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Farmhouse Apartment -garden, village location, mountain views, English spoken

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Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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About the property

Farmhouse Apartment in Colle di Compito, Nr. Lucca, Tuscany - Peaceful Location In Tuscan Village With All Amenities

Recently renovated apartment with independent entrance & hall, spacious living area with fully fitted kitchen, double sofa bed and a further sofa, large double bedroom and bathroom with shower. Traditional beamed & terracotta ceilings throughout. Outside there is an ancient pizza oven, private patio and shared gardens of around 1000sqm. In summer we have a 3m pool to cool off in. The main village is 300m walk away through olive groves, where you will find a bar, baker's and some shops. There are many restaurants in the area. You can enjoy a varied holiday: relaxing in the garden & wandering through the village, visiting cultural cities & hill-top towns(being south of Lucca this is an excellent location for touring Tuscany), walking in marshlands & mountains, sunbathing on the beach or by the local pool. English owners always available for advice. The apartment is in a typical Italian courtyard setting where 3 families live full-time, so you can experience real Italian living (which can sometimes be noisy!) The beautiful walled town of Lucca is 20 minutes away, Pontedera is 20 minutes away with fast trains to Pisa, Florence and beyond.

Clive and Lucy Woollard
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
4 February, 2017

About Clive and Lucy Woollard

Although I work a lot in the UK, I spend as much time as possible with my wife and 4 boys at our beautiful home in Colle di Compito, where we have had a home since 2006. Throughout 2009 we have restored, with the help of local craftsmen, the ground floor apartment to our house. We are all English, but my wife and family speak Italian fluently.

Clive and Lucy Woollard purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Clive and Lucy Woollard chose Piana di Lucca

We bought this house to make a family home in our ideal location, which also makes it ideal as a holiday destination. The house is set in beautiful countryside, yet only walking distance from all amenities. With travelling regularly locality to good airports at Pisa and Florence is important. I sometimes work in Florence and the commute to the city centre is easy from the train station at Pontedera.

The village has a lovely feel and the people are very welcoming, many locals will try and speak English. All summer the locals meet at Il Campo, a playground with Tennis, Volley ball, Football and bocce (a kind of bowls), from 9:00 in the evening until the early hours, every generation is there and you would be made most welcome. There are many festivals to enjoy locally.

What makes this apartment unique

The English owners are resident upstairs, so any difficulties you have can be quickly resolved, ideal for those who are concerned about language problems.

The village is served by a reasonable bus route and the train station is excellent in Pontedera. It is possible to stay in the village without a car (taxi from airport about 70 euros) and still visit Lucca, Pisa and Florence.

There is excellent walking directly from the house, either in the Pisan mountains or to the marshes below including a WWF protected reservation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Beautiful location surrounded by the Tuscan hills. Peace and tranquility. Lucy and Clive were excellent hosts, ably supported by their innovative and sociable sons." Robin & Jane Goodwin

"Excellent choice of venue enhanced greatly by such hospitable hosts in Clive and Lucy. We now have a real feel of Tuscan life with visits to Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Viareggio, Volterra, San Gimignano and of course Florence. We also enjoyed exploring the village with the quaint little shops and we have been struck by the friendliness of everyone. Thoroughly enjoyable holiday all round." Jim & Moira McGilvray

"Lovely walks around village. Visited Lucca by bus and Florence by train (didn't hire a car). Walked up to Castelvecchio and were rewarded by spectacular views of Tuscany. Lucy and Clive were excellent hosts, always ready to help, making a thoroughly good holiday." Chris & Hilary Harley
Dec 2009
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Beautiful location with amazing Tuscan views and very lovely, friendly owners.

  • 5 of 5

The property is very clean, comfortable and spacious. The owners and their family who live above the apartment are very welcoming and invited us to eat pizza that we made in their pizza oven on our last night. We went on a beautiful walk on our first day, following the directions that Lucy and Clive gave us, and also visited Florence, Marina di Vecchiano and Cinqueterra during our 5 night stay. Having a car (which we hired from Pisa airport) made it very easy to explore Tuscany. There are are local shops and restaurants in the area. The apartment has a private garden and a small outdoor pool which are ideal for a day of sunbathing. Our stay was perfect and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Perfect for a couple

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely little apartment - and such a warm welcome from Lucy and her family. Although small in number of rooms they were all spacious and the whole apartment was perfect for a couple. Lucy made us very welcome and was always there to help but never intrusive. The local village restaurant and pizzeria were both excellent, the walks (directions from Lucy) gave stunning views over the countryside and the walk home through the olive groves did provide the promised experience of seeing fireflies for the first time - quite magical. The only note of caution - if you are looking for complete solitude this is not the place for you as it is in a group of 4 houses that have young families and you cannot expect children to be quiet in what is their home environment.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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lovely stay

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week in the apartment. The setting was beautiful with most of the home comforts we needed. Having the owners nearby was very handy and we enjoyed their company during our stay. Our only small moan would be that the bed settees in the lounge were not very comfortable to relax on. Its in a perfect place to enjoy the delights of Lucca, Pisa ,Sienna and florence. Perfect for a couple.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tuscany treasure

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived at Lucy and Clive's house we knew we were in for a good holiday in Tuscany. In the countryside, yet not remote. Clean and comfortable inside, and a garden to relax in whenever we felt the need. Lucy welcomed us and Benjamin had left daisies on the doorstep for us. Sadly they were wilted by the time we arrived but were replaced the next day and put in water on the bedside table to last the rest of the week! We sampled all the local restaurants and found them excellent. The fireflies in the olive groves were magic! Doing the 4 mile walk up the mountain to Castelvecchio was a rewarding experience as neither of us are great walkers. Coming back to the house after visiting Lucca, Pisa or Piazza al Serchio (nothing there), was like coming home. Lucy and Clive were there to welcome us, listen to our tales, but never intrusive. A truly memorable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Good Base to Explore Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is spacious with plenty of room for two people, sympathetically restored to maintain the character of an Italian farmhouse with exposed beams, traditional terracotta ceilings and tiled floors. It was spotlessly clean and was well equipped for self-catering.

There are restaurants in the locality, a delightful bar in the village which was only five minutes walk away, but we usually took at least 10 minutes to stroll there through olive groves. The scent of grass, herbs and jasmine in the morning was a delight, as was hearing a cuckoo, something seldom heard in England anymore. There are mountain villages to walk to or drive to and in the village itself, there are shops selling 'real food' - fresh meat: chicken, traditional pork chops, prosciutto crudo to die for, as well as locally grown fruit and veg an of course fresh baked bread.

Lucy and Clive are excellent hosts: very friendly and approachable, knowledgeable and helpful and always on hand without being intrusive. They gave us good advice on where to visit and backed this with a detailed knowledge of the area and the best places to eat.

We were there for two weeks which flew by, but gave us time to slow down to village pace as well as seeing the area, and what an area: Florence to the east; Pisa, Lucca and the coast to the west; majestic mountains streaked with marble and dotted with spas to the north; Siena, San Gimignano and the rolling Tuscany hills to the South. 

A very enjoyable holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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very welcoming

  • 4 of 5

Lucy + Clive are great hosts. Very happy to help with ideas + local knowledge. Best ice cream parlour in Florence worked for us! The accom is clean,comfortable, well appointed and just as described. We like to self cater + it was good for us. Only 3 nights meant a short visit but we came from Pisa, then did Lucca ( and Collodi Pinnichio Park / Villa Garzoni) easily by car and Florence by train on subsequent days. Well located for 2 great days out. Would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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mid season
8 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
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high season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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2 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Colle di Compito in Lucca Area

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 42 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower, wc, washbasin.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 + cot (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The Bedroom is large with a king-size bed. Space for cot. Hair dryer. Double sofa bed in living room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Gas for heating is charged according to the amount of gas used from a counter outside the apartment. The walls of the apartment are thick which gives a welcome coolness in summer and a cosiness in winter. Smoking is not allowed in the apartment. Outside: Outside there is an ancient pizza oven fully functional (we can provide the wood if you want to have a go, and there's always plenty of advice on hand), a private patio 12sqm (with patio table, chairs and umbrella), outside lighting and shared gardens of around 1000sqm, with beautiful views of Castelvecchio, the Pisan Mountains and the plain below. In the summer we have a 3m pool, which you would be welcome to cool off in. Gas barbecue available. Utility Room: There is a reasonably large entrance hall, which has plenty of storage space. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels changed weekly. Beach towels are available for a small charge. There is an optional final cleaning charge of €30 payable when leaving. Owners' washing machine and dryer available for extra charge. Other: There is a large entrance hall and a covered porch.

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