Astride a turn in the hillside, known as A Capo, lay a farm with exceptional views (incl. Leaning Tower of Pisa, 12 miles south) and two buildings.
Abandoned, overgrown, collapsed.
A new owner has returned some 1000 olive trees to production and (using the Ferrari construction company and international realtors Knight Frank) restored one villa (280 sq m), whose ruins dated back to the 17th century, sparing no expense to use traditional terracotta and chestnut materials.
The result meets all requirements of today's market:
- interior design;
- satellite TV + 5.1 DVD (NB Sky have deleted BBC and some other channels from those visible in Tuscany, but our new internet system permits on-line viewing, including UK programming, because our system is a British one - bring your tablet!);
- eco-efficient solar-powered under-floor heating;
- hi-speed satellite internet with wi-fi;
- infinity pool;
- 4 lavishly appointed double/twin bedrooms (all en-suite); can sleep 6 more (basic);
- large kitchen, dining room, 50sq m living room;
- stunning south-facing panorama over Pisa and Lucca, towards Florence & Siena. 2 terraces shaded by chestnut pergolas.
10 mins to shops + all major Tuscan culture within 2hrs. Quiet and very private
The Pool & Estate:
Grassed paths from both patios lead up to the 12x6m infinity swimming pool with stunning views across the plain of Lucca to the Pisan mountains, distant Pisa and (on a clear day) the mountains of Elba (some 100 miles away). The facilities include a children's paddling pool, terracotta patio, paved sun terrace and grassed shaded terrace with sun-loungers, bench, wooden tables and chairs. The pool is protected by fencing (1.2m high), hedges, walls and/or gates.
Enjoy some 25 acres of woodlands, olive grove and disused vineyard, with traditional terracing and pathways.
La Casa Padronale is also protected by a fence.
We welcome pets and pet-lovers. We have 3 young cats, whose company we hope you will enjoy as much as they will yours. If you are not 'cat people', please read no further, and ask us instead to refer you to our friends' nearby (and cat free) villa.
SAN MACARIO, LUCCA & PUCCINI
San Macario's upper village is distinctive: set in a nature reserve, its bell-tower overlooks a stunningly beautiful part of north-west Tuscany, beneath the Apuan Alps and close to the Garfagnana National Park.
Shops in the lower village include a grocery store, several bakeries and a drive-kms-for-his-meat butcher. Two large supermarkets (Co-op and Pam) are within a further 5 minutes drive.
San Macario is 10 minutes drive from Lucca and 14 miles from Pisa (its famous tower and airport visible in the distance). Direct flights to Pisa from the US (New York - Delta), UK, Ireland and many other European airports. Florence Airport is also easily within an hour.
Pisa is well known, and Lucca is a unique medieval walled city overflowing with history, culture and charm - also Puccini's birthplace. July & August see the open air Puccini Opera Festival at nearby Torre del Lago, close to the fashionable Versilia coast - sunny, sandy beaches served by bars & restaurants aplenty. A must.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT
A deposit of 25% of the rent is required to secure your booking.
The balance is payable 8 weeks before your arrival date. A security deposit of €500 or 25% of the rent, if greater, is also due 8 weeks prior to the arrival date. If a booking is made less than 8 weeks before the arrival date, 100% plus the security deposit is required to secure the booking.
If you cancel, or fail to pay the balance by the due date, all amounts paid to secure the booking are forfeited, and only the damages deposit will be returned. Security deposits, less any deductions (including expenses) are returnable after the departure date.
Breakages will be recharged on a replacement as new cost basis.
All bank and credit card charges are recharged to the account of the tenant at cost.
Subject to contract .
Our prices are inclusive of all expenses (electricity allowance of €100pw), except when the price is below €3,000pw, in respect of which our tariff for check-in-&-out, maid service, utilities (including electricity), laundry and cleaning, which is designed only to recoup our costs, is detailed below.
Electricity - according to meter readings (typically €100 pw, but air/con will increase costs significantly)
Water - €5 per day (winter); €7 per day (summer); €10 per day (summer) - yes, utilities in Tuscany are very expensive!
Communications system (standing charge) - €2.97 per day, plus call and/or any other charges
Laundry - €15 per set of linen & towels issued
Cleaning on departure - €15 per head
Daily maid service (2 hours per working weekday - mandatory): €15 per hour
Check-in/admin fee: €75 per stay
We reserve the right to charge 7.5% more, by arrangement, if the number exceeds 12. This reflects additional staff costs with larger groups and is based on the number of different people who stay overnight at the villa during the course of your stay.
Even with these extras at low rents, our properties offer incredible value, compared to similarly priced alternatives.
NO STAGS OR HENS
Please note that we do not accept hen or stag parties, nor will we contract with a person under 25.
TOURS & COURSES
We can also include limousine service, cultural tours, cooking/ art/ photography/ film courses.
FULLY SERVICED BASIS
Fully serviced, all-in, including half/full board with top quality cuisine and daily/live-in maid services, from €7,500pw, depending on the number of people staying in the house and the details of the service you would like us to provide.
Reductions for lets longer than 6 weeks.
OUR PRIVATE WEBSITE
More details and photos, including a detailed specification of the property including a link to our own private website, if you contact us.
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