- Village / Rural
- Internet Access
- Log Fire
A beautifully converted two bedroom house in the heart of a medieval Tuscan mountain village in Italy, with panoramic views from every window, a private garden and stunning interiors. Casa Castagna is perfectly situated for exploring local cultural treasures and getting a taste of rural Italian life.
The house is surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet has no fewer than four excellent restaurants within 5 minutes of the house. Enjoy the community bar, come to experience local festivals, or head less than an hour away to explore the delights of Lucca, Florence and Pisa.
Your stay at Casa Castagna puts you at the heart of medieval Tuscany - there are 10 medieval villages to explore in the vicinity. Within 5 minutes of the house are 4 excellent restaurants, each offering a taste of locally sourced produce and cuisine. The local community circolo (bar) is open all summer. The nearest main town is Pescia, about 15 minutes away. It has a rich cultural heritage, and is also the place to go for your essentials, and some market shopping. The walled city of Lucca is a 35 minute drive, and the cultural treasures of Florence and Pisa are both under one hour away. For water lovers, the beach is less than an hour away at Viareggio, but there is a local secret swimming hole just down the road which we can disclose once you have made a booking! There’s also a hotel nearby where you can have access to the pool for the day for a small fee. The village hosts local festivals throughout the summer and you can sign up to join informal dinners in the village square. Not far from the house is the medieval town of Montecarlo, famous for it's winemaking. There are some excellent opportunities for winetasting and long lunches hoted on the wine estates (the owner can provide further details).
If coming from the UK there are flights to both Florence and Pisa (the house is equidistance between the two). Hiring a car is recommended as the public transport services are infrequent. Once at Pescia you are just 6 miles from the house. Detailed directions will be provided. Please note, there is no direct access to the house by car - there are 2 (free) public car parks and the house is approx 200m walk from the carpark.
Pisa or Florence (both under one hour)
1 hour drive
The house has two bedrooms, a top floor master bedroom with a four poster bed and ensuite bathroom, and a ground floor twin bedroom (also ensuite). Both bedrooms are simply but elegantly furnished and have wonderful views over the valley. The towels, bedding and mattresses are of a high quality, and the duvets and pillows are hypoallergenic. The ensuite bathrooms have rain showers and local Carrara marble tiles. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the essentials, and Alessi cookware, designer crockery and a large Smeg oven. It looks out over the terrace and beyond. The living area is beautifully furnished with sofa and chairs, chaise longue and a log burner - and once again, with unparalleled views over the valley. The house has broadband throughout - though please bear in mind that this is rural Italy and the service can sometimes be unpredictable.
The house has a terrace with outdoor tables and seating for 8, and the most spectacular views. There are also two deckchairs on the terrace. The garden also has wonderful views and is teeming with insects and wildflowers, and the area is rich in birdlife. The traditional barn used for drying chestnuts (metatto) is on one side of the house - not accessible to visitors but notable due to it being the last of its kind in the village.
The house has been restored with the local community heritage in mind. Local craftsmen used locally sourced stone and chestnut timber for the conversion. The hot water is produced by solar power (with an electrical immersion heater for back up) and in summer the house is kept cool by its thick walls and shutters, and in winter there is a log burner for cooler evenings.
Conditions of Rental
Changeover days are Friday and Monday. No smoking (in the house or the garden), no pets and no children under 10. The house is not suitable for those with reduced mobility. Having your own transport is essential as public transport is limited. In Summer the garden is maintained by a groundswoman who may visit the house during your stay.