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Beautiful Restored Farmhouse with Private Pool & Spectacular Views

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Pool, lawn, olives, vines & mountains - panoramic views

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Last updated: 03/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 7-8

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 20 minutes 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.

3 terraces, pool and garden: There is a well-maintained garden and a lovely pool which enjoys sun throughout the day.
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 dining 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. As Italy becomes more developed, with more young people attracted to city life, the importance of our valley is becoming more significant as they are becoming the last areas of traditional farming

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

Local Tuscan cook available on request with two options - a) Aurelio Barattini from v well known Antica Locanda or b) Grazia, a local Tuscan lady

The local town of Ponte A Moriano which is 10 mins away by car, has several restaurants, banks/post office, deli run by wonderful cook Alessandro who prepares cooked meals to take away, Sauro's fabulous Gelateria & bar (the best home-made ice cream in the area) bar, cafes, excellent butchers, superb market with fish, local vegetables, local honey, mushrooms, olive oils etc and a large supermarket - Esse Lunga, plus a supplier of local wines etc.
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Owner

Member since: 2004

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    Lovely house and garden for children to play in...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom main: 1 queen

    Tall wardrobe, chair, mirror & lovely views...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    painted Italian beds, armoire, dressing table, drawers, view...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    painted Italian beds, mirror & drawers, armoire, views...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    painted Italian beds, chairs, table & drawers, views...moreless

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

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 3: shower, outdoor shower

    shower by pool...moreless

  • Bathroom: toilet, shower, bidet

    Mirror, towel rail, sink...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    sink, mirror, towel rail, Bosch washing machine...moreless

  • Towels are provided for the house only, 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

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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:

    Table and 8 chairs, tradition Tuscan dresser...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    Covered car port for 2 cars in barn...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating...moreless

  • Internet:

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

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

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

  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Covered car port for 2 cars in barn...moreless

  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided:

    For house only...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Bosch washing machine...moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker:

    Nespresso machine & Bialetti Moka Express coffee makers...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Very well stocked...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

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

  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch dishwasher...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Very well equipped kitchen, including Nespresso coffee machine, toaster, kettle, sink & drainer...moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

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

  • Stove:

    4 gas hobs...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    East terrace,doors to kitchen & dining room, over head lights, shade with views to pool & garden. Large dining table/ chairs South & West terraces, sofa & armchairs, dining tables. Views Pool terrace...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lawns, flowers & trees, lovely panoramic views...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Good large outdoor bbq by kitchen/ dining terrace...moreless

  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Private pool for house only in olive grove, with tile surround & mowed lawn. Pool steps and outdoor shower....moreless

Property Descriptor

  • Detached
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Spring 2017
Mar 4 - Apr 7, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,736
SPRING 2017
Apr 8 - Apr 28, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,953
LATE SPRING
Apr 29 - May 19, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,278
EARLY SUMMER
May 20 - Jun 23, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,984
SUMMER
Jun 24 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,960
LATE SUMMER
Sep 2 - Sep 15, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,984
HARVEST
Sep 16 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,387
EARLY AUTUMN
Sep 30 - Oct 27, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,170
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$3,960

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • No additional mandatory fees

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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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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. Funghi 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, have travel & worked in the Far East, Europe, Africa & South, Central & North America, with interests in food, lifestyle, wildlife, art & sport. During 2016/ 17 Hazel & I have been working on a pictorial book on Tuscany, the local area, it's food & people. Hopefully this will be published in 2017.

Why the Owner Chose Lucca, Lucca, Italy:
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. Over 17 years we have built up a very good relationship with the locals, who are charming & extremely welcoming. One of the real plus points of the area is there are so many things to do, whether it is walking near the house, going to the beach, exploring art & history, markets and festivals, plus sport.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our passion is being outside and spend much of our 'working' 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. A recent project has been working with the son & head chef, Aurelio Barattini on a book titled the Tuscan chef, featuring his restaurant & farm, plus lots of recipes.


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

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Photos

  • Pool, lawn, olives, vines & mountains - panoramic views

    Pool, lawn, olives, vines & mountains - panoramic views

  • Casa a Corte in the view

    Casa a Corte in the view

  • His & Hers. Surrounding panoramic views. Pool dimensions 12 x 5m

    His & Hers. Surrounding panoramic views. Pool dimensions 12 x 5m

  • Alternative outdoor dining table, South terrace with views

    Alternative outdoor dining table, South terrace with views

  • View to pool from kitchen dining terrace

    View to pool from kitchen dining terrace

  • Living room with original features plus satellite tv, dvd, books, games & views

    Living room with original features plus satellite tv, dvd, books, games & views

  • Kitchen, fully equipped, Bosch dishwasher, Smeg appliances, Samsung large fridge

    Kitchen, fully equipped, Bosch dishwasher, Smeg appliances, Samsung large fridge

  • Double bedroom, chestnut beams, cotto floors views over pool & hills

    Double bedroom, chestnut beams, cotto floors views over pool & hills

  • Millie's twin room, chestnut beams & armoire, cotto floors, southerly views

    Millie's twin room, chestnut beams & armoire, cotto floors, southerly views

  • Car port in the barn & gates on right to house & garden

    Car port in the barn & gates on right to house & garden

  • Drawing of A Corte, pool & olive groves by Finnish architect client

    Drawing of A Corte, pool & olive groves by Finnish architect client

  • Local views, Mastiano

    Local views, Mastiano

  • The house from southerly aspect, pool & barn on the right, surrounded by garden

    The house from southerly aspect, pool & barn on the right, surrounded by garden

  • Looking south. Pool, outdoor shower benefits from sunshine throughout the day

    Looking south. Pool, outdoor shower benefits from sunshine throughout the day

  • South Terrace with views, sofa, armchairs & dining table

    South Terrace with views, sofa, armchairs & dining table

  • Kitchen dining room east terrace, views to pool & hills, table x8

    Kitchen dining room east terrace, views to pool & hills, table x8

  • West terrace

    West terrace

  • Kitchen, dining room table x8, doorway to terrace/pool & alongside kitchen

    Kitchen, dining room table x8, doorway to terrace/pool & alongside kitchen

  • Airy twin bedroom with chestnut beams, cotto floors. Views east, south & west

    Airy twin bedroom with chestnut beams, cotto floors. Views east, south & west

  • Freddie's twin room, original bed heads, chestnut beams, cotta floors view west

    Freddie's twin room, original bed heads, chestnut beams, cotta floors view west

  • Upstairs bathroom with shower, sink, toilet & bidet with views over pool & hills

    Upstairs bathroom with shower, sink, toilet & bidet with views over pool & hills

  • Early morning view from front gate & car port

    Early morning view from front gate & car port

  • Wild flowers fill the valleys around A Corte

    Wild flowers fill the valleys around A Corte

  • Local view - 5km towards Lucca

    Local view - 5km towards Lucca

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