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STUNNING CONVERTED MONASTERY WITH AMAZING VIEWS, PRIVATE POOL

Lorraine Venturelli

Speaks Italian, English
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Sleeps30
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms10
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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STUNNING CONVERTED MONASTERY WITH AMAZING VIEWS, PRIVATE POOL

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Converted monastery with 11 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, private pool amazing views

Peacefully located in the most wonderful position, 1 hour N of Lucca. In the heart of a very sleepy & peaceful tiny village. Absolute privacy, total peace and unbeatable views. Set in 15 hectares of private land including olive groves & chestnut woods. This enormous villa, spread over 3 floors, & originally constructed in the 1400’s has been newly refurbished with loving care to provide a high quality holiday with an extra special ambiance. This converted monastery sleeps 14 + 12, with 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5 kitchen/living rooms. There is also a further detached house on the grounds, with a further 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a further two living/kitchen/diners. Perfect for a group of couples or small families celebrating a special occasion, this villa provides an amazing level of space and privacy for groups within groups, but plenty of space to eat together both inside and out.

There are high chestnut beamed ceilings, cotto floors, fireplaces, original stone staircases beautifully shaped ceilings, & Tuscan colours. Please note that for parties over 25, there is a surcharge of £50 per person per week

The villa: The accommodation is arranged as follows:

Ground floor: Enter in via large arched wooden doorway.

On the right, into kitchen/living diner, leading through to corridor with 2 double bedrooms & shower room.

On the left, into kitchen/living diner, leading through to double bedroom &shower room.

1st floor: From the hallway up stone staircases to the first floor where on the left is a further kitchen/living diner, leading to double bedroom with en-suite shower room.

On the right to another kitchen/living/dining room which leads to beautiful private terrace with great views.

This accommodation is connected to a further studio style double bedroom which also has its own independent access if required, via a large terrace overlooking the gardens…..

Second floor: This is the ‘penthouse’ apartment boasting a wonderful romantic terrace leading from both living area and bedroom.

Converted barn:

The converted barn is situated close to the pool area and consists of two 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartments each with their own living/kitchen/diners and personal terraces, each with beautiful views.

The gardens: Outside:

There are three private terraces leading from three of the suites, and there are also private terraces at the Barn.

Communal large traditional style courtyard, with original flagstones, surrounded by arches and traditional stone walls .

Lit at night, and perfect for large groups dining al fresco.

Wood burning ovens, grills and BBQ. Music system.

Grassed garden area.

115 hectares of private land including olive groves, chestnut woods and open fields ……

Vegetable garden where guests can pick produce,

Chestnut woods with Cashmere goats - fenced off of course,

Pool 13M x 6M with amazing views over countryside,

Laundry room and Internet point.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome

Lorraine Venturelli

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2002
Speaks Italian, English
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Sleeps30
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms10
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Trust & Security
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

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Stunning converted monastery with amazing views, private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
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Fosciandora Garfagnana
5

Fantastic

  • 5 out of 5
Our hosts were extremely friendly and helpful throughout the whole week and we had nothing to complain about. One of the apartments did not have a fridge when we arrived but host Amadeo brought one the next day. I recommend to future guests to try the food offered by the hosts which is cooked in the wood-burning oven in front of your own eyes. Rosalba’s lasagna is delicious and the sparkling white wine is divine. The children loved the place because of the ample space (10 acres) available to explore and the pool was also big enough for them to splash and have fun.

Throughout the week we visited Lucca, Barga, Pinocchio Park in Collodi, Castelnuovo on market day, the Grotta di Vento and finally Pisa.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2008
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Stunning converted monastery with amazing views, private pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p87691
+39 (0)340 3919974
Fosciandora Garfagnana
5

It really is as good as the photos

  • 5 out of 5
When we were offered this property as a late booking last summer we thought it could not be as amazing as the photos, but it was. We stayed in the smaller farmhouse building in a well appointed 2 bed, 2 bath apartment. The view from both balconies was stunning and we ate all our meals outside. Having the pool on site was great. We didn't get out and about as much as we had hoped because the location was wonderfully relaxing. There were enough restaurants and shopping facilities in the area and the owners were very accommodating, popping in regularly to check everything was ok. We would fully recommend this property to larger groups wanting to holiday together.
  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Stunning converted monastery with amazing views, private pool
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Fosciandora Garfagnana
5

A stunning location with impressive accommodation.

  • 5 out of 5
We loved it! A group of over 20 family and friends met to celebrate a range of birthdays. The area is beautiful, the accommodation was just as described and the owners were very friendly. The pool was popular and the meal cooked for us was a great celebration. Cars are fairly essential, but used for going out in small groups during the day. We gathered each night to eat together in the courtyard under the stars. It was the perfect place for a relaxing week. Having separate apartments gave privacy when it was needed. Definitely recommended.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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Stunning converted monastery with amazing views, private pool
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Fosciandora Garfagnana
5

The best vacation we've ever had!

The best vacation we've ever had!
  • 5 out of 5
I have to go back in time because we stayed in this property in 2007. However, it was glorious and it sounds as though it has maintained itself well from the other reviews! This place really is something out of a dream. The owners are hospitable, the privacy is astounding, and the views can't be put into words!
  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
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Stunning converted monastery with amazing views, private pool
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Fosciandora Garfagnana
5

Best group holiday ever!

  • 5 out of 5
We could not have had a better holiday in this villa - the building is stunning, the pool a great size and well looked after, and the views incredible. We were a family party of 22 but never felt crowded as the building is split into apartments, each with its own bedroom, sitting room, kitchen/diner and bathroom (NB the kitchens have hobs and microwaves but no ovens, although we managed to cook plenty of food nonetheless).

The place was beautifully maintained and the owners really friendly, although they didn't speak much English. We organised for them to cook for us in the traditional wood-burning oven in the grounds and it was well worth the cost, which included quite a lot of wine! They even have a CD system which allows music to play throughout the pool and courtyard areas.

There is plenty to see nearby, either by car or by train from the local station, as well as lovely walks in the surrounding hills We visited Lucca, Pisa and the market in Castelnuovo, as well as taking a few walks through the surrounding hills and villages. There was much more we could have gone to see but the location itself was so idyllic we ended up not leaving very often.

Things to be aware of:

1. the building is at the top of a very steep hill up a winding road - the directions from the website are very accurate and easy to follow, but make sure the car is in good nick or it won't make it to the top!

2. because of its location on this hill there is a fair amount of climbing during the stay - from the car to the building; up the stairs to the apartments; up the stairs or slope to the pool and other parts of the grounds, and down again - well worth it for the views, but not suitable for anyone with limited mobility and probably not for pushchairs or wheelchairs either.

We would highly recommend this location to (reasonably fit) large groups looking for a relaxing time by the pool, cultural or shopping days out and great food and wine. We all agreed it was our best family holiday yet!
  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
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Stunning converted monastery with amazing views, private pool
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Fosciandora Garfagnana
UK, Oxfordshire
5

Living the Dream in Tuscany

  • 5 out of 5
We spent a week at this amazing villa in June 2011. We searched a long time for somewhere suitable for a group of 20 (9 adults and 11 kids) as a 40th birthday celebration and this place was perfect! As others have said the photos on here do not in any way do the property justice. The views are simply breathtaking. We were a group of five families with kids ranging from 1 - 12 yrs old and we found the individual apartments excellent as we each had our own space to escape to if needed, that said we tended to cater on mass most of the time as there is a fantastic BBQ and a pizza oven to cook in. You simply must take the opportunity to have Amadeo and Rosalba cook for you when you stay. For 30 euro a head you will be treated to a feast with wine and grappa. The whole place lights up at night and there is an outdoor stereo system for guests to use. The hosts are a wonderful couple but they speak very litte english so be prepared. They also have a restaurant under the villa for guests to use if they wish. The local area is great and would recommend Lucca, Pisa and Florence as day trips and there is a wonderful national parc near by which the children loved. The pool was beautifully clean and is up away from the main house which was reassuring with small children. The top apartments do have the most wonderful balconies but you are not suitable for very small children. The older ones loved sitting up there before bed time, chatting and drawing while we were enjoying some grown up time on the terrace below. I can't recommend this place highly enough - it is amazing.

The only improvement opportunties would be to have a floor plan of the property to make it easier to work out the layout before you arrive and a guest book that people could share their views and experiences of the area.

Thank you - we hope to be back one day :-)
  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a great time!!
Just for clarification, the restaurant under the house is for use of guests only (booking required) so guests will not have strangers eating on site.
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Location

Location

Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Ceserana/Fosciandora
Nearest Barpub
1.1 Kilometres
Migliano
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Ceserana/Fosciandora
Car: recommended

Situated on the ‘sunny side’ of the Garfagnana valley within the commune of Fosciandora, which is an area which retaining its old world charm . Villa Sara is very privately situated in the smallest of the ancient peaceful villages, in the commune, & the one that arguably has the best views of all!

Despite the very quiet & dramatic location, the Villa is only a 2 min drive to a local bar/shop, post office & pharmacy & a 10 minute drive from the local town of Castelnuovo which has all facilities – shops, bars, restaurants, train station, famous Thursday morning market .

Barga the mediaeval cobble stoned town is a mere 15/20 minute drive, Lucca 1 hour and Pisa 90 min max. Florence can be reached in 1 hr 20 min…..

There are lots of towns to visit, but the real beauty of the area is in the wonderful hilltop villages, and amazing countryside. The drive into town from the villa is full of absolutely beautiful views.

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday villa in Fosciandora, Garfagnana

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Special offer*
28 Jun 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
7 night minimum stay
£2,995
for 7 nights
£2,995
 
 
Special offer*
30 Aug 2014 - 3 Oct 2014
4 night minimum stay
£1,086
for 4 nights
£1,900
 
 
Rate 5
4 Oct 2014 - 1 May 2015
4 night minimum stay
£1,371
for 4 nights
£2,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Special offer above is for up to 20 guests staying in monastery only, with second house closed off for privacy. This gives guests 7 bedrooms, sleeping 14 plus 6 sofa beds sleeping 12, and 6 bathrooms.. Up to 32 guests can stay for £3995 high season, £3100 mid season and low season £2450 using also second house (additional 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms)
Payments are taken in either sterling or euros via bank transfer or credit card (using paypal) . We take a 15% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Bedding and towels are included in the cost of any stay as well as all utilities except heating. Initial and final clean included too.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Fosciandora in Garfagnana

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Parking
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Computer Available
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Toaster
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 Ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 First floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 First floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 5 First floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 6 second floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 7 barn ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 8 barn ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 9 barn ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 10 barn ground floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 1 ground floor - 1 Large Double Bed , can also be twin
    Bedroom 2 ground floor - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 ground floor - 1 Large Double Bed , can also be twin
    Bedroom 4 first floor - 1 Large Double Bed , can also be twin
    Bedroom 5 first floor - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 first floor - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 second floor - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 8 Barn 1st floor - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 9 Barn 1st floor - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 10 ground floor - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 11 ground floor - 2 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The monastery has been split to provide flexible accommodation for large groups & each suite boasts its own bedroom/s, living/kitchen/diner, good quality sofa bed, hob, combination microwave oven/grill, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, satellite TV. Some have DVDs & ovens. Each has a fireplace or wood burner. All facilities are brand new. Thus, perfect for couples wishing to holiday together but requiring privacy and also small families holidaying together since with so many living rooms & kitchens, it is possible to use the many sofa beds as ‘day beds’ & keep them open without restricting space For those with older children, give them the excitement of their ‘own’ apartment within the large villa. Please see additional notes for split of property. There is also plenty of room to be together inside and out!!! Private chef/meal options available on request
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