In the main part of the house on the ground floor we have a kitchen/dining room with a wood-burning oven, and a separate utility room On the first floor is the main sitting room with a wood burning stove, a balcony, TV, DVD etc. and a double sofa bed for unexpected visitors plus a little cloakroom. Above, on the second floor, a big double bedroom, also with a wood-burner, a splendid bathroom and a study/dressing room with a sofa-bed for occasional guests.
Also on the first floor, with it's own outside entrance (for thin people) is a two bedroom (1 double, 1 twin) apartment with a connecting door to the main part of the house. It can thus be separate or joined as required.
There is central heating for colder weather, we have wi-fi internet - which can be accessed from the TV's - which extends outside to the pool area, and we are wondering about satellite TV. (If you think it will enhance your stay, let us know.)
The land around the house remains rough and ready, and is quite steep in places. Young children need close supervision. Older children are welcome to explore the woods above and below the house. If any of the fruit is ripe, feel free to pick it. There are grapes, apples, pears, cherries, figs, persimmons and walnuts. You will also find plenty of wild flowers around if the strimmers haven't been recently. We also have a family of deer, plus rabbits, badgers, porcupines, bats, and wild boar, but you are unlikely to actually see anything wilder than the fireflies.
The pool is an infinity type with a waterfall over one edge. 12 x 5 Mtrs including steps and a shallow childrens pool. Loungers, beach towels and a shade sail are provided. It is in the full sun from mid-morning until sunset. Nearer the house is a sitting/dining out area close to the outside oven (for pizzas etc) with table and chairs and a charcoal barbecue. There is more shade here, but it is sunny in the middle of the day, cooler in the evening.
Within walking distance are two luxury spas. The wooded hills and valleys of Bagni di Lucca conceal dozens of quiet hilltop villages. Within easy excursion distance are the lakes, caves, mountains, and national parks of the Garfagnana. Further afield, Lucca, Montecatini Terme and Pisa make for interesting days out. Florence is just over an hour away, as is the seaside at Viareggio and the skiing at Abetone.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 40 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 30 km, Nearest railway: Bagni di Lucca 3 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
One double and one twin bedroom with shower room and kitchen/living room are in a self contained (if desired) apartment with their own outside entrance.
In the main part of the house a double sofa bed in the living room and another in the dressing room are available for occasional visitors.
|Further details outdoors|
There is an outside oven for bread/pizza making and a charcoal Barbecue available for your use.
The pool is exclusive and completely private, about 50 metres from the house. It is quite large (12 Mtr x 5 Mtr x 1.5 Mtr) and is an 'infinity' pool with a cascade over the infinity edge to a mini-pool beneath. It incorporates a shallow children's pool, and has internal steps. It is in full sun from mid-morning until sunset with views across and along the valley. It is cleaned weekly. Loungers and a shade sail are provided. Beach towels are also provided.
Rental includes a welcoming clean through, linen change etc. and a post stay clean and launder. Daily or Weekly service available on request at extra cost.
Tuscany needs little introduction, the great artistic centres, the cities of Florence, Sienna, Arezzo, Cortona, Pisa and Lucca are known the world over and have been since the renaissance. Combine that with the coastal resorts, the benign climate, the food and wine... need we go on.
In our corner of the province, north of Lucca, sandwiched between the Apuan alps and the Apennines, we are a little apart from the touristic delights. A little rougher round the edges, a little more homespun, a little less refined. Yes, we make wine, but it is nothing like chianti, yes we cook well, but our restaurants can often be rough and ready. We have welcomed tourists here for centuries. Come and investigate, there is much to discover.
In the north west corner of Tuscany, the green valley of the Garfagnana shelters nature reserves, ancient castles, hill-top villages, lakes, caves and a whole lot of peace and quiet. At the entrance to this forgotten valley is a land of hot springs and rolling hills, peppered with the many villages that make up Bagni di Lucca. Once people flooded here from all over Europe. Russian princes, Victorian poets, French emperors. They came for the waters, and the gambling. Now, grandeur faded, the old town and its villages welcome the curious, the seekers of spa luxury, walkers, riders and those who like to draw, paint and write. And high above the river, close to the facilities but apart from them, at the end of a private lane, your hideaway awaits.