|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
A lovingly renovated traditional Tuscan Villa, built with local stone, boasting terraces & arches.
The villa is peacefully situated & benefits from stunning views over the walled mediaeval village of Castiglione.
Set in extensive grounds, with meadows, olive groves & fruit trees, this is a real rural retreat, yet situated only a 15 minute drive from the market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana and closer, the village of Pieve Fosciana with its excellent restaurant & wonderful delicatessen selling home made take away Italian food. The Villa has been gradually renovated with loving care, with care to retain original features, such as solid chestnut flooring, traditional staircase, chestnut beamed ceilings & fireplaces, and period furnishings. The villa is very spacious, with 4 bedrooms, bathroom; shower room; kitchen; dining room; living room; study; 2 eating out areas, & 2 terraces. The private pool is 5m x 11m + hydro massage area with steps for lazing, & a shallow platform area.
We had a relaxing, peaceful stay at Col di Maturaia - the house and pool are well-maintained, spacious and comfortable, and the views are breathtaking. We found plenty to do in the area, with a castle, medieval towns, the grotto, and beautiful hikes all within easy drives. Giovanna was responsive and very easy to work with. The kitchen is well equipped, and we were happy to spend some time relaxing and cooking at "home" after lots of sightseeing elsewhere in Italy.
A lovely house with plenty of room and very well equipped for practically all our needs. We were a family of two adults and three kids (10,13 and 14) and had masses of room. The pool is a generous size and would have kept everyone happy, but we were unfortunate with the weather so it was handy to have Wifi and TV to keep the younger lot occupied while we could find our own space to read.
The views are breathtaking and we loved watching the sun go down behind the mountains each evening. There is plenty of space to explore and we saw deer and the odd fox making a foray after fallen fruit from the trees in the garden.
We can join others in recommending Il Pozzo (superb food but again book ahead!) but our favourite was up the hill in Chiozza, Bar/Pizzeria La Grotta. Fabulous no frills food in a very relaxed atmosphere. One evening we were there you could have joined a Canasta tournament in the square outside, another evening we were invited to take part in a ping-pong/volley ball(!) tournament there.
To visit we would recommend the fortress in Verrucole, the Grotta del Vento, and the beautiful medieval bridge in Castiglione -a short walk from the town. (You can walk to this from Chiozza by joining one of the walkers' routes below that town, taking you through smallholdings and forest (magical) in less than the time it takes to drive it). Great walks around San Pellegrino too.
We loved it!
As the particulars said this villa is situated in a very rural location down a long track and we were rather nervous about what we might find at the end of it! Much to our delight the photos of this property on the website do not do it justice. It sits high on the hillside enjoying spectacular views across the valley to the mountains beyond. The property itself is traditional in type, very spacious, well maintained and spotlessly clean with all the usual necessary bits and bobs as well as books, games, internet access and telly ( not that the telly was ever on, even with two teenagers in tow!)
The large pool has gorgeous views from both in it and beside it. We spent most of our time in the pool but on the days we did venture away it was a very simple operation to get the train to Lucca where we cycled around.
Giovanna, the English speaking manager was most helpful answering all the questions we fired at her including those on the local flora and fauna!
Eating out did of course have to involve a trip in the car but it was only ten minutes to a local restaurant and the food was definitely worth the journey. The local shops were adept at understanding our dreadful attempts at Italian and we generally came away with what we wanted as well as some free stuff! Think this may have been due to our entertainment value.
There is also a well stocked local supermarket.
I would not hesitate to recommend this villa to friends and family who wanted a quiet relaxing holiday . We will definitely be back.
Col Di Maturaia is an exceptional property. It is lovingly cared for and retains lots of rustic features which we found charming. The views from the house are utterly breathtaking. The property is remote yet it certainly makes you feel away from it all and the pool is amazing! We are a family of 5 and we had the best holiday we have ever had, the local are is stunning, the people warm and welcoming and the house was very clean and we enjoyed exploring it. Giovanna was charming and extremely helpful, I have already recommended this property to family and friends and was actually going to contact Houses in Tuscany as I think they could show more photos of the pool and the incredible views. Thank you.
This property is as described on the tin! The location, layout and facilities were properly described. The location is convenient, and the house is very spacious, and was found to be clean and equipped as detailed. The house was very traditional in feel and a real tuscan farmhouse with the beamed ceilings and old fashioned floors thrown in! We were a little concerned there was no aircon, but were told on booking this would not be required as the houses in the area are designed to keep cool, and also the altitude would make it pleasant for sleeping. This we found to be true and both us and the children slept in a cool environment despite the hot days.
We were stunned on arrival by the amazing views, and the entire peace of the place, and would have been happy to have spent the entire week by the large and well maintained pool!!! (someone came to clean it twice in one week and the water quality was great. The lady was also helpful with any questions we had). We had great weather so the pool was a real treat and needed for cooling down!
Whilst torn between relaxing at the pool and exploring, the information pack we were given prior to arrival meant we had detailed information on this beautiful area and had already planned lots of days out. The Garfagnana is pretty stunning and we visited lots of quaint local towns and villages (including Castiglione, Castelnuovo, Barga, San Romano fortress), went to the tree climbing park etc. which the children loved. Further afield we had a fantastic day out at Lucca and cycled around the walls (less than a one hour drive). We ate out well, particularly in the closest village restaurant Il Pozzo, and from the most delicious take away, Martinellis). A great location for eating locally and for local shopping.
We didnt manage all the suggested trips, so hope to return some time soon to do so. We also look forward to repeating our early evenings drinking wine, and taking in the beautiful sky, mountain backdrops and the twinkling lights of the village! Recommended for a relaxing break.
The property is advertised as being in a rural location and that is correct. After turning off the small provincial highway, it is necessary to travel 1.3 kms on a narrow winding dirt, mud and stone road. This added 10 - 15 minutes at the beginning and end of any day trip. Once there, the views of the mountains and the valley are spectacular. It takes 50 minus to an hour to get to the villa from Lucca and vice versa. Unless you really like travelling by winding mountain roads (which hare gorgeous but very slow), you really need to go through Lucca to get most places (Pisa, Florence, Tuscan Coast, La Spezia, etc.) other than local Garfagnana sights (Castelnuovo, Castiglione)
The property is indeed restored in a "traditional" manner. This means that the old small windows have been maintained and the property is dark, even during the middle of the day. Moreoever, the lighting has not been modernized, and the small lamps that light the bedrooms (some of which didn't work, despite trying them in various outlets) and overhead lights in the main rooms, are all very dim.
The kitchen has a dishwasher, fridge, and a stovetop/oven combination, but it is very small and dated and there is hardly any counter space. It is a similar story with the bathrooms, of which there are two upstairs, both of which are in need of serious updating. The balcony on the the first level is made of old wood, the kind you get splinters from if you are in bare feet, and has a number of loose boards. The pool is very nice, but not heated, so is good for a cooling off dip, but too cold to stay in. Also, it is not lit, so you can't swim in it safely after dark.
There is an abundance of wildlife in the area. Outside, I saw several deer, hummingbirds and a few small lizards and my husband saw what he thought was a family of wild boar in the woods nearby. Unfortunately, most of the wildlife was to be found inside the property: mice (I didn't see them, but mouse droppings and chewed up food items, paper towels and even small soap packets were in evidence everywhere), ants (pervasive in the kitchen), centipedes and even a scorpion. After the scorpion incident, our teenage sons wouldn't go to bed until they had stripped the beds and wouldn't get dressed in the morning or pack their bags until they had shaken everything out.
I would recommend the property to those who enjoy remote locations, and are willing to endure rustic accommodations in order to enjoy glorious views.
Situated down 1.3 km of track road, the villa is peacefully situated, & benefits from stunning views over the walled mediaeval village of Castiglione and the village of Pieve Fosciana. The property is set in extensive grounds, with meadows, olive groves & fruit trees. A real rural retreat, yet situated only a 15 minute drive from the market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana with its shops, bars, restaurants, famous Thursday morning market, and train station for easy exploring. Closer, is the village of Pieve Fosciana with its excellent restaurant and wonderful delicatessen selling home made take away Italian food.
For days out exploring, the villa is 1 h/1 h 10 min from Lucca; 90 min from Pisa; 1 h 40 min from Florence. Barga is a half hour drive. The real beauty of the area however are the wonderful mediaeval hilltop villages dotted around the landscape, the unspoilt nature of the countryside, and the local fresh produce/cheap eating out.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Payment can be taken in either sterling or euros
Linen and towels are included in the price as is initial, weekly and final clean.
Cot and highchair provided on request.
All utilities included except for heating if required, which is payable locally.