The estate consists of a large stone farmhouse which has been lovingly restored and now forms four very spacious apartments. The house is surrounded by pretty gardens with lawns where each apartment has a garden area with gazebo, furnished with table, chairs and barbeque for dining al fresco, and there is also a communal wood burning pizza oven for guests use. In a sunny position in the grounds below the house is a swimming pool (13.5m x 5.5m) complete with sun terraces and handy w.c. The grounds surrounding the house are bordered by oak woods and olive groves and there are lovely views overlooking the plain of Lucca from many corners of the estate.
Apartment Orcia is on two floors with a very homely atmosphere and very tastefully furnished in elegant Tuscan style with many antiques, and original features such as beamed ceilings, and exposed stone walls have been retained. A few external steps finishing in a little balcony lead to the entrance of the apartment and to the comfortable living room with sofas, and fireplace. On the same floor is a further small sitting room also with fireplace. A couple of stairs lead to a fully equipped kitchen, and a breakfast/dining room. On the first floor there are four beautiful bedrooms (two with double beds, one double which converts to a twin on request and one with bunk beds), each with shower room. Close by in the grounds, the apartment has an outdoor dining area with table and chairs, shaded by a gazebo and enjoying a pretty view.
The swimming pool is the ideal spot for relaxing and taking a cooling dip and there are lovely country walks in the woods. The thoughtful owner has added the modern comforts of dishwashers, and satellite televisions to the apartments and facilities such as barbecue, pizza oven, laundry and WiFi internet access are available to guests. There is even a vegetable garden where you can pick your own fresh produce in season.
Although immersed in the countryside the estate is less than half an hour's drive from the lovely walled town of Lucca which is a joy to explore in itself and from which there are excellent motorway and rail links to other main towns. The local village, just 2 km away, has a grocers shop and bakery and there is a restaurant within walking distance of the estate. Pisa and Florence are within easy driving distance, as is the pretty coastline of Versilia.
Apartment Orcia can be intercommunicating on request with apartment Camilla to accommodate parties of up to 16 persons.
Ground Level: Large living room with settees, fireplace, satellite television opening onto a balcony at entrance > Small sitting room with fireplace > Kitchen with cooker (5 gas rings, electric oven), fridge/freezer, and dishwasher > Breakfast/dining room.
First Floor: 2 double bedrooms > Double bedroom (which converts to a twin on request) > Bedroom with bunk beds > 4 shower rooms with shower, basin, bidet and w.c.
Central heating* > Garden area with gazebo > Swimming pool > Barbecue > Pizza oven > Laundry room with washing machine, dryer and iron > Parking > Vegetable garden > WiFi internet access > Midweek towel change and cleaning (bedrooms and bathrooms) > For stays of two weeks full linen change and cleaning at the end of first week > Bicycle hire > Walking distance to a restaurant > 2 km to local village with grocers shop and bakers > 15km to the town of Lucca > Maid service and cook available on request (payable locally). (Facilities marked * are payable locally)
When we arrived the actual apartment was even better than the lovely photos suggested. Extremely well appointed and comfortable. We very much enjoyed the pool and eating outside and both the owners on site and La Bella Toscana were very professional and friendly. The description on the website exactly matched and was very detailed and precise. The location is exellent for visiting Lucca, which really is a lovely town, and we also saw Pisa and even did trips to the coast. Would fully recommend.