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Beautiful Garfagnana, Tuscany with private pool & stunning views.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Lovely villa, 3 bedrooms, walled courtyard, private pool and beautiful views.

"La Grinella" is a pretty self-catering villa situated in the beautiful Garfagnana region of Northern Tuscany, on the outskirts of a small village. It is a traditional-style property with stunning views of the open countryside and mountains beyond. The house has chestnut beamed ceilings and original terracotta flooring as well as all the modern facilities necessary to provide for a relaxing holiday. There are 3 bedrooms sleeping 5 people, 2 modern bathrooms with showers, a well-equipped kitchen with dining area, and a cosy living room with an open fireplace. The sofabed can accommodate an additional 2 people, if required.

Indoor entertainment includes Wi-Fi, TV, DVD & CD player with iPod dock. There is a good selection of DVDs & CDs, books, board games & puzzles for both children and adults.

The front of the house is surrounded by a paved, walled courtyard with wood-fired pizza oven, barbecue area and outside dining under a shaded pergola. Beyond the courtyard is a lovely, spacious, garden with a large, private pool, offering panoramic views and taking in ancient hillside villages and spectacular mountain vistas. Loungers and parasols are available for relaxing around the pool to take in those views. On clear nights one can enjoy a drink under the stars whilst listening to the sound of owls and other wildlife in the distance.

There is secure parking for up to four cars accessible via remote-controlled gates. At the bottom of the garden there is a shaded picnic area for relaxing lunches. The courtyard, garden, pool and shed are lit to provide the opportunity for outdoor living after the sun sets to really enjoy those balmy evenings.

For daily groceries there as a mini-market (“Market Fontana”) which is a 5-minute drive. In Villa Collemandina itself there a grocery store / bar and pharmacy. More food shops / delicatessen are available in Castiglione di Garfagnana (10 mins) and Pieve Fosciana (13 mins), bigger shops are located in Castelnuovo (15 mins), and a large superstore (“Conad”) can be found in Gallicano (25 mins). There are many good restaurants that offer freshly cooked traditional food within a short drive.

"La Grinella" is private and peaceful without being isolated and is ideal for people who seek quiet relaxation and escape from their busy lives whilst still being accessible to the main towns and cities of the region including the walled city of Lucca, Barga and Florence amongst many others. More details of things to do and places to see are outlined below.

PROPERTY DETAILS

Interior:

Beamed ceilings and terracotta flooring throughout.

Ground floor:

Living room with sofa bed, comfortable seating and open fireplace. TV, DVD & CD player with iPod dock, DVDs, CDs and books, board games & puzzles.

Well-equipped kitchen with oven, 4-ring hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle and other items.

Mezzanine:

Utility room with washing machine, iron & board, and clothes horse.

First floor:

Large bedroom with double-bed (and optional cot). Hairdryer

Large bedroom with two single beds (can be made into a double).

Small bedroom with single bed.

All bedrooms have nice views .

2 bathrooms with shower cubicle, WC, bidet and wash basin.

Exterior:

Walled courtyard, at the front of the house, which is flat and paved. Contains wood-fired pizza oven, sink and barbecue area.

Shaded pergola and outdoor dining & relaxation areas.

Spacious garden with garden furniture.

Large, private swimming pool (9.7m x 4.5m x 1.5m deep) with steps.

Shaded patio area offers additional space for dining or relaxing.

Fantastic, panoramic views of the open countryside and hillside villages with spectacular mountain vistas.

Secure parking for up to four cars, accessible via remote-controlled gates.

More Details

Property Manager
Fernando & Oonagh
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 29, 2018

About Fernando & Oonagh

We have been visiting Italy since our teens, including motor biking there for our honeymoon. Born in Northern Ireland, Fernando’s parents originally emigrated to Belfast in the 1940s with their roots lying in the Province of Lucca.

Fernando & Oonagh purchased this house in 2016

Why Fernando & Oonagh chose Villa Collemandina

We’ve enjoyed seeing many parts of Italy but have always loved the nature and mountains of Garfagnana - a stunning and unspoilt part of Tuscany. The area allows us easy access to the traditional tourist centres of Lucca, Pietrasanta and Viareggio, Pisa and Florence, to access the beach, cultural and retail activities. The appeal of the Garfagnana, however, lies in its tranquillity, lack of tourism and striking scenery. Here, those with busy lives can recover from the stresses of daily life and move at a slower pace, relaxing and taking in the beautiful landscapes and natural lifestyle of the local people. For those who want to see a piece of traditional Italy, it cannot be beaten. Like much of rural Italy, it has links through emigration to faraway places such as America and not so faraway such as Great Britain & Ireland, and especially to Scotland (re: Barga).

Our house is located in a hamlet, close to the centre of Garfagnana, which makes it ideal for exploring the region in its entirety, and beyond to the rest of Tuscany. The road infrastructure in Italy is very good and the house is easily accessible from Pisa and Bologna airports but also from Rome and Milan if you don’t mind a longer drive.

Amenities

Villa Collemandina House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Located on 1st floor near all bedrooms.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Located on upper 1st floor next to Master bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double sofa bed available for 2 extra persons.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Views of the valley, garden & swimming pool.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Views of the mountains, garden & swimming pool.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Views of the mountains, valley, garden & swimming pool.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
 Sleeps 5 in bedrooms, but double sofa bed in living room can comfortably accommodate an extra 2 children or 1 adult.  Large three-tiered garden.  Close to lake & picnic areas.  Small dogs will be considered - contact owner.  Smoking NOT permitted.

Reviews

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Fabulous, tranquil house in the mountains with big pool perfect for a family

  • 5 of 5

Perfect house for our family of 5 (children aged 11,15 and 17). Fairly easy drive (90 mins) from Pisa airport with a great supermarket en route.

We all enjoyed the big pool which has fantastic views of the mountains. Sunny garden but easy enough to find some shade to sit and quietly read a book. Spent many evenings using the outdoor kitchen, drinking amazing (and cheap) wine and watching the stars. Made our own pizzas using the wood fired oven which was great fun. Children appreciated the wifi and big TV which we could tune into netflix. Beds all comfy and 2 good showers. Indoor kitchen well equipped .

Enjoyed a day to Pisa, Florence, the national park, seaside and especially enjoyed Lucca where we had some delicious food and hired bikes. Visited many local villages and experienced a festival with wine and dancing.

Thankyou Fernando and Ben for looking after us but without being intrusive, we cannot fault your house and genuinely hope to come again. Meant to tell you when we left that the olive tree has some olives on it!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you and your lovely family enjoyed your holiday at La Grinella. Your review is much appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back to the wonderful Garfagnana in the future. Best wishes Fernando and Oonagh
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Pisa International (Galileo Galilei)
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Villa Collemandina
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Pieve Fosciana
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Castiglione di Garfagnana
Nearest Ski
15 Kilometres
Casone
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Versilia
Car: necessary

For those who enjoy the outdoor life, the Parco Naturale dell’Orecchiella is found nearby on the slopes of the Apennines and is a must for all nature lovers, ideal for walking, hiking & trekking, horse riding, mountain biking and picnicking. It is dominated by forests of Fir, Beech and Chestnut trees. Deer, badgers, wild boar, golden eagles and the peregrine falcon reside here. There is a visitors centre and botanical garden to visit.

The wild nature of the Garfagnana perfectly lends itself to several adventure parks offering many activities for all age groups. There are three main adventure parks within easy reach offering a range of activities for both children and adults. The famous caves of “Grotta del Vento” not too far away (45 mins).

There are several beautiful villages and towns to explore in the immediate vicinity, such as Corfino, Sassorosso and Castiglione di Garfagnana. They all offer spectacular views but each one has its own particular character and charm, and many of the towns have celebrations and festivals throughout the year. Larger towns and cities well worth visiting are:

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (15 mins) which is the main town at heart of the Garfagnana. Not to be missed is the weekly traditional market that takes place every Thursday morning.

Barga (25 mins), a beautiful mediaeval town with its cobbled streets, cathedral and impressive panoramic views. Barga is famous for its art and music and here you can often enjoy free music, evening markets, and dancing, with plenty of places to eat well.

Lucca (60 mins), the capital of the region with its surrounding walls which is a lovely place to walk, cycle or have a picnic. At the day’s end, historic cafes and restaurants tempt visitors to relax over a glass or two of Lucchesi wine and rustic dishes prepared with fresh produce from nearby Garfagnana.

Pisa (75 mins) which is known for its Leaning Tower. The centre of town has a vibrant cafe and bar scene with a lively street life - a charm you will definitely not discover if you restrict your visit to the Piazza dei Miracoli.

The coast at Versilia is just over a one hour drive to the west, with easy access to beautiful beaches at places such as Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Pietrasanta and Viareggio.

To summarise, La Grinella is situated in a very tranquil location, and well placed to explore, not only the local Garfagnana region itself, but also the whole of the Province of Lucca and beyond - its mountains & coast, towns & cities, markets & shops.

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $350.1

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.