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Tuscan eco-farmhouse:stunning views,cooking class

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4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
2 nights minimum
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Our small organic farm sits on a hill along Lucca's beautiful northern countryside in the hamlet of Aquilea, with stunning views over the Valdottavo valley, the high peaks of the Apennines, and the National park in the distance. We produce our own olive oil, bake our own bread, make jams from our own fruit trees, prepare home-made yoghurt and classic Italian sauce from our own tomatoes, and grow a variety of vegetables. Our solar powered and beautifully restored farmhouse has 3 comfortable, fully furnished apartments that will feel like home the moment you step inside! Each has its own entry on a lovely terrace where you can relax and enjoy outdoor dining, including pizza from a brick oven. At our above ground swimming pool, guests can enjoy sunbathing with an incredible view. The 2-story ...Our small organic farm sits on a hill along Lucca's beautiful northern countryside in the hamlet of Aquilea, with stunning views over the Valdottavo valley, the high peaks of the Apennines, and the National park in the distance. We produce our own olive oil, bake our own bread, make jams from our own fruit trees, prepare home-made yoghurt and classic Italian sauce from our own tomatoes, and grow a variety of vegetables. Our solar powered and beautifully restored farmhouse has 3 comfortable, fully furnished apartments that will feel like home the moment you step inside! Each has its own entry on a lovely terrace where you can relax and enjoy outdoor dining, including pizza from a brick oven. At our above ground swimming pool, guests can enjoy sunbathing with an incredible view. The 2-story apartment sleeps 4+2. The ground floor includes a kitchen/eating area and a sitting room with a sofa bed. On the second floor, there are two bedrooms (one has 2 twin beds, but can easily be transformed into a double bedroom) and a large bathroom with shower and a bathtub. A door next to the living room leads to an adjoining studio apartment that has a dinette kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom and sleeps 2. The two apartments can be combined into a large 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom apartment sleeping 6+2. We have also an other nice,cosy Studio on the ground floor that is not adjoinable to the others and sleeps 2. Since our 3 apartments can be rented separately as well as combined, updating is difficult and the calendar is not always correct. So, please send us your enquiry if you are interested in staying at our farmhouse. Our love and respect for the environment can be seen in our organic farm with free-range animals, olive groves, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees. We use solar panels for hot water, to help with the wood boiler heating system, and to heat the swimming pool. We chose an above ground, moveable swimming pool because it has less environmental impact. We have two gazebos near the pool with photovoltaic roofs. Here a car is really necessary. We have a special agreement with a car rental agency and can help you to rent a car with a cheap rate. Driver service: If you don't feel like driving, the owner or one of her relatives can be your driver and guide: they can pick you up at the train station in Lucca or at the airport in Pisa or Florence, bring you to the farmhouse to get settled, help you to visit undiscovered surroundings and Tuscan beautiful towns. Cooking lessons and catering : You can learn how to make classic Italian dishes in our large country kitchen and enjoy your meal in our lovely dining room. The owner speaks excellent English and is a talented cook. You can choose the menu with her, deciding what you would like for your delightful cooking lesson. If you do not feel like cooking, you can enjoy being served authentic Tuscan dinners for €25 per head. Italian language lessons : We can organize Italian language lessons upon request. Car or driver, cooking lessons or catering, Italian lessons – the choice is yours. Join us for a true Tuscan vacation.More
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About the Owner
Donatella S
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:90%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:December 2013
Interaction with guests
I live with my family in a different part of the farmhouse. I will respect your privacy, you apartment has the entrance on a facade and our entrance on an other facade, but I will be always available in case of your needs or for suggestions. If you join my cooking class we'll have the chance to chat and have fun together for a few hours !
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We had a lovely week at the farmhouse. The views truly are stunning and being up in the hills was a relaxing treat. At the same time, we could easily get to Lucca and Pisa, and the nearest gelateria (and supermarket) were a 15 mins...More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank emilycD3164QY
Aquilea, VR Owner at Tuscan eco-farmhouse:stunning views,cooking class, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear Emily, thank yopu for your nice words, we really appreciated your company and we'll be happy to see you coming back !

Reviewed 7 October 2016

Comfortable accommodation in a great location with extensive views of the surrounding mountains and over Lucca. Lella a charming warm hearted helpful owner, if you like Italian cooking you must do the cooking class which was great fun with great end results eaten with great...More

Date of stay: September 2016
Thank Bernard John B
Aquilea, VR Owner at Tuscan eco-farmhouse:stunning views,cooking class, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2016

Thank you very much Bernie, I look forward for to seeing you again at the farmhouse for an other cooking class !

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Reviewed 1 October 2014

If you want to stay in the hills outside of Lucca this is a great place to stay. We had the 2-bd apartment. It was very comfortable. Great views of the valley. Fabulous hostess (thanks Lella). The cooking lesson is a MUST DO. Great for...More

Date of stay: September 2014
Thank Michael S
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

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Date of stay: April 2014
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

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Date of stay: October 2013
Aquilea, VR Owner at Tuscan eco-farmhouse:stunning views,cooking class, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Hairdryer
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Secure Parking
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Hot Tub
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Stereo System
Microwave
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Terrace
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Does this holiday rental have a dining room?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
We are 11 km from Lucca, in the beautiful countryside in the north of the city and it has a stunning view of the mountains: it faces the vale of Valdottavo and the peaks of Appennini. It's the ideal place to relax and to go for lovely walks both on foot and by bike. It's therefore ideal for families and or small groups of friends in love with nature with the mountain bike or for motorbikers looking for peace and quiet. Lucca with its monuments and its famous walls, is only 20 minute away. The famous Ville Lucchesi with their extraordinary parks are only a few km away, and can be reached in about 15 minutes.
Getting around
Here the car is really necessary, but if you don't feel to drive we can be your driver guide. We can drive you around the area showing you the most beautiful and unknown little towns and places out from the tourist path or we can just drive you to Lucca train station where you can get a train or a bus for travelling and we can come back to pick you up at the end of the day.
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