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Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !

Donatella Sechi

Member since: 2006
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Speaks English, Italian
People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Lucca - Agriturismo 'Abbacca-là'

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms(1 or 2bd flat)+ Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps2-10)

Our small organic farm sits on a hill along Lucca’s beautiful northern countryside in the hamlet of Aquilea, with stunning views over the Valdottavo valley, the high peaks of the Apennines, and the National park in the distance. We produce our own olive oil, bake our own bread, make jams from our own fruit trees, prepare home-made yoghurt and classic Italian sauce from our own tomatoes, and grow a variety of vegetables.

Our solar powered and beautifully restored farmhouse has 3 comfortable, fully furnished apartments that will feel like home the moment you step inside! Each has its own entry on a lovely terrace where you can relax and enjoy outdoor dining, including pizza from a brick oven. At our above ground swimming pool, guests can enjoy sunbathing with an incredible view.

The 2-story apartment sleeps 4+2. The ground floor includes a kitchen/eating area and a sitting room with a sofa bed. On the second floor, there are two bedrooms (one has 2 twin beds, but can easily be transformed into a double bedroom) and a large bathroom with shower and a bathtub. A door next to the living room leads to an adjoining studio apartment that has a dinette kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom and sleeps 2. The two apartments can be combined into a large 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom apartment sleeping 6+2.

We have also an other nice,cosy Studio on the ground floor that is not adjoinable to the others and sleeps 2.

Since our 3 apartments can be rented separately as well as combined, updating is difficult and the calendar is not always correct. So, please send us your enquiry if you are interested in staying at our farmhouse.

It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.

Our love and respect for the environment can be seen in our organic farm with free-range animals, olive groves, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees. We use solar panels for hot water, to help with the wood boiler heating system, and to heat the swimming pool. We chose an above ground, moveable swimming pool because it has less environmental impact. We have two gazebos near the pool with photovoltaic roofs.

Here a car is really necessary. We have a special agreement with a car rental agency and can help you to rent a car with a cheap rate.

Driver service: If you don't feel like driving, the owner or one of her relatives can be your driver and guide: they can pick you up at the train station in Lucca or at the airport in Pisa or Florence, bring you to the farmhouse to get settled, help you to visit undiscovered surroundings and Tuscan beautiful towns.

Cooking lessons and catering : You can learn how to make classic Italian dishes in our large country kitchen and enjoy your meal in our lovely dining room. The owner speaks excellent English and is a talented cook. You can choose the menu with her, deciding what you would like for your delightful cooking lesson. If you do not feel like cooking, you can enjoy being served authentic Tuscan dinners for €25 per head.

Italian language lessons : We can organize Italian language lessons upon request.

Car or driver, cooking lessons or catering, Italian lessons – the choice is yours. Join us for a true Tuscan vacation.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Donatella Sechi (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2015

About Donatella Sechi

Mt husband and I in the picture : we are in front of the facade where under the plaster we had found the date in which that part of the farmhouse had been built :1718 !

Donatella Sechi purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Donatella Sechi chose Lucca

This had being been our dream, we wanted to move to live in the country, but not too far from Lucca where we were working.

In 1988, a few monthes after the birth of our oldest son, we bought this abandoned property and step by step we renovated the building and we started replacing olive trees. We moved here in 1994 and after a lot of works in 2005 we were ready with the rental units. So finally I could devote myself to this full-time job.

What makes this farmhouse unique

When you arrive you immediately fall in love with the view of the mountains and the peaceful feeling that the view gives you. You can think to be really ina remote area, out and far from stressful life, while in 7 minutes you can reach Ponte a Moriano, trhat is the closest little town, where you can find everything you can need.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family (three adults, one child and two teens) thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at Abbacca-la. What a scenic location--everything you imagine Tuscany to be--and Lella, her husband, and their two dogs were so welcoming. The accommodation is not fancy, but more than adequate, and besides, we spent 90% of our time outside, hiking, cycling or exploring our new favorite town, Lucca. If you go, you have to schedule a cooking lesson with Lella, who is a first-class Tuscan chef. It was the highlight of our trip, and my kids are still talking about the gourmet pizzas, tomato/bread salad, and eggplant pasta.
Apr 2010
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4.9
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Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !
average rating of 4.902174 based on 99 reviews
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5

A beautiful spot and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

Abbaccalà is an unusually beautiful place, even for Tuscany! It sits up high, at the head of valley, near a little village called Aquilea, with views downward over clusters of houses, olive groves, and fields. Above it, at the top of a hill, is a ruined church, partially leveled by bombardment during World War II. All of this was visible from the windows of both apartments we stayed in. The panorama was especially enchanting in the mornings and evenings.

The hosts were extremely helpful and kind, without being obsequious in any way. Since our visit took place in March, the apartments had to be heated well in advance of our arrival to offset winters' chill, and they were very cozy when we got there on a Monday evening. All the beds were comfortable, plenty of clean linens were available, and the kitchen had everything we needed. Freshly ground coffee appeared soon after we mentioned our addiction. The larger apartment is perfect for a family with children and the smaller studio we also rented was attached to it, enlarging the living space considerably.

If you wish, Lella will prepare meals made from locally available ingredients. The fresh eggs are a revelation for anyone accustomed to the industrial variety and the focaccia made from chick pea flour was simple and especially delicious. The hosts also provided very clear and detailed directions to the house and were very helpful with other arrangements in the area.

There are many places of interest to visit nearby, and we spent a day with Lella as our tour guide. We saw many beautiful towns in the Garfagnana region and our day ended in the Piazza dei Miracoli in Lucca. That was a very appropriate place to finish since the next morning, and every time I think about it since then, I feel like our visit to Abbaccalà was magical indeed. I can’t help thinking that it would also be a perfect place to go for someone looking for a quiet getaway; a place to read, write, and relax.

We are all looking forward to going back soon, and will find a way to have a longer stay next time.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Germany/Canada
5

Susanne

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week at Abbacca-la! The appartment was cozy and very well equipped. we highly recommend to book a cooking class with Lella! we made pasta fatti in casa and enjoyed making and eating fresh ravioli and pasta very much. Lella is a wonderful host, she recommended day trips and gave good tips. Lucca is a beautiful town, the area is lovely and the beaches are inviting. We hope to come back and stay at Abbacca-la soon again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Oh how I wish I was back at Abbacca-la right now!!! This is an absolutely perfect find. You will not be disappointed. The inside home environment is complete with everything you will need, clean, comfortable, cozy beds, you can cook a whole meal for your family. The outside environment is so peaceful and beautiful, you will love lounging in the yard watching the sunset, listening to the village church bells below, there is ample outside eating areas which can be private or shared with guests and host, and our favorite dogs!!! But the very best part....Lella and her family! This host takes good care of you and makes you feel at home while you are in the hills of Tuscany. You most certainly want to take the cooking class and dinner with all the guests; you won't get this traditional experience if you don't! Don't be afraid of the drive, just a bit narrow and curvy--you can do it! You can walk the country roads and hike around an ancient church ruin. We took a day trip to the beach and Lucca is easily accessible which great grocery stores and delicious restaurants. Looking back we would have stayed longer than our five nights and used this property as a home base to visit around the area. We were a group of 5, 3 adults and 2 teens. I want my next vacation to be to Abbacca-la--I will just fly into Pisa and head straight there! (and never leave)

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Connecticut, USA
5

Rural Beauty felt like Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in the Abbaccla -la farmhouse in the mountains surrounding Lucca. After a frenzied day of organizing and meeting up with family, the gates opened to the quaint farmhouse and all the surrounding beauty of the area. We were delighted each morning as we watched the sun unfold over each hill and valley from the stone terrace. The accommodations were cozy and the walk to the top of the mountain was surreal; only the sound of birds as the view below became more and more breathtaking. Lella and her family were wonderful and even though late in the season, all their dedication to natural growing still flourished all around us. Lella prepared us a meal that was memory making, and we sat and ate and talked like family in a kitchen that felt like home should always be. Even now I try to make sure I remember every detail of our visit to the home she shared so graciously with us.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Everything was Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for an organic farm that also offered cooking classes. Abbaccla -la was absolutely perfect .We had the very spacious 2 bedroom apartment which was very comfortable and clean . The views over the valley were splendid and the walks in the area were equally magnificent.

Lella picked us up from Florence station and we also spent 2 days travelling with Lella around Tuscany as our guide and driver.Lella is a beautiful person ,very kind and great fun. Her English is excellent.

We also did two cooking classes during our week long stay which we found brilliant .We learnt to make pasta, gnocchi, sauces, tiramisu , semi freddo,bruschetta ,celery salad.

The olive oil that is produced on the farm is the tastiest we have ever found.

There were so many great experiences to be had whilst staying at the farmhouse and it is a holiday that we will be hard to beat anywhere else.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Oregon, USA
4

Just what we wanted for a two week visit to Tuscany

  • 4 of 5

We wanted to spend two weeks in Italy, staying in one place, reasonably priced, using a rental car to explore Tuscany. We also wanted to experience an Italian cooking class and be close enough to a small village that we could walk for a cup of "Caffe' Americano". We found exactly what we were looking for at Agriturismo, Abbacca-la. We were made to feel like visiting family rather than as paying guests. We were able to make some of our own meals in our own kitchen and experience world class, historic, local restaurants within 10 minutes of the farm for others. The farm is situated where day trips to Sienna, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Pisa are easily doable. We loved this place!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Aquilea
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Ponte a Moriano
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mastiano
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Viareggio
Car: necessary

You can walk in 30 minutes to the ruins of romanic church that can be seen from our farmhouse. It?s a fantastic spot with a wonderful view of the area and the valley !

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Prices & Availability

From €65 Nightly

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Lucca, Piana di Lucca

Rental Basis:
per property
Prices quoted in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Studio low season
10 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
4 night minimum stay
€260
for 4 nights
€454
 
 
Studio medium season
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
4 night minimum stay
€289
for 4 nights
€505
 
 
Studio high/ medium season
1 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
€556
for 7 nights
€556
 
 
Studio high season
1 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
€606
for 7 nights
€606
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
€172
for 2 nights
From
€86
 

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 1.0%
Notes It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.
On the time of booking we ask for a 30% deposit, the balance can be paid cash on arrival or if through credit card a week in advance your arrival.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Lucca in Piana di Lucca

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • One Studio has a very comfortable bathroom for DISABLE PEOPLE. The large unit (2 bd) on the first floor has a very large bathroom with shower and bathtub. Each Studio is on the ground floor and has a bathroom with shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), so in case we can have 4 double beds. Child Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sleeps 2
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
we are very flexible for our guest needs and we like to be helpful so please just ask if you have any question and we'll make our best to let you have your stay a relaxing and unforgettable holiday

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