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Linda and George Rough, Property Managers.

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, some Italian also spoken and Scottish!

Luxurious Tuscan House with stunning pool close to Lucca, Pisa and Florence

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Piana di Lucca House Rental Photos and Description

Classic 200 year old Tuscan Olive Mill completely renovated in 2015

Stylish and chic, this 200 year old converted olive mill is privately situated on an idyllic 9 acre working olive estate with 540 olive trees and a recently established vineyard with 500 newly planted vines. Until the late 1960's the Frantoio pressed the olives from the surrounding estate employing many local villagers. For decades after it closed, the olives groves lay untended and the building became a ruin. The building was initially renovated into 4 luxury apartments and after an extensive renovation in 2015 has now been converted into one luxurious house which can only be rented by one group of up to a maximum of 12 people at any one time. The estate has gradually and carefully been brought back to life, the olive groves which are organic once again produce the renowned Lucchese Olio D'Oliva - one of the finest extra virgin olive oils in Italy and a new vineyard was planted in the Spring which will start to produce wine ready to bottle in 2018. The Frantoio has been painstakingly renovated to a very high standard and is now a most charming, warm and welcoming home with many original features. The house has been beautifully furnished throughout providing for your every need and has air conditioning in all the bedrooms, Sonos music system, TV (SKY), wi-fi, spacious living room with comfortable seating for relaxation and a large bookcase with a selection of DVDs, CDs, books, board games, maps, local information pack with dining recommentations and general Tuscany guide books. A cozy woodburning stove provides extra warmth in Winter months and there is central heating throughout.

The interiors have been tastefully chosen to complement the building and yet are contemporary, fresh and cool.

The bathrooms have been fitted with Artisan bathroom vanity units, marble surfaces, stone sinks, marble and stone showers and two copper baths.

Bedrooms are all light and spacious with air-conditioning. There are 2 suites each comprising a double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and sitting room for relaxing (one with Sky TV), 2 twin rooms with en-suite bathroom and 2 double rooms with en-suite bathroom. 2 additional cloakrooms, one on each main living floor.

Fine White Egyptian cotton bed linens, fluffy cotton bath and hand towels, selection of soft and firm pillows, brand new 'pocket mind' mattresses using a mixture of springs and tempur ensure a luxuriously comfortable environment for sleep and relaxation.

Computer room/study with wi-fi or can be used as a sitting room for a 3rd suite, Wine room, Dining hall, Utility room with sink, Miele washing machine, Miele tumble dryer, iron and iron board.

Two large kitchens with doors leading onto dining terraces, both equipped with American Style fridge freezers, dishwashers, hobs and top quality kitchen equipment. The main kitchen also has two double steam Miele ovens, a Kitchen Aid Nespresso coffee machine, Bialetti Moka (popular Italian household coffee maker to used on gas hob) , Electric kettles and large toaster. Tea, sugar and coffee and other storecupboard essentials are supplied. The kitchen has been architecturally designed as a chefs 'teaching' kitchen with chestnut beams, handmade chestnut kitchen units and large table, Carrara marble feature sink and stainless steel work surface.

The Tuscan Summer kitchen has an antique stone sink and is an ideal place to enjoy a light lunch or to prepare a light meals for the pool or garden terrace.

There are several dining areas to choose from including the atmospheric dining hall which has been created in the original olive press room complete with 200 year old olive grinding stones.

Outdoor areas for dining and relaxation include a 12 seater table on the large dining patio, shaded by a locally handmade wrought iron pergola with adjacent kitchen herb garden, barbeque area, Summer kitchen dining terrace and there is a decked area set in amongst the olive trees.

The stunning 10mtr x 6 mtr swimming pool with large feature shallow pool surrounding which is suitable for young children has been created from the original mill pond. The landscaped lawns and terracotta paved areas have sunbeds and umbrellas to relax and enjoy the amazing panoramic views over classic Tuscan countryside. A stone waterfall set back into the hillside complements the idyllic setting. Pool towels are provided.

Walks through surrounding olive groves and woodland to local villages (Castelvecchio di Compito 2k and Buti, a hilly 7k) on trails from our doorstep. Many good local restaurants which we can recommend and arrange a booking.

Property Managers live seperately on the estate in an independent property and can assist with your every need.

Walking and mountain bike trails from the property, Bientina our nearest large town (5km) has an Olympic swimming pool, tennis courts, shops of all types, cafes, Coop supermarket, restaurants and pizzerias. Buti (7 km) by woodland trail or 10 mins by car has restaurants, cafes and shops, Castelvecchio di Compito lower village (25 mins by woodland walk or 5 min short drive by car has a bar and restaurant, Lucca (20 mins by car) has every amenity, Pontedera (12k) a large working town is the nearest train station for travel to Pisa (20 mins) or Florence (45mins).

Festivals and Events - Puccini Festival (Torre di Lago)- July/August, Andrea Bocceli in concert (Lajatico)- July, Summer Music Festival (Lucca - July), Siena Palio (Jul and Aug) also small local one in Bientina (Jul), Comics festival in Lucca (Oct), Antiques markets monthly in Bientina and Lucca, weekly local markets.

Places of Interest - Beaches/Cities/Wine Regions - 40 mins - Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Volterra, San Gimignano - 60 mins - Lerici in Liguria, Castiglioncello, Vada, Chianti region, Garfagnana. 90 mins - Cinque Terre, Elba, Siena, Arezzo. 120 mins - Portofino, Monte Argentario, Val D'Orcia including Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano and Cortona, Parma and Bologna.

Thermal spas within 30 to 40 mins drive in Montecatini and Monsummano, Bagni di Lucca, Casciana Terme, San Guiliano Terme or the famous Bagno Vignoni Terme in Val D'Orcia is 120 mins.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Linda and George Rough, Property Managers. (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, some Italian also spoken and Scottish!

About Linda and George Rough, Property Managers.

Scottish owners living in Edinburgh with a passion for Italy.

The estate is managed by George and Linda. They are on hand to meet you and can help with advice on the local area. They have a genuine love of Tuscany and have enjoyed living here for 8 years immersing in Italian Life and caring for the land and olive trees.

Linda and George Rough, Property Managers. purchased this house in 2001

Why Linda and George Rough, Property Managers. chose Piana di Lucca

Stunning countryside location amidst ancient olive groves yet conveniently situated to easily reach Lucca, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Chianti, Cinque Terre, Forte di Marmi, Garfagnana,Thermal Springs and major shopping outlets. The location gives you a chance to recharge your batteries with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, positioned on the side of a Tuscan hill with views over woodland, olive and cypress trees down to the valley below. It has been recently renovated to a very high standard, bedrooms all have air conditioning. throughout.

Stunning new pool with amazing panoramicviews , children's pool area and waterfall. It is surrounded by landscapedgardens and grassed relaxation area with sun loungers. There is a barbecue area outside the 'Summer' kitchen.

There is plenty opportunity to relax in privacy or stroll around the 9 acres of olive groves we have recently planted a new vineyard with 500 vines which will be ready in 2018.

This small corner of Tuscany is a gem, close to all the major sites to visit yet you will experience real Italian life, shopping, talking to and eating in good local restaurants with Italian people.

What makes this house unique

Easy access to Pisa airport, (30 mins), ideal base to go to Lucca (20 mins), Florence (40 mins car or train), Pisa (20 mins car or train), Chianti (1 hr by car), Volterra (40 mins by car), Siena (90 mins car or train), Tuscan Coast (40 mins by car) or the Cinque Terre (90 mins car or train). Some days you may want to just appreciate the peace and quiet by the pool, walk in the surrounding hills or enjoy eating great food in a local Trattoria.

The estate produces its own olive oil and vegetables, depending on the season these will be available for guests.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Luxurious Tuscan House with stunning pool close to Lucca, Pisa and Florence
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews

Spectacular Villa, Great Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We booked The Frantoio for our family of 8 and wanted everyone to have ample space to allow for time alone but also great group areas where we could hang out together or in smaller groups given that we had a diverse crew. We were also looking for luxury in terms of accommodation, location and not having to worry about anything but just getting there. The Frantoio did not disappoint and the hosts, LInda and George, were fabulous. The property has been recently renovated in a style we very much appreciated--all the modern amenities with a Tuscan feel and lovely grounds. Everything has been thought through at this property in incredible detail which made for a seamless guest experience. The pool is wonderful with a gorgeous view and there are plenty of comfortable chairs and umbrellas. We really didn't lack for anything. George and Linda were always available with information, had a welcome basket with enough to get us through dinner and breakfast. This was a nice touch and very much appreciated after a 6 hour drive.

I highly recommend bringing in Valentino and Larissa from Tastemotion for a cooking lesson and dinner. We had four children and four adults and had one of the most enjoyable evenings of our vacation making pasta from scratch. They are a lot of fun, knew how to work with kids and adults in a great atmosphere.

We rent a lot of vacation properties and this was, by far, our best experience. All eight of us in the group wouldn't hesitate to go back.

One thing to note for tentative drivers. The road up to the Frantoio is a little precarious. By the end of the week, we had mastered it but it might be a concern for some. The Frantoio's road itself is nicely paved but watch out for the drainage areas where slow driving is necessary.

A very big thank you to Linda and George. You do a fantastic job!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A stunning villa in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the beautiful Frantoio for 4 days at the end of June 2016. The Villa was much bigger than we expected and accommodated two families with ease. It is very well equipped and in a beautiful location at the top of the hill. The pool is on the upper level and boasts spectacular views over the Tuscan country side. We found the location close enough for day trips and would recommend a visit to Lucca. I have to mention that the beds were exceptional i.e. so comfortable with top of the range linen and comfy pillows. We arrived the evening of my husbands birthday and our hosts, Linda and George had very kindly assisted in arranging for a private chef and his wife to prepare a birthday dinner. This was a real treat and a superb evening. Nothing was to much trouble for the hosts who gave us lots of tips about the surrounding area. We loved it so much we wished we had booked it for longer. We will be back! Thank you so much for our time in this fabulous Villa.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Special holiday villa for friends or family.

  • 5 of 5

The old olive mill, set amongst the groves is a very impressive building. It is a lovely and sympathetic conversion. Linda and George, the managers , welcomed us to the area and were on hand to answer questions and give information such as towns to visit e.g Lucca Monte Carlo, and Barga, and restaurants to use, of which there were many - both rustic and fine dining. The property was immaculate, tastefully furnished and extremely well maintained. Our family found it an exciting but restful holiday house.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Glenn, we are very pleased that you all enjoyed staying here at The Frantoio and in this part of Tuscany.
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  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific week at the Frantoio. This villa is more beautiful than its pictures. The view is spectacular. The villa itself is wonderful and very well-equipped. Each room is very comfortable and has everything that you may need. We would begin sight-seeing in the morning and couldn't wait to get back to the Frantoio to spend the warm afternoon in the pool. We had teenagers with us and the amenities were just what we needed for them. We had some travel snafus early in our trip and George and Linda were so accommodating and helpful. It was a pleasure meeting them. Their suggestion to hire a chef for in-villa dining with the chef from Tastemotions was one of the best things that we did. Thank you so much, George and Linda for making our trip so wonderful! We hope to be back someday soon to the Frantoio!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Linda, we are glad that The Frantoio lived up to all your expectations and that you all enjoyed staying in the house and exploring all the nearby towns and cities.
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Superb family holiday house

  • 4 of 5

The Frantoio is an excellent place to stay with your family, the layout of the house means that it is possible for people of all ages to stay together without being on top of one another. The beds are wonderfully comfortable and the bedroom suites are large and airy. The bathrooms are luxurious and the feature baths are amazing. The house was spotlessly clean and the furniture and decoration gave the whole place an uncluttered but comfortable feel. The pool area is fantastic, we loved the shallow surround which was ideal for the children, the garden is well tended and the view is lovely. We had relaxed evenings on the terrace eating bbq's or cooking up wonderful pasta dishes in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoying local wines, cheeses and bread.

George and Linda were great hosts, they were very helpful and informative about the local area without being intrusive, they suggested areas to explore and the locations of the necessary supermarkets and restaurants. I thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Tracey, we are pleased that you and all your family thoroughly enjoyed your stay here at The Frantoio.
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  • 5 of 5

 Just back from a wonderful week at The Frantoio. Having a love of Italy, and had seen their outstanding website we weren't in the least disappointed on arriving. In fact the place lives up to its description, and more. George & Linda, who look after the house, were excellent at suggesting places to visit and giving us directions to all the best local restaurants. Not that we strayed far from the house, as the pool was hard to leave. The well equipped kitchen allowed us to eat in on occasions, and being an old Olive Mill we even came away with a bottle their very own virgin olive oil. Go to Italy. Go to The Frantoio.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you Jim, we are delighted that the house lived up to your expectations and that you enjoyed tasting our own extra virgin olive oil.
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Castelvechio di Compito - local village
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Montecatini Terme
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Pontedera - main line between Florence and Pisa
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Altopascio A11 Florence/Genoa to A1 Rome/Bologna
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Orentano or Buti - trattorias and pizzerias
Nearest Ski
65 Kilometres
Abetone in Apennine Mountains
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The surrounding countryside and villages are very traditional, life around here is lead at a slower pace with time to stop and chat at a local bar or do some daily shopping at one of the many local markets. Stay here and you will experience the real Tuscany, a bit off the tourist track but yet close enough to Lucca, Florence and Pisa.

One of the most popular modes of transport in our area is the three wheeler Ape or Piaggio, normally laden with vegetables or olives. The restaurants all within 15 minutes drive offer good food and value, frequented by local people they range from more simple Pizzerias and Trattorias to very good gourmet Restaurants.

Montecarlo our nearest wine town (8k) is a medieval hill village surrounded by vineyards, many of which offer wine tastings. There are a number of good restaurants in town where you can enjoy a lunch and glass or two of local wine or an evening meal after afternoon of wine tasting.

Lucca is only 15 to 20 minutes by car. One of the most beautiful Tuscan towns with fine architecture, the 4km of well preserved walls surround a medieval centre with a labyrinth of interesting streets to explore, Romanesque churches, museums and piazzas lined with cafes to watch the world go by. There is only limited residential car access within the walls which helps to create a nice relaxed atmosphere for walking or cycling. Music festivals, great variety of shops, excellent cafes and restaurants, hire a bicycle for a few hours and cycle round the wide tree road round the boundary walls joining the people of Lucca in their daily exercise.

Castelvecchio di Compito - our local village with a bar and pizzeria/trattoria. There is a little farm with a small shop where they make fresh ricotta and pecorino.

Bientina - local town (5-10 mins) with supermarket, olympic outdoor pool, tennis courts, cycle hire, range of shops, cafes, trattorias, hairdressers, banks, weekly market (Tue) and a Palio is held each July.

Buti - local village (5-10 mins)with restaurants, bars and local shops. Palio in January.

Orentano - little hamlet (5 mins) with 2 good trattoria/pizzerias and a few shops. Pizza festival in summer months.

San Leonardo in Treponzio - town (10-15 mins) with supermarket, restaurant, bank, pizzeria, pharmacy and hairdressers.

The Frantoio is ideally situated for all the major sightseeing areas in Tuscany. Within 1 hour you can reach Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Garfagnana, Volterra, San Gimignano, Montetcatini and Montesumano Terme, Forte di Marmi, Viareggio, Livorno and the Tuscan Coast. Within 2 hours you can reach Siena, Arezzo, The Cinque Terre, the Val D'Orcia whose landscape has been chosen for many films including Gladiator and the English Patient with the famous Brunello wine town of Montalcino and Pienza voted one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and famous for Pecorino cheese. The Mountain region of the Garfagnana covered in chestnut forests and renowned for local produce, Chianti and the rolling hills with vineyards and quaint medieval towns of Greve, Radda and Castellina in Chianti.

Various local trails for hill walking and mountain biking. Buti has a grade 4 via Ferrata and for more climbing or challenging mountain walks, canyoning, horse riding and climbing in the outdoor adventure sports area of the Garfagnana and the Apennine Mountains.

Nearby there are two outdoor olympic swimming pools with lanes, communal gymnasium, tennis courts and freshwater lake with sandy beach, WWF nature reserve for birdwatching.

Many good local restaurants in the area from simple trattorias and pizzerias to fine dining and michelin starred. We can help with recommendations and reservations.

Olive harvesting in October/November, we produce our own olive oil.


Rates & Availability

Lucca House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2016
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season Summer/Autumn 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
Low Season Winter 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
Low Season Winter 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Mid Season Spring/Summer 2017
Mar 18 2017 - Jun 9 2017
5 night minimum stay
Mid Season 2
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season Summer/Autumn 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 27 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $658

Cancellation - please contact the property manager to discuss cancellation terms or refer to our website Sorry no pets accepted. The property is strictly non smoking inside. There will be a charge for additional central heating used in the winter months. The house sleeps a maximum of 12 guests plus one infant (cot and highchair provided). We do not charge extra for cleaning, however in doing so we presume that guests will leave the property clean and in good condition, if not we reserve the right to charge extra for cleaning from the security deposit in addition to any damages incurred. We ask that guests please do not arrive before 1600hrs on the day of arrival and leave before 1000hrs on the day of departure, we kindly ask that guests adhere to these times to allow enough time for cleaning/turnaround.

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Piana di Lucca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 426 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
    Bathroom 8 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , luxury copper bath
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , luxury copper bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • Modern spacious bespoke bathrooms using Carrara Marble and stone, glass showers, twin sinks, large shower heads, two bathrooms have stunning copper baths. Luxury bath, hand and face towels. Hand soap and shower gel.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • TITIAN - 1 queen , En-suite bathroom with stunning views in all directions
    LOTTO - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom and views over Summer kitchen garden
    CARAVAGGIO - 1 queen , En-suite bathroom and sitting room with amazing sunrise view
    DA VINCI - 1 queen , En-suite bathroom with view of sunrise across the valley
    RAPHAEL - suite - 1 queen , En-suite bathroom with sitting room and views of olive grove
    BOTTICELLI - suite - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom and view of olive groves and cypress trees
  • All bedrooms have top quality matteresses, luxury Egyptian cotton bed linen, air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and have beautiful views over our olive groves to the valley below. There are two suites which have queen sized beds in the bedrooms and their own dedicated lounge areas allowing you to get away from the other guests with a book now and then! All bedrooms are equipped with hairdryers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 18 garden chairs
  • 12 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Enjoy sitting outdoors to eat meals in classical Tuscan scenery. Relax and wind down in peaceful countryside away from stresses and strains of modern life. Wander amongst some of the 300 year old olive trees in our estate or explore the surrounding woodland on trails meandering up through the olive groves from our land to the Monte Pisano range of hills above. We are on hand to help with any local information, recommend and book restaurants and to offer tips on the area.

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