SUPERIOR TUSCAN FARMHOUSE WITH POOL NEAR LUCCA .A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO STAY

Lynn und Richard Gaunt

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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SUPERIOR TUSCAN FARMHOUSE WITH POOL NEAR LUCCA .A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO STAY

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Self-catering Farmhouse

Superior Tuscan farmhouse with stunning infinity pool and spectacular views.The house is about 400 years old and retains many original features such as the old teracotta stove and stone kitchen sink in the corner of the lounge,teracotta floor tiles,chestnut beams and ancient wooden Tuscan main doors.Relax during the day or evening on the covered terrace facing south with its comfy seating,charming rustic dining table and chairs (seats 8 )and great views,secluded lighting,perfect for alfresco dining or just to cool off in the shade.For sunbathing there is a private infinity pool (10mts x 5mts )with waterfall feature and fabulous views of the small hamlet,hills and valley situated on the lower terrace.The pool and terrace are illuminated at night.There 6 sun loungers,3 parosols and a shower.......ideal for the whole family.

GOLF: Garfagnana - 6 holes approximately 40 minutes away.

Versillia - 18 holes, par 71 - very exclusive, 1 hour away.

Montecatini Terme - 18 holes, par 72, 1 hour away.

Vico per Lago - driving range 30 mins away

COAST/BEACH: The Versillian coast is within 1 hours drive. Stunning wide, clean, white sandy beaches with shallow waters stretching for miles taking in the lovely classy resorts of Forte de Marmi, Lido di Camiore, Viareggio. There are many shops and cafes on the wide promenades, plenty of parking spaces and long cycle paths.

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...Superior Tuscan farmhouse with stunning infinity pool and spectacular panoramic views.The house is about 400 years old and retains many original features such as the old teracotta stove and stone kitchen sink in the corner of the lounge,teracotta floor tiles,chestnut beams, and ancient wooden Tuscan main doors..Relax during the day or evening on the covered terrace facing south with its comfy seating,charming rustic dining table and chairs (seats 8) and great views,secluded lighting ,perfect for alfresco dining or just to cool off in the shade.For sunbathing there is a private infinity pool (10mts x 5mts ) with waterfall feature and fabulous views of the small hamlet,hills and valley situated on the lower terrace.The pool and terrace are illuminated at night.There are 6 sun loungers,3 parosols and a shower......ideal for the whole family.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Lynn und Richard Gaunt (Owner)
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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with pool near Lucca .A beautiful place to stay
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with pool near Lucca .A beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p402982
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
4

Charming farmhouse in beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Polla. The farmhouse has been modernized without losing its orginal charm, the garden and pool are lovely and everything is well maintained. The location of the property couldn't be better. There is a wonderful restaurant called La Fonte within walking distance and the city of Lucca, which is a great place for history, shopping and dining, is a short drive away. While we were there, the weather was unseasonably cold and the night time temperatures dropped into the teens. Under those conditions, the house and pool can become a little chilly. I would highly recommend La Polla for anyone looking for an idyllic rural destination.
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with pool near Lucca .A beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p402982
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
1

Dirty and Disappointing

  • 1 of 5
La Polla 402982

This farmhouse was dirty and disappointing, and does not match the listing.

When we arrived the property was dirty with mouse droppings clearly visible in the kitchen, living room and bathroom.
The sheets were stained with black hairs and what looked like red lipstick marks clearly visible. The towels were also dirty.
We immediately complained and to our amazement they explained they knew the sheets were stained, but they had been clean at the start of the season, a response which is clearly not acceptable.
The sheets and towels were replaced a day later and mousetraps laid, but not before a mouse had eaten into our groceries in both the kitchen and into suitcases.

The listing and photographs on the website were not accurate describing 4 bedrooms, 'airy with stunning valley views', the reality is that the property has only 3 bedrooms, (the area with bunk beds is not a room at all but rather a hallway with a curtain, tiny high level hopper window, little ventilation and no view whatsoever.

The images on the website of the bedrooms have been changed since we complained and the bunk bed image added. We could not use the bunk beds as there was no door or proper window for the space and it was right beside the front door with only a curtain separating them, two floors away from the real bedrooms.

The lack of a proper fourth bedroom combined with the stained sheets, mouse infestation, and dirty towels, really spoilt our holiday, but the owner added to our despair by suggesting it was part of the charm of the property.

The location of the property is described in the listing as 'easily accessed' whereas the reality is it is located on a very tight and twisting road with a dangerous blind summit. I am an experienced driver but there are three hairpin bends which each required 3 point turns on both arrival and departure from the house in anything but the smallest of cars.

The only good thing was the pool, but apart from this the stay was a dreadful experience, we have stayed in a range of other farmhouses in the area over the last ten years and have never had such a bad experience.
  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were taken aback by this guest’s complaining emails as he was demanding & rude & asking for compensation. So we would like to put things into perspective.
His family arrived on a Saturday (change over day) & made contact with us the next morning to complain that some linen was “dirty” & a few hairs were found. The 4 pieces of linen were not dirty but showed faint stains that could have been from makeup, or drinks taken in bed which had not come out in the wash. The so called lipstick mark was more likely from a red marker pen that is used to colour code laundry which is touched up when necessary. The 2/3 hairs must have come back in the clean laundry. Two cleaners arrived on the Sunday morning & he demanded all 6 beds to be changed – all had been previously changed on Saturday.
La Polla is our home – before we left in May everything was checked & in order. We most certainly did not have mice. Apparently some previous guests had left rubbish by the door & this will be how mice got in but he would not accept this. The mice were dealt with asap. The house is thoroughly cleaned weekly by a team of cleaners before new guests arrive & we take exception to him saying the house is dirty. Surely if it was there would be many bad blogs on this site! Guests are contacted after each visit & compliment us on the house & area saying how they enjoyed their stay. The guests before & after his stay were asked about their ‘s & all were very happy.
The bunk bedroom is smaller – hence bunks but is roomy enough with wardrobe, drawers & chair. It is an en suite with a ventilation window in the bedroom area & a clear glass window with valley view in the en suite. A heavy curtain is across the doorway – this is not uncommon in old Italian houses & creates an ambiance & adds to the decoration of the room. We have added a photo to our site of this room showing the bunks but had to remove one picture as we are at the maximum allowed.
At the end of our entrance is a sharp turning which is not on our land, further up is a bend with a wide concreted area for turning & a further bend which also has a wide turning area.
Hundreds of guests have stayed at La Polla over the last 4 years – we have never received a bad complaint until now – we say this with confidence and honesty. He is the only person to do so. He kept asking for money back - perhaps this was the real reason behind his grievances!
We leave it to you the reader of this blog to draw your own conclusions.
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with pool near Lucca .A beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p402982
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
5

Fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5
My friends and I loved this property. It's very remote up in the hillside but is easy to drive to from Lucca. The pool is amazing and the rooms are comfortable. Dealing with the owners was easy and I received my damage deposit back quickly. I'd highly recommend this property.
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you It's always nice to hear that a holiday at La Polla has been enjoyed.Our only comment would be is explain that our farmhouse is hidden away with stunning views but still only minutes from the village.
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with pool near Lucca .A beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p402982
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
5

Terrific Tuscany Holiday

  • 5 of 5
Along with friends we have just enjoyed a marvellous holiday in a stunning Tuscany farmhouse style house, La Polla and we cannot recommend it highly enough.
The property was better than the page suggests with stunning views of the gorgeous Tuscany hills in which it sits; sitting by or immersed in the pool really showed the view and it was a pleasure to swim in such a beautiful setting.
Trebbio the village from which you ascend to the house is quiet and peaceful having a lovely restaurant with excellent food at very reasonable prices. we ate there twice walking down the hill to it and back up after eating, a healthy way to work off the many calories of the gorgeous home made pasta! Although we are not in the first flush of youth the walks were no hardship although we would not recommend it to anyone with walking difficulties.
A car is mandatory to ensure easy access to the surrounding Tuscan tourist hotspots, Florence, Pisa, Sienna and the coast resorts of Viarregio and Forte dei Marmi being accessible with one hour of easy travel. Lucca is definitely well worth a visit and is a half hour drive away.
Dining al fesco on the lovely patio was a very Italian experience and was most enjoyable; it felt like being in a movie.
The house interior had a luxurious feel and the whole holiday was five star. If you are looking for a holiday with sun, pool, tourist attractions and superb accommodation this will fit the bill.
  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with pool near Lucca .A beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p402982
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
Sweden
4

Beautiful and well kept hillside house

  • 4 of 5
The house is situated on the outskirts of a very small village, some 10 minutes walk away, but to get anywhere you would definitely need a car. Private parking space is very close to the house, but it should be noted that the access road is partly steep and not asphalted, and can be a challenge.

The house itself is big, very comfortable and well kept with a large living room with dining area and nice sofas (we were told by the lady welcoming us - not the owners - that the fireplace was not to be used, though), four big enough bedrooms and a well equipped kitchen. Two very clean and nice batchrooms. There is no TV-signal and no internet connection, but you can play DVD:s (we brought along for the kids).

The small garden and the two small terraces next to the house are very nice, but unfortunately it was too cold for al fresco dining when we stayed end of September, beginning October.

The best thing with the house is definitely the splendid valley views from the front garden and all bedrooms!

It should be noted that the location is very much off the beaten track. There is a 10-15 minutes drive to the main road in Diecimo connecting Lucca with the Garfagnana. There you also find a train station with frequent connections to Lucca (and some to Pisa). Another five minutes takes you to the supermarket in Borgo a Mozzano. We rarely spent less than 30-40 minutes on the roads to get to Lucca city center. We made Cinque Terre in 2h, Florence in 1h30 , Viareggio (beach) in 1h15 and Piza in 1 h.

The owners are very nice and quick to reply on e-mails answering all your questions. Their private house is situated right next to the property.

I would definitely recommend Casa Castagna to anyone wishing for a nice and comfortable place to stay off the beaten track and the big crowds, but with reasonable distances to major sights. We were travelling with kids (1 and 4), and although the house is great to share between two families, the location is not particularily child friendly as there will be a lot of driving to get anywhere.

And don't miss out Lucca! What a nice lite town!
  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Superior Tuscan farmhouse with pool near Lucca .A beautiful place to stay
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p402982
+39 -(0)583 359024
Pescaglia Media Valle del Serchio
leicestershire, England
5

Review of holiday summer 2010

  • 5 of 5
We found this villa to be very well maintained, in excellent condition and very clean. The villa is nicely tucked away on a hill side, giving the opportunity of a private holiday, but with the village withing walking distance. The views out across the valley are stunning, with a pretty garden at the front, but with a nice very private area at the back with sun loungers and pool. The villa and location is ideal for those wanting to be away from the madding crowd, and looking for a peacful relaxing holiday. However with Pisa being just an 1 hr away and Florence 1 1/2, you can soon be taking in the stunning sites.
Our only recomendation would be to take dvd films with you, as there is no tv signal, this way the kids will have something to watch in the evenings.
  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Diecimo
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Beach
24 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: necessary

The village of Trebbio has some shops and a very good reasonably priced restaurant - La Fonte -well worth a visit. The house is only 10 minutes from Celle/Puccini - the museum of the great composer.15minutes from the famous Ponte del Diavolo(Devil's bridge) and 20 minutes from Bagni di Lucca's thermal springs. The beautiful town of Barga is 30minutes away. Within the town is a tiny walled medieval 'city' which is traffic free, has a 13thc church and wonderful views across the Garfagnana mountains.Other places to visit are: Collodi - (birthplace of Pinoccio's author) Pinoccio Park and Villa Garzoni and it's beautiful gardens.Lucca's old city is surrounded by a huge medieval wall and features some of Italy's finest Renaissance architecture. There are many shops, cafes, restaurants, markets and music festivals.The beautiful city of Florence is 80 minutes by car, and Pisa is more than just a tower - visit the medieval quarter and learn about the Medici family.It is 1 hour to Pisa airport.

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Pescaglia Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Summer
May 31 - Jun 27
7 nights
£1,200
 
 
Summer
Jun 28 - Jul 18
7 nights
£2,000
 
 
High summer
Jul 19 - Aug 29
7 nights
£2,400
 
 
Late Summer
Aug 30 - Sep 12
7 nights
£1,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes 30% deposit required at time of booking - balance of cleared funds due 8 weeks before arrival date, plus £250 for refundable damage deposit. Damage deposit returned within 14 days of departure .
Payments by bank transfer ...other methods of payments may incur an extra fee.
Please note the owners of this property accept payments in the original currency specified, before use of the conversion tool.
30% deposit required at the time of booking-balance of cleared funds due 8 weeks before arrival date…plus £250 for refundable damage deposit.Damage deposit returned within 14 days of departure.
Payments by bank transfer…other methods of payment may incur an extra fee.
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Amenities

Amenities

Pescaglia Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 170 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Top Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 ensuite Ground Floor - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 1st Floor - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Lge Double with War
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Lge Double with Wardrobe
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin Beds With Wardrobe
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , These are Bunk Beds , Wardrobe, drawers
  • All Bedrooms are newly refurbished with beds,wardrobes,Drawers or cupboards,chair. Each one is beautifully colour co-ordinated,comfortabley sized and airy with stunning valley views. Cots are available
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Set in 7 acres of woodland,the south facing property is easily accessed. The surrounding area is very lush & green with acacia & chestnut trees,lavender,rosemary and many other herbs which grow freely. The house has many Tuscan features and faces south with views across the valley.The covered terrace with easy loungers & outside dining (rustic table and 8 wrought iron chairs) is the ferfect evening retreat with its feature lighting.A private stunningly beautiful 10mt x 5 mt infinity pool is set on the lower terrace with views over the little hamlet beneath and the valley. the pool area has 6 loungers and boasts concealed pool and terrace lighting.La Polla has gas central heating which is metered during early and late seasons and a reading taken on arrival & departure.Prices are at the applicable rate during the time the heating is used....heating is rarely needed,certainly never in the summer months.
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