Traditional Tuscan village house. Luxury accommodation - Sleeps 6, 3 bathrooms, 2 terraces. Stunning views.
Casa Gisella is a truly unique property bursting with character and charm and set in a village of incredible beauty. It is in Lunigiana an upspoilt area in the north of Tuscany.
Casa Gisella has been lovingly and traditionally restored by local craftsmen filling it with character right down to every detail; Chestnut wood is used throughout for beams, doors and shutters. Original stone areas both outside and inside. Terracotta tiles on the roofs. Ironwork (original and new) for the railings. Gutters, drains and chimney in copper - everything has been done carefully and with high quality.
It is furnished and appointed as a home should be, comfortably with modern conveniences yet sympathetic to the traditional design. The tastefully co-ordinated interiors add to the experience of luxury and comfort.
The accommodation is set on 4 levels and includes 2 double bedrooms both with en suite shower rooms, and 1 twin room with a main bathroom. The utility area provides a washing machine. There is a large kitchen/living/dining area which opens up to a breakfast terrace. A larger roof terrace on the top floor offers an amazing vantage point across the valleys and to the mountains and the opportunity for dining and relaxing outside.
The property is located in Bastia a small village set high on a hill in the foothills of the Appenines. The village is dominated by a large castle and church. The views from the house and village are incredible and the peace and quiet so relaxing.
The people in the village are friendly and welcoming and there is a real community feel. Staying at Casa Gisella allows you to experience a 'real' part of Italy in an area unspoilt by tourism. The restaurants serve delicious local produce; the local mobile shop calls at the village and becomes a focus point for everyone to catch up; the nearby shops sell beautiful local meats and cheeses and other strange specialities like chestnut flour, wild boar and fresh mushrooms.
Our local Italian friends welcome our guests and make sure they settle in and have everything they need. They are always on hand if there is a problem or a question.
Casa Gisella is a house that has been created from the heart and staying there is a relaxing and special experience.
On arrival you are greeted with a basket of fine Italian food and wines and all the basics to start you off.
The house has an information book packed with details of the local area, restaurants, things to see and places to go, or just tell us what you want and we will do our best to help.
We pride ourselves on the luxury ,cleanliness and comfort in Casa Gisella. Cleaning Services are included in the rental price both at the end of your stay, and also midweek during your stay.
Casa Gisella is ideally placed for many activities and sights. Just 15 minutes from the main A15 motorway, you can travel in any direction quickly and conveniently. This means that you can arrive from Pisa, Genoa or Parma airports in about an hour or Milan or Bologna in under 2 and a half hours.
Once here you will discover that you won't have enough time to see everything...
The mountain areas are stunning and provide great skiiing in winter.
Or head to the coast and visit the world famous Cinque Terre, just 35 minutes away by car or train. Closer still are the beaches and coast of Portovenere and Lerici where you can experience real Italian Ice-cream! Of course the Tuscan coast to the south or Portofino and the Italian Riviera to the north are both within 1 hour's drive.
An alternative destination is the wonderful Parma - a true gastronomic delight to sample the fine meats and cheeses in one of the many restaurants and cafes - just 1 hours's drive.
Of course there is no need to travel far to enjoy this area. Within minutes of the house are many castles, medieval villages, breathtaking countryside and stunning sights.
This is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of Italy and never fails to amaze and satifsy its visitors.
It is a lovely villa and location. We had a very good holiday here alas only 3 days! We arrived later in the evening than anticipated following the drive from Genoa - the final climb to Bastia is more easily accomplished in daylight to those unaccustomed to Tuscan roads - to a very warm welcome from the lady managing the villa, locally, on behalf of the owners.
Nigel from Crossgar
Stayed 14 Sep 2013 with Friends
My wife and I had the most wonderful time at Casa Gisella. We were at the house for 6 nights and we wish it had been more. The house is beautiful and very homely, it had everything we could have asked for, the facilities were terrific and the location awe inspiring. We wanted a relaxing time and we couldnt have picked a better place. To wake up in the mornings in peace and quiet and then to walk onto either of the terraces and just drink in the view was something we will not forget. The twisty mountainous approach road adds a degree of isolation to the village which is perhaps why the village and the house felt like a haven of tranquility and the imposing backdro p of the castle behind the property makes this the most unique location we have ever holidayed at.
We would love to go back in the future and indeed would look forward to it, we will certainly recommend it to our friends and anyone who will listen.
Thank you Ronnie and Alison for the time we spent in your beautiful Italian home.
Nigel & Linda Jamison
Peter from Chatham
Stayed 02 Sep 2008
The property and location were both exactly as described and excellent in every way. The only downside was that in such a peaceful location, building works nearby were rather noisy at certain times every day, which did spoil the tranquility, i think we were just unlucky. The only other consructive comment I would make is that the property would benefit from more storage space for clothes, ie additional wardrobes or chests of drawers. Once again however the property and location were both beautiful.
Tim from Watford
Stayed 30 Aug 2008
Casa Gisella was perfect for our getaway-from-it-all weekend away (three friends). Its location on the side of a quiet hill village gives stunning views from the terraces and main room. With great weather we spent a lot of time on the main terrace. We were conscious that the cottage is very close to neighbours and felt obliged not to be too noisy. The welcome from the concierge, Antonella, the food and wine were much appreciated and enabled us to settle in straight away. We were more than satisfied by the accommodation itself, the quality of the facilities, decor, furnishings and cleanliness. Our only disappointment was that we couldnt stay longer.
Ross from Chorley
Stayed 02 Aug 2007
a thoroughly enjoyable week.
fantastic views and immaculate home.
Kyle from Belfast
Stayed 07 Jul 2007
Casa Gisella was the highlight of our holiday in Italy which is saying something considering the quality of the locations in which we stayed.
As a villa for a relaxing holiday it was ideal, with magnificent views, excellent location between the beaches and mountains and superb accomodation.
If you're looking for a wild holiday (like Ibiza/Magaluf) then I wouldn't recommend Casa Gisella as this is more for relaxation (and exploring) rather than 24 hr partying.
So it depends what you're after really.
We wanted somewhere to experience authentic Italy without the crowds of the traditional tourist areas in Tuscany and the rest of Italy.
The town of Bastia itself has no shops and is on a mountainside so a car is a must if you're visiting.
We managed to find a number of excellent restaurants nearby and as soon as you visit Italy you'll understand what I'm about to say next - Sat nav is highly recommended.
The accomodation itself was exceptional. It is finished to the very highst standards and the owners have thought of virtually everything. I would liken it to staying in a showhouse as there is simply everything you could possibly want.
I suspect many visitors will miss how well the house is finished because they'll be too busy looking at the views which are simply breath taking.
Overall a great place to stay (but make sure you have a car for your stay - which is useful anyway for trips into the nearby mountains).
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Central Heating is charged extra and is payable in Euro at the end of your stay. This is charged per gas unit used at a cost of €4 per gas unit (not GBP as indicated to the right). One unit per day is included in your rental cost, and all extra gas is chargeable. This cost will be taken from your breakages deposit if you are unable to pay at the house. As a rule of thumb, budget for between 3 and 6 units of gas per day depending on season and average use from October to April.
All your needs are taken care of in Casa Gisella with a luxury, well appointed kitchen and comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms. Every detail is thought of to make you feel completely at home.
The two terraces have outside furniture for dining and relaxing and provide breathtaking views across the valleys.
If relaxing inside, the TV, DVD and CD player all help and we provide a selection of CDs, DVDs, books and games for your enjoyment.