Romantic, 2 bed, 2 bath restored barn, with beamed ceilings and traditional flooring throughout giving a feeling of yesteryear, but with all modern comforts and amenities. The grounds are extensive, private and peaceful, and the immediate garden is fenced for those with children. The garden is well kept, with lovely BBQ area and private pool. There are great uninterrupted views from the house, with the hills and mountains making a dramatic backdrop. Whilst set in a totally unspoilt area, there is a village 2km either side of the house each of which has a good restaurant. Other villages with fuller facilities are around a 10 minute drive away. The large village of Camporgiano is around 10 mins and has all facilities including a train station for stress free exploring and a small Monday morning market. The market town of Castelnuovo is a 20 mins or so drive from the house. Pisa airport is around a 90 minutes or so drive and Genoa is 2 hrs 15 mins.
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Barn in Puglianella, Camporgiano, Castelnuovo, Lucca - Peaceful Retreat, with total privacy and private pool!
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Sep 2018
We are Fabrizio and Lorraine and fell in love with this fantastic unspoilt, green and mountainous area of Garfagnana many years ago due to the amazing views, the wonderful peace, and the real yesteryear, non touristy feel to the entire area. We achieved our dream of coming to live in this little piece of paradise with our two daughters, 10 years ago. We have been letting properties in the area for 12 years (our own properties , and for others via our agency Tuscan Retreats). We also assist friends running Houses in Tuscany with all their booking administration, so we advertise for ourselves, Tuscan Retreats and Houses in Tuscany, the latter of which has been running for 15 years. We get lots of fulfillment from seeing others fall in love with the area and return to us again and again!
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Picture perfect house in the hills
This is a fantastic property to stay in if you want beautiful views, great pool and peace and quiet. The owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome. We would definitely stay again.
We had a really lovely week at Al Melo.
We flew in to Pisa and drove up to the house. With a stop in Gallicano to the super market, the journey from the airport is about 1hr45, but what a drive!! The scenery and views all the way up the valley are spectacular. The road up from Camporgiano is hilly and twisty, but it is so worth it. You arrive in Puglianella main square, where Fabio we'll meet you and take you down to the house. The track down is very narrow and steep, so don't hire anything bigger than a VW Golf for a car. Suggest a diesel for all the mountain roads.
The house is very clean and well maintained, and the photos don't do it justice. it is very hard to photograph the view and space around the house. It is just glorious. So private and absolute silence.
The house has everything you would need to self cater, kitchen well stocked, washing machine, iron, dishwasher etc. Nothing is missing or broken.
We used the local supermarket at Camporgiano (10min drive down the hill) for groceries, and is very well stocked.
The bedrooms downstairs are a great size, and stay nice and cool in the summer. You do get the odd scorpion in the house at night, but they are no bigger than 6cm and are very timid and won't hurt you.
We visited several places from here - Lucca (get the train from Camporgiano), Fortress of Verrucole (what a place!!) and you must go and eat at Coletti's, just a 10min drive up the mountain to the next village. 3 course dinner for 4 people was 65euros with drinks and coffees. However, this is not typical for Italy, but the homemade food was just so good!! You must go there.
Fabio and his family were so nice and welcoming, and live in the village in case you need anything. Fabio pops round every couple of days to clean the pool and deliver fresh fruit and veg if there are some spare from his land.
Book it!! You won't be disappointed.
Secluded quality villa in relaxing Italian mountain countryside with pool and gardens
Superb villa, run by very friendly Italian Family that couldn’t do any more to make you feel welcome, we all had a fantastic time taking in the fresh mountain air surrounded by lush green countryside with the sweet sound of birds singing all day long, great place to unwind, relax, read a couple of books, chill in the pool, float on the air bed, eat some fine foods & wash down with a quality wine, it’s what holiday dreams are made off would recommend Fabio’s Al Melo villa to everyone that likes to chill out and relax, thanks Fabio and Elisa for letting us stay can’t wait till next time see you all soon Geoff, Tracy & Ellie
Great to hear you felt this place is what holiday dreams are made of! Fabio and Elisa would love to welcome you again.
Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
Beautiful setting, lovely villa, clean and comfortable
This is one of the most beautiful places we have stayed. We stayed for 12 days from end of May to early June. The villa is everything described and more. It was so wonderful waking up to the sound of the birds every morning and sitting on the patio in the evening watching the sun set over the mountains. The pool and gardens are kept immaculate by Fabio and Elisa who work very hard for their guests, and will go above and beyond to make your stay in this delightful converted barn as special as possible. The village of Camporgiano is lovely with a charming little wine bar serving free bar snacks/nibbles in the evening! We would recommend eating at the Lo Scalome, Panigacceria restaurant, delicious. Only open at weekends. Also, the Agriturismo in Roggio serves authentic Italian food and lots of it, so go hungry. The local people are very friendly and many speak some English. If you love wildlife this is the place for you. We saw wild Boar, Golden Eagles, Deer, lots of Wall Lizards, a Giant Moth, Fireflies....Scorpions and Snakes, don't worry both of which are harmless. Fabio and Elisa also grow an extensive fruit and vegetable garden that you can eat from. Unfortunately, nothing was ready when we were there. There is quite a steep narrow track leading to Al Melo, but you very soon get used to it. We visited Lucca by train, this was so easy and cheap. The train station is directly opposite the walls of Lucca. We also caught the train to Cinque Terre, which was also pretty straightforward. Make sure you check the times of the return train, as we missed the last one and had to take a taxi from la Spetzia. Not cheap.
Thank you for your detailed review. Fantastic to hear you enjoyed this beautiful house and location and also that you appreciated the hard work the owners put in to make it special. Fabio and Elisa would love to welcome you again.
Thanks again Lorraine at Tuscan-retreats
A little bit of Tuscan paradise
Stayed one week August
Family of 3 adult 2 young children
We had the most brilliant week at al melo. The property is totally secluded, you can't see or hear anything or anyone from the villa. The lane down to the property is very steep and narrow so wouldn't be suitable for a large vehicle. It is immaculately clean and equipped with with everything you need. The outside space is just amazing, pool is a fantastic size and the grass area is great for sunbathing but also large enough for the children to run or kick a ball around. Wifi excellent, good choice of English channels including cartoons for kids. Location wise we found the drive up and around the mountain a little daunting at first but soon got used to it, it is worth it for the breathtaking views this villa has over the Italian mountains.
The bedrooms being downstairs meant it was a lovely pleasant temp for sleeping, the sofa bed upstairs was also used but it was very warm on the upstairs level at night.
Found one tiny scorpion in the shower tray, easily caught and popped outside. Lots of lizards and bats and Eagles to see - amazing - , we hoped to see a deer but didn't. Fabio is a welcoming and friendly host, we would absolutely return to this villa and hope to do so next year. We visited Lucca, Cinque Terre, grotto del vento and Pisa on our trip, Italian drivers are a little crazy but the villa is in a great location for road/train travel and we easily accessed all of these places.
Very highly recommend this villa, it is truly a little bit of Tuscan paradise.
Peaceful tranquility, in beautiful location
We arrived late at night in the rain in a very remote location in northern Tuscany and to be fair we were a little apprehensive about what sort of holiday we would have. However, we were met by Fabio the owner, in the village centre to take us down to the property. Fabio was available throughout our stay, and put himself out when I had an issue with my hire car. Although late and dark we could see the villa was as perfect as the pictures found on various websites. In the morning the rain had cleared and the sun was shining and we now saw the true beauty of the location. Fabio had invited us to help ourselves to fresh fruit and veg from the allotment opposite the villa so we did whilst the children enjoyed the ample sized pool.
As I said the location is very remote so be prepared for a fair amount of driving if you want to explore (45 mins to the bigger supermarket in Gallicano and at least 20 mins to the nearest town of note)
The local train service is excellent and cheap. Trains can be caught to Lucca, Florence and Pisa from Camporgiano station which is 10 mins from the villa.
There are several restaurants in the area but all a Car journey away. Colletti in Roggio is a must, incredible value for the amount of quality food you receive.
Overall the villa & location made our holiday a fabulous experience and we would definitely recommend to anyone wishing to get a taste of pure Italy, And we hope to visit again.
Car hire essential
Pisa airport is around a 90 minutes or so drive and Genoa is 2 hrs 15 mins
2km to restaurant
3km to village with small supermarkets, shops, small weekly market, couple of restaurants and train station
20 min drive to larger market town
Lucca - just over an hour - cycle around the still intact walls, wonder at the architecture and churches, visit the opera, meander in the narrow streets, shop til you drop...
Pisa - leaning tower 90 mins
Barga- beautiful mediaeval town with good restaurants and views - 35 mins
Castelnuovo local market town - 20 mins
Orecchiella - national park - 25 mins
Plenty of hilltop villages to visit
Beach 90 mins
Climbing park - 20 mins
Grotta del Vento - large natural cave system - 40 mins
Ideal for walking or just relaxing!
NB - The Stay Tax of €1 per person per night, is applicable for a maximum of 5 nights and is payable in cash on arrival. Changeover Day: Saturday changeover in high season but flexible other times of year Notes on prices: Bedding and towels (not pool towels) included in cost of stay Initial, and final clean included as well as mid stay clean and linen change for a stay of 2 weeks All utilities with the exception of heating included in price We can provide a cot and high chair free of charge Free WIFI