La Rocca is a unique villa, within the ramparts of the ancient castello of the medieval town of Coreglia in the beautiful and unspoilt Garfagnana / Mediavalle area of Tuscany.
This is a wonderful opportunity to experience life within the walls of an ancient castle on the edge of a medieval Tuscan village. The villa enjoys excellent views over the village rooftops and mountains beyond. The large and well kept garden has several peaceful areas, all within the perimeter wall of the old castello.
The rooms are comfortably furnished with antiques and reminders of past times, giving the villa an interesting and unique atmosphere. The decoration is beautifully old fashioned, with unusual features.
There is an 8 x 3 metre ‘fun’ pool in the garden, good for playing in or cooling off.
There are 3 bedrooms in the house, 2 doubles and 1 twin.
We also offer arrival services such as freshly cooked meals and pre-ordered food shopping.
Wonderful place- house and property exceed expectations!
Reviewed on 08/28/2019
We had a wonderful time staying in Coreglia- the house is wonderful - the property expansive and just a 10 minute walk to the small village. The views are amazing. We would love to come again!
Amazing location and house
Reviewed on 08/28/2019
Unique house, part of old fortification on top of hill with superb views. Very large garden with mature plants, vines and flowers, and external lighting. Easy to walk down to village and store. We enjoyed the pizza restaurant at the campsite again walking distance away.
Reviewed on 07/10/2019
The object description is understating! Great house with spacious gardens and views of the village and the surrounding mountains. We had a great stay and enjoyed the tranquility, the pool, the proximity to the village and the pizza oven very much. The only drawback: the Wi-Fi is not really.
Reviewed on 07/10/2019
These were very nice holidays in this great house with a very nice outdoor area. The house is located at the highest point in the village of Coreglia Antelminelli. It is surrounded by an old stone wall and thus completely demarcated and not visible from the outside. The outdoor area is well maintained with many roses and grape vines and a small pool. (enough for a few strokes) There are many different seating options on the property (including a grill and even an old stone oven for pizza), so you will always find a quiet and shady corner with several people. The view over the village of Coreglia and the surrounding mountains is fantastic! The house itself is not very big and shabby vintage in style, but it had everything you need to go to the dishwasher and washing machine and it was very clean. We were greeted by Nora, who speaks English well, and greeted us with a nice basket of Italian treats and good Italian wine! Thank you again for that! The cleaning lady came during our stay and changed after 4 days the sheets and towels. We lacked nothing. In the village of Coreglia there is everything you need, two small supermarkets, pharmacy and two bars where you can drink great cappuccino and watch the village life. In the next larger city to Lucca is about 1 hour drive and the nearest beach about 1.5 hours. The house with this great ambience was worth it! A very relaxing and individual holiday and we will be back!
Reviewed on 04/24/2019
A large house with a fantastic garden. A perfect place for a holiday! The house in the garden with the pizza oven was very special and fun! The view from the garden was unbeatable! It was easy to go down to the small shop in the village and shop and at the restaurant in the village they served a wonderful home-made pasta. Florence and Pisa make day trips. Don't miss Lucca. I really recommend this place and will be happy to return!
This is an absolutely beautiful house and garden in a pretty village
Reviewed on 10/13/2017
La Rocca is a stunning, beautiful place full of eccentric charm and we loved our time there. The house and garden are full of interesting nooks and crannies to discover, and interesting antiques. We loved making a fire in the pizza oven and baking pizzas in the lovely garden room. We thought that if anything the house is over stocked with stuff and it took us a while to find everything. It would be good to know more about what is there and where to find it. For example there is an extensive first aid kit but you wouldn't necessarily find it if you needed it. There is enough crockery in the house to host a banquet! We felt, like another reviewer, that the copious amount of plastic furniture in the garden spoilt the way it looks a bit and questioned whether a house that sleeps six needed seating for around 38! However we found this amusing rather than annoying. We thought the description and instructions could have been a bit clearer eg what to do with the rubbish. The village is interesting. A lovely place to wander around. There is a good walk along the river which is described in the visitors book. There is very little in the way of facilities in the village. We couldn't find bread or fresh vegetables so it is important to arrive well stocked. It is quite a long drive back down the winding road to the nearest supermarket. Nearby Barga is a beautiful little town to visit and the drive through mountain roads to get there is stunning. Lucca is breathtaking and a highlight of our holiday. We would definitely return to La Rocca.
Reviewed on 09/12/2017
Man "thront" auf der Kuppe des Bergs, auf dem Coreglia Anteminelli liegt. Der Garten ist wunderbar: Feigen, Trauben , Tische, Stühle Sonnenliegen, Grill und unverbaute Sicht. Das Haus selbst ist sehr schön, großzügig und ungewöhnlich geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Ein Haus zum Wohlfühlen. Jederzeit wieder! "One "perches" on the top of the mountain on which Coreglia Anteminelli lies. The garden is wonderful: figs, grapes, tables, chairs sunbathing, barbecue and unobstructed view. The house itself is very nice, generous and unusually tastefully decorated. A house to feel good. Any time!"
Reviewed on 08/08/2017
Es ist noch viel schöner als auf den Fotos. Herausragend ist: die Lage, der Garten, das Dorf, die Umgebung, die Restaurants, das Wetter und die netten Leute. Man kann viele tolle Ausflüge machen und fußläufig alles für den täglichen Bedarf einkaufen. "It is much nicer than in the photos. Outstanding is: the location, the garden, the village, the surroundings, the restaurants, the weather and the nice people. You can make many great excursions and walks everything for the daily needs shopping"
Beautiful garden, comfortable house and a charming village
Reviewed on 07/05/2017
A lovely spacious property, with a large, well-tended garden and plenty of tables, chairs and loungers for outdoor living. The house too was well equipped - except for the lack of a working coffee pot - we counted four in the kitchen but none functional so we bought one. But that aside this was a wonderfully tranquil place to spend a week. The views from the garden towards the mountains and down to the village are beautiful, the swimming pool was very welcome at the end of a hot day visiting Lucca and Barga and our contact person Nora was helpful and friendly. Reaching Coreglia in the dark on our first night was a bit of a challenge - it is at the top of a hill and at the end of a winding road. The house itself is at the very top of the village and is reached by a steep and narrow driveway, providing excellent opportunities to practice hill starts and three-point turns.
Best holiday we have had so far. The Tuscan scenery is beautiful.
Reviewed on 07/01/2017
Everything lived up to expectations. Fabulous property and exceptional gardens. Visits to Florence, Lucca and Pisa in easy reach and certainly worth a visit although the church, museum and restaurants in Coreglia itself are great. Would love to visit again. The "distressed" look in the villa itself is not to my taste but otherwise a truly idealistic place to stay.
Reviewed on 06/18/2017
A beautiful property with an amazing garden and views over the rooftops of the village below.
Reviewed on 06/15/2017
We loved our stay at La Rocca - a very historic building in a lovely village. It was a great base for exploring the local area and we particularly enjoyed our trip to Lucca. The garden is breathtaking with cherries, figs and roses. The views from every window are fantastic - a great place to stay if you want to experience Tuscany at its best.
Beautiful villa and gardens, breathtaking views
Reviewed on 08/23/2016
Mrs Wendy Hills
We had a wonderful two weeks in La Rocca, and honestly, felt privileged to be there. The hilltop location of the villa means that it has spectacular views of the village and surrounding countryside in all directions. There are so many places in the gorgeous (and undeniably expansive!) gardens to sit and just try to take it all in. We loved it. The antique furniture, objects and artwork in the house made it a lovely place to be and the pool was a welcome addition on hot days. I particularly loved the summer-house kitchen with authentic pizza-oven. Everything was well looked after and maintained and Nora, the house manager was fantastic, helping us out with everything from we needed to know. We used public transport to get around and, while the trains were great, found the local bus service was a little limited. We would definitely hire a car if we were returning (and we would love to go back to La Rocca) so that we could see even more of this beautiful part of Tuscany. That said, even without a car, it was a fantastic two weeks, chilling out, enjoying everything Coreglia had to offer (including a pretty impressive Medieval festival!) and visiting Florence and Lucca. In short, La Rocca is a wonderful place to stay and we wouldn't hestitate to recommend it to anyone who wants to visit Northern Tuscany.
Fabulous villa, beautiful views, relaxing break in Tuscany
Reviewed on 07/26/2016
The property was exactly as represented on the website & served as a lovely quiet & relaxing home for a week. We particularly liked the outside space, large garden well equipped with tables / chairs / loungers. The whole family was able to get together for meals outside in the sun or shade, equally everyone could find a quiet place if privacy was needed. The house, kitchen garden & outbuildings were filled with artefacts - every time you walked into a room you saw something different. Despite arriving late, Nora was excellent in showing us around the property & the wine and provisions were a lovely touch. Just over 1 hour from Pisa & approx 2 hours from Florence, this mountainous retreat was just what we were looking for. Highly recommend to family & friends.
Reviewed on 07/12/2016
The photos on the Internet do not do this place justice; it is fabulous. It is also massive: 3 double bedrooms, one with twin beds, upstairs bathroom with shower rather than a bath, decent size kitchen with everything you need, and a large lounge with two sofas and a rocking chair, and a ground floor toilet with a very small bath. Minor gripe #1: the mattress in the master bedroom was very hard and lumpy - I think this has been mentioned in an earlier review too - it really needs replacing with one that has some springs! Watch out in the bathroom: we were greeted by a scorpion in the shower one morning! The grounds are amazing and huge. The pool provided welcomed me relief from the 30 degree heat. Plenty of shady spots too. We used the BBQ and the wood fired pizza oven. The oven took about 2 hours to get up to temperature and consumed a lot of wood to make 4 pizzas, but was well worth the effort, they were delicious. The area is renowned for its honey, so as you might expect there were lots and lots of bees. In the garden they were mostly active just after sundown when they appear from the grass, so beware, always wear shoes in the garden in the evening! The village is pretty remote, but there is a bar if you need that sort of thing. There are a couple of mini markets, one or two restaurants and an ATM. Minor gripe #2: the dogs in a neighbouring house which barked incessantly at night - couldn't tell which house they were in, but every house seemed to have at least one dog, with some having several kept in large cages in their gardens. Now I'm no dog-hater, and I realise that the villa owner can't do much about the neighbours' dogs, but if you are a light sleeper, like me, I suggest you invest in some good ear plugs or maybe be just drink more wine in the evening! The roads leading up to the village are very narrow and twisty, as you'd expect for mountain roads leading up to a relatively small village. Italian drivers are mad! They drive in the middle of the road and overtake on blind corners. They also tailgate and use their mobile phones. All in all a rather stressful driving experience, but we are all home in one piece. During our 10 days, we visited Pisa, got a train from Lucca to Florence (less stressful than driving), walked around Lucca, and visited a winery near Montecarlo, but most of the time was spent lounging around the villa, reading. Lots of mountain running to be had too if you like that sort of thing! A really relaxing holiday.
Reviewed on 06/27/2016
Beautiful villa with a really nice garden in a peaceful surrounding.
The house was actually better than we expected. There was enough space for a company of five adults and the garden was really beautiful. Everything was very clean and tidy. Even Wi-Fi worked properly. A local lady, Nora, gave us the keys and she was kind enough to give us a lot of information about things to do and where to go in the area. We visited Barga, Lucca, Pisa and Florence. There was a wind cave, Grotta del Vento, which was really worth a visit and you should not miss the Ponte della Maddalena in Borgo a Mozzano. A car is a must since the villa is on top of a mountain and the big supermarkets are down in the valley. There are a couple of small shops in the village but their selection is not very wide. We had a very nice dinner in L' Arcile by the church. The food was good and the service was excellent. We can sincerely recommend La Rocca for a nice and relaxing holiday. The only thing we were missing was one more week to experience even more of the beautiful Tuscany.
Fantastic and scenic
Reviewed on 08/10/2015
We had a wonderful stay and a scenic view from garden
maison fantastic avec vue superbe
Reviewed on 07/25/2015
La maison était tout ce que nous souhaitons. Beaucoup de caractère et de charme dans un endroit magnifique. Un beau jardin avec beaucoup d'ombre et de la vie privée et une vue magnifique. Nous avons adoré le chemin privé directement dans le charmant village de Coreglia. La piscine était pas grande mais parfait pour vous rafraîchir après une chaude journée. Le seul inconvénient (et voilà pourquoi j'ai enlevé une étoile) était le jardinier très grincheux. Chaque matin, il est venu très tôt pour entretenir le jardin. Je peux comprendre ce qui est nécessaire, mais at-il vraiment eu à faire autant de bruit? Quand nous sommes arrivés, le jardin a été rempli dans chaque coin avec des chaises en plastique laid et un glissement de l'enfant. Ca vraiment gâté le caractère authentique de l'endroit. Lorsque nous les avons mis dans une petite maison de côté qui était disponible pour nous, nous avons trouvé le lendemain matin que tout était mis de nouveau à l'extérieur et la porte verrouillée. Le jour nous avons quitté le jardinier entra sans dire bonjour et a commencé à hurler à ma fille que nous avions pour remplacer tous ces trucs sur l'endroit exact où il l'avait laissé une semaine avant. Quand nous voulions un dernier petit déjeuner calme, il a commencé à utiliser une tondeuse à gazon près de nous jusqu'à ce que je lui ai dit d'arrêter. Tout cela était très triste parce que nous avions juste un sentiment parfait de notre séjour mais cela était un peu gâchée par le comportement de cet homme très désagréable.
Although there is good road access to La Rocca, the ancient walled town of Coreglia is almost traffic free so the peaceful village is very safe for children to explore, or lovely just for a stroll. During summer there are festivals within the Old Town, including an excellent medieval festival in July.
There are 3 restaurants and 2 cafes in the town.
The medieval town of Barga, with its jazz and opera festivals is a few kilometres away and can be seen from the village.
This beautiful, unique old castello villa has a superb garden with a lovely pergola walkway, private out of ground pool, outdoor shower, childrens' play area and superb views. There is a private driveway with parking.
In 2007 Coreglia Antelminelli was votes as one of the nicest villages in Italy
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