Casa a Corte
Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
A Corte is a beautiful, restored property near the hamlet of Gugliano, surrounded by lawns, olive groves, vineyards, fruit trees, chestnut woods, mountain streams offering the most unimaginable tranquillity to those seeking total relaxation.
However, the lively town of Lucca, a 15 minute drive by car, offers everything one could wish for, whether it is fine dining, shopping, sight-seeing or cycling around the ancient walls during the 'passegiata' at sunset. The house is well situated for visiting Florence or Siena, the seaside resorts and the beautiful mountain region of Garfagnana.
A Corte is used for the production of wine & olive oil and is situated in the tranquil foothills of the magnificent Garfaganana mountain range. From the 3 large terraces and swimming pool, one can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside whilst hearing the distant sound of church choirs and bells from over the valley.
The local countryside is steeped in history and wildlife, with nightingales in May, fire-flies in July and soaring eagles overhead. For those wanting to unwind there are lovely walks by mountain streams and through fields of wild flowers.
There is a well-maintained garden and a lovely pool which enjoys sun throughout the day.
More information, photos & blog on http://www.casaacorte.com
Selected by the The Foodie Bugle as a Gourmet Travel destination http://thefoodiebugle.com/article/gourmet-travel/staying-at-casa-a-corte-gugliano-and-dining-in-and-around-lucca
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 18 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa Airport 40 km, Nearest railway: Ponte A Moriano 5 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||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The property has been sympathetically restored retaining original beamed ceilings and antique cotto floors. The interior is comfortable and stylish benefiting from central heating, dishwasher, washing machine, fully well equipped kitchen and satellite TV, Wi-Fi broadband internet access, exterior and pool lighting, mosquito blinds, plus antique furniture, paintings and photographs.
The house is set on 3 floors. The ground floor has a kitchen and dining room with sofa with both having traditional Tuscan chestnut doors onto the east terrace. There is also a toilet & shower room with washing machine.
The first floor has a comfortable sitting room/ games room which is exceptionally well equipped for families who enjoy books and board games, plus satellite TV, DVD, Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi. It has all the traditional original features- cotto tiles, original fireplace, chestnut beams. There is also a large airy twin bedroom (100cm wide beds) with comfortable traditional iron beds. Both rooms have lovely views over the country estate.
Upstairs there are a further 3 bedrooms - a double bedroom, 2 twins bedroom with traditional beds, chestnut armoires and original features including chestnut beams. There is also a spacious shower room with toilet and bidet
The house and pool is cleaned every Saturday morning and bed linen and bath towels provided (not pool towels)
|Further details outdoors|
The property is superb for outdoor living as it enjoys sunshine from dawn to dusk. The gardens provide perfect areas for relaxation and for children to play. The house is surrounded by 3 large terraces. The east terrace is accessed from both the kitchen and dining room. A pergola of climbing jasmine, wisteria, and passion fruit provides dappled shade. There are views through the olive trees to the pool. Lighting above the large stone table allows for 'al fresco' dining for all the family.
The large terracotta tiled south terrace is a 'sun worshippers' dream. It also benefits from a dining table & benches, plus outdoor lighting.
The west terrace enjoys a well established garden of lavender, roses, mimosa and fig trees. All terraces have fabulous views across the vineyards and valley.
The area is organic and a wildlife enthusiasts dream with many rare species of animals and birds. In the spring and summer the area is full of wildflowers.
The pool has pool lights & a solar heated exterior shower, a tiled terrace/ grass with sun beds/ deck chairs surrounding the pool
Casa A Corte has appeared in the TV programme 'A House in Tuscany' and in several magazines.
Local Tuscan cook available on request. Italian cooking lessons can be arranged in the village with an English speaking chef.
The Tuscany region
Lucca, the former capital of Tuscany is a real gem with so much to see and the surrounding countryside is stunning. The whole area is full of history with the local towns having Roman names.
The house has a large reference library to assist you with your travels and suggestions for restaurants, beaches, walks etc
The area benefits from a range of wonderful local restaurants from Michelin starred to simple trattorias and pizzerias. Fungis & truffles are local specialities, plus the wonderful beef steak Bistecca alla Fiorentina. The olive oil is renown as one of the best in the world. The area is popular with foodies and there is a good local market every Tuesday am. Lucca Wed/ Saturday.
Wine lovers may like to taste at the cavernous wine cellars beneath Lucca or explore the Strada del vino.
Lucca is nearby and is a beautiful walled city, which is the birthplace of Puccini. The city is pedestrianised, which is fantastic for cycling and walking. They have a craft market - 3rd weekend of month & Antique last weekend
The countryside north of Lucca is breathtaking with many palazzos, spas and vineyards to visit in the area. Florence, Pisa and the beaches are all within a short distance.
In the summer there are many musical events: Puccini opera at Torre del Lago, whilst in Lucca, during July, several of the world’s best musicians play in the amphitheatre. There are also several jazz festivals.
In the summer there are many Sagra's, which are wonderfully Italian serving good food and ballroom dancing under the stars.
One hour’s drive north from the house is the lovely ski resort of Abetone. This was voted one of the best 10 small ski resorts in the world. This is very popular resort with very good facilities.
Walks near the house and the Garfagnana are wonderful including Orrido di Botri, a narrow canyon with clear water and waterfall and along the stunning Cinque Terra, explore the Grotto & cross the Serchio river on the 800 year old Devils Bridge.
The home town of Leonardo da Vinci has many museums and tour Carrera where Michael Angelo's 'David' was carved.
Pinocchio originated from the wonderful house ands gardens at Collodi.
Churches, Memorials, Pallazzos, including 'Pfanner as seen in Jane Campion's 'Portrait of a Lady' are also stunning
This wonderful location, a wildlife paradise, can be seen using Google Earth.
Local activities: Swimming, tennis, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, mountain biking & skiing
The beaches are good at the Cinque Terra & the boat trip from Lerici isa great day out to 5 beaches.
Wildlife enthusiasts can see porcupine, red squirrels, pine martins, wild boar, badgers etc. Eagles, beaeaters, shrikes, golden oriels, hoopoes are often seen.
Shopping is great in Lucca with all the designer and designer discount stores near Florence.
Art & architect lovers will have many places to visit. Grosetto and Pienza are beautiful unspoilt towns.
Motor enthusiasts may like to visit the Ferrari factory at Marinello, near Modena, home to Pavarotti and Balsamic vinegar.
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21 Oct 2013
"Perfect Tuscan Retreat"
Casa a Corte is a perfect Tuscan getaway with a great location to visit many classic Tuscan towns. The house is well-equipped, large and very private. The pool was a great bonus after a hot day of touring Italy. Property owner is very accommodating, responsive, and informative. I would highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a private getaway to enjoy Tuscany.
You are very kind and thank you so much for taking the trouble to review. I am glad you all had such a wonderful Italian experience and hope it last long in your family's memory.
Best wishes, Hugh & Hazel
14 Oct 2013
"A gem in Tuscany..."
Spent a week here with 6 friends in September 2013. The property is absolutely stunning and the pictures posted accurately represent it. Hugh, the owner, was incredibly helpful - he responded promptly to all our emails, provided detailed directions in advance, gave great tips on local restaurants, markets, and sites to see, and checked in during our stay to ensure we had everything we needed. The location is beautiful - rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves for miles. The views are breathtaking. The location is great as it is very remote yet by car you are only an hour away (or less) from some great towns and sites. The kitchen is well equipped (we cooked most nights), beds were comfortable, and the entire property was very clean and in good repair. I would reccomend this property without hesitation. Thank you, Hugh, for making our stay so memorable.
Thank you so much for your kind and complimentary review, plus taking the trouble over your 'Thanksgiving' weekend to post it. We're delighted you all had such a good holiday in Tuscany and in Europe and hope it lasts long in the memory! We are very fortunate to have had such wonderful guests.
Best wishes, Hugh & Hazel
17 Jun 2013
"Idillic spot in the Tuscan countryside"
We stayed at this lovely house for 2 weeks and lovely every moment. Less than an hour from Pisa, and easy to find. Thanks to the owners for following up with us after our stay, and making recommendations of where to go and what to do in the area.
For us, a quiet, relaxing break away from the city - I couldn't imagine anywhere better and can't wait to return.
Nick, We were delighted you enjoyed your stay and please pass on our thanks to the Digby's for recommending Casa a Corte and hope to see you all in the near future. We're glad that all the recommendations were successful and it was a very relaxing and peaceful break after your hectic life in the Middle East. Best wishes, Hugh & Hazel
11 Jun 2013
"A Tuscan Gem"
The owners of Casa a Corte were incredibly helpful - nothing was too much trouble. They gave us the most detailed directions to the property, which meant we arrived stress free & helped enormously with suggestions for days out. The house itself was brilliantly equipped, which always makes things so much easier! There was nothing we wanted that we didn't have.
Thank you for your kind words and delighted that you will be returning with your family in 2014. It is always good to hear our suggestions for days-out and restaurants have been so successful.
8 Jun 2013
Access to the property was difficult due to the condition of the track which led to the property.The track which is steep and windy had deep gullies in it -we did not have a 4-wheel drive nor was it a… More
We thank Janet for her feedback and take on board all her comments.
The village road (750m) has never been a problem for guests during the 13 years we have owned the property but unfortunately heavy rainfall had removed road chippings from the track. The council had set aside replacement stones but the repair was delayed due to further heavy rainfall.
May is usually a glorious month and we appreciate that it must have been extremely frustrating for Janet not to fully benefit from the 3 outdoor terraces, garden and pool due to this unseasonal wet week.
The washing machine is not a spin dryer but it will be serviced and the shower drain will be inspected.
6 Dec 2011
""It really captures the essence of the 'good life"""
We loved our stay at Casa a Corte. Located in the heart of such a beautiful Tuscan valley, it really captures the essence of the 'good life'. Surrounded by working olive groves and vineyards, you can witness the Italians going about their daily lives as they tend to their crops. A local shop in Ponte Moriano sells the local olive oil (extra virgin of course!) and wine (both produced on the farmhouse's doorstep!) so guests to A Corte can literally 'taste' their surroundings. Really quite magical. We often enjoyed a glass of the local red whilst soaking in the views from the picturesque main terrace. The perfect way to 'unwind' from a day by the pool! The vicinity to Lucca, the beach and the mountains also enabled us to get a very all-round experience of Tuscan life. We really enjoyed exploring beautiful Lucca and cycling around the walls and the beach and mountains offered us fantastic days-out! If you fancy travelling further afield, Florence is just over an hour by train and Pisa is even nearer - sadly we didn't do either! We were too content with the surrounding area to venture much further! One thing we particularly enjoyed was having supper cooked for us in the house. It worked out to be fantastic value and gave us the opportunity to really enjoy the beauty of the valley, whilst being served beautiful local food. Heaven or as the Italians would say 'paradiso'! Thanks to the owners for giving us a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the best of Italy & Michael for looking after us! We look forward to returning and will encourage friends and family to do the same.
The Gatenbys 4 - 18th June 2011
As owners of the house it gives us so much pleasure to read positive reviews on A Corte & hear guests thoughts and new discoveries.
Because the area is so beautiful & the locals work so hard to maintain the land, we love it when guests venture into the countryside and see the wonderful flowers, rare birds and animals. One of the most stunning sights I have ever seen was in the valley surrounding the property when tens of thousands of fire flies illuminate the hills.
We always appreciate any ideas and suggestions.
Many thanks H&H
5 Sep 2011
"A Tuscan Dream"
Review #4663154 "A Tuscan Dream"
We've been on two family holidays now to A Corte and it's been absolutely magical on both occasions. The converted farm house offers up exactly the kind of rustic charm that you'd envisage: perched on the hillside with spectacular views across a lush, Tuscan valley. If anything, the photos don't do it justice - views are also visible from the pool and the veranda which backs onto the pool area. The pool is a good size - large enough to swim lengths and for the kids to play games Inside the house, the furnishings are warm and tastleful, the interior is spotlessly clean and the bedrooms are large and comfortable. Outside there's an abundance of comfy furniture and a covered veranda which is great for barbeques in the evening. There are also a total of 3 terraces around the house, all offering great views of the valley. In terms of surrounding attractions, the house is a short drive from Lucca - a fantastically quaint medeival Italian city seemingly untainted by the modernising corporate brush. Definitely take the cycling tour around the walls to get a feel for the place and peer down into the city for a view of the stunning architecture that's prevalent throughout. the also have terrfific open air concerts in the main amphitheatre which are a must. There are also several great restaurants nearby in the hills - check out Antica locanda steak reestaurant for the best steak in the region! Finally, if you need a hand with anything, Michael, an English local who lives nearby, and helps maintain the property, is very forthcoming with any ad hoc help or advice that you might require. All in all - FABULOUS!!
We love guests returning to A Corte with one family returning in 2012 for the 6th time.
The Dickman's now know more about the local area than some of the locals. They have eaten in all the wonderful restaurants, especially our favourite in the world, Antica Locanda and walked the highest peaks.
They are extremely energetic and have fallen in love with the Lucca area, Pietrasanta's cool art scene & skiing in nearby Abetone
Many thanks for all your stories, H&H
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