|Minimum Stay||1 - 3 nights|
Astride a turn in the hillside, known as A Capo, lay a farm with exceptional views (incl. Leaning Tower of Pisa, 12 miles south).
Abandoned, overgrown, collapsed.
A new owner has restored a villa (280 sq m), whose ruins dated back to the 17th century, sparing no expense to use traditional terracotta and chestnut materials.
The result meets all requirements of today's market:
- interior design;
- Sky satellite TV + 5.1 DVD;
- eco-efficient solar-powered under-floor heating;
- hi-speed satellite internet with wi-fi;
- infinity pool;
- 4 lavishly appointed double/twin bedrooms (all en-suite); can sleep 6 more (basic);
- large kitchen, dining room, 50sq m living room;
- stunning south-facing panorama over Pisa and Lucca, towards Florence & Siena. 2 terraces shaded by chestnut pergolas.
10 mins to shops + all major Tuscan culture within 2hrs. Quiet and very private
Grassed paths from both patios lead up to the 12x6m infinity swimming pool with stunning views across the plain of Lucca to the Pisan mountains, distant Pisa and (on a clear day) the mountains of Elba (some 100 miles away). The facilities include a children's paddling pool, terracotta patio, paved sun terrace and grassed shaded terrace with sun-loungers, bench, wooden tables and chairs. The pool is protected by fencing (1.2m high), hedges, walls and/or gates.
Enjoy some 25 acres of woodlands, olive grove and disused vineyard, with traditional terracing and pathways.
We and our cats welcome pet-lovers and your pets.
SAN MACARIO, LUCCA & PUCCINI
San Macario's upper village is distinctive: set in a nature reserve, its bell-tower overlooks a stunningly beautiful part of north-west Tuscany, beneath the Apuan Alps and close to the Garfagnana National Park.
Shops in the lower village include a grocery store, several bakeries and a drive-kms-for-his-meat butcher. Two large supermarkets (Co-op and Conad) are within a further 5 minutes drive.
San Macario is 10 minutes drive from Lucca and 14 miles from Pisa (its famous leaning tower and airport visible in the distance). Direct flights to Pisa from the US (New York - Delta), UK, Ireland and many other European airports. Florence Airport is also easily within an hour.
Pisa is well known, and Lucca is a unique medieval walled city overflowing with history, culture and charm - also Puccini's birthplace. July & August see the open air Puccini Opera Festival at nearby Torre del Lago, close to the fashionable Versilia coast - sunny, sandy beaches served by bars & restaurants aplenty. A must.
TOURS & COURSES
We can also include limousine service, cultural tours, cooking/ art/ photography/ film courses.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT
A deposit of 25% of the rent is required to secure your booking.
The balance is payable 8 weeks before your arrival date. A security deposit of €500 or 25% of the rent, if greater, is also due 8 weeks prior to the arrival date. If a booking is made less than 8 weeks before the arrival date, 100% plus the security deposit is required to secure the booking.
If you cancel, or fail to pay the balance by the due date, all amounts paid to secure the booking are forfeit, and only the damages deposit will be returned. Security deposits, less any deductions (including expenses) are returnable after the departure date.
Breakages will be recharged on a replacement as new cost basis.
All bank charges are recharged to the account of the tenant at cost.
Subject to contract .
Our prices are inclusive of all expenses (electricity allowance of €100pw), except when the total price is below €3,000pw, in respect of which our tariff for check-in-&-out, maid service, utilities (including electricity), laundry and cleaning, which is designed only to recoup our costs, is detailed below.
Electricity - according to meter readings (typically €100 pw, but air/con will increase costs significantly)
Water - €5 per day (winter); €7 per day (summer); €10 per day (summer) - yes, utilities in Tuscany are very expensive!
Communications system (standing charge) - €2.97 per day, plus call and/or any other charges
Laundry - €15 per set of linen & towels issued, plus €15
Cleaning on departure - €15 per head
Daily maid service (2 hours per working weekday - mandatory): €15 per hour
Check-in/admin fee: €75 per stay
Guests may ask to read meters with us, in the absence of which our staff's readings will be final.
There are additional per head per night charges for larger groups, which are included in your quote from HomeAway. These reflect additional staff and admin costs with larger groups and are based on the number of different people who stay overnight at the villa during the course of your stay. If, during your stay, more different people than stated during the reservation process stay overnight, we will charge you for the additional amount, by deduction from the security deposit.
Even with these extras at low rents, our properties offer incredible value, compared to similarly priced alternatives.
NO STAGS OR HENS
Please note that we do not accept hen or stag parties, nor will we contract with a person under 25.
FULLY SERVICED BASIS
Fully serviced, all-in, including half/full board with top quality cuisine and daily/live-in maid services, from €7,500pw, depending on the number of people staying in the house and the details of the service you would like us to provide.
Reductions for lets longer than 6 weeks.
OUR PRIVATE WEBSITE
More details, photos and a video, including a detailed specification of the property.
Keywords: Villa, country, garden, rustic, privacy, peace, jacuzzi, air con, wifi, pool, luxury, Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Marbella, Cornwall
Greying, Oxford-educated (classics & organ scholar) Anglo-Irish businessman, primarily with finance-profession background, which has led to career in commercial and social real estate development and investment. I am also a golf course restorer and photo-journalist, with golf guides to my name in book, magazine and video format. I love my family, travel, opera, cooking and wine - and of course restoring old buildings...
Nic purchased this villa in 2002
The view, the view, the view. The peace, the peace, the peace. The privacy, the privacy, the privacy. Birdsong, birds of prey and the hoot of our owl at night. Plus a traditional restoration, for which the local authority has complimented us, yet behind the scenes we have included all the modern facilities. It all reflects the passion we put into the place. We challenge you to find anything like it...
Complete peace and privacy with an amazing view, yet only 5 minutes down the hill, and you have all the shops and restaurants... and within 7km of the walls of Lucca, an hour of Florence and all the major Tuscan destinations (Forte dei Marmi jet-set riviera included) easily do-able in day trips, plus only 14 miles from a trans-continentally international airport. For a romantic, but equally family-accommodating Tuscan villa holiday, what more could one want?!
Lucca has to be the most perfect base for exploring Northern Tuscany and there is nowhere better to do it from than this villa. Perfect accommodation - 4 parents 4 teenagers AND Grandma all very happy. Day trips to the beach, Pisa, Volterra, San G and Florence were a breeze. Gorgeous local restaurants though to be honest we loved nothing better than the local sausage, cheese and wine on the shady terrace admiring the stunning view. William's information pack is nothing short of extraordinary and he bent over backwards to help us when our car broke down! We had a truly memorable holiday.
We have just returned from a week at this property. The home is wonderful, comfortable and well appointed, but what makes this place really special is the incredible setting. The landscaped gardens alone are fantastic but add it to the postcard perfect views of Pisa and Lucca and it is nothing short of spectacular. We loved sitting on the terraces with our antipasti and wine and marvelling at our surroundings. The pool has the best views on the property and our party spent many hours in it--our favorite times being after dark with the lovely pool lighting and twinkling cities down below. The children also enjoyed hiking around the property, followed by the most dog-like of cats, surmising the fruit and olive trees. We had some fabulous meals, the most notable being at the local butcher's restaurant. Delicious! There is quite a steep and circuitous drive to get to the house. We cheered for ourselves each time we completed it, but the house was worth every winding turn! Nearby Lucca was a great base for sightseeing and had every convenience. Be sure to bike the ramparts!
This Villa is out of this world - Heaven! Everything we expected and more!! Arrived at 7pm to the comforting aromas of Kenny's Italian kitchen- Perfection! Cocktails while exploring the grounds, the views and the quiet peaceful setting-Glorious!! Extended dinner table conversation while we decompressed and got into "slowdown" mode. We had a spectacular week. Thank you for opening your home for us to steal a bit of the Dolce Vita for ourselves. Truly a magnificent spot for "tuning out the noise" and to appreciate nature and all it's beauty. We cooked nearly every evening (great market just down the hill). Our families enjoyed congregating in the kitchen and patio enjoying each other, a little vino from the local wineries, and the unsurpassable views! There was even a real live cuckoo bird to rise to every morning. Oh, and dinner at Il Ciancino's was excellent! We tried to bribe them to let us take "Mama" home with us. Stopped in Friday for chops and chianti and had our Arrivederci San Macario dinner on the patio as the weather finally cooperated! Just an amazing time-
And did I mention how close we were to everything?! We visited local wineries in an afternoon, went into Lucca several times for jazz concerts and a bike ride around the wall. Took in Florence on a day trip and visited Pisa too - great location!
I have had the pleasure of staying at A Capo several times over the last few years. The setting is quite breathtaking, and more than worth every second of the meandering journey up the hill to reach the house. Come for the view alone, you won't be disappointed - but bonuses include an infinity pool, well appointed kitchens, comfy beds and sofas, fluffy towels and marble bathrooms, as well as an enormous and wide ranging film collection. Every trip here is a delight.
We fell in love with this place.
First time round, the road up to the villa made us wonder what we had signed up to, but, as we soon discovered, it's easy to master and only 5 mins up from the village below.
We have seen a lot of 'restorations' in Tuscany. This restoration is magnificent: they have done it properly - no cheating with pine for chestnut, here, and nothing else like that. Amazing chestnut beams and doors, sensitively painted and sensibly and comfortable furnished. And yet, there was no chance of any holiday-makers' worries that we were at risk of knocking over a family heirloom. Rather, it felt like an easy, comfortable home. If there is an heirloom it's the whole property itself, the house, the magnificent pool (oh to have been there in the summer) and the whole estate.
Their people cooked us some amazing meals - check out the owner's private website (see link from HomeAway) - and the whole booking process was professionally handled, and with a smile.
We are looking for our own, and wish we'd found this one for ourselves.
Thank you for hosting our stay at your beautiful villa. The view must be amazing in the summer, yet, during the early spring, with dreamy mists arising from the valley base, and the low later afternoon sun, it became truly four-dimensional. The photos on HomeAway simply don't do justice to it (nor do ours!).
Incredibly comfortable beds ensured we had the rest we needed, and the local fare (especially from your wonderful butcher) was delicious, and fresh in a way that is so difficult to find, nowadays. And we had never tried wild asparagus before: amazing how it grows in the olive groves - wild asparagus pasta and omelette were both so more-ish: such a strong fresh perfume of asparagus from spears so much smaller than what we've ever had before. We can understand why your neighbours come and steal it!
Memories of dinner by the fireplace, aglow with olive wood, and all the beauties of Lucca, Pisa and Florence (no queues, as you promised!) will linger long.
When can we come again?!
We came to help William with his olive harvest and enjoy the infinity swimming pool (in late October!) and the tranquil setting. The views are to-die-for.
- the villa lies on one of the most sought-after hillsides in north west Tuscany.
- Less than 15 mins drive from the outstanding walled city of Lucca (known as the world's largest open-air museum), and in view of The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the south-facing hillside is covered with groves which yield some the world's best olive oil (Lucca DOP) and the vineyards of the Colline Lucchese DOC.
- The upper San Macario in Monte area has also recently become an Nature Reserve.
- The culture and museums of Florence are within an hour's drive (also accessible by train), and San Gimignano and Siena are within 90 minutes.
- The coast and beach resorts of Forte di Marmi, Pietrasanta and Viaréggio are some 15 miles west.
- The area is abundant with bars and restaurants of all levels from pizzerias, basic Tuscan countryside trattorias through to Michelin starred restaurants.
- Sports are also well served, including 7 golf courses within one hour's drive.
- The Garfagnana National Park is just to the North.
Golf: the villa is well suited to golfers. The house is owned by the editor/photographer of the acclaimed Pocket Guide to Golf Courses, and Player's View series
We are extremely well-connected within the Italian golf world, and can arrange tailor-made golf or golf and culture holidays, from a self-catering basis right through to a tour hosted by golf playing/course design/photography professionals, as suits the interests of the party. We organise golf+culture tours of Tuscany: there are 7 courses within 1 hour of the villa, including Versilia on the coast, the famous Ugolino (Italian Open venue) outside Florence and the stunning setting of Poggio dei Medici, north of Florence.
Our disused vineyard has been used as a practice fairway. Discover the underestimated charm of Italian golf, and see the culture of Tuscany - all in one go!
Ski: Skiing is at Abetone, the main ski resort of the Apennine mountains. It is a little over 1 hour's drive away.
A winter holiday in Tuscany is not to be under-estimated: buy your Christmas presents in one of Lucca or Florence's many winter markets (leather, antiques, fashion etc), and see all the cathedrals, art treasures and museums with no queues. We offer low rents for the winter periods, a time in which many over-touristed cities re-discover their true Italian identity.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$795|
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