Casa a Corte is a beautiful, restored property of Roman origin near the hamlet of Gugliano. The house is encircled by olive groves, vineyards, fruit trees, chestnut woodlands, mountain streams and offers the most unimaginable tranquillity to those seeking total relaxation. However, the lively town of Lucca, a 15 minute drive by car, offers everything one could wish for, whether it be fine dining, shopping, sight-seeing or cycling around the ancient walls during the 'passegiata' at sunset. The house is well located for visiting Florence & Siena, the seaside resorts & the beautiful mountain regions of Garfagnana. Casa a Corte is set in 30 acres of its own land which is used for the production of wine and olive oil. From the three large terraces and swimming pool, one can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside & hear the distant sound of church bells and choir from over the valley. There is a well-maintained garden and a lovely pool which enjoys sun throughout the day.
3 terraces, pool and garden: The property is superb for outdoor living as it enjoys sunshine from dawn to dusk. The gardens provide perfect areas for relaxation and for children to play.
The house is surrounded by 3 large terraces. The east terrace is accessed from both the kitchen and dining room. A pergola of climbing jasmine, wysteria and passion fruit provides dappled shade. There are views through the olive trees to the pool. Lighting above the large stone table allows for 'al fresco' dining. The large terracotta tiled south terrace is a sun worshippers' dream. It also benefits from a dining table. The west terrace enjoys a well established garden of lavender, roses, mimosa and fig trees. All terraces have fabulous views across the vineyards and valley.
The area is organic & a wildlife enthusiasts dream with many rare species of animals & birds. In the spring & summer the area is full of wild flowers .
Casa a Corte has appeared in the TV programme 'A House in Tuscany' and in several magazines
Local Tuscan cook available on request with an English speaking chef.
The local town of Ponte A Moriano which is 10 mins away by car, has several restaurants, banks/post office, deli's with wonderful cooked meals to take away, ice cream bar, cafes, excellent butcher, superb market with fish, local vegetables, local honey, mushrooms, olive oils etc and a large supermarket, plus a supplier of local wines etc
More information, photos and blogs can be viewed on http://www.casaacorte.com
Selected by the Foodie Bugle as a 2013 gourmet travel destination
We are a well travelled family of 4, who grew up in the Far East & moved to Europe to become a wildlife film maker. Although I now specialise in another area of film, my job is to make objects & places look beautiful. Our 2 children both studied languages at university & love travel, food, lifestyle, wildlife, art & sport
Having viewed several properties during the summer & autumn of 1999 we fell in love with Casa a Corte after seeing the house and land from across the valley with the mountains behind.
We immediately knew this was the house we were looking for.
Our passion is being outside and spend much of our holiday looking at the wonderful countryside & wildlife, chatting to the locals & trying to become a better cook. The farmer and his friends in Gugliano have been so helpful & kind to us and have made Casa a Corte a special place for all our family.
The local restaurants, especially at the wonderful Antica Locanda have given us lots of tips when producing our olive oil & have become family friends.