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Ai Monti

6
3
gardenpoolTvWi-FiDish WasherWashing Machine
€ 1,850
PRICES/WEEK                                    JULY/AUG                      JUNE/SEPT              MAY
   Includes bedding
towels, utlities and  and final clean            €2320                          €2075                        €1850                                        

Optional extra barn (closed                        €475                            €450                          €425
for privacy when not hired with house)
 
All rates shown are for indicative purposes only.
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Ai Monti is a beautiful Tuscan farmhouse set in the rugged mountains of Garfagnana.  The house sits within an organic vineyard and small working farm.  It is an ideal holiday spot for families, especially those with children.  The main house sleeps up to thirteen people in six bedrooms with additional accommodation available for a further 4, in the Cabana guesthouse for another four to six (closed off for privacy when not rented).

The house has everything you could need, including ping-pong table and alpacas to visit on the farm! 

The real highlight of the house during the summer has to be the pool.  It is spring fed so always stays refreshingly cool, ten metres long and ranging from three metres to one and a half metres deep.  It has stupendous panoramic views.  Days spent at Ai Monti in the summer always tend to revolve around the pool for very good reason.

The house is very much a family home and has all the comfort and also lived in and relaxed feel that implies.  The cosy sitting room is perfect for the occasional wet weather day and well stocked with board games, decks of cards, TV and DVDs and of course the all important WIFI!

Moreover there are large tables to accommodate all the family for meals, both inside and outside.

  There are few pleasures greater than sitting under the lush wisteria, admiring the stunning view over a leisurely meal and a glass of wine from the vineyards surrounding the house.


Fuller details:
Ground floor :

  • Enter into property into ground floor which houses kitchen/diner and utility room, between them equipped with double oven, aga, 5 ring hob, dishwasher, 2 washing machines, standard fridge freezer and a large American style fridge/freezer with ice maker. There is a breakfasting/food prep table and also a dining table with great views.

  • This traditional style farmhouse kitchen, well equipped for cooking for large groups, leads to a wonderful wisteria covered pergola dining terrace with fantastic mountain views.

  • Also on this floor is a cloakroom with WC, basin and bidet.Stairs to first floor, and midway there is a door leading to the pool and sunbathing terrace, and here there is also the pool shower room with wetroom style shower, wc and basin. This is technically an external shower room but is attached to the house beside the exit to pool area, so it is very handy to be used by those in the house.

First floor

  • This floor boasts a very spacious and comfortable living room, with fireplace, sat tv, dvd, shelves with loads of books, dvds, videos and games etc. Perfect for cooler evenings...

  • Double bedroom 

  • Twin bedroom 

  • Bedroom with 3 beds 

Second floor :

  • Midway up there is a door leading to balcony overlooking the pool

  • Enormous master bedroom with fireplace (as large as living room below!)

  • Double bedroom 

  • Twin bedroom 

  • Bathroom with bath, hand held shower, WC and bidet

  • Shower room with shower cubicle, basin.


Optional extra barn: 

  • Walk into living room, leading to large shower room and stairs to upper floor.  Directly into twin room, then separate double bedroom.

  • Short walk up hill from main house. 

  • This is basic accommodation but ideal for additional guests - available at Euro 475  per week . Closed off when not hired to ensure you have full privacy at the house.


External:

  • Wonderful private pool 10M x 5M with gorgeous mountain views, attracting the sunshine until late.

  • Plenty of space for dining together al fresco - 2 large dining areas, 1 under pergola, and 1 on patio outside front door . BBQ

  • Pool can be accessed from ground floor patio/pergola area via stairs that lead to pool terrace, or from internal stairs that lead directly onto pool terrace.

  • This house is immersed in greenery, with fields, olive trees and stunning mountain views. There are even Alpacas to visit !! 
     


A Little About the Area:

  • Perfectly located in the depths of the Garfagnana hills, on the sunny side of the valley with stupendous views, this very rural property is still convenient!

  • There is a restaurant  at the monks sanctuary just a stone's throw away, a pizzeria 2.3km away, and the house is just a ten-minute walk from Migliano, the nearest village, complete with café/bar for ice creams which also doubles local shop for essentials. There is also a pharmacy here. Sometimes local festas take place here, especially in August, with food and music (ranging from traditional dances to pop).

  • All this, and the house is also just 2km from the trains station, and just a ten minute drive from the bustling local market town of  Castelnuovo di Garfagnana complete with Thursday morning market, shopping, bars, gelaterias, eating places, and river. There is often music in the summer.

  • Barga, with its great restaurants, beautiful views, cathedral, tiny squares, live music, night time markets, art and cobbled streets is just a 15 minute drive too...

  • For relaxing afternoons out, there are lots of pretty villages to explore in the immediately locality, one of which is fully walled commanding outstanding views over the Apuane mountains. Many of these villages have festas in the summer with food, drink and dancing.

  • Why not visit  the National Park of Orrecchiella, the location is ideal for walking, hiking, horseriding, mountain biking and picnicking, surrounded by views of the seemingly endless mountains, and local chestnut woodland. 

  • For those who enjoy the outdoor life there is also a local tree climbing/zip wiring park, with courses adapted for all age groups, from the very young to adults.

  • There are local adventure parks where one can try water canyoning, rock climbing, swimming in rock pools, canoeing etc and there is the Grotta del Vento, a massive cave system in the mountains which is a good day out.

  • There is an ancient fortress to visit with jaw dropping views, and interactive displays for children including a chance to try a little archery.

  • For when a townie day beckons, there are the aforementioned towns of Castelnuovo and Barga close by 

  • Lucca, the fully walled Mediaeval City and the Capital of the Region is less than and hours drive and one can spend the day cycling or meandering along its ample walls; people watching in both the grand and tiny piazzas with prosecco, coffee or ice cream; designer shopping; climbing towers, visiting some of its 99 churches or just taking in the atmosphere. If you like opera, there is a recital every evening before dinner in a unique church setting.

  • The traditional Tuscan sites of Pisa and Florence are easily do-able in a day trip as are the beaches of Forte dei Marmi or Viareggio. Many guests also visit the Cinque Terre..

  • The Golf Course of Garfagnana is only a 15/20  min drive.

  • Florence 1 hr 40 mins

  • Perfect location in the  Italian countryside, yet with facilities nearby - experience the real Italy!

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