San Macario in piano Villa Rental Photos and Description
Self-catering for 8-12+; maid; pool; 20 acres; Florence 1hr
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.
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.
Important Note: Il Fienile is approached by an un-metalled driveway (approx 800m) past a seasonal waterfall, first through woodlands, then olive groves. Cars with very low clearance are inadvisable. Our guests generally use hire cars. We deliberately leave the drive rough to discourage those wanting to enjoy our amazing view (or pick our wild asparagus!) without prior arrangement.
The house is a Tuscan farmhouse, not an urban hotel. It is normal in the area occasionally to experience water and power shortages.
The bottom line: if you are an out and out city dweller, happiest in urban surroundings and not used to country life (and roads!), this is not the holiday for you - unless you want something completely different, and are prepared to approach our rural (but pleasurable) lifestyle in the right spirit: on holiday! NB In this location we need to have cats: they keep the house free of mice, but this is not a place for cat allergy sufferers (even though we are!).
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.
Keywords: Villa, country, garden, rustic, privacy, peace, jacuzzi, air con, wifi, pool, luxury, Marbella
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible
Mid-fifties, Oxford-educated (classics & organ scholar) Anglo-Irish businessman, primarily with finance-profession background, which has led to career in commercial and social real estate development and investment (I acquired this property following the sale of a business in 2001). I am also a golf course restorer and photo-journalist, with golf guides to my name in book, magazine and video format. I love my family, travel, opera, cooking and wine - and of course restoring old buildings...
Nic purchased this villa in 2002
Why Nic chose San Macario in piano
The view, the view, the view. The peace, the peace, the peace. The privacy, the privacy, the privacy. Birdsong, birds of prey and the hoot of our owl at night. Plus a traditional restoration, for which the local authority has complimented us, yet behind the scenes we have included all the modern facilities. It all reflects the passion we put into the place. We challenge you to find anything like it...
What makes this villa unique
Complete peace and privacy with an amazing view, yet only 5 minutes down the hill, and you have all the shops and restaurants... and within 7km of the walls of Lucca, an hour of Florence and all the major Tuscan destinations (Forte dei Marmi jet-set riviera included) easily do-able in day trips, plus only 14 miles from a transcontinentally international airport. For a romantic, but equally family-accommodating Tuscan villa holiday, what more could one want?!
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a wonderful week with friends at Il Fienile in the Tuscany hill country. William arranged a lovely dinner for the eight of us and he also arranged some very good weather. The villa, the furnishings and the help were all first class. It does take a bit of exploring to find the villa, but once there it is delightful.