Photo gallery

A stunning conversion of the old barn which even surprised the builders

Prosecco by the pool to celebrate your holiday

Your own terrace above the pool

The 10th century fort on the next hill

Another beautiful sunrise

There is a timeless quality in these ancient hills

I Cinghiali in high summer, blue skies, cornfields, lazy days

The village of Caprignana

Nearby the largest mortadella in Italy - delicious!

The terrace with its view of a 10th century fort on the next hill

The village of Caprignana, the gateway to the beautiful Orecchiella national park

Table on the terrace for your meals and enjoyment

A 250 Kilo piece of marble from the hills nearby for the kitchen bench

A much photographed view

Fabulous food flavours: Dining in the studio in the old barn

The king sized bed with quality cotton sheets and wool blankets or duvet

Coffee: the best in the world

Rustic original walls with every comfort in this stunning space

Villages scattered down the valley

Afternoon drinks

I Cinghiali, the largest villa in the village of around 40 houses

A beautiful evening sky

The medieval village of Orzaglia: a great pre or post dinner walk


The never ending view of light and mountains and beauty

Summer fruits in the market

Beautiful 12 meter pool for your enjoyment

Market days: food that tastes out of this world in town squares all over the valley

Market days: fabulous clothes shopping for just a few Euros

The amazing view from the studio and its secluded terrace ideal for sunning yourself

From the barn terrace

Autumn: a perfect time to walk in the parks and visit the hilltop villages nearby

Breakfast on the terrace is sublime

Lucca is the home of the best olive oil in Italy

The amazing walled city of Lucca, 76 churches, fabulous shopping,

A village farm below the marble mountains

Delicious pizza for about €7

The bathroom with wet area shower

Food: local prosciutto and salami from the village shop

A nearby town

Lucca: the amazing walled city and its Roman ampitheatre

Out of the ground and into the oven.

The local sport of cheese bowling

A beautiful dawn sky

All this at Piazza al Serchio on a Tuesday for €20

The villa entrance


Beautiful Garfagnana honey. You will want to try it!

The Roman amphitheater in Lucca

The amazing purple of aubergines

Cheese in the next village


Entree at home

Every holiday deserves an Aperol spritz at the market

Some of the tomato varieties

Ravioli at a favourite: La Baita at nearby Corfino

A groaning table at home

The local supermarket's display of meats

Antipasto at ll Pozzo at Pieve Fosciana

Fabrizzio at the cheese factory at the next village - go visit - Vibbiana

Manarola on the Cinque Terre - less than 2 hours away

The tower in Lucca

A market nearby

Porcini from the hills

The C10 fortress you look at from the villa at Verrucole

Roof tops from the tower in Lucca

The lemon house at Villa Grabau - one of the many old villas you can visit near Lucca

Villa Torrigiani near Lucca

The owner's home made bread

Castlenuovo in Spring

St Michele in Lucca with its wonderful marble pillars

You like espresso? Here is the place to get it!

Zucchini out of my garden

Jeans drying in the next village

The owner picking grapes at the annual vendemmia

Spring snows on the mountains

One of the lovely shrines scattered through the valley

The original owners of the villa around 1930

My favourite terrace on the property