In a charming village in the Tuscan Apennines, this delightful house opens out over magnificent views. Ideal for a romantic retreat, a family holiday or an energetic walking holiday, this is a great place to stay. Beautifully converted by its owner, the house has 2 terraces and a precipitous garden overlooking beautiful views of the Apennines.The little village of Tereglio stretches along the ridge, with some beautiful architecture, and is the starting point for many walks into the nearby hills. There are restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. For swimming and relaxation the nearby Bagni di Lucca is a perfect spot - known since Roman times as a thermal town it now has a genteel 19th century elegance, and there is a beautiful public thermal pool resort, housed in Villa Ada.
One enters the house into a cosy living room with a working fireplace, with stairs on the left and the live-in kitchen straight ahead. Beyond the kitchen is a delightful summer living-room with a wall of glass overlooking the stunning view. Upstairs there is a master bedroom with a large terrace overlooking the same fantastic view - the ideal spot for a glass of prosecco looking over the hills. There are also a bathroom and a half-landing that has a divan/possible extra bed on it. From the kitchen below further stairs lead down to a large twin room, a further living-room and then through to an old cellar to a magnificent wooden terrace covered by a wooden trellis. From here the view covers the rest of the village as it bends along the ridge, and spreads out over the nearby mountains in a never-ending delight. There is a small steep garden beyond this terrace.
Mountainous and steep, this area and its inhabitants gave the Romans a good run for their money over 2000 years ago; the Roman empire spent more on trying to conquer the area than they ever got back in revenues. Now it is an area growing in popularity as people discover the variety of landscapes and activities it offers; with mountains just shy of 2000 metres, the walking, climbing, birdwatching, caving and even skiing are excellent. The main valley is formed by the gap between the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, and on a side shoot of this main valley an old border village stretches itself along a high ridge, with no more than space for one main street with a house on either side in most places.
This house is an ideal base for exploring the area; keen walkers will enjoy the many marked walks around the mountains, and the more adventurous may explore the nearby "Orrido di Botri", a narrow and steep canyon which may be visited with a local guide (we can put you in touch or you can find them here: Guided tour of Botri . The even more adventurous may which to try the climbing on nearby Pizzo d'Uccello, which boasts an 800 metre north face, or the caving in Corchia, with one of Europe's deepest cave systems. But many of us will simply want to relax, enjoy the views and test the local cuisine. There is a small bar-restaurant in the village and many others close by; when you need a little more excitement, Lucca is only 40 minutes away....Read more
Left on 10/06/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 6, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
A lovely house in a hilltop village with stunning views. Being in the village was excellent for coffes, bread and even dinner - very friendly locals. But we still felt very private sipping wine on our lofty roof terrace.
Highly recommended for all except those with small children.
Left on 07/03/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 3, 2011Stayed Jun 2011
This is a house with splendid views in a lovely village. There is an arduous 20 minute drive from the main road to get there and it is not something one would want to undertake more than once a day. There are hairpin bends, a single track and Italian drivers to contend with.
The house itself was comfortable and clean, although it has a rather strange layout. I am not sure how two other guests would have been accommodated. Two disappointing things: the bedlinen was not clean and there was no working implement with which to light the gas hob.
Left on 10/11/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 11, 2010Stayed Sep 2010
We didn't recieve directions to the house it was difficult to find as although we had sat nav you couln't pass through parts of the village in a car. But once we were there it was a stunning house with stunning views. Thank you very much, it was a fantastic honeymoon location.
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