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Charming Tuscan farmhouse with cascading pool, 15 min from Lucca

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,229 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Traditional stone farmhouse sleeps 11 with large pool, ideal for children

Tucked away on a lovely rural hillside, La Camelia is an old Tuscan farmhouse of great charm & character. It has been renovated to the standards & comforts of modern living, yet retains its original flavour with terracotta floors, chestnut beamed ceilings, & hand-painted majolica tiling throughout. The open-plan layout of the living & dining area, with its traditional open fireplace, gives a spacious feel; with double doors to a conservatory & a wisteria-covered eating area. This is a relaxed & comfortable property in harmony with its natural surroundings & particularly suitable for children. A key feature is the cascading, split-level swimming pool, 16x5m, with travertine surround, set in green lawns, the higher level being a separate shallow pool for children. There's a patio around the higher level with ample good quality pool furniture for sunbathing. The enclosed garden includes There's a children's area with slides & swings, a ping-pong table in the lower garden, 2 covered outdoor eating areas, a brick barbecue, working pizza oven, and darts in the barn area!

Lucca is a beautiful historic city surrounded by intact 15 century walls, around which you can walk or cycle. Famous for its medieval towers, churches, & 'Piazza Anfiteatro'; its winding paved streets offer an array of smart boutiques, gourmet shops, excellent restaurants & traditional markets. Puccini was born there & daily recitals of his music take place in the 12 century Basilica of San Giovanni. There's also an annual open air festival of his operas during July & August at Torre Del Lago, 30 mins away. The nearby towns of Montecarlo & Vinci (home of Leonardo) are lovely places for lunch, the latter with some very good restaurants & a Leonardo museum.

Not far from the house there are a number of wonderful villas & gardens built in the 16th & 17th centuries, the most famous being Villa Garzoni at Collodi, home of the creator of Pinocchio. Around Florence there are also several grand Medici villas worth seeing. The old spa towns of Montecatini & Bagni di Lucca are of interest; as are the picturesque ancient towns of the Garfagnana region such as Barga & Castelnuovo.

Further afield - day trips to Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Cinque Terre, Arezzo & the mountains of Carrara are well within reach.

Tennis, riding, bicycle hire & golf are all available in the area.

There are 5 challenging & beautiful golf courses within an hour's drive. Further details can be supplied.

More Details

Les and Alex
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were at La Camelia in July 2012 and are already thinking about how soon we can return.

My favourite thing about this house is the swimming pool: a huge, white marble haven with a smaller level at the top (great for the kids) which then cascades into the larger level beneath. Pure heaven.

The interior of the house is beautifully decorated; rustic and traditional with a unique modern twist. From the mosaics in the bathroom, to the balcony overlooking the pool, to the cosy conservatory off the lounge, each inch of space has been carefully considered and the result is a villa which is not a house but a home.

A home we hope to come back to very very soon!

Jul 2012
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Pescaglia Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , En suite shower room to bedroom1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Bathroom to bedroom 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , En suite bathroom to bedroom 3
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Bathroom to bedrooms 4 & 5 on top floor
  • The first floor has 3 double bedrooms, 1 en-suite shower room, 1 en suite bath/shower room, 1 separate shower/bathroom. The top floor has 1 shared bathroom.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King-size canopy bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen size double or twin
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Queen size double
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single , Three single beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , King size double with outdoor sun terrace
  • The house sleeps a maximum of 11 people in 3 double bedrooms, 1 double or twin, and 1 bedroom with 3 single beds. All the bedrooms are equipped with fans, & mesh screens are fitted to the windows. The first floor has 3 double bedrooms, 1 en-suite shower room, 1 en-suite bath/shower room & 1 shared shower/bathroom. The top floor has 1 double bedroom with double-door access to the large outdoor terrace, 1 bedroom with 3 single bed, & 1 shared bathroom. There is a cot available.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 12 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The house is approached via an easy level gravel road off the main tarmac country road & there's covered parking for 4+ cars. The Tuscan kitchen is fully equipped with 5 ring gas hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, bottle fridge, Espresso coffee machine, toaster, kettle, blender, utensils, high chair. There's a utility room with washer & dryer & iron & board. The open plan living & dining room has satellite TV , DVD, VCR & stereo HiFi with tape & CD. The conservatory has a sofa and television as a second sitting area. The enclosed garden with 16 x 5m pool has a separate shallow area for children. There are 2 outdoor covered eating areas, a barbecue, working pizza oven, a separate play area for children with swing, slide, and slide. There's also a ping pong table area. There is central heating & an open fireplace for the cooler seasons.


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Charming Tuscan farmhouse with cascading pool, 15 min from Lucca
average rating of 4.928571 based on 16 reviews

Comfortable and stylish Tuscan Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful relaxing stay in the hills of Lucca in a well appointed farmhouse. Comfortable and stylish house, which was very clean and well equipped. Beautiful pool and gardens which we enjoyed in the lovely weather in June. Great outdoor space for eating outside. Not far from Lucca - but definitely felt like you were getting away from it all in a very tranquil location. Would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Excellent Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

The owners were extremely helpful - allowing us to check in early as the house had not been occupied that morning, providing tips for the stay and 2 cots for the babies in the party.

The villa was superb - the pool is ideal with plenty of space and chairs/loungers, a child's pool and large, deep pool for swimming. It's also fenced off. The rooms were spacious and either en-suite or with easy access to a bathroom. We used the outdoor BBQ almost every night and the facilities easily catered for our party of 9 adults and 2 babies.

We thought the location was very handy - far enough away to have peace and quiet, but Lucca and surrounds are within an easy reach.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Tranquil Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We are just back from a delightful week at La Camelia. One might think the last week in October would be cold, but whilst the nights come in around 1830, it's still warm enough to sit on the terrace and enjoy a glass of the local Tuscana Red. The house is beautifully equipped and laid out, and is more like staying in a home rather than a rental. everything is at hand, and we wanted for nothing. Lucca is only 20 minutes away and well worth a visit, but it's a difficult decision to go, or to sit in the tranquil gardens with a good book enjoying the spectacular views. The Simply Market in Monsagrati has everything you will need food and drink wise, but if you need a bigger selection, Carrefour in Lucca is not far away. We didn't attempt to start the bread oven, but did manage a couple of barbeques including the must try Fiorentina steaks.

In summary, a Tuscan home from home that we have every intention of returning to.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
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Pefect rural location close to Lucca

  • 5 of 5

Myself and three friends stayed here in late September and had a fantastic weekend. The house is set in a gloriously peaceful rural setting a few minutes by car from the local village. The house itself is pleasantly unspoiled in the sense that it retains great character and charm alongside offering all of the necessary modernities. It has a lovely, cosy feel to it. The kitchen is well equipped and ticks all the boxes but I advise that on one day during your stay you get the outdoor oven fired up....We cooked the most amazing leg of lamb in it and, whilst it was cooking away, enjoyed a few glasses of 'Super Tuscans' on the terrace.

The gardens and terrace are well kept with plenty of poolside loungers and the swimming pool is a great size with the added benefit of a shallow pool for younger children.

Lucca is a must see.....My first visit but certainly not my last. It's about a 15/20 minute drive from the house. I recommend hiring a four up peddle bike and riding around the wall!......very touristy thing to do but great fun.

The cottage is perfect for relaxing with friends and family and enjoying the glorious Tuscan countryside. I have no doubt I'll be returning.


  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Great property in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

The house is very well equipped - feels like living in someones home rather than a rental. All the small things you need are there - so often in rentals they are not. All the bedrooms and bathrooms are very comfortable and the house stays wonderfully cool even if it is hot outside. The swimming pool is well maintained and the eating areas great for family gatherings.

The local villages have some really pleasant restaurants in the Lucca is brilliantly. Well worth going down to the coast

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Fantastic Tuscan Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week in the Easter holidays, as a group of 8, and had a fantastic time. The house is amazing - wonderful original Italian furniture, plenty of en-suite bathrooms and large rooms. Everything was very clean and tidy and the kitchen was very well appointed, stocking all the basics and everything we needed. The kitchen-living room-dining area is great with a massive dining table that was host to lots of delicious suppers and lots of fun. The pool and garden areas are lovely, with lots of outdoor seating and eating areas. Lucca is a very easy drive away, with fabulous shopping and great restaurants. We also ventured down to the coast one day which was a nice drive and would be very do-able in the summer, although I can imagine that leaving the pool at La Camelia would be a bit of a hardship! On the whole, we loved this place, one of the nicest holiday houses we have ever stayed in, and we definitely hope to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Nearest Airport
47 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
2 in San Martino di Freddana
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Versilia Golf Resort, Forte Dei Marmi
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Lucca Est
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Several in San Martino di Freddana
Nearest Ski
71 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Lido di Camaiore
Car: necessary

Set in a sunny meadow surrounded by hills and woods, 'La Camelia' is 15 mins from the centre of Lucca, within easy reach of Pisa, Florence, Siena & the sea. The picturesque town of San Martino in Freddana is a 5 minutes drive & offers local food shops, supermarket, post office, pharmacy, bank, bars & restaurants serving the best pastas imaginable.There are typical Tuscan restaurants in the immediate area around the house - 'La Corte' & 'Valentino' in the villages of Loppeglia & Fiano, 'San Graziano' in San Graziano, & 'Alpino' in St Martino are among the nearest.

Lucca is a beautiful medieval city of great charm and historical interest, with everything you could want from cultural sights to great shops & restaurants. Puccini was born there and you can listen to daily concerts of his work in a 12th century basilia.

The seaside resorts of the Versilian coast with their long sandy beaches such as Lido di Camiore, Forte Dei Marmi & Viareggio, are a 30 to 40 mins drive. Viareggio also has a port with boat trips to Lerici, Portovenere, Cinque Terre & nearby islands.

The house is an ideal base for relaxing walks & scenic drives through the beautiful countryside, where you can discover charming villages, wonderful views & interesting historic sites.

Pisa is 40 mins drive, Florence 60 mins & Siena, 90 mins. Day trips to San Gimignano, Volterra & Carrara mountains are also accessible. Other places worth visiting are Vinci, Montecarlo, Montecatini & Barga.


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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $705.77

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