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A farmhouse in Tuscany for holidays and retreats

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

La Rocchina is a mountain farmhouse in Tuscany, 10km from historic Pistoia

La Rocchina is a mountain farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy, 10 km from the medieval city of Pistoia, which is half way between Florence and Lucca and was named Cultural Capital of Italy 2017. This idyllic, secluded house was recently restored and is a perfect hide-away for holidays, gatherings and retreats. La Rocchina sleeps 6-7 people in three bedrooms and is available from April-November.

La Rocchina is one of three houses in a chestnut forest above the small hill town of Baggio. Getting there requires a 7-10 minute walk up a stone mule path from the end of the paved road (where you can park) or a 20 minute walk from the village bus stop. Guests should be reasonably fit and comfortable walking on uneven ground. Luggage and groceries are transported by 4WD on arrival and departure day.

The house is self-catering and has the following amenities:

Master bedroom (upstairs, sleeps 2 in double bed)

Bunk bed room (upstairs, sleeps 2 in single bunks or twin beds)

Bedroom/large living room with wood-burning stove (downstairs, sleeps 2-3 in single beds)

Stairway landing alcove (upstairs, sleeps 1 in single bed)

Small sitting room with wood burning stove (downstairs)

Well-equipped kitchen with gas cooker and wood-burning stove (downstairs)

Dining room (downstairs)

Full bathroom (downstairs) and WC (upstairs)

Entry hall with open fireplace

Laundry and utility rooms (cellar)

Electric hot water (except upstairs WC)

Pure spring-fed water supply – no bottled water needed

All linens, towels and bedding provided

Removable screens fitted on all windows

Outside piazza and stone terrace with eating area

No TV or landline, but reasonably good mobile phone signal

Free WiFi – works in kitchen/dining room and front piazza

No outside grilling or fires in summer due to fire hazard

No smoking inside house

Firewood €5.00/box (for inside fires)

There is no pool or lake, but guests are welcome to use the private pool at nearby Villa de Fiori (20 mins by car) if eating a meal in their restaurant – a light menu is available. There is also a small but exhilarating waterfall in a mountain stream just 20 mins walk from La Rocchina.

Groceries, wine etc. can be ordered and stocked in advance of arrival. we live just 50m down the hill and are available to answer questions or give advice about the area.

More Details

Owner
Jethro Pettit
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2018

About Jethro Pettit

We are Jethro and Olivia (late-50s). Jethro is a retired social scientist and university teacher now working freelance, and Olivia is a writer and former secondary school English teacher, now teaching English to Italians. We are originally from the US. lived in the UK for many years, and have been coming to Murotto for 50+ years, over three generations. We now live here year-round, in Olivia's family house, and offer nearby La Rocchina for retreats, holidays and volunteers, sometimes joined by our 3 children (20s/30s), their partners, cousins, a grandchild and his two great-grandmothers.

Jethro Pettit purchased this house in 2011

Why Jethro Pettit chose Pistoia

La Rocchina is remote and serene, with no noise of traffic or urban life. It is ideal for relaxing, walking, creative work, retreats, as well as being a good base for sight-seeing in Tuscany. There is a 10 min walk up a stone mule path from the end of the paved road, where you can park your car. The house can also be reached by 4×4 jeep, which we use to transport your luggage on arrival and departure. La Rocchina has WiFi, electricity, hot water, a gas cooking stove, two wood-burnign stoves and a washing machine, all included. Wood for fires can be provided at cost. No TV or landline, but good mobile phone reception.

The hamlet was abandoned during WWII and the houses, fields and orchards have been gradually restored by our family since the mid-1960s. Murotto is off-road (except by 4wd) so there is a 10-min walk up a stone mule path to the houses.

We are creating an organic and permaculture homestead, and restoring the buildings and landscape for a sustainable future.

What makes this house unique

La Rocchina is in a peaceful hamlet of just 3 farmhouses in a chestnut forest above the small village of Baggio (600m) in northern Tuscany. We are on the edge of a vast mountain wilderness in the Apennines, with many walking trains and abundant wildlife. Yet just 10km away is Pistoia, a beautiful medieval city half way between Florence and Lucca. This makes La Rocchina a good base for both enjoying nature in an idyllic slightly "off-road" location, and sightseeing with all that Tuscany has to offer. Florence is an hour away, as is Lucca, while Pisa, Sienna, San Gimignano and Tuscany's finest beaches are within 1.5 - 2 hours away.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Pistoia in Province of Pistoia

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • Full bath is downstairs, half bath upstairs
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , possible to add another single bed here or in upstairs hall
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Bunk Bed , can also be set up as twin beds
  • Master bedroom (upstairs, sleeps 2 in double bed) Bunk bed room (upstairs, sleeps 2 in single bunks or twin beds) Bedroom/large living room with wood-burning stove (downstairs, sleeps 2-3 in single beds) Stairway landing alcove (upstairs, sleeps 1 in single bed)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking

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Location

Nearest Airport
87 Kilometres
Pisa, Bologna or Florence
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Candeglia
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Pistoia
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Pistoia
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Pistoia
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: recommended

Baggio is a traditional Tuscan mountain village (pop 100) with an active community association that runs a bar and pizza restaurant on Saturday evenings (except in winter), and a small museum dedicated to the villages's charcoal-making days.

Pistoia (12km away) is a charming, well-preserved medieval Tuscan city with fabulous churches and museums, a vibrant night life with many bars and restaurants, great shopping and open street markets, and was named Italy's Capital of Culture 2017.

From Pistoia, Florence and Lucca are about 40 mins train or car, and many other Tuscan gems are within easy reach - Sienna, Pisa, San Gimignano, Chianti, Montepulciano, and many great beaches.

The village of Baggio dates from 900 AD if not earlier, and La Rocchina is on an ancient stone-paved pilgrimage route from Roman times. Local families tend their olive orchards, gardens and chickens, manage their chestnut woods for fuel and timber, collect mushrooms and hunt wild boar, in addition to their day jobs in Pistoia. There are great walks through the farmland, olives and chestnut woods.

La Rocchina is the last inhabited house, and beyond is a forest wilderness with trails and dirt roads leading up into the high Apennines, with boar, deer, wolves, porcupines, badgers and many species of birds. We live just 50m down the hill and are can provide more information about the area.

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £44.46
Refundable Damage Deposit £88.91

La Rocchina is a 7-10 minute walk up a stone mule path from the end of the paved road (where you can park) or a 20 minute walk from the village bus stop. Guests should be reasonably fit and comfortable walking on uneven ground.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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