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Jo or Alan

Member since: 2006
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Speaks English, French, Italian

Mountain cottage with great views in friendly village with restaurant.

7 Reviews
People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Lucca Area - Casa Fico

3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with 1 ensuite, sleeps 6

The cottage lies at one end of the village about 3 minutes walk from the main piazza with its car park, restaurant/bar. The cottage is part of the mountain; the first floor, has an entrance with a traditional Italian arched double door leading into lounge where there is a great stone fireplace with a large wood fired stove. This leads to the recently renovated kitchen with its dresser, dishwasher, hob and large round dining table that seats six. The stairs lead up to a two bedrooms, one twin bedded with en suite bathroom and one with a queen size four poster bed. A few more steps up leads to the upper lobby with the larger bathroom off it and side door to the garden; the stairs go up to the final double bedroom all with tiled floors and timbered ceilings. The property is surrounded by a terraced garden with grapevines and brick built barbecue. You can relax and sit under the shade of the fig tree with wonderful views over the valley to the surrounding hilltop villages and mountains.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jo or Alan (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a quick note to say that we have had the MOST AMAZING time at Casa Fico. We enjoyed every minute. It was a privilege to stay in your home.

Best Wishes, JP DERBY JULY 06....

The cottage was delightful - we explored and enjoyed Florence, Lucca,

Pisa, mountains and villages but it was always a pleasure and a

privilege to start and finish each day in the garden with the best view

in Tuscany! E & B MAY 07....

Also to thank you for letting us stay at the house, we all had a lovely time and were most impressed with the mountainous setting. We visited Florence by train and was amazed how excellent and inexpensive the train service is. We also visited Lucca, what a lovely walled city. Pisa was lovely too. Once again thank you very much and we'd love to make a return visit.

best wishes, GW, STAFFS SEPT 06....

Just a note to say that Michelle and I had a

fantastic time in Casa Fico. An unbelievable location! We even got in

some snowboarding in Abetone. SJ, IRELAND MARCH 07
Nov 2007
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Reviews

4.6
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

Mountain cottage with great views in friendly village with restaurant.
average rating of 4.571429 based on 8 reviews
4

Can't wait to go again!

  • 4 of 5

This lovely house was ideal for us as it had everything we needed with 3 teenagers in tow. The views were amazing, the facilities just what we needed (2 bathrooms!!!) and everything clean and comfortable without feeling like a hotel. The locals were very patient with our attempts at Italian and the local bar had some great rustic Italian food and wine on offer. At the bottom of the winding road up to the village is an idealic spot for swimming in the river, which we went to almost every day as the weather in August is hot, hot, hot! The house was lovely and cool in contrast and we slept well. Local town of Bagni di Lucca was charming and provided gelataria and supermarkets for supplies. Lucca itself was lovely and we did the tourist thing of hiring bikes and cycling around the walled town - well worth a visit. Pisa is not too far and Florence also doable for a day visit.

All in all we would love to go back again when maybe our Italian will be better!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Absolutely stunning and picturesque

  • 4 of 5

Brilliant house at a gorgeous location up on the mountain in Northwest Tuscany. What more could one ask for? Alan and Jo have been superb in everything. They have given us so helpful overall and the house made us want to go back again as soon as possible. It was exactly what we wanted. Sitting in the garden with THAT view is purely breathtaking.

Would definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Owner's Response: Hello again and a big thank you for your kind words, wow what can we say we loved having you stay at our rental you were great. We are so pleased you loved it at Casa Fico and it had all you wanted. We have tried very hard to make it a home away from home with the added advantage of a good restaurant a short walk away if you don't want to cook. It really is a lovely house in a beautiful part of Tuscany, we are proud of that view and with everything you need for a great holiday right on your doorstep, who could ask for more.
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Spring in Casoli

  • 4 of 5

We spent a very happy and tranquil few days in this beautiful house in May. It is in a glorious setting with outstanding views to enjoy whilst having meals on the terrace. My husband is a keen bird watcher so interesting for him and the nearby town of Bagni di Lucca is very historic. Good local restaurants and easy access from Pisa airport. We hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
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5

Tales of the unexpected.

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this place to anyone not only are the views stunning the people are really friendly, so much so that we got invited to a local wedding reception in the village. I couldn't believe my eyes as we ended up dancing the YMCA with the locals, it was truly a night to remember along with so many others. The reception itself was held at the local restaurant/bar which we visited frequently, you get more than just pasta and pizza there.

The drive to the village itself is bit of a nose bleed job but well worth it, especially if you have a glass of wine to knock back once you get to the top.

The scenery at the local public swimming pool was just breath taking, the only drawback was you had to wear a swimming hat while you were in the pool itself, which was really quite funny seeing everyone like it, even the beautiful people were brought down to earth with these, but please don't worry you don't have to wear them while sun bathing, therefore regaining cool status once more.

There is so much to see and fabulous food wherever we went, I particularly loved our trip to Florence, there's just not enough time to see it all in one day.

Finally my last words are, go there you won't regret it.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
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5

The perfect mountain cottage

  • 5 of 5

This property is one of the most beautiful we have ever rented. If you want to get away from it all but at the same time not be too far from lots of interesting things then I truly recommend 'Casa Fico'. The owners description is spot on and communication and advice given to us was excellent. If you are lucky enough to go when the figs are ripe, eat them! They are the best we've ever had!

As well as totally chilling out at the house taking in the breathtaking views, we went hiking in Abetone, sightseeing in Pisa, Lucca, Siena and Volterra and for a dip in the sea. A car is essential and some places are a couple of hours drive away though knowing we were returning to the peace and quiet of Casa Fico made it all worthwhile!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a place! The views were amazing, the house charming. The walk back up the hill to the parking is a shock at first but you soon get used to it, listen, if the 84 year old lady who lives nearby can do it!?

We stayed in June and the weather was fantastic, even the storm we experienced was stunning; watching the clouds roll over the mountains and the thunder and lightening crash around the valley. We had a car which meant many places were in easy reach, Pisa, Lucca, Bagni di Lucca, Florence, (best to catch the train from Pistoia, very easy and convenient, only 2.90E) Sienna and we even went to Maranello (Ferrari of course) and Bologna. We also went to Marina di Pisa and dipped our feet in the Mediterranean. Just drive between Marina di Pisa and Terrenia on the coast you will find a stretch of beach not grabbed by hotels. The Torre del Lago Puccini is also well worth a look.

We did amongst all this hectic tourist viewing fit in a day in the garden enjoying the relaxing surroundings, we saw a deer in the undergrowth whilst enjoying a leisurely lunch watching the ever changing sky and mountainsides. The kitchen is well equipped, the owner is a real foodie as is evidenced by the cook books. The bathrooms great with power showers. The local restaurant is good; the cook makes alll her own pasta which is very moreish! They are also very welcoming. Tips would be, remember a good small pair of binoculars both for nature watching and the many wonderful church ceilings, the Baptistry in Florence a must. Mosquito repellent for the evenings and its worth driving to the Leclerc at Gallicano to stock up. Otherwise the supermarket in Bagni is okay. Finally enjoy this wonderful haven, we certainly did!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
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Location

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Pisa Galileo Galilei
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
75 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The village of Casoli rests in a notch on the shoulder of a mountain between the remains of a castle ( circa 1180 AD) on a rocky bluff and a lake in ancient chestnut woods. The castle and village are above Gole di Cocciglia, a gorge cut by the fast flowing River Lima.

Casa Fico lies at the end of the village with wonderful views looking across the river and its valley, to the hilltop villages of Limano and Vico. The winter resort of Abetone is about 45 minutes drive north, great for a few days casual skiing.

In summer its 15 minutes drive south to the pretty riverside town of Bagni di Lucca with its (Roman) Thermal Spa baths and beauty treatments, as well as its six restaurants, numerous cafes and shops. Its 25 minutes further to the walled town of Lucca, you can hire a bike and ride its medieval streets and walls, climb the Guigno Bell Tower crowned by oak trees. An hour puts you in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Florence is further, so make it easy, take the train from Lucca.

Ski: The cottage is near Abetone winter ski resort which is well known all over Italy and virtually unknown in the UK. Abetone is 1400 metres above the sea level, it is set in a splendid National forest. Nice even in summer, with its numerous hill walks. The highest point is Monte Gomito at 1940m.

Ski runs are available in four picturesque valleys: Luce, Sestaione, Lima and Scoltenna. There are numerous ski facilities: 1 cable car, 11 chair lifts (3 fast), 15 ski-lifts, 37 ski slopes, 5 ski schools, 2 cross-country slopes and 20 kilometres of ski slopes are covered by artificial snow-making ensuring skiing. This creates an extensive network of mixed-ability pistes above and below the tree-line.

This resort gets very busy at the weekends because it is so close to Florence however during weekdays it can be very quiet and pleasant. The cottage would suit a mixed party of skiers/non-skiers who want to sight-see and ski.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bagni di Lucca, Media Valle del Serchio

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Lucca Area in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The two bathrooms were completely renovated with fresh tiling in pleasant terracotta hues in 2005. The sinks are surrounded by dark chestnut wood units with classical Italian styling with large mirrors. The bathrooms have modern thermostatically controlled showers with good water pressure from a new hot water tank in the attic. We apologise there is no bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Four Poster
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , En Suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Wooden Four Poster
  • Front two bedrooms south facing with gorgeous woodland mountain views looking up the mountain Casoli rests on to the ridge behind which the lake is concealed. The third upper bedroom, has a high wood beamed and terracotta ceiling; faces east with woodland view and the garden at the side of the house. All bedrooms have wardrobes with hangers, bedside cabinets with reading lamps, power points, mirrors and additional draw space. There is another bed available. A sofa bed in the lounge which can accommodate a further guest on request.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
This cottage sits on the edge of a village on the edge of a mountain it is terraced with many levels and many steps and as such we feel that it is unsuitable for toddlers or the infirm elderly. The garden to the side of the cottage leads to to woodland paths which lead up to the old Castle this in turn leads to the bluff over a rocky gorge with a 30 metre/100 ft fall which could be dangerous. We do not accept any responsibility for any activity in these areas.. Having written the above the village has many children and teenagers, who come to no harm.

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