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Renovated barn with private pool and stunning views

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

A self-catering rental within county of Lucca in the beautiful Garfagnana

Beautiful newly renovated barn with private pool, set in a rural position with wonderful views of the Apuane mountains, yet less than a 5 minute drive from the popular market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, and within walking distance of a good restaurant. This spacious, light & airy 3 storey detached property with its traditional arch style windows, chestnut beamed ceilings exposed stonework, and working open fire, boasts 6 bedrooms (one with private balcony) and 5 bathrooms. The main house has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en-suite) along with a very large open plan kitchen/diner; living area; dining area; (all with direct access to the grounds) and second living area/quiet room. The remaining 2 bedrooms and one bathroom (optional extra) are situated underneath the main house giving some privacy from the rest of the group and making this house an ideal choice for two families. This area of the property boasts a further living/kitchen diner, and direct access to the gardens

Property Manager
Lorraine Venturelli
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 September, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ground floor
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , apartment, optional extra
  • The full bathroom has wonderful views of the 'Uomo Morto' - relax in the bath with a glass of wine and admire the view!
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , en-suite , feature fireplace and personal balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , apartment, optional extra
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , apartment, optional extra
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Free Wireless Internet. Guests to bring own computer. We can organise massage and personal chef services, both of which are very popular with guests! Please note - there is a security deposit of €400 payable on arrival for this property


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

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Renovated barn with private pool and stunning views
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful house in stunning nature for 2 families

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week in late June at Alan and Mel´s villa! We were 2 families with 5 kids (ages 8-13) and appreciated the combination of rural peace with stunning views of nearby mountains, and the ability explore the rich area of Garfagnana.

Alan and Mel are excellent hosts: the house, pool and garden are well maintained. They helped us on many occasions with restaurant tips, making telephone calls to local stores, as well as several surprises we weren´t expecting (some great bottles of wine and a cake which Mel made herself!)

The kids enjoyed the pool, ping pong tables, and all the games inside. The adults were mostly concerned with food production and the kitchen provided everything we needed to compose fantastic meals, which most often we enjoyed on the patio overlooking the pool. The rooms and beds were very good. Clean, spacious bathrooms. The feeling of light and airy was prevalent.

The location was ideal for us: Castelnuovo is a charming medieval town with lots of fun activity. In addition there are numerous sights and destination, all within 30-45 minutes. Our only regret was not booking two weeks. At the end of our week we still had many exciting wishes that had to be left undone. We will definitely be back. Thanks Alan and Mel for making our week so memorable.

PS: the local restaurant, in Cerretoli just 3 minutes away, has excellent food and is a must!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you loved this place - it is difficult to find guests who do not appreciate the space, cleanliness, views, and the well equipped nature of this property! Do come again another time for 2 weeks - Alan and Mel would love to have you. Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
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Fantastic property in a beautiful part of the world.

  • 5 of 5

This really was the perfect property for our holiday. 10 of us, a mixture of adults, teens and little ones had a wonderfull time. The villa has been thoughtfully designed with all modern amenities required yet styled beautifully with a sympathetically rural feel. The pool was incredible, a perfect size for a large family group and combined with the rest of the outside space , meant we never felt like we were on top of one another.

The location of the property was also a delight with amazing views from every window yet close to a good sized town with all the shops, supermarkets and restaurants you could need. Some of us managed the walk into and back from town a few times, but be warned it is a challenge as it is up a steep hill. Even so it is only a 25 minute walk and perfect for burning off those pasta calories. If you cant face the walk, a taxi was only 10 euros wich was great after a night out for a family meal.

Thw wildlife around the villa was great too, we saw a group of deer at the end of the garden one morning, pheasant in the afternoons and bats in the evening. We didn't spot them, but we did hear wild boar on a few occasions as well.

Our hosts Alan and Mel were supberb, right from pulling out all the stops to get the villa ready ahead of schedule as they knew we were arriving early to giving us plenty of advise about where to eat and which of the numerous picturesque local hilltop towns and villages to explore, I would definately recomend Corfino for the view and delightful backstreets, Barga is also a must for a slightly larger town and you simply have to visit Lucca with its authentic period architecture and amazing city walls you could easily spend a couple of days there soaking it all in. With plenty of museums and even an annual music festival that this year featured artists such as Green Day, Rag n Bone man and The Rolling Stones it really did have it all.

We cant thank Alan, Mel enough for the chance to stay in their lovely propery and we look forward to hopefully seeing them again in the future.

I would also like to thank Lorraine who manages the bookings for her excellent communication which helped make the process so painless.

If you haven't booked a property through homeaway before and haven't been to Garfagnana, what are you waiting for?

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit such a detailed review! Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed this house so much! I agree that Alan and Mel are great hosts and that they take a great deal of care to ensure they are offering a quality house, with and that they will give guests as much or little help/advice as they want/need. Happy to read also that you loved the beautiful Garfagnana. We would love to welcome you again. Lorraine at tuscan-retreats.
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A beautiful place in toscana

  • 5 of 5

We were 9 adults and 3 children off on summer vacation to this beautiful place . The hosts were fantastic . Very Helpful with places to see , moutainbike- routes and many other things. The house is beautifully restored and the surrounding area has many options for sightseeing. The house worked perfectly for 12 with a large lovely pool - beautiful garden - all in all a fantastic stay for all of us. Thanks to our hosts😊

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, which has been passed to your hosts who have sent their best wishes and said they would be happy to see you again. Good to hear that you loved this place - ideal for a large group and a beautiful location as you say... Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats.com
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Just amazing

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing week, spending time with family in a gorgeous setting, we couldn't have asked for more. It's our second year booking with Tuscan Retreats, both properties were perfect for our needs. Lorraine you really know your stuff!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review! We are glad you loved this place too - it is pretty special! Hope to be able to assist another time too. Best wishes Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats.com
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Beautiful house set in spectacular countryside

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday at Orbaci - we were 3 families with 6 teenage children and the house was extremely comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate such a large group. It is set high up in the hills above Castelnuovo so views spectacular. The arrangement of the rooms in the property was perfect for our families - the 4 teenage girls really loved being in the self contained downstairs apartment and although we cooked the main meals up in the big kitchen upstairs, we used to apartment kitchen for breakfast/lunch everyday and ate outside all but 1 evening! The owners Alun and Mel were fantastic hosts ensuring everything was perfect for our stay and advising us on where to eat/shop/buy wine as well as providing us with some home produce both grown and baked whilst we were there!

They recommended a fantastic dining experience in a local 'fortress' within walking distance which was so unique it was a perfect way to end out 2 week holiday!

Castelnuovo is a pretty medieval town and good to explore - we walked into town every morning to collect bread and even managed the slightly longer walk uphill on the way back some mornings tho got quite a nice little system going of arranging a lift back when we had wine to carry as well! Local supermarket (5 minute) drive down mountain was excellent plus weekly market meant it was easy to self cater and the standard of the local produce was extremely high!

We made trips to Lucca and Florence whilst we were there but spent most of our time relaxing by the pool, reading and playing table tennis. A very relaxing holiday and one we would definitely look to do again!

Sarah Gage

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Sarah, and I am pleased you had such a good time at this beautiful place and enjoyed the local area too ....We have also tasted Mel's baking which is delicious, and have also dined at the fortress which I agree is really unique! Mel and Alan send their best regards and look forward to maybe seeing you again another time. Thanks again, Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats
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A restful week in a rural idyll

  • 5 of 5

We just wanted to write to say just how much we enjoyed our week at Orbaci and how much we enjoyed exploring the beautiful Garfagnana region . It is a lovely relaxing property set in an idyllic location with stunning scenery right on the doorstep. For our money the Garfagnana has just as much to offer as the rest of Tuscany but with the huge added advantage of being free of most of the tourist hordes. The day we went to Lucca was the only time we really felt we had strayed back into the main flow of summer tourists

Mel and Alan made us very welcome and were very helpful . The highpoint for us was the absolutely wonderful meal Mel cooked for us to celebrate our daughter’s twenty-first birthday whilst we were staying at Orbaci . The food was really delicious and Alan made an excellent head waiter! It made Sophie’s birthday into a very special memory .

The arrangements with the wheel chair worked really well and meant the Carolyn’s mother had the best holiday she has had for years as we were able to get her out and about a lot more.

The heat was amazing and meant that swimming in the pool was a great relief . It also means that we will have to come back at another time of year when it is cool enough to go walking . In particular , we had an excellent late afternoon wander at San Pellegrino but we only managed to scratch the surface so we are going to have to come back when we will be free to wander to our hearts content.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed this lovely house and the stunning location. It is good to make use of Mel's brilliant cooking for a special occasion or just when you don't wish to go out! We have booked her ourselves! Thanks
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Pieve Fosciana
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The villa/barn is situated in the heart of the Garfagnana, with stunning 360 views of the Appenines, Apuane Alps and the famous 'Uomo Morto'. Whilst ideal for a peaceful, rural away from it all holiday, this property offers the convenience of town too, with the famous market town of Castelnuovo less than a 5 minute drive away. Indeed the beautiful fortress, with commanding views over the valley and the mountains beyond, and noted for its classical music events, is 10 minutes on foot & here one will find a good quality restaurant serving excellent local food (prior notice required).

The town itself has a weekly market, bars, restaurants, shops, and train station for easy exploring.

Drive times are:

Castelnuovo 3 mins or so

Mediaeval town of Barga - 15 minutes

Lucca - 45 minutes

Pisa - 1 hour 15 minutes

Florence - 90 minutes

National Park of Orrechiella - 30 mins

Walking, horseriding, and picnic opportunities straight from the door!

Other Activities: skiing 20 min drive


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Lucca Area

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
12 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £400

Cot and highchair can be provided free of charge.
Pool towels included on request.
Cook can be arranged on request for evenings when one wishes to dine at home. (notice required)
There is a security deposit of €400 payable on arrival in cash.
**For May and June the property can be rented as a 4 bedroom and 4 bathroom accomodation (with apartment closed off for privacy) at a price of £1395.

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  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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