|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
Located in the hillside village of Granaiola overlooking the town of Bagni di Lucca, La Balconata Guest house offers everything you would expect from a rural retreat. On the edge of the Garfagana national Park its the ideal getaway for anyone wishing to discover this hidden gem in the northern hills of Tuscany. The perfect base for touring by bike or car with walking routes throughout the vicinity as well as a host of other activities locally. The Spa town of Bagni di Lucca with shops, bars and restaurants is a 10 minute drive, with the historic town of Lucca a further 25 minutes. This Traditional stone built farmhouse is set over three floors, Three generous bedrooms on the top floor with two bathrooms, a large lounge area with open fire and ample comfortable seating for all on the ground floor, and large kitchen and dining room on the lower ground floor with access to the gardens and outside seating and patio areas, fantastic views from the balconies and terraced garden.
Kevan Halson is a professional photographer who decided to settle in tuscany, italy 7 years ago. Along with his brother Richard they restored the old farmhouse in the village of Granaiola, Bagni di Lucca and have now opened up part of it for rent. The house and farm are a passion much like the art and photography which adorn the house.
Kevan has recently opened a Photography gallery at the foot of the hill.
Kevan Halson purchased this house in 2006
When our guests see the views from the house they understand completely why we bought this house.
The area is an ideal place to relax and create and the food is to die for. The region is famous for its Olive oil, cheese, wine and the landscape can only be described as breathtaking. The beautiful city of Lucca is half an hour away with some fantastic shops and busy streets. and if you need a bigger place there is always Florence or Pisa with their big city life. Whatever you want is easily accessible here. Beach, town, city, history, wildlife, mountains.
The property is the perfect place to relax. no traffic sounds, great wine and the best food. what more can you ask.
We felt privileged to stay in this mountain top retreat faithfully restored by the owner and filled with interesting photos and ceramics created by Kevan and his mother.
Set on three levels with most rooms overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains we never tired of the scene which constantly changed depending on the weather and time of day.
Kevan's handiwork extends to the shady terrace with sturdy wooden furniture and into the adjacent lofty kitchen where hand crafted cupboards made arty use of bark on the drawer fronts. The size and weight of kitchen/terrace facilities were challenging for this dumpy woman. The lack of a microwave and satellite TV were disappointing, but we could get wi-fi. The two flights of stairs in the house and winding track down to the house from the car park provided good exercise and we returned home pleased that we regularly rose to these challenges thereby working off the daily visits to ice cream haunts!
The bed was comfy with thoughtful and glamorous mosquito nets and the shower, though efficient, was reminiscent of those in the school gym during the 1950's.
The drive up to the accommodation was steep and winding then plateaued to reveal houses, a very good restaurant and Kevan's welcome.
The ancient walled city of Lucca and a trip to the seaside made for variety until we found what we'd really hoped for: a trail of stunning old villas and their spacious gardens. We didn't have time to visit them all but were enchanted by those we did. We enjoyed wall paintings, statues, lakes, fountains, grottos and enough surprises and vistas to please even the most critical garden designer.
We enjoyed our stay. Thank you Kevan.
The beach is 45 minutes away by car. the resorts of Viareggio, Pietrasanta and Marina di Pisa. The Cinque Terre is an hour and a half by car.
The nearest airpots are Pisa (Galileo) and Florence (Peretola) Pisa is approximately 1 hour by car and florence just over 1 hour. Car hire is available at both airports and is recommended
Lucca is approximately 30 kilometres, pisa 70k, florence 90k
There is an excellent restaurant in the village less that 100 yards from the house, supermarkets are at the bottom of the hill (15 min).
There is an extensive library of guidebooks and information on local interests in the house.
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My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Please contact owner
Please contact owner. changeover days are flexible.
Notes on prices:
Price are based two people per room per night, the property offers up to three rooms calculated at the per room price. Discounts are available for clients wishing to stay longer than the minimum period indicated. Please contact us to discuss prices.
La Balconata is legally registered with the all appropriate authorities in Italy as a holiday rental. We are fully insured and follow all the guidelines and regulations required. Please ensure you rent only from legally registered properties.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.