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Sitting room from dining room
Dining room from sitting room
Ist double bedroom
Second double bedroom
Charming Tuscan twin room
Second twin room,double aspect
Second dining area on Piazza
East side of Piazza,with Private Parking
Looking to the West side of Piazza
Sun on Piazza
Breakfast,under vines on the rear terrace
Pizza oven from dining table
View from rear dining terrace
Large stone Pizza Oven
Piazza San Rocco
Main Kitchen
Summer Kitchen Window
Summer kitchen window
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Bathroom with view on to Piazza
Entrance hallway
Summer kitchen
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Barga, Province of Lucca, Tuscany

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Adam A
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“Illustrious holiday in the hills of Tuscan wine country”
Reviewed 13 April 2016 for a stay in June 2015

My wife and I were in dire need of something special, relaxing and gorgeous after the insanity of planning our wedding in Chicago. This utterly amazing spot provided the perfect get-away; we honestly could not have been happier.

The villa, and surrounding Sommocolonia area, presented so much to do that we never felt the need to actually leave the area. Remote in only the vaguest of terms, the village on the hill is just far enough to feel "away-from-it-all", but close enough to civilization to provide ample opportunity to explore truly wonderful experiences on your doorstep.

Let's start with the Villa itself, as this is where we spent a good deal of our time. It's absolutely gorgeous with ornate details. Each room is uniquely decorated and has all the necessities (bedding, night stands, wardrobes and lighting). The space is massive and could quite comfortably fit a family, but as there was only two of us we spent most our time on the main level and the outdoor patio. The living room and kitchen are simply sublime. There's plenty of information about the outlying area available, but more than that was the adorable kitchen. It felt like home immediately and drew us in. We searched any day trips we had with the available wifi, we spent hours relaxing, reading and playing games. If we weren't doing that we were using the sizable kitchen and dining room to prepare our meals (there's even another downstairs which we used on occasion for prepping pizzas... more on that in a bit).

There are two porches, the one that stood out to us was the one just off the main road where we spent any available moment we had sipping wine and eating our home made pizzas out of the built-in-the-wall wood fired pizza oven. Honestly, this is what I remembered most and it was absolutely amazing. We had never done this before and could not believe how much fun it was to make, from scratch, pizza. It was simply amazing (... you know, after the first few attempts :). The views from this patio (and all of the windows in the place) were stunning. As a photographer, I found the hills and the unique area provided loads of creative opportunity that stretched on forever (I even picked up drawing again because the area acted like a muse).

On the few day trips we did take, we ventured easily to Lucca, beaches along the cost, Cinque Terre, and a day full of several wineries. Lucca was extremely fun and had everything you would want from a city like Florence or Rome, but without the hassle and tourist overload: 5 star dining, unique shopping, luxury stores alongside your big chains, and amazing chocolates, wine and food. We're definitely planning a return trip. Cinque Terre was accessible via an unbelievably gorgeous drive through the mountainsides. And we could look up parking, transportation, and everything ahead of time. The only thing to take note of, is that the parking for the Villa is up a pretty tight and narrow turn. We parked in Sommocolonia's parking spots for the most part, which were less than 50meter walk away.

A super cool aspect of Sommocolonia was that a small grocery van pulls up weekly so you can buy any necessities with barely leaving your door. If you need anything major, Barga's right down the road, and anything more than that is a small jump over to Lucca. We routinely bought our groceries (including pizza ingredients!) straight from there.

There's plenty of hiking, nature, and stunning views from the hill itself (along with plenty of historical significance and knowledge to be dropped around the area). However, you can pop on down to Barga to soak up sun at the pool or one of the numerous shops, cafes, bars or restaurants. We went down maybe every other day just to explore because it's adorable and the people are extremely kind. There is loads of delicious food abound. Additionally, there's a pretty big art scene, especially for a small town, where you can find and buy unique and local pieces for souvenirs or art to hang up.

A highlight day-trip was when we went to Valle De Sole winery a little bit away. Their olive oil and wines are served around Barga and Lucca and the folks there were kind and informative.

The locals in Sommocolonia were very nice, and if we needed anything they would've been there. Fortunately, our hosts had the place so well-prepared that we were self-sufficient for our entire stay. Everything was pristine and readily-available.

There's not a long period of time that goes by that I don't think about our time hand-making stove-top mokka pot coffees in the mornings, wining it up throughout the day, and cooking wonderful meals (also, not lying, the sink is pretty awesome so dishes were actually kinda fun). The picturesque scenery (even during a thunderstorm we had) was everything we could want to write home about.

Honestly, we can't wait to go back.

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Liked best: The patio with stunning views and the woodfired pizza oven.
Liked least: The driveway is a bit steep, so make sure to have an agile car.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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We are so delighted that you enjoyed your very special occasion and look forward to hosting you again in the future
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Sandra K
1 review
“Beautiful house and setting”
Reviewed 14 February 2016 for a stay in September 2015

This was such a beautiful place to stay and an amazingly relaxing trip came from it. The first thing that comes to mind to share is how truly quiet it is up in Sommocolonia. As soon as we'd settled our things, I stuck my head out of a window on one of the upper floors and didn't bring it back in until after a good few minutes of lapping up my surroundings. I couldn't believe how much more quiet it felt than just sitting in the house with no tv or appliances on - the space surrounding you and the breath-taking views make it feel so much more solid a silence. This made it the perfect place for reflecting and enjoying the simple pleasures of nature, the sunshine and the stones beneath my feet.

That's not to suggest civilization isn't accessible; a short drive takes you to the town of Barga, which we took to doing every day for cheap and delicious coffee and pastries. From there we also travelled easily to Lucca by train. We eat out in Barga most nights, but I loved sitting outside at the house. We used the kitchen - which is really well-equipped - to make our own pizzas one night, and sat outside. For a Scottish resident, this is a rare luxury, and the view of the stars made it all the more memorable.

I would say that the location would make this more of a adults' ideal location, and bear in mind when staying that you usually need to go down to Barga to get groceries, etc. For us it was just something to bear in mind when planning our days - if it were more populated, we wouldn't have had the rich experience of local history that we did. There's a well in the front (or back, possibly, it was hard to tell) of the house which draws fresh drinking water from within the hill/mountain, which was built in honour of the life and death a young relative of one of the neighbours during WWII. I love getting this kind of local knowledge and the village has a fantastic history, but with this comes the remoteness of the village - definitely worth bearing in mind for those who prefer bustling holidays.

Another thing to bear in mind is the driving involved - the hills (or mountains - I think they are technically hills but feel very high) mean driving on windy roads. The scenery there is beautiful, but the one-way winding is something to be aware of if you're easily made unwell, or a nervous driver.

The decor was lovely inside the home. Taking a bath felt luxurious and the care taken with decorating is impressive and very tasteful. It made it feel like I was staying in someone's settled home, rather than somewhere intended as short term accommodation. I'd definitely love to go back one day soon.

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  • Was the property as advertised?
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Management Response
16 Feb 2016
Thank you ,we're so pleased you enjoyed Break .
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