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Pisa/Lucca, Italy: Views Leaning Tower: Olive grove houses, pool, wi fi-perfect! - House 1: Pisa,Tuscany: Spacious stunning olive grove farmhouse & pool

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Description

House 1: Pisa,Tuscany: Spacious stunning olive grove farmhouse & pool

Nestled in its own private olive grove, La Lucertola is a setting from heaven. Spectacular views over forest, field, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Mediterranean Sea on the horizon make this a truly perfect location. Flowers, herbs, fireflies and jasmine blossom abound. The fruit trees & the allotment offer peaches, plums, tomatoes, olive oil and other wonderful seasonal products. This is a peaceful and inspiring location for all seasons of the year.

The ample area around the house is a fun space in which to lounge, explore, cook and play. The salt water, chlorine-free swimming pool enjoys views to infinity and is situated in its own secure and dedicated area. The beaches are close by, less than 30 minutes away. Pisa and Lucca, both 20 minutes away and Florence just an hour - stay and play or go and explore - it's all on your door.

Each of the two spacious and comfortable houses has its own independent and ample outdoor space with shade pergola, table, chairs and sun loungers.

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About the property

La Lucertola - self-catering

Welcome to La Lucertola - a truly special place. Benvenuti!

This is a beautiful and perfectly positioned location for your holiday: immersed in unspoilt nature and yet close to the famous Tuscan art cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence and other nearby, lesser known gems.

La Lucertola is both near to the coast and near to the hills and mountains, yet remains convenient for access to the road, rail and air networks. Here, you can hear birdsong, enjoy the scent of the flowers and herbs and can muse and let your mind wander and relax over the fabulous views both near and far.

We offer the choice of two farmhouses in Tuscany both of which can accommodate up to 6 guests.

These properties can be rented separately or together sharing a salt water, chlorine-free swimming pool in its own secure and dedicated stunning area.

The farmhouses are set in an ancient olive grove on the southern slopes of Monti Pisani – an environmentally protected area of outstanding natural beauty.

Both houses offer spectacular panoramic views over olive grove, Pisa, The Leaning Tower and the Mediterranean Sea.

We look forward to welcoming you to this special place.

Nestled in its own private olive grove, La Lucertola is a setting from heaven. Spectacular views over forest, field, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Mediterranean Sea on the horizon make this a truly enchanting location. Flowers, herbs, fireflies and jasmine blossom abound. The peace is punctuated only by birdsong.

The ample area around the house is a fun space in which to lounge, explore, cook and play. The salt water, chlorine-free swimming pool enjoys views to infinity and is situated in its own secure and dedicated area. The beaches are close by, less than 30 minutes away. Pisa and Lucca, both 20 minutes away and Florence just an hour - stay and play or go and explore - it's all on your door.

Fabulous accommodation: The accommodation offers two beautiful, spacious and well-equipped, environmentally sensitive farmhouses, each of which can accommodate up to six people.

The houses enjoy the use of a shared, salt water, chlorine free swimming pool in its own secure and dedicated area. The farmhouses are set on the south facing slopes of the Monti Pisani, an environmentally protected area of outstanding natural beauty, in the midst of terraced olive grove, fruit trees, birds and wild flowers.

The houses are set on a hill and are reached by a private road up above the charming hamlet of Pugnano and enjoy spectacular views over forest, field, Pisa, The Leaning Tower and The Mediterranean Sea beyond. The ever changing countryside offers the holiday maker a year round choice for travel.

Feel good about this choice of holiday: The farmhouses are a genuinely environmentally sensitive choice. Solar panels contribute to the electricity supply. The water is supplied from a permanent spring from a cave above the houses - one washes in it, bathes in it and swims in it – wonderful! With many other green initiatives this is a destination to feel good about.

Great location: The farmhouses are in a superb position: about 20 minutes by road from both Pisa and Lucca, 30 minutes from the coast, an hour from Florence and lesser known gems making exploration fun and worth while. The combination of hills, sea and proximity to places of cultural interest make this a holiday location to suit and inspire all moods and fancies at all times of year.

Activities: There is plenty to do here for all ages and to fit all moods and tastes! Activities such as cookery courses, 'Restaurant at Home' catering, canoeing, rafting, cycling, walking, running, paragliding and horse-riding can be arranged either prior to arrival or while you are here

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Owner
Luisa Riddiford
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Luisa Riddiford

Colin, Max (age 14) and I live in a separate house and love living here! We try our absolute best to ensure that everything is as it should be for you when you arrive and indeed during your holiday. We are always respectful of your privacy and we want all our guests of all ages to feel free, happy and relaxed. It isn't easy to write about yourself, so here is what previous guests have said about us: 'Luisa and Colin are the perfect hosts and I would like to thank them for allowing us to spend a little time sharing their little piece of Tuscan heaven.' 'The owners live on site and provide a friendly information facility and comprehensive support.' 'Thanks to Luisa and Colin for their hospitality. 'The hospitality and friendliness of the hosts was superb...wee things like this can make a holiday. Always there if needed but never intrusive.'

Luisa Riddiford purchased this house in 2000

Why Luisa Riddiford chose Pisa

Luisa taught English in a school near Pisa in 1986 and fell in love with the area. We returned, many times. We made lifelong friends and began to feel that this could be a new home and a new life. After 12 years of living and working in London, we decided to take the plunge, change direction and embrace the challenge of creating a new life. We wanted to be closer to nature, direct our own affairs and to live in a beautiful place with a decent climate. We found 'La Lucertola' as a semi ruin, completely overgrown and crying out for some love and attention. We first fell in love with the incredible view and the prospect of living in the country but close to Pisa and the sea. The view is unique, breathtaking and truly inspiring. We can see The Leaning Tower, the coast and the islands of Capraia and Corsica. We overlook olive grove, forest, field and village. Overhead are birds of prey and the night sounds of owls. This place gives us inspiration and the energy to live a good and authentic life. We are happy to share this beauty and joy with our guests who over 14 years of operation wholeheartedly testify to the magic of this very special location. The houses are spacious, comfortable and well proportioned. One would happily live in them all year round - they are much more than a simple rental property - they are proper houses with a true sense of home.

What makes this house unique

The view - irreplaceable and unique. And the place itself - beautiful and inspiring, relaxing and uplifting. From the first moment we looked out over the olive grove, into the fields and then onto the unmistakeable view of The Leaning Tower of Pisa we knew this was the place for us. Three houses, all with their own front doors. One for us and two for the guests - perfect! With the convenience of a country location and the amenities of Pisa and Lucca close to hand and Florence only an hour away.

Also appealing to us is the easy proximity to beaches, mountains and rivers. We did not wish to be in an isolated position so the quick access to the airport, the motorway system and the national rail network without being able to see them or hear them was also important.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a wonderful place to stay for our holiday. We especially loved the view and sunning on the terrace. Brilliant location for access to Lucca, Pisa and Florence all of which we loved. Really enjoyed Barga, the caves and mountains too! Making our own pizzas in the fire was great and they were delicious! Zoe & Glenn Thank you for a lovely house to stay in Love Tabitha (7)
Apr 2010
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Notes

There is a small local accommodation tax to be added and is calculated as follows: Each adult (over 18) pays €1.50 per day for a maximum of 5 nights. Each adult therefore pays a total of €7.50 per stay.

Please note that the rental price is charged in Euros € and therefore the amount that will be charged to your credit card will be the Euro € equivalent of your local credit card currency


Amenities

San Giuliano Terme House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The main bathroom is tiled in soft stone grey with light coloured walls. The fittings are of the highest quality with 'Hans Grohe' taps. There is a bath, WC, bidet and sink with mirror and good lighting, shaver point and hair dryer. There is a window overlooking the grotto area and the olive tree clad hillside above and behind the house. A lovely bathroom. The ensuite bathroom has its own balcony with views over the grove and onto Pisa, The Leaning Tower and Med - not many other bathrooms can boast a view over one of the architectural icons of the world. It has a shower and shower box, WC and sink with mirror and lighting and shaver point and hair dryer. Again it is decorated with light coloured walls and has stone grey profiled tiles.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , can be split and made into twin beds - foldaway beds also
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , can be split and made into twin beds - foldaway beds also
  • This is a large, majestic and elegant bedroom with a balcony and ensuite bathroom. The bed configuration can be either large double or twin. An extra foldaway bed or cot can also be made available for additional accommodation. Additionally there is a wardrobe, writing desk, mirror and seating. The flooring is terracotta tiling with rugs. The colour scheme is a stunning rhapsody of blue, complete with inspiringly beautiful Tuscan murals filling the whole of one wall. The views are breathtaking and the whole feel is one of freshness, cool and calm. All furnishings are of the highest standard. The second bedroom is also spacious and offers magnificent views over the olive grove, forest, valley below and Pisa, nine kilometres away. As with the master bedroom, the large double can be split and made into twins. An extra bed or cot can also be accommodated in the room if required. All furnishings are of the highest quality and the decor is relaxing and considered.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We would like to reassure you that we have been welcoming guests here since 2002 and pride ourselves on complete honesty and transparency in all our dealings. We invite all enquirers to leave a telephone number along with their enquiry to enable us to call you back and establish direct contact with you, if you so wish. The rental price is all-inclusive and includes gas (and central heating when appropriate), electricity, bed, bath and kitchen linen. Please bring your own beach towels. The rental price also includes the cost of the final clean, saving an average of 80 Euros+ on the rental price. It also includes cut seasoned olive wood logs for the fireplace for use in colder weather and the barbecue and wood fired oven - perfect for making pizzas, ideal for roasts! The rental price includes gas central heating depending on season.

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Fantastic view

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 people i House 1- and we all loved the house, the amazing views and the lovely pool. The place is quiet and relaxing and still close to Pisa and Lucca. We enjoyed the "Chefs at home" -like being in a restaurant -but at home:) We loved that we were allowed to use the vegetables and fruit from Luisa and Colins garden. We would like to go back another time and recommend this lovely place :)

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Wonderful villa in beautiful countryside, fabulous hosts too!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful trip to Tuscany staying at this property. The views are stunning across the Tuscan valley looking over to Pisa and even include a view of the tower! Luisa and Colin are the perfect hosts, very welcoming and on hand if you need any advice on the area. The property is clean and well equipped with a good wifi connection and everything you need to enjoy your stay. A BBQ and pizza oven are at your disposal, we need more practice with the pizza's though! I would not hesitate to recommend this property for peace and quiet, amazing views and plenty of places to visit within easy reach by car or train. If hiring a car we would recommend a 4 wheel drive, but the views when you get up to the property are spectacular and well worth the drive! Thank you Luisa and Colin for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

comfortable home with great views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Lucertola for 2 weeks in July '16, and wish that we could have stayed longer! The owners, Colin and Luisa, were very helpful and friendly...suggesting local attractions, booking dinner reservations, and providing everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Colin was able to get a reservation for us at a very special restaurant (Villa Bongi) for our anniversary dinner, and even helped us to arrange a cooking class at the house. They were close enough to be helpful, but still gave us all of the privacy we needed. The views from the house, and dinners on the terrace are some of the fondest memories of our trip. The pool was also a great way to stay cool during the hot Tuscan summer. The house is situated between the towns of Lucca and Pisa and is in a great spot to facilitate many day trips. You have to drive up a steep and twisting driveway to get to the house, so make sure your car has a high clearance or you won't make it up to the top. Once up there, the views from everywhere in the house are spectacular (you can see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the sea, a quaint villa, and sweeping views of the valley). The town of Pugnano is small and there are not many restaurants/markets within walking distance, which is probably the only negative I have about the stay. There are, however, plenty of places that are a short drive away. In short, the house was in a great spot and was very comfortable with very welcoming hosts. I would recommend it for anyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Comfortable and stylish with everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic week , stunning location , Convenient for trips to Pisa, the beach, Lucca, Florence and beautiful countryside. . Owners friendly and helpful , but equally non obtrusive . Brilliant "Eat at home " experience arranged by owners with food prepared and served with local wines at the house, simply superb! Thanks for a most memorable holiday

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A real an absolute pleasure and thank you so much for your kind words!
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4

Very pleasant stay, lovely location and great hosts

  • 4 of 5

The property was clean and well presented. Set in a lovely location with amazing views and very friendly and welcoming hosts. Stayed here with our children who loved it too. Relaxing end to our holiday.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Sehr empfehlenswert

  • 5 of 5

Das Haus hat unsere Erwartungen weit übertroffen. Der Ausblick aus jedem Fenster und der Terrasse ist atemberaubend. Der Blick geht über Pisa und Livorno bis zur Küste, gesäumt von einer wunderschönen Berglandschaft. Lucca ist nur 10 Minuten Autofahrt entfernt. Pisa ca. 15 Minuten. Florenz ist in 1 h 20 Min. erreichbar. Der Pool ist sehr gepflegt, so wie das ganze Haus. Die Besitzer sind unglaublich service-orientiert. Sie boten an, Einkäufe für uns im Vorfeld zu machen, damit der Kühlschrank schon voll ist, wenn wir ankommen. Zudem hatten sie wertvolle Tipps für uns bezüglich Freizeitgestaltung mit Kindern, Restaurants, Strände, etc.. Die Atmosphäre war sehr herzlich und freundlich.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Map

Area Archeologica Massaciuccoli Romana
Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
molina di quosa
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
livorno
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
tirrenia
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
ripafratta
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
lucca ovest exit
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
villa poschi
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
abetone
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
marina di vecchiano
Car: recommended

Nestled in its own private olive grove, accessed by its own private road, La Lucertola is a setting from heaven. Now in our 15th successful year, La Lucertola offers spectacular uninterrupted views over forest, field, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Mediterranean Sea on the horizon, all combining to make this a truly unique and enchanting location. The farmhouses are set on a hill and are reached by private road above the hamlet of Pugnano. Flowers, fireflies and jasmine blossom abound. The peace is punctuated only by birdsong. The ample space around the house is fun in which to lounge, explore, cook and play. The salt water, chlorine-free swimming pool enjoys views to infinity. The beaches are close by, less than 30 minutes away. Pisa and Lucca, both 20 minutes away and Florence just an hour - stay and play or go and explore - it's all on your door.

Other Activities: Rafting/Canoeing on the nearby River Serchio

Walking/Running on the beautiful and varied trails in the vicinity, all accessible directly from the houses and through the olive grove.

Cookery courses at home

Restaurant at Home - catering

Cycle hire from Lucca - cycle paths along the beautiful River Serchio

Golf - within a 30 minute drive.

Horse Riding - San Rossore Maritime National Park 20 minutes away

Paragliding Centre within a 15 minute drive

Recording Studio - Sessions available by appointment

Ski: Abetone - good local skiing - 90 minute drive away.

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