La Balconata - Beautiful house in Tuscany
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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Located in the hillside village of Granaiola overlooking the town of Bagni di Lucca, La Balconata Guest house offers everything you would expect from a rural retreat. On the edge of the Garfagana national Park its the ideal getaway for anyone wishing to discover this hidden gem in the northern hills of Tuscany. The perfect base for touring by bike or car with walking routes throughout the vicinity as well as a host of other activities locally. The Spa town of Bagni di Lucca with shops, bars and restaurants is a 10 minute drive, with the historic town of Lucca a further 25 minutes. This Traditional stone built farmhouse is set over three floors, Three generous bedrooms on the top floor with two bathrooms, a large lounge area with open fire and ample comfortable seating for all on the ground floor, and large kitchen and dining room on the lower ground floor with access to the gardens and outside seating and patio areas, fantastic views from the balconies and terraced garden.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 75 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 70 km, Nearest railway: Bagni Di Lucca 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Tuscany region
Granaiola is set on the hills overlooking the historic Spa town of Bagni di Lucca famed for its thermal springs and baths, the area noted for its beautiful chestnut wooded hills and valleys, mountain streams and historic villages. The village itself is on the edge of the Garfagana national park and is noted for its stunning scenery and variety of wildlife, the area is popular with hikers, climbers and cyclists and is well situated for those wishing to visit the wider area including the cities of Lucca, Pisa and Florence to the south. The coastal area including Viareggio and Cinque terre to the west and the mountains and ski resort of Abetone to the north all within easy driving distance.
There are numerous restaurants and bars in Bagni di lucca as well as shops and other facilitis as well as the thermal spa baths you can enjoy the thermally heated public swimming pool.
Bagni Di Lucca
About the owner
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27 Oct 2013
"Home from home...in style"
Great hospitality - everything you need in the house - perfect location for exploring the area - great to have a fab restaurant 3 minutes walk away. Particularly enjoyed resting in bedroom, having do… More
17 Jul 2013
"A very special place"
I'd heard a lot about Tuscany from friends and there's a certain romance about the area which intrigued me for years. La Balconata was not quite what I expected....it was so much better.
Most of the scenery we see on the media consists of gently rolling hills of greenery but the area around Bagna Di Luca is much more rugged and interesting frankly.
The property has been restored over several years by the owners who purchased the place as it was on the verge of collapse so there's many an interesting story about the renovation and the impressive steel work which rescued the building.
For all that it has been renovated it isn't a place you can't relax in. On the contrary, as you walk through the door it instantly feels like home. At least it did to me. It's rustic, quirky, interesting and comfortable.
We went as a group of 5 and the three bedrooms are all ful of character and romance. We were given full run of the huge kitchen and spent more of our evenings cooking, eating and drinking in the atmospheric setting. The owners have built a (serious!) pizza oven onto the the side of the property and one evening they treated us to an array of home made pizza which was brilliant. Especially wherne accompanied by local (really cheap!) excellent quality wines which are guarantee NOT to give you a hangover - believe me, they don't, I tried reallly hard to get one!!
The star of 'the show' really is the view. You begin to appreciate it as you wind your way down the short hill from the (extremely good) restaurant's car park. But when you walk through the house to the south facing side, the views are astonishing. Apart from wehn it rained heavily (which it did a bit) at all times of day the lush, green, sweeping, forest-covered valley is nothing short of breathtaking and something you cannot tire of. You just can't.
As you will have gathered (assuming you're still reading) we really enjoyed the place, the people, the scenery. But when you want a change of scenery you can be in the beautiful walled town of Luca in an hour, at the coast on fabulous beaches, or in 90 minutes you can be in Florence. But for me La Balconata has everything.
It wont be everyone's cup of tea I'm sure. It is certainly rustic but in it's own luxurious way. Furthermore, you will find that you're up and down the stairs quite a bit as the kitchen is on the ground floor, the huge lounge (with wood burners - gorgeous!) is on the first floor, and the bedrooms at the top.
But if you want to chill out in a glorious setting and not have to do much more than troll down to the excellent local supermarket occasionally, you will do well to find somewhere better.
Our next visit can't come soon enough.
29 May 2013
"Fantastic place to stay with magnificent views"
Stayed here for a few days in spring. The owners were lovely and so welcoming after a spectacular drive to the quiet little village above the clouds. The property is well fitted out (quite new) and homely.
However, the highlight has to be my memory of sitting on the deck and enjoying the view across the mountains. The ever changing scenery makes it a visual experience to be remembered forever.
27 May 2013
"Absolutely beautiful- the views are unbelievable, and the house and gardens are amazing!"
We stayed with a couple of friends, and the location really does take your breath away. There is a bar / cafe / restaurant about 40 seconds walk from the house, and its really friendly and the food is… More
27 May 2013
"Relaxing stay with beautiful views"
We stayed at La Balconata for 5 days and it was wonderful. The views across the valley were amazing and the area was so beautful and rustic. It was a real getaway from the daily grind.The accomodation… More
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