Set in National Park. Unique/Peaceful; Easy Access to Coast & Renaissance Cities
Mr Tony Perkins
About Mr Tony Perkins
We are Linda and Tony, have been married for over forty years, and living in the same house for over thirty of them. We have two children, Mark (30) and Emma (34), and a sixteen year old grand-daughter, Liana, borne within a few months of our Miniature Schnauzer, Chip. So you can see we are well and truly set in our ways, although we hope not boring with it. We have run a small local business together for the last thirty or so years, and are proud to say still managed to make it through. We hope you will enjoy staying in our beautiful Tuscan home of which we are very proud.
Mr Tony Perkins purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Mr Tony Perkins chose Casola In Lunigiana
I had a health scare around this time, which prompted us to cast around for a project to take our mind off things, and without ever really expecting it to crystallize into anything visited Lunigiana, the ancient name for the most Northern part of Tuscany. Having driven up into the National Park foothills of the Apuane Mountains, with almost every turn of the road bringing either a picturesque or extensive scenic view, we came to the fortress village of Casola set on a rocky outcrop as one sees so often in travelogues. The whole area is so totally unspoilt, and once we set eyes upon our delightful old barn, set amongst vine terraces and olive groves high up on the side of hill, despite trying very hard to walk away, it was a done deal.
What makes this Villa unique
Total peace, quiet and privacy, it is quite something if you see a car drive down the road on the other side of the valley. A massive (10m x 5m) heated pool (heated at no cost to guests) for your sole use, with wonderful views in every direction. Lovely walks along countryside tracks to make your own personal discoveries. If you want a change of scene there is wonderful accessibility to choose from; the coast - there are all sorts of resorts from Pisa to Genoa from the hustle and bustle of Viareggio or Rapallo to the sophistication of Portovenere and the Cinque Terre; or of course the wonderful charm of the renaissance cities of Pisa, Florence or lovely Lucca yours in an hour for about Euro 6 from our little local station at Pieve san Lorenzo. FREE WIFI SECURITY: WHEN BOOKING PLEASE CALL US ON OUR LAND LINE AS SUGGESTED BELOW
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:30 p.m.
Check-out: 9:30 a.m.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Amazing vistas and private property all to ourselves!
If you’re looking to get lost for a week or more, but still have access to all that northern Tuscany has to offer then this is the place! The views: amazing! The property: clean, spacious and very nicely appointed. The vicinity - basically its all yours! There’s no other houses or anything close by (a car is mandatory) but that’s exactly what we were looking for!
Although finding the place at first is a bit tricky, that’s part of the experience! Tony and family went out of their way to provide excellent “town by town” directions and we were smart enough to fly-in midday, so plenty of sun to find our way there. First impressions: pool - stunning, views - stunning, house - impeccably clean, drive up to house - challenging (but completely doable in any decent car).
Over the week we used this as our base and visited the Cinque Terre, Lucca and Florence by train (just 9 mins drive away), Pisa and drove into Emilia-Romagna as well! It was perfectly situated to get us where we wanted to go without much hassle and coming back to this bit of “heaven on earth” and a dip in the pool each evening allowed us to unwind after some interesting / harrowing drives.
There’s also a well documented book with all the local things to do, restaurants, activities, etc. they really have gone out of their way to make sure you’ll enjoy every second of your stay!
The ONLY downside was a concrete beam that seems to suspend just across the top of the stairs headed to the bedrooms that I repeatedly whacked with my head (I’m 6’5” tall) and almost sent us to the hospital one night (as it also is in the path to the bathroom). I might suggest a different colour or even a hanging item there that would remind us taller folk!
All in all - a spectacular week enhanced by the weather and our sightseeing trips! I have about 100 photos of the views from the property and a few will be hanging on our walls for the memories, back home soon!
I know lots of people say this, but we mean it: we WILL be back!!
We don't know what to say!! What a terrific response and so pleased you all enjoyed everything so much.
We do take your point about the beam, part of the conversion of the 300 year old barn on which the property is based. I am 5'-11" and just squeak under, but we will come up with something to draw it to the attention of taller folk. Thanks again to all the Ward family members.
Wonderful place to stay
This property has everything you need. We visited in October and were lucky enough to sit in the sun by the pool. It is a brilliant location which is peaceful and quiet with outstanding views. We found the guide book particularly helpful. We would recommend this place to anyone wanting to visit this part of the world.
So pleased you all enjoyed yourselves and of course you would be welcome back at any time.
We loved our stay here. The home was beautiful and peaceful and had everything we could possibly need. Tony was great to deal with and provided lots of information about the local towns for us. We also loved having a pool to ourselves and used it everyday.
That's what we love to hear. Would be pleased to welcome you back any time.
Away from it all
This was a beautiful property in a beautiful location. We had an issue on the first night with the outside lights not working but we emailed tony and it was sorted the next day by a local couple who look after the property. Although we like rurality we struggled for things like bread as it doesn't keep overnight and we had to be more organised or go out every day. The holiday was fantastic and we would recommend this property.
We are so pleased you all enjoyed yourselves and thank you for your 5 Star rating. We can only imagine the thunder storms of the night before had blown the bulbs, but are pleased the issue was quickly resolved. Bread is readily available from Casola 5 min drive.
Our first experience of Tuscany was top notch. The Villa is perfect - plenty of room for a family of 4 with all home comforts. The pool was a wonderful treat and relief in the heat, and the welcome wine was a lovely surprise.
The surrounding countryside is spectacular and the view from the property is stunning.
Plenty of amazing flora and fauna on the door step and swimming in the pool whilst swallows swooped to drink around me was a great experience. We also saw plenty of birds, deer and think we hear a wild boar whilst walking the local trails.
There are myriad local day trip options - Pisa and Florence were busy but worth the effort. Cinque Terre was stunning but a little too busy for us admittedly in August. Lerici beach was a better beach experience for us - stunning views, golden sand and you can hire chairs or loungers. Local food options were delicious and great value. The cheese and meat shop in Metra around the corner from the restaurant (La Buffalo?) sold the most delicious mozarella and pecorino straight from the producer. Other great day trips were Equi Therme caves and lido, local lake (Lago di Gramolazzo) with boat hire at camp site, Lucca is stunning and worth some time. Just relaxing at the Villa and walking the deserted local trails / pottering in the nearby towns and villages kept us well entertained.
Many thanks for providing the base for a truly wonderful and relaxing summer holiday.
We are both truly thrilled that you all enjoyed yourselves so much, in so many different ways, and it is so kind of you to give the time to such an in depth review. Needless to say we would be delighted for you to return any time.
Tony & Linda
Lovely property with fabulous views.
The property was very clean, tastefully decorated, furnished and equipped and in wonderful
surroundings. The pool was warm and a beautifully situated with a fantastic view of the mountains and the night sky.
The villa is off the beaten track so be prepared to face winding, narrow roads for @ the last 5 kilometres and a long rough track on the property.
Lots of wildlife, including insects and lizards, although few mosquitoes and a sighting of a wild boar on one evening.
Lovely wildflower bank and also plenty of flowers.
I would love to visit again.
You would be most welcome.
Within approx 50 minute drive we have stunning Lerici, or Massa/Carrara, with beautiful little Tellaro and Fiascherino nearby. The marina at Bocca di Magra is great for lunch. Beautiful Portovenere makes a lovely day or as a base to see the Cinque Terre by boat (see below). Or there is sophisticated Forte dei Marmi and Cinquale with mile upon mile of beautiful sandy beaches and beach clubs with sunbeds and umbrellas that can be booked for the day.
There are three airport options. The nearest, and with usually the cheapest flights (Ryanair) and broadest range of service for UK visitors is Pisa, at one and half hours drive. Parma with far more limited range of service is just as near although we have never tried it, with Genoa probably over two hours away. The motorway to Genoa passes through the mountains and there could be as many as 50 or so short tunnels to pass through which we find very distracting.
Car hire would be essential for a holiday at Casa del Falcetto.
Local town of Casola is a 5 plus minute drive, and has bank, grocery, fruiterer, Post Office and petrol, or the county town of Fivizzano with full facilities is approx 20 minutes. An assortment of different restaurants 5 - 20 minute drive. Our nearest little village for incidentals or for lunch at the bar there is Pugliano or Spino Fioreti just before Reusa are both good bets. Lucca, Florence and Pisa are 1hr, 2hr and 1.5hr respectively.
Away from the coast the Lunigiana part of Tuscany is still relatively undiscovered and not highly populated with tourists, you'll seldom hear an English voice in the way that you will down nearer to Sienna. These are ancient farming communities and you get to see a completely different way of life, and an alternative set of values.
There are many restaurants to explore within a maximum 15/20 min drive. We would recommend the 'pranzo di lavoro' (workmans lunch) available at most restaurants and costing between Euro 10/12, two course inc water and wine. This is approximately 50% of the evening rates.
Being a couple of hours or so from Florence is great - but more importantly we love being accessible to Lucca, in our view the unsung hero of the Italian renaissance cities. It is a fully walled practically traffic free city, and you can walk round the ramparts in about an hour before dropping down into one of the many squares or the amphitheatre for lunch. If you don't want to drive you can pick up the train from Pieve san Lorenzo (free parking), 10 minutes drive through the other side of Casola, it then takes about an hour or so meandering down the reknowned and beautiful Gafagnana valley arriving with the station right outside the gates to the city. Every third weekend they have a fantastic antiques market occupying almost all of the squares. The trains from Pieve also connect to Aulla and thence to just about anywhere - the Cinque Terre, Milan, Rome etc.
The Tuscan Coast line comprises resort of one type or another more or less from Pisa right through to Genoa, and includes such gems as Lerici, Portofino, Santa Margherita, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre. It is good to take an early drive (leave 7.30am ensuring good parking on the front) to Portovenere and if you wish see the Cinque Terre by way of the boat services that run along the coast.
The Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising of five charming and picturesque coastal villages, very reminiscent to those found in Cornwall, running steeply down to the ocean from the Apuane mountains. Each is linked by a boat service or you can use the small railway cutting through the mountains one village to another.