A beautifully renovated old barn set in 3 hectares of farmland, with amazing views over the unspoilt, green and mountainous countryside of Garfagnana, Northern Tuscany.
The property is split into 2 apartments (only let together, and price includes both!) , giving larger groups privacy from each other, whilst staying together on holiday.
La Casa has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and La Capanna, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, benefiting from the stunning chestnut beamed ceiling in the open plan living space. Both have fully equipped kitchen areas and open fireplaces. La Capanna enjoys a first floor terrace.
Outside there is an eating terrace overlooking the pool area, and looking out to the mountains beyond.
There is plenty of room for large groups to all eat together both inside and out, with a covered loggia, and a covered terrace, providing that all important stage. La Capanna has a large table that pulls out to accommodate all inside too. Why not try the wood over and make pizzas?
The house is just 2 km from Camporgiano with its river, castle, small weekly market, restaurants, bars and shop. The village also boasts a train station for those days when you wish to leave the car behind, and visit the likes of Lucca; Barga; Castelnuovo; Pisa; Florence and the coast.
The house/Garfagnana: A truly rural holiday, but with plenty of opportunity to explore.
The property is situated circa 2 km from the nearest village, with plenty of facilities. You may also walk across the fields if you prefer for a leisurely lunch.
The house boasts fantastic views of the unspoilt countryside whatever the time of year. Explore the hundreds of hilltop villages, go walking, horse-riding, bike riding, or try the fishing which is excellent. Of course the possibilities for picnics are endless and star gazing at night an experience. Relax with a glass of wine and watch locals play Bocce or be a spectator at the cheese rolling for which the area is famous. In the autumn join in the local passion of mushroom picking or feast on chestnuts which used to form the staple diet for the locals. Tourism is yet to hit this area and this is truly one of those increasingly rare places in Europe for which this can be said.
Food: Garfagnanan cuisine is fairly simple, but scrumptious, using local fresh produce to prepare dishes, which since cooked for the locals are very cheap! Wine is good and inexpensive. There are numerous restaurants in the area and children are welcome. Provisions can easily be found in local bars/shops and supermarkets.
The locals are very friendly and helpful although not many speak English, take your phrase book. That said, we have family in the area who will be pleased to help you with any translation issues.
Location: Properties are circa 1 1/2 h drive from Pisa, 2 hrs from Genoa, 2 h Florence, and 2 1/2 h from Bologna. The local market town of Castelnuovo is circa 25 min drive away, famous for its Thursday morning market.
A 2 or 3 min drive will take you to the village of Camporgiano which has all the facilities you will need and also a train station for when you want a rest from the car. The station serves Lucca/Pisa and also various seaside towns (with a change at Lucca).
Lucca is under an hour by train/car and is an absolute must, as is Barga just half hour away.