|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
This little oast house is a self-contained unit on two floors that sleeps two people. It is well equipped and compact with underfloor heating plus a wood burning stove. The sitting room/kitchen opens onto the main terrace, while a stable door from the bedroom and bathroom at first floor level leads out onto a private terrace above the pool.
The fully fitted oak kitchen has double sink, gas hob, extractor hood, fridge/freezer, dining table and chairs, plus sofa. All cutlery, utensils, crockery, glasses etc are provided.
The wooden floored bedroom has a double bed, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and chairs, hanging rails for clothes.
The tiled bathroom is a shower wet-room, plus WC and wash basin.
Please note. We charge per person per week, £250 is not for the whole apartment.
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".
My partner and I stayed at the Metato for 4 nights on part of a 2 week trip to Italy and we were not disappointed.
On arrival we were greeted by Teresa, the very friendly housekeeper who showed us around the villa. We could not believe our eyes when we looked around the place. The Metato itself is a beautiful rustic building that has everything you need for a comfortable holiday (even a collection of blues and jazz CDs!). We enjoyed eating breakfast in the sun on the terrace before having a swim in the immaculately kept pool. The view from the pool is absolutely amazing, giving a view across the valley to a small hillside village opposite.
We enjoyed wandering around the "grounds" of the villas, the gardens are beautiful and really well kept with beautiful plants growing everywhere. We were even able to pick the lemons growing there and make fresh lemonade. The place is buzzing with wildlife, we were lucky enough to see a wild boar, a fox, eagles and lizards!
The villa is really secluded and you feel a million miles away from civilisation, however you are only 20 minutes from a town with a train station which we used to explore nearby Lucca, a lovely medieval town 30 minutes away. Would also recommend getting gelato from the jolly cafe in the hamlet a few minutes away from the villa - delicious!
Overall we felt the whole place was amazing and a lot of effort has clearly been made to get it to the standard it's at. We will definitely be returning next year, only for longer!
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.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$127|
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.
We don’t mind midweek bookings, also short stays (min 3 nights). We also can arrange for long autumn, winter and spring stays.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.