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Beautiful restored farmhouse with private pool & spectacular views

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 7-8

Casa a Corte is a beautiful, restored property of Roman origin near the hamlet of Gugliano. The house is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, fruit trees, chestnut woodlands, mountain streams and offers tranquillity to those seeking relaxation. However, the lively town of Lucca, a 20 minutes drive by car, offers everything one could wish for, whether it be fine dining, shopping, sight-seeing or cycling around the ancient walls during the 'passegiata' at sunset. The house is well located for visiting Florence and Siena, the seaside resorts and the mountain regions of Garfagnana. Casa a Corte is set in 30 acres of its own land which is used for the production of wine and olive oil. From the three large terraces and swimming pool, one can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and hear the distant sound of church bells and choir from over the valley.

3 terraces, pool and garden: There is a well-maintained garden and a lovely pool which enjoys sun throughout the day.

The gardens provide perfect areas for relaxation and for children to play.

The house is surrounded by 3 large terraces. The east terrace is accessed from both the kitchen and dining room and has a large slate dining table and eight chairs. A pergola of climbing jasmine, wysteria and passion fruit provides dappled shade. There are views through the olive trees to the pool. Lighting above the large stone table allows for 'al fresco' dining.

The large terracotta tiled south terrace is a sun worshippers' dream. It also benefits from a 3 seater sofa, 2 arm chairs and dining table.

The west terrace enjoys a well established garden of lavender, roses, mimosa and fig trees, plus a table and benches. All terraces have fabulous views across the vineyards and valley.

The area is organic & a wildlife enthusiasts dream with many rare species of animals & birds. In the spring & summer the area is full of wild flowers. As Italy becomes more developed, with more young people attracted to city life, the importance of our valley is becoming more significant as they are becoming the last areas of traditional farming

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Casa a Corte has appeared in the TV programme 'A House in Tuscany' and in several magazines

Local Tuscan cook available on request with two options - a) Aurelio Barattini from v well known Antica Locanda or b) Grazia, a local Tuscan lady

The local town of Ponte A Moriano which is 10 mins away by car, has several restaurants, banks/post office, deli run by wonderful cook Alessandro who prepares cooked meals to take away, Sauro's fabulous Gelateria & bar (the best home-made ice cream in the area) bar, cafes, excellent butchers, superb market with fish, local vegetables, local honey, mushrooms, olive oils etc and a large supermarket - Esse Lunga, plus a supplier of local wines etc.

More Details

Owner
Hugh Johnson
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2017

About Hugh Johnson

We are a well travelled family of 4, who grew up in the Far East & moved to Europe to become a wildlife film maker. Although I now specialise in another area of film, my job is to make objects & places look beautiful.

Our 2 children both studied languages at university, have travel & worked in the Far East, Europe, Africa & South, Central & North America, with interests in food, lifestyle, wildlife, art & sport.

During 2016/ 17 Hazel & I have been working on a pictorial book on Tuscany, the local area, it's food & people. Hopefully this will be published in 2017.

Hugh Johnson purchased this house in 2000

Why Hugh Johnson chose Lucca Area

Having viewed several properties during the summer & autumn of 1999, we fell in love with Casa a Corte after seeing the house and land from across the valley with the mountains behind.

We immediately knew this was the house we were looking for. Over 17 years we have built up a very good relationship with the locals, who are charming & extremely welcoming. One of the real plus points of the area is there are so many things to do, whether it is walking near the house, going to the beach, exploring art & history, markets and festivals, plus sport.

What makes this house unique

Our passion is being outside and spend much of our 'working' holiday looking at the wonderful countryside & wildlife, chatting to the locals & trying to become a better cook. The farmer and his friends in Gugliano have been so helpful & kind to us and have made Casa a Corte a special place for all our family.

The local restaurants, especially at the wonderful Antica Locanda have given us lots of tips when producing our olive oil & have become family friends. A recent project has been working with the son & head chef, Aurelio Barattini on a book titled the Tuscan chef, featuring his restaurant & farm, plus lots of recipes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Hugh, We had a wonderfuly comfortable time at your guest house. The weather was actually fine each day with very little rain. We did some excellent day trips and had lunch at Antica Locanda twice, great reccomendation. We cooked in each night and were very pleased with how well stocked the kitchen was. We were also able to use the pool a bit. Thank you again for everything to make it a great holiday.
May 2013
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lucca in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , shower by pool
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Mirror, towel rail, sink
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , sink, mirror, towel rail, Bosch washing machine
  • Towels are provided for the house only, but not for the beach and pool
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom main - 1 Large Double Bed , Tall wardrobe, chair, mirror & lovely views
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , painted Italian beds, armoire, dressing table, drawers, view
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , painted Italian beds, mirror & drawers, armoire, views
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , painted Italian beds, chairs, table & drawers, views
  • 1 double, 3 twins. Linen provided and changed weekly by our housekeeper. Towels provided for bathroom use only Cots can be provided - notice must be made when booking. Mosquito blinds
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The property has been sympathetically restored retaining original beamed ceilings and antique cotto floors. The interior is comfortable and stylish benefiting from central heating, dishwasher, washing machine, fully well equipped kitchen and satellite TV, broadband Internet access, music docking exterior & pool lighting, mosquito blinds, plus antique furniture, paintings & photos. The house is set out on 3 floors. The ground floor has a kitchen, dining room, toilet & shower room with washing machine. The first floor has a comfortable sitting room which is exceptionally well equipped for families who enjoy books and board games, plus satellite TV/ DVD/ hi-fi/ Wi-fi. There is also a large airy twin bedroom (100cm wide beds) with comfortable traditional iron beds. Upstairs there are a further 3 bedrooms - a double bedroom, 2 twins bedroom with traditional beds, chestnut armoires and original features including chestnut beams. There's also a large spacious shower room with toilet & bidet

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

5

Wonderful escape in the hills of Lucca

  • 5 of 5

We spend one week in April at Casa A Corte as a family holiday (3 couples). Casa A Corte is located in the hills in the North of Lucca.

The house is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. The pool and the garden are in a very good condition. We enjoyed sitting outside on one of the three (!) terraces every day. You can sunbath the whole day and travel from patio to terrace to terrace... We loved the well equipped kitchen which we used everyday for cooking our family meals. The living room, the dining room and the bedrooms are nicely furnished. We felt at home from the very first minute.

The owner is very helpful. He knows the area very well and provides you with tips for perfect restaurants / ice-cream / wine tasting.

We visited Lucca a couple of times. We drove to Siena as a one-day-trip and we went to the beach at Forte Dei Mami. We can recommend Pietresanta as a nice small town for strolling around and have a look at some art sculptures. But we all liked most when we came back to "our" Casa A Corte in the evening.

We will try to come back to Casa A Corte! We can definitely recommend this house for family gatherings or holidays with friends! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marlen, Thank you so much for writing a review and we're delighted to not only hear your happy holiday stories but also to learn it was a successful trip. You obviously kept very busy during your stay and we're delighted you had some good trips to other areas. Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding (& once again for your perfect English). Have a lovely summer & hope to see you again soon. 29C & full sun this week Best wishes, Hugh & Hazel
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5

Very happy to be back

  • 5 of 5

Once again very pleased to be back at the Casa. Blessed with good weather, we spent most the time in the pool. The house stays nice and cool, and long evenings were spent on the terrace eating local produce and drinking local wine. Nothing better!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nick, it was lovely seeing you all once again & delighted to hear your good news. The pool & garden with the 3 terraces is a perfect place to relax from pressures of Dubai life & enjoy the Dolce Vita. The nice thing about Italy is things don't really change - still the same old faces in restaurants, shops & markets. Thx again, H&H
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5

A haven of peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Casa a corte must be the place that Pisa airport based it's poster on " abandon cares all who enter here" It is in a beautiful location surrounded by the Tuscan countryside yet convenient for the stunning town of Lucca. The house is like a home with everything you need at hand and a welcome from the owners that makes you feel like family. Sitting on the terrace at night watching the fireflies and relaxing in the gardens are a joy a fabulous week thank you Hugh and Hazel for sharing your fantastic home .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Maureen Thank you so much for your lovely review. This year we have had many British guests, who have obviously loved the countryside & the wildlife within - it is so nice hearing all the stories. It is so nice helping wonderful guests with their holidays; it has been an absolute pleasure and takes me back to the days when i rented properties in Tuscany, which hopefully has helped me with guests needs and requirements. Have a lovely summer. Best wishes, Hugh
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5

A beautiful farmhouse with amazing pool.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa A Corte was wonderful. The hosts, Hugh & Hazel, provided so much information for us like directions to the house and local days out. All very thoughtful and it made us feel totally at home once we arrived at the beautiful farmhouse. You really do feel like your in paradise with so much green Tuscan countryside surrounding the house, incredibly quiet.

As a foodie I loved how well equipped the kitchen was, plenty of everything like big serving bowls and platters and a great BBQ for staying in and cooking some meat from the local butchers. The beautiful blue pool invites you in every time and its a lovely place to relax and read a book.

We ate out every other night and we're spoilt for choice, Lucca is very close by which has some amazing restaurants and lots of nice bars to have pre dinner drinks. There are also some properly authentic local eateries close to the house, all recommended by the hosts and none of them disappointed. Antica Locanda is one of Hugh's favourites and the head chef served us the best steak we'd ever had, cooked over a wood fired grill and sliced to perfection with parmesan and rocket.

Hugh & Hazel also recommended some great days out, a trip to the Cinque Terre was phenomenal, we also visited Florence and lots of beaches.

A fantastic holiday, but mainly due to the fact that Hugh & Hazel were so organised and helpful with there suggestions about what to do, see and eat. Many many thanks once again.

Sam

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sam, I am delighted our suggestions were helpful. We are so spoilt in Lucca with wonderful produce and good restaurants from cheaper Osterias to Michelin*. Eating in Tuscany is always such a pleasure. The countryside & climate actually makes you want to be outside so we're delighted you did so many walks and runs. Thx once again, H&H
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5

Everythng one could wish for in a Tuscan villa

  • 5 of 5

Casa a Corte is an extremely well presented property where the owners have carefully considered and provided for every aspect of comfort and relaxation. It is in an isolated location yet within easy striking distance of excellent local amenities.

The house can comfortably accommodate eight people and the published descriptions are very accurate. All the facilities are top quality and generously provided. The property was clean and very well maintained. The pool was immaculate and the perfect temperature; the grounds were tidy and full of interesting wildlife, highlights being hoopoe, little owls and a porcupine.

The owner was very hospitable and generous in ensuring our needs were met and offered plenty of useful local knowledge, particularly regarding restaurants and sources of great authentic Italian food. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to others - indeed I would like us to return. Lucca is architecturally charming and full of intriguing eating opportunities, although there is scope to be ripped off too. For us the greater charm was in the outlying towns and villages, particularly Ponte A Moriano - we ate well everywhere we went and everyone we met was delightfully pleasant and accommodating. They all welcomed children and babies too. We didn't stray too far from the villa because it was so relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andrew & Zoe, Many thanks for kindly writing a review and am so glad you all had a lovely family holiday. I always try never to over sell the property, so guests are are pleasantly surprised when they arrive. Tuscany is a wildlife heaven. It is a shame you just missed the fireflies - during some weeks there are 10's of thousands and their flashing glow almost lights up the valley, a truly magical sight. Many thanks once again for being wonderful guests and enjoy the rest of the summer. Best wishes, Hugh
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5

A beautiful, tranquil Tuscan experience

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely beautiful villa in the Tuscan hills and a perfect way to spend a week in Italy.

The villa is within easy reach of Pisa airport and we had no problems finding the location with the very helpful instructions from Hugh and Hazel. We instantly felt at home when we walked in. The villa is so charming and we just couldn't stop walking round exploring the outside grounds and rooms inside with huge smiles on our faces! I felt so lucky to have found such a gem! When the sun is beaming, it is the perfect place to spend a day chilled by the pool with a good book, but its location makes it within easy reach of great days out.

The local town of Lucca is just stunning. We rented bikes and cycled around the walls at sunset, which I would recommend. It's very easy to spend a few hours exploring all the side streets and restaurants! The local train station in Lucca was also extremely handy as it enabled us to travel into Florence very easily. Another beautiful day out.

I would recommend staying here to anyone looking for a peaceful, family week away in Italy. The villa is so wonderfully picturesque, the rooms are homely and comfortable, and the terraces offer a beautiful sunset setting for bbqs and cocktails!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about the house and it's land. I'm so glad you explored the surrounding areas - there are so many wonderful things to see (& eat!). We are now into the funghi and truffle season and the famous San Miniato truffle fair is on every other weekend. I can't wait!! Best Hugh
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Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
EARLY SUMMER
20 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 
 
Early June
3 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,650
for 7 nights
£2,650
 
 
SUMMER
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,650
for 7 nights
£3,650
 
 
LATE SUMMER
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,550
for 7 nights
£2,550
 
 
HARVEST
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,000
for 7 nights
£2,000
 
 
EARLY AUTUMN
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,900
for 7 nights
£1,900
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 

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Minimum stay 1 week (Saturday to Saturday). Out of season we are more flexible with timings with the house available for 10 days etc.
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