Farmhouse, Studio : kitchenette, 1bedroom, 1 bathroom
- English, Italian
About Donatella Sechi
My 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 months 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
As soon as 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 in a remote area, out and far from stressful life, while in 7 minutes you can reach Ponte a Moriano, that is the closest little town, where you can find everything you can need.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Amazing lovely place
We have been visited several locations in Italy, we have seen lots of good places in the last 15 years since we are regularly traveling around the country. But we have never arrived as a guest and leave as a friend from anywhere. This fact maybe tells everything about “Abbacca-là". We really enjoyed our few days here very much. We worked, cooked and laughed together with Lella and the whole family. Wish everybody will have such amazing experience as we had here. Oh, yes and we had never written any feedback before ever!
We loved this location - nice place..
This was a very nice place. The family was busy with olive harvest so having meals there was not a viable option. The one meal we did have was great. If we could offer any suggestions it would be to maybe upgrade the linens.
You definitely need a car for this location. It is located at the top of a very winding, hilly road.
We would stay here again.
Loved this place!
The location and description of this property appealed to us immediately, but we were concerned about renting a car and driving the narrow mountain roads. Fortunately, our host Lella offered us the option of having her do all the driving for us! That was the perfect arrangement for our group of four ladies, exploring Tuscany without our husbands. Her response time was very fast, when we were emailing back and forth, and her English was excellent. We rented the large apartment and the adjoining smaller unit, which were very clean and comfortable with everything in good working order. The rustic stone farmhouse and surrounding countryside was charming, and so was Lella! She welcomed us into her kitchen for breakfast each morning with homemade breads, yogurt, cereals and jams from their fruit trees. This was an option we were very happy to have, as it gave us time to visit with Lella about the area, and Tuscan life in general. We also opted to have her make dinner for us on our arrival day, which she brought to our apartment that evening. We spent a couple days exploring Lucca, riding bikes on the wall, sitting in various piazzas sipping wine and sampling delicious food, and attending an evening Puccini concert at church of San Giovanni. One day, we did a road trip with Lella to Barga, past the Carrara marble quarries, through several mountain villages and on to a coastal resort town. Gorgeous scenery, with the best tour guide around. I highly recommend doing a cooking class with Lella also.......it was a highlight for us, as it was our final day at Abbacca-la. Also on our last day we hiked up to the church ruins which was challenging, but well worth the views.
Lella’s customer service went above and beyond our expectations. She created a personal connection with us, treated us like we were her longtime friends, laughed with us, anticipated our needs. We all came home to Iowa with olive oil from their trees......bringing a little living part of Abbacca-la with us to savor, along with our memories. I would highly recommend this place!
Hidden Gem Outside of Lucca
I can't imagine a better place to stay near Lucca. Lella is the most gracious hostess imaginable. In our four days at Abbacca-la she truly became a friend. Having just spent four fast paced days in Florence, my girlfriends and I were eager to escape the city and experience a more relaxed area of Italy. Abbacca-la was everything we could have hoped for and more. Lella's meals were entirely home cooked and amazing. She provided transportation to Lucca for two days of exploring on our own and then spent a day driving us to remote villages and then on to the coast. The highlight of our stay was her cooking class. There aren't enough superlatives to describe our experience. I would love to go back with my family some day.
A hidden gem.
Abbacca-la` is truly a hidden gem in the Lucca area. The apartment was clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils for cooking. Speaking of cooking, Lella, the owner, instructed us how to prepare focaccia, veal appetizer, a chicken dish and dessert. Then we ate and drank wine outside enjoying the beautiful vistas. Lella and her husband also drove us when we needed transportation. I highly recommend Abbacca-la`.
the real Italian experience
We can only say good things about Lella's place. We regularly checked in, and the house was clean and well equipped. We had our own table in the garden where we could enjoy our dinners outside. The view is stunning. I went there by car, so it was easy for me. The place is a bit secluded, so you'll need a car of your own. Piece of advice: cooking class was really nice, and dinner afterwards was excellent! thank you Lella and Piero, we enjoyed very much! we definitely recommend this place.
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 !