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18th century Tuscan farmhouse and converted barn in the Garfagnana - La Capanna

Barga, Lucca, Italy
  • Barn699 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights

Farmhouse: 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 7. Barn: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 2

Situated on a spur of the Appenines, this recently restored family owned farmhouse and converted barn stand on 2 acres of tranquil olive grove and meadow, 2 km from the picturesque old walled town of Barga, which has all the shops necessary for daily living. The rooms are simple but comfortably furnished, with terra-cotta floors and chestnut beamed ceilings. Each house has a large terrace shaded by a pergola and the views are spectacular in every direction.

Buvicchia: Buvicchia is very quiet, a wonderful spot to get away from it all as we have been doing for over 30 years. Barga has all the shops needed for daily living and there are many good and inexpensive restaurants in Barga and the surrounding area. Lucca, a spectacular walled town, is 40 mins away, Florence an hour and a half, Pisa just over an hour, and the railway is 7 km away for trains to Lucca and beyond or up into the high Garfagnana. The sea is just over an hour away also. A car is very desirable and car hire is available via the major companies at Pisa airport.

The Farmhouse: Built in 1740 as a small two-roomed farmhouse, Buvicchia 3 was added to over the following decades to include a large 'cantina' or winestore (now the sitting room) with bedrooms overhead. Right up to 1972 there were earth floors downstairs, no electricity and just one cold tap in the kitchen! Two restorations later, the farmhouse now has all the necessities for daily living but the atmosphere has not changed. You can still imagine it as the home of a subsistence farmer through two centuries.

The adjacent barn: Built in the 1860s, converted in 1974 and fully restored in 2004, this converted barn sleeps 2. We have preserved as much of the character as possible by leaving the first floor almost unchanged (that's where the hay was!) and the ground floor open plan also. A terrace at the front and a second one in the garden both look out on wonderful views. This is a real hideaway, a place for total relaxation.


Carol O'Sullivan

Member Since 2001
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within a few days
english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
Mar 17, 2018


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom
        1 king
      • The bedroom doubles as a sitting space also. With Terracotta floors and beams, windows and door all of chestnut wood as well as a lovely upstairs balcony with fabulous views, this is more than a bedroom! The downstairs sitting area has an open fireplace which is lovely and snug in the winter.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom
        toilet, shower, bidet
      • The washing machine and central heating and water boiler are also in the bathroom. Bath mat provided.

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Fireplace
                    • Firewood
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      We are currently trialling wireless internet access at the property. Please contact owner for more details.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Parking
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          There is a table and benches in the kitchen to seat four, and a marble table on the west terrace which also seats four.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                • Books for Adults


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The barn has three terraces: one facing south, and one west, opening from the ground floor, and one on the first floor facing west and north, opening off the bedroom.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      A pergola over part of the west terrace offers shade.
                                    • Terrace


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • horseback riding
                                            • walking

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • cycling
                                                • fishing
                                                • mountain biking
                                                • swimming
                                                • tennis


                                                    • While La Capanna is not suitable for infirm people as there are steps outside and the main bedroom is upstairs, the active not-so-young have been very happy there. We can provide bed linen for a small charge, or you can bring your own. There is a fireplace in the downstairs living area for use in cold weather and central heating throughout. We provide bathmat and tea towels, but not bath and hand towels.

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 4:30 PM

                                                      Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                      2 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Barga Beauty


                                                      This is a little gem of a capanna and very well equipt. The picture are deceptive as its very spacious for two inside. The views from the terrace are stunning and we had two weeks of beautiful weather. The walk from the house to Barga town is about 30 minutes but lovely to stroll in and enjoy the warm seafood salad at Riccardo's restaurant - a must. Alpino's for the best capaccino and cake to kick start your day. We had everything we needed in the capanna and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Great Value and would highly recommend it to explore the acient town of Barga and experience the many events and places to visit during the summer. Thank you for the easy transactions and communication in our booking and we will certainly be looking to return.

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      We're delighted that you had a great stay and enjoyed the Capanna! :)

                                                      Lovely Converted Barn with Great Views.

                                                      Peter & SharonShrewsbury, UK

                                                      We stayed for two weeks in June 2009 and were blessed with beautiful weather. The property is clean, well equipped and very spacious for two. The area is hilly affording beautiful views of the Apuane Alps and Barga. Although the area is hilly the 25 minute walk to Barga is relativley flat and easy. Barga is a quiet town with a maze of narrow streets, plenty of restaurants and enough life to watch passing by.

                                                      Its a ten minute drive to the local train station where you can park the car and catch the train to Lucca, Pisa and Florence.

                                                      We will recommend this property to our friends.


                                                      Barga, Lucca, Italy

                                                      Barga is situated 40 kilometres north of Lucca at the southern end of the spectacularly beautiful area known as the Garfagnana which sits between the Apuan Alps and the Appenines in the very north of Tuscany.

                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                      A deposit of 200 per week booked is payable on booking. Visits which cross over booking periods are charged pro rata. Tenancies can start on any day of the week to facilitate travel arrangements and flight bookings. The minimum period is one week. Periods of more than a week but not an exact number of weeks are charged pro rata. Lets of less than a week are possible, but there will be a minimum charge.

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                                                      For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                      Property # 1542ha 9529