A warm welcome was already a special beginning, when we arrived via mountain roads. Our host only spoke Italian, but had a translation machine in English on his mobile phone, so we always came out. He came by every morning to see if everything was in order and was always prepared for advice and information. A great accompaniment!
The first evening we went to the pizzeria downstairs in the village where the atmosphere was great fun and the food was traditional Italian, without a menu in English. Back to the top we saw hundreds of fireflies, a very special experience.
The two weeks we were there were filled with mountain walks and a visit to Lucca and other places. This was also necessary because of the messages.
Especially the breakfast with a view of the mountains was spectacular. Even from the pool you never got enough of it.
Moreover, on our arrival the other houses were not occupied, so we had the feeling that it was our own 'castle', with free access to the whole area.
It was beautiful weather, with an occasional thunderstorm at the end of the afternoon. That was also an experience, with the reflection between the mountains.
The mountain slopes and the verges were filled with wild plants, where a huge amount of insects came to collect their honey. You could hear a whole choir humming in the afternoon.
We did not - very special - use wifi and t.v., which gave extra peace.
The host brought us beautiful heads of lettuce from our own garden and we were also allowed to pack ourselves if we needed something without any costs.
In short, we have spent a fantastic holiday there.
If I could make a suggestion: combating the ants that were mainly active in the cooking area. They loved fruit, which we had bought big ....
And it would be a great plus if the pizzeria could bake bread on order.
Lovely property in a glorious spot ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We booked all three apartments for a family holiday. They were very clean and well looked after with all the facilities we needed. The pool was great with an amazing view. Loriano was helpful and kind offering us fresh tomatoes from the garden and home made cakes. A brilliant week.
Date of arrival - 5 Aug 2017
Beautiful tranquil setting with stunning views! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We spent a week at this propert in late August. We rented out all three of the locations on site.
The surrounding views are outstanding.
A retreat for anyone wishing a quiet relaxing time away from it all. Nearest supermarket is in Gallicano, a 20 minute drive down the mountain.
It was a little difficult to find. It's 800 meters high and only road is narrow and very windy. Blink and you will miss the turn to La Foce. but the magnificent views once there make it worthwhile.
Villa Edera and Villa Eden is one house split in two with identtial layout on both floors. Two double bedrooms, one bathroom, double sofa bed in living area which includes kitchen facilities including dishwasher.
Villa Edera, the lower floor has very large patio area.
Villa Eden has smaller patio area to the front.
The metado is located next to the pool and has one double bedroom and one single sofa bed. Very quaint. Our breakfast view in the morning was stunning.
The pool was lovely, slightly on the cold side for me but the kids loved it and it was hard to rear them away.
Loriano, the owner was on hand on arrival to welcome us and explain the facilities to us.
Everything is catered for. A couple bikes and helmrts. There's even bbq.
Washing machine & iron is located in laundry room, which serves all three apartments.
Everything was very clean.
Enough outside table chairs and sun loungers for all.
There is room for 2 cars on site with additional parking a few metres away.
Thank you to Loriano and his wife for having such a delightful place.
We highly recommend and would definitely look at staying again!
Pleasant stay in magnificent property Magnificent property, surrounded by a large garden well maintained, quiet and not overlooked. Beautiful exhibition and very beautiful panorama. The three apartments, independent, are comfortable, well arranged, equipped with all the necessary (BBQ, oven, dishwasher ....). Nice swimming pool with many sunbeds. A discreet owner and available at any time if necessary. A big thank you to his wife for the two welcome cakes. Here no bail or inventory, only mutual trust and respect are required. To see absolutely: Lucca and its ramparts, Pisa, its tower "pendente" and its course of the miracles. To do in the natural park of Orrido di Bottri: up the stream to reach a natural swimming pool (provide good sneakers). Only flat, first traders in 20mn (winding mountain roads and very narrow - do not forget the butter ...).
Wonderful views, amazing place ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a wonderful stay at Erica - it really is a gorgeous place and the photographs don't do it justice! It is a long drive (20mins) up the mountain but the road isn't bad, and the views are absolutely breathtaking. Erica is spacious, clean and has been converted to a high standard but the real selling point is the outdoor space, with plenty of places to sit, eat or just enjoy the view. Its very quiet due to its location so if its nightlife you're looking for then this isn't the place for you but its perfect for a barbeque and relaxing with a bottle of wine or 2! Loriano, the host, is lovely and calls in twice a day to check everything is OK, he brought us veg from his garden and encouraged us to help ourselves to salad too. The pool is clean and refreshing and is scented by the jasmine bushes that grow around it.
Date of arrival 8 July 2017
July 2017 - We had an absolutely wonderful time and there really is nothing that Loriano could do to improve, he was a lovely kind host and we loved meeting him and seeing the pride he rightly has for his property.
Excellent 5 stars
Review Submitted: 01 September 2016 Date of Stay: August 2016
Absolutely enjoyed our stay here very much. Stunning views from the property. Very comfortable accommodation. Good beds, fully equiped kitchen en lovely swimmingpool. We walked to the nearest village, but it does take about 30 mins and the way back is mostly uphill. However, if you stock up on food and drink you really wouldn't have to leave :). Have a bbq, sip the local wine and just relax! Can definitely recommend!
|Two weeks of total peace and relaxation!!!
|We had a fabulous two week holiday. Peace and quiet, stunning views - you could not ask for anything more.
The house was spotlessly clean and offered comfortable accommodation. The garden and outside area were fabulous.
Loriano, the owner, visited daily to make sure everything was just right. We were welcomed to help ourselves to the fruit and vegetables growing in the garden.
We would definitely recommend this property if you are looking to get away from it all.
place and views excellent. Tucked away and very peaceful. Spent 4 nights here in the Metato one bedroomed barn end September 2016. Would definitely recommend for a get away from it all type of break . Interesting non touristy places to visit worth going to Barga and Castelnuovo, Roggio, Campocatino very unique place high in the hills but worth the drive. Thoroughly enjoyed the place. The pool is a good size and clean but freezing ! However I did manage a 10 minute dip each morning if the sun was out very exhilarating! Loriano the owner lives in the village and dropped by each day to check all ok but his visits were not intrusive. Would 100% recommend
Stay: Late September 2016
This is the Italian, Rural Idyll
Left on Jun 27, 2016 for a stay in Jul 2014
My travel and accommodation history spans snow holes to seven star accommodation and the fact that I'm returning to Metato, for the fourth time, speaks volumes. This is the Italian, Rural Idyll. Metato is a beautifully converted chestnut hut, offering stunning views and the perfect, romantic, private, Italian retreat for those who wish to experience true, rural Italy. It is a great location for brilliant walks, scrambles, views, gastronomy and culture in nearby towns. We've stayed there three times, in different seasons to appreciate varied flora, autumnal scents, snow and daffodils. The house itself is lovely, cosy and has everything you would need for this style of holiday. It is well maintained by the attentive, yet unintrusive owners who care about their property and their guests. In the area; Barga for art, food, views and all-round loveliness. Grotto del Vento for geological interest and adventure, Lucca for food, cafe society, style, music, opera, festivals and a bike or tandem ride around the city walls. Numerous day hikes with terrain to include pastures, towering rock escarpments, woodland, forest, ridges, summits and stream-side rambling. Numerous little cafes, restaurants, places of historical and cultural interest tucked away in delightfully surprising places. This place is a gem and we have already booked to go back.
Coming Home 5/5
Left on Jun 20, 2016 for a stay in Aug 2015
When we first arrived, Loriano was already waiting for us. He greeted us and made us feel like home immediately. There was also a delicious cake waiting for us inside (Liviana made it). During our stay Loriano has checked on us daily. He made sure the pool was very clean and that everything was okay. If you needed something you could call him and he would be there in 5 minutes. They also made a reservation for this restaurant in village: 'Il toto'. A great place with great people. And if you are too tired to walk back, Loriano is there to give you a ride. I really enjoyed staying here and you have everything you need. The owners are the kindest people and make you feel like you are at home. The long ride was totally worth it and I can't wait to come back in 2016. That's why we cannot stop coming back to this place. I have made some great memories here and I would really recommend this place to all my friends.
wonderful welcome, wonderful time, with wonderful hosts 5/5
Left on Jun 20, 2016 for a stay in Jul 2015
The stay in la Foce was fantastic from the very first second. We were welcomed by the always smiling owner Loriano, who showed us 'our' house and the beautiful garden and pool. Loriano offered us some vegetables fresh from the garden, and immediately made a reservation in the nearby lovely restaurant for us and our friends who stayed in one of the two other appartments. The swimming pool was great fun for our children, and it was great to see that it was kept very clean. Most important for us is that you feel all of this is done with so much love, nothing is too much for Loriano and his wife Liviano. They try to make the stay for everybody, whatever the nationality or age, unforgettable. La Foce remains in our heart forever.
5/5 Wonderful location, accommodation is rustic, well maintained and befitting the location. Mr Pocai (owner) is charming with free logs and kindling brought every day, if you want to get away from it all and enjoy views, walks and food then this is the place. 100% recommended, already booked again for our honeymoon in October.
1/5 Stunning scenery and lovely surrounds but accommodation very poor. Tired and dated furniture, generally too small and basic, lots of things didn't work properly. Worst accommodation we've stayed in - would not recommend.
We are very sorry that you that you did not enjoy your stay, and that there were items in the property not working. We would of course have rectified all matters if we, or the owner had known about them at the time.The owner pops up every day, to ensure guests are happy and we are on call 24 hours a day. Thank you for the points you have since raised which have all been investigated.
5/5 Andrew Biggs, Maidstone - What a fabulous location, villa and area - we will be back. The pictures of the villa inside do not do it justice. The decor and fittings are of very high quality and it’s perfect for a little hideaway. The views are outstanding and it’s location results in sun from sunrise to sunset with breathtaking views that change as the light alters during the day. Beautiful and we sign posted walks on your doorstep and within driving distance if you fancy something more challenging. The owner Mr Pocai is very hospitable but not at all intrusive; his restaurant is rustic and simple but what food and great value for money. I cannot recommend this highly enough for tranquility and time away from the pressures of day to day life.
Christine and william alexander Yorkshire England We loved this property. It was very clean, very well maintained, the owner, Mr Pocia, was very hospitable. Pool lovely, scenery breathtaking and nearby town of Molazzano and Gallicano had shop and supermarket. Highly recommend this.