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Three-Story Villa (5/6 Bedrooms, sleeps 10)
Tuscan Villa with Private Pool
All beds will be made up as doubles unless otherwise requested by guests who wish them to be made up as single beds (for children or two people sharing)
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 10
The house is 30 miles from the beautiful Mediterranean towns of Lerici and Portovenere, gateway to the Cinque Terre, and renowned for their waterfront seafood restaurants. Ferry boats leave from these ports for trips to the picturesque fishing villages of the Cinque Terre and Portofino. The Mediterranean beaches of the Versilia coast are about an hour away, and provide a typically Italian seaside experience, with beach clubs providing sun beds, sun umbrellas, and beachfront bars and restaurants. The Federici winery is also near here, making a perfect day trip.
Nearest International Airport is Pisa, about a one-and-a-half hour drive. Also nearby are Florence and Genoa airports. Bologna is about 2-1/2 hrs, Milan Linate and Nice airports are about 3 hours, and Rome airport is about 4 hours. A car is pretty much essential and can be hired at any airport, though airport pickup can be arranged, as well as taxi services while at the villa.
Casola 3 miles, Fivizzano 7 miles, Aulla 15 miles, Cinque Terre 30 miles, Carrara/Pietra Santa 25 miles, Lucca 50 miles, Florence 80 miles.
Casa della Quercia is located next to the church on the edge of a small village. There are no shops in the village, but vans arrive at various times during the week with fresh bread, fruit and vegetables, and delicatessen items. The town of Casola, a 10 minute drive, has several shops, two greengrocers, hardware store, bank, post office, restaurant/pizza parlour, and a cafe. Fivizzano, a 20 mins. drive, has several butchers, green grocers, restaurants, a small supermarket, and a lovely piazza with fountain, cafes and an ice cream shop. There are many fine restaurants within a 20 minute drive. Our local restaurant, Lo Spino Fiorito, (lunch 10 Euros, dinner 20 Euros), is an excellent country restaurant within walking distance of the house. We can also shop for groceries for your arrival if you don't have time to stop on your way to the villa.
Children love the freedom of Casa della Quercia — they can wander freely through the meadows, olive groves and woodlands with no worry about traffic. For smaller children, there is a sand box by the pool with a good supply of toys. The top courtyard has gates that can be locked so little children can play safely inside without worry that they'll wander too far.
Please note that the house is situated next to the church and the bell chimes every hour throughout the day and the night. This adds to the charm of the place, and has not been a problem for any of the guests at the house so far; however, very light sleepers might prefer to sleep in one of the bedrooms farther away from the church, or use ear plugs which are provided free of charge.
One of the owners, Ron, lives nearby during the summer season and is on hand to settle guests in, give advice, make reservations, and do everything possible to make sure that guests at Casa della Quercia have a trouble-free and relaxing holiday.
About Gillian Drake
This is Gillian writing, so I'll put this in the first person. I am British-born but have lived in the US, on Cape Cod near Boston, for many years, though these days I spend as much time in Italy as I can. My partner Ron spent more than 20 years leading safaris in Africa and now spends most of the year in Italy. A gifted craftsman, he loves to take care of the property and to welcome guests to the villa. It is our goal and great joy to provide an enchanting place for our friends and guests to enjoy a relaxing holiday away from the cares of the world, and we are constantly working on the property—the gardens, the interiors, the amenities—to do just that.
Gillian Drake purchased this villa in 2003
Why Gillian Drake chose Casola in Lunigiana
Ron and I came across this abandoned ruin in 2002, though it rather felt as if it found us, and compelled us, with its undeniable, irresistible charm, to love it, rescue it, and restore it to health -- and in the process to spend rather more money than we had intended! It's been a labor of love for us—not just for the property, but for the village of Reusa and our beloved neighbors, and for the country of Italy itself, surely one of the most sublime places in the world, where the culture, the cuisine, the landscape, the people, and their history combine to create a perfection that cannot be experienced anywhere else, at least as far as we are concerned. We welcome you to visit us in this enchanting corner of Tuscany and experience the timeless charm of traditional Italian life.
What makes this villa unique
The villa is situated in a small village surrounded by glorious unspoiled countryside, yet is only 25 miles from the Italian Riviera and the charming towns of Lerici, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre. The villa is easy to get to -- the autostrada extends to the nearby town of Aulla, and from Aulla it's about 1/2 hour to Reusa on country roads. A level paved lane leads from the main road to to the villa, about 100 yards, and there is parking right in front of the house. Be assured that there's no long, winding, or precipitous drive leading to the villa, and no up-hill walk from a car park to the house, as is often the case in Italy.