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Beautiful Three-Story Stone Farmhouse Near Lucca, Tuscany

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

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 quiet reading and a hammock in the woods for afternoon naps.

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 $30 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 double bed and a day bed/sofa. 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 is 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 rentable lounge chairs for 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, washing machine, dishwasher, outdoor oven, and barbecue.

Activities nearby include the beaches of Viareggio, Forte di Marmi, Tirrenia and Cinque Terre, antiquing, garden and villa tours, hiking, and trekking. For shoppers, there are fabulous markets almost every ay of the week: Sunday and Wednesday mornings in Forte di Marmi for high end clothing, leather goods, and cashmere; Wednesday and Saturday in Lucca, for household goods, inexpensive clothing, bags, shoes, and local farm produce. Smaller markets are held in Borgo itself (Friday), and Bagni di Lucca (Wednesday and Saturday).

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Keywords: 17th c. farmhouse

More Details

Owner
Martha Fay
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

About Martha Fay

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

Martha Fay purchased this farmhouse in 1991

Why Martha Fay 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 best way.

What makes this farmhouse unique

What we and our visitors love about the house is its simplicity and authenticity, its spectacular view, and its connection to the past. It offers the intimacy of real Italy, with 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, pots, pans and fresh herbs to cook with, and a large stone table to sit around late into the night.

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
In town
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Train
2 Miles
In town
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
SS 12
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
In town
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Viareggio
Car: recommended

Swimming (beach and pool)—not on property, but easily accessible. Pool is in town, Mediterranean beach is an hour's drive, Cinque Terre, 1 1/2 hour.

Amenities

Borgo a Mozzano Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
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, with a large comfortable bathtub, separate tiled stall shower, double sinks, toilet and bidet.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Large outdoor oven for roasting and baking pizza and bread

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
5

The view...best part of the whole trip

  • 5 of 5

Hi, my name is Iris and I am 12 years old. I loved the villa down to the last decoration. The home was amazing. One of my favorite things about it was the view. The villa was conveniently located making it easy to take day trips out of the small train station in the town.

Hi, my name is Ella and I am 14 years old. The view from this breathtaking house was unreal. Waking up and seeing the picturesque little town Borgo A Mozzano was a once in a lifetime experience. I wish I could go back!

My name is Clayton and I'm 17. I cannot emphasize enough how beautiful the view was. This house was a nice break from the touristy metropolitan areas. You are essentially perched up on the side of a mountain so you feel totally secluded, but it is only a 10 min. walk down the mountain to the train station. The home felt rustic and authentic, but had every modern appliance you would need. One of my favorite nights was when we baked our own pizzas in the woodfire oven next to the house! And on our last night we had a four-course meal at the Osteria I Macelli, a 15 min. walk into town.

And we are Lisa and Peter, the parents, and we could not have expressed our love for this hidden gem better than our three children!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review. Thank you, all five Markhams. You are part of a long line of backpacking visitors to Monte, and you may have broken the record for adventures on foot with your trek to the Festival di Birra. Also for making friends with neighbors. Do come back sometime. The path to town will still be here, and the view. All best, Martha
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5

magical

  • 5 of 5

Martha's house is a piece of paradise. Borgo a Mozzano is the perfect place to sit, admire, breathe and do nothing or hop in the car and go to all the small towns around that offer village fairs, music festivals, from the kitch to the fabulous. Don't limit yourself to Lucca (25 minutes easy drive) or Florence (60 minutes cheap train ride from Lucca). Explore! The house itself is amazing. Confortable, clean, every piece of it was renovated in the most perfect taste. And that view! You are all alone in the middle of that hill. But a 5 minutes walk down it will take you to the village swimming pool and community centre where, if you are lucky, you will find beautiful music, like we did, or simply swim while admiring the mountains all around. Paradise is definitely in Garfagnana!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lina, thank you for the lovely review. It's always a pleasure to have such well informed, enthusiastic and adventurous guests. Hope there's a third stay in the future.
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5

Forever in our Hearts!

  • 5 of 5

Aaaaaah, Borgo a Mazzano. What a lovely town, rich in it's simplicity. We were SO glad to have chosen to stay in this small town where locals truly LIVE, rather than a touristy metro area. One would be hard pressed to stay in a fast-paced frame of mind here (unless you're driving ...that's a very different story!).

To say that this villa made our stay infinitely more memorable would be an understatement. The owner is a joy to work with and a great resource. The house itself is perfect, and has everything needed to cook and relax. 7 of us (3 young adults, one teen, a couple, and a grandmother) stayed quite comfortably. We could easily have accommodated either another couple or another child or two, as one of the rooms went unused until later in the stay while the 'kids' stayed in the AMAZING loft. A side note; if we are able to return, I'm calling dibs on the loft ;)

The first morning, we older folk awoke to a full brunch of local meats, cheeses, fruits, and breads from the town shops; bounty from the kids' earlier walk down the hill. We enjoyed our first cups of Italian coffee a'la the stovetop moka pot, with added local honey, while overlooking the breathtaking view. It was HEAVEN! Later in the vacation, we went wine tasting and let me just say that the view from the villa was even more gorgeous than any vineyard we photographed. We had a photo enlarged for a large wall at home.

Our time was spent traversing up and down the hill for our daily workout (don't forget the bug repellent), drinking wine (the wine shop in Borgo has vino on tap), training into Lucca (bike rental is highly recommended), venturing to neighboring towns, drinking and eating in various bars (aperetivo served happy hour style at many places), day tripping into Firenze (don't drive there - seriously), drinking local liqueurs and beers, exploring Cinque Terre (Oh My God, just beautiful!!), more wine, snacking on grapes (the terrace vines themselves make a great photo op), cooking over the fire (yes - cooking locally handmade sausage skewers over a roaring fire in the kitchen), and the kids even spent a full weekend in Rome. Two weeks was just enough to leave us wanting more. Our family matriarch, my mother, stayed the entire month accompanied by my nephew, and after my departure my sisters moved in for 2 weeks. Everyone wants to return :)

There was rain, so I would like to spend a summer or maybe a spring there someday to get that experience. Until then, Gracie Mille!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a terrific account—thank you for posting. I'm delighted you had such a good time, and yes please do come back. Martha
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Freeland, Washington USA
5

Unforgettable

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a wonderful month in your home! The six of us enjoyed every single day relaxing and exploring all there is to do in this beautiful region. Every morning I would wake at sunrise, prepare coffee in the Moka Pot and head to the terrace to watch the sunrise over those

mountains...spectacular view...unforgettable!

We enjoyed meandering down the trail from the house into town and hopping the train to Lucca.

Lucca is a fabulous city...so much fun and so much to explore and eat! The highlights for us were cooking with Chef Paolo Monti and the walking tour with Wanda...both were sensational.

We also enjoyed numerous hikes in those gorgeous mountains...the vistas were breathtaking and the wild flowers were at their peak. Rarely did we encounter anyone when hiking the trails and we were always rewarded with a serenade from the cuckoo bird!

We loved everything about your charming house. There was plenty of room for six adults spending a month together. The kitchen suited us perfectly, and allowed us to prepare many delicious meals from local ingredients. We loved the beautiful old bowls and fine linens. It was so much fun making pizza in the outdoor oven...we never tired of dining on the terrace. And oh, the roses...everywhere, beautiful and scented.

Thank you for keeping your farmhouse a home!

Trisha and Bill, Marcia and Rick, Marolyn and Bruce

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the review and the feeling is mutual. It's a great pleasure to have such terrific people living in the house and feeling so at home. You were ideal tenants and I hope you all come back some day. All best and thanks again. Martha
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San Francisco
5

Just fabulous

  • 5 of 5

Martha's home above Borgo is truly one of the loveliest we've ever stayed in. Beautifully restored, exceptionally comfortable, fabulous gardens and a view not to be believed. The kitchen is fully stocked -- you can actually make excellent multi-course meals (at least we did!), the beds are excellent and the dining area is charming. The road up is dicey, but quickly becomes second nature, and the walk down (which we preferred) is doable even for aging boomers (2 out of the four of us). Borgo itself has several good eateries (the little pizza place in town is great) and it's really easy into Lucca (try Rest. Giglio -- fantastic). We are well travelled folks, and recommend this house unreservedly.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada
5

Our stay in Borgo!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and young daughter stayed here with our family for a one week stay. From the moment we walked in...or should I say down onto the terrace...we were in heaven. It was so peaceful and beautiful. The terrace in the evening was a wonderful way to unwind and then later eat a homemade meal. The whole house was clean and comfortable and well suited for our large group. We had a very memorable visit here. The nearby town was so charming and had everything we needed including a very nice pool! A short, easy drive to Lucca for shopping, lunch/dinner too. The owner was so sweet and helpful leading up to our stay as well as keeping contact while we were there. We came home and told everyone to visit this area and stay at the lovely villa.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Heating, Nov. 1-April 15 $30
Property Damage Protection $99

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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