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).
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.
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).
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.
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.