Surrounded by woodland, 5 minutes walk from village shops and 20 minutes drive from beautiful, historic Lucca, a place to relax in peace or explore: Pisa 50 mins, Florence 1 hour, coastal resorts 50 mins, stunning Garfagnana National Park 20 mins.
La Fornace is a 100 year old, fully restored traditional Tuscan house: bathrooms and kitchen and all services are new, whilst the character has been retained.
La Fornace takes its name from the nearby brick kiln, from which the houses were built, and which housed its workers' families. The ground floor of La Fornace was the cantina, where animals lived, and the restored space retains its historic character from rough stone and brick walls and chestnut beam ceilings. It contains a spacious kitchen with dishwasher and all conveniences, and large and beautiful dining room. Adjoining the front terrace, it is an ideal space to enjoy the cool in the summer heat, or feast in the evening.
On the first floor is a spacious and well lit living room, opening at the back on to a terrace with views over the valley. A wood stove, and Tuscan terracotta tiles, yellow wash walls and dark chestnut beams combine here to create a warm and characterful space to read and relax in. Along the corridor, the master bedroom is the most peaceful and magical room in the whole house, its tiled floor, beamed ceiling and brick walls all original, with a balcony overlooking the surrounding woodland. Opposite is a modern bathroom (bath, shower, toilet, basin).
On the second floor are three further bedrooms. The second master bedroom is large with a high ceiling and its chestnut windows giving on to woodland. Another double room at the back of the house has extensive views over the valley, and the fourth bedroom can either be a comfortable adult single or childrens' double. All are decorated in local style. There is a shower room with toilet and basin.
The house enjoys use of a large garden, private 9x5m pool, onsite parking and terraces in an idyllic wooded setting. It is equipped with TV/DVD, CD player, barbecues, towels/linen, washing machine and clothes tree (shared).
La Fornace is adjacent to Casa Fiona, a 3/4 bed cottage which may be rented together or separately. The pool, parking area and terraces are shared, and our guests always seem to manage and enjoy the company.
The property lies on a rise just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Valdottavo, a traditional working village. Local people are welcoming and friendly, especially in the two local cafe bars and the family owned food shops with their home baked bread and local tomatoes, olives and fresh produce. It is therefore possible to while away the holiday by the pool, eating delicious local food.
A number of nearby restaurants serve delicious pizza, pasta, seafood and Tuscan cuisine at very reasonable prices, the closest of which is 1km away.
Nearby Lucca is only 20 mins, en route 'Esselunga' supermarket whose deli counter is the stuff of dreams. Lucca is a walled medieval city to cycle or walk around, whose alleys and piazzas, cafes, restaurants and shops, Roman amphitheatre and Renaissance cathedral offer days out without effort or stress.
Pisa and Florence, the lesser known Pistoia and Prato, and Tuscany's many villas are an easy day's excursion, as are the elegant Art Deco seaside resorts of Viareggio and Camaiore. Hire a beach umbrella and deckchairs for a day and enjoy the fresh seafood and ice cream.
The Garfagnana National Park is all around and its steep wooded slopes, hill villages and stunning views are to be explored. 2000m peaks of the Appenine range offer superb hiking, sub-alpine flora and breathtaking views, above all in spring and autumn when the natural beauty is at its height.
The peace and beauty of the house, garden and pool in their woodland surroundings, the convenience and friendliness of the village and the opportunities presented by the nearby cities, beaches and hills of Tuscany. Many holidays to cherish at once.
Zugang für Gäste
Guests have the run of the property including on site parking, garden, pool and terrace, and terraces both front and rear. There are two houses which share the pool and main front terrace, and guests arrange joint use amicably.
Wake up in the morning surrounded by woods and birdsong. Catch the early sun at the back terrace, enjoying the views across the valley whilst you wake up or read. Take a stroll to the village to have a coffee and 'dolce'. Return for a dip and relax on the pool terrace or front terrace.
Decide which day you wish to visit the seaside, drive through glorious mountain scenery, or sightsee around stunning Tuscan towns and villas, all within a hour's drive. Pop into Lucca for lunch, cycle the city walls, shop, or just mosey around.
Enjoy superb local cuisine or cook a meal or barbeque by the pool. Sit out in the balm of the evening watching the fireflies in the garden.
Interaktion mit Gästen
Our local Italian house manager Anna speaks fluent English and Italian. She will ensure you settle in well and she is both local and available throughout your stay.
Weitere wichtige Infos
Bookings can be made from Saturday to Saturday only. The road to the house is short but quite steep and as the property lies on a hillside we do not recommend it to the elderly or under 3s. (We spent holidays there with our toddler children so alternatively one just needs to take care; a garden gate secures the terrace area and stairgates can be fitted). There is a narrow staircase leading to the second floor. The pool is open from end May (half term week) to the end of September.
Previous guest comments:
The past week was a fantastic holiday! Even though there were eight of us there was plenty of room for everyone. All in all we can only recommend La Fornace to anyone who wants to chill in an idyllic place. Swimming pool is great, the kids enjoyed it every day.
The house is ideally suited for visiting Lucca, Pisa, Barga and Bagni di Lucca which we would recommend to anyone looking for good food and atmosphere. The village shop was great for bread and cheese, and the pizzeria for the evening.
An idyllic spot! Far exceeded my expectations. Highlights were cycling around Lucca's historic walls, walking through the old town of Barga and eating out overlooking the river at Bagni di Lucca. The train ride from Diecimo to Equa Terra was spectacular, as was the drive to Barga through the mountains.
We had day trips to Barga, to Pisa to see the tower, and to the beach at Viareggio - all recommended. We hope to return one day.
Everyone had a fantastic time in your magnificent house. All of us were delighted . The children loved the pool and spent hours splashing in it.
Great venue for family get togethers! Scenery wonderful, villagers very friendly.
Please only smoke outside and do not sit on soft furnishings in wet swimming costumes. We ask that rubbish is bagged up and left out as instructed. On this and any other matter Anna our house manager will help.
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