The area is so peaceful & relaxing. The pool is fantastic and gardens are lovely. There is a lot of room for the kids to play games on the very large grass areas away from the pool. We met the owners Loriana and Alessandro on days when cleaning house and pool are done. They are really friendly and helpful people.
I highly recommend this villa if you are after a lovely, spacious villa with great pool and outdoor space.
The restaurant in Pieve -20 mins walk (Il Pozzo) is very good, we haven't found anything better for us in terms of good service / food / price. Great pizza ! Recommend you book any evening as also very popular with locals.
We had a great 2 week holiday in this spacious villa that's in a secluded location, but still close to a town with amenities. We loved the pool and the pizza oven.
The villa and grounds are quite stunning, this will be our second visit to this villa, the pool has been recently moved and is a great sun spot if your looking for a tan. Also good as we can sit on the veranda and let the kids have a good splash about without the worry (The picture here - the pool is now directly in front of the veranda). The area itself is very quite and almost tranquil. We even had some wild dear come in the garden - Fantastic! (when I say the garden, it was within the grounds way up by the trees, but still an awesome sight at dusk!!) There is a stream to the rear of the property which we took the kids down, they loved it!
The only word to use for Casa Eli is Perfect.
We were a family of 3 adults and had a fantastic holiday. The house was great. Had everything we needed. Very clean and spacious.
The pool and garden were fab. Complete privacy all the time. The only sounds were the river and wildlife.
Location of Casa Eli was great for visiting cities and towns such as Lucca, Barga, Pisa and Florence.
We certainly hope to return to Casa Eli again.
I travelled to Tuscany with my Wife and 2 Children along with my Parents for the first 2 weeks in August 2015. I must admit to being daunted by the turn onto the single track of road as described by other reviewers, however for a competent driver it should be no issue. We had a 7-Seater Fiat Scudo and we manged the turn every day without any major issues.
All Rooms in the Villa are a very good size and very clean! The Swimming Pool (although I see from the images that it has changed location) was great for the Kids and Adults alike. There was also Bicycles available to use in the "Out House" as well as an additional Refrigerator if required. Outside there was a Pizza Oven and BBQ available to use also.
The walk into Pieve Fosciana is lovely as you walk through countryside, crossing a river from the rear of the Villa. The walk is approx. 15 Minutes to the centre of the Village where there a re numerous bars and shops. The main Restaurant in the Village is highly recommended and good value for money.
Supermarkets are also very close and are very good value for money also.
The only negatives we had of the Villa, but by no means would they put any of us off from returning were:
- There is no Air Conditioning in the Villa and only 1 Fan. At night time this caused a problem as there were 6 of us in 3 bedrooms. It wouldn't take a lot for the Owner to purchase 2 additional Fans to appease all rooms.
- All waste has to be separated into small recycle bins, however these are emptied daily if you take them to the end of the Single Track...a bit of a jaunt if you want a relaxing day by the pool. We discovered that there are Skips by the local Supermarket and chose to take the waste to these on the way to a day trip in the car.
- It is very dark, and may be a bit wary for some, when walking back from the local village (Pieve Fosciana) in the evening. As we had young children and Ladies in our party, this forced us to return to the Villa before it got to dark when we would have like to stay out for longer. The alternative is to get a Taxi, but this will only drop you off at the start of the single track road where you still have to walk in the dark (maybe just less than a mile).
Don't let these negative put you off however. We had a fantastic Holiday, one of the best we have had. Reminiscing as we were there this time last year...wish we were there now!
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