Detached house with private pools in the unspoilt, totally non commercialised, green & mountainous Garfagnana region of north Tuscany. The views from the house & pool are fantastic, and the grounds, with their own orchards a perfect place to relax.
The property is beautifully, newly renovated, with sleeping accommodation/shower-rooms are split over 2 floors - an ideal choice for 2 families.
There is a large well equipped farmhouse style kitchen with eating area with , dishwasher, oven, hob, fridge/freezer, and a living room with two comfy sofas, open fire and satellite TV. WIFI.
Outside there are 2 terraces, BBQ private pool and large garden.
The grounds are beautiful, mature, and well kept, with lots of flowers and colour, with a pretty orchard adjacent. Out to the front are beautiful lush views of the Appenine mountain range....
The area is dominated by the hills and mountains surrounding the valley, and there are hill top villages in abundance awaiting your exploration, as well as the local Natural Parks.
This is the 'real' Italy.
The house is situated at the end of a private lane, a 2 minute drive from the mountain village of Poggio, which itself is located circa 10/15 minutes from local market town of Castelnuovo - less than 1 hour north of Lucca.
The area is ideal for a totally relaxing holiday in the countryside with fantastic views at every turn whatever the time of year. Explore the hundreds of hill-top villages, go walking/horse riding/fishing, or fr a bike ride. Relax with a glass of wine and watch locals play Bocce, or spectate at the cheese rolling for which the area is famous! In the autumn join in the local passion of mushroom picking, or feast on chestnuts roasted on your fire!
Tourism is yet to hit this area, and this is truly one of those increasingly rare places in Europe where you can experience the real way of life of the locals.
That said there are plenty of options for days out and many suggestions are detailed under the ' location section' of this advert.
Go on, treat yourself to a fantastic property!
Cuisine: Garfagnanan cuisine is fairly simple, but scrumptious, using local fresh produce to prepare dishes, which since they are prepared in the main for the locals are very cheap!
The local wine is good, and also extremely inexpensive.
Plenty of places to picnic in seclusion, with provisions easily found in local bars/shops as well as the occasional supermarket.
Locals: The locals are very friendly and helpful.
A little about location:
This is the 'real' Italy, and due to fact this area is not touristy it is very cheap for eating out, and trying local cuisine.
Pisa Airport is 90 min.; Florence 2 hr.; Genoa 2.5hr.
All this peace and yet only a short drive from villages, and one can even walk down to the river. There is a train station in the village, for easy exploring and in Camporgiano 4.5km away you will find basic shops/supermarket/bars/restaurants and a privately owned castle.
The property is located a 10 minute drive from the market town of Castelnuovo and 25 mins from the mediaeval town of Barga both with their various bars and restaurants. Pisa 90 mins; Lucca 1 hr Florence 1 hour 50 mins; mediaeval villages everywhere; National Parks 20 mins.
Closer to home there are plenty of little historic villages to visit, many of which have local festas in the summer. There are also the lakes of Gramalazzo, Vagli (with its hidden village submerged by the water) and Pontecosi, and some guests love to swim in the river. The house is also ideally located for visiting the local Fortress at Verrucole which is a good afternoon out, with stunning views and some interactive activities for the children. Also close by is the Buffardello tree climbing and zip wire park (ideal for both adults and children of all ages with a variety of runs) where one can take a picnic and spend the entire day in the welcome shade of the forest.
The real beauty of this area is the dramatic mountain scenery, and the hundreds of hilltop villages to explore, endless picnicking opportunities, and the pure peace of a non touristy holiday ......
There are plenty of dining options and your kitchen is well equipped for evenings dining al fresco at home.
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