Casa Paladini is a gorgeous stone cottage set in an ancient chestnut grove in the mountains above Castiglione di Garfagnana. Set back in time and well away from the nearest road, you will feel secluded but not isolated in this haven of peace. The cottage sleeps 2 (max 3) and can be rented on its own or in conjunction with our new yurt tent just 50 metres away which sleeps up to four people - have a look at Wild Camping Paladini on airbnb for description of yurt.
Original features such as chestnut beams and floorboards, chestnut furniture, windows and doors and stone-faced exterior and interior make Casa Paladini special. The stove, open fire and traditional pizza oven are an added attraction with fire-wood supplied free of charge.
Casa Paladini is set in a clearing in the woods and you are free to wander around the ancient chestnut trees and fruit trees. Guests are welcome to use the vegetable garden with seasonal produce all throughout the year - if you are there The house is on the ancient road that connected Castiglione with the high mountain villages and pastures above, and there is a stunning walk to Castiglione along this trail, passing a medieval arched bridge and small waterfall before reaching the town.
Interaction with guests
Note that there is a 300 metre walk from the nearest parking space and Colm and/or his friends from the helps community of volunteers will be at hand to help you with your luggage on arrival. We often cook improvised meals around a camp fire in the woods and extend an invitation to anyone staying in the cottage. If you'r coming here for a quiet time that's fine too we won't take offense!!!
Other things to note
Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Casa Paladini, with chestnut, wine and porcini mushroom festivals on every weekend in the surrounding villages. In January and Feruary the ski resorts are just a 30.minute drive away, and the springtime brings luscious growth and heat back to the Garfagnana.