Hidden in Tuscany hills, five bedrooms, close to sea, pool quietness, 10 sleeps
- english, french, italian, dutch
About Pierre DIDIER
Our house was choosen out of dozens we visited, for the beautifulness of the surroundings, in a State protected natural park, yet not far from seaside and luxury yachts port in Viareggio. We very carefully decorated it for our own occupation (renting is occasional) giving it an atmosphere of 'maison de famille'. We see to it that its beautiful garden with so many types of flowers and essences of trees - together with not less than 255 olive trees!- fits in the Tuscan tradition landscape. Quietness and silence are total.
Pierre DIDIER purchased this Villa in 2012
Why Pierre DIDIER chose Camaiore
Orbicciano is a small hamlet settled in a protected regional natural park, high on tuscan hills, close to the sea, reputed for the very high quality of its olive oil. The house, carefully restored, extends f over a private park of 2Ha. It is bordered by a very old roman style church. Very personalized, it offers all comfort that could dream lovers of tuscan culture, absolute quietness, nature, proximity with lively sea resorts.
What makes this Villa unique
Ideal for families: allows children to play in the entire property (fenced) including in the small cascade river, and grown-ups always to find their place, from pool to library, from the shadow close to the all-year round spring to the pool resthouse. The superb piscine reunites everybody.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Charming villa in an extremely remote setting
On the plus side, the pool is wonderful, although quite a distance from the villa. The villa provides a very Tuscan experience - think 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. It is charming and quaint, although some may find it rather cluttered and lacking some mod cons we take for granted elsewhere in the world.
In August it can be very hot. Fans in all the bedrooms are a minimum requirement for comfort.
Some of the beds in the villa have very hard, old mattresses that can be considered uncomfortable by modern standards. The time it takes for hot water to reach the upstairs bathroom is also unreasonably long. This is something we were made aware of, but paying guests shouldn’t have to deal with this annoying quirk.
This is a large property and although well maintained, not everything is in perfect order. Guests staying in the little cottage should be aware that there is no closet into which you can unpack your clothes - fine for a short stay, difficult if you are there for over a week.
There are a lot of bugs and insects at the height of summer, including mosquitoes and horse flies that bite. You need to adequately prepare for these. We left several vape machines that the next guests can use, but they will need the vape mats from the Coop.
The main gate is operated by punching a code on the wall - you have to exit your vehicle, which is inconvenient. The gardener has a remote that operates the gate, I can’t imagine why guests are not afforded the same convenience.
Unknown to us the water in the small cottage alongside the house was off. The villa appears to have a complex water system and it was difficult to locate the water setup and figure out its operation in the dark. At the time, this was very irritating.
Guests are told to bring towels for both shower and pool. The house seems to have plenty of towels and we left some of our towels (I guess others have too).
For foreign guests it isn’t easy to arrange for house cleaning with someone who speaks no English. The owner did help make arrangements with a cleaner, however the outdated 'house manual' incorrectly stated we had to perform an exit cleaning. This meant we spent time negotiating an exit cleaning that had already been paid for.
Finally, the property is extremely remote and you should expect to have intermittent and slow internet connectivity and no mobile service. We were unable to locate the pub the owner said was 1 km away. The closest eating establishment we found was 3kms from the villa.
Manifestement ce locataire n'a pas apprécié la beauté du lieu, les charmes de la maison de propriétaire, la chaleur de son accueil, son parc privé toscan aux dizaines d'essences et fragrances, sa piscine isolée de tous, une des plus belles vues de la toscane maritime... C'est vrai, le matin, l'eau chaude prend quelques secondes de plus pour atteindre le deuxième étage. Et alors? Ce monsieur s'est manifestement trompé: lui et ses neuf compagnons auraient dû descendre dans un hôtel standard. Il y en a plein à Pise, Florence, entre routes et voies de chemin de fer, avec autant sinon plus de moustiques. Pas sur pourtant que dans le personnel russe ou bulgare se trouve un anglophone canadien. Quant au paiement de notre femme de ménage, pourquoi a-t-il insisté pour payer le nettoyage de sortie alors que ce coût est clairement inclus dans le prix comme indiqué dans le contrat et dans le "mode d'emploi? Pour la petite histoire il a été immédiatement remboursé. Quel contraste avec les appréciations chaleureuses et remerciements de tous nous autres locataires!
Obviously this guest did not appreciate the beauty of the place, the charm of the house, its manicured private park with tens of essences and fragrances, its secluded pool, one of the most beautiful views of the maritime Tuscany. Yes hot water takes more than standard time to reach the second floor. And then what? He, and his nine companions, should have choosen a standard hotel along italian roads and railways There are plenty in Pisa or Florence. Yet, not sure that russian or bulgarian personnel have an English knowledge more elaborate than 'tip, sir'! As to the payment of the cleaning lady, why did he insist to pay exit cleaning while this is included in the price, as clearly indicated on both the contract and the 'users manual'? Anyhow, he was immediately refunded.
What a contrast with the admirative appreciations warm thanks of all our other guests!
What a charming house in the middle of the Tuscany hills. A beautiful garden and a great swimming pool. We had a perfect vacation.
Un très bon séjour dans un lieu exceptionnel
Nous avons réservé cette maison pour 8 personnes, 4 adultes et 4 enfants. Lorsque nous sommes arrivés, nous avons été éblouis par le parc, c’est magnifique !!! Les arbres, les fleurs, les plantes aromatiques nous avons été impressionnés. La maison est très jolie, la déco intérieure est typique, on s’y sent rapidement comme chez soi. Elle est vraiment grande. Un petit plus pour toutes les attentions, les confitures, les fruits dans les arbres et bien d’autres choses. La piscine, un merveilleux endroit profiter d’une vue splendide tout en se baignant. La région est aussi très intéressante. Nous avons vraiment passer un excellent séjour !!! Les enfants ont adoré. C’est vraiment agréable !!! Merci pour tout.
Fantastic property in the Tuscan hills!
This lovely villa and garden has everything you can wish for to enjoy a truly authentic Tuscan holiday! Beautiful gardens with a spectacular pool and fruit trees, rustic interior with well-furnished rooms and a well-equiped kitchen. Also, the house has modern amenities such as WiFi and satellite TV. Absolutely to be recommended, only fans would be advisable during the hottest summer months!
That Swedish guest seems to have appreciated the place! Thanks to him. Sorry that he was there during the Mediterranean heat wave of summer 17
Impressionnant de beauté naturelle
Un coin de paradis. La situation est extraordinaire, appréciable tant sur le plan culturel que sportif. La villa est agréable, et pleine de charme pour rêvasser. C'est un lieu de vacances idéal pour tous, nous nous y sommes fort plus; les enfants étaient ravis. La grande piscine pour leurs jeux d'eau. Dès la sortie de la propriété, s'ouvre la porte des balades. La Toscane des Alpes apuanes nous a fait découvrir des merveilles. Impressionnant, je recommande ce lieu à tous.
Superbe propriété près de Lucca
Nous venons de passer une semaine de rêves dans cette superbe propriété à l'image de toutes les photos publiées : maison pleine de charmes, jardin magnifique, piscine de grande taille...
Nous étions huit adultes et avons visité Lucca, Pise et Via Reggio mais Florence n'est pas très loin si nous étions resté plus longtemps.
À ne pas manquer si le nord de la Toscane vous attire !
Anne et Jean-Luc
Easy access by road (12km from highways exchanges) or air (Pisa International Airport).
Tips: everything is available from golf to high cuisine (teaching as well as proofing). To be discovered by everybody, but owners' hartbreaking tips can always be communicated...
The place is extremely quiet, beautiful and comfortable: a beautiful private park in a protected area of superb hills, close to the sea. The garden, up to the quality and finesse of heritage gardens, is crossed by a small enchanting cascade river. The house is finely decorated and perfectly equipped, personalized by the owners: une 'maison de famille' .