“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.
Our holiday in Casa a Corte was delightful. The villa is in a great location up in the mountains about 45 mins from Pisa airport. The villa has three floors and was beautifully clean and well presented with lovely clean comfortable beds and a kitchen that was equipped with everything we needed for the whole two weeks. The dishwasher and washing machine came in very useful. The two shower rooms were brilliant with plenty of hot water. There is a lovely sitting room with comfy sofas on the second floor with a drawer full of games and shelves with good reading. This room also has a TV (which we never turned on) and the wifi never failed us. Outside there is a large swimming pool, (which was kept in pristine condition by some very friendly local house staff), with plenty of sun beds. There is a very refreshing shower next to the pool too. I found a hammock in the pool house which you can attach between two olive trees which we all spent some time in!
The only noise you will hear whilst at the villa is maybe the chat of some local farmers, or the odd owl hooting at night....it was peace and quiet all the time, which was so relaxing, the perfect place to unwind. It was great to have breakfast on the covered terrace, and if you didn't want to sit by the pool you could then catch the sun on the terrace that had outdoor sofas with cushions, before moving to a further terrace where you could sit and watch the sun go down while having a frosty cool one, or a glass of crisp dry white! Once the sun's set go back to the covered terrace and light up the bbq!
We visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa which is an incredibly amazing building and well worth going to see. We also took the advice of the owner and went to Florence for the day by train. This took one and a half hours from Lucca and cost €15 each return. Extremely cheap and well worth it. We hired Segways to explore Florence which was great fun! Lucca is a must, it has so much history, lovely buildings and ancient paved streets and plazas. We hired bikes and cycled the walls of Lucca in the late afternoon, it was beautiful.
The coast is about an hour away, which was well worth the drive as the sand and sea were very inviting, always having toilets, cafes and bars close by.
We took advantage of the all suggested restaurants, which did not disappoint, my husband had the best steak of his life at Antica Locanda Di Sesto which was only 20 mins from the villa, you really won't find service like theirs anywhere else!
Casa a Corte was a beautiful retreat.....even after two weeks we weren't ready for home.... …