Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 110 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

IL METATO

(60 m2: Sleeps 4) Dining/sitting room with kitchen, open fireplace restored with original bricks (20m2) + 1 double bedroom (12 m2) + 1 twin bedroom (12 m2) + a bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet and basin. Original wooden ceilings with exposed beams. Kitchen with electric oven, four hob stove, refrigerator, freezer. Adjustable heating. Private entrance. Private garden (approx. 20 m2) connected to the apartment by a small wooden bridge, with outdoor furniture and an amazing view.

One of these rooms was the farmhouse's "metato", originally used for drying chestnuts

The farmhouse is a perfectly restored villa that respects the traditional architecture of Tuscany, with antique furniture and rustic interior features selected to maintain the warm atmosphere of the past. One of the bedroom was the farmhouse's "metato", which was the place originally used for drying chestnuts throughout a soft smoke produced underneath lasting 40 days. The sitting room and bedrooms enjoy fabulous views out across the mountain. This charming rustic apartment is hidden away along a secluded strada bianca, not far from the pretty village of San Marcello Pistoiese which is an ideal place in which to get to know authentic Tuscany.

The 16 metre swimming pool, open from May to September, is built into the side of the mountain and follows the natural curves of the hillside. This site enjoys particularly spectacular views across the mountains, valley and neighbouring villages. It is 100 metres away from the house in order to ensure the peace and quiet around the apartments themselves.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Viareggio 110 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa and Florence (1 hour) 70 km, Nearest railway: Pracchia 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
General Central heating, Safe
Standard Toaster
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

One of Il Metato's rooms was the farmhouse's "metato", originally used for drying chestnuts.

Il Metato comprises: (60 m2: Sleeps 4) Dining/sitting room with kitchen, open fireplace restored with original bricks (20m2) + 1 double bedroom (12 m2) + 1 twin bedroom (12 m2) + a bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet and basin. Original wooden ceilings with exposed beams. Kitchen with electric oven, four hob stove, refrigerator, freezer. Adjustable heating. Private entrance. Private garden (approx. 20 m2) connected to the apartment by a small wooden bridge, with outdoor furniture and an amazing view.

Further details outdoors

The 16 metre swimming pool, open from May to September, is built into the side of the mountain and enjoys particularly spectacular views across the mountains, valley and neighbouring villages. It is 100 metres away from the house in order to ensure the peace and quiet around the apartments themselves.

There are four apartments in the farmhouse, two for 2 people and two for 4 people. Each apartment is indipendent from the others by private entrances and private gardens allowing you to dine and relax, with a fully-equipped kitchen and open fireplace.

Il Metato has a private garden with an very nice view overlooking the swimming pool and the valley. It has also its barbecue and an outdoor table to eat on the shelter terrace. 1 minute walk along the track and you're at the pool...

Il Metato has a private garden with an very nice view overlooking the swimming pool and the valley. It has also its barbecue and an outdoor table to eat on the shelter terrace. 1 minute walk along the track and you're at the pool...

In San Marcello Pistoiese (2 kms away) there are several restaurants, 4 banks with ATMs, pubs and bars, supermarkets, internet access, and everything you might need for your holiday.

The Tuscany region

The farmhouse is deep in the mountains in the relatively 'undiscovered' north of Tuscany. While still within easy reach of Florence, Bologna, Lucca and Pisa, the villa is perfectly located for wonderful mountain walks, horse riding and skiing in winter. There are historical villages to visit and also great local amenities.

Local villages are lively throughout the summer, with many Italians coming to escape the suffocating heat of Florence and surroundings. There are traditional village parties on most weekends- come and celebrate tortellini pasta, or admire local street art festivities! San Marcello itself celebrates its Santa Celestina in early September, sending balloons up into the sky from the lively main square.

Choose which of the distinct seasons to visit in- here we have heavy spring blossom, hot summers, smokey autumns and winter skiing.

San Marcello Pistoiese

The farmhouse is a 20 minute walk from the centre of the village. There are some excellent restaurants in the local area. The most famous is said to have invented the sumptuous 'tagliata'- a fat and juicy cut of beef cooked in a special way. You can also try the restaurant with 7 taster pasta dishes, or another with inventive twists on traditional Italian cooking. Local specialities include Porcini mushrooms & wild boar- and don't foget bread, oil and wine!

SIGHTSEEING

San Marcello-in-Pistoiese is just one of many delightful hill-top villages that are worth visiting in the region – and it's only a short walk from your apartment. There are several restaurants in San Marcello Pistoiese, 3 banks with ATMs, pubs and bars, supermarkets, internet access, and everything you might need for your holiday. The nearest town is Pistoia, a small but interesting place that really is worth a visit. Also worthy of note, and equally captivating, are Gavinana and its small museum, Cutigliano, and Popiglio, famed for the Castruccio bridge. Not to be missed, however, is Montecatini Terme, a beautiful spa town built by the Grand Duke of Tuscany that was once the haunt of European royalty. Sample the various treatments available in one of the stylish spas; enjoy the grandeur of the architecture; and take the funicular cable car to Montecatini Alto, the most historic part of the town, which offers panoramic views over the surrounding countryside as well as boasting a square full of inviting restaurants.

WALKING

There are plenty of options for pleasant strolls in the surrounding woodland and Tuscan countryside. However, for something a little more challenging, we provide detailed route notes for some wonderful walks in the mountains:

• Gavinana Observatory (15km, 4-5hrs): Starting from the apartment, this circular walk commences with an ascent to a fine viewpoint at the Observatory. The route then heads east, contouring the mountainside above Gavinana and Maresca, using quiet forest paths that are easy to follow. The route descends into the village of Maresca, where you can stop for refreshments, before joining more tranquil paths across the open countryside back to Gavinana.

• Pistoiese Apennines: For hugely rewarding, though fairly strenuous walks, we recommend a number of routes in the mountains, including around Monte Abetone and the Corno alle Scale which can be ascended (with the aid of cable cars!) from Cutigliano, only a 10-kilometre drive from San Marcello. Discover the delights of Lake Scaffaiolo while enjoying far-reaching views through these little-known hills.