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an independent villa with private swimming pool in the Garfagnana valley

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

A spacious three bedroom hillside retreat with private pool

Casa Laura's accommodation is divided over two floors, the ground floor consists of the lounge and study area complete with internet access, a kitchen with dining area, bathroom and the twin bedroom. The kitchen which is spacious and well equipped with a five ring gas cooker, granite worktops and in conjunction with the rest of the house it's style is a blend of modern and traditional. The twin bedroom houses the washing machine whilst the bathroom is equipped with a hydro massaging shower. Upstairs are two double bedrooms and a modern bathroom. The large terrace is accessible from the first floor and provides a convivial area for al fresco dining and general relaxing. The swimming pool is of a timber construction measuring 7.35 m x 3.5 m and the built in wooden bench seating offers a great resting place to dry of whilst enjoying the view across the valley. The house also includes a wood burning pizza oven and off street parking for two cars.

Yvonne Melli
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, italian
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Yvonne Melli

We are Yvonne and Delfo Melli, your hosts. We came to the Garfagnana on holiday, fell in love with the area and were subsequently in a position to return and buy Casa Laura. We bought it as our holiday home but once Delfo retired we decided to leave the UK and make the permanent move to Italy. Fortunately, a decision that we haven’t regretted. Casa Laura is our home during the winter months and during the summer we live a few kilometres away in a small hamlet above Sillico. We have a passion for growing our own vegetables and a love of cooking, open spaces, walking, nature and history. All of which is possible and on the doorstep in this beautiful part of Italy.

Yvonne Melli purchased this villa in 1999

Why Yvonne Melli chose Garfagnana

We bought Casa Laura because firstly we fell in love with the spectacular views and secondly because of Sillico it’s self and it’s ideal geographical location. The village is small but full of character and history. It still has, unlike many of the villages in this area a thriving community which welcomed us from day one. It has a popular restaurant, bar and small shop. A short drive down from this idyllic mountain retreat and you are in Pieve Fosciana or Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, the capital of the Garfagnana where there are numerous supermarkets, restaurant, bars and local shops.

What makes this villa unique

Because for half of the year Casa Laura is our home perhaps it’s not surprising that many of our guests comment upon how much the house feels like ” a home from home” during their stay. Popular tourist destinations such as Lucca, Pisa and Florence are all easily accessible whilst Casa Laura set within beautiful countryside has the perfect outside dining, swimming pool and garden to relax in.

Because we live here all year round we have an in-depth knowledge of the area and it’s amenities and we are on hand as much as required to answer any queries and assist in whatever way we can to ensure our guests have an enjoyable and memorable stay.


Pieve Fosciana Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis


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an independent villa with private swimming pool in the Garfagnana valley
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

A very comfortable home away from home

  • 4 of 5

A beautifully positioned, spacious and comfortable holiday home which has all the home comforts you would expect. It is ideally situated on the edge of beautiful and friendly Sillico with the most fabulous views. Yvonne was a wonderful hostess for whom nothing was too much trouble. We particularly enjoyed the local restaurant and the opportunity to participate in the local threshing festival! The local walks are also well worth doing, but make sure you have proper sturdy footwear.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

what a lovely place! We stayed here for 12 days with our 2 adult daughters. Casa Lara is a lovely home fully equipped. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate so we could not fully enjoy the pool and lovely outdoors but the views were stupendous. Yvette was so nice and responded to all of our questions quickly. The restaurant next door is charming and was nice to be able to walk to dinner when we didn't want to go to town. The nearby towns were great to visit and Lucca (an hour drive away) is our new favorite Italian town. The hiking was great and our daughters loved running the hills (no we just walked them). Overall a lovely visit. Thank you Yvette for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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  • 5 of 5

After a long and tiring journey we arrived to Casa Laura and we all agreed - this must be paradise! We had read the description and seen the pictures, but you have to see it to really get the full picture. The view is breathtaking and the house is really well-maintained, clean and spacious and has everything you could possibly need. Except maybe a microwave, but we managed without it :-) Yvonne and Delfo har great hosts and helped us with everything from wine tasting tips to a mechanic when we had a flat tire.

We spent a lot of our time on the terrace; eating, sunbathing and enjoying the pool and the view. We even tried the pizza oven! We also took a few daytrips; Pisa, Firenze (stayed 1 night), Viareggio, La Spezia, Cinque Terre and Castelnuovo are all within 2 hours by car, though we really recommend taking the train from Lucca to Firenze and back.

The village restaurant is really good and the village itself is so beautiful, so be sure to take the time to explore it.

Another restaurant we really enjoyed was Antica Locanda di Sesto, just outside Lucca on the way back to Sillico. A real gem with great food and wine, and amazing olive oil!

We would recommend this house to everyone who wants a relaxing holiday and we hope we can go back sometime in the future. Thank you Yvonne and Delfo for letting us live in your beautiful home and for all your help!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Laura Every year we strive to make improvements and one of the items on our list for next year is the purchase of a microwave. We hope to be able to welcome you back sometime in the future
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A perfect relaxing week!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautifull place! ...and just what I was hoping for when planning our trip. A lovely house with a stunning view, a refreshing swimming pool, a very well equipped house, especially the kitchen - contained everything we could ask for ++, in a perfect small village situated in the mountains. The house is bigger than it seems like on the pictures and everything seems well thought through and convenient for rental . All five of us (including one child) loved it, and would definitively go back here, hopefully very soon

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Lovely villa with fabulous views

  • 5 of 5

This villa has everything you need for a lovely stay in one of the prettiest villages in Tuscany. Ideally placed for touring Tuscany, but so well equipped that you could relax in comfort there for your entire holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Lovely villa, lovely village

  • 5 of 5

The villa met all our expectations, wonderful location with amazing views enabling us to capture wonderful sunrises and sunsets. The villa is very well equipped and kept to a very high standard of maintenance and cleanliness. Loved the access to a good sound system and great CDs for evening dining. Owners, Yvonne and Delfo are lovely and make you feel very welcome. Wonderful signposted walks from the village to satisfy all abilities through fabulous chestnut woods, certainly worth doing. The local restaurant was a bonus with very friendly staff giving us a very warm welcome, Grappa amazing!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Sillico village
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Sillico village
Car: recommended

Close to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana the capital of the Garfagnana valley, Sillico is a charming medieval village dating back as far as the 1500's when it was home to one of the most notorious bandit of the region, Il Moro. The village sits 700 meters above sea level and offers panoramic views of the Apuan Alps and Apennines mountains. It is a region rich in local traditions, natural beauty and breathtaking views. Naturally the area provides great walking country and from Sillico there are a selection of clearly marked walks catering for a variety of abilities. Surrounded by all this countryside you would be forgiven for thinking that this is all the region has to offer but you would be very wrong. For a cultural day out the historic city of Lucca with it's 16th century walls is a must, Pisa with it's famous leaning tower and of course not forgetting the beautiful city of Florence. Foodies are well catered for as the area has plenty of good restaurants serving traditional fare.


Rates & Availability

Pieve Fosciana Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High season
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid season
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low season
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $116.28

A deposit of 100 euros per week of stay is required to secure the booking with the balance being paid six weeks before arrival. A security deposit is required to cover unnecessary, careless damage over the value of 25 euros.. Payment can be made by bank transfer or by cheque.

Discounts may be available for monthly stays in May, September and October.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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