|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Spacious flat with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), kitchen and large living / dining room with Sofa bed.
Recently restructured in typical Tuscan style.
Beautiful self contained self catering apartment in recently restored old Tuscan farmhouse. The rooms all have traditional beamed and tiled rooves. Garden and Swimming Pool for Guest Use, and car parking on the premises.
Stonehouse is an ideal base for visiting the historic cities of Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Siena. For more relaxing days, the beaches of Viareggio and Marina di Vecchiano are half an hour's drive away - or you can take a bike and explore the Bientina Marsh of the Pisan Hills.
The Apuan Alps, with their fine scenery and historic marble quarries are also close at hand, as are the more gentle Appenines.
The area is ideal for a blend of culture and activity, and the owners who live on site can help you to make the most of your holiday.
Me and David during our gardening time.
We moved to the countryside to spend our free time outside enjoying nature.
I'm from Lucca and David is english. It could be work!
Paola Pardini / David Hayward purchased this apartment in 2001
We love to travel and we'd like to meet at Stonehouse the people that we couldn't meet away.
This house was the property of Agostino, the old farmer who lived here a long time ago, with his animals and his vegetable garden. We renovated this building to preserve the character of a farm house.
Our guests say: 'home away from home'. This is our goal.
When we were looking for a farm house, we saw this property and we thought: 'this is it!'.
We saw the mountains around, the churches on the hills, and the sunflowers. The colours around helped us to decide.
As we are packing for leaving tomorrow morning we realized we have got a great time at your place.
Most of our drives have been not more (or much more) than an hour and that allowed us to get the most out of our time.
You were very kind on our arrival and have been helpful and precise in your advice.
We greatly enjoyed our time at this lovely farmhouse. Paola and David greeted up upon our arrival and provided some welcome treats in our apartment. The property was lovely. I enjoyed looking at the flowers and soaking up some quite time. (I found travelling in Italy to be a bit overwhelming with the so many tourists in the cities. You will not find this to be an issue here!) Thank you for your hospitality!
The property itself was stunning, surrounded by beautiful flowers and greenery, and included several outdoor seating/dining areas. Every morning when we got up David and Paola were out grooming the grounds, and always so friendly and cordial. We shared the 1st floor apartment with our daughter and husband and found the accommodations to be very clean and comfortable for the 4 of us. It was very quiet and peaceful. Paola and David went far and above the call of duty in helping us make the most of our visit to this beautiful area. They were outstanding hosts and gave us great recommendations! This location was a good starting point for day trips in the area. We explored Lucca, Pisa, the Garfagnana region/Barga, wine country from Chianti to Siena (and the winery at Castello Vicchiomaggio at Greve in Chianti is worthy of a visit - call ahead for a tour and lunch), the beach at Viarreggio, and of course, Florence. Even though we had a rental car, we took the train into Florence City Center, which I would recommend over driving and trying to park. A rental car with GPS to help navigate the area roads is a necessity. Within walking distance of StoneHouse is a restaurant, Paolo & Paola, which had excellent food - best pizza ever! Another restaurant I would highly recommend is Pizza Man in Florence, which was near our airport hotel on our last night. Very friendly staff and they specialize in home made pasta - delicious! HomeAway is aptly named, as every evening when we returned to StoneHouse we felt like we were going home. Thank you Paola and David!
Paola and David were the consummate hosts. They were there to welcome us in person along with homemade goodies (fresh fruit tart and wine and juice). Their recommendations for restaurants and sightseeing were spot on. Their responsiveness to our queries and willingness to help was the key to our wonderful time in Tuscany. I would stay there again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend this charming place!!
The stonehouse was perfect and the hosts Paola and David were awesome. From a homemade dessert and a bottle of wine to greet us to recommendations on where to eat and what to visit, everything was spot on. Will definitely be at the top of my list if I make ot back to italy. Can't say enough good things about our stay in lucca.
Staying at the farmhouse was wonderful! The apartment was spacious, well equipped and the garden was beautiful! Our hosts Paola and David were wonderful to meet, friendly and helpful with suggestions for the area. The Apartment was close to Lucca, Tuscany wine tasting, the beaches and we traveled by train for the day from La Spezzia to Cinque Terra! Montecarlo was a charming village to visit and recommended by Paola. Stop at the little pottery shop there all was handmade and beautiful. Pisa was also close and a day trip from the house.
Restaurants were recommended in the village but sadly our stay ran out and we were off to another area. The couple that we met while staying there did mention that the restaurants were very good.
Thank you Paola and David for sharing a bit of your world with us ... It was an amazing experience!
The seven days we (a family of four with teenage children) recently spent at the Stonehouse was the 'holiday' highlight of our overseas holiday. The apartment is very spacious and has everything that is listed. What makes this a particularly superb place is the combination of it being in a charming location in the Tuscan countryside, perfect for relaxing, but still within easy reach for day trips to Lucca, Pisa, Florence and the beach. Paola and David are great hosts, helpful and attentive to details. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for holiday accommodation in countryside Tuscany. We were there in July and there were even fireflies...you will be charmed
Our house is a few miles from Lucca in the green of the Tuscan countryside. The village is S.Ginese di Compito and the adress is Via Centoni, N° 14.
The town of Lucca, with its famous ring of walls, can be reached in a quarter of an hour.
The motorway, which is close at hand, brings you in less than an hour to the artistic treasures of Pisa, Florence and Siena.
The rolling hills of Chianti country and the Etruscan town of Volterra can also easily be reached. For rest days, there are many interesting excursions locally - on foot or by bike - to explore the Bientina marsh with its interesting birdlife, or the Pisan hills.
The Appuan Alps, with their spectacular summits and historic marble quarries are less than an hour away, whilst on the other side of the Garfagnana valley there are the more gentle slopes of the Appenines.
For those who prefer the sea, the riviera is half an hour away at Viareggio, whilst the wilder coastline of the Cinque Terre is only a little further .
Other Activities: birdwatching
Ski: Possible to reach the Abetone Pass in 0 minutes for piste skiing.
Numerous ski mountaneering opportunities