|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The house is large and very comfortable with a kitchen, dining room, living area and utility room downstairs and 5 bedrooms upstairs. The white walls and ceiling are very high and traversed by traditional wooden beams. The kitchen has very modern appliances. Most people prefer to dine out on the terrace or in the rear patio, close to the BBQ, rather than in the dining room. The living room is all soft seating around a large fireplace, with a TV and a games/book cupboard.
The guest apartment is just behind the main house. It also has a ultra modern kitchen, a living/dining area and two bedrooms.
The main garden has seating in a pergola and also many sunbeds by the pool. There is a covered car port to shade the cars from the sun. The property is protected by electric gates and surrounded by a large hedge and fence.
Tucked away in a charming valley nestled in the heart of Tuscany, this luxurious country home will exceed your expectations and give your family memories to last a lifetime. A Parino is a beautifully restored historical chestnut mill just minutes away from the famed medieval city of Lucca. A Parino is conveniently located near Pisa, Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre, Barga and Forti dei Marmi, giving you access to a different piece of Italy every day and night. The villa’s antique cotto floors and high beamed ceilings are authentically Tuscan and beautifully accent the elegant furnishings, antiques, and classic wrought iron furniture. The enticing rustic elegance is only furthered by the expansive veranda that stretches across the front of the property, offering views of the surrounding hillside and the luxurious modern pool, ideal for al fresco dining and sun bathing. There are also a mountain stream and woodlands on the property for hiking and discovering local wildlife. A Parino comes equipped with a renovated guest apartment, perfect for guests seeking more privacy. No matter what kind of get away your looking for, A Parino is the perfect place to call your temporary home.
A Parino can be rented as the main house only (sleeps up to 10). The guest apartment can be rented to allow an additional 4 guests if needed. If the main house is rented on its own, the guest apartment is never used, to allow privacy for the main house guests.
A Parino is lovingly serviced by our friends and neighbours, Paolo and Alda Benedetti. Their services include daily cleaning and maintenance of the property. They are also willing to cook dinner for guests at an extra cost. Michael Ringrose is our great friend and manager of the property, who will welcome you to this beautiful part of Italy.
History: The property is located on the Via Clodia, the ancient Roman road, so is surrounded by history. It is also at the centre of the Gothic or Green Line, which was the German defensive line against the Allies in WW2. Above the property in the hills are the old fortifications.
Beauty: It is the tranquility and serenity of A Parino that most guests love the most. Deep in a hidden valley, it is the beauty of the location that attracts regular visitors. The house is surrounded by hillsides, which are full of local wildlife - deer, foxes, porcupines, badgers and wild boar. Above fly a pair of nesting eagles while swallows dip down to catch a fleeting dip in the pool. At night, the fireflies come out.
Children: All children of all ages love A Parino. While the TV and Internet are available, few actually use it. Most, especially the younger ones are playing down by the stream, where they build dams and catch tadpoles or frogs. The older ones go wandering in the hills or swim in the pool. There are also board games available: chess, Scrabble, playing cards available when they prefer the coolness of being inside.
We are Fred and Aideen. Born in Ireland, we have spent most of our life together all over the world. We currently live in Singapore but A Parino is our cherished holiday home which we try get back to at least once a year.
Michael Ringrose purchased this villa in 1999
We first fell in love with Tuscany on a family holiday 17 years ago. We saw about 10 properties in one week and then immediately fell in love with A Parino, a true diamond in the rough. After 2 years of full renovations the house became completely transformed into a rustic paradise!
The previous owners are the Benedetti family, whose own home overlooks the property on the road to Domazzano and they feel so proud of what has been done to their old home.
This house is also much more than a holiday home to us. We all feel very close to A Parino - it's part of our soul - and any visitor will tell you the same. It is utterly enchanting.
Breakfast on the verandah with the sun appearing over the hills
The birdsong every day
The peace and calmness - you never want to leave
The pool to cool down in on hot days
Alda and Paolo - just super people in handling everyone's needs
The close proximity of Lucca and other restaurants
A Parino was definitely more than we expected and more: the photos do not do justice to the whole property. Absolutely fabulous location. The children enjoyed roaming around, catching tadpoles in the stream and chasing fireflies. Excellent restaurants nearby. Lovely candlelit barbecues at home with local fresh produce. We will return!! Australian guests
A superb summer holiday. Thank you to Michael for all his expert advice on what to see and where to eat. We loved having breakfast on the terrace every morning, watching the sun appear from over the hills. Special thanks to Paolo and Alda for keeping the property and pool wonderfully clean and their friendly courtesy. English guests
Our week at A Parino exceeded all expectations! The ideal Tuscan property with the most beautifully restored stone Tuscan villa and large terrace…the perfect location for lots of long Italian lunches and dinners.
As well as the gorgeous gardens around the main house, we were very excited to find the property included an original old stone hut, set high on a hill amongst olive trees overlooking the rolling green hills. Really was the dream Tuscan holiday!
An added bonus included the Lucca Summer Music Festival. Elton John, Joe Cocker, Blink 182…what a line up! All playing in the outdoor piazza in Lucca.
The most picturesque property and very close to Lucca and great local restaurants - and wineries. The wifi also kept our teenagers in touch with friends between swims.
Highly recommend! Thanks for spectacular Tuscan experience.
An excellent family holiday in a beautiful house so close to Lucca. We had a great week's stay - 3 families with young children. Location is idyllic and rustic...over the hills is the medieaval town of Lucca so everything is easily accessible. We enjoyed taking the hikes around the property, up to the old church, perched on the hillside, or round to Domazzano. Great pizzerias nearby but we cooked and ate mostly at home. The barbecue was well used. If you are looking for a easy, peaceful place to have a reunion for some old friends, this hits the sweet spot. Lots of space to stay independent but equally very comfortable for large group dinners.
I think other reviewers have also mentioned Michael, Alda and Paolo. They were a great help. When one of the kids accidentally hurt himself, we were able to use the local Green Cross in Ponte a Moriano, 3 kms away, to get him fixed up.
We soon fell into a relaxed rhythm of late dinners, early breakfasts, sightseeing, lunch, siesta and swim. Stress free. Tranquilo as the Italians call it.
Great place for a relaxing and uplifting holiday. Very comfortable house. Our friends stayed in the converted barn, which is very modern, and an easy 100m to the main house. We planned to go to Florence, Pisa and the beach but ended up hanging out in the house because it was so nice. We walked around the countryside and everyone was very friendly. On very hot days, we chilled in the pool. There is a fantastic restaurant - Antica Locanda - 2 minutes away, near Ponte a Moriano, which was excellent for beef and veal. We plan to return!
We had a wonderful family holiday last summer in A Parino. The property location is excellent...so rural...yet so close to Lucca and to great restaurants. Breakfast on the verandah was one of the highlights watching the sun rise over the hills in front. In the evenings the kids would run around catching fireflies. The house is very comfortable and beautifully decorated. Our friends stayed in the newly restored barn, which is right behind the house. At the end of the stay, it felt like a real home. We had outstanding service from Michael, who lives a few kms away, and was able to give great advice on the local area: restaurants, trips to Pisa, Florence and the beaches, shopping and the many festivals in Lucca and Torre di Lago. Paolo and Alda live round the corner and did all the daily cleaning and pool maintenance. They were a lovely couple. Overall a wonderful, family holiday.
Lucca is a beautiful walled medieval city, which is the birthplace of Puccini. The city is mostly pedestrianised, which is fantastic for cycling and walking. Most guests enjoy cycling round the ramparts of the city wall. The countryside north of Lucca is breathtaking with many medieval villages perched on wooded hillsides. There are many beautiful palazzos and vineyards to visit in the area. Florence, Pisa and the beaches are all within a short distance. There are excellent restaurants within 10 minutes of the house. The Tuscan ski resort of Abetone is only 1 hour away and has generally excellent snow from January to March. The immediate surroundings of the house are beautiful and most guests enjoy this most, whether for relaxation or exercise. There are lovely walks and circuits ( between 2 to 6 kms ) in the wooded hills around the property. Visit the ruined church on top of the hill. See the snow-capped Apuan Alps from the hillside opposite the house.
Other Activities: The Ski resort of Abetone is 1 hour away by car