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Romantic Stone Cottage With Private Gated Pool In Riverside Location .

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

An Alternative Holiday Of Yesteryear, With Modern Comforts.

Filled with original features including beamed ceilings, traditional flooring, lintels over windows, original stone staircases and flagstone courtyard, this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom property, sleeping 8 plus 1, has been recently renovated using traditional, and where possible the original materials to create just the right ambience, for a different holiday!

Situated in perfect peace next to a trout stream this private cottage is ideal for those seeking a truly different holiday. Whilst there is a private pool, there is also the river which is a great adventure for children to play in if they bring their wellies/jellies.

The grounds are perfect for secluded picnics, with just the sounds of the river . T is extremely difficult to gain permission for a pool beside such an historic building, and in a riverside location so this property is quite unique..

This is a perfect choice for a totally ‘alternative’ holiday, staying away from it all in authentic, but comfortable accommodation, beside the river, and with great opportunity for walking. This would be a wonderful family holiday, and we imagine it would be impossible to tear children away from all this outdoor experience!

Additional property information:

Ground floor :

Enter into hallway, with original stone stair case

The hallway leads on the left to a dining room, with plenty of room for all to dine in comfort, and this room leads through to a utlity room with washing machine, freezer and downstairs wc .

To the right of the hallway is a traditional style kitchen, with counter top oven, hob, dishwasher and fridge, and an orginal 'vetrina' for housing crockery . The kitchen has two windows.

Through the kitchen and into the living room with original fireplace, 2 fireside chairs and a corner sofa. Original vetrina,tv/dvd/cd, and door leading out to courtyard. Wifi.

First floor:

Up the traditional stone stairs to:

Two double bedrooms, both with two windows

One twin bedroom

Two brand new shower rooms, each with shower cubicle, bidet, wc and sink.

Second floor:

Into 'quiet room' - a loft style room with conservatory style furniture, ideal for relaxing away from the rest of the group, or for use as a 'den' for older children

Quiet room leads into twin bedroom - ideal for teenagers and older children.

Nb - head height in this room is full height in places but beams do come down as low as 1.5m in some areas.

All rooms have beamed ceilings and some exposed stonework.


The house is surrounded by a traditional style courtyard with original feel stones. This area is ideal for dining al fresco and has a bbq.

Further covered eating area overlooking pool.

Ping pong.

The courtyard leads to the garden where there is a private gated, saline water swimming pool (non chlorine) of 10m x 4m .

The garden is edged by some woodland on one side, and the trout stream on the other.

There is parking under the garden for when guests use 'river road' which is pretty steep but quite navigable, or over the mediaeval bridge when coming on foot (200m away) .

More Details

Property Manager
Lorraine Venturelli
Member since: 2002
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 September, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Piazza al Serchio around the Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Beamed ceilings, 2 windows
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Beamed Ceilings. 2 windows
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Beamed Ceilings
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming


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Romantic Stone Cottage With Private Gated Pool In Riverside Location .
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

One of the best properties we have have stayed in for many years.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house in a beautiful location, the owners of the property, Marco and Claudio, were the perfect hosts, very friendly and helpful. We genuinely did not want to leave for home and would loved to have stayed a few more days. The house, pool and gardens were amazing, the local area had so much to offer and the views were fantastic. The Pizzeria that Marco and Claudio owned was very nice and there pizzas i would say were the best in the area based on the amount of locals coming in for takeaways. Definitely worth another stay in the very near future.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect home base for family reunion. Kids (and adults) loved the pool.

  • 5 of 5

Marco was a generous host. Surprised us with fresh plums and tomatoes. House is cool in the summer heat. Two covered outdoor eating areas were well used. Lovely lake swimming just north of the town. We had a fantastic week.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, and we are glad you had a fantastic week. Marco sends his best wishes and would love to welcome you another time. Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
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Lovely Villa in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa in a stunning location up in the mountains. The pool area looks out across the valley and has lots of room around it for the kids. The villa has everything you would need for a highly enjoyable holiday.

This was our first time in Northern Tuscany and were taken back by the dramatic landscapes.

The kids loved the river at the bottom of the property, daily fishing trips and damp building at sun down time.

Marco could not have been more hospitable, even making sure we had pizzas on arrival!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, and fantastic to hear you had such a good time! The location is pretty special... Marco says hi, and we hope to welcome you again. Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats
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Perfect location and very good service :-)

  • 5 of 5

Nice house - clean and with everything you need for a relaxing holyday. We had a very nice stay and we can definitely recomend a stay at this property. The owners is very helpfull (and makes a very good Pizza)

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tuscan heaven

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in Tuscany 3 or 4 times before at the same place. We had been disappointed that we couldn't stay there this year but what a lucky break. Instead we opted to stay at Cottage San Michele. We'll never look back! Even before arrival, we were well looked after with helpful instructions. We were directed to the owners' pizzeria in the village and have never been more grateful at 10pm, to find they were still serving and to sit down to pizza and lovely local wine. What a lovely start to the week. Marco and Claudio were so welcoming. We were grateful too to be guided to the cottage that night... that might have been daunting in the dark. We loved the house and the grounds were immaculate. We felt we were in the middle of nowhere so it was a lovely surprise in the daylight to discover we could walk through the old part of the village to the bakers and shops (and in fact had a river swim on the way!) We had the loveliest week - visitors to the cottage must go the Friday market at Castelnuovo and have a tasting lunch in Osteria Vecchio Mulino (say hello to owner Andrea and helpful waitress Barbara Burrelli). They are leading the way in promoting good produce PAT style (prodotti agroalimentari tradizionali). Yum. You can't fail to have a great time here. PS wee point. I thought the pool might be small from the pic but it was perfect and loved that it was low chlorine.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad you loved this special place in its unique location!
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Very quiet, relaxed place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

The house was very nice, charming, well equiped and clean. The family (owners of the house) are very friendly and helpful. They own a pizzeria where you can eat delicious pizza.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ! We are glad you enjoyed your stay. I love the pizzas at that restaurant too!
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Piazza al Serchio by foot
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Piazza al Serchio, by foot
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
San Michele, by foot
Nearest Beach
56 Kilometres
Marinella di Sarzana
Car: recommended

San Michele is situated in the heart of the Garfagnana hills approximately 1 hour north of Lucca.

The village is split into two by the River Serchio which is a trout stream, with the ‘historic village’ on one side, and the ‘new village’ on the other. The 'historic village’, which is where the cottage is located, is best described as a small medieaval hamlet, and consists of only a handful of houses, and a ‘castle’ which is still inhabited by locals in the summer. Properties are reached on foot, via original mule track style 'roads'.

This olde worlde hamlet is accessible only on foot, over a mediaeval bridge, although in the summer the cottage itself is also accessible by driving over the 'river road'. There is a free (and cleverly hidden from view) car park just before the footbrige if you dont want to take your car over the 'river road'

Staying here, is pure peace, with only the sound of the river running, and the occasional church bell to accompany your thoughts. It is also a unique experience, staying in a peaceful hamlet that has not changed for hundreds of years, and a great adventure for children.

The house itself is surrounded on one side by an ample garden with pool , a small woodland, and is bordered by the beautiful trout stream.

Whilst set in the middle of a time warp, one can walk to the local village of Piazza al Serchio for provisions, a couple of bars, a couple of restaurants, and a train station for easy exploring. There is also a pizzeria a 10 minute walk or so away, ran by the owners of the house, where you will receive preferential treatment - if you can tear yourselves away from the house!

For days further afield, Lucca is one hour, Barga 35 minutes, Pisa 1 hr 30 mins; Florence 2 hrs. The local market town of Castelnuovo is just a 20 minute drive, and there are plenty of hill top villages to visit, as well as the National Parks....


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage around the Piazza al Serchio,

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
**Special Price - Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.89 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

NB - The Stay Tax of €1 per person per night, is applicable for a maximum of 5 nights and is payable in cash on arrival.

Bedding and towels are included in the cost of any stay as well as initial and final clean
Weekly clean and linen change included in stays of 14 nights or more

Cot and highchair provided on request free of charge.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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