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“Rustic farmhouse in beautiful unspoilt Garfagnana”
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Farmhouse -
6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Province of Lucca, Tuscany

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Sprattoni...
Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Rustic farmhouse in beautiful unspoilt Garfagnana”
Reviewed 22 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Enjoyed our stay very much, despite very changeable weather! Alan and Mel could not have been more helpful and generous, especially when Airport baggage handlers called a strike! The villa pool was much appreciated even though it was a bit chilly for swimming!
Garfagnana is not inundated with tourists, and is rich in scenery and wildlife, and reasonably priced local restaurants!

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Liked best: Pool...Views
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Ilkley, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Sep 2015
Thank you for your detailed review and we are really glad you had such a good time both at the villa for your celebrations and locally in this stunning area. Alan and Mel would love to welcome you back!
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Topolino8...
london
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“The Best Villa We've Found”
Reviewed 10 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We've been staying in villas in Garfagnana for over 10 years and generally stay in different villas each year. This year we wanted something bigger as we were three families. Orbaci was absolutely stunning inside and out, a beautiful location with sun all day on the pool and amazing views everywhere you look, the garden was great for the kids to run around too. Close enough to the shops and town so not too remote.
The kitchen (and house generally) was stocked with everything you could possibly need and the bbq was also great to cook on. Alan and Mel the, owners, couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Two trips to the beach, an hour through the mountains, a trip to Lucca, and some of the group visited Pisa and Florence as well. Would love to return if we have a large group again

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: Coming Home
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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hariSIR
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect getaway for a large family”
Reviewed 26 February 2014 for a stay in August 2013

I booked this holiday for all of my girlfriends family. 11 of us went in total. We could not have been happier with the service.

The booking process with Tuscan Retreats was transparent and professional.

The villa is exceptional. Very comfortable, yet practical for a large group (large kitchen and plenty of both group and private space), near enough the town, yet far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. It was very hard to drag ourselves away from the pool and the views! My room had a balcony looking out over the hills.

The location is great, hot sunny, but as you are up in the hills, it is very pleasant. The nearby town, Castelnuovo is charming and has all the amenities you could need. There is plenty to fill a week in the local area, but if you want to travel further afield, I would recommend car hire as the trains could prove a bit impractical. On that front, day trips to Pisa, Lucca Florence and the coast are all practical, though with a people carrier, I found that some suffered with car sickness on the windy roads.

The owners, Mel and Allan, will be as involved as you want them to be. They are a wealth of knowledge on the local area and Mel can cater some nights for you. She is a wonderful cook and we had a very good meal waiting for us when we arrived at the villa, perfect after a long day of travel. Similarly, their contribution to our holiday was never intrusive. They were the perfect hosts.

I hope I have not left anything important out. Crucially, if you are a large group looking for a relaxing villa holiday in a beautiful location, look no further. I cannot recommend this place, its owners and the booking agent, enough.

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Liked best: Early morning swims with a view over the mountains, and the balcony.
Liked least: We had some problems with some of the older sun loungers, which collapsed a couple of times whilst being used.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Oslo
Reviewed 12 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Liked best: Clean and well kept, nice owners, the location
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Llangollen
Reviewed 20 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011

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Liked best: The Villa. The pool. The owners. The town. Archies taxis.
Liked least: Only staying for a week.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 August 2011 for a stay in August 2011
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: Location
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
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