Agriturismo with 4 rooms with bathrooms, 8 beds, wellness center and pool
- English, Italian
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Hidden gem in beautiful Tuscany
We had an utterly lovely week in August, two families, eight of us in total. The villa was immaculate with everything we could need. En-suites to all the rooms were a nice touch as was the professional kitchen. We all loved the pool, especially the kids. Plenty or space in and around the villa both inside and outside. Great location with a handful of restaurants walkable to in the village we especially enjoyed the one run by Francesca’s family which she kindly booked for us a couple of times during our stay. Francesca was a wonderful host - we woke up to a tray of breakfast pastries left out for us more than once and enjoyed a tasting of her delicious wines, olive oils and honeys. We hope to return one day - can’t recommend it enough.
Our delightful family stay at Agriturismo Mareli in Camaiore (May 2019)
What can i say except Bellissimo! The home that Francesca and her family have created goes far beyond just a rental house. We were a family group of 7-8 (depending on the day) and the home was a perfect fit for our travel style. The indoor spa and outdoor pool were perfect and even though the weather wasn't pool weather, just sitting by it and taking in the gorgeous views was relaxing. Our group used the fabulous restaurant style kitchen to prepare family meals and the big dining table fit us all very comfortably. Our wine and olive oil tasting with Francesca was wonderful and very informative about the regional wine production.
And having Mother's Day dinner at their lovely restaurant across the street the night we didn't want to cook at home was delicious and served perfectly! All in all we had a fabulous time and can't wait to come back. Thank you Francesca for making our time there so wonderful. Next time it will be for a longer time! :)
A lovely gateway to Tuscany
My family absolutely loved our stay at Villa Mareli. The house is beautifully decorated and very comfortable. We had a small group, but there would be plenty of space for a larger group, inside and outside. The house could easily accommodate ten people. We loved walking around the vineyard and sitting at the terraces. We didn't use the spa facilities, but they are gorgeous, in a sort of peaceful cave below the family room. The ping pong table and the pool are nice diversions as well.
Montemagno is a peaceful little town, about a 30 minute drive from Lucca, Viareggio and Pietrasanta, and 90 minutes from Cinque Terre. We felt it was far enough from everything to give a true feeling of being in the Tuscan countryside, while close enough to always find something to do. Having the train station in Lucca was convenient as well; Florence is about 80 minutes away on a regional train.
Francesa and her husband Daniele are wonderful hosts. They left us a gorgeous lunch for our arrival--salumi, cheese, fresh bread, olives, honey and a berry tart. They showed us around the building where they make their wine, and we did a tasting of their wine, olive oil and honey. We also really enjoyed their restaurant La Meraviglie. The food was excellent and inexpensive, and the staff was welcoming (and patient with our basic Italian).
I highly recommend staying here. I would love to come back and bring more of my family and friends!
My family stayed in this beautiful Villa for one week in June. My husband, two young boys, my mom and her friend, my best friend and myself all stayed here together and everyone had a wonderful time. With 5 bedrooms, everyone had their own room and bathroom. My two young boys loved sleeping up the attic room and also were kept busy for hours in the pool. There are beautiful hikes to hilltop villages through the forests that you can go to right from the villa. The villa itself is on top of a hill in a tiny town which has two restaurants, a church and a little furniture shop. By car there are several interesting towns and cities to go to within one hours drive including Pisa, Luca, and Camaiore. The kitchen is wonderful - we enjoyed cooking in it so much that we prepared most of our meals there and ate under the grapevines at the big outdoor dining table. Our son honed his barista skills with the cappuccino maker and made a little money while he was at it, delivering cappuccinos to our rooms. (There are room service buttons that ring the kitchen from each bedroom - a fun surprise the boys discovered). The villa has a lovely garden room, a huge dining room, a living room and several outdoor spaces to sit and relax. The owner, Francesca makes wine on the villa property as well as the most delicious olive oil I have ever had, and several varieties of honey. I don't think I can ever enjoy olive oil again in the US now that I have tasted hers. She is a wonderful hostess and makes the stay at her gorgeous villa special for everyone.
You will struggle to find a better villa anywhere
We stayed here for 2 weeks in August and frankly, you will struggle to find a better villa in Tuscany. It is even better than the photos show on the site. With 5 bedrooms, the villa itself is huge, immaculately clean, beautifully maintained and has more than enough room and different spaces for our two family party of 10 to be together or find our own bit of solitude as required. Surrounded by vineyards and olive trees there are large sunny areas of secluded garden and patio with plenty of shaded areas to eat. Inside the Villa there is a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room which are great for an occasional dull day. -Beware though, as Francesca will warn you, gas and electricity are very expensive in Italy. - we only used them a few times during the 2 weeks and our fuel cost was over €250 in total, so make sure you budget for this.
The villa is situated in the quiet village of Montemagno, high in the lush green mountains a 25 min drive from the beaches of Viareggio and Lido di Camiore one way and the fabulous town of Lucca in the other direction. Further afield, Pisa is only about 40 mins by car and Florence just a 90 min train ride from Viareggio- although if you do this we found it easier to get the train from Pietrasanta which is closer and where it is easier to park the car.
In Montemagno there are 2 restaurants, one of which is owned by Francesca, and a small bar / bakery which is ideal for pastries in the morning. Francesca proved to be the perfect hostess, generous, cheerful & always helpful, surprising us with fabulous dishes prepared in their restaurant throughout our stay. The restaurant itself is well worth a few visits, it can get busy with good food and reasonable prices. We also found it very handy for freshly made take away pizzas on a few nights!
I really can't recommend the villa highly enough.
We stayed with friends (6 in total) and we all had a great time. The house is fantastic - especially the kitchen. Our host Francesca made our stay extra special. She kept bringing us treats (wine, tiramisu, lasagna) which was greatly appreciated. She also gave us 2 bottles of the wine they produce. It was by far the best wine we had on the trip. She also arranged for a chef (Danilo) to prepare dinner for us one night. It was a truly memorable experience. I highly recommend having Chef Danilo and his wife cook for you! The other days we were there we ate at Francesca and Daniel's restaurant. It is fabulous food, and we never got tired of eating there. We were all sad to leave when the vacation was over.
Montemagno is made up of small hamlets on a hill close to the town of Lucca and is situated along the historic Francigena pilgrims way. A quiet position with a couple of cafés, a grocery shop and a restaurant owned and managed by the owner of the holiday farm. The house is easily accessible. Worth visiting from a cultural and historical point of view are the towns of Lucca (18km), Camaiore (5km), Pietrasanta (10km) and Pisa (35km).
Also the Garfagnana area, a mountainous region famous for its trekking and caves such as the Antro del Corchia and the Grotta del Vento. The cities of Florence and Siena, the areas of Chianti and Maremma the town of San Gimignano, the 5 Terre and Portofino are all within 1 or 2 hours drive. Nearby on the coast are the beautiful Versilian beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi. The opportunities for entertainment and cultural events are many and varied and can cater for all tastes Not to be missed is a visit to the Puccini Theatre.