Luxurious Tuscan House with Stunning Pool Close to Lucca, Pisa and Florence
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- Minimum stay:4-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Stylish and chic, this 200 year old converted olive mill is privately situated on an idyllic 9 acre working olive estate with 540 olive trees and a recently established vineyard with 500 newly planted vines. Until the late 1960's the Frantoio pressed the olives from the surrounding estate employing many local villagers. For decades after it closed, the olives groves lay untended and the building became a ruin. The building was initially renovated into 4 luxury apartments and after an extensive renovation in 2015 has now been converted into one luxurious house which can only be rented by one group of up to a maximum of 12 people at any one time. The estate has gradually and carefully been brought back to life, the olive groves which are organic once again produce the renowned Lucchese Olio D'Oliva - one of the finest extra virgin olive oils in Italy and a new vineyard was planted in the Spring which will start to produce wine ready to bottle in 2018. The Frantoio has been painstakingly renovated to a very high standard and is now a most charming, warm and welcoming home with many original features. The house has been beautifully furnished throughout providing for your every need and has air conditioning in all the bedrooms, Sonos music system, TV (SKY), wi-fi, spacious living room with comfortable seating for relaxation and a large bookcase with a selection of DVDs, CDs, books, board games, maps, local information pack with dining recommentations and general Tuscany guide books. A cozy woodburning stove provides extra warmth in Winter months and there is central heating throughout.
The interiors have been tastefully chosen to complement the building and yet are contemporary, fresh and cool.
The bathrooms have been fitted with Artisan bathroom vanity units, marble surfaces, stone sinks, marble and stone showers and two copper baths.
Bedrooms are all light and spacious with air-conditioning. There are 2 suites each comprising a double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and sitting room for relaxing (one with Sky TV), 2 twin rooms with en-suite bathroom and 2 double rooms with en-suite bathroom. 2 additional cloakrooms, one on each main living floor.
Fine White Egyptian cotton bed linens, fluffy cotton bath and hand towels, selection of soft and firm pillows, brand new 'pocket mind' mattresses using a mixture of springs and tempur ensure a luxuriously comfortable environment for sleep and relaxation.
Computer room/study with wi-fi or can be used as a sitting room for a 3rd suite, Wine room, Dining hall, Utility room with sink, Miele washing machine, Miele tumble dryer, iron and iron board.
Two large kitchens with doors leading onto dining terraces, both equipped with American Style fridge freezers, dishwashers, hobs and top quality kitchen equipment. The main kitchen also has two double steam Miele ovens, a Kitchen Aid Nespresso coffee machine, Bialetti Moka (popular Italian household coffee maker to used on gas hob) , Electric kettles and large toaster. Tea, sugar and coffee and other storecupboard essentials are supplied. The kitchen has been architecturally designed as a chefs 'teaching' kitchen with chestnut beams, handmade chestnut kitchen units and large table, Carrara marble feature sink and stainless steel work surface.
The Tuscan Summer kitchen has an antique stone sink and is an ideal place to enjoy a light lunch or to prepare a light meals for the pool or garden terrace.
There are several dining areas to choose from including the atmospheric dining hall which has been created in the original olive press room complete with 200 year old olive grinding stones.
Outdoor areas for dining and relaxation include a 12 seater table on the large dining patio, shaded by a locally handmade wrought iron pergola with adjacent kitchen herb garden, barbeque area, Summer kitchen dining terrace and there is a decked area set in amongst the olive trees.
The stunning 10mtr x 6 mtr swimming pool with large feature shallow pool surrounding which is suitable for young children has been created from the original mill pond. The landscaped lawns and terracotta paved areas have sunbeds and umbrellas to relax and enjoy the amazing panoramic views over classic Tuscan countryside. A stone waterfall set back into the hillside complements the idyllic setting. Pool towels are provided.
Walks through surrounding olive groves and woodland to local villages (Castelvecchio di Compito 2k and Buti, a hilly 7k) on trails from our doorstep. Many good local restaurants which we can recommend and arrange a booking.
Property Managers live seperately on the estate in an independent property and can assist with your every need.
Walking and mountain bike trails from the property, Bientina our nearest large town (5km) has an Olympic swimming pool, tennis courts, shops of all types, cafes, Coop supermarket, restaurants and pizzerias. Buti (7 km) by woodland trail or 10 mins by car has restaurants, cafes and shops, Castelvecchio di Compito lower village (25 mins by woodland walk or 5 min short drive by car has a bar and restaurant, Lucca (20 mins by car) has every amenity, Pontedera (12k) a large working town is the nearest train station for travel to Pisa (20 mins) or Florence (45mins).
Festivals and Events - Puccini Festival (Torre di Lago)- July/August, Andrea Bocceli in concert (Lajatico)- July, Summer Music Festival (Lucca - July), Siena Palio (Jul and Aug) also small local one in Bientina (Jul), Comics festival in Lucca (Oct), Antiques markets monthly in Bientina and Lucca, weekly local markets.
Places of Interest - Beaches/Cities/Wine Regions - 40 mins - Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Volterra, San Gimignano - 60 mins - Lerici in Liguria, Castiglioncello, Vada, Chianti region, Garfagnana. 90 mins - Cinque Terre, Elba, Siena, Arezzo. 120 mins - Portofino, Monte Argentario, Val D'Orcia including Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano and Cortona, Parma and Bologna.
Thermal spas within 30 to 40 mins drive in Montecatini and Monsummano, Bagni di Lucca, Casciana Terme, San Guiliano Terme or the famous Bagno Vignoni Terme in Val D'Orcia is 120 mins.
Member since: 2008
- 426 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Private Chef
- Pets Not Allowed
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
- All bedrooms have top quality matteresses, luxury Egyptian cotton bed linen, air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and have beautiful views over our olive groves to the valley below. There are two suites which have queen sized beds in the bedrooms and their own dedicated lounge areas allowing you to get away from the other guests with a book now and then! All bedrooms are equipped with hairdryers. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
- Enjoy sitting outdoors to eat meals in classical Tuscan scenery. Relax and wind down in peaceful countryside away from stresses and strains of modern life. Wander amongst some of the 300 year old olive trees in our estate or explore the surrounding woodland on trails meandering up through the olive groves from our land to the Monte Pisano range of hills above. We are on hand to help with any local information, recommend and book restaurants and to offer tips on the area....moreless
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- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 12 people
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- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
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The property is surrounded by landscaped gardens with lavander path to pool area and waterfall. Guests can freely wander throughout the olive grove and estate or on paths through surrounding woodland....moreless
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Low Season Winter 2016
Oct 29 - Dec 16, 2016
4 night min stay
Low Season Winter 2017
Jan 7 - Mar 17, 2017
4 night min stay
Mid Season Spring/Summer 2017
Mar 18 - Jun 9, 2017
5 night min stay
Mid Season 2
Jun 10 - Jun 23, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Jun 24 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Mid Season Summer/Autumn 2017
Sep 9 - Oct 27, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $635.34
- No additional mandatory fees
Cancellation - please contact the property manager to discuss cancellation terms or refer to our website www.thefrantoio.com. Sorry no pets accepted. The property is strictly non smoking inside. There will be a charge for additional central heating used in the winter months. The house sleeps a maximum of 12 guests plus one infant (cot and highchair provided). We do not charge extra for cleaning, however in doing so we presume that guests will leave the property clean and in good condition, if not we reserve the right to charge extra for cleaning from the security deposit in addition to any damages incurred. We ask that guests please do not arrive before 1600hrs on the day of arrival and leave before 1000hrs on the day of departure, we kindly ask that guests adhere to these times to allow enough time for cleaning/turnaround.
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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The surrounding countryside and villages are very traditional, life around here is lead at a slower pace with time to stop and chat at a local bar or do some daily shopping at one of the many local markets. Stay here and you will experience the real Tuscany, a bit off the tourist track but yet close enough to Lucca, Florence and Pisa.
One of the most popular modes of transport in our area is the three wheeler Ape or Piaggio, normally laden with vegetables or olives. The restaurants all within 15 minutes drive offer good food and value, frequented by local people they range from more simple Pizzerias and Trattorias to very good gourmet Restaurants.
Montecarlo our nearest wine town (8k) is a medieval hill village surrounded by vineyards, many of which offer wine tastings. There are a number of good restaurants in town where you can enjoy a lunch and glass or two of local wine or an evening meal after afternoon of wine tasting.
Lucca is only 15 to 20 minutes by car. One of the most beautiful Tuscan towns with fine architecture, the 4km of well preserved walls surround a medieval centre with a labyrinth of interesting streets to explore, Romanesque churches, museums and piazzas lined with cafes to watch the world go by. There is only limited residential car access within the walls which helps to create a nice relaxed atmosphere for walking or cycling. Music festivals, great variety of shops, excellent cafes and restaurants, hire a bicycle for a few hours and cycle round the wide tree road round the boundary walls joining the people of Lucca in their daily exercise.
Castelvecchio di Compito - our local village with a bar and pizzeria/trattoria. There is a little farm with a small shop where they make fresh ricotta and pecorino.
Bientina - local town (5-10 mins) with supermarket, olympic outdoor pool, tennis courts, cycle hire, range of shops, cafes, trattorias, hairdressers, banks, weekly market (Tue) and a Palio is held each July.
Buti - local village (5-10 mins)with restaurants, bars and local shops. Palio in January.
Orentano - little hamlet (5 mins) with 2 good trattoria/pizzerias and a few shops. Pizza festival in summer months.
San Leonardo in Treponzio - town (10-15 mins) with supermarket, restaurant, bank, pizzeria, pharmacy and hairdressers.
The Frantoio is ideally situated for all the major sightseeing areas in Tuscany. Within 1 hour you can reach Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Garfagnana, Volterra, San Gimignano, Montetcatini and Montesumano Terme, Forte di Marmi, Viareggio, Livorno and the Tuscan Coast. Within 2 hours you can reach Siena, Arezzo, The Cinque Terre, the Val D'Orcia whose landscape has been chosen for many films including Gladiator and the English Patient with the famous Brunello wine town of Montalcino and Pienza voted one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and famous for Pecorino cheese. The Mountain region of the Garfagnana covered in chestnut forests and renowned for local produce, Chianti and the rolling hills with vineyards and quaint medieval towns of Greve, Radda and Castellina in Chianti.
Various local trails for hill walking and mountain biking. Buti has a grade 4 via Ferrata and for more climbing or challenging mountain walks, canyoning, horse riding and climbing in the outdoor adventure sports area of the Garfagnana and the Apennine Mountains.
Nearby there are two outdoor olympic swimming pools with lanes, communal gymnasium, tennis courts and freshwater lake with sandy beach, WWF nature reserve for birdwatching.
Many good local restaurants in the area from simple trattorias and pizzerias to fine dining and michelin starred. We can help with recommendations and reservations.
Olive harvesting in October/November, we produce our own olive oil.
Year Purchased: 2001
About: Scottish owners living in Edinburgh with a passion for Italy. The estate is managed by George and Linda. They are on hand to meet you and can help with advice on the local area. They have a genuine love of Tuscany and have enjoyed living here for 9 years immersing in Italian Life and caring for the land and olive trees.
Why Capannori LU, Italy:
Stunning countryside location amidst ancient olive groves yet conveniently situated to easily reach Lucca, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Chianti, Cinque Terre, Forte di Marmi, Garfagnana,Thermal Springs and major shopping outlets. The location gives you a chance to recharge your batteries with beautiful sunrises and is positioned on the side of a Tuscan hill with views over woodland, olive and cypress trees down to the valley below. It has been recently renovated to a very high standard, bedrooms all have air conditioning. Stunning new pool with amazing panoramic views , outer uniquely designed shallow pool area suitable for young children and a feature waterfall. It is surrounded by landscaped gardens and grassed relaxation area with sunloungers. BBQ - gas and charcoal barbeques. There is plenty opportunity to relax in privacy or stroll around the 9 acres of olive groves. We have also recently planted a new vineyard with 500 vines which will be ready in 2018. This small corner of Tuscany is a gem, close to all the major sites to visit yet you will experience real Italian life, shopping, talking to and eating in good local restaurants with the local Italian people.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Easy access to Pisa airport, (30 mins), ideal base to go to Lucca (20 mins), Florence (40 mins car or train), Pisa (20 mins car or train), Chianti (1 hr by car), Volterra (40 mins by car), Siena (90 mins car or train), Tuscan Coast (40 mins by car) or the Cinque Terre (90 mins car or train). Some days you may want to just appreciate the peace and quiet by the pool, walk in the surrounding hills or enjoy eating great food in a local Trattoria. The estate produces its own olive oil and vegetables, depending on the season these will be available for guests.
The front of The Frantoio, now one luxury six bedroom house.
Dine outdoors under the pergola and enjoy our stunning views.
View from Waterfall over the pool towards the West side of the Frantoio.
Waterfall and gardens by the swimming pool.
Main lounge with bookcase full of books, maps and local information.
Main kitchen with top quality appliances leading onto patio and herb garden.
The main kitchen with hallway leading past cloakroom to main hall.
The bedroom of one of our beautiful suites - Botticelli.
One of our beautiful suites - the bedroom of Raphael.
A bath with a view! This bathroom also has a seperate shower and twin sinks.
The Summer kitchen close to the swimming pool for light lunch or evening snacks.
Main hall with original olive grinding stones.
A bird's eye view of The Frantoio, olive groves and swimming pool.
Relax to the scent of lavender, rosemary and jasmin in our gardens.
Landscaped gardens around the swimming pool.
The main lounge with wood burning stove.
The main lounge for relaxing evenings!
The main kitchen with staircase up to the first floor and main lounge area.
Botticelli - the sitting room of one of our beautiful suites.
Titian - Double en-suite bedroom with views in every direction.
The sitting room of one of our beautiful suites - Raphael.
Caravaggio one of our two ensuite rooms.
The lavender path to the swimming pool meanders through olive trees.
Main olive press hall for atmospheric dining!
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