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Excellent 5/5 18 reviews

Relax on the terrace and in the garden surrounded by beautiful views of mountains and olive groves

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Ground floor apartment with garden.

Peaceful location in unspoilt Tuscan village with all amenities.

Recently renovated with sympathy for original features: independent entrance & hall, spacious living area with fully fitted kitchen, double sofa bed and a further sofa, large double bedroom (double or 2 single beds) and bathroom with shower. Traditional beamed & terracotta ceilings throughout. Outside there is an ancient pizza oven, private patio 12sqm (with table, chairs and parasol) and gardens (1000sqm private and shared), with beautiful views of Castelvecchio, the Pisan Mountains and the plain below. In the summer we have a 3m pool, which you would be welcome to cool off in. Gas barbecue available.

The main village is 300m walk away through olive groves, where you will find a bar, baker's, pizzeria and some shops. There are many restaurants in the area. You can enjoy a varied holiday: relaxing in the garden & wandering through the village, visiting cultural cities & hill-top towns (being south of Lucca this is an excellent location for exploring Tuscany), walking in marshlands or mountains, sunbathing on the beach or by the local pool. English owners always available for advice. The beautiful walled city of Lucca is 20 minutes away, Pontedera is 20 minutes away with fast trains to Pisa, Florence and beyond.

Gas for heating in winter is charged according to the amount used. The apartment is in a typical Italian courtyard setting where 3 families live full-time.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Marina di Vecchiana 30 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa 30 km, Nearest railway: Lucca or Pontedera 13 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 DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Children's pool
General Central heating, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Tuscany region

Tuscany is a well loved holiday destination both for its cultural heritage and its beautiful countryside, as well as its wonderful food, wine and olive oil. You can enjoy living in a friendly village surrounded by unspoilt hills and mountains. You can also visit the important cities of Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra as well as lesser known hill-top towns in the area. The summer is fairly long, with warm weather usually arriving by April. July and August are hot, September is very warm and sunny and in October it's generally still quite warm.

The best beaches are 40 minutes away by car at Marina di Vecchiano, where you will find private and public beaches. Viareggio resort is 35mins away with lots of private beaches, day and night life. Livorno is 40 minutes away where you can get a ferry to many of the Mediterranean islands. La Spezia and Cinque Terre, to the north, offer spectacular beach views.

There are many festivals to enjoy throughout the year, always involving special foods, with each local area celebrating in their own particular tradition.

Cooking Courses, Wine Tours, Olive Tours, Horse Riding, language classes and Art tours can all be arranged locally.

Lucca

LUCCA is a beautiful city surrounded by fabulous walls, wide enough to walk or ride a bike on and enjoy the view both of the historic city with its beautiful architecture and the surrounding countryside. It is less invaded by tourists than many Tuscan cities, so you can experience the atmosphere of real Italian daily life, whilst visiting the many museums, churches, restaurants, bars and shops.

COLLE DI COMPITO village is a 300m walk from the apartment through the olive groves, for which this area is world famous, where you will find a bar, fantastic baker's, greengrocer's, general stores and butcher's. A bank, post office, further bars and a small supermarket are also within easy walking distance. There are many restaurants in the area and two only a short walk. Pisa airport is 35 minutes. We can send you bus, train and plane times. This is an excellent location to tour Northern Tuscany and beyond and yet the village is beautiful in a fantastic setting between Mountain and Marsh, if you just want to relax surrounded by nature. You can get snacks at all the bars and the nearest restaurant is 5mins walk. There are many restaurants less than 10 minutes by car and we will be glad to offer directions or arrange taxis.

The village has a lovely feel and the people are very welcoming, many locals will try and speak English. All summer the locals meet at Il Campo, a playground with Tennis, Volley ball, Football and bocce (a kind of bowls), from 9:00 in the evening until the early hours, every generation is there and you would be made most welcome.

The walking is fantastic from the house, straight onto Monte Sera, down to the marshes with WWF site of World Importance, or through the olive groves and ancient villages of the Compitese.

Distances

Walking: Village 5min; shops, bars, butchers, bakers. Nearest Restaurant 5 minute walk. 2nd nearest Restaurant 10 minute walk. Bus stop 3min Lucca 25min/Pontedera 25min.

Driving: Lucca 20mins. Pontedera 20mins. Pisa 30mins. Florence 45 min. Volterra 45mins, San Gimignano 70mins, Siena 90 mins (all 3 on the same road - makes a nice day trip). Massa Carrara 35min.

By train from Pontedera: Florence 40mins. Pisa 10mins. Grosseto 40mins. From Florence-Bologna 1h. Milan 2h. Rome 2.5h.

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21 Jun 2014

3/5

"Mixed thoughts"

The owners were hospitable and the apartment was lovely. Being near a small village we had been under the impression the place would have been quieter and more private.Having a car allowed us to explo… More

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I would like to respond to some of your thoughts. The apartment is in a typical Italian courtyard on the edge of the village, shared with 3 families who live here full-time, so there is some noise and comings and goings. The advantages are that you can experience real life here in Italy, and the convenience of good road communications, but some may prefer more isolation in the mountains.
We provide a welcome basket with tea, coffee, water and wine, but the kitchen is not stocked with any other food for hygiene reasons. As indicated in the details we don't provide a microwave or toaster, mainly because of the risk of overloading the 3KW limit allowed by the Italian electricity supplier. The washing machine is no longer listed as a facility, although guests are still welcome to use it or there is a 24hour launderette 5km away. Thank you for your review which will help other travellers make an informed choice.

13 Jun 2014

5/5

"Great location"

We had a lovely week's stay at Lucy, Clive and family's beautiful home. The apartment was clean and spacious with 2 comfortable sofas for sitting on inside. It was very well equipped with large fridge freezer and good cooking facilities. We did feel that this apartment is better for one couple or a close family as you have to walk through the living room/sofa bed sleeping area to get to the bathroom which could be awkward during the night!! There is a TV but that didn't work to get programmes (which didn't bother us at all) but there are plenty of DVDs. As it was quite cool most evenings we did watch some films which for us was great as we don't have much time to do that at home! The property is in a good location to visit lots of places. We loved Lucca which is a beautiful old walled town not too far away, and Pisa is a must. We had quite an experience visiting Florence! We decided to go by train but unfortunately they chose the day we travelled to go on strike! A train eventually came nearly 2 hours after we got to the station. Florence was VERY busy but we had a lovely meal in a restaurant recommended by Lucy and she also told us where to get cheaper ice cream! We are not city people and we did find Florence hectic. I think you need a bit more time than we had and a better itinerary (we didn't have one at all!!) - and no striking trains! It was our first visit to Tuscany, which we thought was lovely, and we couldn't have chosen a better place to stay. We were glad we only had a small car as the road to Colle Farmhouse is very narrow. Lucy, Clive and family made us feel very welcome and Lucy was always around to give advice on places to visit. Just one small thing - this is a family home with 4 energetic boys, and you do hear some noise from the family above. This didn't bother us at all, but if you do want to be completely quiet then maybe this isn't the place for you, However we loved it and would willingly stay there again if we were in that area.

Thank you for your honest review!

20 Jan 2014

5/5

"Excellent Stay"

This apartment is the perfect base to explore Tuscany and also to relax and feel truly part of this beautiful area. Lucy, Clive and family who own the apartment, live in the adjoining property and cou… More

Thanks for your wonderful review!

4 Nov 2013

5/5

"nella campagna toscana"

esattamente quello che ci si aspetta, varcando la porta di questo delizioso appartamento: travi in legno, stufa, una piccola bomboniera incastonata nella verde, dove raggiungere facilmente lucca, pisa… More

22 Oct 2013

5/5

"Very clean, very comfortable, very friendly."

Colle Farmhouse is a lovely, homey, comfortable apartment conveniently located in a picturesque village conveniently located close to Luca, Pisa, Florence. This was the PERFECT location for my wife an… More

Thanks for your great review!

18 Sep 2013

5/5

"Excellent centre for exploring Tuscany"

We stayed in the farmhouse apartment for 2 days.The standard and quality of the accommodation was excellent and the support and helpfullness from Lucy, Clive and their charming boys could not have bee… More

9 Sep 2013

5/5

"Wonderful Tuscany experience"

A beautiful property in a unique rural setting surrounded by olive groves. Walking distance to the nearby picturesque village which has little grocery shops , bakers, butchers and a lovely cafe. There are also 2-3 lovely restaurants nearby. An ideal location central to exploring all the towns and countryside of Tuscany. Lucy and Clive were very hospitable and very helpful with maps, timetables and directions. Loved the beaches. Visited the stunning city of Lucca, The tower at Pisa and the wonders of Florence.

12 Jul 2013

5/5

"Splendid Base for Experiencing Tuscany"

Beautiful apartment set in rural Tuscany with close connections to the cities of Lucca, Pisa and Florence. Public transport is somewhat limited but still manageable if you are prepared to spend the evenings in the village (there is a bar and a restaurant located close by - 5/10min walk along with a fairly large supermarket). Welcoming and supportive hosts who provided maps of the local cities and advised where the cheapest ice cream shops etc were. Me and my friend were backpacking so we found it a useful location to base ourselves for a few days and see a few places utilising buses/trains. Pisa airport is not to far away via car but I would recommend speaking to the owners about appropriate transport methods if you were not using a car (we were travelling by train into Lucca).

5 Jul 2013

5/5

"Beautiful Tuscany retreat set in idyllic scenery with easy access to Lucca, Florence, Pisa and more."

Clive and Lucy were excellent hosts giving recommendations for places to eat both locally and in Lucca, Florence and Pisa ,which we followed and were not disappointed, getting quality and an authentic Italian experience .The apartment was stunning with a beautiful terrace and back drop of the local mountains and olive groves.We shall be returning as there is just too much to see or do in one week.

1 Jul 2013

5/5

"A wonderful introduction to the timeless beauty of Tuscany."

A great holiday combining the rustic charm of Tuscany with the beauty and history of the area. The apartment was spotless and had all the facilities required. Clive and Lucy were on hand to give that extra advice only known to a local that made the trip extra special. We have already recommended the apartment to friends and look forward to returning in the near future.

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