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New Luxury Apartment in Tuscany, Near Lucca with 5 x 12 metre swimming pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 875 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Casa Pinocchio - 2BR/2BA ground level apartment with 5 x 12 metre swimming pool

Check out our stunning aerial video tour of il Borghetto in San Gennaro, as well as video of each apartment. CLICK ON THE VIDEO BUTTON ON THE PHOTO ABOVE, OR COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER:

I have four other apartments in the same building that have been in rental for two years. Here are the links to the other four apartments: VRBO 737874, VRBO 838626 VRBO 576618 and VRBO 963437. The five apartments together are perfect for groups up to 28 people, which is described in VRBO listing 867755. Please read the reviews for each of the properties on the individual listings to see how well-pampered you will be!

A lovely 1.5 km drive through olive groves brings you to the private, gated entrance. Our apartment (Casa Pinocchio) is part of a six apartment 'Borghetto' (formerly a rural, rustic farmhouse from the 14th century) in the hills below the village of San Gennaro near Lucca. The apartment is a tasteful blend of rustic, contemporary and antique furnishings. A 5 x 12 metre swimming pool with beautifully manicured lawns is shared by the apartments and is located on the terrace above the apartment with lovely views down the valley toward Lucca.

We are proud to offer a lifestyle in the heart of Tuscany that is truly unique. Picture yourself on the grounds of an historic 14th century building, rebuilt to the highest standards using only traditional Tuscan materials and methods, from handmade terra cotta tiled floors, to chestnut beams and tiled ceilings. The property also makes extensive use of hand built stone walls in keeping with the character and traditions of Tuscany.

The entrance is a spectacular double-wide glass door, in keeping with the original architecture of the building, as this room was where the farm animals were kept.

The inviting open floor plan, which includes the living, dining and kitchen areas, is perfect for sharing meals and conversation. The fully equipped kitchen featuring granite counter-tops has everything you need: a six-burner gas stove, oven and broiler, and dishwasher.

There are two large ensuite bedrooms/bathrooms. One of the bedrooms has French doors leading out to your private sitting area. Lots of light with windows in all bedrooms and bathrooms. Great views from every room.

Coming with a bigger group? Please ask about our 3 BR/3 BA apartment directly above your apartment.

More Details

Jim Kachenmeister
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Jim Kachenmeister

Jim and his wife, Debbie, bought property near Lucca in 2003 and have permanently relocated to this beautiful area. We have lived in Europe for the past 20 years (London and Stockholm before moving to Italy). Jim has a passion for cooking and is happy to share his secrets to making a perfect pizza in a wood burning oven. We are also happy to help you plan your itinerary while in this area, including pre-booking your museum tickets in Florence to avoid the lines, booking our favourite restaurants for you and more.

Jim Kachenmeister purchased this farmhouse in 2009

Why Jim Kachenmeister chose Capannori

The location of il Borghetto in San Gennaro is superb. In the medium hills above the Lucca plain and below the historic village of San Gennaro, we offer a piece of solitude in the Tuscan hills. Views of vineyards and olive groves are offered from every vantage point on the property. The newly built property features the stones of the 14th century building that stood on this very spot. Modern inside, the apartment retains the Tuscan charm of handmade terra cotta floors and chestnut beam ceilings throughout.

It is an easy 20 minute hike up the hill to San Gennaro, where you can dine at the local trattoria, Il Corno Rosso. Hiking paths (all well marked by Club Alpina d'Italia) are all around the area.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The 5 x 12 metre swimming pool is on the highest point of the property, giving lovely views back toward Lucca. Gated entrance for security.


Capannori Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 875 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Lovely tiled bathrooms, each with a large window.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen bed. French doors leading outside to your private sitting area from Bedroom 1.
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering


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New Luxury Apartment in Tuscany, Near Lucca with 5 x 12 metre swimming pool
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Top notch

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful apartment in terrific location. Modern, clean, pastoral, convenient, quiet.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Il Borghetto is a wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in Casa Pinocchio and found it very comfortable and well equipped. The property is very peaceful and surrounded by beautiful scenery. Our three year old had great fun in the garden; it was too cold to go in the pool but we could imagine it would be fantastic in warmer months. Jim was a great host and was very helpful both before and during our stay promptly answering any questions we had via email and giving tips for the local area. We would definitely recommend a stay at Il Borghetto!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Picturesque beauty in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time abroad and we couldn't have gone to a more beautiful villa!! The apartment was perfect for two people. It was spotless and perfectly maintained. Jim and Debbie were phenomenal hosts; warm and helpful with every aspect of our trip. Lucca is charming and although we rented a car, the villa is located quite close to train stations, restaurants and coffee shops. We look forward to returning to this magnificent Tuscany villa in the near future and will absolutely highly recommend staying here to all our friends and family!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great anniversary stays

  • 5 of 5

Great location for a relaxing stay and to celebrate our 55th and 56th anniversaries. Lucca is a wonderful city to explore. Jim K. is a great host with many good suggestions as to what to do and see. The facility is outstanding. Il Borghetto is a super property with a swimming pool, olive trees, and great hikes located just outside your door. Our apartment was well furnished and very user friendly. It is also locate within an hour of Pisa and Florence. If you are into wine there are many really good wineries near by. Fantastic places to eat near by.This was our second trip and plan to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Il Borghetto was even better than the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay of 10 nights with our two teenage children.

The property was very clean and very well maintained. Jim the owner couldn't have been more helpful to us from the moment when we booked online to the time of our stay giving us great advice and tips of places to go. Jim's efforts made our first visit to Italy as a family really easy.

Great pool to cool off in after a day sight seeing or just to relax and take in the view.

We would definitely recommend this property.

Thanks Jim for letting us enjoy your beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here in the groundfloor 2 BR apartment with our 2 kids. We were very lucky to have the entire place to ourselves so enjoyed complete privacy and relaxation as there's no one nearby to disturb you. Jim was an excellent host, with fantastic communication throughout the booking, arrival and our stay. The apartment is very comfortable and well laid out.. although it could do with a little more food prep area , but not a problem if you're not cooking that much. It's very quiet here, so you'll easily relax and is set perfectly amongst the olive trees away from any other houses. We know the area very well, so getting around wasn't a problem for us, Pescia nearby is a charming little town but Lucca is fantastic and our favourite place in Italy. Highly recommended for a real relaxing break.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Pisa or Florence
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Bar Tibi
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
via Pesciatina
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Kilometres
Al Covo
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Viareggio and Forte di Marmi
Car: necessary

You will find that il Borghetto is located in one of the most popular areas in Tuscany. Situated between

Pisa and Florence in Northern Tuscany, il Borghetto is only eight miles from the historic city of Lucca,

famous for its flat, pedestrian-friendly, cobblestone streets and its magnificent thirty meter wide

Renaissance wall surrounding the entire city. Taking part in the evening walk, la passagiata, on the

tree-lined wall with dozens of other walkers and bikers is one of life’s little pleasures in Lucca. Lucca is

big enough to offer opera and world famous artists at its Summer Music Festival, first-rate shopping,

and fine restaurants – and small enough that you can traverse by foot in twenty minutes.

You will be perfectly situated for easy access from either Pisa International Airport or Florence

International Airport – each just 45 minutes from your door. Less than one hour away you will find the

Ligurian Sea and the famous walks in the Cinque Terre and the beaches of Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio

and Torre del Lago, the home and final resting place of Lucca’s most famous citizen, Giacomo Puccini.

The world famous Puccini Festival takes place every summer on the shores of Torre del Lago at their

beautiful outdoor amphitheatre. In less than two hours, you can visit beautiful Siena, San Gimignano,

the vineyards of Chianti, and the famous Garfagnana region, home of the beautiful forested National

Parks of the Apuane and Appennine mountain ranges.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cancellation Policy: If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, the deposit is non-refundable. After the final payment is made (30 days prior to arrival) the total reservation is non-refundable.
Travel Insurance: The owner strongly urges the guest to take out travel insurance to cover the cost of a last minute cancellation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund