Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
4 bed, 2 bathroom, sleeps 8, set in open countryside, with uninterrupted views
Detached house with private pools in the unspoilt, totally non commercialised, green & mountainous Garfagnana region of north Tuscany. The views from the house & pool are fantastic, and the grounds, with their own orchards a perfect place to relax.
The property is beautifully, newly renovated, with sleeping accommodation/shower-rooms are split over 2 floors - an ideal choice for 2 families.
There is a large well equipped farmhouse style kitchen with eating area, living room with open fire and satellite TV.
In the basement there is a separate laundry area, and also a further dining room for eating at a cool temperature when it is too hot outside.
Outside there are 2 terraces, BBQ private pool and large garden.
The area is dominated by the hills and mountains surrounding the valley, and there are hill top villages in abundance awaiting your exploration, as well as the local Natural Parks.
This is the 'real' Italy.
Location: Property is located circa 1 1/2 hr. drive from Pisa, 2 hr. from Genoa, 2 hr. Florence, and 2 1/2 from Bologna.
The house is situated at the end of a private (largely unmade) lane, a 2 minute drive from the mountain village of Poggio, which itself is located circa 10/15 minutes from local market town of Castelnuovo - less than 1 hour north of Lucca.
The area is ideal for a totally relaxing holiday in the countryside with fantastic views at every turn whatever the time of year. Explore the hundreds of hill-top villages, go walking/horse riding/fishing, or fr a bike ride. Relax with a glass of wine and watch locals play Bocce, or spect at the cheese rolling for which the area is famous! In the autumn join in the local passion of mushroom picking, or feast on chestnuts roasted on your fire!
Tourism is yet to hit this area, and this is truly one of those increasingly rare places in Europe where you can experience the real way of life of the locals.
Cuisine: Garfagnanan cuisine is fairly simple, but scrumptious, using local fresh produce to prepare dishes, which since they are prepared in the main for the locals are very cheap!
The local wine is good, and also extremely inexpensive.
Plenty of places to picnic in seclusion, with provisions easily found in local bars/shops as well as the occasional supermarket.
Locals: The locals are very friendly and helpful, although it is rare to find English spoken - take your phrase book!
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered