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.