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Alison Nicholls

Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Italian

Tuscany - Luxury Medieval Village Retreat - unlimited Wifi - sleeps 8

11 Reviews
People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Montefegatesi - Casa Torre

3 double bed 2 bath luxury modernised Tuscan villa in village with mountain view

Sleeps 8 + cot, available all year for self catering. 3 double bedroom 3-storey luxury house with stunning views of Mt Coronata. Located in beautiful Tuscan medieval mountain village. Totally refurbished. 2 min walk to village delicatessen/shop and 2 bars in heart of village. 20 min drive to Bagni di Lucca for pool complex surrounded by woods, banks, restaurants, supermarkets, shops.

Our recently refurbished (by local artisans) Italian home is in the centre of this quintessential medieval village. We reckon some of the foundations date back some 1000 years. Chestnut beams and terracotta floors are juxtapositioned with fully modern facilities, this 3-storey house built into the side of the mountain is cool in summer and snug in winter (central heating throughout). In the summer find yourself lounging on 1 of the 2 balconies or on the spectacular terrace below. Or curl up in winter by one of the log fires. All bedrooms, kitchen and living room have stunning views of Mt Coronat.

Travel: Travel: Pisa airport: 1.5 hour's drive away.

UK flights to Pisa from Gatwick, Stansted, Bournemouth, Bristol, Coventry, Doncaster, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester. Car hire is essential.

Guest comments: Guest comments

... desperately unkeen to go home ... We'll be back soon ...

Chris and Gill Francis Summer 2007

... such a lovely house ...... home comforts ................... a real 'get-away-from-it-all' holiday

Alison Atkins and family Summer 2007

'... interesting, warm, welcoming... lovely balconies with fantastic views.... interesting local community willing to welcome the visitor, with a fair amount of English spoken' Chris Marooney Summer 2006

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alison Nicholls (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Italian

Why Alison Nicholls chose Lucca Area

We immediately fell in love with the magical setting of Montefegatesi surrounded by beautiful mountains. The villagers are incredibly welcoming and also speak English, which was a great help until we learnt some italian.

What makes this villa unique

Fantastic views, cool in summer and cosy in winter. Beautiful chestnut beams in the main body of the house together with terracotta floors. Centrally heated and totally modernised bit in sympathy with the medieval feel of the house

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time on our holiday and Montefegatesi was a nice way to finish our holiday. The people there are very friendly and many speak English. Our day trips to Pisa and the other places were great.



We had about five days that we just stayed in Monte and relaxed. Thank you for your home it had everything we needed. We also enjoyed the meal that was prepared for us on our arrival, we ate leftovers for two days.



Thanks again for sharing your home
Sep 2012
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Reviews

4.7
based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

Tuscany - Luxury Medieval Village Retreat - unlimited Wifi - sleeps 8
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 14 reviews
5

Fantastic accommodation in an amazing setting

  • 5 of 5

Having seen pictures and heard about this amazing house in Montefegatesi from our son and his wife who had stayed here with their family on several occasions, we couldn't wait to see it for ourselves. We stayed here with friends for three nights in May and it was not nearly long enough!

We loved the old house with its modern facilities, comfortable beds and great showers, and enjoyed the very effective Stufa stove which we used on our first evening as it was cool and wet when we arrived. Next morning we awoke to a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed breakfast, and later lunch, on the balcony admiring the stunning views and listening to the bird-song; the only sound to interrupt the peaceful silence. The village itself was delightful with its narrow cobbled streets and panoramic views from the Dante monument at the highest point. After a day exploring some of the walks around the village we ate at Richard's pub in the square where we had delicious pasta and pizza. The following day we visited Lucca with its lovely medieval centre surrounded by the old city walls and on the way back had an excellent meal at Ristorante Del Sonno in Bagni di Lucca.

Our stay at Montefegatesi was wonderful and we would love to have spent longer enjoying the house, the walks and the relaxing, peaceful surroundings.

And thank you so much Alison for the very helpful directions and information you sent which helped us to get the most out of our short stay. We would love to come back and will be recommending your lovely house and Montefegatesi to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Fantastic old house - in a very remote village

  • 4 of 5

Well equipped, beautiful house well furnished in a good mixture of old and new, in the midst of a small village which cannot be accessed by car and hence is very silent. Place enough for 4 adults and 4 kids. Everything in place including dish washer, washing machine, barbecue, (TV and DVD if required, too) and well maintained. Good help from an English-speaking local support. Including sheets and towels which were changed after the first week. Views are as marvellous as they appear. Due to the 840m above sea climate is fantastic. Some nice walks around and particularly close to the Orrido di Botri, the deepest Tuscany canyon.

The only downside is that you have to drive roughly 12 km on a small and winding more or less one track road to reach the valley. So wanting to go to the coast line in Viareggio, go to Florence or even Lucca takes its time - if this had been a little less it would have been the 5th star. Still a recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review. The village is indeed out of the way (to my mind a fairytale landscape) and mostly pedestrianised - the house is 5 minutes walk from the parking. We are delighted you appear to be as enamoured of it as we are. Thank you again.
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5

Most incredible!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to many home rentals thruout the world and by far this was the very BEST. Spectacular village, spectacular views, total luxury home. Great assistance and interaction with owners and caretaker, would recommend this vacation home at 100%

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted that you agree with us about the amazing village and house. We are also delighted that our service (both in booking and in the village) proved as professional as we hoped. We hope to welcome you back very soon.
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Wonderful house in a wonderful village

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have stayed here on each of our three visits to Montefegatesi. The house has amazing views from three different balconies each on a different level. There is also a basket with a rope to lower picnics down to the bottom terrace. It is clean and well furnished and has everything needed to cook great meals. The beds are comfortable, the bathrooms have great showers and the linens and towels are clean and plentiful.

The town is surrounded by trails of all lengths and difficulty levels, making repeated trips here very rewarding as each time we find new challenges as well as visit our favorite places. Descriptions of all the trails are available in the house, as well as by email request. If you like walking in the woods, this is a marvelous place. We travel without a car, which is a little more challenging, but we check and double check our bus connections and getting here has worked fine. Once in Montefegatesi, Nicoletta's store has everything we need, fresh fruit, veggies, yogurt, meat, bread, pasta, wine and beer. There are two bars in town, and Richard's place serves what we consider to be the best pizza in the world.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the next year or so.
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lovely Italian village

  • 5 of 5

The instructions given by the owner on how to find the house were very helpful as the sat. nav. gave up after a while. Once at the village (we arrived in the dark as we had come all the way from Strasbourg that day) we were charmed by the cobbled streets, the piazza and the feel of the place. The house itself was clean and comfortable and beautiful. The next day we woke to brilliant sunshine and walked onto the balcony from the sitting room to find the most breathtaking view imagineable. The valley was filled with house martins twittering and diving all around us, they landed on the kitchen widow sill too and we had areally close view of them. It was very exciting to find the tower with the spiral staircase leading to the garden area, and later we had our dinner there using the rope and basket to lower our food and drink down, marvellous fun. We thoroughly recommend the place.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is indeed a magical place - one of the reasons we fell in love with it too. Thank you so much for your considered review.
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Profitez de la nature dans un charmant village

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons ?t? s?duits par ce charmant logis qui se niche dans un d?cor magnifique. La fenestration, le balcon et la vaste terrasse nous ont permis de profiter pleinement de la montagne. Le logement confortable et spacieux a ét? r?nov? tout en gardant son cachet d'époque. La route menant au village est sinueuse et étroite mais une fois arrivé, on oublie cet inconvénient. Nous avons bien apprécié ce petit village paisible et son bel environnement. Nous le recommandons.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
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Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup
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Location

Nearest Airport
67 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
100 Kilometres
Montefegatesi
Nearest Ferry
79 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
12 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
58 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: recommended

The village of Montefegatesi is in a conservation area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Orrido di Botri National Park (deepest gorge in Italy). Explore the extensive mountain path walks at a lower or higher level, have a picnic on the top of a bare mountain or under the shade of the chestnut trees.

Bagni di Lucca is a traditional spa town with a superb swimming pool complex surrounded by chestnut woods, plus bars, restaurants, shops etc.

Lucca is a delightful medieval walled city with fine architecture and many places of interest plus superb shops and restaurants. The Lucca festival in July 2008 featured Sheryl Crow (from E28) Alicia Keys (E35). Lucca is surrounded by the Lucca hills which are famous for their wine. Set within these hills are some superb historical country houses which are well worth visiting.

Pistoia, Barga, Carrara, Viareggio are all within easy reach of a day trip.

Florence is just one hour away.

Siena and San Gimignano are 1.5 hrs away

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Montefegatesi, Media Valle del Serchio

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
September 2016
28 Aug 2016 - 2 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£560
for 7 nights
£560
 
 
October 2016
3 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£517
for 7 nights
£517
 
 
November 2016
30 Oct 2016 - 3 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£517
for 7 nights
£517
 
 
December 2016/ jan 17
4 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£733
for 7 nights
£733
 
 
January 2017
8 Jan 2017 - 4 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
£517
for 7 nights
£517
 
 
February 2017
5 Feb 2017 - 4 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£517
for 7 nights
£517
 
 
March 2017
5 Mar 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£517
for 7 nights
£517
 
 
April 2017
2 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£560
for 7 nights
£560
 
 
May 2017
30 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£517
for 7 nights
£517
 
 
June 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£517
for 7 nights
£517
 
 
July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£733
for 7 nights
£733
 
 
August 2017
29 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£733
for 7 nights
£733
 
 
September 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£560
for 7 nights
£560
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Payment by PAY PAL is accepted.
You will be greeted by our English/Italian manager
Accept either euro or sterling payment.
Changeover day : Normally Saturday,but can be flexible. Sundays by special arrangement. Please aim to arrive 9am - 5pm.
25% deposit is required on booking which is non refundable. Balance payable 2 months before arrival.
Cancellation refunds:
4 - 8 weeks - 50%,

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Montefegatesi in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 170 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , plus basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , plus basin
  • Bathrooms: Bedroom 1 has own shower room on same floor with wc, shower, basin, heated towel rail, washing machine. Ground floor has main bathroom with bath, shower over, wc, basin, bidet, heated towel rail. New water main ensures good water pressure throughout
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4/winter sitting room - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , single beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , dble bed can be turned into 2 singles
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , dble bed can be turned into 2 singles
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , dble bed can be turned into 2 singles
  • The main 3 bedrooms have mountain views and 1 queen double/2 single beds. Bedroom 1, balcony, stone features, oak door, terracotta floor, 1 king double or 2 single beds Bedrooms 2 and 3, chestnut beams, 1 queen double or 2 single beds. . Winter sitting room - chestnut beams and 2 futons The cot can be located wherever you want Crisp white cotton towels and sheets provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • tennis
Notes:
This 3-storey house sits on the side of a mountain; there are secure balconies (the views and drops are spectacular) and the terrace has protective railings around it. Suitability for children: given the situation and aspect of the house we would suggest it is most suitable for adults and families with babes in arms and sensible, well behaved children. The house is 5 minutes walk from the car park via hilly cobbled lanes. It is built into a mountain; the ground floor is in the middle of the house, with the study up a few steps on a mezzanine floor leading on up further stairs to the 1st floor bedrooms. The lower ground floor (master bedroom, shower/laundry) is reached via a stone staircase from the ground floor. The terrace is a floor below the lower ground floor and is reached via a spiral staircase. Some of the stairs are quite steep. Cot available. Central heating throughout (from pellet stove in living room.

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