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SUPERIOR TUSCAN FARMHOUSE WITH PLUNGE POOL NEAR LUCCA, BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO STAY

Lynn und Richard Gaunt

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People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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SUPERIOR TUSCAN FARMHOUSE WITH PLUNGE POOL NEAR LUCCA, BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO STAY

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Pescaglia - Casa Castagna

Self Catering Farmhouse -Sleeps 8

Superior farmhouse in Tuscany....Casa Castagna with plunge pool.....Fabulous views across hills and valley and only 25mins north of Lucca. Renovated to a very high standard and in a slightly elevated terraced position ,facing south with stunning views.....Rich in rustic Tuscan appeal yet with all modern comforts, minutes from main road and village where there are shops, bar and a very good well priced restaurant/pizzeria. Other good restaurants/shops only 10 mins drive away. Access is by private road that winds up through our private woodland which has automatic night time lighting..........

GOLF

Golf-Garfagnana...........6 holes approximately 40 minutes away.

Versilla..........................18 holes ,par 71 ...very exclusive..1 hour away.

Montecatini Terme......18 holes,par 72,....1 hour away.

Vico per Lago.................Driving Range.......30 mins away

COAST/BEACH

The Versillian coast is within 1 hour drive .Stunning wide, clean, white sandy beaches with shallow waters stretching for miles taking the lovely classy resorts of Forte Di Marmi, Lido di Camiore, and Via Reggio. There are many shops and cafes on the wide promenades, plenty of parking spaces and long cycle paths.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Lynn und Richard Gaunt (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2008
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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4
based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with plunge pool near Lucca, beautiful place to stay
average rating of 4.0 based on 5 reviews
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with plunge pool near Lucca, beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p496677
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
Paris France
3

Too many rules!

  • 3 out of 5
I wish I could have read Eileen K's review before going! But as I arrived shortly after her this would have been impossible... As she mentioned, the road leading up to the house is TERRIFYING and I was completely unable to do it myself, as even my husband had difficulties. She was right on the mark about the back of the house as well.

Indeed, the meet & greet by Gina was lovely and she was helpful, polite and kind. That being said, my college dormitory had fewer rules than this house! Notes are posted everywhere. The best one? "Please put your chewing gum in the appropriate bins." This was our fourth rental this year through HomeAway and this was the first time we were made to feel like naughty children, staying untrusted in their parents' home. There is no bottle of wine on arrival, no "Enjoy Your Stay" note, and the house is sparsely furnished (no toaster?). We just didn't feel welcome here ("bring in the cushions" and "shake out your things before bringing them in the house" "bag up your trash and bring it 20 miles away until you happen upon a trashcan somewhere" "don't hang your towels out the window" "don't use too much water" etc., etc.,).

The house itself is definitely clean & the view is amazing, but you need to use the car to go anywhere at all (yes, down that terrifying road - "Please don't let a car come up while we're going down!"). The pool is adequate & safe for small children. We had a good time here, as we do wherever we go (we loved the pizzas from La Fonte at the bottom of the hill!). The owner just needs to pretend to be more trusting with his renters.
  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with plunge pool near Lucca, beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p496677
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
LITTLEHAMPTON
3

Nice property access a major problem

  • 3 out of 5
A group of 5 adults, one of whom was disabled, stayed in early July. The meet & greet by Gina was superb, who came out to find us as we could not find our way to Diecimo from Lucca, it was not signposted.

In general the house was well appointed with adequate crockery, bedding etc.

There is a narrow steep path with steps to the front door and the rear patio is accessed by more steps, whilst the front path is visible from the photographs all else is not made clear.

Nowhere in the initial description is there any mention of the access to the property, until after the rental has been paid when reference is made quote:- ‘Our access road winds its way up through woodland .....this is illuminated at night but we would ask you to TAKE CARE as the road is windy and narrow in places......there is a tight hairpin bend about halfway and depending on the car you have it might not be negotiated in one movement, thus a 3 point turn may be required......please do TAKE Care’.

In reality after leaving the SP 32 there is a blind summit on a narrow paved road before reaching the turn off to the property.

This is a narrow, winding, steep track, only the width of a car and mainly gravel. There are 3 bends so tight that multiple point turns are needed to negotiate them, in any car that would accommodate guests for a 4 bedroom property, to reach the parking area .

On two of these there is barely any barrier protecting a steep drop off. Definitely not for the faint hearted or timid driver.

The disposal of rubbish, again not mentioned until after the property is paid for, requires this to be taken to a point some 16 km away on the road to Lucca.

The patio and pool area for this house faces a predominantly northerly direction, so is largely shaded during the day, the more southerly garden area has only two chairs, we were naturally reluctant to carry chairs down a flight of stone stairs to enable us to use this, bearing in mind the draconian warning that anything not replaced where it was originally, i.e crockery, furniture indoors or out would incur a charge which would be deducted from the damage deposit.

These points should be more explicit in the property description, but would likely make possible tenant reluctant to enter into the letting.
  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review concerning access is unfortunate as we do try to furnish guests with as much information about the house and access as we can....We have rented Casa Castagna out for 4 years and given the beautiful location have not any negative feed back at all and have taken these comments on board and will be listing more information concerning the location and access.
This year as we have pointed out to these guests the local comune has altered the waste..rubbish collections which has caused everyone in the village a problem....prior to this summer large waste bins were located in the village which everyone in the village used and now this facility no longer exists....their are roadside waste bins in other comunes nearby but this does mean traveling a few miles to deposit rubbish.......we have passed this information to guests but also do make it clear our gardener will take bags of rubbish away at the end of the stay and these guests were given this information too..we are hoping that the comune revert back to the old collection of rubbish.
It is very important to us that all guests have a good experience staying with us at Casa Castagna and in this instant for their party they feel more information should be made available prior to making a booking......this we will do ....to make it easier for potential guests to access their holiday needs and requirements.
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with plunge pool near Lucca, beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p496677
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
5

A Little Bit of Heaven in the Tuscan Hills

  • 5 out of 5
We flew into Pisa about lunchtime, picking up our Hertz car,and had an easy journey to Trebbio via Lucca using our Tom Tom. The property, nestling into the steep hill behind, was bathed in sunshine when we arrived. The views down the valley were stunnng.
After looking around we found everything as stated in the property guide. Plenty of room everywhere for our party of friends and relatives.
The pool beckoned immediately followed by drinks on the terrace. A car was essential not only to get to and from but to enjoy the locality to the full. The local village provided a touch of Italian family cooking and we are at this lovely place several times during our week.
There are many places to visit, Luca certainly demands one day of your stay.
All in all a great place to chill out and lay about with a good book.
I would fully recommed the property.
  • Review Submitted: 14-Dec-2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Superior Tuscan farmhouse with plunge pool near Lucca, beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p496677
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
4

Beautiful setting for holiday home

  • 4 out of 5
Stayed as a family of 7 adults. Is in a stunning location. A top a hill overlooking a beautiful valley where the only sounds are the water of the stream below and song of the birds in the trees (plus occasional car and dog bark but both rare!). Waking up to that view is fantastic.
Car needed to get there and to get about. We flew into Bologna, for cheaper flights, and the drive is fairly straight forward on the motorway. is 10mins walk down hill, with pleasant restaurant, shop and bar. Supermarket is only 15mins away by car. Walk back up hill at night (after a restaurant trip) well worth it to witness the firebugs.
Home is very nice, well converted farmhouse, comfortable and in keeping with its tradition. Clean and well presented. Mattresses are a little tired but comfortable. Owners very helpful via e-mail and local greeter very flexible (and helpful) when our arrival was delayed.
Best activity was sitting in the sun with a glass of wine, enjoying the view. Nice to have a BBQ too. No TV reception but did not want it. Good to have DVD player to watch the odd film of an evening. Car trip to Lucca (Pisa also drivable) and train to Florence also fun with great architecture... and ice cream!
Recommend for a relaxing, quiet holiday with proximity for plenty of sightseeing if wanted. Would give 4 1/2 stars if possible!
  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted about the great holiday experience whilst staying at Casa Castagna.We take on board the comment concerning the bed mattresses although all beds apart from the en-suite beds had new mattresses 18 months ago,so these en-suite beds will be checked out ASAP.There is a TV but only for DVDs but it is possible TV will be available in 2013.
business
Superior Tuscan farmhouse with plunge pool near Lucca, beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p496677
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
5

Totally Perfect

  • 5 out of 5
Perfect relaxing location with beautiful scenery, excellent decor and the weather was great! I felt really looked after by how things were prepared and defo i would go back.Within walking distance there is fantastic little restaurant, the English speaking owner really helped letting us know what sort of things were on locally and pizza was fantastic. Beautiful place high recommended.
  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ….We try to make sure the the holiday is relaxing and enjoyable.

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Diecimo
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Beach
24 Kilometres
Via Reggio
Car: necessary

The village of Trebbio has some shops and a really nice reasonably priced restaurant-La Fonte-well worth a visit and great pizza's to eat in or take out. The house is only 10 minutes from Celle/Puccini-the museum of the great composer.15 minutes from the famous Ponte del Diavolo(Devils Bridge) and 20 minutes from Bagni di Lucca's thermal springs. The beautiful town of Barga is 30 minutes away. Within the town is a tiny walled medieval 'city' which is traffic free,has a 13thc church and wonderful views across the Garfagnana mountains. Other places to visit are Collodi-(birthplace of Pinoccio's author) Pinoccio Park and Villa Garzoni and its beautiful gardens. Lucca's old city is surrounded by a huge medieval wall and features some of Italy's finest Renaissance architecture. There are many shops, cafes, restaurants,markets and music festivals. The beautiful city of Florence is 75 minutes by car and Pisa is more than just a tower-visit the medieval quarter and learn about the Medici family. It is 1 hour to Pisa airport

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Rates & Availability

From £650 Weekly

Rental rates for this holiday farmhouse in Pescaglia, Media Valle del Serchio

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Early Summer
30 May 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
Summer
27 Jun 2015 - 17 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
High Summer
18 Jul 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
Late Summer
29 Aug 2015 - 19 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Notes 30% deposit required at the time of booking......balance of cleared funds due 8 weeks before arrival date. plus £250 for Refundable Damage Deposit. Damage deposit returned within 14 days of departure.
Payment by Bank Transfer or Cheque.......for other payment methods an extra charge may be made.
Please note the owners of this property accept payments in the original currency specified, before use
30% deposit required at the time of booking….balance of cleared funds due 8 weeks before arrival date….plus £250 for refundable Damage Deposit….Damage deposit returned within 14 days of departure.
Payment by Bank Transfer…..other methods of payments may incur an extra fee.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Pescaglia in Media Valle del Serchio

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Main, First Floor
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Ground Floor also Wash hand basin
  • All modern facilities
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , With Wardrobe /En-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , With Wardrobe
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , With Wardrobe
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , With Wardrobe
  • All Bedrooms are newly refurbished with beds ans wardrobes. Drawers or cupboards, chair. Each one is beautifully colour co-ordinated, comfortably sized and airy with stunning views.
Entertainment:
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
Notes:
Although the south facing property is slightly elevated it is easily accessed and is NOT isolated. The Surrounding areas lush and green with acacia & chestnut trees.....lavender, rosemary and many other herbs which grow freely. The house has many Tuscan features and has been sympathetically renovated using local stone. Behind and to the side of the the property there's a peaceful terraced backdrop where one can relax in the pool whilst enjoying the natural beauty, the side terrace which faces south is furnished with garden table, 8 chairs and meals can be taken whilst enjoying the stunning views..... Casa Castagna has gas central heating ...Gas is metered and a reading taken on guests arrival and on departure and priced at the applicable rate at the time when heating is used and usually deducted from the Damage Deposit.....Note heating is very rarely needed during June July, August, and September. A hairdryer is provided for guests.
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