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Peaceful with Private Pool. Wifi. Stunning Views. Walk facilities. Chef option

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Own pool. Fantastic Mountain Views! free guided walk

This property is peacefully situated just beneath the peaks of the Appenine mountain range; 800M from the village of Chiozza with its basic shop, bar and restaurant; approximately 1 hr 15 minutes north of Lucca, and a 15 minute drive to the market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana with it famous Thursday morning market, shops, bars, restaurants and train station…..

The local village has a bar/basic food shop and a popular restaurant and it is possible to walk cross country for 3km to a further restaurant, located in Castiglione, a beautiful fully walled mediaeval village which is known for its intact protecting walls, fantastic views, and summer festas.

The property is located only a 15/20 minute drive to the famous mountain peak top village of San Pellegrino with its mummified saints and incredible views.

Whilst a walkers paradise and set in the depths of the countryside, there is not a feeling of isolation at this farmhouse and the house is only a 10 minute drive or so from what is often described as the best restaurant in the area, at Pieve Fosciana, which also boasts, shops, banks, bars, restaurants, and the most gorgeous delicatessen with take way home made traditional Italian food.

Elcriso is a newly renovated detached 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom stone farmhouse with own pool and stunning views, set in a peaceful very rural location.

The very spacious property has been refurbished with love and care, using lots of traditional Tuscan furniture, and provides really spacious family accommodation situated over 3 floors. Ideal therefore for 2 families holidaying together. There is traditional flooring throughout, solid chestnut windows and doors, and the second floor boasts arch vaulted beamed ceilings. Most rooms are double aspect.

On the ground floor there is a large bright double aspect kitchen/diner full equipped with oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and dining table which extends to give sufficient seating for all .

Also on the ground floor is a spacious living room withfireplace, some exposed stonework, comfy seating, SAT TV, DVD and WIFI internet.

On the first floor there are two spacious bedrooms - one double and one double with an extra single bed. There is also a good size pristine shower room (which also houses washing machine).

On the second floor there are a further two large bedrooms, both with arch vaulted beamed ceilings - one double, and one a triple room. There is also a new spacious shower room on this floor too.

Outside:

Direct from ground floor onto eating terrace with amazing views for eating al fresco and enjoying pre dinner drinks.

Large garden - all fenced and gated.

Private pool overlooking georgeous mountain vistas. Sunbathing area. Shower and footbath.

BBQ with further relaxing area.

Parking.

The owner is happy to come and cook delicious meals on request, which has proved very popular with guests. Also there is the option of a free professionally guided local mountain day walk! Let us know in advance as depends on availability.

More Details

Property Manager
Lorraine Venturelli
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
11 June, 2018

About Lorraine Venturelli

We are Tuscan Retreats and Houses in Tuscany, and we offer hand picked properties in the beautiful, peaceful, unspoilt and dramatic Garfagnana. This non touristy area is in our hearts and we have been sharing this secret for the last 15 years to guests who return again and again!!!

Lorraine Venturelli purchased this farmhouse in 1900

Why Lorraine Venturelli chose Castiglione di Garfagnana

This property has been in the owners family for over 100 years, and has recently been renovated with lots of love and care. The owner does not live on site, but lives locally and is on hand if required. She loves to share her property and this amazing area, and is proud to see it is a fully functioning home again. The house really is unique, standing on a good sized plot in the depths of the rural countryside, with stunning mountain views, yet within walking distance of a popular restaurant.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Castiglione di Garfagnana in Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • First floor - 1 Large Double Bed
    First floor - 3 Single Bed
    Second floor - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Second floor - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedrooms are spacious and airy, mostly double aspect and with great views. Second floor bedrooms have arch vaulted beamed ceilings.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes:
Additional cleaning on request and owner will also cook local traditional meals on request and with notice. Additional charges apply.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

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Peaceful with Private Pool. Wifi. Stunning Views. Walk facilities. Chef option
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5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful two week stay here in August. Setting is stunning - gorgeous mountain views from all the bedrooms. The house was very spacious and immaculately clean as was the pool. Angela was a great host and we really enjoyed the meal she prepared for us. Although the area is rather hilly, we enjoyed the walk into Chiozza for some low key lovely meals too. One highlight was the walk to Castiglione as you turn right out of the house and walk down following the forest path. We had a lovely lunch in Castiglione and walked back. Our 8 year old and the two grannies in their 70s managed this walk well. Overall, a lovely stay and experience and although we like to mix up our holidays, I am seriously considering coming back next year... Thank you to everyone for making our stay great.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are really glad to hear that you enjoyed this special place. Angela is a very good host, and as you say, keeps everything immaculately presented, and of course she is a great cook if you order a meal or two - nice to have someone come and cook. Happy to know you enjoyed the immediate surroundings too - it really is a beautiful setting! We hope to hear from you another time! Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
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5

Toscana abseits des Trubels

  • 5 of 5

Wir können das Haus weiterempfehlen, ein kleines Idyll abseits des Trubels, sehr familiär und mit allem ausgestattet, was man für einen erholsamen Urlaub benötigt. Der Pool wurde täglich von den sehr zuvorkommenden Besitzern gereinigt. Es war ein perfekter Urlaub in den Bergen.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It is great to hear you feel this was the perfect holiday! We also love the peace and quiet and views of this beautiful place. We hope to welcome you again. Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats.com
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5

Tuscan hospitality at its best!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 idyllic days in Elcriso at the end of August. The property is in excellent condition, very well equipped - the bedrooms are big, beds are large and comfortable. It is tucked away and very easy to reach by car, being about 20 min drive from Castelnuevo and 5 min drive to S.Pellegrino in Alpe (altitude 1652m and departure point to many wonderful walks on the mountain ridge - not to be missed).

The views of the valley from the terrace or from any bedroom are stunning and because the property is located on the mountain side, it is cool at night and very pleasant. There is no one around, it is very quiet. The pool was kept superbly clean by Angela - with a minimum of chlorine but lots of attention!

This is a rare find and for the 1st time we have found a place where we would happily return in the near future. The moment we arrived, time slowed down and we all managed to relax with a day or 2 (a real achievement with teenagers!). There is lots to explore around, places to walk and visit but importantly for us it is quiet and far away from tourist tracks.

Angela is a superb host and looked so well after us, without ever intruding. We asked her to cook for us on the last night and she prepared a superb 4-course meal, organized with taste and attention to details... this was by far the best meal we had during our stay... a 'tour-de-force' considering we ate extremely well every day.

One comment: The place is way nicer than the pictures suggest on the website and we would recommend without reservation this place to anyone looking for a comfortable and relaxing family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We certainly agree this spacious, well kept and beautifully located house is a rare find and are pleased you enjoyed your stay! Other guests have also mentioned that they have asked Angela to come up to the house to cook one evening and that it was the highlight of their stay. She would be very happy to welcome you again. Best wishes Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats
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5

Our stay at Elicriso

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at Elicriso. The house was beautiful with stunning views of the mountains and medieval villages. The pool was lovely and very welcome as the weather was hot and sunny for the whole of our stay. We were made very welcome by Angela and Fabbiana who couldn't do enough for us. We took advantage of their fabulous home cooked meals - absolutely delicious and such good value - a definite must for anyone staying in this lovely place. Chiozza was a 20 minute walk up a steep hill - much easier on the way down! The locals were very friendly, with a good bar and pizza place in the little square. We cannot recommend Elicriso highly enough and would love to go back again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Nature, mountains, great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at "Elicriso" with a large family of 2 adults, 4 teenagers and a 10-year old. It was a great stay in all respects.

The location is beautiful: on the way to a small hamlet (Prunecchio), itself 1 km away from a picturesque village (Chiozza), on the side of the mountain, with great/relaxing views on the valleys, the small villages and the Alpi Apuane. Peace and quiet. The house is also conveniently located for various hikes/treks, either down to Castiglione di Garfagnana, around the villages or up the Appenines (after a 15-20 minutes car ride) from San Pellegrino in Alpe and various passes.

The house itself is very well-renovated, respecting the 'traditional' style. The rooms are spacious, the beds large and comfortable. All equipments are fine, and the house is _very_ well kept (very clean and orderly). The swimming pool is very relaxing and fresh after a day of walks or visits.

A special 'plus' to the owner and her assistant Fabiana for great service -- very hospitable, responsive and helpful. We had the unfortunate experience of a mechanical problem with our car (quite a problem in the mountains!), and she helped us out through a local mechanic etc.

So: very nice, authentic place. This house is a great place to stay and relax. Nature is all around, and wildlife is also close by -- on a quiet morning we saw a large male deer very close to the house.

Naturally, being up on the mountain means that driving times to cities are longer. Count 1 hour for Lucca (great city!) & 1h 30 mins for Pisa; also 1h30 to the seaside. Some convenient supermarkets are down in the valley -- a 15 mins car ride.

We very much recommend Elicriso!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect Tuscan retreat with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We (me, my husband and two twenty-something children) had a fabulous week in this lovely, spacious house in the Tuscan mountains. It had all we wanted and more. The house and pool had wonderful views all round. The village was a short walk away and had a great bar/restaurant for eat in or take away pizzas. The wild life was an added bonus - wild boar, deer, foxes and lots of dancing fireflies. There were lots of places to visit, though we spent much of our time lazing by the pool in the sun. We did make it to Lucca for the festival and a great Paolo Nutini concert in the main square. The owner made us feel very welcome and was always ready to offer any advice or information we needed. All in all, a lovely week in a lovely property which I would have no hesitation in recommending to others.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review, and we are glad you loved the house and this absolutely beautiful area. It would be lovely to have you again some time in the future!
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Location

Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Chiozza
Nearest Restaurant
800 Kilometres
Chiozza
Car: necessary

This property is peacefully situated just beneath the peaks of the Appenine mountain range; 800M from the village of Chiozza with its basic shop, bar and restaurant; approximately 1 hr 15 minutes north of Lucca, and a 15 minute drive to the market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana with it famous Thursday morning market, shops, bars, restaurants and train station…..

The local village has a bar/basic food shop and a popular restaurant and it is possible to walk cross country for 3km to a further restaurant, located in Castiglione, a beautiful fully walled mediaeval village which is known for its intact protecting walls, fantastic views, and summer festas.

The property is located only a 15/20 minute drive to the famous mountain peak top village of San Pellegrino with its mummified saints and incredible views.

Whilst a walkers paradise and set in the depths of the countryside, there is not a feeling of isolation at this farmhouse and the house is only a 10 minute drive or so from what is often described as the best restaurant in the area, at Pieve Fosciana, which also boasts, shops, banks, bars, restaurants, and the most gorgeous delicatessen with take way home made traditional Italian food.

For trips out, as well as visiting the mountain top villages for walking and picnicking etc there is:

Castelnuovo - local market town - market day Thursday. Less than 15 minutes.

Barga - beautiful mediaeval town 25 mins. Beautiful views, well known for its art, festas and good restaurants.

Lucca - stunning walled city - 1 hr 10 mins - fantastic day out and don't forget to hire bicycles and cycle the fully intact walls. Inside the walls there are lots of beautiful spacious piazzas for al fresco dining/coffee/gelato/people watching. Daily opera in the evenings in the Summer. Great shopping. Visit some of the 99 churches, climb some towers for great city views....

Wind Caves - fantastic cave system with brilliant guided tours - 35 mins

National Parks - all around

Tree climbing and zip wiring at Buffardello - 30 mins or so

Swim in the river...

Visit local fortresses...

Pisa - 90 mins or so for the leaning tower

Florence - visit in just over 2 hours...

The choices are endless....

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Castiglione di Garfagnana, Lucca Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid Season
28 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
£808
for 4 nights
From
£202
£1,072
 
 
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,340
for 7 nights
£1,340
 
 
**Special Offer - High Season
20 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,318
for 5 nights
From
£264
£1,208
 
 
**Special Price - Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
£808
for 4 nights
From
£202
£914
 
 
Low Season
13 Oct 2018 - 26 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
£668
for 4 nights
From
£167
£852
 
 
Summer
27 Apr 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
£808
for 4 nights
From
£202
£1,072
 
 
High Summer
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,340
for 7 nights
£1,340
 
 
Late Summer
31 Aug 2019 - 11 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
£808
for 4 nights
From
£202
£1,072
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.88 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 all utilities except heating which is payable locally.
Initial and final clean is included.
A weekly clean and change of linen is included for stays of 2 weeks or more.
A cot and highchair and other baby equipment can be provided free of charge on request.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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