Unbeatable views, peace and comfort, the perfect base for exploring the area
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About Jennifer Gale
The house was acquired as a complete ruin and my husband lovingly restored it with great character using original materials in keeping with it's rustic history. As he is no longer with us, it is a great and lasting tribute to his skill. I lived in number 11 with my son for 10 years. I now live in the UK and work as a Nurse in the NHS. I get to Castello as much as I can.
Jennifer Gale purchased this House in 1985
Why Jennifer Gale chose Borgo A Mozzano
The house is simple and rustic reflecting it's history as a farm worker's dwelling. It's stones are steeped in history. It remains part of a little community, my neighbours were born and bred in Castello. For anyone wanting an authentic, beautiful little countryside retreat as a base for exploring this remarkable and magnificent area of Tuscany then Castello 11 is perfect.
What makes this House unique
Peace and quiet after day trips to the cities of art. West facing covered terrace to enjoy the sunset. Nature all around you from the wild flowers in the olive groves to the swallows in the skies. Breathtaking views all year round. A decent sized village only 5 mins away for amenities and Lucca, the beach, the mountains, the cities of art and Pisa airport all just down the road!
Check-in: 3:30 pm
Check-out: 10:30 am
You agree to report any damage to the property or breakages caused by you or your party to my housekeeper and that you are liable for payment to cover costs before you leave Castello. If any problem arises in the house during your stay you agree to contact my housekeeper about it straight away. You agree to read and comply with any regulations/instructions set out in the property information folder located in the house. You agree to keep and leave the house in a clean and orderly state. You agree to leave make any payment due for linen to Ann my manager during your stay at Castello. You agree to assume full and total responsibility for the safeguarding of your personal belongings for the duration of your stay at Castello Number 11. You agree to assume full and total responsibility for the arrangement of personal health and travel insurance for all members of your party for the duration of your stay at Castello Number 11. You agree that no more than 5 people may stay in the property unless otherwise agreed with me the owner. You agree that the house must be vacated by 10.30 am on the day of departure to allow preparation for the next visitors. You agree not to arrive before 3.30pm on the day of arrival. The house will be open with the keys available. You agree that any cars are parked at the owners’ risk. There is parking for one car close to the house.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Perfect location for us. Enjoyed the remote, rustic feel of the house, as well as it's proximity to Lucca. The view is great, the outside spaces with this rental are perfect. Folks have mentioned the drive, I've seen much worse.
Fabulous Property, Idyllic Views, Excellent Host.
Jennifer's home in Castello is wonderful. Spacious, well equipped, nicely furnished, private and with a view to die for.
Jennifer herself is an expert host and ensured that everything was well prepared for our arrival.
No doubt everyone who stays in Castello falls in love with the place. We too! And we look forward to returning.
Peace and tranquility
What a wonderful week we had here in this glorious setting. We have been looking forward to this ever since we booked. The views were magnificent, opening the shutters and listening to the birds and distant bells were the ‘stuff of dreams’ . We were aware of the drive up to Castello especially the last 200m, even so on our second trip up we damaged the wheel. So please be extra careful on your approach.
We loved the house and all it’s quirks especially the (original) carousel. It had everything we could possibly need, just sitting on the terrace savouring all around us will stay in our memories always. Thank you Jennifer
Many thanks for your review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in Castello.
Peaceful retreat after busy days just what the doctor ordered.
Really beautiful typical Tuscan country cottage.
This was a stunning place to stay. Amazing views, very characterful house, which was more spacious than I imagined. Peaceful, yet a very realistic 25 minute drive to Lucca.
Just as you would imagine a peaceful countryside retreat.
If I hadn't already seen that the owner wouldn't sell, I'd be asking!
Wunderschönes altes charmantes Haus in herrlicher Lage oben in einem kleinen Weiler mit fantastischem Blick über das Tal. Wir haben besonders die Aussicht vom Balkon aus genossen, dies war unser Liebingsplatz zum Essen und Lesen. Daneben gab es noch einen schönen Sitzplatz auf der Terrasse, zu jeder Tageszeit findet man bei Hitze ein schattiges Plätzchen rund um's Haus. Hier leisteten uns oft zwei nette Katzen Gesellschaft, die sich immer über eine Futterration gefreut haben.
Lucca ist eine wunderschöne Stadt (hier gibt es auch einen großen Esselunga-Supermarkt zum Einkaufen mit toller Auswahl), Florenz haben wir mit dem Zug von Lucca aus besucht. Ansonsten gibt es Wanderungen in der näheren Umgebung, leckere Restaurants finden sich nach 10-20 Minuten Autofahrt in der Nähe.
Wir werden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen, wir waren alle drei begeistert.
Castello is just 17 km north of Lucca, one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany and just 2 km from the friendly village of Valdottavo. Heading north a short distance from Castello, is the Spa town of Bagni di Lucca with it's fabulous open air spa-water swimming pool and spa treatment centre. Then there is the historic walled city of Barga not to mention many beautiful hidden villages to explore and skiing at Abetone, an hours drive away. The delightful Cinque Terre -5 amazing little fishing ports - on the Ligurian coast line are a must do and less than an hour from Castello, along with Porto Venere .Florence is an easy trip just over 1 h. Siena and San Gimignano about a 2 hour drive away. The beach with lively cosmopolitan resorts like Viareggio, Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi and miles of golden sand is about 45 minutes away. Pisa Airport is 45 min by car and Florence airport about an hour away. There are excellent motorway and rail connections from Lucca.