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Donatella Sechi

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, italian

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !

99 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Lucca Area Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms(1 or 2bd flat)+ Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps2-10)

Our small organic farm sits on a hill along Lucca’s beautiful northern countryside in the hamlet of Aquilea, with stunning views over the Valdottavo valley, the high peaks of the Apennines, and the National park in the distance. We produce our own olive oil, bake our own bread, make jams from our own fruit trees, prepare home-made yoghurt and classic Italian sauce from our own tomatoes, and grow a variety of vegetables.

Our solar powered and beautifully restored farmhouse has 3 comfortable, fully furnished apartments that will feel like home the moment you step inside! Each has its own entry on a lovely terrace where you can relax and enjoy outdoor dining, including pizza from a brick oven. At our above ground swimming pool, guests can enjoy sunbathing with an incredible view.

The 2-story apartment sleeps 4+2. The ground floor includes a kitchen/eating area and a sitting room with a sofa bed. On the second floor, there are two bedrooms (one has 2 twin beds, but can easily be transformed into a double bedroom) and a large bathroom with shower and a bathtub. A door next to the living room leads to an adjoining studio apartment that has a dinette kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom and sleeps 2. The two apartments can be combined into a large 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom apartment sleeping 6+2.

We have also an other nice,cosy Studio on the ground floor that is not adjoinable to the others and sleeps 2.

Since our 3 apartments can be rented separately as well as combined, updating is difficult and the calendar is not always correct. So, please send us your enquiry if you are interested in staying at our farmhouse.

It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.

Our love and respect for the environment can be seen in our organic farm with free-range animals, olive groves, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees. We use solar panels for hot water, to help with the wood boiler heating system, and to heat the swimming pool. We chose an above ground, moveable swimming pool because it has less environmental impact. We have two gazebos near the pool with photovoltaic roofs.

Here a car is really necessary. We have a special agreement with a car rental agency and can help you to rent a car with a cheap rate.

Driver service: If you don't feel like driving, the owner or one of her relatives can be your driver and guide: they can pick you up at the train station in Lucca or at the airport in Pisa or Florence, bring you to the farmhouse to get settled, help you to visit undiscovered surroundings and Tuscan beautiful towns.

Cooking lessons and catering : You can learn how to make classic Italian dishes in our large country kitchen and enjoy your meal in our lovely dining room. The owner speaks excellent English and is a talented cook. You can choose the menu with her, deciding what you would like for your delightful cooking lesson. If you do not feel like cooking, you can enjoy being served authentic Tuscan dinners for €25 per head.

Italian language lessons : We can organize Italian language lessons upon request.

Car or driver, cooking lessons or catering, Italian lessons – the choice is yours. Join us for a true Tuscan vacation.

Keywords: Farmhouse :

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Donatella Sechi (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, italian

About Donatella Sechi

Mt husband and I in the picture : we are in front of the facade where under the plaster we had found the date in which that part of the farmhouse had been built :1718 !

Donatella Sechi purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Donatella Sechi chose Lucca Area

This had being been our dream, we wanted to move to live in the country, but not too far from Lucca where we were working.

In 1988, a few monthes after the birth of our oldest son, we bought this abandoned property and step by step we renovated the building and we started replacing olive trees. We moved here in 1994 and after a lot of works in 2005 we were ready with the rental units. So finally I could devote myself to this full-time job.

What makes this farmhouse unique

When you arrive you immediately fall in love with the view of the mountains and the peaceful feeling that the view gives you. You can think to be really ina remote area, out and far from stressful life, while in 7 minutes you can reach Ponte a Moriano, trhat is the closest little town, where you can find everything you can need.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family (three adults, one child and two teens) thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at Abbacca-la. What a scenic location--everything you imagine Tuscany to be--and Lella, her husband, and their two dogs were so welcoming. The accommodation is not fancy, but more than adequate, and besides, we spent 90% of our time outside, hiking, cycling or exploring our new favorite town, Lucca. If you go, you have to schedule a cooking lesson with Lella, who is a first-class Tuscan chef. It was the highlight of our trip, and my kids are still talking about the gourmet pizzas, tomato/bread salad, and eggplant pasta.
Apr 2010
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Reviews

4.9
based on 99 traveler reviews

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !
average rating of 4.8989897 based on 106 reviews
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Warm welcome, beautiful place, great cooking class

  • 5 of 5

Lella was the perfect host. She greeted us warmly, and smoothed our ruffled feathers from our stressful trip. Beautiful apartment with outdoor dining area. We loved opening the windows in the morning to the view of mountains and vineyards. Great nearby restaurants, after driving down the mountain. She gave excellent advice on places of interest to go, how to get there, where to park. Lovely areas to walk nearby, and ripe figs! The biggest highlight for us was a private cooking class which was all vegetarian and gluten free, and delicious. We made pasta with fresh vegetables, breads, focaccia, desert, and ate al fresco with fantastic local wine. We stayed five nights and enjoyed every minute of our time.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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5

Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful property and our gracious hostess highlighted our family's first visit to Italy. We were warmly welcomed by Donatella, and she helped make our vacation a special one. Be sure to take a cooking class from Donatella. Great fun and delicious!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Abbacca -la (our Tuscany retreat)

  • 5 of 5

After researching where to stay during our most recent holiday in Italy I happened upon Abbacca & whether fate or just plain luck what an incredible find. It was important for us to find somewhere close to Lucca so that my husband could do some research on his ancestry that came from the area in the early 1900's. In spite of us not having a car, Lella was most helpful with assisting us with our transportation needs. Lella also helped interpret our family documents as well as talking to local villagers regarding the history of my husband's family. Ultimately we found the parish priest who was absolute key in our ability to view the original church documents. Whether opening their farm house to weary guests, providing cooking classes to interested guests, helping with historical documents, or sharing her favorite picturesque Italian cities, Lella couldn't have done anything more for us. Relaxing at Abbacca would have been a terrific find, in & by itself, all the other items of importance mentioned put it over the top for us. We can't wait to be able to return to Abbacca. This time for a longer period of time. All the reviews are absolutely accurate.

Date of arrival

October 22, 2015

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Farmhouse

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed here and had a very nice time. After arriving, we decided that we didn't want to rent a car. The owner was very accommodating and drove us to and from Lucca. She prepared a wonderful Italian dinner and we enjoyed getting to know her and hearing about her family. A very memorable night. The rooms are very clean and well equipped. Views are lovely. Thank you, Lella.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Abbacca –la is set atop a beautiful, steep sided valley and is just 20 minutes out from Lucca. Views to the mountains from the house are truly stunning. The apartments are well equipped and very comfortable. Lella is a perfect host, eager to help but not at all intrusive. Having read all the previous reviews we were beginning to doubt whether it would live up to expectation, but it did! It was easy to explore nearby Lucca, Pisa, Florence and the coast. We loved it, our teenage girls loved it and my elderly in laws had a wonderful time. Lella cooked a delicious meal for them while the younger members of the family headed into Lucca for one of the Summer Festival Concerts. What a wonderful place to spend a week.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Abbaccala-la, A slice of heaven in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We have nothing but great memories and high praise for Lella and the farmhouse Abbacca-là. From the first email exchanges to the day we departed Lella was there for us. I have been to Italy many times and always visit Lucca, where we have family.

We have stayed in various hotels and homes but this time we wanted to experience living in a farmhouse. Our stay was in the smaller of the three apartments which had plenty of room for my husband and I. We found it impeccably clean and comfortable. Although we did not use the kitchen much it was fully equipped.The farmhouse was a great home base for our day trips while in Tuscany. We looked forward to coming home after our long day trips to Florence, Pisa, Volterra, Montepulciano, Lucca, Sienna and the Chianti region, all easily assessable.

We took hikes around the farmhouse where we bathed in the beauty of the hillsides laced with grape vines and olive trees.

The charm,comfort and hospitality will bring us back to Abbacca-là. Departing was very sad for us.

We will most definitely be back and next time make time for a cooking lesson or making pizza in the outdoor pizza oven.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Aquilea
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Ponte a Moriano
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mastiano
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Viareggio
Car: necessary

You can walk in 30 minutes to the ruins of romanic church that can be seen from our farmhouse. It?s a fantastic spot with a wonderful view of the area and the valley !

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Rates & Availability

Lucca Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 1.0%

It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.

On the time of booking we ask for a 30% deposit, the balance can be paid cash on arrival or if through credit card a week in advance your arrival.

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Amenities

Lucca Area Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • One Studio has a very comfortable bathroom for DISABLE PEOPLE. The large unit (2 bd) on the first floor has a very large bathroom with shower and bathtub. Each Studio is on the ground floor and has a bathroom with shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), so in case we can have 4 double beds. Child Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sleeps 2
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
we are very flexible for our guest needs and we like to be helpful so please just ask if you have any question and we'll make our best to let you have your stay a relaxing and unforgettable holiday

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