Pescaglia House Rental Photos and Description
1 hour Pisa airport. -1 mile to village with restaurant and shops. 20 mins Lucca
San Giuseppe is semi-detached, (it was originally a farmhouse) the other half is also a private holiday home, not let. We have separate drives, gardens and entrances. The house walls are stone and very thick: keeps cool even on hottest days. There are two terraces and a large flat garden, private pool, privacy-fenced and gated - very secure for children. Parents can relax because of the above-ground swimming pool, out of bounds when you want it to be. The views are across and along the wooded valley, adjoining the Garfagnana National Park. The property is not over-looked by any others and is completely private: peaceful and romantic. Because it is not near a city the night sky is amazing. Watch the fire-flies dance across the garden!
The key feature of the property is the outstanding natural beauty surrounding it and the large, private gardens to relax and play. It is secluded but not too remote, there are houses dotted all around the hillside, and a blacksmith further along the lane
Famous blacksmith: Just 100 meters along the lane beyond our house is a famous blacksmith.
Carlo Galgani, last member of a long line of blacksmiths of Lucca, forges steel by hand with the help of the mighty 'hammer', moved by the cascading water, properly channeled from the nearby stream Pedogna. Water also powers the generator for lighting and other machinery. The rush of air caused by cascading water is used as bellows for the furnace.
He is one of only two traditional blacksmiths using water power remaining in Italy.
He normally works on week day mornings and welcomes visitors. He sells his high quality knives, kitchen and garden tools, etc. (He is more interested in demonstrating than selling things).
Type his name into Google to see videos on You Tube.
Fun way to see Lucca: Bicycles are for hire at the Porta S. Maria gate in Lucca. You can safely ride around the walls, no cars allowed, and get great views of the town. They also have family 'bikes' for 3 or 4 and adult bikes with attached kiddy-bike behind.
It takes around 35 minutes at a leisurely pace. Cost for a family 'bike' and adult bike with trailor 18 euros (1 hour).
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
The property offers tranquility for those seeking rest and relaxation. There is a large garden and a lovely fresh spring water pool which our children enjoyed immensely. The villa provides a combination of rustic charm with excellent facilities including a modern kitchen and bathrooms.
The location of the property is ideal for exploring the mountains and is within easy reach of the Italian coastline and the wonderful cities of Lucca, Pisa and Florence. There are excellent, good value restaurants very close by.
Steve and Sara, Cheshire, UK)