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Luisa Riddiford

Member since: 2010
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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Pisa,Tuscany, Italy: Views of Leaning Tower: Olive grove house & pool - perfect! - House 2: Pisa,Tuscany: Spacious stunning olive grove farmhouse & pool

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Pisa area - La Lucertola

Pisa,Tuscany Italy: Spacious well equipped olive grove farmhouse & pool sleeps 7

Nestled in its own private olive grove, La Lucertola is a setting from heaven. Spectacular views over forest, field, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Med in the distance make this a truly enchanting location. Flowers, fireflies and jasmine blossom abound. The peace is punctuated only by birdsong. The ample space around the house is fun in which to lounge, explore, cook and play. The pool enjoys views to infinity. The beaches are close by, less than 30 minutes away. Pisa and Lucca, both 20 minutes away and Florence just an hour - stay and play or go and explore - it's all on your door.

Fabulous accommodation: The accommodation offers two beautiful, spacious and well equipped eco friendly farmhouses, each of which can accommodate up to six or seven people. The houses enjoy the use of a shared and secure swimming pool. The farmhouses are set on the south facing slopes of the Monti Pisani, an environmentally protected area of outstanding natural beauty, in the midst of terraced olive grove, fruit trees, birds and wild flowers. The houses are set on a hill and are reached by a winding private road up above the sweet hamlet of Pugnano and command spectacular views over forest, field, Pisa, The Leaning Tower and The Mediterranean Sea beyond. The ever changing countryside offers the holiday maker a year round choice for travel.

Feel good about this choice of holiday: The farmhouses are a genuine eco conscious choice. They are powered by the sun via photo voltaic solar panels generating the entire electricity supply. They are fed by natural spring water – one washes in it, bathes in it and swims in it – wonderful ! Rainwater is collected for the plants and allotments. With many other green initiatives this is a destination to feel good about.

Great location: The farmhouses are in a superb position: about 20 minutes by road from both Pisa and Lucca, 30 minutes from the coast, an hour from Florence and lesser known gems making exploration fun and worth while. The combination of hills, sea and proximity to places of cultural interest make this a holiday location to suit and inspire all moods and fancies at all times of year.

Activities: There is plenty to do here for all ages and to fit all moods and tastes! Activities such as cookery courses, canoeing, rafting, cycling, walking, paragliding and horse-riding can be arranged either prior to arrival or while you are here

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Details for holiday farmhouse House 2: Pisa,Tuscany: Spacious stunning olive grove farmhouse & pool, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

Nestled in its own private olive grove, La Lucertola is a setting from heaven. Spectacular views over forest, field, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Med in the distance make this a truly enchanting location. Flowers, fireflies and jasmine blossom abound. The peace is punctuated only by birdsong. The ample space around the houses is fun in which to lounge, explore, cook and play. Each of the two houses has its own independent and ample outdoor space with shade pergola, table, chairs and sun loungers. The pool enjoys views to infinity. The beaches are close by, less than 30 minutes away. Pisa and Lucca, both 20 minutes away and Florence just an hour - stay and play or go and explore - it's all on your door.
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
Luisa Riddiford (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

About Luisa Riddiford

Colin, Max (age 12) and I live in a separate house and love living here! We try our absolute best to ensure that everything is as it should be for you when you arrive and indeed during your holiday. We are always respectful of your privacy and we want all our guests of all ages to feel free, happy and relaxed. It isn't easy to write about yourself, so here is what previous guests have said about us: 'Luisa and Colin are the perfect hosts and I would like to thank them for allowing us to spend a little time sharing their little piece of Tuscan heaven.' 'The owners live on site and provide a friendly information facility and comprehensive support.' 'Thanks to Luisa and Colin for their hospitality and especially to Max for his special entertainment 'services to children'

Luisa Riddiford purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why Luisa Riddiford chose Pisa area

Luisa taught English in a school near Pisa in 1986 and fell in love with the area. We returned, many times. We made lifelong friends and began to feel that this could be a new home and a new life. After 12 years of living and working in London, we decided to take the plunge, change direction and embrace the challenge of creating a new life. We wanted to be closer to nature, direct our own affairs and to live in a beautiful place with a decent climate. We found La Lucertola as a semi ruin, completely overgrown and crying out for some love and attention. We first fell in love with the incredible view and the prospect of living in the country but close to Pisa and the sea. The view is unique, breathtaking and truly inspiring. We can see The Leaning Tower, the coast and the islands of Capraia and Corsica. We overlook olive grove, forest, field and village. Overhead are birds of prey and the night sounds of owls. This place gives us inspiration and the energy to live a good and authentic life. We are happy to share this beauty and joy with our guests who over 14 years of operation wholeheartedly testify to the magic of this very special location. The houses are spacious, comfortable and well proportioned. One would happily live in them all year round - they are much more than a simple rental property - they are proper houses with a true sense of home.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The view - irreplaceable and unique. And the place itself - beautiful and inspiring, relaxing and uplifting. From the first moment we looked out over the olive grove, into the fields and then onto the unmistakeable view of The Leaning Tower of Pisa we knew this was the place for us. Three houses, all with their own front doors. One for us and two for the guests - perfect! With the convenience of a country location and the amenities of Pisa and Lucca close to hand and Florence only an hour away.

Also appealing to us is the easy proximity to beaches, mountains and rivers. We did not wish to be in an isolated position so the quick access to the airport, the motorway system and the national rail network without being able to see them or hear them was also important.

Guestbook comments from the owner

In the words of that great politician " I ll be back! " like all treasures, once found they can be enjoyed again. We've had a lovely time, To our hosts, the cats, the birds, the fireflies......thank you.



Keven and Wendy Taylor
Apr 2011
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Reviews

4.8
based on 22 holidaymaker reviews

House 2: Pisa,Tuscany: Spacious stunning olive grove farmhouse & pool
average rating of 4.818182 based on 25 reviews
5

Vackert hus nära Pisa med fantastisk service

  • 5 of 5

Huset ligger på sluttningen med utsikt över Pisa med väldigt vacker natur runt om.

Vi anlände på natten men värdarna hade ordnat med belysning så att vi skulle hitta infarten till huset. De erbjöd sig även att göra en första handling så att vi skulle ha frukosten klar till kommande dag.

Invändigt hade huset allt man kunde önska och utvändigt likaså. Väldigt väl städat och bra underhållet.

Väldigt trevliga och serviceinriktade värdar som verkligen månade om att man hade allt man behövde. Rekommenderas varmt!

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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5

the property is absolutely breathtaking!!!

  • 5 of 5

our stay at la lucertola was perfection. it was everything i hoped it would be: beautiful weather and surroundings, spacious beautiful villa up in the hills, away from the noisy city. the perfect get away from all of the sightseeing. Luisa and Colin and consumate hosts who really care about their temporary tenants. they could not have been nicer. hope to go back some day!!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Beautiful property, spectacular views!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a week with another couple and had a wonderful time. It's a perfect location for day trips to the hill towns or beaches, and very close to the amazing walled town of Lucca. We also had some very relaxing breaks just hanging out by the private pool, or sitting on the patio enjoying the panoramic views with a glass of wine! There are plenty of good restaurants in the area, but we took advantage of the well equipped kitchen to make a few home cooked meals using the delicious local ingredients. Our favorite dessert was persimmons picked right from the trees on their property with vanilla ice cream!

Our hosts, Luisa and Colin, were extremely helpful and we really appreciated all their tips about the area. Our only issue was the steep, narrow drive to reach the property. As other guests mentioned, there are several hairpin turns which are a bit challenging to navigate until you get comfortable with them.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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5

Nice and relaxing property

  • 5 of 5

First let me say that Luisa and Colin were wonderful host. The property is a little hard to get to, but it is very nice and has a wonderful view. The outside area is great for dining or for cocktails after a day of activities. It is nicely located between Pisa and Lucca and only about 50 minutes from Florence on the autostrade.

I would and will definitely recommend this place to my friends and family. Paul

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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5

Spectacular!

  • 5 of 5

Three woman traveling together staying at this amazing Tuscany Farmhouse Villa. The Villa was absolutely everything we pictured and more. The views were amazing from the bedroom window to outside by the pool. Breathtaking views! We stayed June 4th to June 7th and did not want to leave. Definitely need a car to travel to and from villa if going to grocery stores or anywhere else. We went to an amazing beach which was recommended by Luisa and Colin called Marina Di Vecchiano The drive up the hill to the villa was a bit challenging at first, we even went up the wrong road at first. Colin was so helpful in coming to our car with his vehicle and guiding us up the right way. After doing the drive several times it became very easy. We rented a FIAT which was the right size car for the narrow roads. Luisa and Colin were the nicest people you can meet. So helpful with anything we needed or inquired about. The pool was so relaxing and refreshing. The one thing we would suggest is maybe having a fan in each bedroom for the evenings. The house downstairs was always very cool and comfortable. We highly recommend this villa in Tuscany. Hopefully we can come back one day! Thank you Colin and Luisa

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Idyllic property, stunning views

  • 4 of 5

Stayed here for a week. Fabulous location but the drive up is NOT for fainthearted. 5 hairpin bends 2 of which require 2 goes to get round. View though from the house is spectacular. Owners so helpful but in no way intrusive. They just want you to have a wonderful time. A fantastic wood fired brick pizza oven let's you experience making your own authentic pizza. Well equipped kitchen and well stocked vegetable and herb garden you are invited to help yourself to and a lovely new swimming pool and deck area to relax with. Abundant olive trees and sounds of nature. A truly relaxing place. WiFi is patchy but who needs to be in touch with the real world when you are in paradise.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
molina di quosa
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
livorno
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
tirrenia
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
ripafratta
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
lucca ovest
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
villa poschi
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
abetone
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
marina di vecchiano
Car: recommended

Nestled in its own private olive grove, accessed by its own private road, La Lucertola is a setting from heaven. Now in our 14th successful year, La Lucertola offers spectacular uninterrupted views over forest, field, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Mediterranean Sea in the distance all combining to make this a truly unique and enchanting location. The farmhouses are set on a hill and are reached by private road above the hamlet of Pugnano. Flowers, fireflies and jasmine blossom abound. The peace is punctuated only by birdsong. The ample space around the house is fun in which to lounge, explore, cook and play. The swimming pool enjoys views to infinity. The beaches are close by, less than 30 minutes away. Pisa and Lucca, both 20 minutes away and Florence just an hour - stay and play or go and explore - it's all on your door.

Other Activities: Rafting/Canoeing on the nearby River Serchio

Cookery courses at home

Cycle hire from Lucca - beautiful cycle paths along the River Serchio

Golf - within a 30 minute drive.

Horse Riding - San Rossore Maritime National Park 20 minutes away

Guided Day-Tours around Tuscany with food and wine included

Recording Studio - Sessions available by appointment

Ski: Abetone - good local skiing - 90 minute drive away.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Pugnano, Pisa

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid
21 May 2016 - 17 Jun 2016
4 night minimum stay
£520
for 4 nights
From
£130
£900
 
 
Mid/High
18 Jun 2016 - 1 Jul 2016
4 night minimum stay
£600
for 4 nights
From
£150
£1,050
 
 
High
2 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
4 night minimum stay
£720
for 4 nights
From
£180
£1,250
 
 
High/Mid
27 Aug 2016 - 16 Sep 2016
4 night minimum stay
£600
for 4 nights
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£150
£1,050
 
 
Mid
17 Sep 2016 - 7 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
£520
for 4 nights
From
£130
£900
 
 
Mid/Low
8 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
£760
 
 
Low
29 Oct 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£620
 
 
Xmas/New Year
19 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
£760
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£110
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Stay tax £1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for House 2: Pisa,Tuscany: Spacious stunning olive grove farmhouse & poolin Pisa area in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet, Hand Basin Bathroom 2 - Ensuite - Toilet , Shower Box, Bidet, Hand Basin The master bathroom is a warm Tuscan earth red colour. The fittings are of the highest quality with Hans Grohe taps. There is a mirror and good lighting, shaver point and hair dryer. The tiles are stone grey and profiled, they produce a lovely effect. The bath is deep and inviting - ideal for a hot bath after a days hiking. The en suite bathroom has toilet, bidet, shower box and sink with mirror and lighting and shaver point . Again it is decorated the lovely Tuscan earth red with stone grey profiled tiles.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , with ensuite bathroom - shower, WC, sink & bidet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , The beds can be made up as either doubles or singles
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , can be split and made into twin beds as required Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , can be split and made into twin beds as required This is an elegant and relaxing bedroom with a balcony and en suite bathroom. The bed configuration can be either large double or twin. Additionally there is a wardrobe, bedside table, lighting and seating. The flooring is terracotta tiling with rugs. The colour scheme is studied and relaxing. The views are breathtaking and the whole feel is one of understated quality and calm. All furnishings are of the highest standard. The second bedroom is also spacious and offers magnificent views over the olive grove, forest, valley below and Pisa, seven miles away. As with the master bedroom, the large double can be split and made into twins. An extra bed or cot can also be accommodated in the room if required.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The rental price includes gas, electricity bed, bath and kitchen linen. Please bring your own beach towels. The rental price also includes the cost of the final clean, saving an average of 80 Euros+ on the rental price. The rental price includes cut seasoned olive wood logs for the fireplace for use in colder weather and the barbecue and wood fired oven - perfect for trying your hand at making pizzas! The rental price includes gas central heating depending on season. The rental price includes free access to our allotment where you can enjoy seasonal herbs and veg including broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, courgettes and salad - lovely! We accept 4 different methods of payment: 1: Bank to bank transfer. 2: Over the counter cheque or cash payment at any high street bank. 3: Paypal - please add 4 % to the rental charge to cover Paypal fees. 4: HomeAway Reservation Manager - please add 2.5% to cover Reservation Manager fees.

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