Self catering villa with olive, fruit trees & a vine clad terrace near Lucca
Mr M J Foskett - www.tuscany-retreat.co.uk
- english, italian
About Mr M J Foskett - www.tuscany-retreat.co.uk
Our daughter spent her first few years with us in Tuscany by the sea and we were always returning year after year, then in 2007, after looking for many a year, we found Casa peggi. If you come and stay you will realise why I had to buy it.
Mr M J Foskett - www.tuscany-retreat.co.uk purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Mr M J Foskett - www.tuscany-retreat.co.uk chose Fosciandora
Once you see the view, walk in the Hills, breathe in the air, eat the food meet the locals, you will understand why this house. My heart is lifted every morning and pressures disappear, it is a great place to re-charge my batteries and, maybe, yours.
What makes this Villa unique
Makes my heart sing, nothing else to add!
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Total rural relax with amazing views!
Beautiful house, really comfortable, everything needed for a relaxing stay. Plenty of room for all of us. Pool was gorgeous, salt water was much nicer to swim in. The views were amazing. Owner really helpful, lots of useful information. We loved the wildlife - woodpeckers, eagles, deer, boar and grass snakes! Lots of gorgeous local food and friendly people. Only issue - not enough mirrors in bedrooms! We had a fantastic holiday, was exactly what we wanted and will definitely visit this area again.
Thank you for your kind words, Yes apologies for the mirrors one or two other guests have commented on that [Jeanna and her Russian friends you met in particular!] As I get older the process of watching the aging no longer appeals to me, I will rectify soon.
Thanks for looking after the house and leaving it in great state xxx
Lovely villa set in spectacular surroundings. Perfect for 3 generations under one roof
Villa Peggi was ideal for a family holiday for 3 generations. Not only is the house well equipped with plenty of room and a delightful shady loggia outside for meals but the pool was great and in constant use as we had a week of blazing sunshine. Unfortunately it is not fenced off securely which was a bit of a worry with young ones.
An added bonus was the places of interest nearby - Lucca, which is well worth a visit, the market in Garfagnana and the Grotto del Vento caves. We also had a lovely day down at the river where the 'water shoots' were a hit with the younger ones.
A wonderful week thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Thank you for your comments, it was a pleasure to have you as our guests.
I note your comments about the fence around the pool and see if I can make an addition to secure it further.
AVOID!! THE HOLIDAY VILLA FROM HELL
In the first 24 hours: The pool was unusable, green algae and rotting vegetation on the pool bottom, with insects swimming underwater.
The water went off for 12 hours, and the wi-fi was off for 2 hours.
The owner became abusive when I telephoned him. We left the next morning and are still trying to get a refund for what was a 14 night holiday..
I wasn't quite prepared for the stunning beauty of the location. The house was clean, welcoming and full of charm. It was well equipped and to have bread and other essentials awaiting our arrival was a godsend - not to mention the bubbly in the fridge! Couldn't keep the kids out of the pool. Perfect holiday.
Thank you for your review, I am glad you enjoyed your Holiday and look forward to seeing you again in the future
Lovely Summer solstice holiday
My Family [Husband, 3 children and my sister and Husband plus 2 children] spent and an Idyllic week at Casa Peggi. From the warm welcome and the welcoming glass of prosecco to the end fond farewells the week was perfect!
The Children loved the pool and spent hours and hours splashing and laughing; having a salt water filter system meant that they could play without any issues with chlorine they loved it.
Local restaurants were friendly and good value, on the day when it rained [it poured down!] we went to Lucca and that was beautiful, full of history and fantastic ice cream.
Would highly recommend it!
Thank you for your kind review, I remember that storm it was huge! The beauty of Tuscany is that the blue skies soon return and if it means you have to spend a day in Lucca and eat ice cream; how bad is that.
Hope to see you again soon
Perfect in May
We were two families, of four and six, with children aged from 3 to 13, and everyone was enchanted with Casa Peggi. The house has been beautifully furnished with a particularly well-equipped kitchen (we cooked most evenings) where you can gaze out at the misty mountains while stirring the risotto. Look out for Monte Forato in the far distance ("What is that, a hole? Does that look like a hole to you??!"). The upstairs bedrooms have wonderful views over the valley, and downstairs the cantina bedroom is cool and quiet away from the others. No need to overrun the baggage allowance with toys and beach towels, there's lots to choose from, as well as maps & local information, a very varied and interesting book collection, and dvds.
We didn't get back in the car for three days after arriving, we were so relaxed and at home. The weather was almost entirely sunny with a couple of night showers - just enough to keep the tomato plants happy. The children swam, played football behind the house, chased lizards and beetles. We walked, looked at the view, watched the fireflies, chatted, read, ate, drank... Once we started to feel a need to commune with our host country, the house is very well placed for visiting Barga and Castelnuovo, and Lucca slightly further afield (hire a bike for six!). For stocking up, there's a hypermarket in Gallicano about 15 minutes drive away where you get anything from farro to footballs.
The owners were more than helpful, even with last minute emails the day we travelled (it's a good idea to get some directions for the last bit of the journey up the hill, as Google's were mystifying, once we turned off towards Fosciandora). The local housekeeper who met us on arrival (perfect English) was justifiably proud of the house as she showed us round and happy for us to contact her with any problems during our stay (we had none). I would recommend Casa Peggi absolutely, and I hope we'll be back.
Beautiful self-catering villa, 5 bedrooms, lovely pool, quiet, sunny location
Casa Peggi is an old farmhouse in a quiet sunny location in the National park of Garfagnana, lovingly renovated and restored with all services and fittings modernised, to create a stunning home that provides comfort and style in a tranquil setting.
The property can accommodate up to 12 people, with 5 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms, a large kitchen/dining room, comfortable living room and playroom/study. The floors are tiled throughout, all the windows are traditional castagne and have traditional wooden shutters. All of the bedrooms have stunning views of Monte Forato and the Apennines rising up to 1800 metres. Twp of the bedrooms are ensuite and one is set in the cantina with its own living room and vine clad terrace. Casa Peggi has an attractive garden, with shrubs, fruit trees, a covered terrace and two other outside eating areas. The land extends to over 4 hectares [10 acres] and is ideal for wandering and exploring for inquisitive minds. There is a lovely swimming pool 10m x 5m, with a salt based cleaning system which is great for kids and those with sensitive Skin. The pool has steps leading to a shallow end and ideal for families with children, the garden is also equipped with many outdoor games, bikes and a fire pit for evening BBQ'S
The Garfagnana area is famous for its food, with cheeses, wines honey and chestnuts famed throughout Italy. The Salami and wild boar are a must for non vegetarians and there are many restaurants that specialize in the local foods and shops in towns and villages nearby where you can buy excellent local produce to cook at home. The local area of Fosciandora is also famed for its Porcini Mushrooms, the locals will help you out and supply a few if you are not an expert in finding them yourself! A walk through the wooded hillsides will certainly reward you with some fabulous views and scenery and I am sure you will come across a local farmer who will gladly sell you home made foods but you usually have to share a glass or wine or two!
The local village, Riana is only 10-15 minutes walk away and is a charming village with a shop and bar. The village centre has a lovely church beautiful little houses, hidden Alleyways and with a little playground. You can also find banks, a post offices, bakeries and restaurants in the many towns a further few kilometres away.
The nearest large supermarket is 15 minutes drive away in the historic town of Gallicano, which has a good fresh fish counter, plenty of meats and all the food you will need. It also has many household and garden goods, toys and even some clothes.
The historic and beautiful town of Barga, 15 minutes drive away, and is very much worth a visit during your stay. Lovingly restored by the Italian government in recent years, the town founded by the Lombards and was built around the trade for silk and was rightly famed and fought over for centuries. This is a lovely place to come and wander around the shops and twice-weekly market, have lunch in and see the fine architecture and peaceful squares.
Walking in the hills around Casa Peggi is another lovely way to spend some time. There are several local walking routes meandering between villages, showing you the local flora and fauna and beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Another local favourite is cycling. The house has three bikes, and a days cycling through the hills and mountains is a must but going 'off Piste' is for the fitter and braver as the hills can be quite steep and rugged. If you or your children like mountain biking there are many centres that cater to this, we can also arrange horse Riding days and excursions
A day at the beach is another option; about an hour's drive away is the Tuscan Riveria with the famous towns of Viareggio and Forti di Marmi, The beaches are all manicured with umbrellas and loungers for hire, drinks and lunch delivered to you, all at a cost! For those who prefer a less organised more carefree feel the beaches south of Viareggio are all sand dunes and pine forests.