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La Casa Padronale del Poggiolo

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La Casa Padronale at night and seen from the path which leads to the 2nd floor Sleeping Quarters...
La Casa Padronale: 1st floor Entrance, LR, DR, Kitchen + 2nd floor MBR, Loft, Bath and terrace...
The village of Codiponte and its famous Romanesque church and campanile.
1 of 37La Casa Padronale at night and seen from the path which leads to the 2nd floor Sleeping Quarters...
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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
7 nights minimum
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La Casa Padronale del Poggiolo... ...or, Master's House... 215 sqm./2,300 sqf.... sleeps 6 persons is an 800 year old farm-house & vineyard built against the old perimeter walls of the Medieval Castle of Codiponte in the Lunigiana, the northwestern corner of Tuscany. The farm-house is a village onto itself. The heart is the Aia... or, Courtyard. Its centerpiece is the twenty-five foot high arched walls of the old castle graced on one side by the chain of stone buildings which make up La Casa Padronale and on the other a stone building used once-upon-a-time for roasting chestnuts plus a working oven. The original living quarters of Il Poggiolo were on the top most floor, today, called L'Appartamento Azzurro. The name comes from the soft-blue wall color. This apartment is the sleepin...La Casa Padronale del Poggiolo... ...or, Master's House... 215 sqm./2,300 sqf.... sleeps 6 persons is an 800 year old farm-house & vineyard built against the old perimeter walls of the Medieval Castle of Codiponte in the Lunigiana, the northwestern corner of Tuscany. The farm-house is a village onto itself. The heart is the Aia... or, Courtyard. Its centerpiece is the twenty-five foot high arched walls of the old castle graced on one side by the chain of stone buildings which make up La Casa Padronale and on the other a stone building used once-upon-a-time for roasting chestnuts plus a working oven. The original living quarters of Il Poggiolo were on the top most floor, today, called L'Appartamento Azzurro. The name comes from the soft-blue wall color. This apartment is the sleeping quarters for La Casa Padronale and is reached by taking a grassy ramp up from the Courtyard to its front door. The open-space has a loft with 2 single-beds reached by a ladder and down a short corridor is the Master Bedroom with a double-bed. Off the corridor is also the Bathroom. The main room has a small sitting area in front of an enclosed wood-burning fire-place, a six-pace dining table beside a basic service kitchen. Off the Master Bedroom is a terrace with lovely views of the village below and the olive & chestnut groves on the surrounding hills beyond. The current living quarters of La Casa Padronale are on the ground floor a few steps above the Courtyard and past the dining Loggia. There, the principal entrance door leads directly into a large high-ceiling Living Room with 2 single-beds/sofas. Through an archway leads to a similarly large & high ceiling Dining Room, and then, a complete Kitchen. A low door leads back out to the dining Loggia. Below the Kitchen and past the huge wine-making barrels is a bathroom & laundry. La Casa Padronale is decorated in an eclectic mix of period antiques, flea-market finds and the new, whether in the furniture, furnishings or artwork. The house was created to be a sophisticated yet charming & entertaining retreat. Above the Courtyard and surrounding La Casa Padronale is 2,000 square meter garden of grassy terraces planted with fruit & olive tress. There is even a fish pond! There are plenty of chaises, chairs, rugs and cushion to sunbathe or nap under a shade tree. A little something about Codiponte & the Lunigiana... Codiponte is the home to 150 year-round residents. The population swells in the summer months to over 300. The village supports two convenience stores for basic food & cleaning items, a bar... The Social Center of the community... a green-grocer, an excellent butcher shop, 'Macelleria da Massimo', and a few other shops for household & clothing items. Casola in Lunigiana, the next town above Codiponte, has a post-office, bank, the Carabinieri & similar food & retail shops. Gragnola, the next town below, has a grocery-store, bank, an assortment of shops like the other two towns and the train station for service to Aulla & Lucca. The nearest hospital is in Fivizzano, a 25 min. drive away.   The beauty of the Lunigiana is its convenient position on the Italian peninsula. The nearest beaches are a 40 minute drive away from Codiponte at Marinella. The resort town of Lerici on the Bay of the Poets is just as close. The Cinque Terre can be reached easily by train from Aulla or by ferry-boat from Porte Venere or La Spezia, about 45 minutes by car. Pisa and its airport, Parma & Lucca are all a little over an hour's drive away. Genoa & Florence are close enough for day-trips. The Apuane & Apennine Mountains are laced with stunning hiking & bike trails. And, for history buffs, there are over 120 castles & towers and innumerable Romanesque churches to visit & explore. The Lunigiana is also noted for its cucina locale... or, local cuisine, of sgabei, a fried bread served with salami e formaggi... panigacci, a rough flour crepe topped with various sauces from pesto, parmigiano & olive oil to a hearty meat sauce, the local pasta of testaroli and una tagliata of seared beef with rucola. And, as they say here... Buon appetito!  We look forward to seeing you soon! More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
2 Full baths
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About the Owner
Forrest S
Languages spoken:English, French, Italian
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2013
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A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 22 April 2013

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Date of stay: September 2012
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
Lolo, Montana
Reviewed 21 April 2013

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Date of stay: September 2012
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Dishwasher
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Iron
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Parking
Patio
Private Garden
Stereo System
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
Casola in Lunigiana and its sister town of Codiponte are situated in the valley of the Aulella River as it descends to Aulla to join the Magra River before the waters flow into the Mediterranean Sea. Near to this mouth once stood the Roman city of Lunae for which the Lunigiana is named. Codiponte, which in the local dialect means 'at the head of the bridge', was until the middle of the last century the only spot to ford the Aulella River. The village was a capital of this part of the Lunigiana because of its singular bridge and the Church of Codiponte was a key way-station for the piigrimage route to Rome from France, the via Francigena. There are several other lovely churches to visit before the road climbs past the Carpaneilli Pass to enter the mountainous region of Tuscany, the Garfagna...
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