La Spinosa is a traditional farmhouse owned by a British artist. Restored sensitively, it provides summer and autumn accommodation for 6 people. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining room and kitchen. There is a beautiful large traditional stone terrace and pergola for al fresco dining, an 11 meter private pool and extensive terraces with olive and fruit trees. La Spinosa enjoys a stunning panoramic view of the Tuscan hill village of Castelvecchio di Pescia and the countryside. Access and parking is easy and although secluded, three excellent restaurants can be reached within a ten minute drive, of which one can be walked to in ten minutes through lovely woods. By car Lucca is 35 minutes and Florence, Pisa and the beach resort of Viareggio are each 1 hour. La Spinosa is most suitable for couples and families. Facilities include an excellent DVD & book collection, high chair, cot and stair gate. La Spinosa is the perfect place for the perfect getaway
Walking : For those particularly interested in a walking holiday, La Spinosa, in the foothills of the Tuscan Appenines, is wonderfully situated. There are walking trails of varying difficulty and length throughout the area.
Support and advice: Paul, our English house manager, lives in the next village. He is a fount of information on buying food, restaurant bookings, walking trails and tourist attractions (both on and off the beaten track). Paul is extremely helpful and approachable but he will also leave you alone to relax and unwind. Should you need him at any time, Paul is always available, thus providing you with peace of mind.
Vaughan is an artist (www.vaughangrylls.com) and retired head of the University for the Creative Arts in Kent and Surrey where he serves as emeritus professor. Polly is the director of a publishing company (www.anovabooks.com) in London. Two 'children' - Hattie, 21 (at Edinburgh University) and George 19 (at Oxford University).
We divide our time between our house in London, La Spinosa and Hop Farm in Kent, which has a fabulous indoor pool and which we also rent out - property no 1194207.
Perfectly situated to fly to ( 1 hour from Florence and Pisa airports), away from it all, yet near very good restaurants and cultural attractions.
The cock crows, heralding the dawn,
The church bell tolls, announcing the hour,
The night-watching dogs begin to bark at one another,
The sun appears gently over the ridge of the mountain,
The day has started.
The day is always at its best first thing,
Everything is fresh as the woodpecker claims its territory.
Up above, the honey buzzard circles for its prey,
From its vantage point, the Tuscan farmhouse on the ridge,
Observes the waking houses' smoke fires drifting through the valley,
The first warm, golden yellow rays of sun penetrate,
Through the old, varnished shutters,
All is silent.
Far off, one see the beautiful hilltop village,
Sheltered by cypress trees, giving the place its identity,
One begins to hear the splutter of a three-wheeled van.
As the workman begins his journey to work,
The day has begun.
- who stayed at La Spinosa in September 2013