House from garden 2
Breathtaking mountain views
Hosted by Dr Ken
Dr Ken is the host.
5 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
5 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
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Comfortable restored farmhouse near Bagni di Lucca. Terraced garden, own parking and WiFi. Village shop 5 mins (car). Sleeps 4-5. Walking, relaxing, swimming (B. di Lucca outdoor pool). Lucca (40 mins), Florence, Pisa and coast (1 hr 30 mins).

The space

It was the view we first fell in love with and all our guests agree that it's hard to leave the house and garden as it's so enjoyable just chilling out. The house is situated on a small lane with little traffic, and quite simply is a haven of peace. The garden, originally a series of abandoned terraces, is part of the charm and seems to have grown from the mountain side. It is planted with walnut and olive trees and the house is surrounded with lavender, rosemary, and thyme. The mountains form a backdrop, and eating and drinking outside are an endless delight.
Inside, the house is comfortable for 4 people and accommodates 5 without difficulty. On the ground floor are a well-fitted kitchen and dining room, a welcoming sitting room, and a small utility room from which open tread stairs lead to the second floor. This has two double bedrooms with king size beds. A small third bedroom leads off the second double, and there is one family bathroom with shower, washbasin, toilet and bidet. The views from all the rooms are delightful.

Guest access

The house is detached and guests have exclusive use of the whole house and garden apart from a small external storage room which houses the reserve water tank and gardening equipment.

Interaction with guests

We are resident in England, but our guests are welcomed by a very helpful English couple, Jayne and Kevin, who live nearby. They will meet you at the house, explain everything to you and are on hand to sort out any difficulties that might arise.

Other things to note

CHANGEOVER DAY IS FLEXIBLE FOR MOST OF YEAR BUT IN PEAK SEASON (Jul and Aug) WE OPERATE A STRICT SAT TO SAT CHANGEOVER WITH A MINIMUM STAY OF 7 NIGHTS.
'Taking the waters' is still possible in Bagni di Lucca and the thermal baths are definitely worth a look. There is also a beautiful outdoor swimming pool in the town (June to mid-Sept) and a large indoor pool (open year round).


Amenities
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Essentials
Heating

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM

The house is a no smoking house, though you're welcome to smoke outside.
If you'd like to bring a pet, please discuss with us first.
On leaving, please take your rubbish to the collection bins on the roadside and leave the house in a reasonably clean state.


Cancellations

Safety features
Fire extinguisher

Availability
5 nights minimum stay

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Francesca User Profile
September 2017
Very lovely place to be with everything you could need. Also Jayne and Kevin who are Dr. Kens agents are on hand and very helpful.
Dr Ken User Profile
Response from Dr Ken:
Thanks for your kind review, Francesca.
September 2017

Jon User Profile
June 2015
'Dr Ken' and his friends' who welcomed us to his home were the perfect hosts. Ken provided all the information we needed to get to the property and was very easy to communicate with. His neighbours were kind and knowledgeable and a pleasure to meet. The house and surroundings were above and beyond our expectations. Words simply could not do them justice! If you are looking for tranquillity and rejuvenation then look no further - 'breathtaking mountain views' as promised, the sound of crickets, birds and goat bells, the scent of herbs and flowers from the beautiful gardens and a comprehensively stocked and comfortably furnished house await. We had a really pleasurable stay and would like to thank Ken, family and friends, we hope to return with family in the future!
Dr Ken User Profile
Response from Dr Ken:
Thanks so much for your kind review, Jon. We are really happy that you loved our house and enjoyed it's tranquility. Hope to see you again next year... Best wishes from us both.
June 2015

James User Profile
May 2015
Very comfortable, well organised and stocked with everything that you might need, the farmhouse is restored to a high quality, we loved our stay here! We made use of the terraced garden every meal time and loved playing with our toddler on the terrace (morning coffee on the east side terrace and lunch and diner on the west facing terrace!). We will definetly come back, if you are trying to make your mind up on going here then just go for it - you wont regret it! This place is perfect if you want to get away from it all in a calm, rural and peaceful location. Although fairly remote from the hustle and bustle, its also easy to get around (smaller hire car recommended as most mountain roads in this area are quite small!) and explore the local area including Bagni di Lucca and Lucca, so a great balance.
Dr Ken User Profile
Response from Dr Ken:
So glad it all worked out well for you, James. And thanks for your lovely review - we'd be more than happy to have you again as our guests.
May 2015

Glenn User Profile
September 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed our time at this lovely house in a beautiful location. If you enjoy peace & tranquility this is the place for you, but it's really the best of both worlds as we made visits to both Florence and Cinque Terre (both good day trips by train) as well as soaking up the beautiful area around the house.

Anett User Profile
June 2017
What an absolute amazing place tucked awat in a corner of Bagni de Lucca. It was an easy enough drive from Pisa airport (with GPS) and the place us very accessible. Once there, Kevin & Jayne, the neighbours looking after the place, are very welcoming and helpful. The house itself is exactly as described and the surroundings are just fenomenal. Perched high above Bagni di Lucca, surrounded by an oak forest with hiking trails just outside your doorstep, the garden provides both cherries & figs for you to enjoy and the lavish lavenders and jasmin perfumes the patio. Even though the road there are winding, it's an easy enough drive (first time car renter in Italy myself), car is recommended, and it has easy access to nearby villages and Garfagnana. I would love to come back!
Dr Ken User Profile
Response from Dr Ken:
Thanks for your lovely review, Anett, and so glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry about the dust. The place does get dusty easily but Jayne does clean thoroughly before every new guest. We would love to see you back another time.
June 2017

Esther User Profile
May 2017
What a wonderful stay we had! The house is very comfortable, also on colder days (good heating system). The view is superb! The area is beautiful...we stayed here with 2 children. They loved to play in the big and very nice herbal scenting garden and feed the cats that came to the house (outside!). It's a bit of a climb by car each time, but worth it if you love peace, quite and privacy. We went cycling in Lucca, walking in and from Montefegasi. And we took the train to Firenze to climb the torre of palazzo Vecchio and eat lunch at Sergio Gozzi and ice cream at La Carraia. Pisa we never saw. There is too much to discover, so we'll return to the area this summer. Thanks a lot to Ken, Jayne and Kevin!
Dr Ken User Profile
Response from Dr Ken:
Thanks, Esther, for your lovely review. We're so pleased that you all enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you again.
May 2017

Mike User Profile
March 2017
This is the perfect place if you are looking for a quiet, secluded location. The house is equipped with everything you will need and very nicely furnished but it's the views and location that make this such a wonderful location. We visited many of the small villages around the area and all had their own unique charm. Montefegatesi was our favorite, strenuous walk up to the Dante monument but well worth the walk. Ken was a great host and provided a lot of valuable information about the area and Kevin and Jayne who met us at the house were very helpful in making sure we settled in with no issues. The welcome pack was indeed very welcome after a long day traveling!!!
Dr Ken User Profile
Response from Dr Ken:
So glad you enjoyed your stay, Mike, and we hope to see you again next year!
March 2017

Hadleigh, United KingdomJoined in March 2014
Dr Ken User Profile

I am a practicing psychoanalyst and retired psychiatrist and write about psychoanalysis and the arts. My partner and I have two houses, one in Tuscany, Italy, and another in the Gambia. We chose the Italian house because of its location - the incredible views, the comfortable isolation and the friendliness of the local people. When we first saw it, the house was half ruined and hidden in undergrowth, but we always knew it would be alright and we've turned it around and given it a new kind of life. The garden has been a special delight and we've slowly helped it to realise its potential. Everything is changed, of course, from the old smallholding with a well in the middle of what is now the dining room floor, and a place for the animals in what is now our 'utility room', but nevertheless we've tried to create a structure in harmony with its surroundings in which everything is made from the stone in the mountain and the wood of the local chestnut trees. If you appreciate these thoughts, we think you'll enjoy your stay. If you're looking for the bright lights, you'll be disappointed because here there are only the fireflies.

We chose the Gambian house for somewhat similar reasons but the initial impulse to go to the Gambia was the proximity of winter sunshine - only a 6 hour flight from the UK. However, we quickly fell in love with the warm and friendly Gambians and after several years have become quite involved with the local community. You cannot go to the Gambia and not be touched by the resilience and friendliness of the people in the face of pervasive poverty - many people feel they want to help in some way. It is easy, however, to get taken for a ride, and in general we would advise that if you do want to help, you do so through a project that is already up and running. Footsteps Eco-Lodge is involved with various school projects in Gunjur, and we are currently supporting a nursery school In nearby Sambuyang village. It is called Kenali Nursery school (we couldn't stop them naming it after us!) and we can arrange for you to visit the school if you wish. We have a trustworthy Gambian 'man on the ground', Omar, who will be happy to take you there and tell you what has been happening.

Languages: English, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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