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“A Peaceful Haven” 5 of 5 stars
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Localita Grifoglia 1, 55051 Barga, Italy   |  
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“A Peaceful Haven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2009

Grifoglia was the perfect tonic to our hectic lives. We drove from Lucca to Barga, and then the windy, single track road for 20 mins through beautiful chestnut forests to reach our accommodation. Kerry and Pietro were great hosts, nothing being too much trouble. The lovingly cared for vegetable garden provided us with fresh ingredients for the inspired use of our well-appointed kitchen. We stayed in the studio apartment which was very comfortable, with the most beautiful view. Most of the time we were happy to stay at Grifoglia and do walks from there, and just relax and enjoy being in nature. At night in bed there was complete silence, only broken if you wanted to go out and look at the stars and then there would be the sound of owls and of the river. When we could tear ourselves away we would go to Barga for provisions or meals out, itself an interesting and lovely place, or drive further afield to the mountain towns and we did venture to Cinque Terra for the day from there which was wonderful but a rather long day. We had booked Grifoglia for 3 nights and stayed for 7, and came away relaxed, fit, and feeling we'd made a memorable connection with our hosts.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2008

We stayed in the studio apartment at Grifoglia which had beautiful views of the Apennines Mountains. Lush chestnut trees are all around and there's a beautiful view of a small valley. The roads are very well maintained and lightly traveled except for local traffic and the morning school bus.

The entire building was recently renovated. Our studio was in fantastic shape, everything was very well thought out. The bathroom was a true joy, lots of water pressure and ample hot water. The heated towel rack was a wonderful treat on cold mornings. The kitchen has everything you might need to fix a simple breakfast or even full pasta dinner.
The view from the Queen sized bed looks out towards the vegetable garden and the tops of local snow capped mountains. One telephone or power line is the only man made thing visible from the window, such a treat coming from New York City. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the pool is very inviting, however our weather was just above freezing in mid March, so no dips for us. The garden is chock full of the most wonderful looking produce, most ripe for the picking. The owners have been steadily clearing and updating the grounds.

Our apartment was minimally appointed, with well made furniture, nothing seemed cheap. It was very refreshing to get away from the typical Ikea furnishings. Everything was very solid and well placed. There was room for all our stuff and we didn't feel cramped at all. The studio was very clean, towels and sheets smelled great too. It was a joy to crawl up in bed with a book and cup of tea. The kitchen was perfect for one person or a very cozy team. It was a joy to make a basic breakfast every morning. I loved the stove-top espresso, so much so, when we returned to the States I rushed out and bought one. But for some reason, the coffee tasted better at Grifoglia.

There is a gorgeous wood burning pizza oven on-site and Pietro offers pizza making classes. We spent a wonderful afternoon discussing and making pizza with the owners. One of the many things we will always remember about Grifoglia - Delish! The owners (American ex-pat, and an Italian) speak perfect English, French and their adorable son can get by in German. All the German he's learned, he learned from German children's TV.

We wish we were still there, and didn't want to leave. Staying here was a true treat and something we'll always remember. This is the kind of place I could see returning to year after year. I envision using this is as a base camp for trips to Lucca, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, even down to Chianti and beyond. The owners are amazingly sweet and helpful with translations, itineraries and directions. A true JOY!

Nearby Barga is a complex and interesting town. Lots of history and a great music and art scene. Ricardo's L’Osteria in Piazza Angelio was delicious and my wife almost left me for Ricardo, but that's another story. Local pastries and coffee was outstanding. Tiglio Alto is a wonderful walk from the property, once you reach the top of the hill you are rewarded with an outstanding view and beautifully restored church.
We took the train from Fornaci di Barga or other local train stations to Lucca, Pisa and Florence. We also took a bus to Lucca right from Barga. All very easy for stupid Americans.

  • Liked — Views, Pizza class, Owners, Fresh Air, walks
  • Disliked — That we had to leave
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2007

Our week in Grifoglia offered the best of both worlds: quiet time by the pool reading books and day trips to Tuscan towns we had never heard of... it was what we considered to be a less touristy, more authentic week in Tuscany.
The owners, Kerry and Pietro, made us feel right at home, even making us brick oven pizza on the terrace one night. The tastefully renovated apartment is spacious and includes a patio overlooking a plush valley.
It is an eco-friendly place; hot water is provided by solar panels, they do organic gardening, and there is no chlorine in the pool. Lots of lovely lavendar grew right outside our door.
It was nice to have our own kitchenette for our evening meals and they made sure we had plenty of fresh vegetables from their garden.
You'll need a rental car and make sure to arrive during daylight because the location is off side roads in the mountains. The roads are narrow and curvy with steep drops on one side so be carefull! Within an hours drive you can visit Coreglia, Castelnuovo, Barga, or Lucca. You're sure to discover your own favorite town perched on top of a mountain!
Grifoglia was wonderful!

  • Liked — The owners...Kerry & Pietro.
  • Disliked — no internet access.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2006

We stayed at Grifoglia in June of this year. We rented the barn apartment for one week. We found the entire experience absolutely wonderful. The barn is clean and spacious. Lovely welcome pack which covered more than the basics. Kerry & Pietro were great hosts who fed us with pizza and salad and were good company without being intrusive. The swimming pool is excellent and kept spotless by Pietro. All in all we could not recommend this place enough and we will be back. As for the road, yes it is an experience the first time, but you do get used to it and the destination is well worth it.

Stayed June 2006
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2005

An amazing place. We stayed for 10 nights from 17/9/05-26/9/05. A real retreat, a place to relax and forget your worries. Spotlessly clean, comfy beds, apartments have simple, contemporary decor. Garden and pool are fab.

Kerry and Pietro, the owners, are a lovely couple and great hosts. Their hospitality and special consideration for our needs was fantastic. We took our 5 month old son and they provided a cot, baby bath and even a swing for him in the garden. V child friendly. We highly recommend it and hope to return.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2005

Grifoglia is not a hotel but an agriturismo with some rather nice touches.
It is situated about a 20 min drive from the small and interesting town of Barga. The approach road is not for the faint hearted however but Grifoglia provides the ultimate get away from it all holiday.
We rented the barn with a nice sitting area and small kitchenette leading up to a mezzanine bedroom. The bedroom was light, attractive and comfortable with a good shower room en suite. We arrived to find the bed made up, all linens supplied, including towels and a pantry full of basics like coffee, tea, spices, olive oil even some local bread for breakfast.
The bedroom had a French window out onto a small grassy area with chairs to watch the sun hit the valley at 8 20 each morning!
There was a generous outdoor dining area adjacent to the front door with good views to the mountains.
Kerry and Pietro, our hosts provided us with fresh vegetables and herbs from the orto as well as information about where to visit. We managed daytrips to Lucca, about 50 minutes away from La Grifoglia, Torre del Lago about an hour and a half away and Pisa about an hour 15 minutes away by car. We had a lovely relaxing break in northern Tuscany and particularly enjoyed visiting some of the villas and gardens in the area like Villa Torrigiani about 50 mins away.
There are 2 other accommodations at Grifoglia which are presented as one big suite of rooms or 2 smaller ones both offering excellent en suite accommodation with the advantage of a kitchenette each!
The outside swimming pool was nice spot to relax in whilst contemplating the days activities or maybe no activity!!!

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Localita Grifoglia 1, 55051 Barga, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Barga
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Barga
Number of rooms: 2
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Grifoglia Tuscany/Barga, Italy

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