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Beautiful restored farmhouse with private pool & spectacular views

Hugh Johnson

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Beautiful restored farmhouse with private pool & spectacular views

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Lucca Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 7-8

Casa a Corte is a beautiful, restored property of Roman origin near the hamlet of Gugliano. The house is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, fruit trees, chestnut woodlands, mountain streams and offers tranquillity to those seeking relaxation. However, the lively town of Lucca, a 15 minute drive by car, offers everything one could wish for, whether it be fine dining, shopping, sight-seeing or cycling around the ancient walls during the 'passegiata' at sunset. The house is well located for visiting Florence and Siena, the seaside resorts and the mountain regions of Garfagnana. Casa a Corte is set in 30 acres of its own land which is used for the production of wine and olive oil. From the three large terraces and swimming pool, one can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and hear the distant sound of church bells and choir from over the valley. There is a well-maintained garden and a lovely pool which enjoys sun throughout the day.

3 terraces, pool and garden: 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 and has a large slate dining table and eight chairs. A pergola of climbing jasmine, wysteria 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. The large terracotta tiled south terrace is a sun worshippers' dream. It also benefits from a 3 seater sofa, 2 arm chairs and table. The west terrace enjoys a well established garden of lavender, roses, mimosa and fig trees, plus a table and benches. All terraces have fabulous views across the vineyards and valley.

The area is organic & a wildlife enthusiasts dream with many rare species of animals & birds. In the spring & summer the area is full of wild flowers .

Casa a Corte has appeared in the TV programme 'A House in Tuscany' and in several magazines

Local Tuscan cook available on request with an English speaking chef.

The local town of Ponte A Moriano which is 10 mins away by car, has several restaurants, banks/post office, deli's with wonderful cooked meals to take away, ice cream bar, cafes, excellent butcher, superb market with fish, local vegetables, local honey, mushrooms, olive oils etc and a large supermarket, plus a supplier of local wines etc

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Hugh Johnson (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2015

About Hugh Johnson

We are a well travelled family of 4, who grew up in the Far East & moved to Europe to become a wildlife film maker. Although I now specialise in another area of film, my job is to make objects & places look beautiful. Our 2 children both studied languages at university & love travel, food, lifestyle, wildlife, art & sport

Hugh Johnson purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why Hugh Johnson chose Lucca

Having viewed several properties during the summer & autumn of 1999 we fell in love with Casa a Corte after seeing the house and land from across the valley with the mountains behind.

We immediately knew this was the house we were looking for.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our passion is being outside and spend much of our holiday looking at the wonderful countryside & wildlife, chatting to the locals & trying to become a better cook. The farmer and his friends in Gugliano have been so helpful & kind to us and have made Casa a Corte a special place for all our family.

The local restaurants, especially at the wonderful Antica Locanda have given us lots of tips when producing our olive oil & have become family friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Hugh, We had a wonderfuly comfortable time at your guest house. The weather was actually fine each day with very little rain. We did some excellent day trips and had lunch at Antica Locanda twice, great reccomendation. We cooked in each night and were very pleased with how well stocked the kitchen was. We were also able to use the pool a bit. Thank you again for everything to make it a great holiday.
May 2013
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Beautiful restored farmhouse with private pool & spectacular views
average rating of 4.888889 based on 28 reviews

Tranquility personified

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed at this lovely farmhouse, and very much enjoyed the tranquility..swapping busy city life for this idillic location for just two weeks was enough to recharge the batteries.

The house is lovely, convenient to reach, and the local town of Lucca is charming.

I can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nick, Thank you for your complimentary review and delighted you enjoyed a relaxing break after your hectic life in the Middle East. Glad our 'Days-out' suggestions were a success. The house is very conveniently positioned for Pisa Airport, the charm of Lucca, beaches, combined with the wonderful countryside surrounding the house and into the Garfagnana, so happy you had the time to explore. Please thank the Digby's for recommending Casa a Corte.

Perfect Tuscan base for the autumn holidays

  • 4 of 5

We, 2 families from The Netherlands, stayed in Casa a Corte during the kids (6 - 11) mid term break from school (3rd week in October) . We had a lovely week with beautiful weather (21 - 25 degrees), delicious food and great company.

Hugh, the owner, was very cooperative upfront and during our stay. He recommended us some great restaurants (even with kids :-), beautiful sight seeing places (beach, Cinque Terra, cycling city walls of Lucca) and even helped us out by mobilizing the neighbours when a the combination of a thunderstorm and an old tree blocked our road the exit the premises.

Highly recommendable and hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Prague, Czech Republic

Authentic place in a beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

This trip was our first longer vacation experience in Italy and a very positive one. Everything about the rental was well organized and the owners were also quite helpful in accomodating some specific needs we had regarding our stay. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the views from the house amazing. Excellent pool! We were also very pleasantly surprised by Lucca which we found one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, more friendly and less crowded than some of its more famous piers. Especially the outskirts of the historical part within the town wall. Also Pisa in the late afternoon, after major crowds disappear from the streets, was more interesting than just the leaning tower itself. I would just personally recommend a small (roads are very narrow) four-wheel drive for driving as the last kilometr to the house is basically a dirt road. Staircase in the house may be too steep for some younger children and elderly, though we had both and managed just fine.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your feedback and am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Casa a Corte. Glad we were able to meet your specific requirements and happy that you found Lucca to be one of the most beautiful towns in Italy!

Perfect Tuscan retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 arrived at Casa a Corte after four busy hot days in Rome. The house, the grounds, and the location were all perfect for a Tuscan getaway. We were close enough to many locations to do day trips every day, including Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre and Lerici, and of course the charming town of Lucca.

The house is great, with enough space for everyone to be comfortable. All the trappings of home are included, with a well-equipped kitchen, washer, clothesline, cable TV, games, books, etc. My kids enjoyed the pool many times after a day of touring. It was great for everyone to relax on the patio. We could understand why many reviewers said they didn't want to leave the house! It really is perfect!

People had told us to explore having a chef cook dinner for us at our villa while we were in Tuscany. When I mentioned this to Hugh he was very accommodating and gave me several options. We chose Aurelio Barratini, a local Tuscan Chef (restaurant Antica Locanda di Sesto). It was TRULY the highlight of our Tuscan trip and I hope more people take advantage of his talent and hospitality. He made us a fantastic meal served on our patio. Every single thing we consumed, from the prosecco, the wine, the olive oil, the chocolate, all of the food, was created by him or someone in his family. Yes, they have their own label wine and olive oil! We gave him no restrictions despite having three kids...I had some concern the kids would turn their noses up at the food. instead they devoured stuffed zucchini blossoms and delicious dishes while we had a lovely family night. It was one of those times when everything works out exactly as you hoped and you make fabulous memories of your trip. The bonus was there was enough food for the next night!

Hugh was extremely informative about the local area, travel to and around Tuscany, and any questions we had were promptly answered. He is a very thorough property owner!

I would HIGHLY recommend Casa a Corte as a vacation rental!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karyn, We are delighted you had such a wonderful holiday and it gives us so much pleasure having guests that appreciate our house and Tuscany so much. We hope it will stay long in your families memories. We will pass on your comments to Aurelio. As a passionate Italian, he will also be delighted with your lovely positive comments. Thank you so much once again. Best wishes, Hugh & Hazel
Toronto, Canada

Wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

Spent a week here with 6 friends in September 2013. The property is absolutely stunning and the pictures on this site 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.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, We are delighted you all had such a lovely holiday at Casa a Corte and really appreciate your kind comments. We have been fortunate hosting wonderful guests this year and have really enjoyed trying to make their holiday a success and sharing their holiday stories. Many thanks, Hugh

Tuscan Gem

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to the house and we couldn't have been happier. From the start, the owners were incredibly helpful and obliging - providing us with detailed directions of how to get to the property and tips of where to eat and places to visit. The house itself had a home-from-home feel and the location was fantastic - surrounded by olives groves, vineyards etc it was beautifully tranquil but within easy distance of beautiful Lucca, the beach and Pisa/Florence. We'd definitely recommend this to friends and the members of our party (6) all agreed that we'd love to return.

For future guests, we'd thoroughly recommend cycling the walls of Lucca and having dinner at the very Tuscan trattoria: Antica Locanda.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tom, Glad you all had such a good holiday and were such enthusiastic and energetic guests. The house is wonderfully located, allowing us to visit so many wonderful places, which is one of the main reasons we bought the property, along with the stunning views, friendly locals and some of the best food in the world. Many thanks, Hugh


Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Pisa Airport
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Lucca is a beautiful walled medieval city, which is the birthplace of Puccini. The city is mostly pedestrianised, which is fantastic for cycling and walking. The countryside north of Lucca is breathtaking with many medieval villages perched on wooded hillsides. There are many beautiful 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 worlds best musicians play in the amphitheatre. There are also several jazz festivals.

There are many superb restaurants within 15 mins of the house. Fungi and truffles are some of the local specialities and olive oil from Lucca is one of the best in the world. One hour's drive north from the house is the beautiful ski resort of Abetone.This is a very popular resort with very good facilities

This wonderful location, a wildlife paradise, can be seen using Google Earth

Other Activities: Wildlife / restaurants / markets

Ski: Skiing is an hours journey at Abetone. It is a very nice Italian resort.


Rates & Availability

From €1,800 Per week

Lucca Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2015
Mar 28 2015 - May 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2015
May 2 2015 - Jun 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2015
Jun 6 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
Late summer 2015
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2015
Sep 12 2015 - Oct 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2015
Oct 3 2015 - Oct 30 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Minimum stay 1 week (Saturday to Saturday). Out of season we are more flexible with timings with the house available for 10 days etc.
Payments must be made by bank transfer.
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Lucca Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - shower , outdoor shower , shower by pool
  • Towels are provided, but not for the beach and pool
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom main - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , painted Italian wrought iron
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , painted Italian wrought iron
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , painted Italian wrought iron
  • 1 double, 3 twins. Linen provided and changed weekly. Towels provided for bathroom only Cots can be provided - notice must be made when booking.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
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, broadband Internet access, music docking exterior & pool lighting, mosquito blinds, plus antique furniture, paintings & photos. The house is set out on 3 floors. The ground floor has a kitchen, dining room, toilet & shower room with washing machine. The first floor has a comfortable sitting room which is exceptionally well equipped for families who enjoy books and board games, plus satellite TV/ DVD/ hi-fi/ Wi-fi. There is also a large airy twin bedroom (100cm wide beds) with comfortable traditional iron beds. 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's also a large spacious shower room with toilet & bidet

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