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Beautiful Restored Farmhouse with Private Pool & Spectacular Views

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Looking north at A Corte with mountains beyond

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Last updated: 10/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Valdottavo farmhouse description

Casa a Corte is a beautiful, restored property of Roman origin near the hamlet of Gugliano. The house is encircled by olive groves, vineyards, fruit trees, chestnut woodlands, mountain streams and offers the most unimaginable tranquillity to those seeking total relaxation. However, the lively town of Lucca, a 15 minute drive by car, offers everything one could wish for, whether it be fine dining, shopping, sight-seeing or cycling around the ancient walls during the 'passegiata' at sunset. The house is well located for visiting Florence & Siena, the seaside resorts & the beautiful mountain regions of Garfagnana. Casa a Corte is set in 30 acres of its own land which is used for the production of wine and olive oil. From the three large terraces and swimming pool, one can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside & hear the distant sound of church bells and choir from over the valley. There is a well-maintained garden and a lovely pool which enjoys sun throughout the day.


3 terraces, pool and garden: The property is superb for outdoor living as it enjoys sunshine from dawn to dusk. The gardens provide perfect areas for relaxation and for children to play.
The house is surrounded by 3 large terraces. The east terrace is accessed from both the kitchen and dining room and has a large slate dining table and eight chairs. A pergola of climbing jasmine, wysteria and passion fruit provides dappled shade. There are views through the olive trees to the pool. Lighting above the large stone table allows for 'al fresco' dining. The large terracotta tiled south terrace is a sun worshippers' dream. It also benefits from a 3 seater sofa, 2 arm chairs and table. The west terrace enjoys a well established garden of lavender, roses, mimosa and fig trees, plus a table and benches. All terraces have fabulous views across the vineyards and valley.

The area is organic & a wildlife enthusiasts dream with many rare species of animals & birds. In the spring & summer the area is full of wild flowers .

Casa a Corte has appeared in the TV programme 'A House in Tuscany' and in several magazines

Local Tuscan cook available on request with an English speaking chef.

The local town of Ponte A Moriano which is 10 mins away by car, has several restaurants, banks/post office, deli's with wonderful cooked meals to take away, ice cream bar, cafes, excellent butcher, superb market with fish, local vegetables, local honey, mushrooms, olive oils etc and a large supermarket, plus a supplier of local wines etc

More information, photos and blogs can be viewed on http://www.casaacorte.com

Selected by the Foodie Bugle as a 2013 gourmet travel destination

http://thefoodiebugle.com/article/gourmet-travel/staying-at-casa-a-corte-gugliano-and-dining-in-and-around-lucca

Property Type

      • Farmhouse

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

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

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

              • Bedroom main: 1 queen

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              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

                painted Italian wrought iron...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                painted Italian wrought iron...moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

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              • 1 double, 3 twins. Linen provided and changed weekly. Towels provided for bathroom only Cots can be provided - notice must be made when booking....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom: toilet, shower, bidet

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              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

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              • Bathroom 3: outdoor shower

                shower by pool...moreless

              • Towels are provided, but not for the beach and pool

              Other Amenities

                  • The property has been sympathetically restored retaining original beamed ceilings and antique cotto floors. The interior is comfortable and stylish benefiting from central heating, dishwasher, washing machine, fully well equipped kitchen and satellite TV, broadband Internet access, music docking exterior & pool lighting, mosquito blinds, plus antique furniture, paintings & photos. The house is set out on 3 floors. The ground floor has a kitchen, dining room, toilet & shower room with washing machine. The first floor has a comfortable sitting room which is exceptionally well equipped for families who enjoy books and board games, plus satellite TV/ DVD/ hi-fi/ Wi-fi. There is also a large airy twin bedroom (100cm wide beds) with comfortable traditional iron beds. Upstairs there are a further 3 bedrooms - a double bedroom, 2 twins bedroom with traditional beds, chestnut armoires and original features including chestnut beams. There's also a large spacious shower room with toilet & bidet...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Audio Tape Player
                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Games
                  • Radio
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Stereo:

                    Stereo & ipod/ iphone docking station...moreless

                  • Television

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Sports & Activities

                  Attractions

                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Caves
                  • Churches
                  • Forests
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Winery Tours

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                      • Rural

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis

                      Dining

                      • Child's Highchair
                      • Dining Room
                      • Seating for 8 people

                      General

                      • Broadband Access
                      • Fireplace
                      • Garage
                      • Heating
                      • Internet:

                        I-pod/ i-phone docking station...moreless

                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room:

                        2 large sofas, large coffee table for games etc, desk & chair, original period features, large screen tv, library of books, games etc...moreless

                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Sunbed
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet

                      Kitchen

                      • 4 Ring Stove
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        The kitchen is equipped for us a a family and therefore well equipped...moreless

                      • Dishwasher
                      • Freezer
                      • Grill
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator:

                        One large fridge in the kitchen and another large fridge in the pool room...moreless

                      • Stove
                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Barbecue
                      • Deck / Patio:

                        East, south & west terraces plus pool in olive grove...moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Patio
                      • Terrace
                      • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

                      Pool / Spa

                      • Outdoor Pool
                      • Private Pool

                      Property Descriptor

                          • Detached
                           

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Spring 2015
                          Mar 28 - May 1, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          €1,800
                          Late Spring 2015
                          May 2 - Jun 5, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          €2,100
                          Early Summer 2015
                          Jun 6 - Jun 26, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          €2,650
                          Summer 2015
                          Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          €3,500
                          Late summer 2015
                          Aug 29 - Sep 11, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          €2,650
                          Early Autumn 2015
                          Sep 12 - Oct 2, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          €2,200
                          Autumn 2015
                          Oct 3 - Oct 30, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          €1,800

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • No additional mandatory fees
                          • Taxes Not included

                          Notes:

                          Minimum stay 1 week (Saturday to Saturday). Out of season we are more flexible with timings with the house available for 10 days etc.

                          Payments must be made by bank transfer. 50% deposit on booking & 50% 2 months prior to booking

                          Reservations are made with 50% deposit on booking and 50% balance 2 months before rental commences


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                          Last updated: 10/22/2014
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                          Location

                          40 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          Pisa Airport
                          30 Kilometres
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Viareggio
                          15 Kilometres
                          Nearest Train
                          Lucca
                          15 Kilometres
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Lucca
                          30 Kilometres
                          Nearest Beach
                          Beach

                          Car: Necessary

                          Lucca is a beautiful walled medieval city, which is the birthplace of Puccini. The city is mostly pedestrianised, which is fantastic for cycling and walking. The countryside north of Lucca is breathtaking with many medieval villages perched on wooded hillsides. There are many beautiful palazzos, spas and vineyards to visit in the area. Florence, Pisa and the beaches are all within a short distance.

                          In the summer there are many musical events: Puccini opera at Torre del lago, whilst in Lucca, during July, several of the worlds best musicians play in the amphitheatre. There are also several jazz festivals.

                          There are many superb restaurants within 15 mins of the house. Fungi and truffles are some of the local specialities and olive oil from Lucca is one of the best in the world. One hour's drive north from the house is the beautiful ski resort of Abetone.This is a very popular resort with very good facilities

                          This wonderful location, a wildlife paradise, can be seen using Google Earth

                          Other Activities: Wildlife / restaurants / markets

                          Ski: Skiing is an hours journey at Abetone. It is a very nice Italian resort.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2000

                          About the owner: We are a well travelled family of 4, who grew up in the Far East & moved to Europe to become a wildlife film maker. Although I now specialise in another area of film, my job is to make objects & places look beautiful. Our 2 children both studied languages at university & love travel, food, lifestyle, wildlife, art & sport

                          Why the Owner Chose Valdottavo:
                          Having viewed several properties during the summer & autumn of 1999 we fell in love with Casa a Corte after seeing the house and land from across the valley with the mountains behind. We immediately knew this was the house we were looking for.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
                          Our passion is being outside and spend much of our holiday looking at the wonderful countryside & wildlife, chatting to the locals & trying to become a better cook. The farmer and his friends in Gugliano have been so helpful & kind to us and have made Casa a Corte a special place for all our family. The local restaurants, especially at the wonderful Antica Locanda have given us lots of tips when producing our olive oil & have become family friends.


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                          Speaks: english

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                          Photos

                          • Looking north at A Corte with mountains beyond

                            Looking north at A Corte with mountains beyond

                          • Casa A Corte on a ridge with panoramic views

                            Casa A Corte on a ridge with panoramic views

                          • View from double bedroom over to pool

                            View from double bedroom over to pool

                          • Relaxing in hammocks by pool

                            Relaxing in hammocks by pool

                          • View to pool from dining room & kitchen terrace

                            View to pool from dining room & kitchen terrace

                          • Kitchen & dining room terrace with views to pool

                            Kitchen & dining room terrace with views to pool

                          • Living room with original features,cotta floor,original fireplace,chestnut beams

                            Living room with original features,cotta floor,original fireplace,chestnut beams

                          • Double bedroom with views to pool & views

                            Double bedroom with views to pool & views

                          • Freddie's bedroom & views towards the west

                            Freddie's bedroom & views towards the west

                          • Finnish architect client sketch of house, pool & barn

                            Finnish architect client sketch of house, pool & barn

                          • Gugliano church with lovely original features

                            Gugliano church with lovely original features

                          • Local view before the  thunderstorm

                            Local view before the thunderstorm

                          • Casa A Corte, viewed from the hamlet of Gugliano

                            Casa A Corte, viewed from the hamlet of Gugliano

                          • View of hills and pool from house

                            View of hills and pool from house

                          • View across pool, shower and viewing terrace

                            View across pool, shower and viewing terrace

                          • Panoramic views of the wonderful mountains

                            Panoramic views of the wonderful mountains

                          • Large south terrace in the evening sunshine

                            Large south terrace in the evening sunshine

                          • West terrace with lovely views

                            West terrace with lovely views

                          • Dining room with door to terrace & pool

                            Dining room with door to terrace & pool

                          • Large airy bedroom with large windows onto views

                            Large airy bedroom with large windows onto views

                          • Millie's twin bedroom with views over valley

                            Millie's twin bedroom with views over valley

                          • Local view in autumn mist

                            Local view in autumn mist

                          • Grapes & olives from the estate

                            Grapes & olives from the estate

                          • Wild flowers and herbs in the fields

                            Wild flowers and herbs in the fields

                          €1,800 - €3,500 per week (EUR)
                          8

                          4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

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                          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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