since our last stay 3 years ago. It stands on its own and both property and garden are very private and little overlooked. It provides generous and very comfortable accommodation for two people and is well equipped. A huge benefit which sets it (and the other properties) apart from so many others is the attention to detail from Ken and Gill; on arrival we found the fridge and bread bin stocked with everything we needed for breakfast and enough fruit to last half the week! All the every day items are provided (soap, washing up materials, tea, coffee, oil etc.) which makes self-catering so much easier. There was even a comprehensive first aid kit with some bite relief (which we had left at home). The shared pool is only a short walk away and we had our own sun loungers in the garden. There is also a path from the rear of the property up the hill to Gello where there are spectacular views. The area has a huge amount to offer from mountain walking to the culture and history of Lucca and Florence and there are plenty of good restaurants quite nearby. Celle itself is unspoilt and feels like a step back in time to a more gentle and less hurried age - a perfect place to relax and unwind!
Special interest holidays:
There is a detailed information pack that we have put together for our guests, showing places of interest, activities for all ages and we hope it will give our guests an idea of how to enjoy our Province of Tuscany to the full. To name but a few that you may wish to search on Google, Vinci, the home of Leonardo where there is an interesting museum for both children & adults showing models of his inventions. The monastry built 'in' the rock in Calomini (Eremo di Calomini) by the monks in the 7th century. Grotta del Vento, an under ground world of galleries & chambers. Parco Avventura, offers a challenge for children, youths & adults who can test their ability with suspension bridges, swinging beams, vertical nets, ropes etc. (trainers & long trousers essential) Many fabulous places for walkers, San Pelegrino to name but 1. Celle is an excellent starting point with so many things to do & see. An ideal finishing point for that important time of relaxation.
There are miles of sandy beaches within easy reach from Celle. As the crow flies the coast is not far, but as we are in the hills, it takes a little longer to reach them - about 45 mins. Most beaches in Italy are private & they provide loungers & parasols, the use of the WC/showers & cold drinks & snacks & the all important icecream can be bought on their 'patch'. Pisa, Viareggio, Lido di Camiore, Forte di Marmi are just a few of the many stretches of beaches that can be found.
It is an easy journey by air from UK to Pisa. Pisa airport is a growing airport & you pass through the formalities quickly. An alternative airport is Florence. BA, Ryanair, Easy Jet & Jet 2 all service Pisa on a regular basis from all over the UK. By car from Pisa airport to Lucca is 25 mins by motorway with a further picturesque 25 mins journey to Celle following the river, then a winding, asphalt road from Diecimo. Driving from the UK is also an option which we can give advice if required.
The whole area is rich in historic & cultural interest. The charming city of Lucca – 25 mins by car, retains elements of its age & history amid its many churches, imposing palaces & in the secluded squares one finds sophisticated shops & restaurants.
Florence by car - 1hr 15mins. We recommend travelling by train (a doddle) as parking can be tiresome in the City. The Chianti area between Florence & Siena (2 hrs by car - each way) is one of the most beautiful in Italy. A long day, but do'able
Shops: With only 32 people living in Celle, there is not enough business to warrant shops. There is a bread van that comes 4 x week in the morning for fresh bread & crusty rolls.
Only 10 mins drive down the hill is Diecimo. There is a row of small shops run by the locals, including a bank, Post office, 2 petrol stations, chemist, a baker who bakes on the premises and a deli next door, he sells fruit & veg, cheese, milk, water, salami, very good quality meat etc. There are 2 cafes, where you can stop & have coffee & delicious cakes freshly filled rolls. A further 5 min. drive to Borgo Mozzano, there is a supermarket & large deli. An ideal shop to start your holiday shopping. There is another, larger supermarket (Esselunga) in Marlia which is in the direction of Lucca. Many great restaurants within 8-10mins drive from Celle & one in the village itself serving fresh homemade traditional Tuscan food, made with local produce & local wines. The nearest Train Station is in Diecimo. You will need to change at Lucca for Florence or Pisa. Free parking
Climate: In the Spring (April/May) & Autumn (mid Sept - mid Oct) the temperatures are at their most comfortable & pleasant. July/Aug are usually hot & temperatures tend to stay around 30 - 35 degrees. Off peak holidays also have their attraction: May/June are wonderful months to visit, when the air smells of honey & the wild flowers are abundant. This is an excellent time for walking with many walks in and around Celle.
Sept & Oct are interesting months when the grapes are picked and the wine is made. Oct is when the fabulous porcini mushrooms appear & the locals go hunting in secret to find them in the forests. Restaurant menus change to include delicious dishes using these precious mushrooms, precious because the season is so short. It is also the season for zucca (pumpkin) and there are zucca festivals in nearby villages where you can buy locally made produce. Oct is also a time for collecting & roasting chestnuts.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
We ask that you contact us first by email to ensure that we have availability. A deposit of 25% is required to secure the booking. Our terms and conditions together with a booking form are sent and on receipt of the completed form, the holiday is confirmed in writing. The balance is paid 8 weeks prior to commencement of the holiday.
Changeover is on Sats. We are flexible with changeover days during Mid-Low season (April. May, Sept and Oct), but during the high season this is difficult as our bookings are 'back to back'. B&B in the village restaurant for those wanting to arrive on Fri
Notes on prices:
The price quoted on this page is what you pay - there are no 'hidden extras' We provide items such as tea, coffee, loo rolls, kitchen rolls, oil, pepper, salt , charcoal, lighters, & many more items, what we would class as essentials, FREE of charge.
It is also possible to pay in Euros for your holiday.
The swimming pool is heated from May 21st to around Sept 19th 2016, (Depending on the weather) but remains open but unheated for a further week i.e. 19th - 29th Sept & then it is covered.