La Casetta del Poggiolo… a new addition for vacation rentals…

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La Casetta del Poggiolo…

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La Casetta is a palazzina located in the Medieval village of Codiponte which is situated in the area of NW Tuscany called the Lunigiana. The two floor house was built in the Medici-style in the 1700’s to be the owner’s main and fancier living quarters to the 800 year old farm-house, il Poggiolo. As it often happens in Italy, death divided the property between the heirs so, the house was never completed as intended. La Casetta was completely re-built and updated in 2009.

The entrance to La Casetta is underneath the tall archway at the top of il Poggiolo’s ramp after crossing the Medieval bridge of Codiponte. Codiponte in the local dialect means at the head of the bridge. Inside is immediately the DR off of which there is a fully complete Kitchen through the left hand sliding door and a GBR with 2 single beds through the right hand door. Up the stairs is a large salotto or, LR with an enclosed fireplace. A short hallway from the LR leads to the MBR with a double-bed and with views over the Aulella River, and the Bathroom with shower. The entire house is charmingly decorated with a mix of antiques, flea-market finds and contemporary artwork and furnishings.

Outside the front entrance to La Casetta is a gate to another ramp which, taking the first left through the cantina of the farm-house, takes you to a double-door leading out to the 2,000 sqm. of grassy terraces planted with fruit & olive trees. There’s even a Fish Pond!

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Minimum Stay of 3 nights is US$ 330/Euro 300 and 1 Week is US$ 620/Euro 560. Extra-night is US$ 110/Euro 100. Extra-person is US$ 25/Euro 20 per night. There are also a Cleaning & Laundry Fee of US$ 85/Euro 75 and a Security Deposit of US$ 220/Euro 200. Wi-fi & Parking are provided and are free. Inquires/Bookings:  Please send an email to forrest@forrestspears.com with your dates, full name and address. Thank you so much!

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A little something about Codiponte & the Lunigiana…
Codiponte is the home to 150 year-round residents. The population swells in the summer months to over 300. The village supports two convenience stores for basic food & cleaning items, a bar… The Social Center of the community… a green-grocer, an excellent butcher shop, “Macelleria da Massimo”, and a few other shops for household & clothing items. Casola in Lunigiana, the next town above Codiponte, has a post-office, bank, the Carabinieri & similar food & retail shops. Gragnola, the next town below, has a grocery-store, bank, an assortment of shops like the other two towns and the train station for service to Aulla & Lucca. The nearest hospital is in Fivizzano, a 25 min. drive away.
The beauty of the Lunigiana is its convenient position on the Italian peninsula. The nearest beaches are a 40 minute drive away from Codiponte at Marinella. The resort town of Lerici on the Bay of the Poets is just as close. The Cinque Terre can be reached easily by train from Aulla or by ferry-boat from Porte Venere or La Spezia, about 45 minutes by car. Pisa and its airport, Parma & Lucca are all a little over an hour’s drive away. Genoa & Florence are close enough for day-trips. The Apuane & Apennine Mountains are laced with stunning hiking & bike trails. And, for history buffs, there are over 120 castles & towers and innumerable Romanesque churches to visit & explore. The Lunigiana is also noted for its cucina locale… or, local cuisine, of sgabei, a fried bread served with salami e formaggipanigacci, a rough flour crepe topped with various sauces from pesto, parmigiano & olive oil to a hearty meat sauce, the local pasta of testaroli and una tagliata of seared beef with rucola. And, as they say here… Buon appetito! 
La Casetta del Poggiolo’s location… 
Localita’ Codiponte, 62 54014 Casola in Lunigiana (MS) Italy


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Benvenuti al Poggiolo in Codiponte Tuscany, Italy

 

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Conde’ Nast Traveler… Il Poggiolo featured in 10 Top Places to Stay 2013!!!

Il Poggiolo is an 800 year old farm-house situated in the Medieval & historic village of Codiponte in the little known corner of northwest Tuscany called the Lunigiana. The farm-house & garden has two residences available for vacation rental…

L’Appartamento Azzurro del Poggiolo…

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…or, the Blue Apartment… 80 sqm./869 sqf… sleeps 4 persons. This apartment was the original living quarters for Il Poggiolo and is the oldest part of the farm-house. The entrance to the apartment is reached by a grassy ramp from the aia… or, the central courtyard, of Il Poggiolo, past a small stone out-building, which was once the chestnut drying-shed. Next to it is a working oven.

The apartment has an open-space living & dining area with a basic service kitchen… refrigerator, 2-burner cook-top, micro & convection oven, etc. A sleeping loft with 2 single-beds is above and can be reached by a ladder. A short corridor from the open-space leads to the Master Bedroom with an antique double-bed and a Bathroom with a shower, etc. Much time & effort was taken to create a charming decor in a decidedly eclectic mix of period antiques, flea-market finds & contemporary furniture & artwork. Comfortable interiors per divertire gli occhii! Off the bedroom is a Terrace with lovely views over the village of Codiponte, the Aullela River Valley and the olive & chestnut groves on the surrounding hills. It is the perfect setting for an aperitivo of wine, bread & cheese to watch the Tuscan sunsets! Outside the entrance to the apartment is a large terraced garden planted with fruit & olive trees. There is even a fish pond! Chaises, chairs & tables are available.

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Minimum Stay of 3 nights is US$ 265/Euro 240 and 1 Week is US$ 490/Euro 450. Extra-night is US$ 90/Euro 80. Extra-person is US$ 25/Euro 20 per night. There are also a Cleaning & Laundry Fee of US$ 85/Euro 75 and a Security Deposit of US$ 220/Euro 200. Wi-fi & Parking are provided and are free. Inquires/Bookings:  Please send an email to forrest@forrestspears.com with your dates, full name and address.

La Casa Padronale del Poggiolo…

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…or, Master’s House… 215 sqm./2,300 sqf…. sleeps 6 persons. La Casa Grande… or, the main living quarters of La Casa Padronale are on the Ground Floor. Their main entrance is past the Dining Loggia after a short flight of steps from the aia… or, the central courtyard, of Il Poggiolo. Immediately upon entering, there is the large high-ceiling Salotto… or, Living Room with 2 single-beds/sofas, an equally large high-ceiling Sala da Pranzo… or, Dining Room, a full Cucina… or, Kitchen with a low pass-through door back to the Dining Loggia. Another door in the Kitchen leads to a Bathroom with shower, etc. below. Again, the interiors of La Casa Padronale are an eclectic mix of strong colors, period antiques, flea-market finds, in both furniture & furnishings.

The sleeping quarters are located in the above described L’Appartamento Azzurro where, again, there are 2 single-beds in a Sleeping Loft, a double-bed for 2 persons in the Master Bedroom. Again, La Casa Padronale comprising La Casa Grande + L’Appartamento Azzurro can comfortably sleep 6 persons. The courtyard and garden… fish pond included!… are completely available to our guests. Chaises, chairs, tables, pillow & throws are available.

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Minimum Stay of 3 nights is US$ 425/Euro 390 and 1 week is US$ 800/Euro 730. Extra-night is US$ 145/Euro 130 and Extra-person is US$ 25/Euro 20.  There are also a Cleaning & Laundry Fee of US$ 110/Euro 100 and a Security Deposit of US$ 220/Euro 200. Wi-fi & Parking are provided and are free. Inquires/Bookings: Please send an email to forrest@forrestspears.com with your dates, full name and address.

A little something about Codiponte & the Lunigiana…
Codiponte is the home to 150 year-round residents. The population swells in the summer months to over 300. The village supports two convenience stores for basic food & cleaning items, a bar… The Social Center of the community… a green-grocer, an excellent butcher shop, “Macelleria da Massimo”, and a few other shops for household & clothing items. Casola in Lunigiana, the next town above Codiponte, has a post-office, bank, the Carabinieri & similar food & retail shops. Gragnola, the next town below, has a grocery-store, bank, an assortment of shops like the other two towns and the train station for service to Aulla & Lucca. The nearest hospital is in Fivizzano, a 25 min. drive away.
The beauty of the Lunigiana is its convenient position on the Italian peninsula. The nearest beaches are a 40 minute drive away from Codiponte at Marinella. The resort town of Lerici on the Bay of the Poets is just as close. The Cinque Terre can be reached easily by train from Aulla or by ferry-boat from Porte Venere or La Spezia, about 45 minutes by car. Pisa and its airport, Parma & Lucca are all a little over an hour’s drive away. Genoa & Florence are close enough for day-trips. The Apuane & Apennine Mountains are laced with stunning hiking & bike trails. And, for history buffs, there are over 120 castles & towers and innumerable Romanesque churches to visit & explore. The Lunigiana is also noted for its cucina locale… or, local cuisine, of sgabei, a fried bread served with salami e formaggipanigacci, a rough flour crepe topped with various sauces from pesto, parmigiano & olive oil to a hearty meat sauce, the local pasta of testaroli and una tagliata of seared beef with rucola. And, as they say here… Buon appetito! 
 
Il Poggiolo’s location…
Il Poggiolo: Localita’ Codiponte, 62 54014 Casola in Lunigiana (MS) Italy


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Insider Guide for the Lunigiana… http://bit.ly/1cW9Slm

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A bit about Codiponte and the Lunigiana…

This blog-page is for information on the vacation rentals available at il Poggiolo… La Casetta, La Casa Padronale & Appartamento Azzurro.

 

La Casa Padronale… is the main house of il Poggiolo. There are sleeping accommodations for 6 persons…. 4 in L’Appartamento Azzurro on the First Floor, divided between the Master Bedroom with a double-bed and the Sleeping Loft with 2 single-beds and in the Living Room on the Ground Floor with 2 single-beds as sofas. The most convenient entrance is on the Loggia. There is a large Dining Room and off it there is a complete Kitchen. An interior door from the Kitchen leads to the stairs down to the Stanza dei Tini… or, the wine making cellar and beyond to a second Bathroom and Laundry Room.

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La Casetta… is a two-story apartment. There are sleeping-accommodations for 4 persons. The First Floor has a Guest Bedroom with 2 single beds, Dining Room & Entry, a full Kitchen and a Utility Closet. The Second Floor has a Master Bedroom with a double bed, Living Room with a working fireplace and the Bathroom. There is central heating though the fireplace easily heats the upstairs in the Winter.

La Casa Grande… is the main house of il Poggiolo. The most convenient entrance is on the Loggia. There are sleeping accommodations for three persons. The Terra-cotta Bedroom with Bathroom has a single bed. The Living Room has two single beds which double as comfortable sofas. There is a large Dining Room and off it there is a complete Kitchen. An interior door from the Kitchen leads to the stairs down to the Stanza dei Tini… or, the wine making cellar and beyond to a second Bathroom and Laundry Room.

 

 

L’Appartamento Azzurro… is reached by either taking the grassy ramp from the aia up & around or through the back gate. The apartment has sleeping accommodations for 4 persons. The main Bedroom has a double bed. There is a sleeping loft with 2 single beds. The apartment is an open space with Living & Dining area and a working fireplace… adequate to heat the entire apartment… and a basic Kitchen. Off this main room is a short hallway leading to the Bathroom & Bedroom. There is a Terrace reached through the Bedroom. It has lovely views of the borgo of Codiponte and the Aulella River valley.

Rates & General Information… 
L’Appartamento Azzurro is Euro 80 per night… La Casetta is Euro 85 per night… La Casa Grande is Euro 100 per night.
Minimum Stay is 3 nights.
Discounts offered for longer stays, renting more than one residence or advance booking.
Reservation Deposit 1/2 of total rent by wire transfer to hold dates is due 10 days after making reservation.
Refunds are 100% if cancellation is made 3 months prior and 50% 1 month prior.   
Damage Deposit in cash of Euro 100 is required at Check-in.
Payment in cash of balance due is made at Check-in.
Check-in is after 15:00. Check-out is by 11:00.
Booking & Information… Please contact via e-mail.
Contacts… e-mail: Forrest@forrestspears.com    Telephone: (+39) 327 837 0065
Thank you.
Forrest Spears