Surrounded by woodland, 5 minutes walk from village shops and 20 minutes drive from beautiful, historic Lucca, a place to relax in peace or explore: Pisa 50 mins, Florence 1 hour, coastal resorts 50 mins, stunning Garfagnana National Park 20 mins.
Casa Fiona is a 100 year old, fully restored traditional Tuscan cottage: bathroom, galley kitchen and all services are new, whilst the character has been retained.
Casa Fiona is a gem of a cottage for a couple plus child (or two smaller children). The floors and ceilings had completely collapsed when we bought this property, but walls and roof beams are original and have been tastefully incorporated into the restoration which uses local chestnut from the Garfagnana national park around.
The front door is accessed from the main terrace. On the ground floor there is a living and eating area with galley kitchen, which includes gas hob, electric oven , and large 'Belfast' style sink. Windows look on to the pool and garden.
Upstairs a stunning and spacious double bedroom with high ceiling includes access to the back terrace, a lovely spot to catch the early rays with a coffee and a book. The second bedroom offers plentiful room and comfort for another adult or two children. Both rooms enjoy a glorious view over the garden and pool, and olive terraces on the hillside beyond.
Casa Fiona adjoins La Fornace, a 4 bedrrom house that sleeps 7 which can be rented separately or together. The pool, parking area and terraces are shared between the two houses, and our guests always seem to manage and enjoy the company.
The house enjoys use of a large garden, private 9x5m pool, onsite parking and terraces in an idyllic wooded setting. It is equipped with TV/DVD, CD player, barbecues, towels/linen, and shared washing machine and clothes tree.
The property lies on a rise just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Valdottavo, a traditional working village. Local people are welcoming and friendly, especially in the two local cafe bars and the family owned food shops with their home baked bread and local tomatoes, olives and fresh produce. It is therefore possible to while away the holiday by the pool, eating delicious local food.
A number of nearby restaurants serve delicious pizza, pasta, seafood and Tuscan cuisine at very reasonable prices, the closest of which is 1km away.
Nearby Lucca is only 20 mins, en route 'Esselunga' supermarket whose deli counter is the stuff of dreams. Lucca is a walled medieval city to cycle or walk around, whose alleys and piazzas, cafes, restaurants and shops, Roman amphitheatre and Renaissance cathedral offer days out without effort or stress.
Pisa and Florence, the lesser known Pistoia and Prato, and Tuscany's many villas are an easy day's excursion, as are the elegant Art Deco seaside resorts of Viareggio and Camaiore. Hire a beach umbrella and deckchairs for a day and enjoy the fresh seafood and ice cream.
The Garfagnana National Park is all around and its steep wooded slopes, hill villages and stunning views are to be explored. 2000m peaks of the Appenine range offer superb hiking, sub-alpine flora and breathtaking views, above all in spring and autumn when the natural beauty is at its height.
The peace and beauty of the house, garden and pool in their woodland surroundings, the convenience and friendliness of the village and the opportunities presented by the nearby cities, beaches and hills of Tuscany. Many holidays to cherish at once.
Zugang für Gäste
Guests have the run of the property including on site parking, garden, pool and terrace, and terraces both front and rear. There are two houses which share the pool and main front terrace, and guests arrange joint use amicably.
Interaktion mit Gästen
Our local Italian house manager Anna speaks fluent English and Italian. She will ensure you settle in well and she is both local and available throughout your stay.
Weitere wichtige Infos
Bookings can be made from Saturday to Saturday only. The road to the house is short but quite steep and as the property lies on a hillside we do not recommend it to the elderly or under 3s. (We spent holidays there with our toddler children so alternatively one just needs to take care; a garden gate secures the terrace area and stairgates can be fitted). The pool is open from end May (half term week) to the end of September.
Please only smoke outside and do not sit on soft furnishings in wet swimming costumes. We ask that rubbish is bagged up and left out as instructed. On this and any other matter Anna our house manager will help.
I love travel, languages, singing, cooking, hiking and spending time with my family. Favourites I couldn't do without: Cinema Paradiso, Montalbano, linguine al mare, Tuscan red, Corelli, Monteverdi, Alfa Romeo