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Beautiful old mill with modern interior

Overview

Property

Updated: 02-Dec-2016
2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, sleeps 4 to 6

Il Mulinetto is a welcoming and joyous house that lifts the spirits the instant it is entered. Hidden behind a giant spruce, next to a mill stream with seasonal waterfall, the house is entirely private and tranquil. There are no other houses in sight. The old mill served the local inhabitants for generations. It has been converted into a dwelling with great care and affection in 2005 by master craftsmen using traditional materials. It has a fully equipped modern kitchen with a lava grill, dishwasher, five burner hob with oven, etc., two air conditioned, double bedrooms, one with king-sized, one with double beds, both with large, tiled en suite bathrooms, comfortable sleeping and luxurious bathing assured. There is a separate laundry with a washing machine and a dryer. The large sitting room has a stone monastery fireplace, flat screen satellite TV, and an extra sleeping area of 2 single divans with a basement shower room and WC. Fresh herbs grow in the garden area.

Natural Surroundings and Local Activities: Chestnuts can be gathered in abundance in the autumn (late October/early November) and wild porcini mushrooms can be found a few days after rain from June to October but you need to know where to look. Wild flowers grow along the roadsides. There are local festas (sagras) during the summer and the nearest one offers free food and wine. It takes place at the end of July. At others, a modest sum is charged for the theme dish of each sagra. Not many tourists attend these so that it is a pleasant peek into the Italian way of life.

Services and Restaurants: There is a supermarket about 4 km away, also a chemist and hairdresser. There are a number of restaurants within a few kms and easy reach by car.

Only 15 minutes drive from the beautiful city of Lucca.

Activities: From a nearby village it is possible to take short horse back rides or two-three day rides into the mountains. Bicycles can be hired in Lucca where it is possible to cycle round the top of the medieval city walls and through the narrow streets of the city. There are many interesting places to walk around the vicinity of Il Mulinetto where the beautiful countryside is on the doorstep.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, Italian

25 Reviews

4.9
based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

5

Heaven in The Tuscan Hills

  • 5 of 5

All that was described in the listing description and far more awaited us when we arrived at Il Mulinetto. We were greeted warmly by our host, Mark, who had taken care to ensure our fridge was stocked with refreshments and who took the time to personally escort us to a grocery store. Mark's hospitality continued throughout our two-week visit as he checked in on us regularly.

We were delighted to find everything we could possibly need in our home away from home, enjoying its comforts and fabulous views. Thanks to Mark's generosity we were also able to enjoy fresh grapes and tomatoes from his vines and assorted herbs in his garden. We really appreciated the recommendations Mark provided to us, in person, and through the copious resource material available to us.

While we enjoyed many day trips to wonderful places like Florence and Pisa, we also stayed "home" many days enjoying challenging hikes, and curling up with one of the many novels available for our reading pleasure, and enjoying many at-home meals prepared in our well-equipped kitchen.

We highly recommend Il Mulinetto to all, with the exception of those who would not be comfortable driving on narrow roads with a few hairpin turns.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pam, Thank you for your review of your time at Il Mulinetto and for your kind comments. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay. It's always a pleasure to have guests who appreciate this area of Tuscany and I hope to see you back here one day. Saluti, Mark.
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5

Wonderful, peaceful, high quality property

  • 5 of 5

The approach to Il Mulinetto (up a winding country road) is as beautiful as the house itself. The location of Il Mulinetto is positively idyllic - nestled into the side of a hill with a cascading waterfall behind it. It is utterly enchanting.

The house is extremely comfortable. The living area, bedrooms and bathrooms are all spacious and comfortable and the kitchen is extremely well equipped. In truth we could find no fault with the accommodation.

Mark, the owner of Il Mulinetto is delightful and extremely welcoming and helpful. He knew we were arriving in the early evening when the supermarkets were closed, so he very kindly volunteered to go shopping for us, so that the fridge was stocked up when we arrived.

Its proximity to Lucca makes it easy to appreciate all that this charming town has to offer in terms of restaurants and shops, but it's always delight to return to the tranquillity of Il Mulinetto. We would highly recommend Il Mulinetto to anyone looking for a comfortable house in Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Derek, Thank you for your review of your time at Il Mulinetto and for your kind comments. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay. It's always a pleasure to have guests who appreciate this area of Tuscany and I hope to see you back here one day. Saluti, Mark.
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Wonderful, truly magical, waterfalls and fireflies what more could sone want.

  • 4 of 5

The villa is set halfway up (well I say mountain, but hubby said its a hill) and when you turn in to the driveway your excitment starts to build, not only the look of the villa but the sound of the waterfall (which is behind the villa and rounds along the side if it )

The villa itself is entered by huge double doors and the first thing that hits you is the sight and sound of the waterfall through the open window on the back wall its simply breathtaking.

the loung is very large with high ceiling, beams and a log burner perfect just perfect.

The kitchen diner is large and well equipped, even has an indoor bbq.

The two large bedrooms each with there own bathroom and wonderful views.

on a practical side all windows has mosquito nets so can be opened at all times if you prefer not to use the aircon.

I think you have guessed, we enjoyed our stay here.

and would highly recommend you going.

the owner is an amazing gentle man with a adorable border collie called betty who make your stay perfect.

annie and paul

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul and Annie, Thank you for letting others know your experience of Il Mulinetto and for your kind comments. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay. It's always a pleasure to be the host for visitors who appreciate this area of Tuscany. I hope to see you back here one day. Saluti, Mark.
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5

A Perfect Tuscan Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The listing on this property perfectly described it. This is a secluded, quaint cozy home in a remote, perfect location. The kitchen is very easy to cook in and the bedrooms and bathrooms are very comfortable and updated.

I wish I had whoever cleans the house here in South Carolina, as the house was exceptionally clean and well maintained!

Mark, the owner is a true delight! He went above and beyond in all areas of service. He is definitely one of a kind!

I would recommend the property to anyone looking for a house in Tuscany!

The town of Lucca has so much to offer, I would have a hard time recommending one restaurant. If going to the Cinque Terra, I would recommend the Gambero Rosso in Vernazza. This restaurant was great and Lorenzo takes wonderful care of his customers!

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful two weeks at Il Mulinetto!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dana, Thank you for your review of your time at Il Mulinetto and for your kind comments. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back here one day. Saluti, Mark.
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5

Tranquility . . .Tuscan style

  • 5 of 5

A very comfortable retreat set in the hills above Lucca. As you approach you can not envision what you will find, absolute tranquility. Mark the owner met us as we arrived and totally explained the villa and the operation of of all appliances, and assured us that if we needed anything just to call him. A slow walk around the grounds you will find olive groves, a grape arbor in full bunches of grapes at the time of our visit, which we availed ourselves of. A short walk up the hill by the villa you will find the old village church which opened up to the vistas of the valley. The villa will not disappoint you, beds very comfortable, bathrooms well appointed and great kitchen facilities. Unfortunately during our week the wifi was down, but it did not take away from our stay, actually it was rather nice not being wired. A great villa in a great location, would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments about your stay at Il Mulinetto. I do hope you will be able to make a return visit in the future. Saluti, Mark
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5

A Happy Place in the Mountains Above Lucca

  • 5 of 5

"Ut laeta vivas hic est locus." Latin for - This is a happy place to live - is carved above the side door of this marvelous little villa in the hills above Lucca. As a former Latin student, I was in love at first sight. The house is magnificent - so comfortable and perfect for two couples who want to experience true Tuscany. The setting is perfection (once you make it up the winding mountain road from Lucca). The house is nestled into the mountain among the olive trees- quiet, peaceful and very private - and restored beautifully to provide all modern comforts but retains the character of the old olive press mill it once was. The location is convenient to many sights in Tuscany - we did day trips to Florence, Volterra, Cinque Terre and Pisa while we were there.

Mark, the owner, is a true delight to work with...wine was waiting for us in the fridge, and we had the pleasure of having drinks with him one evening on the terrace of il Mulinetto, as well as an Italian dinner one night. Mark provided us with many great recommendations, and graciously introduced us to his good friend, Paola, who conducted an Italian cooking class for us on our last night in Lucca.

This villa is so marvelous it demands at least a few weeks stay - my only regret is that we could not stay longer to balance the day trips with more down time to enjoy all the pleasures of il Mulinetto and Mark's company. Thank you Mark for you hospitality and a most perfect stay; we hope you will have us back in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeri, Thank you for your review of your time at Il Mulinetto and for your kind comments. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back here one day. Saluti, Mark.
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Galileo Airport, Pisa at 35 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lucca at 8 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 20 Kilometres Car: necessary

Il Mulinetto di Torre is in an extremely pretty rural area not far from the walled city of Lucca. It is in the foothills of the Apuan Alps. There are many olive groves and vineyards; in fact, the house is set in its own 20 acres of olive trees and woods. There is a winery in the valley below open to visitors. For horse back riders, there is an equestrian centre nearby for rides through the woodlands and along the river for from one hour to three day treks.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
December 2016
1 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£715
for 7 nights
£715
 
 
Jan - Feb 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
£673
for 7 nights
£673
 
 
March - April 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£715
for 7 nights
£715
 
 
May 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£841
for 7 nights
£841
 
 
June - September 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£925
for 7 nights
£925
 
 
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£841
for 7 nights
£841
 
 
November 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£673
for 7 nights
£673
 
 
Dec 2017
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£715
for 7 nights
£715
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

SPECIAL OFFER - Any service charge paid to HomeAway for your online booking will be REFUNDED to you in cash ON ARRIVAL by the property owner.
Charges listed are based on 7 nights. Minimum stay is ONE WEEK but we also consider different rental periods.
For stays of over 2 weeks special arrangements can be made. Please ask for a quote from the owner.
Your guests are always welcome but subletting is not permitted.
Gas and electricity prices are included in the rent for June to September. For other periods (October to April), the first 100 units of gas used is included in the rental price. Any gas used beyond the first 100 units will be charged at cost price based on meter readings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • paragliding

Floor Area

  • 180 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom one - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom two - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom three - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • The en suite bathrooms are large and are completely tiled in white tiles.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • 1 American king sized double. 2 singles. 2 single divans downstairs off the main living room with access to ground floor shower and WC.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Pets allowed by prior arrangement. On request, cleaning can be arranged during your stay at a cost of 40 euros per clean. On request, laundry services can be arranged during your stay. Prices by arrangement. Gas and Electricity are included in the rent for June to September. From October to April electricity is included in the rent. From Oct to April the first 100 units of gas are included in the rental price. Any gas used beyond the first 100 units will be charged at cost price based on meter readings. Additional firewood for the stove can be purchased from the owner at very reasonable local rates.

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