My house is nestled in the heart of the ancient little village of Castello. Parts of the house are over 500 years old. I have restored the house with a mixture of traditional and artistic styles: simple, cosy and rustic. Castello is just 25 minutes from the famous medieval town of Lucca, surrounded by beautiful chestnut forests, rolling hills and olive groves. You can relax in the house with wonderful views across the wooded valley or wander along ancient mule paths up into the Tuscan hills.
I am an artist and have restored the house with a mixture of traditional and modern, slightly quirky styles. Such as the ensuite shower room utilizing the original wood from the room’s first use as a stable, centuries ago and a modern, hand-carved marble sink. Throughout the house the rooms are simple and cosy: Original, rustic woodwork and terracotta floors mix with simple ornaments and furniture.
The house is right in the heart of the little sleepy village, bordering a tiny piazza shared with the neighbours who still harvest their olive trees and hunt in the chestnut forests that surround the village. There is no direct access to the house with a car so to reach the house you will need to park at the top of the hill and walk about 200 meters along little paths and stone steps. Please bare this in mind if you have mobility problems.
Castello is reached from the larger village of Valdottavo, via a twisting road, just five minutes, narrow in places but you quickly get used to it.
There are many hiking paths in the area and ancient mule tracks that wind through olive groves and vineyards, linking the little villages that cluster on the sides of the chestnut covered hillsides.
Interaction with guests
Anna, who speaks English and Italian, lives in a nearby village and will be able to help you if you have any problems, You can also contact me by phone, text or email and I will help you any way I can.
- There are stone steps leading to the house and original wooden stairs that are quite steep, so the house is probably not suitable for the elderly or young children.
- If there are any problems with the house, please contact Anna, the house keeper as soon as possible, she is bilingual and will be able to help with most things.
- Please report any damages to Anna and cover any costs due, to her.
- Please read the instructions about the house and comply with those at all times.
- The house will be cleaned after you leave but please keep things neat and tidy for the next guests, removing the rubbish and recycling.
- Please make sure that you have insurance for you and your belongings and that you assume full responsibility for your things while at the house.
- Please don’t smoke inside the house.
- Please don’t ever leave fires lit unattended and take great care if you use the wood burning stove.