Stunning three-story stone farmhouse twenty minutes north of Lucca, with spectacular panoramic views of vineyard-covered hillsides, farmhouses, charming villages, and the Appenine and Apuan Mountains. Ideally situated, with easy day trips to Florence, Cinque Terre, Forte dei Marmi, and Pisa. Outdoor pizza oven, BBQ, stone fireplace, and expansive terrace with dining area and cocktail patio. A stately and spacious oasis in the Tuscan countryside.
A working chestnut farm into the late 1980s, Casa nella Selva still has its original chestnut beams, and is elegantly and comfortably furnished with a mix of period and country pieces, including many original to the house. There are restored terracotta floors throughout, beautiful wooden windows and shutters, and a gorgeous large restored hayloft to read and drink wine when it gets chilly.
In spring, summer, and early fall, guests spend most of their time on the plant-lined terrace, which runs the length of the house, and includes a large stone table for outdoor dining shaded by a rose and grape-leaf pergola. There's also a vine-covered stone shade room for sitting outdoors at midday.
The house is large, free standing, private, and rentable to a single party at a time, for a minimum of three days. It is a true hillside oasis, perfect for honeymoons, family retreats and reunions, and vacations with 2-4 couples (Pack and Play, stroller and high chair available). There is parking for two cars, linens and table service for 8, washing machine, dishwasher, fans, etc. All amenities are accessible to guests.
Interaction with guests
Owner will not be present. Interaction is limited to providing information and ensuring that the house is ready for occupancy. Professional cleaning is done by trusted local staff between all guest visits. Owner is fully bilingual and a native English speaker, and has 20 years experience renting to satisfied travelers from the United States, England, Germany and Scandinavia, and access to a wide and reliable group of service people in the Lucca area. She will respond directly to any questions or emergencies, and has local staff on hand to help with any issues that might arise.
Other things to note
Please contact owner for all other questions.
As if you were house sitting for in-laws you really like. You will have the house to yourself while you are in it, but we expect it to be left as found—not spotless, our cleaners will take care of that—but unharmed.
Anyone who wants to bring a pet all the way to Italy, should check with owner first.
No smoking. And it makes the optional hike up and down the mountain easier.
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I am a writer, editor, and accidental landlady: a brownstone in Brooklyn. and a house in Tuscany, just north of Lucca. The Italy house is rentable May through November, and occasionally in the winter. My duplex is rentable for six weeks in Summer, check listing for dates.