La Fornace is a beautifully restored large farmhouse dating back to the early 1700s. The name La Fornace derives from the fact that it was once the brickmaker's house - The Brickilne - and it is said that the bricks for the castle at nearby Lari came from here. The house is our full time home and as such has a welcoming and warm atmosphere.<p> La Fornace is situated in what we consider to be one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany - the Pisan Hills. We know and have lived in most areas of Tuscany and in addition to the stunning countryside we have found the people the most warm and welcoming and the cuisine of the highest standard. An added advantage is that the area has a micro climate with no extremes and in summer a sea breeze that comes up every morning to temper the midday heat<p> The secluded house set in the heart of its 12 acres of landscaped gardens, orchards, olives and woodland, yet only 300 meters from the road, sits on the side of a hill with sweeping views down the valley and the hilltop villages beyond. <b>Distances:</b> La Fornace is only 4 minutes to the two nearest villages, Lari and Casciana Alta, 10 minutes to the motorway network of Europe, half an hour to the sea and the International Airport at Pisa, and within the hour or so most cities and tourist attractions . <b>At guests disposal:</b> Wi-Fi internet connection available free of charge
Buses at end of drive<p>Railway Station at Pontedera - 20 minutes.<p>Pisa International Airport - 30 minutes.<p>Car Ferries at Livorno - 30 minutes.
Being passionate gardeners La Fornace is set in the heart of a carefully natural landscaped garden which expands and descends into the surrounding terraced slopes planted with many varieties of fruit trees and olives bordered in Spring with massive swathes of Daffodils followed by Iris and later Roses.<p> From the upper terraces one looks to the left to the water feature of pond, waterfall and pool (Swimming) and straight ahead and to the right three other water features of ponds and waterfalls, in all bordered by mixed woodland.<p>There is a large parking ara behind the house from which terrace climb up beyond and above the house opportuning excellent walking and rambling.
All the major cities and attractions of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, Sienna, San Gimignano, Livorno, Forte di Marmi.<p>The Thermal Baths at Casciana Terme.<p>Excellent selection of Restaurants.<P>Walking/Hiking.<p>Wine tasting - this is still part of Chianti and is one of the major important areas.
Beautifully landscaped pool in the style of a Roman Bath (17x4 meters depth 1.10-2.00 open May-Sept.) with water falls in and out. There is both paved terrace and ample lawn shaded naturally by trees and also umbrellas and ample sun beds, deck chairs, etc.
Tennis is available 6 minutes away at Perignano
There are 2 Golf Courses at Tirrenia on the coast 30 minutes away. A shorter course at San Miniato - 30 minutes. Ugolino at Florence, and at Montecatini - 80 minutes
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (€) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the manager / advertiser.
Additional information about rental rates:
Sheets and towels are included and are changed weekly with 6 days maid
Two cooks are available at €20 per hour, being given reasonable notice.Heating Oil charged for usage in winter.
We ask for no smoking in the house. Also being our own family home we ask for the utmost respect of the many personal effects that we leave in the house.
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