Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casa Lucia is a in a 16th century borgo - with lots of private outside space on its unique terrace, garden and patio: both have stunning views & seating for outside dining. Small BBQ. Interior: beautifully furnished for a comfortable holiday stay. Newly renovated - traditional features - original 500 year old ceiling beams and cotto floors, with wooden shuttered windows and excellent modern facilities where needed. Well equipped wooden kitchen, comfortable beds and sofas. French windows onto garden and own front door onto private terrace. Additional window near kitchen area. Shared pool and gardens with olive trees in pleasant surroundings - with a little piazza for an evening stroll. Near vineyards, fields of sunflowers, restaurants and little villages dotted around the countryside and in nearby San Miniato. Casa Lucia is ideal for all ages: family, friends or couples - cosy, cool, very romantic and picturesque. Lots to do but pleasant just to stay at Bucciano and relax. Excellent for families and a wonderful antidote for stressed couples. Lots of places to visit both locally and easy access to all Tuscany.
SAN MINIATO for historical sites, shops, restaurants, weekly market, ice cream - 15 minutes. Local town La Serra for necessities (bar/cafe, pizzeria, grocery shop, newsagents, only 5 minutes! In the countryside with easy communication: drive (10/15 minutes from the FI-PI-LI autostrada) or take trains to historic tourist sites: FLORENCE / LUCCA / PISA 35 minutes! COAST / VOLTERRA / SAN GIMIGNANO / CHIANTISHIRE / SIENA an hour on the scenic routes!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Local beaches Cecina or Viareggio/Forte de Marmi 45 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 30 km, Nearest railway: San Miniato, Pontedera etc 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The front door from Casa Lucia's private terrace opens into an open-plan airy room in the Italian style: incorporating stylish, comfortably furnished dining, sitting and well equipped kitchen areas with plenty of crockery, glasses. Wooden furniture throughout - apart from wrought iron beds and leather sofas. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished with cool white bedding (and warm blankets & central heating/double glazing for winter stays). All windows have wooden shutters and the ceilings are high - the walls very thick - all designed to keep Casa Lucia cool inside when it is hot. The beds are very comfortable - and the sofas. Main well-equipped shower room/washbasin/loo/bidet. There is also a 2nd well equipped shower room with loo and washbasin, bathroom cabinets, good storage, window. (Please bring your own beach towels - all other linen provided).
Pretty travel cot suitable for child up to 3 years.
Our guests have loved the interior facilities.
|Further details outdoors|
There are excellent exterior facilities at Casa Lucia: from the small piazza, a few steps lead to Casa Lucia's gates and its own terrace (with independent front door) and then around to Casa Lucia's private 110sqm garden and large tree. It's a most unusual design and guests enjoy the exterior facilities - a lot of time in Tuscany is spent outside so these pleasant facilities are a great advantage.
There are tables/chairs and benches on the terrace - and French doors from the kitchen/dining/sitting area onto the garden patio with another set of table and chairs - to take advantage of the lovely views - and guests enjoy watching the sunsets. There is a new small BBQ every year. NEW! Wooden sunloungers and matching table under the tree as requested by our guests! It's very pleasant having two separate private outside places to sit and now this additional lovely retreat with the sunloungers.
The garden is fenced and has a large tree forming a natural parasol and wonderful when it's hot. The terrace has a terracotta containers of fragrant jasmine, built into the wall along its whole length. Automatic watering.
Casa Lucia is tucked away from the small piazza at Bucciano from where there is a slope to the reserved parking - and the spacious Pool area in a scenic spot nearby. Swimming pool usually open 15 May (sometimes earlier) to 15 October. There is a shower and garden area near the pool.
Swimming pool usually open 15 May (sometimes earlier) to 15 October. It is a short stroll away from Casa Lucia's front door and in a spacious and scenic area. There is a changing area and shower. There are gardens near the pool.
Small children are very welcome at Casa Lucia (and lots have stayed very happily) but parents are responsible for their safety especially in and around the pool area.
The Tuscany region
CASA LUCIA has a small local village nearby at La Serra - and there are many interesting villages/towns in the surrounding countryside with bars/pasticceria/enoteca, alimentari for groceries and restaurants. It is only 7km from the medieval town of SAN MINIATO. The tourist office (English speaking) is very helpful and has lots of information on the surrounding areas.
San Miniato is a town that was full of intrigue, battles, politics and power - variously ruled by France, Florence and even Spain. Now there is a gentler pace of life. As much of Tuscany, the area is still predomininantly rural, with fertile soil and a temperate climate. SAN MINIATO was founded by the Etruscans, the most powerful civilisation in pre-Roman Italy, giving Tuscany its name. It was later colonised by Augustan legionnaires. On his way home from Pisa, St Francis of Assisi travelled to the top of San Miniato hill and founded the historic Convent in 1211.
Many historical attractions within easy reach - a great advantage is that Casa Lucia is 10/15 minutes from the Florence-Pisa-Livorno (FI-PI-LI) autostrada so can travel the scenic routes to famous towns in Tuscany and return on the FI-PI-LI tired but happy!
Casa Lucia is located in the Province of Pisa but near the border of the Province of Florence - actually a little closer to Florence than Pisa. FLORENCE is only 40 minutes drive - or take the train from nearby SAN MINIATO - it only takes 25 minutes and then 4 minutes to walk into the historic centre in Florence.
Many LOCAL VILLAGES around Casa Lucia (eg Montaione interesting for a stroll and has one of our favourite restaurants) and a few more unusual towns eg Leonardo's birthplace of VINCI is only 20 minutes away and has an interesting museum/birthplace.
Visit LUCCA for elegant shopping and sightseeing within a preserved 16th century fortress city - only 35 minutes away. Weekly market and monthly antiques market - hire bicycles to ride around its famous walls from with good views of the medieval and Roman historical centre within.
Visit the sandy COASTAL RESORTS of Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi & the Cinque Terre or try the ETRUSCAN COAST, all within an hour. There also a small water splash park for children which our guests have enjoyed.
Golf course approximately half an hour away.
The famous hilltop town of SAN GIMIGNANO with its many towers and fine medieval architecture is about an hour - take the scenic route via Certaldo, it's lovely. Pretty local villages/small towns in the countryside around Casa Lucia with lots of good restaurants (including informal family ones) with good simple Tuscan food and excellent local Chianti wine. There are also many vineyards and it is possible to purchase wine for your holiday stay (Casa Lucia is on a Wine Trail). VOLTERRA is on a scenic route and less than an hour. SIENA, CHIANTISHIRE and more - all just over an hour away. It's possible to visit Umbria with an early start.
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14 Jun 2011
"A lovely place for a fantastic holiday!"
What a nice cosy, indelicacy place for a relaxing holiday. Great for sightseeing, a short drive from some lovely cities. The apartment itself is very comfortable, it's got everything you need really. And it doesn't have a TV or microwave, which was actually rather nice. The kitchen is well equipped and the views are more than a fine substitute for any TV.
This is a lovely place for a holiday. Thank you Christine!
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