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Beautiful Three-Story Stone Farmhouse Near Lucca, Tuscany

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Last updated: 11/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Borgo a Mozzano farmhouse description

Casa nella Selva is a three-story stone farmhouse a half hour north of Lucca, in the Serchio River Valley. The house overlooks the town of Borgo a Mozzano, with a panoramic view of vineyard-covered hillsides, clusters of farmhouses and the spectacular Appenine and Apuan Mountains in the distance.

A plant-lined terrace runs the length of the house, with a large stone table for outdoor dining shaded by a rose and grape-leaf pergola. There's also a vine-covered stone shade room for sitting outdoors at midday.

There is a large outdoor pizza oven for ambitious cooks*, an inexhaustible supply of rosemary, basil, and sage from spring through the end of October. There are several small flower gardens on the property, a second small terrace for sunbathing, and a hammock in the woods for afternoon naps.

*For the less ambitious, I can arrange a pizza party at which an Italian couple will prepare and bake sensational pizzas for up to eight people. Details on booking.

A working chestnut farm into the late 1980s, the house still has its original chestnut beams, and is simply and comfortably furnished with a mix of country pieces, including many that are original to the house. There are terracotta floors, original or restored, throughout, beautiful wooden windows and shutters, proper reading lamps in all the bedrooms, lots of leftover books to read.

The ground floor includes a fully-equipped kitchen with fireplace, a dining/sitting room that opens directly onto the terrace, a modern-tiled bathroom with large glass stall shower and a washing machine.

On the second floor are three large bedrooms, one of which opens into a separate studio with high speed Internet and wireless that extends onto the terrace. Each of the bedrooms has a large double bed (ranging in size from American double to king) and all overlook the valley. There is also a large marble-tiled bathroom on this floor, fitted with double sinks, a glass stall shower and a giant separate tub. The bedrooms are furnished with traditional iron bedsteads, new mattresses, and old wooden chests or armoires. Towels and linens are included in the rent and are ample for six people. (There is a surcharge of $50 per each additional guest.)

The third floor, formerly the hayloft, has been converted into an open living space, with a large table for sketching or board games, comfortable reading chairs, a day bed/sofa that sleeps one, a platform bed that sleeps two and a Queen-size air mattress in reserve. Its floor-to-ceiling windows share the same view as the terrace.

The comune of Borgo is the major town between Lucca and the Garfagnana, one of Italy’s most beautiful and popular trekking zones, and is easily reached by car or public transportation (regular trains and buses from Lucca). Borgo’s population is about 8000, of which roughly half live in town, the remainder in small villages or 'frazione' nearby.

In addition to a supermarket, the town has an abundance of excellent food shops; you can find fresh bread and homemade pasta, extraordinary local pecorino cheeses, wonderful fruits and vegetables, wines from the Lucchese hills and just about everywhere else. There is an outdoor market on Friday mornings, and similar ones can be found nearby on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are also a large number of modestly-priced restaurants serving excellent regional dishes within a twenty-minute range, and one very good one in town that is open for dinner six days a week, and for lunch and dinner on the weekend.

The Lucca region is one of the last parts of Tuscany to be discovered by tourists, and is anchored by two especially beautiful cities: Lucca itself, enclosed within its perfectly preserved wall, and Barga, whose narrow winding streets lined with ochre, persimmon, or apricot colored houses lead to a spectacular 12th century cathedral of white stone that looks out over the Apuan Alps. In between is in the spa town of Bagni di Lucca, 15 minutes from Borgo. Borgo itself has two clay tennis courts, and a beautiful community recreation center with a 25-meter swimming pool, a separate pool for toddlers snack bar and sunbathing.

The beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi are within an hour's drive; the towns of Carrara, Pietrasanta, the Cinque Terre and the spas of Montecatini are all easy day trips. One of the great advantages of the house is its easy access to Lucca, Pisa and Florence. It is possible to spend the day sightseeing, museum-going, and shopping, yet be home in time to enjoy dinner on the terrace.

Features include fireplace, telephone, high speed internet and wireless, stereo, iPod dock/radio, washing machine, dishwasher, outdoor oven, and barbecue.

Activities nearby include clay tennis courts, a beautifully landscaped town swimming pool, the beaches of Viareggio, Forte di Marmi, Tirrenia and Cinque Terre, antiquing, garden and villa tours, hiking, and trekking.


Keywords: 17th c. farmhouse


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Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Events Allowed
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Bedroom 1


          • Bedroom 2


          • Bedroom 3


          • Loft


          • King-size Beds (1), Queen-size beds (2), Double beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) one portacrib, suitable through one year, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Air mattress...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1


          • Bathroom 2


          • First floor bath is tiled in white with cerulean blue and green accents; includes large stall shower, toilet, pedestal sink and washing machine. Second floor bath is finished in marble tile, large comfortable bathtub, separate tiled stall shower, double sinks, toilet and bidet. ...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Large outdoor oven for roasting and baking pizza and bread


              • Books
              • CD Player
              • Music Library
              • Stereo
              • Toys


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View:

                    Panoramic view of the Appenines....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Paragliding
                  • Parasailing
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Skiing
                  • Spelunking
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis


                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    Two large dining tables, one indoor, one outdoor....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 8 people


                  • Broadband Access
                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    Italian style: outdoor clothes line, indoor racks....moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    Beautiful former hayloft overlooks the valley, furnished with comfortable couch, easy chairs, tables for game and dining....moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Parking for two cars adjacent to house...moreless

                  • Telephone:


                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    In kitchen and original to house; can be used to grill food....moreless

                  • Wood Stove:

                    Huge wood-burning outdoor pizza oven...moreless


                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Traditional espresso makers, small and large....moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    All standard utensils, plus Italian extras: food mill for pureeing soup, hand crank pasta rolling machine, mezzaluna for chopping, beautiful, locally crafted knives....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Abundant: plates and soup or pasta plates, dessert plates, cutlery for 12. Also multiple serving bowls and baskets....moreless

                  • Dishwasher:

                    New Bosch...moreless

                  • Kitchen:

                    Traditional but renovated, with a beautiful stone sink, dishwasher, recessed refrigerator, and marble top counter and work table....moreless

                  • Oven:

                    New electric oven in kitchen Outdoor stone oven....moreless

                  • Pantry Items:

                    Tenants buy their own groceries, but there is usually a large sampling of oils, vinegars, salt, pepper, flour on hand....moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    Has freezer and ice trays....moreless

                  • Stove:

                    Five gas burners for stove top cooking. ...moreless

                  • Toaster


                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Stone terrace runs the length of the house, partially covered by grape/rose pergola. Second smaller side terrace in shaded area....moreless

                  • Tennis:

                    Courts in town and in nearby town (20 m. drive)...moreless

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Communal Pool:

                        In town, really lovely, and clean, like an old fashioned American country club. ...moreless



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                      Last updated: 11/30/2014
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                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      300 Metres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      In town
                      40 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      200 Metres
                      Nearest Train
                      In town
                      15 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      3 Kilometres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      In town
                      35 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Beach

                      Car: Recommended

                      Swimming (beach and pool)—not on property, but easily accessible. Pool is in town, beaches are an hour's drive.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1991

                      About the owner: I'm a writer who lives in Brooklyn, and the author of Chronicle Book's Rome Walks and Village Walks Tuscany.

                      Why the Owner Chose Borgo a Mozzano:
                      I bought the property while visiting friends because it was the nearest abandoned house and I wanted to do what they had done—bring a house back to life. I was a youngish widow, with an eight-year-old daughter. I hadn't the least idea how I would make it happen, but I wanted to be able to return regularly to Italy and this seemed like the way to make that happen.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
                      What we and our visitors love about the house is its simplicity and its authenticity, its spectacular view, and its connection to the past. It offers the intimacy of real Italy, with most of the comforts of home, a minimum of modern distractions, and entree to a genuine and unfussy Tuscan town and way of life. By design, there is no TV, but there are plenty of books, games, a radio and an ipod dock; there are lots of pots, pans and fresh herbs to cook with, and a large stone table to sit around late into the night.

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                      Speaks: english, italian



                      • View from terrace

                        View from terrace

                      • Mid Summer, afternoon

                        Mid Summer, afternoon

                      • Master Bedroom

                        Master Bedroom

                      • Front terrace

                        Front terrace

                      • Front entrance

                        Front entrance

                      • Dining room and kitchen with fireplace

                        Dining room and kitchen with fireplace

                      • Hayloft/Living Room

                        Hayloft/Living Room

                      • Rainbow view of town

                        Rainbow view of town

                      VRBO #11494

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                      This listing was first published here in 2001.

                      Date last modified - Sunday, December 21, 2014

                      $1,800 per week (USD)

                      3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 8

                      View calendar: Updated 11/30/14
                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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                      Member since: 2001
                      Speaks: english, italian
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