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Beautiful private home set in a mountain village with lots of trails to walk

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Traditional village, mountains hiking, beautiful.

Casa Sentieri is an elegant, fully restored and furnished, traditional stone built 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom house (about 160 square meters) situated in the 15th century Tuscan mountain village of Fosciandora. It has three-stories and is semi-detached. The village has its own car park and childrens' playground behind the house.

There are also many listed walking trails through the beautiful countryside and woodland. Hence the name of the house: Casa Sentieri (House of Trails).

The house also comes with two living rooms, a kitchen and two 'cantine' (storage rooms. The garden and terrace make for quiet, relaxing spaces.

Please note that although wifi is included, due to the village's remote location, the bandwidth is limited and will not support movie streaming, gaming or other heavy data downloads. Please limit to emailing and surfing only.

This pretty village is located at 495 meters above sea level and is one of six that make up the Commune di Fosciandora, which is in the province of Lucca. The others villages being Migliano, Ceserana, Lupinaia, Riana and Trapiniano. The house sits peacefully on the village road which winds its way up the mountain.

Summer here is peppered with many festivals such as the pilgrimage to the shrine of the Stella di Migliano and the Festival of the 'emigrant-tourist' in August.

Just 15 minutes' walk away (just over 1km), the village of Migliano has a chemist, café, small general store and post office. 3.5km away is Fosciandora train station which is on the main Lucca/Pisa to Aulla line. There is also a small bus service that runs between the villages and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana - the main town.

Fociandora lies 7 km from Castelnuovo, 12km from Barga, 27km from Bagni di Lucca, 49km from Lucca and less than 1 hour 15 minutes' drive from Pisa airport (65km). The coast (Forte dei Marmi) and excellent ski resort of Abetone are both about 1 hour's drive away (in opposite directions).

This is a private house. You will not be sharing it with anyone else.

In colder months 2 free bags of pellets are provided to feed the two pellet stoves. Thereafter you can buy your own or we can deliver at a charge.

More Details

Anthony Wathen
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, Maltese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 24, 2016

About Anthony Wathen

I work as a front desk clerk in a hotel in North Dakota, United States. A long way from Tuscany but that's another story. I am originally from Malta, in the Mediterranean and bought the house as holiday home and eventual retirement project. I love going back there year after year. The house and the area have a restful and regenerative affect on me and whoever I take with me. I wish I could visit more often but it's difficult to get time away from work and travel is expensive these days.

Anthony Wathen purchased this house in 2002

Why Anthony Wathen chose Garfagnana

I instantly fell for this property when I saw it among many others. It had a certain charm and uniqueness that made it stand out. I liked how the living areas were above the first/ground floor and how the rooms are arranged around a central staircase. It has so many windows allowing natural light and no matter the weather, the house feels cozy and welcoming. I especially liked the idea of the open fireplace, which on cool or cold evenings, is so pleasant to sit by with a nice bottle of red wine.

What makes this house unique

The area around Fosciandora is stunning and one of the main reasons I bought the house is because it was close to so many hiking trails. Some as short as 10 minutes, other possibly taking hours. I especially love the walk to the nearby village of Ceserana, where you walk over a small old bridge that crosses over a mountain stream. The shade from the chestnut trees in summer is very soothing and the terraced fields with olive and other orchards is spectacular. There are also several festivals in the area that are worth going to for the food and wine!


Fosciandora House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • There is also a cold water shower in the garden for rinsing off.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All rooms have wooden floors. Bedroom 1 adjoins bedroom 3 so ideal for families. Bedroom 3 also has a terrace for sitting out. A folding foot stool makes a surprisingly comfortable additional single bed that can be put in the smaller living room with fireplace to make an extra bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 1 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
The spa town of Bagni di Lucca is 20 mins drive away and is well worth the visit to choose from the wide variety of treatments


5/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Beautiful private home set in a mountain village with lots of trails to walk
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Geräumiges und sehr gemütliches Haus in Bergdorf

  • 5 of 5

Liebevoll renoviertes und sehr gemütliches und geräumiges Haus mit 2 Bädern für große Familie oder 2 Familien. Holzfußböden, sehr gute Betten, die bei Ankunft bezogen waren, Wöchentlicher Wäschewechsel.

Ursprüngliche und nicht überlaufenes Gegend mit guten Wandermöglichkeiten (Hochgebirge ) und vielen, auch kostenlosen Kulturangeboten (Open air-Opernaufführungen , Mittelalterfeste ). Gute Ausflugsmöglichkeiten, kleine unverfälschte mittelalterliche Städte, günstige Restaurants.

Das extrem nette englische Verwalterehepaar lebt seit vielen Jahren in Italien und kann jederzeit mit Tipps helfen.

Schöner Garten neben dem Haus mit überdachtem Sitzplatz.

Für alle, die das ursprüngliche Italien mit sehr freundlichen Menschen kennen lernen möchten und keinen Pool brauchen!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was a pleasure hosting you.
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Geräumiges und sehr gemütliches Haus in Bergdorf

  • 5 of 5

Großes, schön renoviertes Haus mit viel Platz für eine große Familie oder befreundete Familien mit gepflegten Möbeln, Holzfußböden und 2 Bädern. Gemütliche Einrichtung, schöner Garten mit Schatten und überdachtem Sitzplatz neben dem Haus.

Wöchentlicher Wäschewechsel. Alle Betten waren bei der Ankunft bezogen. Sehr hilfreiches englisches Verwalterehepaar, das seit langem in Italien lebt, viele Tipps geben konnte und jederzeit mit Rat und Tat half.

Anspruchsvolle Wanderungen (Hochgebirge) möglich. Viele Ausflugsmöglichkeiten, unverfälschtes, touristisch wenig überlaufenes Italien mit sehr freundlichen Menschen, kleinen mittelalterlichen Städten und günstigen Restaurants. In den Sommermonaten viele,auch kostenlose Veranstaltungen (z.B. Open air-Opernaufführungen, Mittelalterfeste).

Insgesamt sehr gepflegtes Haus mit Atmosphäre. Für alle, die Italien abseits der Touristenströme kennenlernen wollen und keinen Pool brauchen!

Christine P.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Geräumiges und sehr gemütliches Haus mit schöner Sicht

  • 5 of 5

Gemütliches Haus. Super Möglichkeiten für Ausflüge und Wanderungen. Extrem freundliche Betreuung durch Verwalter und Vermieter. Sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Bevölkerung. Nicht touristisch überlaufen.

Wir haben Haus, Garten und Atmosphäre sehr genossen.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One could not wish for nicer guests. The Paschen family, an inspirational, intelligent, enthusiastic and inspiring people. The perfect house guests in every way.
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Nearest Airport
81 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
47 Kilometres
Car: recommended

mountain, village, shop, hiking, cycling, quiet, peace, public transport, parking, garden, national park, trails


Rates & Availability

Fosciandora House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$58 **
$385 **
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $51 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $102.69
Refundable damage deposit $256.73
extra person fee $ 57.76 per person per night

25% security deposit required. non refundable 1 week prior to arrival. Within one week of arrival, full payment required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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