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Traditional Tuscan House with Private Pool - La Fornace (4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7/8)



Updated: 03-Sep-2016
Holiday Homes in Valdottavo, Nr. Lucca, Tuscany, Italy - Peaceful Woodland Setting, 5 Minutes Walk to Village Centre

La Fornace and Casa Fiona are 100 year old, fully restored traditional Tuscan houses: bathrooms and kitchens 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 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.

'Casa Fiona' adjoins Casa Fornace and is a gem of a cottage for a couple plus child (or two smaller children). The floors and ceilings had completely collapsed when we bought this property, but walls and roof beams are original and have been tastefully incorporated into the restoration which uses local chestnut from the Garfagnana national park around.

The front door is accessed from the main terrace. On the ground floor there is a living and eating area with galley kitchen, which includes gas hob, electric oven , and large 'Belfast' style sink. Windows look on to the pool and garden.

Upstairs a stunning and spacious double bedroom with high ceiling includes access to the back terrace, a lovely spot to catch the early rays with a coffee and a book. The second bedroom offers plentiful room and comfort for another adult or two children. Both rooms enjoy a glorious view over the garden and pool.

The peace and beauty of the houses, 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. A holiday to cherish.

More Details

Details for holiday home La Fornace (4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7/8), 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms

2 large double bedrooms plus 2 single or double bedrooms on the first and second floors.

Family bathroom on first floor. Bathroom with shower cubicle on the second floor.

Fully equipped kitchen on the ground floor with oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave etc. and small dining table with 4 chairs.

Impressive cantina dining room on the ground floor with large wooden dining table and 8 chairs.

Large sitting room on first floor with traditional Italian wood burning stove, 2 sofas, 4 chairs, coffee table, opens to small terrace at back of the house;DVD, small Hi-Fi with CD / radio / usb port.

Towels, linen and pool towels are included. The property is cleaned prior to every guest stay and also weekly in the event of a longer stay.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

Petra and Robin live in Wiltshire and have two children. Casa Fornace and Fiona are our home which we visit when we can, and it is very important to us that our guests share something of the magic we experience in the property, village and local area.

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Speaks English, French, German, Czech

Guestbook comments from the owner

'I would like to thank you for the wonderful week we had at your house. The house is fantastic, clean and in such a lovely location, and beautifully restored, it's just as we imagined Italy would be. Our children enjoyed the pool and we couldn't get them out of it! We loved Tuscany and I would have no hesitation in recommending your accommodation to friends and family.'

'We had a wonderful holiday and just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed being in your 2nd home! It was so beautiful there and was so ideal for my family. I now have to see if I can find away to repeat it all, perhaps in 2 or 3 years time, so we can look forward to it all over again.'

'Just wanted to let you know that we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Valdottavo - the villas were just ideal for us.'
Jul 2014
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From the Owner

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. Repeat all day / every day as the children demand, or ... Decide which day you wish to visit the seaside, experience mountain scenery, or sightsee Tuscany's stunning towns and villas, all within a hour's drive. Pop into Lucca for lunch, cycle round the city walls, shop, enjoy fabulous food, or just mosey around. Enjoy superb local cuisine for a very modest outlay, or cook a meal or barbeque by the pool. Sit out in the balm of the evening watching the fireflies in the garden.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 32 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Celetra at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Diecimo at 2 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A11 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La Terrazza at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Abetone at 28 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 52 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Valdottavo lies in the foothills of the Garfagnana national park with fabulous walking and hiking between 20 minutes and 1 hour's drive away. On offer are 2,000m peaks, breathtaking views, beautiful hill villages, birdwatching and sub-alpine flora. Spring and early summer - March, April, May - and autumn - September, October - offer an ideal climate for walking. The attractive wine route of the Colline Lucchese is a 15 minute drive away.


Valdottavo is up to 1 hour drive, either by motorway or along the beautiful Colline Lucchese wine route, from the international beach resorts of Viareggio, Lido di Camaioro and Forti di Marmi. The world famous Cinque Terra coast to the north and Isle of Elba to the south are both about 2 1/2 -3 hours' drive.


The houses are 50 mins drive from Pisa - Galileo Galilei airport (Ryanair, Easyjet, British Airways). Within an hour's drive are beaches, mountains and the attractions of most of Tuscany's most famous cities. Car hire is strongly recommended (costs from £20 per day) prebooked and available from the airport. There is a train service to Lucca and from there a bus service to Valdottavo. Genoa and Bologna airports are within 2 hours.


Lucca - 20 - 25 mins

Pisa/Viareggio - 45 mins - 1 hour

Florence - 1 hour - 1 1/2 hours

Barga - 45 mins

Torre del Lago - 45 mins

Abetone - 1 hour

Pistoia - 45 mins

Montecatini Terme - 40 mins

Volterra - up to 2 hrs

San Gimignano - 2 hrs

Siena - 2 1/2 hrs

Elba - 3 hrs

Milano - 3 hrs

Further Details:

The centre of Valdottavo is within 5 mins walk from the houses. It is a working village of character with excellent local shops: 2 bar / caffés one of which has a pizzeria, pharmacy, newsagent, 3 "alimentari" selling local food, high quality butcher / delicatessen, post office and bus service to Lucca. A short drive away in the surrounding hills there are a number of wonderful pizzerias and local restaurants.

The local town of Lucca is a gem, ideal for family visits, and only a 20 minute drive (with a large Esselunga supermarket on the way). There is excellent shopping and eating in its largely pedestrianised medieval steets, a Roman amphitheatre, medieval cathedral and churches, a tower to climb, and a unique atmosphere in which to explore. The 17th century walls offer walking and cycling (cycles for hire) along tree lined avenues with panoramic views. Festivals, concerts and street markets are held throughout the year.

The attractions of Pisa, Florence and other beautiful cities such as Pistoia, Barga and Prato are all within an easy day trip. Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano are within 2 1/2 hours. Summer open air opera at Puccini's former home on Torre del Lago is about 40 mins away.

Valdottavo lies in the foothills of the Garfagnana national park with fabulous walking and hiking between 20 minutes and 1 hour's drive away. On offer are 2,000m peaks, breathtaking views, beautiful hill villages, birdwatching and sub-alpine flora. The attractive wine route of the Colline Lucchese is a 15 minute drive away, and local olive oil is renowned for its quality.


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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
We require a deposit of 20% of the total rent. This can be paid either by cheque or by bank transfer and we will confirm the booking and receipt of your payment by email. The balance should be paid 6 weeks before the start of your holiday. A breakage deposit of 20% of weekly rent is required with the balance, and this is refundable on your return home. Central heating is charged extra at £200/week (La Fornace) and £100/week (Casa Fiona).

Changeover Day:
During high and middle seasons, changeover is scheduled on Saturday morning for departures (before 9.30) and afternoon for arrivals (after 12.30).

Notes on prices:
If you wish to book both properties for 3 weeks or more, a discount is possible. Please contact the owners.

Holidaymakers pay via bank transfer. The £250 deposit is payable to confirm reservation. Final balance is due 6 weeks before holiday begins.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

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 family owned food shops. Ask for home baked bread, local tomatoes, olives and fresh produce. It is possible to while away the holiday by the pool, eating delicious local food. A number of nearby restaurants serve delicious pizza, pasta, seafood and hearty 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, and whose alleys and piazzas, cafes, restaurants and shops, Roman amphitheatre and Renaissance cathedral offer wonderful family days out without crowds, stress and too much expense. 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.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • ski lift pass
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Master bedroom - original tiled floor, beams and balcony
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Spacious, stunning view, beds can be made up as double
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Stunning view over valley
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, Single / pull out double bed suits 1 adult or 2 children


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The houses can be rented separately or together. Wifi is available throughout. Travel cots, stair gates and fans are available for each house. External utility room contains washing machine, 2 ironing boards + 2 irons and clothes horse with separate entrance; large fixed clothes tree on adjacent front terrace. All windows are equipped with roll down fly screens. Both houses are comfortably furnished and decorated in local style and have central heating. Outside: Extensive, beautiful garden with modern private swimming pool (4x9m). Large terrace around pool is fully paved and ideal for sunbathing, entirely private, and benefits from stunning woodland surroundings. Pool furniture includes loungers. Large terrace with outdoor table, chairs and BBQ. Pergola on pool terrace can be also used for al fresco dining where another BBQ is sited. The property lies just above the village and is easily accessible by car (short, steep drive). Onsite parking for up to four cars.

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