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Simple and cosy house in heart of little village
Hosted by Pete
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4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
2 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
2 baths
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.


Amenities
Kitchen
TV
Essentials
Heating

Prices
Extra people $9 AUD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $60 AUD
Weekly Discount: 6%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Common spaces
2 sofa beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with lockbox

- 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.


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Catherine User Profile
October 2017
Pete's four-story stone cabin in the mountains is a terrific home base for exploring Northern Tuscany. We made day trips to Pisa, the Cinqueterre, Florence and wine country of Central Tuscany during our monthlong stay. Just as fun, and unexpected, was exploring the medieval villages, castles, fortresses, hiking trails and natural attractions in the upper Garfagnana, the mountain region north of his house. Lucca, just 20 minutes away, became our favorite place to walk, ride bikes on top of the walls or just hang out. We even went to a Rolling Stones concert! The house has a well-equipped kitchen and stunning views. We loved waking up to sounds of church bells, dogs barking and Italian voices drifting up from the valley below. We got used to driving the "scary road" up to the house after a few times--but it is not for the faint-hearted! The beds are the typically hard kind that you find in Europe. Pete, a sculptor and photographer, has brought an artist's sensibility to the home's theme of rustic sophistication. I also appreciated his literary bookcase and used our 30-day stay to devour some classics. If you appreciate a home base that is off the tourist path and provides an authentic village experience this is for you!

Sophie Ruth User Profile
September 2017
Amazing view. Really quiet. But you need a car to get there and you need time to get the hill up and down because of the very smal road. We loved to go outside and explore the landscape. The communication was perfect and Pete answered all our questions.

Ellie User Profile
August 2017
Amazing place nestled in a very sleepy village in the Tuscan hills. There are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area but our favorite thing was sitting out on the little patio overlooking the valley with a glass of wine. This is the perfect place for some R&R. There is also a pool located nearby at Borgo Giusto that you can pay 10euros to use for the day. The house is well equipped and is very quiet.

Philipp User Profile
August 2017
This is indeed a unique home and you will immediately smile every time you look out the window. It is conveniently located. With our rental we had no problem reaching Pisa, Lucca or even Florence. If you stay here and don't have too much time, make sure you visit Lucca and Florence rather than Pisa as we found there was not really more to it than the leaning tower whereas Florence and Lucca are beautiful cities one can easily get lost strolling for hours! We are in our early twenties and found the road to the house challanging every time because you have to worry about local drivers driving quite fast. We recommend this house for people who are fit enough to carry their luggage the short but challenging walk and want to relax a lot and enjoy having a great view for that. If you just visit for cities and the beach, you will maybe find something in Lucca that suits you as well and gives you the oppurtunity of a pizza place around the cornor or something like that!

Galina User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful place in the Tuscany hills. Wonderful for a quiet get-together with friends and enjoy some quality time.

Małgorzata User Profile
August 2017
Pete`s house is amazing and the view is breathtaking! He managed to keep the special atmosphere inside, together with necessary equipment. The house is for people who look for quiet place, away from noisy cities. You also need to be prepared to cooperate with local creatures: dogs, cats, rodents, ants etc, all friendly ;)

Tereza User Profile
August 2017
What a lovely place! The house is very unique and the surroundings very lovely, but we could stay there untill the noon, after that it got pretty warm all afternoon and night if the days are hot as were ours. Luckily a very nice private pool is ca 10 mins far by walk, that was a lifesaver. There is a nice terrace where we enjoyed our mornings but the (very nice) neighbours are just a few meters by the table and going to bed pretty soon, so this place is definitely not for party people :) Also keep in mind that the house has a lot of steep steps, so not ideal for little children/older people, too. It is not as comfortable as a brand new hotel, but definitely an authentic experience :) Recommended!

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