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Lorraine Venturelli

Member since: 2002
Speaks English, Italian

Beautifully Restored Barn

6 Reviews
People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 14 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday cottage in Lucca Area - La Vinca, Private pool, great views, beautiful garden. WIFI

A beautiful newly and very carefully restored barn, set in the heart of the Garfagnana region of Northern Tuscany, 1 hr 15 minutes north of Lucca.

This detached villa with private pool has been lovingly refurbished by the owner using traditional materials, and warm tuscan colours to give a rustic, but very homely feel to the property.

The 'barn' has beamed ceilings and traditional style flooring throughout and is furnished with a pleasing mix of the modern and antique. The ceilings are high, giving a good sense of light and space, and the views from the house are beautiful......

As well as the open plan well equipped kitchen, diner, living area, there are 4 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms, one of which is ensuite, and one of which boasts a bath tub.

Outside there is a covered pergola, gardens with apple trees and private infinity style pool of 10M x 5M. Open from 21st March to 30th September.

This is a perfect place to relax, and enjoy a real feeling of yesteryear, whilst surrounded by modern comforts.

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Lorraine Venturelli (Property Manager)
Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the manager

Well, back home now after a truly wonderful time in Italy and I just wanted to thank you again for all the help you, your husband and Benito gave me.

We all loved Vinca but had very fond memories of Caprifoglio too so would find it hard to choose which one if we are ever able to return. Ilario and Maria were so kind and helpful and it was a delight to meet them again.
Sep 2011
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Reviews

4.7
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

Beautifully Restored Barn
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 7 reviews
5

Stunnig views in Garfagnana

  • 5 of 5

Vinca is probably the most beautiful and well appointed vacation property we have rented so far. The pictures on the website dont give any justice to the real beauty of the setting.

The house has beautifull and well manicured gardens ,infinity pool and the views are simply spectacular. Swimming with the views of the Garfagnana valley is what enchanted us the most. The property is very clean and well outfitted with everything you might need and exceeds expectations. For anybody that loves cooking, this house comes with a very well equipped kitchen. Spacious house, tastefully decorated, beautiful covered outdoor patio, built-in stone barbeque, beautifull garden, infinity pool, stunning views are among the feautures we liked the most about this house.

The property is ideally located in the Gardagnana region for day trips to Lucca by train for example or to the coast line in Massa Marittima. Also well located to shorter visits to local winery, (few km away) castles , and marble quarry (15 km away) which we highly reccomend.

Our host, Ilario, is genuinily kind and available for whatever you might need and the best reference for any piece information you might have on the area. The basket of organic vegetables he offered us, freshly picked from his garden was a true deligt.

We defenetly reccomend this vacation rental and wish to be able to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. Whenever we have visited this house we haven't wanted to leave! We are happy you enjoyed those stunning views and the mature, very well kept garden, and it is good to hear you feel the cooking facilities exceeded expectations. Ilario sends a warm hello, and looks forward to welcoming you another time. Thanks -- Lorraine at 'tuscan-retreats'
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5

Beautiful location and house, generous people

  • 5 of 5

The villa is in a secluded spot, with great views over a valley. The house was spotless, well-equipped, and very cozy. The owner welcomed us and was very helpful throughout our stay -- without being intrusive. We also appreciated the carefully prepared information about local shops, restaurants, etc. Overall, a great experience.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the house and found it well equipped. Good to hear that the local information pack we prepare for all guests was helpful to you. We hope to welcome you for another stay. Thanks -- Lorraine at 'tuscan-retreats'
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a beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

lovely spacious bedrooms rooms, nicely decorated and furnished throughout. the rooms looked and felt clean. A good selection of glasses and crockery to suit all wining and dining occasions.

The pool is stunning and not too deep, kept really clean at all times. would like to have a few more sun loungers especially as there were 8 of us.

the garden is kept immaculate and the grounds are well maintained with plenty of space.

We thought that Poggio would have more facilities, ie bakery, small grocery shop and a few restaurants but this was not the case, however you don't have to travel too far ( Camporgiano) to find all of these.

Ilario and Maria were always on hand if any problems. they were both friendly and helpful and looked after us well. thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are happy you loved the house and in particular the gardens and pool! We have passed your request for more sunbeds to the owner and are sure he will oblige. It is a shame the facilities in Poggio have closed (a sign of the times in rural areas here) but as you say it is less than a 5 min drive into Camporgiano with a choice of 4 restaurants and Castelnuovo the local market town is only 10 mins away. Thank you again.
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5

A dream come true!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 8 family members and we all amazed with how beautiful & peaceful La Vinca is. We saw the photos online but experiencing it in person was just amazing.

The house is beautifully maintained and is equipped with everything you need. The property; surrounding fruit trees, gardens and pool are also well maintained and manicured. It's always been a dream to stay in a Tuscan farm house and be immersed in the beauty of it all, and La Vinca did not disappoint - in fact it exceeded our expectations. It is exactly out of a story book or film.

The owner, Ilario, is very friendly and came round on our first day to introduce himself. He came round a few days later to see if everything was still ok but otherwise we had the privacy to enjoy his property without interruption.

We have family who live in Lucca who came to visit us for the day during our stay at La Vinca, and they were absolutely amazed with this property. Ilario and his wife have done a stellar job!

If you love dogs, there are 2 very friendly dogs that come to visit every evening from one of the surrounding farms. They love playing catch :)

Some of our most memorable experiences from our trip to Tuscany were spent drinking our morning coffee on the patio at La Vinca over looking the valley, and enjoying delicious Italian wines and foods in the evening in the same spot. It truly was a dream come true and highly recommend this property.

There are also beautiful towns within driving distance; the Saturday market in Barga is a must for fresh local foods. And Castelnuovo is a great little town to explore, eat, drink wine & do a spot of shopping.

Tip: make sure to stop at one of the bigger grocery stores on your way to La Vinca to stock up on food, tea, coffee, laundry detergent, wine, prosecco etc. because once you get to La Vinca you won't want to leave! :)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comprehensive review. We are really happy to see that you loved this particular setting and the things to do, as well as the fantastic garden and pool... We hope to welcome you again.
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4

Lovely Holiday House.

  • 4 of 5

This "Agrotourist" house, located on an old farm property, was very close to what we'd hoped for from the reviews. It was clean and generally well appointed....(could have used some toilet paper on arrival for tired visitors arriving after dark?) But other wise a great place to relax. The pool is gorgeous....the grounds full of lovely fruit covered trees.

Instructions to get there were a bit vague but we found it. Be prepared to have to drive for food....and stock up. The care taker is delightful and helpful.

Local mountain driving was fun...tons of great old towns to explore. Easy access to Lucca and Florence for day trips. I think in two weeks we covered most of the recommended ones.

Thanks for a lovely time. Will definitely recommend you!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed the house and the area! Sorry about the lack of loo roll - all our properties should have at least 2 in each bathroom as a 'start off'. We will remind the cleaners of this. It is a good idea to stock up with food, but there are two or three mini markets in Camporgiano - 5 minute drive, and supermarkets in Castelnuovo say a 12/13 minute drive away. There are also plenty of places to eat out. Glad the garden and pool were enjoyed - the owner is a landscape gardener, so they are beautiful!!!
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5

Best ever place and vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The property and location was far more better than described and seen from pictures. We were very satisfied with owner support. I certainly recommend La Vinca to my friends and come back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Location

Car: necessary

Poggio is a small mountain village situated approximately 50 mins North Of Lucca, and 8km from the local market town of Castelnuovo, with its various bars & restaurants, and well-known Thursday morning market.

Poggio itself has a bar/grocer shop and a train station perfect for exploring those larger towns in air conditioned comfort.

The property is situated in its own extensive grounds/orchards, guaranteeing total privacy. The views from the house are absolutely beautiful, with the garden enjoying uninterrupted views over the Serchio Valley, which itself is nestled between the Apennine, and Apuane mountain ranges.

A perfect place for walking, fishing or just enjoying the countryside.

Lucca is 50 mins away; Barga 40 mins; Pisa 1 hr 20 mins, Florence circa 2 hrs.

This is an extremely popular property.

Please see separate information sheet with general information about the beautiful area of Garfganana Northern Tuscany.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Garfagnana

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
**Special Offer Price**
2 Jul 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
14 night minimum stay
£1,960
for 14 nights
£980
 
 
**Special Offer Price**
3 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
14 night minimum stay
£1,290
for 14 nights
£645
 
 
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£460
for 4 nights
From
£115
£655
 
 
Mid Season
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
£760
for 4 nights
From
£190
£1,070
 
 
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,635
for 7 nights
£1,635
 
 
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£760
for 4 nights
From
£190
£1,070
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Discounts above are for stays of 14 days or more. Ask for weekly prices.
Linen and towels (except for pool) included in price.
All utilities with exception of heating included in price
Cot and highchair available free of charge on request
**Special Offer Prices apply any 2 week bookings for remaining weeks in 2016. There is also a 30% discount on 1 week bookings for 2016**

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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool

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