|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
A large kitchen/dining room, fully fitted in oak, with double sink, hob, oven, fridge/freezer, extractor hood, dining table and chairs. All cutlery, utensils, crockery, glasses etc are provided. This room leads onto a large terrace.
Two spacious bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with a pair of 3ft single beds, which can be made up together as a double when required. The bedroom furniture comprises chests of drawers, bedside cabinets, chairs and hanging rails.
A 22ft long sitting room with corner Tuscan open fireplace, king size sofa bed, another sofa, chairs, tables etc. This room leads onto a large terrace.
The tiled bathroom has shower, WC, basin and bidet.
Please note. We charge per person per week, £300 is not for the whole apartment.
Ferchia is a peaceful hillside hamlet near Lucca, recently lovingly restored into self-catering holiday homes from a 300 year old farmhouse and its estate. The conversion is of the highest standard, retaining period features along with modern facilities such as underfloor heating, high quality kitchens and bathrooms. Within extensive wooded and terraced grounds are three houses, which altogether can sleep 21 people, or any combination from 2 upwards. All rooms have spectacular views, the sitting rooms are large with open Tuscan fireplaces/woodburners and there are chestnut beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors throughout. Ferchia is private and secluded but not isolated. There is a 13 metre swimming pool with solar panel and shower. The air is clear, our own spring water pure; above all there is no noise or light pollution. Guests returning from a holiday here are relaxed, refreshed and de-stressed and have found it to be the most perfect base for exploring this beautiful region.
Rod is a surveyor, qualifying in 1970. Jennie, his wife for nearly 40 years, sadly died in January 2011. After various property associated employed jobs, they set up their own building company in 1981. Before recently retiring, they completed over 2,000 contracts. By far the hardest was the “Italian Job”. Different language, currency, working procedure and ethics, building materials, crazy bureaucracy–distance. (It took 3 years to get permission for the pool). They designed and project managed it all.
We have 2 children, both of whom love going to Ferchia with their children – and sometimes us!! It has turned out to be the perfect family holiday retreat for hard working people who want to relax and love seeing their children enjoying themselves.
No photos, didn't want to scare you!
Having decided upon Italy as our favoured European country in which to spend our holiday time, we bought Ferchia on our third investigative trip, having seen 24 different ruins in 4 days. It had (has) everything, that we were looking for, off the beaten track so that we have no noise, light or air pollution, our own water, 30 acres of woodland and a project to do.
We rebuilt the houses in traditional materials and style, adding modern kitchens, bathrooms and underfloor heating. Internally we have antique and quality new furniture, not cast offs from elsewhere. Happily every single visitor has admired the result, both inside and out. It is our home, not just property to rent.
A visitor comment from 2009.
"We had a wonderful time at Ferchia. The house is beautiful and you did a fantastic job making it a lovely home for us all to enjoy. We loved the quiet, the birds singing every morning and evening, the night sky full of stars and having almost all meals on the terrace with the stunning view. You almost feel optimistic about the world, seeing so many trees and having the sense that some bits of the earth are still unspoiled. We walked, swam, read a lot. We stayed 'home' every other day, so we could enjoy the peace, quiet and we loved the pool. 2 eagles came overhead every day plus visits from Frank the cat. Everyday Beppe came along to water the plants, a pool boy came by too. We saw Teresa, quietly doing laundry and watching over us, it all works perfectly".
What a stunning location. The pictures do not give Ferchia justice. Its simply beautiful and so peaceful. We had a week with our son and daughter aged 20 and 18 respectively who have a new found love of Italy. The track going to the villa is a bit hairy the first time, but all part of the Ferchia Adventure. Trains from nearby Pescia are clean, on time and fast and an easy way to travel to the likes of Florence and Lucca (A Must !!) Also eating at nearby Monte Carlo at night - breath taking. If you want a relaxing holiday with great food, sights to see in a perfect location look no further. Thanks Rod for allowing us into your wonderful Tuscan home from home, we'll be back.
Our eighth stay I believe and every bit as wonderful as always. Our 10 year old daughter decided that she'd liked to have stayed another month, whilst our 8 year old son now wants to live at Ferchia forever - which is always nice to hear after a holiday...must be doing something right! Lovely watching shooting stars, fireflies and glow worms in situ, and the kids really enjoyed searching for scorpions and porcupine quills. My wife and I were able to chill out in the pool, read books and enjoy the lovely local wines and food, whilst watching our children entertain themselves making dens, reading (loads) and swimming - not one single sign of missing TV, internet, tablets nor any other vestige of the 21st century. Lovely local villages such as Montecarlo provide fantastic family restaurants and grown up bars, whilst Pisa and Florence are just an hour away for cultural/touristy days out...with the lovely pool a welcome return after a hot day out.
We'll all be back again before long. Missing Ferchia already. Thank you Rod.
We first visited Ferchia in 1999, the buildings were derelict and the site totally overgrown. Rod and Jennie have since created a beautiful, tranquil oasis, in the chestnut hills of Tuscany. We have visited Ferchia many times since, staying in all its three houses, which cater for a couple of people, to a large family. In the winter there are log fires and in the summer, BBQ’s and relaxing by the beautiful pool, with amazing views over the valley. We Have just visited Ferchia again, relaxing amongst the olive, fruit and Cyprus trees. We also ate out in the local traditional Italian restaurants and visited the towns of Lucca and Vinci. We just love the rustic charm of Ferchia and the Italian way of life.
Derek and Sue Farley
We had an excellent holiday and Ferchia proved to be a great place from which to explore this often forgotten part of Tuscany. From first arriving we were made most welcome by guests already staying in the next door property. By the end of the first day all the children staying in the various properties here were playing together in and around the beautiful pool and well kept patio and garden areas with this becoming the norm for the week or so ahead.
Being up in the hills above the great little town of Collodi (home of Pinnochio) provided for peace and quiet seldom experienced, in fact the church bells chiming from across the valley were the only distraction.
We were able to explore caves and valleys to the north and restaurants and all that Lucca has to offer to the south. In fact we ventured out to Vinci (birthplace of Leonardo) and Florence was only an hour away. However we spent much of our holiday at Ferchia enjoying splashing in the pool, eating good local Tuscan produce, drinking the odd glass of wine and star-gazing.
Thank you to Rod and his family for providing detailed information before we went and for all the advice, tips and recommendations during our stay.
I would recommend this home in the Tuscan hills for families or groups of friends.
I had looked at Ferchia several times before and this year finally booked a weeks stay. I was excited because the property looked gorgeous and I was not disappointed! It is a beautiful property in a spectacular area and a place where you can really relax and unwind. I just loved swimming in a pool surrounded by such lovely countryside! The farmhouse itself is clean and comfortable and has everything that you need. On top of all this you can easily visit places of interest like Lucca, the lovely Montecatini and the extensive gardens in Collodi. As Rod says the shoe shop in Collodi is brilliant and my husband came home very happy with two pairs of soft leather shoes for under £60!! Thanks Rod for sharing your home with us. I'm sure we will be back - I would love to stay in the large part of the farmhouse with family and friends!
With only 3 nights at Ferchia in the smaller part of the Farmhouse, we really needed more time to enjoy all that this area has to offer. We went to Lucca and rode around the fortified town on hired bikes with dinner to follow in the narrow streets and then next day we went to Barga for lunch and then back to Ferchia to relax by the pool and take in the wonderful view. The next day we walked through the delightful wooded track that leads from Ferchia to a little village on the other side of the valley, about an hours walk away.
The apartment was spotlessly clean and well equipped and everything worked, in the morning we lay in bed and watched the red squirrels eating the nuts on the tree outside our window and listened to the birdsong. The insect screens on all the windows kept us free from bites, which was not the case in our other hiring just north of Florence, where we decided to buy mosquito nets from Ikea and fit them ourselves!
The swimming pool is delightful with a view that would be difficult to beat anywhere. Our only moan was that we didn't see a Porcupine, despite sitting up in the woods for ages, I suppose with thousands of acres of beautiful Chestnut woodland they have a huge choice available, although other guests there had seen them so we felt a bit cheated!
If you are in to Yoga, this would provide the most amazing location to practice as the absolute peace is all pervading.
We would recommend to anyone who appreciates natural beauty. The other guests who were staying there had all been before several times before and obviously loved the place.
Ferchia would be the perfect place for artists, musicians, creative writing, photography and cookery. If anyone wants to run courses, do let me know.
The coast is approx 1 hours drive away and consists of miles of sandy, gently shelving beaches, from Viareggio through Marina di Petrasanta, to Forte di Marmi. Scores of restaurants back these beaches and there are sun beds and canopies to hire. The impressive hills around Carrara form a beautiful backdrop.
Airports: Pisa is 70 km and takes 55 mins. Genoa is approx. 2hrs. Train Station is Pescia, (about 15 mins) on the main line from Florence to Lucca/Viareggio. The A11 motorway (Florence – Lucca – Viareggio)is just 20 minutes from Ferchia. Our exit can be Capannori or Altopascio or Chiesina Uzzanese. Your own vehicle is essential to enjoy the holiday to the maximum. This is not a walking to the shops and promenading before supper type location.
Due to the proximity of the motorway, sightseeing and day trips are easy. This area is the genuine and traditional Tuscany, Lucca is just 28km away (some 40 minutes); Pescia 12km, Florence can be reached in an hour, Siena and southern Tuscany take about 2 hours. Cinque Terra is just over an hour, Barga 40 mins, Pistoia 35 mins and many, many more. The village of Collodi, where Pinocchio was written and which has famous gardens, is just 10 mins away.
For shopping, there is everything from the local shops, to excellent supermarkets, to the designer shops of Lucca and Florence.
Eating out. This, in our experience, is universally good and inexpensive in our noncommercial area, we have never really had a bad meal and never had anything but excellent local red wine. Prices obviously differ, and beware fish and steak which is sold by the etto (500 grams), sometimes there is a fright when you get the bill. On the whole, though, prices are far less than the UK and after a couple of weeks eating the genuine fare, you’ll never want to eat an Italian meal in the UK again!!
Our notice boards have cards from many of the local restaurants, with a note of which day they are closed.
The wine trail. The local wine, which is universally drunk in all the local eateries comes from Montecarlo. It is seriously good and is mentioned as one of the wines to ‘sup’ in Hugh Johnson’s guide to Italian wines. There are lots of wineries around here, who are only too pleased to invite you in to taste their wines. Another good day out!
There are wild boar in the woods around us and also porcupine. Plus the usual deer, fox, pine martins. On the house walls (outside) lots of different shades of lizard, three toed skink, lovely butterflies and all sorts of other wonderments for the natural history observers. Now that the hunters have mostly stopped shooting the song birds in our locality, the bird song and especially the dawn chorus is extensive.