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Sleeping 13, plus up to a further 5, this is a beautiful, pristine and modern 6 bedroom property with large private infinity pool situated in the hills of the stunning Garfagnana.
This luxury light and airy apartment is newly built and has large windows overlooking the private pool area, with wonderful views of the mountains beyond.
And, what a pool - a fantastic size for a private property and with the rarity of heating ! Treat yourselves!
The apartment has 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, three living areas, 2 fully equipped kitchens and a choice of dining spaces.
The kitchens are brand new designer kitchens and the bathrooms great quality , with the self catering villa itself being totally pristine.
The large pool has Roman Steps and heating for use outside of July and August and is complete with a large patio area with outdoor dining and relaxing furniture, plenty of ,quality sunbeds, BBQ, Ping Pong, and those views!
Just take some time away from the stresses of real life, and relax in this Tuscan bliss for a week or two.
NB - owners live on site but they are only at house to sleep (they come back very late) and they leave early in morning after cleaning pool. They have separate entrance and parking, fully respect privacy and do not use garden or pool.
A little about the area:
Nicciano is situated in the heart of the Garfagnana, surrounded by lush green countryside and stunning mountain scenery is what real rural Italy is all about. The mediaeval village is a 5 minute walk way and there is a bar/basic shop for essentials. Just above the village is a little hamlet (10 minute walk cross country) which has a fantastic little family run restaurant where you can dine al fresco on exquisitely cooked home made and home grown food. This restaurant is open from Thursday to Sunday in high season and Friday to Sunday other times. There is also a good pizzeria which is a 15/20 min walk away (or a couple of minutes by car).
The local village of Piazza Al Serchio with its bars, couple of restaurants, supermarket, train station, river and Tuesday morning market when the village comes alive, is say 3 minutes away by car. The views from this extremely peaceful property are magnificent - the house overlooks the green and fertile Serchio valley, with views of the Apuane and Appenine Alps. This really is the perfect location - an ideal place to unwind deep in the countryside, yet close enough to all local amenities, and a convenient base for exploring by car or train. For sightseeing and days out why not try: Castelnuovo – local market town with Thursday morning market, regular festivals both cultural and musical and a bit of life… 25 mins Barga – beautiful mediaeval and arty little town with Cathedral, great architecture, and renowned restaurants. Cobbled streets and little piazzas, often graced with live music, jazz parades, or markets under the stars… 40 mins The Buffardello – climbing and zip wire park with courses suitable for both small children and the most adventurous of adults – 15 mins Fortress of Verrucole- amazing views from this mediaeval fortress, and there is also an interactive museum which youngsters tend to like as they can try their hand at a little archery too – 15 mins Lucca - At Lucca, one can hire bicycles and hire around the still intact City walls, meander through the cobbled streets, visit beautiful churches, climb towers, and shop til you drop, stopping off of course at wonderful restaurants and gelaterias... One can also listen to Puccini performances every night of the year, in one of the local churches ... Just over an hour Grotta del Vento – the amazing wind caves – well worth a visit – fantastic tour. Why not stop off a the old monastery for a wild trout lunch on the way back? 1 hr Pisa – with its famous tower- 90 mins Florence – 2 hrs The Cinque Terre- 2 hours Equiterme – thermal mud baths set amongst caves and a thermal swimming pool . one stop on train National Park of Orecchiella- less than 30 mins Parco Levegliese- outdoor adventure park with waterfall jumping, rock climbing etc – 1 hr
Surprisingly Better Than The Photo's Suggest
By Rob on 26-Aug-2017
We stayed here towards the end of August and it was great. It really is a very well put together apartment and immaculate, though realistically we spent most of our time outside by the pool. The photo's on the website don't do it justice. Having done Florence, Sienna etc to death, we were happy to go somewhere more remote but were surprised when we got the info pack how much you could do in the region. Lucca I would say is a must, and an inexpensive 1 and a bit hours away by train. The family didn't disturb us (they're gone during the day and unseen at night), only to bring fantastic tomatoes from the father's plot and they phoned once to ask if they could cook dinner for us, which they brought down and then left for us.
By on 23-Aug-2017
Fantastic property with great views and lovely pool. The hosts showed an exceptionally good experience and did more than expected to make our stay unforgettable. Present without being intrusive.
By on 18-Aug-2017
The property is as stunning as the view from the pool/terrace. It has been well designed with no expense spared with well landscaped garden and of course the stunning pool. All are maintained to a high standard. Our visit was made even better by the hospitality of the owners - Raffaello and Simonetta and their family who know to balance hospitality and privacy. There are some fantastic mountain walks nearby and we took road bikes. The main tourist bits are all a day trip away by car or train (We did Florence, Lucca and Cinque Terre). There are plenty of facilities nearby although the evening view from the Terrace tempted us away from the local Restaurants and to take away instead!
By on 26-Jun-2017
We spent a fabulous two and a half weeks at this house. The house is perfect and has everything a family needs to make this a wonderful stay.
The accommodation is in a great location with fantastic views across and along the valley.
We were delighted that Piazza al Serchio had a train station only a five minute drive away from the house with parking which allowed us to explore Pisa, Lucca and Florence. It was a very early start to get to Florence but well worth the easy journey.
Our son enjoyed a day out climbing and zipping around at Parco Avventura Selva del Buffardello in San Romano that is around 10mins in the car.
We drove to the nearby Lago Gramolazzo and onwards to Campocantino, Vagli Sotto and had a great dinner in the restaurant there.
The most important thing for us was to be able to relax on the terrace and swim in the wonderful pool while enjoying the peace, tranquillity and amazing food.
Our stay was made even more perfect by our hosts who were generous, kind and exceptionally friendly.
By on 19-Jun-2017
Thank you for suggesting Simonetta and Raffaello’s apartment.
It was beautifully situated and very comfortable. Initially the pool was a bit cold, but when we mentioned this to Raffaello he immediately turned it up. Nothing was too much trouble for them to make our stay perfect and we struggled to do justice to the large basket of fruit and vegetables left for us by Antonio, Simonetta’s father who lives next door.
The countryside is stunning and the mountain roads an “adventure” at every corner. Future guests would be advised to get a car a bit more powerful than a basic Fiat Panda. It did require first gear round some corners on steep hills and a lot of time in second.
We ate well at the two pizza restaurants and now realise what poor fare you get in English “Pizza” houses. The Agritourismo Caveliere was also excellent but do not expect to be out in under 3 hours!
We can strongly recommend the apartment, the countryside, the friendly locals, the good local food, the wine and our charming hosts.
By L., M. & Children on 03-Jun-2017
We would like to put 6 stars for this rental because it deserves ample a star "bonus" but this option does not exist! The apartment, modern, in excellent condition, matches the photos. It is very well equipped: dishes not unmixed, quality pans, essential products (oil, vinegar, salt, sugar, ...), TV in each room, big screen in the living room, ... The exteriors are also Magnificent, very well maintained (every morning in the utmost discretion), with a splendid view. The pool-mirror is huge and sumptuous. The furniture is perfect, the chairs are in number (6 + 4 chairs). Everything is spotlessly clean. It only remains to let oneself live. Thanks to Lorraine, the first interlocutor who manages this rental and who has patiently and quickly answered, with Samantha, to all our questions. We also want to thank the owners of these places, Raffaello and Simonetta, who are really exceptional people. This is the first time we have met such thoughtful and generous hosts with their tenants. Words are very much below reality. Gifts of welcome, fresh drinks for young and old, and many other surprises you will discover if you have the excellent idea to rent this apartment ... As stated in the announcement, Raffaello and Simonetta live in a part of the House but they are of such discretion that if you want to meet them, it is up to you to manifest yourself! A thought equally excited for Antonio, the father of Simonetta, who offered us his good vegetables from the garden. In discussing with Antonio, we understand very quickly where the kindness of Simonetta comes from! Many thanks to Raffaello, Simonetta and Antonio: grazie mille ...