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Large Traditional House, National Park Location, Stunning Views And Great Facilities



Updated: 01-Aug-2016
House / Farmhouse /B&B in Bagni di Lucca, Lucca, Tuscany and Florence, Italy. - Hillside Village Location, Perfect Getaway, Ideal base For Touring, Walking Or Just Relaxing.

Located in the hillside village of Granaiola overlooking the town of Bagni di Lucca, La Balconata Guest house offers everything you would expect from a rural retreat. On the edge of the Garfagana national Park its the ideal getaway for anyone wishing to discover this hidden gem in the northern hills of Tuscany. The perfect base for touring by bike or car with walking routes throughout the vicinity as well as a host of other activities locally. The Spa town of Bagni di Lucca with shops, bars and restaurants is a 10 minute drive, with the historic town of Lucca a further 25 minutes. This Traditional stone built farmhouse is set over three floors, Three generous bedrooms on the top floor with two bathrooms, a large lounge area with open fire and ample comfortable seating for all on the ground floor, and large kitchen and dining room on the lower ground floor with access to the gardens and outside seating and patio areas, fantastic views from the balconies and terraced garden.

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

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Kevan Halson is a professional photographer who decided to settle in tuscany, italy 7 years ago. Along with his brother Richard they restored the old farmhouse in the village of Granaiola, Bagni di Lucca and have now opened up part of it for rent. The house and farm are a passion much like the art and photography which adorn the house.

Kevan has recently opened a Photography gallery at the foot of the hill.

Speaks English, Italian

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1 holidaymaker review


Stunning views

  • 4 of 5

We felt privileged to stay in this mountain top retreat faithfully restored by the owner and filled with interesting photos and ceramics created by Kevan and his mother.

Set on three levels with most rooms overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains we never tired of the scene which constantly changed depending on the weather and time of day.

Kevan's handiwork extends to the shady terrace with sturdy wooden furniture and into the adjacent lofty kitchen where hand crafted cupboards made arty use of bark on the drawer fronts. The size and weight of kitchen/terrace facilities were challenging for this dumpy woman. The lack of a microwave and satellite TV were disappointing, but we could get wi-fi. The two flights of stairs in the house and winding track down to the house from the car park provided good exercise and we returned home pleased that we regularly rose to these challenges thereby working off the daily visits to ice cream haunts!

The bed was comfy with thoughtful and glamorous mosquito nets and the shower, though efficient, was reminiscent of those in the school gym during the 1950's.

The drive up to the accommodation was steep and winding then plateaued to reveal houses, a very good restaurant and Kevan's welcome.

The ancient walled city of Lucca and a trip to the seaside made for variety until we found what we'd really hoped for: a trail of stunning old villas and their spacious gardens. We didn't have time to visit them all but were enchanted by those we did. We enjoyed wall paintings, statues, lakes, fountains, grottos and enough surprises and vistas to please even the most critical garden designer.

We enjoyed our stay. Thank you Kevan.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

When our guests see the views from the house they understand completely why we bought this house. The area is an ideal place to relax and create and the food is to die for. The region is famous for its Olive oil, cheese, wine and the landscape can only be described as breathtaking. The beautiful city of Lucca is half an hour away with some fantastic shops and busy streets. and if you need a bigger place there is always Florence or Pisa with their big city life. Whatever you want is easily accessible here. Beach, town, city, history, wildlife, mountains.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : granaiola at 100 Metres Nearest Ferry : livorno at 120 Kilometres Nearest Train : bagni di lucca at 4 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : lucca at 25 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : granaiola at 100 Metres Nearest Ski : abbertone at 70 Kilometres Nearest Beach : viareggio at 70 Kilometres Car: recommended


The beach is 45 minutes away by car. the resorts of Viareggio, Pietrasanta and Marina di Pisa. The Cinque Terre is an hour and a half by car.


The nearest airpots are Pisa (Galileo) and Florence (Peretola) Pisa is approximately 1 hour by car and florence just over 1 hour. Car hire is available at both airports and is recommended


Lucca is approximately 30 kilometres, pisa 70k, florence 90k

Further Details:

There is an excellent restaurant in the village less that 100 yards from the house, supermarkets are at the bottom of the hill (15 min).

There is an extensive library of guidebooks and information on local interests in the house.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £33 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner

Changeover Day:
Please contact owner. changeover days are flexible.

Notes on prices:
Price are based two people per room per night, the property offers up to three rooms calculated at the per room price. Discounts are available for clients wishing to stay longer than the minimum period indicated. Please contact us to discuss prices.

La Balconata is legally registered with the all appropriate authorities in Italy as a holiday rental. We are fully insured and follow all the guidelines and regulations required. Please ensure you rent only from legally registered properties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The property is the perfect place to relax. no traffic sounds, great wine and the best food. what more can you ask.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1, basin, shower, toilet and bidet Bathroom two has direct access to beds 2 and 3 with Bath, Shower, Marble Basin, toilet and bidet, Double aspect views, is offered as en-suite when using


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, Double, en suite, with balcony Bedroom 2, Double en suite with balcony Bedroom 3, Double or Twin, no balcony but double aspect views


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is set in the mountains with the most spectacular views and woodland walks. the house itself is laid out on 3 floors with the kitchen on the ground and the living room on the first floor. Guests are encouraged to use the extensive kitchen to prepare their own meals if they wish to eat at home. The house contains an extensive library of books. Outside: The outside of the property is spectacular with covered terrace, various seating areas, fully working traditional pizza oven and The property has extensive terraced farm gardens and woodland (currently being developed into a sculpture walk) which supply food for the house. In addition the surrounding area offers spectacular woodland walks with an abundance of birds and wildlife. Utility Room: Washing machine, only for use when requested Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included, rooms and bathrooms are cleaned daily, Towels are changed as required, we run an environmentally friendly house and prefer guests to respect that, linen is changed weekly. Other: The property offers an office and library complete with computer access, high speed internet and open fire. ideal for those wishing to take a working holiday or winter retreat. This area is available upon request. NOTE there is a slope or steps down to the house from the carpark.

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