Charming Rustic Cottage for Rent in the Beautiful Hills above Lucca
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About Valgerður Backman
Hi, I am Vala. I am a molecular biologist with and MBA degree. Other than that I am an olive farmer in the hills above Lucca and I love everything Italian although I am a thoroughbred Icelandic viking. Hope to see you in Italy!!
Valgerður Backman purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Valgerður Backman chose Pescaglia
This cottage in Pescaglia valley was our reason to come to Italy in the first place. We bought it as our summerhouse in 2004 and renovated it ourselves with many trips back and forth from the land of ice and fire. How much fun!! You can see some of the renovation pictures on this website: http://tenutaadeo.shutterfly.com/pictures/8
What makes this Cottage unique
In our minds this is a perfect little spot to enjoy peace and quiet but still be able to visit all the great sites in the north of Tuscany, the most beautiful place of Tuscany in my opinion!!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
A TRULY GETAWAY PLACE!
We thoroughly loved staying here! A truly get away location. Quiet and relaxing! Any beeping of cars was more of a reassurance of warning other cars! One of the highlights was the gentle playing of a clarinet through the trees of the nearest neighbour! You really felt it was just yourselves amongst the trees. The area was lovely to discover, would like to come back!!
I am so glad you enjoyed the house and the location. And i would love to have you back anytime. Best wishes Vala
Lovely isolated house
lease don’t take this review as negative but as a constructive summary of what needs to be considered by guests. We really liked Casa Casciani and had a wonderful two week stay. We have visited many villas in Italy over the years. This is a place where you need to plan ahead. We just want to help others understand the property. The house itself is spacious, clean and comfortable and reasonably well equipped. What distinguishes Casa Casciani from other similar holiday houses, is its relative isolation.
Although there is an excellent restaurant within a 10-15 minute walk down and up the hairpin road, there is also a supermarket less than 10 minutes drive away. There are neighbours close enough so that you can sometimes hear their conversations in the garden and drivers sound their horns regularly to warn other drivers on the hairpin bends. This is where there is a contradiction in terms - it’s remote and quiet but there are car horns, clock towers chiming out the time from 2 villages , gardeners trimming the road verges, gardeners doing each house’s garden nearby.
The patio is south facing and when we were there (end of June to early July) was in direct sunshine for nine hours each day. The lovely city of Lucca is a twenty minute drive away, and Pisa is within easy reach. There are fine beaches around an hour’s drive away including the famous resort of Viareggio.
There is an abundance of wildlife, and although we were disappointed not to see wild boar or deer, the bats at sunset gave us a daily display. The birdsong is absolutely stunning and seeing them up close is wonderful. The less welcome wildlife included various biting insects, unavoidable in Italy at this time.
The house is on a hillside, almost surrounded by woodland with tall trees, and as such is completely private and not overlooked. The drive itself requires nerves of steel to negotiate from the road outside - on a blind bend- which needs a small car with good turning circles! The steep staircase from the car parking area to to the house is not easy to negotiate, especially with luggage and supermarket shopping bags. The house itself may not suitable for those with restricted mobility. Rooms are on separate levels with little steps up and down in to the bedrooms and the toilet.
Therfe is no Wi-fi, and the cellular signal is weak and unpredictable. There is no tv signal - the set is not HD, and is used only as a monitor for the DVD player, which has an iPod dock as well.
Thank you for your review, you have done a good job describing the house. In my information package that I supply to all my guests I do warn them about the road and how it is best to manoeuvre it. The phone signal is getting better every year but the WiFi is difficult to address due to the location of the house. So it remains a house to "get away from it all". And I totally agree that the house is not for people with motion difficulties due to its hillside position.
Lovely cottage in the chestnut forest
Lovely, rustic cottage in a quiet forest location. Birdsong, boar, butterflies and fireflies were frequent features of our days and nights.
If you want a place to chill, this is the one.
Awesome holiday cottage in the Tuscan hills
The location is fabulous - high up on the hillside with great views over the valley and sunshine throughout the day. The house is great - we found it very comfortable, nicely furnished, a very comfortable king-size bed and a well-equipped kitchen. We used the bbq a couple of times and eating outside on the patio with a glass of local wine in the evening waiting for the fireflies to light up was great. We saw and heard deer in the forest too.
Lucca is beautiful and only a short drive and it's possible to eat there in the evening and do the 15 min drive back no problem. You don't need to drive to Lucca though to eat in a great restaurant as the one at the bottom of the hill just 5 mins walk from the cottage is fabulous.
We had a great time at Cassa Casciani and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing and peaceful time in a stunning location.
Peaceful, spacious villa surrounded by trees within easy reach to amenities.
A lovely, spacious and quiet villa. All you could need for a holiday. We loved it! Very peaceful. Nearby in Borgo a Mozzano there is a lovely public pool which we used plus a local supermarket and shops in Bagni di Lucca. The restaurant Molin della volpe is amazing which is a two minute drive from the villa, we went three times. Plus they do take away pizza and even takeaway "fizzy wine" which we found to be very nice. I recommend the lamb chops and the chips (French fries) are homemade.
The villa has a spacious upstairs bathroom/wc with a good shower, there's also an added bonus of a downstairs wc. Both bedrooms are large, the double single bedroom has a large three drawer chest for clothes plus a couple of shelves and a small bedside unit. The main bedroom had two bedside units plus a clothes tree and a couple of shelves. This was the only slight downside, a single wardrobe would have been useful especially as there is plenty of room for one. All the beds were very comfortable and the sheets etc clean and crisp. Lovely fluffy white towels too!
Overall very nice and good communication with the owner. We would definitely stay again.
Toll gelegen, aber weit ab vom Schuss
Das Haus liegt wie beschrieben sehr schön in den Hügeln der Toskana. Einsamkeit und Ruhe garantiert. Für uns war es jedoch mit zwei kleinen Kindern zu weit weg von allem. Lucca als nächste Stadt ist in einer guten halben Stunde zu erreichen, der Strand in viareggio oder Pisa in fast eineinhalb Stunden. Für uns definitiv zu viel Fahrerei mit den Kindern. Das Haus an sich war leider nicht sehr sauber. Viele wollmäuse und tote Insekten im den Ecken bereits bei Ankunft. Das Haus ist meiner Meinung nach nicht für kleine Kinder geeignet. Sowohl eine steile Steintreppe im Haus als auch zwei große Stufen zur Toilette (nächtliches Pipimachen) empfanden wir als stressig. An die Terrasse knüpft direkt ein steiler Hang an, sodass man die Kleinen auch nicht unbeaufsichtigt draußen spielen lassen konnte. Viele Mücken wegen angrenzendem Bach. Wir würden uns für dieses Haus nicht mehr entscheiden.
I am very sorry to receive a negative comment about my little cottage. Fortunately all the points mentioned that can be fixed have already been fixed. I have further described the house as being maybe not so suitable for toddlers as it is on a hill in a forest and that there are 2 steps to go to the bathroom from the bedrooms. I have always taken pride in a very clean house. Not being able to supervise the cleaning or even clean my self this year goes to show that in order to have everything like you want it requires your presence. I am not using the same cleaning personal as this lack of attention was noticed by me when i arrived for inspection in the middle august. Hopefully this will not happen again but if it does, best thing would be to hear it right away so I can send someone to make the guests happy. Unfortunatly i can not do anything about the mosquitos as this has been a very wet summer and normally the creek next to the house is dry. I would recommend Autan, bug repellent for skin, everyday, always, when in Tuscany. That is what i use to not get bitten (as much). Best regards Vala
Casa Casciani is located few 100 meters from the historic village of Celle dei Puccini in the Pescaglia valley. The vacation house for rent sits on a hillside facing south admidst the chestnut trees. There are 2 very good restaurants in close proximity to the house, the small grocery shops in the towns up and down the valley and the next supermarket is 10 min away. Situated just 25 min from the walled city of Lucca, the lost gem of Tuscany, and only just 30km from the luxurious beaches in Versilia. Florence and Siena are within easy reach and Pisa airport is just 45 min away. For lovers of enduro riding the Garfagnana valley is heaven. There are organized trips in the area and it is a perfect opportunity to mix with a holiday before or after an incredible riding experience