TOTALLY PRIVATE AND DETATCHED TRADITIONAL ITALIAN VILLA. PRIVATE POOL---- FREE WIFI Great for family fun, sharing with friends or as a romantic getaway. Good sized pool (7m x 4.5m), sun terrace and shaded dining area with BBQ. All rooms have stunning views. Villa is 100 yrs old, built of stone over 3 floors, with chestnut beams & old cotto floors. Bedrooms & bathrooms on top & lower ground floors, living areas on ground floor making it ideal for sharing.
Laze by the pool with a good book or discover Tuscany, it's up to you! Take a stroll around the tranquil countryside, or how about an evening meal al fresco with a bottle or two of the local wine. Have fun with the kids exploring the mountains, woods and hillside villages.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 65 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 74.4 km, Nearest railway: Bagni di Lucca, (Fornali) 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
An old chestnut arched front door opens from a large porch area on to a large stone floored hall, shelves of books to suit all tastes, even cookery books. Feel free to leave some of yours for others to enjoy. Lots of local information, leaflets & guide books. Mirrors, pictures, original chandelier lighting.
Kitchen and open-plan sitting room off hallway; Kitchen area: fireplace and wood burning stove, electric oven with gas hob, fitted cupboards, large table & chairs, fridge freezer & microwave. terracotta tiles floor, ( House Book for guests on table.) Sitting room area; terracotta tiled floor, wood burning stove, two 3-seater sofas, armchair, TV (satellite freeview channels, inc. some in English) , DVD/CD player, radio/cassette player, & large coffee table, board games.
WC off hallway; basin & small bathroom cupboard. Wrought iron staircase leads up to first floor and down to the cantina (lower gr. floor, cellar area)
Landing - door to master bedroom; king size double bed, double wardrobe & shelves, 6-drawer chest of drawers, bedside cabinets & lights, dressing table & chair, 2 bedroom chairs. Linen chest. 2 large shuttered windows.
Ante-room off landing; single bed, table & chair, bedside cabinet with drawers, racking, full length hanging space, leading into one twin room; wardrobe, large chest of drawers, linen chest. This room leads to twin room. Two twin beds, 4 drawer chest of drawers, wardrobe, 2 chairs, linen chest.
Large family sized bathroom; toilet, large modern walk-in shower, (no bath) washbasin, shaving socket & shaving mirror, armchair, racks & storage. Full length mirror on landing, shelves with hot water bottles & hairdryer.
Lower ground floor (cantina)
Wrought iron staircase leads down from hall to the cantina and wine store. Large open tiled hall area, door to shower-room; shower, toilet, basin, shaving mirror, shelf, stool. See pictures on website.
In cantina: washing machines, iron & ironing board, clothes airers & line, high chair, 2 cots, potty, children's chairs x 2, child's stool, toy box. Patio doors lead out to back of house to sun terrace, garden and pool area.
From cantina there is a door to one double room; large king size double bed, double wardrobe, 8-drawer chest, bedside cabinets & lights, 2 chairs. Dressing table with mirrors.
There are two separate outside seating/dining areas, one with large barbeque, plus a porch. The total living area is large, approximately 208 sq metres. The high ceilings, shutters and thick stone walls help keep you cool in summer. There are 2 wood burning stoves & the house is centrally heated. Linen & towels are provided, but please bring your own beach towels for use by the pool and beach.
|Further details outdoors|
From cantina there is a door out to a loggia at the side of the house with dining table & chairs, and access to sun terrace & pool. Large stone built barbeque. Outside light over table. Loggia is partly shaded by a bamboo roof and walnut trees. View of pool, terrace and countryside beyond.
Pool, Sun Terrace & garden
Table & wind-up tilting brolly with chairs & covers by pool. Pool loungers with adjustable sun shades for head. Pool solar heated, 7m x 4m x 1.4m deep. There are lights around the pool and blue lights inside it light up the water at night. Outdoor solar heated shower. Clothes drying area. A medium sized terraced garden has a large herb bed for guests to use, grapevines, walnut trees & young olive trees. The garden is fenced.
The pool water is now heated by solar power & pool is open from early May until end of September. The panels provide heat for the domestic water first and any surplus goes towards raising the temperature of the pool. We do not describe the pool as 'heated' as we cannot guarantee the temperature. We want to be realistic about this as we would not want guests to be disappointed. The water temperature will depend on the weather, & how much hot water guests are using in the house. In May 2009 we had temperatures of 78 degrees which is the level we used to get only in August, prior to installing the panels. The air temperature during the day was about 70 - 75 degrees. There were 4 adults using the house.
We can consider short term breaks in the lower season.
Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Some for fine art, others to explore the wonderful countryside. Tuscany is a food lover's dream where you can enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Hike on the mountain paths, cycle the rolling hills.
There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany. Fine places to visit while staying at this house would be Florence, Lucca and of course, Pisa. The more you come to know the region, the more extraordinary Tuscany appears.
Lucca, a graceful medieval walled town, one hour away is a delight to visit with wonderful shops (but non on Mondays). Cycling is very popular in Lucca & much easier than driving around. Have a cycle around the walls, lovely views and flat to cycle on. Florence itself is only 1.5 hours’ drive away. The Garfagnana national park is fabulous walking country. We have often seen eagles on our walks near the house, and even from our own terrace, but less so in high summer. There are lots of walking maps available for guests to use, as well as guides to the local area showing numbered walks. Go to the Walking page on our own website or section in House Book for further information & maps. Orrido di Botri, a gorge and nature reserve offers a full day out and is highly recommended.
Guides to Pisa, the Uffizi Gallery, Lucca, Bagni di Lucca and many local places of interest are on the hall bookshelves.
The nearest beach is at Viareggio; about 90 minutes away. Paragliding is a popular local sport. Quad biking. Water rafting.
Just 15 minutes away lies pretty Bagni di Lucca, a thriving spa town in the 19th century, when Byron, Shelley and Browning were frequent visitors. Spa treatments are still available. Lucca, a graceful medieval walled town, one hour away is a delight to visit. Florence itself is only 1.5 hours’ drive away. The nearest beach is at Viareggio; about 90 minutes away, and there is skiing at Abetone, 40 minutes away.