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Beautifully positioned on the south side of the Apennines, the self catering villa has superb panoramic views of the Garfagnana valley below and the Apuan Alps beyond. South facing, it is in the sun all day long. It is surrounded by nature on all sides, has its own garden and woodland, and is completely quiet and peaceful. Built in stone in traditional local style, the property is fully renovated and newly furnished.
The house sleeps six, in three double rooms, with an extra sofabed in the living room. On two floors, downstairs there is a living room with fireplace, a kitchen and one double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Upstairs there are two bedrooms which can be doubles or twins, each with en-suite bathroom. Cots are available on request.
Guest facilities include Internet access (wifi), fireplace (wood fire), central heating, T.V., DVD player, book collection, film collection and a collection of games. The house is equipped with crockery and cuttlery, kitchen utensils, electric kettle, toaster, gas cooker, oven, microwave oven, 2 refrigerators, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board. There are fresh herbs growing in the garden.
Around the house there is a spacious patio (530 sq.ft) and covered terrace (650 sq.ft), ensuring the possibility of sitting out in any kind of weather, with views in every direction. There is a garden on three sides, with woodland beyond. There are several garden tables with 6 chairs, 6 garden chairs and 2 sun recliners.
Leisure activities are in particular walking on forest paths around the house, or up to the Apennine and Apuan peaks for more serious walkers; there is a riding school 15 minutes drive away; and down in the vallery there are tennis courts, a pubiic swimming pool and a golf course, all 20 minutes away
There is an excellent local restaurant and cafe, with outdoor terrace, in the characteristic nearby medieval hamlet of Sillico; and local festivals and events are organised all over the valley all through the summer.
Payment to be made upon reservation is 25% of rental sum, with the balance due 45 days before arrival.
Service charges and cleaning on departure are included.
Some facts: Village (sillico) at 1.5 miles Small town (Pieve Fosciana) at 7 mles Bus stop at 1.5 miles (+ weekly bus from house) Local shop at 1.5 miles Supermarkets at 6 miles Bank at 7miles Public swimming pool at 8 miles Lake at 9 miles Forest below the house Mountain range across the valley Via ferrata-alpinism at 25 miles
A House In The Mountains
By Valerie Krips on 04-Aug-2016
5 of 5
We arrived a little early; Meryl had been gardening. My first words to her, after how do you do, were 'The photographs don't do this place justice'--and they don't. If you know Italy and the light in the mountains in the early morning, in the brightness of the day, and in the glorious evening, you know how exquisite it is to sit and watch the play of light and cloud across the landscape, and to see the lights of the village across the valley coming on. And behind you, as you sit on the terrace, is a charming, comfortable and thoroughly welcoming house. Yes, the approach roads are rather exciting, and those who live in the mountains tend to drive as if no-one else ever uses the road (but they do, of course) but you get used to it and come to see it all as part of a holiday the memories of which will last and last as a time of special beauty. So: house great--charming, well-kept, well-organised: host kind and helpful, all together, who ever really wants to go home?
Date of Stay: Jul 2016
Fabulous Mountain Retreat
By Judith McAllister on 08-Jul-2016
5 of 5
Thoroughly enjoyed our week at this villa. The peace, tranquility and unspoilt views are amazing. The accommodation is first class and made beautiful by the personal touches and homely feel not often found in rented villas. Meryl could not have been more helpful and had very kindly provided us with suggested hikes within the area. We really hope we get the opportunity to stay here again in the future and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to escape and relax.
Date of Stay: Jul 2016
If You Like Both Nature And Comfort.
By Victor Vickistein on 04-Aug-2015
5 of 5
Although through the years we have been spoilt by many beautiful houses, this one left us speechless when we arrived: the view is absolutely stunning. Furthermore you have 100% privacy (no neighbours, no noise, no traffic), and the house itself offers all the comfort and charm of a luxurious home that looks (and in fact mostly is) brand new. Add a warm welcome from Meryl, the owner of the house, and we think this is the ideal holiday home in the Garfagnana valley. The description, pictures and previous reviews on the site speak for themselves, and match our experience.
What we particularly liked was the fact that you could do walks straight from your house. For instance you can hike through the woods to Sillico (to get a coffee in the morning) or stroll in 5 minutes to a rocky viewpoint overlooking the whole valley.
The terrace is very spacious and wraps all around the house, so you always have a place to sit in the sun or in the shade. The absence of street noise and only the sound of the birds made it a place to truly wind down and relax. We saw a deer, a porcupine, fire flies, lots of lizards, birds of prey and even sometimes a human being.
By car it is a 20 min. drive to Pieve Fosciana to do your shopping (or eat at Il Pozzo!). The mountain road to the house is sometimes narrow and winding, but not dangerous and in good condition. Very worthwhile to visit is Lucca, San Pellegrino, a National Park, or a drive straight through the mountains to Massa.
Meryl, thank you for the great stay at your house, and we hope to return soon.
Date of Stay: May 2015
Essence Of Toscana
By Dalia Mozuraitiene on 21-Oct-2014
5 of 5
1) Very friendly, attentive and intelligent landlord.
2) The house is located in best place of the valley.
3) It is the best place to drink morning coffee. View from the house is beautiful. Possibilities to enjoy this view are perfect from early morning to night during any weather conditions.
4) Absolutely silent and peaceful place. Only few cars in whole day.
5) Completely safe place.
6) The house is cosy, clean, comfortable and fully fitted for all needs.
7) Good start position to travel around by car or on foot.
Conclusion: strong recommendation for any kind of tourists.
Date of Stay: Oct 2014
Completely Satisfied Of Our Week!
By LudovicFouchereau on 05-Aug-2013
5 of 5
The first thing we can see when arriving is the wonderfull view we have from the house!
Secondly, the peacefull is absolutely perfect, we could only hear the birds singing!
The house was perfectly clean, lovelly flowered, and is fully comfortable and had all what we needed during our stay, and Meryl has shown us a real kindness.
We strongly recommend this house for all people who like natural environments, mountains and peaceful places!
Date of Stay: Jul 2013
A Beautiful House In A Charming, Rural Setting.
By Grace Blair on 15-Aug-2012
5 of 5
We loved this house. We have stayed in this area a few times but this is the house we will return to. Meryl could not have been more friendly or helpful in welcoming us to this immaculate and comfortable mountain property.
Lovely walks from the house, a nearby village restaurant selling local produce and the area's fabulous climate will ensure our return.
Date of Stay: Jul 2012