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Cottage San Michele

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Cottage San Michele
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4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
9 guests
4 nights minimum
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Beautifully refurbished traditional stone cottage with private pool in unique location! Filled with original features including beamed ceilings, traditional flooring, lintels over windows, original stone staircases and flagstone courtyard, this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom property has been recently renovated using traditional, and where possible the original materials to create just the right ambience, for a different holiday! Situated in perfect peace next to a trout stream this private cottage is ideal for those seeking a truly different holiday. Whilst there is a private pool, there is also the river which is a great adventure for children to play in if they bring their wellies/jellies. The grounds are perfect for secluded picnics, with just the sounds of the river. It is extremely diffi...Beautifully refurbished traditional stone cottage with private pool in unique location! Filled with original features including beamed ceilings, traditional flooring, lintels over windows, original stone staircases and flagstone courtyard, this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom property has been recently renovated using traditional, and where possible the original materials to create just the right ambience, for a different holiday! Situated in perfect peace next to a trout stream this private cottage is ideal for those seeking a truly different holiday. Whilst there is a private pool, there is also the river which is a great adventure for children to play in if they bring their wellies/jellies. The grounds are perfect for secluded picnics, with just the sounds of the river. It is extremely difficult to gain permission for a pool beside such an historic building, and in a riverside location so this property is quite unique.. This is a perfect choice for a totally 'alternative' holiday, staying away from it all in authentic, but comfortable accommodation, beside the river, and with great opportunity for walking. This would be a wonderful family holiday, and I imagine it would be impossible to tear children away from all this outdoor experience. Additional property information. Ground floor : Enter into hallway, with original stone stair case. The hallway leads on the left to a dining room, with plenty of room for all to dine in comfort, and this room leads through to a utility room with washing machine, freezer and downstairs WC . To the right of the hallway is a traditional style kitchen, with counter top oven, hob, dishwasher and fridge, and an original 'vetrina' for housing crockery . The kitchen has two windows. Through the kitchen and into the living room with original fireplace, 2 fireside chairs and a corner sofa. Original vetrina,TV/DVD/Cd, and door leading out to courtyard. WIFI First floor: Up the traditional stone stairs to: Two double bedrooms, both with two windows. One twin bedroom. Two brand new shower rooms, each with shower cubicle, bidet, WC and sink . Second floor: Into 'Quiet room' - a loft style room with conservatory style furniture, ideal for relaxing away from the rest of the group, or for use as a 'den' for older children. Quiet room leads into further bedroom with a double bed and single bed. NB - head height in this room is full height in places but beams do come down as low as 1.5M in some areas. All rooms have beamed ceilings and some exposed stonework. Outside: The house is surrounded by a traditional style courtyard with original feel stones. This area is ideal for dining al fresco and has a BBQ. Further covered eating area offering shade overlooking pool The courtyard leads to the garden where there is a private gated saline water swimming pool of 10M x 4M .Ping Pong. The garden is edged by some woodland on one side, and the trout stream on the other. There is parking under the garden for when gue sts use 'river road' which is pretty steep but quite navigable, or over the mediaeval bridge when coming on foot (200M away) . A little about location: San Michele is situated in the heart of the Garfagnana hills approximately 1 hour north of Lucca. The village is split into two by the River Serchio which is a trout stream, with the ‘historic village’ on one side, and the ‘new village’ on the other. The 'historic village’, which is where the cottage is located, is best described as a small medieaval hamlet, and consists of only a handful of houses, and a ‘castle’ which is still inhabited by locals in the summer. Properties are reached on foot, via original mule track style 'roads'. This olde worlde hamlet is accessible only on foot, over a mediaeval bridge, although in the summer the cottage itself is also accessible by driving over the 'river road'. There is a free (and cleverly hidden from view) car park just before the footbrige if you dont want to take your car over the 'river road' Staying here, is pure peace, with only the sound of the river running, and the occasional church bell to accompany your thoughts. It is also a unique experience, staying in a peaceful hamlet that has not changed for hundreds of years, and a great adventure for children. The house itself is surrounded on one side by an ample garden with pool , a small woodland, and is bordered by the beautiful trout stream. Whilst set in the middle of a time warp, one can walk to the local village of Piazza al Serchio for provisions, a couple of bars, a couple of restaurants, and a train station for easy exploring. There is also a pizzeria a 10 minute walk or so away, ran by the owners of the house, where you will receive preferential treatment - if you can tear yourselves away from the house! TOURIST TAX - Do note that there is a local stay tax applicable at €1 per person per night, up to a maximum of 5 nights. This does not apply to children under 14.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
2 Showers
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About the Manager
Lorraine Venturelli (Property Manager Tuscan Retreats Ltd)
Languages spoken:English, Italian
Response Rate:80%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:April 2009
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

Cottage San Michele lived up to all our expectations and more. The house was so beautiful - modernised to be comfortable yet still retaining lots of its original features. The patio area, garden and pool were all so well maintained and offered so much space....More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Global701958
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is an isolated villa set in spectacular scenery with an imposing mountain backdrop. The area is very much unaffected by tourism and an excellent retreat if you want to get away from it all. The villa itself only has vehicular access down a long,...More

Date of stay: September 2016
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Reviewed 20 September 2015

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Date of stay: August 2015
Reviewed 6 October 2014

Great place with great swimming-pool and great view on part of the village! I highly recommand this cottage to rest and spent some time in family! The best was definitely the welcome/reception from Marco, the owner! Nothing was missing! And I highly recommand to eat...More

Date of stay: July 2014
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Reviewed 23 October 2019
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Date of stay: August 2019
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Grill
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Parking
Ping Pong Table
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding 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
San Michele is situated in the heart of the Garfagnana hills approximately 1 hour north of Lucca. The village is split into two by the River Serchio which is a trout stream, with the 'historic village' on one side, and the 'new village' on the other. The 'historic village', which is where the cottage is located, is best described as a small medieaval hamlet, and consists of only a handful of houses, and a 'castle' which is still inhabited by locals in the summer. Properties are reached on foot, via original mule track style 'roads'. This olde worlde hamlet is accessible only on foot, over a mediaeval bridge, although in the summer the cottage itself is also accessible by driving over the 'river road'. There is a free (and cleverly hidden from view) car park just before the footbrige if y...
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