Sue, Gloucestershire As a family of 5, including three young adults we spent a totally relaxing week here enjoying privacy, walks from the house, trips to the local villages and town by car as well as a day in Lucca by train. The elevation, giving us some gentle breeze and the lovely pool made the heat of the early summer very pleasant. The house itself was sensitively and tastefully renovated and well appointed. The spaciousness of indoor and outdoor spaces gave us variety and many opportunities to enjoy the outstanding view. We did not manage to meet Giovanna, the house manager, but she was easily contacted by WhatsApp. Thank you June 2018
A characterful house with stunning views. ★ ★ ★ ★
The house was lovely inside and out with breathtaking views over the valley. The interior was full of character and reflected the mountain setting. We enjoyed visiting nearby places of interest. In cooler months, local hikes would undoubtedly be wonderful for the energetic visitor. We ate very well in local restaurants and the owner's recommendations were most helpful. Our children very much enjoyed the nearby tree top climbing and we loved poking around the nearby towns and villages which were refreshingly uncrowded and not touristy.
Date of arrival 25 Aug 2018
Lovely pool, wonderful views ★ ★ ★ ★
We return yearly to this area, and to Homeaway to provide accommodation that matches the description on the website. Col di Maturaia has a slightly daunting drive down to the villa, but this results in seclusion, wonderful views, and the entertainment of wild boar in the orchard at night. The aspect of the pool meant we got sun until late in the day - often dragging ourselves indoors at 8pm. Locally the small town of Pieve has a great range of local stores with a baker, butcher, greengrocer, and gelato/coffee bar to name our more frequented ones. (Do try the regional "hand" shaped bread). There are really good supermarkets in the town too. We drove to Florence (2 hours) but enjoyed buying leather bags/satchels in Lucca (50 mins), where we found local workshops. Castiglione provided our favourite meal of the holiday, in an unassuming restaurant inside the walls we were served wonderful homemade food.We were lucky with the weather, but good wi fi and comfy sofas would have meant we were covered either way.
Date of arrival 12 Aug 2017
What an amazing location ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is an amazing property, the location is up the hill away from Pieve Foscana however it is only a quick drive down the hill.
The views from the swimming pool is stunning. The pool is large and has very good beds and umbrellas.
The house is large with plenty of spaces for people to go off and hide. The patios outside were lovely to sit out in the evening and watch the world go by.
There are plenty of small local shops down in Pieve Foscana or a couple of supermarkets
The restaurant up the hill serving local dishes and pizza is amazing along with plenty down in PF and the surrounding villages.
A ride up the hill to San Pelligreno is recommended as the views are just stunning I imagine the walls would be good however it was too late in the evening so we just settled for a meal in one of the restaurants which was lovely.
If you want a relaxing holiday away from everything this is the place however there are plenty of places to visits as we visited Florence and Pisa as well as going go carting down near Lucca
Date of Arrival 29 July 2017
“Relaxing, peaceful and secluded with breathtaking views”
|Lovely, quiet home with gorgeous views
||★ ★ ★ ★ ★
|We had a relaxing, peaceful stay at Col di Maturaia - the house and pool are well-maintained, spacious and comfortable, and the views are breathtaking. We found plenty to do in the area, with a castle, medieval towns, the grotto, and beautiful hikes all within easy drives. Giovanna was responsive and very easy to work with. The kitchen is well equipped, and we were happy to spend some time relaxing and cooking at "home" after lots of sightseeing elsewhere in Italy.
|Date of arrival
||13 June 2015
Reviewed September 14, 2015
The photos on the website really don't do this fantastic property justice. Although the drive up the mountain roads is a little hair raising it is worth the effort to reach this beautiful location. The house had everything we needed inside and was spacious and well equipped. However, it is the grounds and views across the valley that really make this place special.
We spent most of our days lounging around the pool relaxing and gazing at the mountains in the distance, but the odd time we ventured out we loved visiting the surrounding villages and Castelnuovo. There are good restaurants a short drive away but we enjoyed BBQing and watching the sun go down from the terrace.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property for those wanting and secluded and relaxing break. It's also a great place for wildlife and we won't forget the wild boar stomping around under the fruit trees!