DELIGHTFUL, TASTEFULLY RESTORED 18TH CENTURY RURAL HOUSE

Mark

Speaks italian, english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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DELIGHTFUL, TASTEFULLY RESTORED 18TH CENTURY RURAL HOUSE

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3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

Casa della Volpe (Fox House) is in the high hills above Lucca, has both intimate and distant views over the valley. It has beamed ceilings, an original Tuscan stone kitchen sink, terracotta floors downstairs, ceramic tiled floors upstairs and a super cosy wood burning stove in the sitting room to compliment the central heating on cooler days. Original bread/pizza oven, pergola for outdoor dining. Restored in 2005/2006 in traditional style but incorporating modern facilities. Sweeping views can also be seen from bed in the main bedroom. One of the bedrooms is under the eaves. Heated towel rails. Hair dryers. Satellite TV. DVD. WiFi. (Broadband) The house is charming, well equipped for convenient living. Very private, the house is not overlooked by other houses. Fresh herbs in season. It has an adventurous road. While it is a semi-detached property, the adjacent building is not occupied. It has a well stocked supermarket about three km away as well as a chemist, dry cleaner, hairdresser. Florence is an hour away by car or by rail. Trains run hourly. Horse back riding available. Bicycles can be hired in Lucca.

Long term lets are also possible at this property as well as short term lets.

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Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
Mark (Owner)
Advertiser since 2005
Speaks italian, english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Casa della Volpe is a welcoming house set in the hills, surrounded by olive trees, with stunning views and the walled city of Lucca just visible in the distance. The old house has been beautifully restored, inside and out, with every modern convenience and home comfort you would want on a holiday. Just the place to soak up the atmosphere of Tuscany as soon as you arrive.

The enormous king size bed in the main bedroom is one of the most comfortable I have slept in and wakening in the morning to hear the birds singing and seeing dawn break over the valley is memorable.

The kitchen in Casa della Volpe is well equipped with everything you will need to be able to rustle up any dishes if you want to cook at home. However, we visited an interesting variety of retaurants (all within a few kilometres) that offered a tasty range of Tuscan home cooked food from simple, delicious lunches to more elaborate dinners. We were never disappointed.

There's a well stocked supermarket, a chemist, bank, restaurants and little bars where you can have a quick coffee or take your time sitting at one of the tables outside – all just five minutes away from Torre at the bottom of the hill.

In the evening, sitting in the garden under the jasmine covered pergola, with a glass of wine and watching the lights of Lucca twinkling in the distance was a tranquil way to end the day.

Although this is a magical retreat you are not too far from the coast, the mountains, central Tuscany, the marble quarries of Massa and beyond. An ideal base to discover the north of Tuscany, but close enough to explore Pisa, Florence or Barga to the north. Lucca is only 10kms away and well worth a visit to see the old parts of the city, the beautiful architecture and cycle round the top of the medieval city walls.

Mark, the owner, was extremely welcoming, kind and helpful. He obviously cares that his guests have a great holiday experience, has extensive knowledge of the area and nothing was too much trouble. All of the above made for a wonderful time and we hope to return before too long.
Jul 2014
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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4.5
based on 6 traveler reviews

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Delightful, tastefully restored 18th century rural house
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews
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Cerreto di Torre Piana di Lucca
4

lovely home in the hills

  • 4 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at this quiet and beautiful location above Lucca. The house was very comfortable for our family of 5 - nice and clean bedrooms, washrooms, and a kitchen that was well equipped. The owner was very helpful and hospitable. It was a great location to experience the quiet of the countryside surrounded by olive groves and night-time fireflies. Lucca was about 15 minutes away. We were also able to make day trips to Florence and the Cinqueterre (each about 1 hour away). The driveway was a bit of a challenge for a driver used to North American roads but it became more comfortable with practice.
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments about your stay at Casa della Volpe. I do hope you will be able to make a return visit in the future. Saluti, Mark
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Cerreto di Torre Piana di Lucca
Soisy-sur-Seine
5

Très agréable location

  • 5 of 5
Maison parfaitement conforme à l'annonce, avec une vue remarquable sur la plaine de Lucques. L'accès peut-être difficile si un véhicule arrive en sens inverse, mais celà doit être très rare!
La maison est bien aménagée, avec un mobilier de qualité et parfaitement propre.
Le propriétaire, Mark, est très sympathique et a fonctionné avec nous "à la confiance". Il s'est assuré que nous n'avions pas de problèmes et nous sommes surs que, s'il y en avait eu, il aurait tout fait pour les résoudre. Il n'y a eu aucune mauvaise surprise, ni sur le montant à payer ni sur la qualité des prestations.
Nous recommandons totalement cette maison pour ceux qui recherchent un cadre calme. De la casa delle Volpe, nous avons pu rapidement aller aussi bien à Pise, qu'à Florence ou aux Cinque Terre.
Michel, Soisy-sur-Seine (France)
  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michel,
Thank you for your kind comments about your stay at Casa della Volpe. I do hope you will be able to make a return visit in the future.

Saluti, Mark
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Cerreto di Torre Piana di Lucca
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
5

Serene and beautiful Tuscan house above Lucca

  • 5 of 5
The listing description does not in fact do justice to just how lovely Casa della Volpe actually is - the house is old, but completely modernised and beautifully maintained. The owner is charming and is available if required. We highly recommend this property to friends and family alike. Casa della Volpe is located above the village of Torre some 10 kilometres or so from the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca, and we found the house to be a perfect base for exploring Lucca as well as for visits to Pisa and Florence. Nestled in the Tuscan hills, the house overlooks Lucca in the distance, and its peaceful and serene location is captivating. On the days we did not feel like venturing down to Lucca or further afield, the beautiful patio with its exquisite views over the valley was the perfect place to relax and enjoy a home prepared Tuscan meal. My partner and I greatly look forward to a return visit.
  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bill,
Thank you for your kind comments about your stay at Casa della Volpe. I do hope you will be able to make a return visit in the future.

Saluti, Mark
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Cerreto di Torre Piana di Lucca
Elkton, Oregon, USA
5

Living Well in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I and another couple spent a delightful week in May at Casa della Volpe. The property is beautifully maintained, very clean with all amenities, and we were warmly welcomed and shown around by the owners. We really enjoyed doing our shopping at the local stores and setting up housekeeping, feeling comfortably ensconced right from the start. The location is perfect for day trips-to the mountains to take in a medieval festival in Barga, to the coast to enjoy dining on fresh seafood while overlooking the boats in the harbor of Porto Venere, to nearby cities (Lucca, Pisa and Florence). We even took a trip to San Gimignano and on to Monteriggioni in the wine country, a little further, but still doable in a day. The best part of staying at the Fox House is coming home at the end of the day, preparing a simple meal and dining on the terrace overlooking the lights of Lucca far down in the valley. I can't imagine a more lovely vacation spot.
  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Cerreto di Torre Piana di Lucca
County Durham, UK
4

Tuscan Hideaway

  • 4 of 5
Just the two of us, we searched long and hard and we were rewarded with this beautiful house. We are very used to Tuscan hill village properties so therefore the drive up to the house was neither a surprise or a problem, it was just enough tomake you want that zap of expresso when you finally get to the house! Jeanette even managed to drive both up to the house and back down, on only the second time of driving in Italy!

Thank you Mark & Molly for the beautiful oil, we drizzled it over everything! Great coffee machine, great tuscan stone sink, lounge furniture a little less than comfortable, particularly as we like to sit and read. Mark was very helpful and showed us routes to explore. The charges for electricity and gas were very fair, something we are often caught out with in other places we have stayed.

The house is beautiful, well restored, well equiped and in an idyllic location. Sitting outside watching the sunset over the Lucca plain was fantastic. The eagles soaring over the woods at eye level were a treat! Sitting in the garden you felt very secluded and it is not overlooked at all. But left to admire the tremendous views and dream away a relaxing few hours.

We only used the master bedroom and it was honestly the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in! Beautiful american linen which was superb and cool after a hot day.

A vareity of good food supermarkets or small village shops are a great source of food, all tasting as it should with real flavours.

The screech of the volpe (fox's) at night were great to hear. Once we had worked out what the noise was (with Mark's help)!!

All in all a great return to Tuscany after 3 years away and we will almost certainly be back. To be as remote as you feel but within 20mins of the dreamy streets and alleys of Lucca and be able to walk it's magestic walls at sunrise or sunset was sheer bliss.

The immediate valley itself had some lovely villages to explore, you are not too far from coast, mountains, central Tuscany, the marble quarries of Massa and beyond. An ideal base to discover the North of Tuscany, but close enough to day trip to both Pisa or Florence. Barga to the North of Lucca is another delight within easy reach.

All is all we couldn't fault it, comfortable reading armchairs in the lounge would have made it easily 15/10 score for us!!!
  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
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Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Cerreto di Torre Piana di Lucca
London, UK
4

Quiet but connected

  • 4 of 5
Casa della Volpe is a delightful house high up in the hills, literally high up in the hills. The road to it starts small and steep and gets narrower and steeper as you progress and the last few hundred metres are extreme: it is not single track with passing places, it is single track with no hope of passing. The details say "It has an adventurous road" and they are not kidding.

Once you have got your breath back from getting there, you can enjoy the house itself. It is as solid as you would imagine and the walls keep out the heat of the day so there is no need for air-con, just pull the shutters to. The master bedroom is large and so is the bed, the green room is a lovely twin but the red room is really in the eaves and you need to bend to avoid hitting your head on the beams but our kids loved it.

There are two bathrooms: there is a big family bathroom with a shower above the bath (proper shower with screen, not a hose from the taps and a curtain) and a second smaller one with shower enclosure. The second is not en-suite is is across the hallway from the master room.

The kitchen is well equipped with the exception of having only just enough cutlery for 6, but otherwise cupboards full of plates, glasses, saucepans etc.

Lounge is a little tight to sit six on sofas but the TV has satellite so we could catch the Olympics.

Beyond the house, the region is wonderful. For immediate necessities there is a well stocked and surprisingly large supermarket at the bottom of the hill on the main road up the valley. If you go down the valley you reach Lucca and the autostrade so you can go to Florence or anywhere else you fancy. If you go up the valley you come to the coast. Certainly you get the best of both worlds: sitting on the terrace you are away from it all, but if you want to get back to it, it isn't hard.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
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Recommended for:  Sightseeing
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
beach
Car: necessary

La Casa della Volpe is a delightful 18th Century house which has been tastefully modernised to retain its original charm and character. It is set in the hills above Lucca in a quiet, rural area made up of olive trees, vineyards and woods of chestnut, oak, acacia and arbetrello trees. It is possible to harvest chestnuts in the autumn and find wild mushrooms after the rains, if any, in summer. Violets grow under the olive trees in spring, wild carnations and other wild flowers grow along the roadsides in the summer. The air is fresh. The house looks over to the church and tower of Torre Alto and down to the walled city of Lucca which is about 10 km away. Beaches are half an hour to 45 minutes away, depending on the beach location and traffic. Historic World War II villages are a half-day visit; the Leaning Tower of Pisa is 35 km away. A guide to services and restaurants is provided.

Other Activities: Touring the area and visiting the walled city of Lucca, Florence, Bologna, Cinque Terre. Local horse riding available.

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Cerreto di Torre Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season 2014
Jun 28 2014 - Oct 3 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€920
 
 
Winter Season 2014
Oct 4 2014 - Dec 31 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
 
Early 2015
Jan 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
 
May 2015
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
€800
 
 
Mid Year 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
€900
 
 
Late 2015
Oct 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
€700
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €0
Notes Different rental periods considered. Guests are welcome but subletting not permitted.
Gas and electricity included in the letting price in June to September. For All other months, average gas and electricity is included. Additional usage charged at cost based on meter readings. Firewood can be supplied at local costs.
LONG LETS AVAILABLE by arrangement. Minimum stay is ONE WEEK.
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Amenities

Amenities

Cerreto di Torre Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Giallo - 1 king
    Rosso - 2 twin/ single
    Verde - 2 twin/ single
  • 1 American king sized double, 2 twins. The Giallo room was once two rooms and is very large, has a king sized bed and magnificent views. The Rosso room is under the eaves, has rustic charm and also delightful views. The Verde room has a separate entrance from the outside as well as from the inside the house. There is one full bathroom with bathtub, bidet and shower. The second bathroom has a shower, only.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Beach Chairs
  • Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • forests
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • cycling
Notes:
Pets allowed by prior arrangement. On request, cleaning can be arranged during your stay at a cost of 40 euros per clean. On request, laundry services can be provided during your stay. Prices by arrangement.
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