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Hello, I've been living in Italy for many years, firstly in Rome and then Florence. I came to this beautiful area about ten years ago, fell in love with the laid-back life style and proximity to the coast and mountains and the rich rural life style. My work, as a fashion designer, first took me to Rome in the 80's which is where my 'love affair' with Italy began. I now produce a cashmere line a few miles from my house in the Lunigiana. I also paint and draw and I'm currently working towards an exhibition early next year.
Owner purchased this House in 2007
Why Owner chose Comano
The old ruin was sitting unloved in this most beautiful spot. The sound of the river was the first thing I noticed. Even though it was mid summer the river was flowing and the sound of horse bells jangled in the distance. It was magical. Swifts had nested in the eves and the field were full of wild chicory. It took nearly four years to restore the house and chapel. Large chestnut beams were bought in and local craftsmen began the painstaking restoration of this wonderful old house. It's a place full of charm with it's beautiful courtyard and many different levels. Like so many houses in this area. Handmade terracotta tiles are used throughout. Typical of Italian country houses. No carpets, just lovely rugs, collected on my travels. It's an inside outside house. With many outside areas to sit, all different and charming, depending on the movement of the sun. So breakfast outside, on the terrace leading from the kitchen. Lunch, in the courtyard looking into the cool chapel, and supper, cooked on the outside fire at the pool house.
What makes this House unique
It's just beautiful!
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:30 am
Please be aware that the house has a lot of stairs
There is a small chapel, that should be treated with respect.
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Beautiful villa with absolutely everything you need. Peaceful and private with wonderful views and lovely pool.
Thank you for your kind review.
We do hope we might see you again one day.
Sue and David
Our family had an amazing time in this beautiful house! The house is charming with a wonderful atmosphere, very well equipped. The view, the landscape are stunning and people from a village very friendly. The property manager was always very helpful. I can honestly say that that that was one of the best rental experience. Highly recommended!
Thank you. we are thrilled that you all enjoyed your stay with us.
We all work very hard to give our clients the best experience we can.
Sue and David
Italian countryside immersion!
What an absolutely beautiful property, in the most amazing setting. Perched above an adorable village and river, with the bells from the church chiming on the hour, and the playful sound of cowbells on the horses, you'd swear you were on the set of a Richard Curtis movie!
It's a really comfortable house, stylish without too much effort and is dominated by the farmhouse-feel kitchen, which is well stocked and has a larder graciously offered for use by the owner - even Disaronno (my favourite). Everywhere you look is a visual treat.
Whilst here, we visited the walled city of Lucca, Florence, La Spezia, Sestri Levante and up through the mountains to Rigoso. It is possible to visit Florence on a day trip from the property but makes for a very long day. One of our favourite places was actually just a village a couple of miles uphill called Camano, where we would often go for a coffee and pastry, enjoying local life. Please be advised that, as in this village, you may find areas in which not one individual understands English. I will try my best with my phrase book, but I had to resort to mime with the pharmacist to get the medication for my daughter's sickness and diarrhoea! I'd imagine the pharmacist will remember THIS Englishwoman for some time to come.
This really is a gorgeous property, a real home. There are stairs EVERYWHERE but if you don't have mobility issues its quite fun and I like to get my steps in!
We are lucky enough to have rented many great properties and every so often we stay somewhere which is so special that we are grateful (business aside) that the owners have chosen to share their home. This is one of those occasions.
Fantastic Property in Rural Tranquility
This property is wonderful. A quirky multi level villa which epitomises a quintessential Tuscan property. It surprises and delights when you explore and find a multitude of rooms, balconies and courtyards with rolling hills as a stunning backdrop.
We loved the well stocked kitchen. Most holiday homes are often lacking across cutlery, crockery or utensils but if you’re keen cooks like we are you’ll happily find everything you need.
The property is set in tranquil hills with the river and village church bells the only thing you can hear. The pool and outdoor area is proceeded with Olive trees and you can’t help but feel relaxed at this place.
We did day trips to Pisa and Cinque Terre amongst others and spent other days lounging by the pool and lunching at the welcoming, lovely local restaurants.
The owner is super responsive and responded extensively to all our email in quick time.
Special mention has to go to the property manager Alfio who showed us around the property when we arrived. Our 7 month old son was running a temperature so he rang around on a Sunday afternoon and found us a Doctor. He then drove us to the medical centre, translated when required and then happily drove us to a pharmacy too, All in his own time. The follow up messages to check everything was ok also showed what a genuine guy he is. He was such a Gentleman and we thank him immensely. On top of that he was happy to respond to our WhatsApp messages and provide advice on day visits and the local area etc. absolute star!
We had a great stay here and we’d thoroughly recommend it. As a road cyclist I think I’ll return to ride the hills and mountains of this wonderful area.
Thank you so much for your lovely review.
Alfio is indeed wonderful and very special.
I love to hear positive things about my former home which I love so much. As you've found out I love cooking too.
So happy you had a good time. And do bring your road bike. David my partner is a keen road cyclist and loves riding those hills. It's his greatest pleasure.
Enchanting Tuscan retreat
This is a truly enchanting home set in the hills of Northern Tuscany that delivered an outstanding vacation for our family. The home is beautifully appointed in every respect. There are so many wonderful places to relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere from the artist's retreat, for reading or a nap, to the interior porch with opposing chaise lounge chairs, to the pool with the most incredible view! Each bedroom was gorgeous and uniquely decorated with very comfortable beds. Alfio, the manager, was wonderfully helpful and always had a speedy response to any and all of our needs. We discovered halfway through our stay, that when the sun went down, the property was surrounded by thousands of fireflies -- It was completely magical. We definitely plan to visit this incredible property again!
Thank you so much Erin.
It's been very much our family home over the years and to read your review fills me with pride.It's a very idiosyncratic house full of old Tuscan charm. It really makes all the hard work
in keeping the house beautiful worthwhile.
We'd love to welcome you back anytime.
People like you are treasured.
Beautiful quirky home
Early September in Tuscany and I imagined hot weather, sipping chilled wine by the swimming pool, sadly it rained most days and was a bit chilly, but we did use the log burner and were snug and warm. We arrived mid thunder and lightning storm to be greeted by Alfio who gave us a comprehensive run down on the house and places to visit. Alfio was a mine of useful information. The weather made us go out more and we visited Carara, a really interesting visit to marble mines. Lucca was beautiful, PortoVenere, Lerici and Tallaro were delightful villages and everywhere there was amazing food and wine, which made up for the dismal weather.
Thank you Sallie.
A kind review given the appalling weather conditions. Unusual for that time of the year.
This area is extremely beautiful and unspoilt perfect for walking and bird watching.The ancient chestnut woods are full of paths that lead you into magical places, old mills and long forgotten roads. The coast is about 20 minutes away depending on the time of day.
Most Italians will know this area for the wonderful food. It's rare to find a menu, as most trattoria will cook everything for that day, depending on what's in season. But don't worry the locals will always find a way of explaining what's on offer and if there's any doubt you'll probably be lead into the kitchen. Food is that important in this area and the locals are extremely proud of their food heritage.
Horse riding is very popular in the area. In the next village of Comano there's a large horse fair every September. Great fun with all the locals showing off their horsemanship in the arena.There are a lot of riding schools too. All very good.
The Ligurian Coastline is beautiful. It is an easy day's outing.
My favourite trip is an early morning swim in the beautiful bay of Tellaro, a small fishing village with delicious fish restaurants and bright blue,warm sea. I'll often arrive for my first cappuccino and brioche in the bar on the beach, spend the morning swimming and then as the heat rises I'll head back home to the sanctuary of Piagneto. For those who enjoy a more sophisticated vibe head to Porto Venere, playground for the rich and famous; great fish restaurants and the start of the Cinque Terra. Take a small wooden Riva boat for a couple of minutes to the island of Palmaria and eat the wonderful fish at the famous restaurant Da Iseo.
Stunning towns are everywhere in this unknown region. Sarzana is
beautiful, about forty minutes away with great shopping and buzzing, with the rich Milanese who holiday at the coast. There's a spectacular market every Thursday with great bargains to be had.
Designer clothes can often be found for a few euros.
Lucca is always heavenly and only 50 minutes away. An easy day trip. It's great fun to rent bikes, if it's not too hot, and cycle around the ancient walls of the city. Often the charm and lack of tourists make the small local towns the best bet for outings. Often magical places, with medieval walls and small local shops selling seasonal food, and restaurants that are inexpensive, serving up great regional food.
There's so much to do and see.
A welcome pack will be left for you on your arrival full of other suggestions for a perfect stay in this very special area.