|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Luxury accommodation in a beautifully restored olive mill, situated on a hillside and surrounded by 9 acres of olive groves and woodland. This stunning villa has a mixture of terracotta and wooden floors, with traditional Tuscan beamed ceilings. The interior combines original features with tasteful contemporary furnishings.
There are 3 double suites comprising bedroom , bathroom and living room. 2 doubles en-suite and a twin en-suite. Overflow/staff suite available.
Facilities include a wine tasting cellar/cinema room, 'teaching' kitchen., feature dining hall.
There are several terraces for dining and relaxation, taking full advantage of the views. .Woodland walks to local villages (2 k and 6k) on trails from our door.
Walking and mountain bike trails from our doorstep, Bientina (5km) has an Olympic swimming pool, tennis courts, shops, cafes, supermarket and restaurants. Buti (6 km) by woodland trail or by car has restaurants,cafes and shops, Castelvecchio (10 mins) woodland walk or by car has a bar, grocery shop and restaurant, Lucca (15km) has all amenities.
Festivals and Events - Lucca (15km), Puccini Festival, International Jazz and Music Festival, comic festival (Oct), local palios in Bientina(Jul) and Buti (Jan), antiques market monthly in Bientina and Lucca, weekly local markets
Places of Interest - Beaches - 30km i.e. Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Pisa (30km), Florence (50km), Thermal Spas - Bagni di Lucca and Montecatini (20-30km), Siena (125km), Cinque Terre (140km)
Scottish owners living in Edinburgh who travel regularly to sample the simple relaxation, food and great wine in Italy.
We particularly enjoy the Lucca Summer Music Festival.
The Owners purchased this villa in 2001
The location gives you a chance to recharge your batteries with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, positioned on the side of a Tuscan hill with views looking down on the valley below,
Perfectly situated for exploring Tuscany, the local restaurants are good value and you can mix with the locals.
Easy access to Pisa airport, ideal base to go to Lucca, Florence, Pisa, Chianti, Volterra, Siena, Tuscan Coast or the Cinque Terre. On relaxing days you can enjoy the peace and quiet by the pool or walk in the hills and eat great local food.
The highlight of our 2 weeks in Italy. A beautiful place amidst acres of olive trees in the hills 20 minutes south-east of Lucca. George and Linda, our hosts, could not have been more gracious and accommodating. The Leccino apartment has it's own terrace area for quiet dinners outside. The kitchen is well equipped and modern.
The location is perfect for day trips and set in a quiet rural area still close to restaurants and grocery stores. Lucca is 20 minutes north while Pisa is an easy 50 minutes west. The train to Florence is easy to get every hour from Pontedera a short 15 minute drive south.
A stunning location. Fantastic hosts. A beautiful apartment. Many thanks to George and Linda for a truly wonderful holiday.
We arrived at the Frantoio after a fraught 12 hour drive, in the near dark. Suffice it to say that the drive up the hillside was a wee bit daunting at that point so my good fairy appeared in the form of George who brought my car up & parked it!
Darkness didn't do the views justice, but George & Linda certainly did - our beautiful luxurious apartment came fully equipped with anti mozzie spray and a basket of homegrown veggies from Giorgio's Orto for us veggie girls.Not to mention the stock of DVDs to keep my daughter occupied while I was out at Italian school in the mornings!
The apartment was more than we could have hoped for,tastefully and practically appointed, and we particularly enjoyed our private wee terrace overlooking the pool with the abundant supply of fresh herbs.
As well as the wonderful welcome from George & Linda, we were fortunate in our fellow guests ( Chris, Rachel & family in our first week, then David, Maria,et al in the second, plus Kim, Pia and Wanda & their parents/in-laws with whom we enjoyed a memorable last nights' sing song.
I was within easy striking distance of my language classes, and the beautiful city of Lucca where we spent many a happy afternoon. Lucca also boasts a surprising number of vegan eateries - Nanda's, plus Felice near the Lucca Italian School, to name but two.The house is also well situated for Pisa, and even the coast was an easy drive.
I also enjoyed the strolls up to Castelvecchio in the evening, and observing authentic Italian village life there - no tourists, no shops, not even a bar, but always a " Buona sera" as you pass by!
We could have been much more " culturally active" but somehow the place just lends itself to winding down and "farniente".Which is very valuable too! And the oil is fabulous...
I have been suffering with significant withdrawal symptoms today following the last 2 weeks in Italy at The Frantoio. We chose the apartment, as one of two choices, as somewhere near Lucca! I had no idea where the apartment was, but had always wanted to visit Lucca, so originally sent two emails to 2 different owners/managers, I only heard back from one, Norma, at Dunbar Travel, and I am so incredibly glad that I did. From the moment she contacted me it was clear that there was something very special about the Frantoio.
Norma and her sister Linda, who hosts (with George - more about him later) have a real knowledge and passion for this corner of Tuscany and the booking information and organisation was excellent. Linda was there to meet us on arrival and the warmth of the meeting reflected the next two weeks!
The apartment, Maurino, was simply furnished, but had everything needed for our family of 4 and 5 for one week! The bedrooms, although not air conditioned, were cooled by the shutters and there were plenty of fans! Space outdoors provided opportunities to eat as a family, explore the olive trees and for the children to play. The new pool will be a fabulous addition to the apartments/house, but for our younger children the small pool was sufficient and they had a ball, playing, doing gymnastics and staying cool. The pool was well maintained and the views across the plains were quite stunning.
The setting for the Frantoio is outstanding, the driveway is challenging at first, but gets easier with practice! However, the reward is the view across the plain. We didn't eat out much, despite the great recommendations, taking advantage of the wonderful weather, local produce and a view that meant we didn't miss TV or the internet once: we are from Norfolk, the internet is always awful here, "roaming" was used!
And so to George and of course Linda...what incredible hosts. Our holiday was completely enhanced by their presence and their tolerance and affection shown to our little girls and to all the children in the Frantoio over the fortnight. They could be relied upon to help at any time of the day and night! Our holiday became a small slice of life in an Italian olive grove, the children "helped" with small tasks, rode in the Ape, chatted non stop with George. The smallest things, like setting up a DVD player on a rainy day, showed that they spent the whole time thinking about the guests and that is what truly made the holiday!
Just returned from a week in the Maurino apartment with my teenaged kids. What a great place! Spotlessly clean, stylish and comfortable with a fantastic view from almost every window,
The apartment contained everything you could possibly need for a comfortable holiday whether you are eating in or out. The pictures on the website really do not do the accommodation or the views justice
The custodians of the property have taken great care to provide detailed information on local restaurants (the research must have been absolute hell for them!) and thanks to their information we never had a bad meal or felt we paid too much.
One thing to bear in mind about this property is that it is a 5-10 minute drive to the nearest restaurants part of which is down the steep private track. This is something which didn't bother us (I just enjoyed a nice glass of something when we returned to the absolute peace of the property). We felt the slightly remote location was a real benefit in terms of the peace and the views - no pain no gain!!
The location of the property we also found to be ideal - a really non touristy part of Tuscany with prices and quality to match. We only heard another English voice when we went to Lucca and Florence, we speak no Italian and found the locals to be helpful and friendly.
If you need to cool down there is an olympic size pool at Bientina about 10 minutes away complete with very high diving platforms! If you arrive after 4pm the charge is only 5euro (11 euro for the full day) including sun loungers. (a pool is planned at the property next year).
The property would be ideal for a few families getting away together but still having independence.
Don't hesitate - just book it!!
Just returned from a 10 day stay at Il Frantoio. Clean, modern, very comfortable, well equiped, good welcome pack, plenty of clean towels, bedding.
Good seating outside on various terraces, always able to find shade when needed.
George and Linda, couple who look after house live away from main house. They are perfect 'minders' of the property. They are discreet but available when needed, very familiar with the area, our only poor meal was at a restaurant not recommended by them.
Very peaceful, quiet location, we hired a car so we were able to explore the countryside and cities but we were always glad to get back to the Mill.
George and Linda have compiled a book of places to see, places to eat etc. which we found very helpful.
We had a wonderful holiday with our 3 teenage sons and we would all be happy to return sometime in the future and we would love to bring friends with us.
Judith, Billy and family.
wenn man die abenteuerliche Schotterpiste und sehr steile Zufahrt zur Mühle geschafft hat, konnt man in sehr gut ausgestattete und saubere Wohnungen. (wir waren in Leccino) Linda und George waren jederzeit ansprechbar. Leider war der Aussensitzplatz nur über eine steile, brüchige Treppe zu erreichen und voller Unkraut und nicht besonders gepflegt.Die zugesagte Internetverbindung funktionierte, wenn überhaupt, nur an bestimmten Stellen des Hauses und war in keinster Weise zuverlässig. Es war z.B. nicht möglich, Textnachrichten abzuhören :( Dies war umso ärgerlicher, weil ich explizit nach einem funktionierenden Internet gefragt hatte und man dies heutzutage bei dem Preis wohl auch erwaren kann. Last but not least hatte man uns mitgeteilt, der neue Pool sei fertig- dies war eine schlichte Lüge. Er ist auch während unseres Aufenthaltes nicht fertig geworden.
Lucca - Music festivals, varied shopping, excellent cafes and restaurants, hire a bicycle and cycle round the traffic-free old city walls.
Bientina - local town with supermarket, shops, cafes and it holds a summer Palio in July (horseriding event round town square).
Ideally situated for sightseeing in Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre, Garfagnana, Lucca, Tuscan coast and Chianti.
Various trails for hill walking/biking directly from the Frantoio.
Nearby outdoor olympic swimming pools, tennis courts and freshwater lake with sandy beach.
Many good local restaurants including Alfredo's, traditional trattoria popular with families for Sunday lunch.
Olive harvesting in October/November, we produce our own olive oil every year which is available for guests to purchase.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 1 2015 - Jun 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 29 2015 - Aug 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Aug 31 2015 - Oct 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
Oct 12 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||£100|
|Notes||Sorry no pets accepted. These are Special rates held over from 2013 which are being held indefinitely, please enquire.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.