About this listing
Il Metatino is a lovingly restored former chestnut roasting cottage, keeping its original features, with arches, exposed chestnut beams and terra-cotta tiled floors and ceilings. With 2 patios, kitchen, 1 bathroom, living room, 1 double bedroom and a mezzanine with 1 single bed.
"Il Metatino" is a lovingly restored former chestnut roasting cottage, keeping it's original features, with arches, exposed chestnut beams and terra-cotta tiled floors and ceilings, white washed walls. It has a couple of outside terraces, one with a pergola shaded by an ancient fig tree and another which is a sun trap, all have fantastic views with medieval hamlets and villages perched on the hillsides. The nearest town of Bagni di Lucca (the baths of Lucca) is 4 miles away down the valley and has all the amenities you could wish for, the historic city of Lucca is 16 miles away .
Staying here gives you the chance to explore three important aspects of this beautiful region of Italy. Firstly, the art, architecture and civilised way of life in towns and cities - Lucca (18 miles), Pisa (35 miles) and Florence (60 miles) are easily reached by road or rail. Though they are further away, Bologna, Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano are all viable day trips by car. Lucca our provincial capital is truly a memorably beautiful town. The walk around the wall is the favourite walk of many locals let alone tourists, with views of the town on one side and of the surrounding countryside on the other. Bikes can be hired to add healthy extra exercise to the experience.
Secondly, there is the beach culture to sample. You will be a little over an hour's drive from Viareggio the main resort of the Versilian coast and miles of sandy beaches backed by the marble mountains of Carrara. The beaches are mainly managed by entry-charging concessions but there are advantages - umbrellas and loungers provided in your own space, freshly raked sand and, for refreshment, hot drinks, soft drinks, chilled wine and beer and cold and hot food on pleasant terraces. Further on, up the coastal autostrada and now a total drive of 90 minutes, Lerici is well worth a visit - a lovely little coastal town in a beautiful setting with a regular boat service across the Gulf of the Poets (Shelley, etc.) to the equally beautiful resort of Portovenere.
Thirdly is the Italy often hidden from the package tour tourist. This house is in the heart of a relatively unspoilt, hilly country region with the charming town of Bagni di Lucca just a ten minute drive away. The town has a three-pool facility in a beautiful, scenic setting, restaurants, bars, a range of shops and a local market. Villages are set in hilly chestnut forests where self-sufficiency exists alongside the use of local supermarkets. Footpaths and ancient mule tracks provide scenic routes for walkers of all ages and abilities. One favourite walk is the 15 minute stroll from the house to the well-stocked food shop in the next village! Another favourite activity has been simply sitting in the late afternoon sun on the courtyard, with an aperitivo, looking at the view and drinking in the atmosphere - along with the aperitivo of course!
There is an ancient stone terrace to the front of the property with an arched covered sitting area for shade, there are 2 graveled patio areas to the back accessed through the kitchen door, one shaded with a pergola and ancient fig tree and another for the sun, all have fantastic views, tables and chairs and there is a bench, BBQ and relaxation chairs.
Outside utility room with washing machine and dishwasher, just outside kitchen door. There is a beautiful upstairs reading area, with arched windows and wonderful light with fantastic views.
Other things to note
There is parking adjacent to the cottage and you can stop next to the cottage to unload on arrival and drop off shopping etc. All linen and towels are included except swimming towels.
- The cottage is Not suitable for kids because of the low windows.
Not suitable for people with reduced mobility - the stairs are a bit steep.
The ceiling in the bedroom has some low part - the lower point and the bedroom door are 1 m 60 cm (5' 3").
- Check-In: After 16:00
- Check-out: Before 10:00
If you need earlier check-in or later check-out please ask before booking, we always try to be flexible.
- Smoking is allowed only outside.
- Please leave the house in a reasonable state of cleanliness - wash your dishes and bring out your garbage.
-L'alloggio non è adatto a bambini piccoli poiché le finestre sono un po' basse. Non è adatto a persone con mobilità ridotta in quanto le scale non sono facili da salire/scendere.
Il soffitto della camera da letto ha dei punti un po' bassi. Le parti più basse e la porta della camera da letto sono alte 1 m 60 cm (5' 3").
- Check-In: Dopo le 16:00
- Check-out: Prima delle 10:00
Se avete bisogno di check-in anticipato o check-out posticipato, chiedete prima di prenotare: cerchiamo sempre di essere flessibili.
- è permesso fumare solo all'esterno della casa.
- Siete pregati di lasciare la casa in condizioni simili a quelle in cui l'avete trovata, pertanto vi chiediamo di non lasciare piatti sporchi e di portare via la vostra spazzatura.
This host has a Strict Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 30 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 30 days of the trip and get a 50% refund of the nightly rate, as well as a full refund of fees.