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.