|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
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.
Each of the two houses has its own independent and ample outdoor space with shade pergola, table, chairs and sun loungers.
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
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 farmhouse in 2000
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.
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.
In the words of that great politician " I ll be back! " like all treasures, once found they can be enjoyed again. We've had a lovely time, To our hosts, the cats, the birds, the fireflies......thank you.
Keven and Wendy Taylor
We are a family with four children and had plenty of room to relax. One bedroom has 3 single beds and the downstairs sitting room had a sofa bed. The villa is up on the hillside with stunning views of the area. Our kids shared the pool with the other family in the adjoining property. The pool area is lovely and the pool was a godsend in the summer heat. The owners provided a fan for each room. You can eat inside or al fresco. We even cooked pizza in the woodfire pizza oven with fantastic results. Pisa is 20 mins drive (once you know the way) and Lucca is 20 mins in the other direction where you can hire cycles and cycle wound the walled town. Florence is best reached by train. We even managed to drive our 9 seater van up the hair pin bend driveway up to the property everyday. The owners are just next door of you have any needs or questions. Would definitely stay here again if we come back to the area.
Lovely seclusion in the side of a steep hill, this self catering rural retreat is a treat! Bring your family and their family and rent both Villa's side by side! Be the envy of your dad and the joy of your mum, the wood fired pizza oven makes gastronomic treats - by you, of course! Fire up the BBQ and munch on some side salad, this is lazy days sunning by the pool and soaking in the lower valley view of Pisa. The lovely shopping village of Lucca is actually closer than Pisa, but we got the most Joy and value out of the Alimantari just north of the nearby village Ripafratta. Don't be afraid to spend between 7-10 Euro for a decent Chianti, you will be rewarded - absolutely delicious and has knocked Pinot Noir out of my number 1 position in terms of flavour!! Have fun, chill out and take everything you need.
Just back after spending a wonderful time at La Lucertola. As I drive all year round, we decided not to hire a car for the whole trip as it was our two daughters ( 16 and 12 ) first trip to Tuscany and we weren't going to venture too far. A couple of days hire to stock up was worthwhile. Our day trips to Lucca and a day to Pisa by bus were more than enough for a first visit. Luisa and Colin had kindly done an initial shop and the Prosecco and Peroni were an added surprise ! Ciapino's in nearby Molina di Quosa was great for some lovely local dishes.....great wee deli.
The hospitality and friendliness of the hosts was superb...wee things like this can make a holiday. Always there if needed but never intrusive.
The location is incredible. The view from the balcony, looking down on the countryside with Pisa in the distance was a special memory for me. Every morning had the same effect. Stunning.
Days at the pool...making pizzas in the wood-fired oven....picking herbs and fruit from the surrounding trees for various recipes...lovely !
The American family from Baltimore who were in the next farmhouse were so nice....Hi, guys, loved your company !
For a base to discover Tuscany, it is great. Thanks Colin, Luisa and Max....we will be back.
Bob, Tracey, Amy and Hannah.
Huset ligger på sluttningen med utsikt över Pisa med väldigt vacker natur runt om.
Vi anlände på natten men värdarna hade ordnat med belysning så att vi skulle hitta infarten till huset. De erbjöd sig även att göra en första handling så att vi skulle ha frukosten klar till kommande dag.
Invändigt hade huset allt man kunde önska och utvändigt likaså. Väldigt väl städat och bra underhållet.
Väldigt trevliga och serviceinriktade värdar som verkligen månade om att man hade allt man behövde. Rekommenderas varmt!
our stay at la lucertola was perfection. it was everything i hoped it would be: beautiful weather and surroundings, spacious beautiful villa up in the hills, away from the noisy city. the perfect get away from all of the sightseeing. Luisa and Colin and consumate hosts who really care about their temporary tenants. they could not have been nicer. hope to go back some day!!!
We stayed here for a week with another couple and had a wonderful time. It's a perfect location for day trips to the hill towns or beaches, and very close to the amazing walled town of Lucca. We also had some very relaxing breaks just hanging out by the private pool, or sitting on the patio enjoying the panoramic views with a glass of wine! There are plenty of good restaurants in the area, but we took advantage of the well equipped kitchen to make a few home cooked meals using the delicious local ingredients. Our favorite dessert was persimmons picked right from the trees on their property with vanilla ice cream!
Our hosts, Luisa and Colin, were extremely helpful and we really appreciated all their tips about the area. Our only issue was the steep, narrow drive to reach the property. As other guests mentioned, there are several hairpin turns which are a bit challenging to navigate until you get comfortable with them.
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.