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Charming Tuscan farmhouse/villa with pool in idyllic setting near Lucca

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Beautifully restored Podere Consani enjoys stunning panoramic views. Sleeps 6

Beautifully restored Podere Consani lies in an idyllic setting amongst well-tended natural gardens,(lavender,roses, lemons and herbs) that lead into the adjacent olive groves, vineyard & woodland, in the hills between Lucca and the coast. The house shares a swimming pool with the one other cottage and the English-speaking owners who live in the main house. The owners take great care to ensure guests are happy during their stay whilst respecting their privacy. They produce their own wine and olive oil. Nature-lovers,painters and walkers alike cannot fail to enjoy the wonderful surroundings and lovely views and although Podere Consani is set in this oasis of peace, it is however only 15 minutes before the majestic walls of Lucca come into sight.

Within a few minutes walk is the Podere Consani stud where it is possible for children to ride the lovely pony 'Chocolate'.

Recently restored, the house has all modern conveniences whilst maintaining its original Tuscan style and charm.

It is possible to have cooking lessons or have a meal cooked for you.

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Susan Beeby
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Charming Tuscan farmhouse/villa with pool in idyllic setting near Lucca
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Dreaming allowed!

  • 5 of 5

The description of the location is absolutely accurate. The property is absolutely clean and well-maintained. Still very natural.

When first coming to the location it is overwhelmingly beautiful because of nature, garden and houses. We had the Casa di Cherubino for 2 weeks. The house seems to be big with three bedrooms and even more beds, but it is unusual and very cozy. Everything worked well(, well equipped, bathrooms beautiful in italian style, tv, telephone). An old farmhouse, charming and with that special style one looks for when renting a farmhouse in Italy, but still verything you are accustomed to is there. Sitting in the evening or night on the terrace with candles burning on the table, the location has the atmosphere of being at ease with everything and everybody. Pure leisure.

The owners "service" is not really like owners service, distant and anonymous, it is like being part of the family without having "the family"at your table: there is always someone somewhere, but quite invisible, unobtrusive, decent, caring, friendly (when giving you fresh tomatoes from the owners garden), but if you need help, it is there.

Wonderful people around there!Beautiful location!

The pool is clean, pretty and big enough for everybody staying there.

Of course we will go back as often as we can, when we need a time-out with reading, walking, wondering, how beautiful a place can be, enjoying.

Lucca is by car 15 minutes away. And Lucca is terrific.Sightseeing is a duty:-)))

We are happy to have found this location.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely remarks. Its wonderful to know that a place one loves so much gives other people so much pleasure. I have lived at Podere Consani for 30 years and I still open my shutters in the morning and think how lucky I am to live in this beautiful place - its position, views and its vicinity to Lucca, the sea and the mountains, without forgetting Florence, Siena and Pisa. As owners who live on the property we try to be descrete as possible but we are always available to help with any special requests, give any local information, share our wine, olive oil and home-grown vegetables - infact share our little corner of paradise!
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Fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

We visited this lovely property as a family for a birthday celebration and it was truly wonderful. The cottage is exceptionally comfortable with everything you could need - including 2 beautiful friendly Labradors who love to join the family! The pool is a little chilly in early June but was warming up as we left and there is no more beautiful place to relax in perfect peace and quiet. The owners are a delight, helpful yet unobtrusive. Lucca is just a few miles away and we also very much enjoyed our visits to the beach and the Cinque Terre - what a fantastic part of Italy. All I can say is if you want tranquility and beautiful (slightly isolated!) surroundings then thus is perfection. Can't wait to visit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Julia for your comments - I'm glad the special family holiday proved to be such a success and that you so enjoyed staying in the house and visiting the surrounding area - there are so many beautiful places to visit nearby. Come back soon!! Susan
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Wir sind dann mal weg!

  • 5 of 5

Liebe Susan!

Wir haben ein neues Zuhause auf Zeit gefunden! Die Abgeschiedenheit und Ruhe war genau das, was wir gesucht hatten! Der Charme und die Originalität des Hauses vermittelt einen wirklichen Eindruck der Toskana. Und trotzdem muss man nicht auf Luxus verzichten! Das Haus und die Einrichtung hat alles (und ein bisschen mehr), was man für einen Italienaufenthalt braucht. Ihr habt das Haus perfekt hergerichtet! Vor allem der eigene Pizzaofen war für die Männer eine Herausforderung und Lieblingsbeschäftigung.

Da wir schon öfters in der Gegend waren, waren wir nicht auf das übliche Touristenprogramm angewiesen sondern konnten die Natur und Eure Gastfreundschaft genießen. Vielen Dank für die liebevolle Aufnahme und Begleitung in unseren Urlaubstagen!

Besonders Jonathan hat einen langfristigen Zukunftsplan von Podere Consani mitgenommen: Seine ersten Reitstunden bei Euch haben nicht nur bei ihm einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen!

Ihr seid eine besondere Familie an einem ganz besondere Ort!

Und daher kommen wir in ein paar Wochen wieder!!!!

Liebe Grüße Isabella

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for what you have written. We look forward to seeing you again in a few weeks. Best wishes, Susan
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A wonderful stay in true Tuscan style

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for one week with my husband and our two best friends as part of celebrating our 20th Anniversary. We couldn't have chosen a more peaceful and relaxing location. Podere Consani is situated in the rolling hills just north of Lucca. Making the drive to the property after sunset was a bit challenging, but thanks to GPS we found it no problem. We were warmly welcomed on arrival by Susan who gave us a overview of the property. Casa Cherubino is a lovely 3-story stone farmhouse with kitchen, dining room & laundry on the lower level off the back entrance. Several steps up onto the main level is the main entrance with livingroom and the larger of the 3 bedrooms with en suite bathroom, with both tub & shower. Countinuing up another flight of stairs off the main entrance are to 2 nicely sized bedrooms, both equipped with their own private bathroom. The layout worked out great for the four of us. Everyone had their private space, all with the added convenience of private bathrooms.

The grounds of Podere Consani were very peaceful and tranquil, situated among olive groves. We love animals so it was a treat for us to walk down to the stables and see the horses and goats and of course, to have Napo and the property cats around to play with.

Podere Consani was a great central location for us to make our day trips to Pisa, Lucca, & Florence. We had most of our sightseeing arranged, but Susan was very helpful about giving us great tips on touring the local area.

Our only regret was being November it was too cold to use the pool, but we enjoyed using the fireplace, even roasting chestnuts the old-fashioned way. We even managed to prepare a couple tasty locally inspired dishes, Spaghetti alla Carbonara & Osso Buco. Susan was kind enough to even let us try their locally produced wine and olive oil.

We really had a enjoyable and relaxing time at Casa Cherubino. Would definitely love to return in the spring or fall and enjoy the rest that this lovely place has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to all 4 of you for writing such a lovely review. I too hope you will come back in the spring or fall when Podere Consani is full of flowers and the pool is in use! As you so love cooking I could organise someone to come and show you how to cook some more local dishes! Best wishes to you all - Susan
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  • 5 of 5

Ever seen pictures of your approaching vacation destination and are disappointed because the pictures were better then real life? Well, let me tell you, this is one of those rare occassions when the pictures just don't do it justice. What an amazingly beautifull villa, in the most spectacular setting. I don't have enough space to write it all- very clean and beautifully restored home- we had all the comforts and had no desire to leave the property during our stay so as not to miss the beauty- I could have walked all day around the grapes and olives....and oh the horses!!! BUT you must visit nearby Lucca or walk up the hill to watch the artist turn olive wood into the most beautiful pieces! These Americans are coming back for sure!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for saying such lovely things - I'm really happy to know that your experiences here at Podere Consani exceeded your expectations. That is great to know. For me it was lovely to have such 'simpatici' guests and I truely hope we shall see you again! Best wishes to you all - Susan
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Perfect Two Weeks

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful and perfect place to relax and enjoy the Tuscan hills, the surroundings and hospitality.

We arrived a few hours later than expected, but it was still a warm welcome that awaited us. After showing us the house, (we stayed in the 3 bedroom) Susan, the owner, she is English, her husband Italian, was kind enough to phone a local trattoria in San Martino in Freddana, which is about 5-10 minutes from Podere Consani, for a pizza and pasta take away. Our son, who is 7 years old, immediately befriended the children from the family who rented the 2 bedroom house (which is as lovely and well aquipt) and our dog, an 10 month old Airdale terrier, the owners Labrador, Napo. ..and there our unforgettable holiday started!!

The house itself was a joy to stay in. It has everything - the dishwasher was out of order the second day, but it was fixed right away. One is well looked after if in need!!

The weather in the first week was above the 30's, so the pool was a most welcome sight every morning!! Its clean and a nice size to swim off all the delicious food and wine of the region.

Podere Consani lies on a hilltop above Torcigliano, driving up there might feel that you are heading for the most remote place on earth, but a gem awaits you. Driving it up and down a few times, it all gets very familiar and one starts to enjoy it. Lots of green and the olive trees just look pictureous. On the Podere itself there are vines, olive trees, goats and horses - free to wunder, free to feed and free to just enjoy the scenery.

During the last 3 days of our stay, me, my son and the other kids took some riding lessons from Mara. She is excellent in what she does and we realy enjoyed every minute of it.

On the last night we were treated by home made pizza's, made in the out door oven by Susan's husband, Lelio. The best!!! It was a great night ending off our holiday.

We realy had a lovely time on Podere Consani, and can honestly recommend it. Next year we will go back to which ever house will be available. Marietha, Herbert Joshua and Nandi

Stayed June 2014

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed having you at Podere Consani and are glad that you all enjoyed it so much. It's great that you want to come back next year and we will try to make it just as memorable!
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
S.Martino in Frddana
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
S.Martino in Freddana
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Podere Consani is situated on a plateau in the lovely hills between the magnificent old town of Lucca and the coast. It has wonderful views overlooking the surrounding countryside - to the south-east towards Lucca and the more distant plain to Florence -to the north the stunning marble mountains and the Garfagnana with its picturesque hill-top towns & to the west the sea.The nearest beaches are at Viareggio (30min) and further up the coast are the beautiful sea-side towns of Lerici and Portovenere and the fishing villages of the Cinque Terra. In fact it lies in a very strategic position - only 20min from beautiful historic Lucca, surrounded by the magnificent walls on which one can walk or bike, 45min from Pisa airport and other historical cities such as Florence, Siena and S.Gimigniano are within easy reach. S.Martino (4km) has restaurants, a supermarket, banks, chemist etc..There is lots to see and do - that is if you can bear to tear yourself away from the beauty of Podere Consani.


Rates & Availability

Pescaglia Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Out of season
Oct 29 2016 - Apr 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low season
Apr 8 2017 - May 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
May 20 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Out of Season
Oct 28 2017 - Mar 30 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The out of season price for 1 week, is the minimum rate for 2 persons.
For Christmas and New Year please contact the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Pescaglia Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 122 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • All bathrooms are ensuite.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , possible as twin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , possible as twin
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , possible as double
  • Cot available on request. Possibility of adding extra bed in one of the bedrooms.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Pool 5.5m x10.5m. Property suitable for elderly but not infirm. WiFi in the house It is possible to organise cooking lessons or have a cook to prepare you a typical tuscan meal in the house.

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