7 Bedroom (Sleeps 14) Villa Rental Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana

Villa Carla - luxury villa with heated hydro pool, easy walk from market town of Castelnuovo/ restaurants / bars/ cafes.
Villa ref : P87026
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  • Property Type Villa Rental
  • Location Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana
  • Sleeps 14
  • Bedrooms 7 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms 7
  • Minimum nights stay6
  • Low season price per week£3495
  • High season price per week£4995
  • Average price per week£3995
  • 🌈 NHS Discount upto 20%
  • Customer rating 4.8 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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"Friends of Tuscany Ltd." manage all aspects of your villa booking with tailored information to get the most from your holiday. We can help to arrange a shopping delivery service, home made meal on arrival, wine tours, children’s activities, wild swimming spots, festivals, events, and restaurant recommendations based on our personal knowledge of the area built up during over 30 years as a specialist agency.

Covid-19; full refund if you cancel due to Covid-19 Italian government restrictions .
25% deposit required. Balance due 30 days before commencement.

The Friends of Tuscany agency manage all aspects of your booking with tailored information to get the most from your holiday. We can advise on a shopping delivery service, home made meals on arrival, wine tours, children’s activities, wild swimming spots, festivals, events, and restaurant recommendations based on our personal knowledge of the area.

Villa Carla, also known as Villa Saida, has a private 16 metre solar heated hydro pool near the fine market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.
Villa Carla is within walking distance of the little town of Castelnuovo, which is the centre of the wonderful mountainous area of the Garfagnana in Northern Tuscany. Sleeping up to 14 people, this villa provides luxurious accommodation for large groups of family or friends, and is perfectly sited to visit historical sights, the coast and the beautiful national parks in the area. The pool heated by solar power, open from mid May to end September.

The 16 metre swimming pool, in the large garden of the villa, is filled with healing saltwater and heated for your comfort. There are breathtaking views from the pool of the surrounding valleys and the Apuane Alps. There are hydro massage jets within the pool and good pool furniture and towels are provided.

With its close proximity to 3 National Parks and the Bagni di Lucca thermal baths, Villa Carla really is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Lucca, Pisa, Florence and the coast, can all be reached by road or by train from the local train station (2km); which gives you the option of not having to hire a car for your visit.

The Apuane Alps are a favourite place for many outdoor activities such as climbing, mountain biking, hiking, or to go caving and canyoning. We have close links to an outdoor activities company and can help to organise activities.

Nearby to the villa there are tennis courts and golf courses and, in the winter, there are ski resorts within driving distance.

The villa has underfloor heating throughout, so 'off-season' visits would not be uncomfortable.

Villa Carla lies in almost an acre of private land and mature .The villa is constructed in a modern way but is built respecting the traditions of Tuscany, using materials available in the area, like wooden beams and rafters handcrafted on local walnut, and floor tiles handmade in Tuscany.

A notable feature is the large hallway with a staircase which has beautiful hand crafted, wrought iron railings and banisters.

There are 2 lounges in the villa. The large main lounge has comfortable leather sofas, large screen TV with some satellite channels, computer with broadband Internet access and CD player.

There are large electric French windows leading out to the patio area of the property, only one of a number of special features in the property. To the rear of this large lounge is a formal dining table and seating for up to 14 people.

Leading off the back of the dining area is the main kitchen. This kitchen also has a breakfast table and chairs for 8 and is fully furnished with oven, cooking hobs, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven, double sink and coffee machine.

There are 7 double and twin bedrooms in the villa, of which two are on the ground floor with a bathroom next to them. One of the bedrooms also has a doorway with direct access to the garden.

Also on the ground floor is a second smaller living area, where there are also comfortable sofas, a large screen TV with some satellite channels, a computer with Internet access and CD player. The dining table can seat up to 6 persons and the kitchen area of this lounge is also fully fitted with an American fridge-freezer, dishwasher, oven, microwave oven, cooking hobs and double sink. Perfect for large families or groups.

Upstairs there are 5 double-bedded rooms, all with wardrobe, dresser and TV. There are three bedrooms and bathrooms along a corridor, and two further bedrooms and bathrooms along a short hallway.

The master bedroom, is a double bedroom with chest of drawers, TV, a separate dressing area and wardrobes, and a large bathroom with Jacuzzi corner bath, his and hers sinks, WC and bidet. There are French windows in the bedroom area leading out to the terrace area with fine views of the garden, the mountains and the town fortress.

All bedrooms are equipped with music through a wired system.

There is free Wi-Fi.

Villa Carla is excellent for wedding receptions. Accommodation for extra guests or larger groups can be arranged nearby.

Interior Description;

536 sqm

Ground floor (210 sqm):

There is a large sitting/dining room with comfortable sofas, satellite -TV, a 32” screen, large table in local chestnut wood which seats 12-14 people, and a computer.

Adjacent is a wide, bright and fully equipped kitchen (traditional and microwave ovens, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc. and a table with 6 to 8 seats).

A second hall with a kitchen fully equipped as the one already described, with 2 sofas, 32“ screen sat-TV, a table with 6-8 seats;

1 double bedroom

1 twin bedroom

1 bathrooms with shower

1 toilet with washbasin

First Floor (201 sqm): This floor can be reached climbing a beautiful and bright staircase built in Tuscan style. There is 1 double bedroom with wardrobe room and bathroom with double sink, a Jacuzzi bath and shower with water massage;

1 double bedroom with bathroom with double sink and shower;

1 double bedroom with bathroom equipped with a Jacuzzi bath and shower with water massage. These 3 bedrooms have a terrace with a beautiful view of the pool, the Garfagnana and Serchio River valley, and Monte Alfonso Fortress.

2 more double bedrooms with adjacent bathrooms with shower.

Basement (125 sqm): a large garage (with 2 doors operated with remote control and sufficient to park 2 cars inside and other 2 outside but covered), 1 bathroom with shower, washroom with washing machine, a sink and a table with iron for ironing.

All bedrooms are equipped with TV sets and music with wire system; the 2 sitting rooms have sat-TV, DVD player.

You can see more properties in the area on our website www.friendsoftuscany.com

The centre of the local market town of Castelnuovo with good shops, excellent restaurants and wine bars, and a famous weekly market, is only 800 metres walk from the house. The area is well known for its excellent value restaurants, using the best of local ingredients. A typical set lunch with 4 choices of pasta course, and 4 choices of main course can cost only 10 euros inclusive of bread, wine and coffee. It is possible to have a multi-course traditional Sunday lunch or dinner with ample wine, coffee and liquers for 25 euros.

Garfagnana is 'Hidden Tuscany' at its best. With its' stunning scenery it is the best area in Tuscany for walking and outdoor activities. Friends of Tuscany are the oldest agency in the area, and we have close ties with an Outdoor Activities company who offer many international class adventures including electric mountain biking.
We can also offer Art classes with a well known artist, excursions to the Cinque Terre, Florence and Lucca, visits to vineyards, historical guided tours and Italian cooking lessons.

Friends of Tuscany can help you arrange a pre-arrival shopping service, and also a prepared Tuscan meal for your arrival.

Friends of Tuscany are the oldest agency specialising in the Garfagnana area and we provide comprehensive local information and recommendations.

Directions from Pisa to Lucca, then North to Castelnuovo. Exact directions given. English speaking Mini-bus taxi available for airport or local trips.


Wonderful accommodation in a beautiful setting.

By John M. on 16-Aug-2017

The villa is spacious and very well equipped. The pool is excellent. The town is close but a car is needed for the middle aged unless they are moderately fit. The station is further out of town and does not have a taxi rank. The staff in the station bar will call taxis. Simone Romei, a recommended driver, couldn't be more helpful and speaks excellent english. He was tied up with local fireman duties for one week whilst we were there but recommended another driver. A list of recommended local services and instructions on fuse boxes and kitchen equipment would be useful. There was a storm one night which tripped the gate switch, it took about half a hour to find the fuse box with that switch. This is all the negatives about the villa. The local town is excellent. It is not a tourist centre. It serves a local community so prices are very reasonable, there are excellent restaurants and most of all it is quintessentially Italian. We loved the villa and thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing holiday in the most beautiful surroundings.

4 of of 5

Memorable trip to Villa carla

By David C. on 08-Jul-2017

Wonderful villa, private pool and garden, spectacular views and close to the town to take advantage of the local restaurants. The mountain environment was wonderful. We had a specific requirement for wheelchair access and for anyone requiring this the villa was very suitable. Local taxis were able to take the wheelchair also. Thoroughly recommend the villa to all parties

5 of of 5

Close to the perfect.

By Peter Bo H. on 14-Jun-2017

Lovely house with very good location, well furnished with very nice rooms and great space, nice pool area with stunning views, the house is in a peaceful area and about 15 min walk from the cozy town of Garfagnana. There is virtually everything in the house, however, the outdoor furniture needs a replacement and you fill up the house (14 beds there are no sunbeds for all). The owner is nice and nice and wants his guests the best, but speaks only Italian! We had a lovely week with perfect weather, treks and, not least, we had land cycling in the very mountainous area :-) perfect for our group

5 of of 5

A fantastic time was had by all, can't wait to go back, lovely people and a gorgeous place.

By Celeste C on 20-May-2017

The owners were lovely people very friendly, the villa was gorgeous we could not fault it, it was perfect. The locals were friendly and the little village that was appox 15min walk away had plenty of cafes and the food and drinks were at very reasonable prices. This was our first trip to Italy and we are definitely going to go back as it was such a beautiful place where we completely relaxed.

5 of of 5

Spacious villa with nice view

By Dagny F on 16-Jul-2016

Villa Carla absolutely met our expectations. The house itself and the outdoor area were large and spacious. It had good standard, was tidy and clean. There was a garage with two parking spaces. Otherwise, there was plenty of space to park outside the house. It was arranged to be able to grill in the garden. Here was the long table and a brand new grill. Well-equipped kitchen with modern appliances. In the bathroom there was plenty of hand soap and towel. The host / owner of the house was nice and helpful. Hosted could be limited to English, which could lead to misunderstandings. Mostly this went well. Missed more hangers in the cabinets. Overall, we were very pleased with the house and the stay. Can recommend this place!

5 of of 5

Wonderful villa with fantastic views

By Jamie Rice on 14-Jun-2016

We were a family group of 5 adults and 3 children aged 11, 8 & 6. The villa is spacious to say the least with 2 lounge areas and 2 kitchens if needed! There is a table tennis table in the garage area as well as a laundry room with washing machine. The villa had Wifi which worked perfectly well with the 5 devices we hooked up to it. TVs in all bedrooms and both lounges have access to Italian TV, no English speaking satellite channels, and there are a couple of DVD players (well used when you have a week of rain!!) The pool is set in spacious gardens and is solar heated, unfortunately we had rain for most of the week we were there so cant comment on how effective this heating is. The gardens have plenty of grassed areas good for playing ball games with the kids. There is a small charcoal barbecue available for use too. The owners live just five minutes from the property so are on hand for any problems that need resolving. We found them both very pleasant and eager to ensure our stay went well. Please note that they do not speak English so practise your Italian or take a dictionary to make communicating with them easier. The villa is located on the hillside overlooking Castelnuovo di Garfagnana and has wonderful views of the surrounding Tuscan hills, it should be noted that the walk into the town takes about 15 minutes (20 mins to return uphill) but because the villa is on the hillside the walk is a steep one. Not recommended for the elderly or less mobile. A taxi back from town cost us 15 Euros, but that was for 8 of us in a minibus. The town has a selection of good restaurants spread around and also a few shops plus a supermarket. The market on a Thursday is mainly cheap clothes so don’t expect a traditional continental market with food, fruit and veg etc… There is a train station in the town and the train to Lucca takes just under an hour (11 Euros return), the journey is a picturesque one along the river and Lucca is worth a visit for a day out.

5 of of 5
18/5 - 30/5/2021 Early Summer
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29/6/ - 31/8 High Summer
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30/5 - 29/6 Midsummer
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1/9 - 30/9 Late Summer
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