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Farmhouse With Private Pool, Panoramic Views - The Villa (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6)

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Details
Property
villa
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 nights

Description

Villa Basilica Villa Rental Photos and Description

Farmhouse in Villa Basilica, near Collodi / Pescia, Lucca, Tuscany - Quiet Location, Easy Access To Central Tuscany

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.

Details for The Villa (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6) 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom

This property is about 100 metres away from the main house. Accommodation:

Ground Floor:

Three double bedrooms, one with double bed and two with 3ft twin beds, complete with chest of drawers, bedside tables and hanging space and two bathrooms, one of which is en suite, containing a shower, basin, bidet and WC each.

First Floor:

A large sitting/kitchen/dining room with wood burning stove, two 2 and one 3 seater sofas, marble coffee table, 8ft dining table and 8 chairs, fully fitted kitchen with chestnut wall and floor units, hob, oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine. All cutlery, utensils, crockery, glasses etc are provided. This room leads onto large terrace, with further access down to ground floor terracing.

Outside:

3 paved sun terraces, plus a large garden store which houses the sunbeds, patio table and chairs, umbrellas and stands, barbeque etc. There is a private car park for this house.

Please note. We charge per person per week, £300 is not for the whole apartment.

Suitability:
  • pets considered

Owner
Roderick MacPhail
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2016
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About Roderick MacPhail

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!

Why Roderick MacPhail chose Lucca Area

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.

What makes this villa unique

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".

Reviews

1 traveler review

The Villa (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6)
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
5

AMAZING

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful visit to this most special of places. The glorious weather helped but the sense of wellbeing and relaxation when it is time to leave is noticeable. The house and gardens were in great shape, it is so good to pop outside and pick your lemon for the G&T! Super trips into Lucca, Vinci, Pescia and visits to 3 of my favourite restaurants. Roll on October for my return.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, always a pleasure having you stay at Ferchia. I agree about the relaxation part of your review, the only downside of the Ferchia experience is having to go back and rejoin the real world.
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Biecina
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Pescia
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A11
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Biecina
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Viareggio/Forte di Marmi
Car: necessary

Ferchia would be the perfect place for artists, musicians, creative writing, photography and cookery. If anyone wants to run courses, do let me know.

Coast/Beach:

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.

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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.

Further Details:

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!

Wildlife

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.

Rates & Availability

Villa Basilica Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$254
$1,903
$5,709
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $317

Booking Notes:
We ask for a deposit of 25% of the agreed fee and then the remainder one month before the start of the holiday. Plus a returnable damage deposit.
please note. We update the bookings on this site daily, so if the dates you require are taken, it is because we are a popular destination and guests do book early. We do not insist on sat-sat bookings. We are not in walking distance to restaurants.

Changeover Day:
We don’t mind midweek bookings, also short stays (min 3 nights). We also can arrange for long autumn, winter and spring stays.

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Amenities

Villa Basilica Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Outside:
  • Golf ...
Suitability:
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: All the floors (except the first floor in the metato) are tiled, with underfloor heating throughout. The walls are white rendered and the ceilings traditional chestnut beams and terracotta tiles. All doors and windows are in planed and polished chestnut with wooden shutters and retractable insect mesh screens. There is a boules court near the swimming pool and a snooker table in the larger part of the main house. Our caretaker lives in the next house to us, a quarter of a mile away, should you have need of anything. Outside: At the back of the house is the utility room, complete with a washing machine, double sink unit and the boiler. There are tiled terraces leading from the large car park, in front of and behind the main house, and on to the Metato and the swimming pool where there are further tiled sun terraces. Sun beds, sun umbrellas, tables and chairs are all at the property. The pool is 40 feet long by 20 feet wide, is partially heated by a solar panel and is 1.5m deep throughout. It is shared between the guests of our houses only. Our land covers about 30 acres, all wooded and terraced. The views from all points are superb, and you can even watch buzzard hunting in the valley below you when on the terraces. There is a full time gardener, who cuts the grass and waters the flowers in this very verdant part of the world.

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