|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The Agriturismo MARELI is a originally a nineteenth century hamlet has recently been restored to its former splendour.The house covers an area of 350 square metres: On the ground floor in the highly equipped professional kitchen we find a steam convection oven, microwave, blast chiller, fridge, freezer, washing machine, mixer and other hi-tech electro domestic equipment. Continuing, we can visit the ample 45 square metre dining room with an open fire, the lounge with LCD satellite TV and open fire, a spa with a 2 metre Jacuzzi, a Turkish bath and a bathroom. On the first floor we have four bedrooms two of which with en suite showers and two with en suite baths, all with 26” satellite lcd TV. The entire house is furnished with antiques and fast internet connection is available in all bedrooms, as well as heating and dehumidifying air conditioning and a central vacuum cleaning system. The house is situated on our farm which produces organic olive oil and honey.
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.
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.
We spent 3 weeks in this beautiful house together with family one week and friends rest of the stay. It was 3 wonderful weeks. The house have 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms which is very hard to find, and the disposition of the hose was great! We love to cook and you could not have a better kitchen. The house is nicely furnisched and of high standard.The swimming pool was great our grand-children loved it!
The host family are the most caring people and lovely people.
The restaurant on the opposite side of the road hosted by host Daniele and his brother was excellent. Our hostess Francesca is the most service minded person together with the rest of the family.
We will certainly be back! And we can definitely recommend Villa Mareli you will just have a great holiday in Villa Mareli, Montemagno Tuscany
The house is surrounded by vine and olive trees.
The listing was accurate.
The property was beautifully clean and well maintained.
The owner provided the most exceptional service!
I would definitely recommend this property.
The layout and furnishings are well above the standard we normally find in Italy.
This really is the nicest villa we ever stayed in.
Also fantastic having a great restaurant 50 m across the street!
This house was truly wonderful, the best holiday home we have ever stayed in, and worth every penny for the sense of relaxation and comfort we felt. Beautifully furnished to a very high standard (but not too fussy - simple, tasteful and practical with stone and tiled floors, solid furniture, and the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on away from home). The grounds are beautiful, the pool excellent, and everything was incredibly well kept. There is also a table tennis table, and plenty of outdoor seating for a large group (there were 10 of us) . Francesca is the host and she really has thought of everything that you might want in a holiday home. She brought us delicious food from her restaurant, and pastries from the village shop, treated us to wine tasting from her vineyard and we had fresh eggs from the resident chickens. The village is great and everyone was friendly despite our lack of Italian!! It has three restaurants (one of them run by Francesca and her husband which was excellent, and two others that we didn't try!), two bars, and a small village shop selling essentials - and fresh produce, cold meats and cheeses. The nearest big (huge!) supermarket was in Lido de Camaiore, about 30 minutes drive, but there were local ones within 10 minutes. The village is also on a bus route, although a car is handy.
As others have mentioned, electricity is very expensive (although Francesca is talking about installing photovoltaics) - but we managed to keep the bill down by not using the air con - keeping shutters closed during the day, and then opening them when it cooled in the evening seemed to work well enough despite daytime temperatures approaching 40 degrees.
We were travelling with teenagers and the attic room, with its low ceilings, was a little bit challenging for them (but that was probably because there were three of them in single beds, meaning two of them were under the eves. The room was probably better suited to one single or double bed. All rooms had ensuites and ample storage, and quality shower and pool towels were all provided. And there was working wifi - a first for us in any holiday home!
So all in all I can't recommend this holiday home highly enough!
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Arrivo e Partenza:
L’orario di arrivo è dalle 17:00 alle 19:00 e chiediamo agli ospiti di lasciare la casa entro e non oltre le ore 09:30.
Nel prezzo è compreso: i consumi di acqua e gas.
Nel prezzo non è compreso: il consumo dell’energia elettrica addebitata a Euro 0,50 al Kwh e nel periodo invernale il gas viene conteggiato € 3,80 al m3.
30% di caparra entro 10 gg dalla prenotazione ed il restante 70% entro 60 gg prima dell'arrivo