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Beautiful Restored Farmhouse with Private Pool & Spectacular Views

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Last updated: 08/19/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Casa a Corte is a beautiful, restored property of Roman origin near the hamlet of Gugliano. The house is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, fruit trees, chestnut woodlands, mountain streams and offers tranquillity to those seeking 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 and Siena, the seaside resorts and the 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 and 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

Why VRBO

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

    ...moreless

  • 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

    painted Italian wrought iron...moreless

  • 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: shower, 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
 

Reviews

Write a review 4.9
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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
Early Spring 2016
Feb 27 - Apr 15, 2016
7 night min stay

€1,600
Spring Easter 2016
Apr 16 - May 20, 2016
7 night min stay

€2,100
Early summer
May 21 - Jun 17, 2016
7 night min stay

€2,650
Summer 2016
Jun 18 - Aug 26, 2016
7 night min stay

€3,500
Late Summer 2016
Aug 27 - Sep 9, 2016
7 night min stay

€2,650
Early Autumn 2016
Sep 10 - Oct 7, 2016
7 night min stay

€2,200
Autumn 2016
Oct 8 - Nov 5, 2016
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.


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Last updated: 08/19/2015
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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 Aquilea:
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.


Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • Looking north from across the stream

    Looking north from across the stream

  • Casa a Corte in the view

    Casa a Corte in the view

  • Looking from the bathroom window towards the hills

    Looking from the bathroom window towards the hills

  • Looking north across the pool

    Looking north across the pool

  • View to pool from dining room & kitchen terrace

    View to pool from dining room & kitchen terrace

  • West terrace with lovely views

    West terrace with lovely views

  • Living room, iPhone dock, hd tv, books & games

    Living room, iPhone dock, hd tv, books & games

  • kitchen

    kitchen

  • 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

  • Finnish architect client sketch of house, pool & barn

    Finnish architect client sketch of house, pool & barn

  • Local view before the  thunderstorm

    Local view before the thunderstorm

  • Driving from Gugliano to Casa a Corte

    Driving from Gugliano to Casa a Corte

  • Relaxing by the pool

    Relaxing by the pool

  • Kitchen & dining room terrace with view to pool

    Kitchen & dining room terrace with view to pool

  • Sunrise over Tuscan hills

    Sunrise over Tuscan hills

  • Dining room with door to terrace & pool

    Dining room with door to terrace & pool

  • 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

  • One of 2 bathrooms with sink, shower, bidet & toliet & views to mountains

    One of 2 bathrooms with sink, shower, bidet & toliet & views to mountains

  • Gugliano church with lovely original features

    Gugliano church with lovely original features

  • Wild flowers and herbs in the fields

    Wild flowers and herbs in the fields

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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