Castello

Lucca
Self-catering


Eschew manicured Tuscany for wild beauty and a rustic, characterful house in a hidden hamlet in the hills between Florence and Pisa

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

The
Experience

If you seek adventure and seclusion in deepest Tuscany, read on – for this authentic hillside hamlet, unchanged for centuries, holds a certain thrill. It clings precariously to terraced olives and vines just north of Lucca, a jumble of stone farmworkers’ houses, not all inhabited. Up 45 low steps is No. 13, a cool, rustic cocoon of chunky stone, terracotta and chestnut, whose wonderful terrace gazes south and west over the multi-coloured Serchio valley. Laze out here on wicker chairs, reading in the sun, chatting over an espresso, enjoying meals prepared with the owner’s complimentary home-produced olive oil. The rustic kitchen flows through an original arch into a large, whitewashed sitting room with local furniture and a wood-burner for autumn nights. The simple bedrooms share a big tiled bathroom – and that stunning view. It’s a 20-minute walk down a steep, ancient mule path to Valdottavo village, or set off in the car down the hairpin bends. An intriguing place of seclusion and inspiration, where you may hole up to pen a novel or spend happy days roaming the Garfagnana and Apuan Alps.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Closed
December-March.
Meals
Restaurants 3km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £84
Weekly price
from £590
1 House for 4
From £842 bedrooms

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Mike Wilson

  • 20 minutes from the wonderful walled city of Lucca. Shopping, sightseeing, eating and strolling.
  • Easy local walks through the olive groves. Close to more serious hill walking in the Garfagnana.
  • Less than an hour from both Florence and Pisa. Day trips to Siena and Chiantishire.
  • A wealth of atmospheric local eating places; traditional Tuscan fare, and good wines.
  • Viareggio and Versilia beach resorts all within an hour from the house.
  • A chance to be part of a traditional rural Italian village: its slow pace and relaxing, thoughtful ways.