|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Recently renovated apartment with independent entrance & hall, spacious living area with fully fitted kitchen, double sofa bed and a further sofa, large double bedroom and bathroom with shower. Traditional beamed & terracotta ceilings throughout. Outside there is an ancient pizza oven, private patio and shared gardens of around 1000sqm. In summer we have a 3m pool to cool off in. The main village is 300m walk away through olive groves, where you will find a bar, baker's and some shops. There are many restaurants in the area. You can enjoy a varied holiday: relaxing in the garden & wandering through the village, visiting cultural cities & hill-top towns(being south of Lucca this is an excellent location for touring Tuscany), walking in marshlands & mountains, sunbathing on the beach or by the local pool. English owners always available for advice. The apartment is in a typical Italian courtyard setting where 3 families live full-time, so you can experience real Italian living (which can sometimes be noisy!) The beautiful walled town of Lucca is 20 minutes away, Pontedera is 20 minutes away with fast trains to Pisa, Florence and beyond.
Although I work a lot in the UK, I spend as much time as possible with my wife and 4 boys at our beautiful home in Colle di Compito, where we have had a home since 2006. Throughout 2009 we have restored, with the help of local craftsmen, the ground floor apartment to our house. We are all English, but my wife and family speak Italian fluently.
Clive and Lucy Woollard purchased this apartment in 2006
We bought this house to make a family home in our ideal location, which also makes it ideal as a holiday destination. The house is set in beautiful countryside, yet only walking distance from all amenities. With travelling regularly locality to good airports at Pisa and Florence is important. I sometimes work in Florence and the commute to the city centre is easy from the train station at Pontedera.
The village has a lovely feel and the people are very welcoming, many locals will try and speak English. All summer the locals meet at Il Campo, a playground with Tennis, Volley ball, Football and bocce (a kind of bowls), from 9:00 in the evening until the early hours, every generation is there and you would be made most welcome. There are many festivals to enjoy locally.
The English owners are resident upstairs, so any difficulties you have can be quickly resolved, ideal for those who are concerned about language problems.
The village is served by a reasonable bus route and the train station is excellent in Pontedera. It is possible to stay in the village without a car (taxi from airport about 70 euros) and still visit Lucca, Pisa and Florence.
There is excellent walking directly from the house, either in the Pisan mountains or to the marshes below including a WWF protected reservation.
"Beautiful location surrounded by the Tuscan hills. Peace and tranquility. Lucy and Clive were excellent hosts, ably supported by their innovative and sociable sons." Robin & Jane Goodwin
"Excellent choice of venue enhanced greatly by such hospitable hosts in Clive and Lucy. We now have a real feel of Tuscan life with visits to Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Viareggio, Volterra, San Gimignano and of course Florence. We also enjoyed exploring the village with the quaint little shops and we have been struck by the friendliness of everyone. Thoroughly enjoyable holiday all round." Jim & Moira McGilvray
"Lovely walks around village. Visited Lucca by bus and Florence by train (didn't hire a car). Walked up to Castelvecchio and were rewarded by spectacular views of Tuscany. Lucy and Clive were excellent hosts, always ready to help, making a thoroughly good holiday." Chris & Hilary Harley
The property is very clean, comfortable and spacious. The owners and their family who live above the apartment are very welcoming and invited us to eat pizza that we made in their pizza oven on our last night. We went on a beautiful walk on our first day, following the directions that Lucy and Clive gave us, and also visited Florence, Marina di Vecchiano and Cinqueterra during our 5 night stay. Having a car (which we hired from Pisa airport) made it very easy to explore Tuscany. There are are local shops and restaurants in the area. The apartment has a private garden and a small outdoor pool which are ideal for a day of sunbathing. Our stay was perfect and we would definitely stay here again.
What a lovely little apartment - and such a warm welcome from Lucy and her family. Although small in number of rooms they were all spacious and the whole apartment was perfect for a couple. Lucy made us very welcome and was always there to help but never intrusive. The local village restaurant and pizzeria were both excellent, the walks (directions from Lucy) gave stunning views over the countryside and the walk home through the olive groves did provide the promised experience of seeing fireflies for the first time - quite magical. The only note of caution - if you are looking for complete solitude this is not the place for you as it is in a group of 4 houses that have young families and you cannot expect children to be quiet in what is their home environment.
We spent a week in the apartment. The setting was beautiful with most of the home comforts we needed. Having the owners nearby was very handy and we enjoyed their company during our stay. Our only small moan would be that the bed settees in the lounge were not very comfortable to relax on. Its in a perfect place to enjoy the delights of Lucca, Pisa ,Sienna and florence. Perfect for a couple.
From the moment we arrived at Lucy and Clive's house we knew we were in for a good holiday in Tuscany. In the countryside, yet not remote. Clean and comfortable inside, and a garden to relax in whenever we felt the need. Lucy welcomed us and Benjamin had left daisies on the doorstep for us. Sadly they were wilted by the time we arrived but were replaced the next day and put in water on the bedside table to last the rest of the week! We sampled all the local restaurants and found them excellent. The fireflies in the olive groves were magic! Doing the 4 mile walk up the mountain to Castelvecchio was a rewarding experience as neither of us are great walkers. Coming back to the house after visiting Lucca, Pisa or Piazza al Serchio (nothing there), was like coming home. Lucy and Clive were there to welcome us, listen to our tales, but never intrusive. A truly memorable holiday.
This apartment is spacious with plenty of room for two people, sympathetically restored to maintain the character of an Italian farmhouse with exposed beams, traditional terracotta ceilings and tiled floors. It was spotlessly clean and was well equipped for self-catering.
There are restaurants in the locality, a delightful bar in the village which was only five minutes walk away, but we usually took at least 10 minutes to stroll there through olive groves. The scent of grass, herbs and jasmine in the morning was a delight, as was hearing a cuckoo, something seldom heard in England anymore. There are mountain villages to walk to or drive to and in the village itself, there are shops selling 'real food' - fresh meat: chicken, traditional pork chops, prosciutto crudo to die for, as well as locally grown fruit and veg an of course fresh baked bread.
Lucy and Clive are excellent hosts: very friendly and approachable, knowledgeable and helpful and always on hand without being intrusive. They gave us good advice on where to visit and backed this with a detailed knowledge of the area and the best places to eat.
We were there for two weeks which flew by, but gave us time to slow down to village pace as well as seeing the area, and what an area: Florence to the east; Pisa, Lucca and the coast to the west; majestic mountains streaked with marble and dotted with spas to the north; Siena, San Gimignano and the rolling Tuscany hills to the South.
A very enjoyable holiday!
Lucy + Clive are great hosts. Very happy to help with ideas + local knowledge. Best ice cream parlour in Florence worked for us! The accom is clean,comfortable, well appointed and just as described. We like to self cater + it was good for us. Only 3 nights meant a short visit but we came from Pisa, then did Lucca ( and Collodi Pinnichio Park / Villa Garzoni) easily by car and Florence by train on subsequent days. Well located for 2 great days out. Would recommend.
Special interest holidays:
There are many special interests available locally. The walking is fantastic from the house, straight onto Monte Sera, down to the marshes with WWF site of World Importance, or through the olive groves and ancient villages of the Compitese. Cooking Courses, Wine Tours, Olive Tours, Horse Riding, language classes and Art tours can all be arranged locally.
The best beaches are 40 minutes away by car at Marina di Vecchiana, here you will find private and public beaches. We can set the best beaches into your Sat Nav. Viareggio resort is 35mins away with lots of private beaches, day and night life. Livorno is 40 minutes away where you can get a ferry to many of the Mediterranean islands. La Spezia and Cinque Terre, to the north, offer spectacular beach views.
Airports; Pisa 30Km 35mins by car, Florence 50Km 45mins. Livorno Port for Elba and Sardegna 45Km 45mins
We recommend that you hire a car at the airport, but if you don't want to drive a taxi costs about 70 euros each way. There are buses from the property to Lucca and Pontedera but they are infrequent. Please ask us for a timetable so you can plan your holiday without a car.
Walking: Village 5min; shops, bars, butchers, bakers. Nearest Restaurant 5 minute walk. 2nd nearest Restaurant 10 minute walk. Bus stop 3min Lucca 25min/Pontedera 25min.
Driving: Lucca 20mins. Pontedera 20mins. Pisa 30mins. Volterra 45mins, San Gimignano 70mins, Siena 90 mins on the same road. This makes a nice day trip. Florence 45 min. Massa Carrara 35min.
By train from Pontedera: Florence 40mins. Pisa 10mins. Grosseto 40mins. From Florence-Bologna 1h. Milan 2h. Rome 2.5h.
The main village is a 300m walk away through the olive groves, for which this area is world famous, where you will find a bar, greengrocers, general stores and butchers. A bank, further bars and a small supermarket are also within easy walking distance. There are many restaurants in the area and two only a short walk. Pisa airport is 35 minutes. We can send you bus, train and plane times. This is an excellent location to tour Northern Tuscany and beyond and yet the village is beautiful in a fantastic setting between Mountain and Marsh if you just want to relax surrounded by nature. In the village there is a post office, 2 butchers, a fantastic baker and several bars! You can get snacks at all the bars and the nearest restaurant is 5mins walk. There are many restaurants less than 10 minutes by car and we will be glad to offer directions or arrange taxis. Some noise can be heard from the busy family above. 24hour launderette 5km away.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
We are interested in offering our clients the convenience of low cost flights, so we are flexible on changeover days and length of stay.
Changeover day is flexible, and arrival and departure times can be arranged with the owner.
Cancellations: 50% refund (less fees) on cancellations made at least 4 weeks prior to arrival