Farmhouse in Longoio, Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany - Terraced Garden with Breathtaking Mountain Views
Dr K J T Wright
- English, French, Italian
About Dr K J T Wright
Ken is a retired doctor and practicing psychoanalyst, Alice a retired RGN. We enjoy foreign travel but prefer independent holidays in quiet and interesting locations. We enjoy meeting people from different cultures and the moments of connection that transcend language barriers. We love beautiful and unspoiled scenery and closeness to nature is part of what we look for when we go away. As we've got older, we've enjoyed the feeling of making a home from home, while using the materials and idiom of the local culture. We enjoy the feeling of returning to these domains and renewing the friendships we've made.
Dr K J T Wright purchased this Farmhouse in 2001
Why Dr K J T Wright chose Bagni di Lucca
In some ways the house was a lucky chance. We went out to see a property we found on the internet and fell in love with the area for its forested mountains and beautiful rivers, its unspoiled peacefulness and friendly people. We then looked more seriously,viewing many, and the house we bought was the one we had put at the bottom of the list! The photo had portrayed a ruin with major work to be done but when we stepped out of the car the decision was instantaneous - the setting and view had bowled us over. It was close to a village with a village shop - now sadly closed - and only a a short car ride to Bagni di Lucca, an enchanting old spa town loved by the 19th C. literati, and now a sleepy market town with low key tourism. And somewhere in the ruin, we could see the house of our dreams.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
What do we enjoy the most? Peace and relaxation, beautiful views, mountain gardening - we have built a beautiful rock herb-garden behind the house - walks straight from the door. Walking of all sorts - from the old mule tracks between the villages to strenuous mountain-walking on marked trails. The mountain air, the fireflies in June, the local food from a really good choice of restaurants. The outdoor swimming pool in Bagni di Lucca - one of the best we have seen. And the city of Lucca - a hidden mediaeval gem so much more manageable (and nearer) than Florence - with its mediaeval walls, palace lined streets with beautiful doorways, and incredibly tasteful and tempting shops! Finally, the house itself with its two patios that invite you just to sit and look... and look... and look...
Non-smoking in house but fine outside.
Steep terrain, open tread stairs. It's up to you.
Minimum age of primary renter:2
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Beautiful place . Nice location ,rural setting
The owners and managers were very accommodating and responded quickly to emails. The house was clean and comfortable. The location was good but the roads are somewhat remote . You definitely need a car when staying there.
Wonderful week in the Tuscan mountains!
We, family with two children (4 & 8) and mother (in law) had an excellent stay in this beautiful house.
Fresh herbs for cooking! Fresh air in the morning! Walks for hours and hours in the forests around and a lot lot more! Had a great stay. Have to come back, or sure!
An amazing stay, unforgettable location
We absolutely loved our stay in Bagni di Lucca. What a wonderful, magical place. We met so many lovely people and the house and view were unforgettable in every way. I miss it all already. I hope to return one day soon!
We have moved house twice in the last three months and needed a break. This villa was the breath of fresh air we needed. Thank you for our welcome basket and for getting us in slightly early. We had a wonderful week and never turned on the TV once! Would recommend to anyone looking to get away and relax. Even though it was November we still managed one day in the sun reading books and listening to the birds, and of course the cats! Thank you again.
Anita & Trevor
Thank you so much for your kind review. we are so glad you enjoyed your stay in spite of the weather. We were there just before you and had torrential rain almost every day, but the year before it was wall to wall sunshine, so it's really pot luck. Even so, the view can still be stunning with all sorts of cloud effects and the coffees are still good in Bagni! We would love to see you again if you are ever back in our part of Toscana.
Ken and Alice
Lovely house. Well equipped with everything we needed. Bed was surprisingly comfortable, as at first glance it looked as if it could be a bit 'solid'. Super views from the property. Plenty of garden furniture for the time we spent outside on the patios. The cats were no problem really. A previous holiday maker had left a bag of food which the cats knew about. A quick fill up of the bowl outside and they were happy. There was a bit of a cat smell around the back patio but we got used to it pretty quickly. The instructions to the property are fine during daylight hours, but finding the 'yellow house' in the dark is an impossibility when you don't know the area. The roads to the property itself are very narrow and a smaller car is advised. We would definitely recommend this property and would consider a return visit at some time in the future.
A lovely house, fantastic views, peace and quiet
We had a lovely holiday enjoying the house & garden with views to sit and just look. We loved the house with its terraces & different places to sit with a morning coffee and evening glass of wine. Loved the area exploring all the hillside villages.
It was a pleasure speaking to Ken via email in the run up to our holiday. Thankyou Ken and Alice for sharing your house we will go back in the future definitely!
Lorna & Al, UK
We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to unwind and relax. It was a pleasure having you as guests and we do really hope you will come back another time. Best wishes, Ken and Alice.
The sandy Mediterranean beaches of Viareggio and Massa Maritima are about 75 minutes by car.
Flights to Pisa (Ryanair) from Stansted: 2 hour flight. Easyjet fly from Gatwick and Luton.
The house is a 1hr 20min drive from the airport.
Ryanair also fly to Genoa, a 2hr 30 min drive to the house.
Car hire is essential to get the most out of your stay.
There is a railway station at Bagni di Lucca (Fornoli) convenient for visits to Florence (goes to city centre).
Bagni di Lucca and Ponte a Seraglio with shops, banks, restaurants and twice weekly markets are 6km. Barga, a mediaeval walled town with summer music festival and beautiful 11th century cathedral, 15km. Lucca, 'city of art', has cultural events, antique markets and many fine shops, 25 km. Abetone ski resort, 35km. Pisa, with its leaning tower, 'Campo Santo' and riverside palaces, 45km.
The Garfagnana and Val di Lima are little known areas of Tuscany and still relatively unspoilt. The people are friendly and tourism is low key. Separated from the sea by the Apuan Alps and lying in the foothills of the Appennines, the region's scenery is wild and beautiful deer, wild boar and porcupine are plentiful - you may glimpse them on your travels and if you're lucky, in the garden. The landscape is dotted with mountain villages, each with its own charm. Longoio is one such village and at 500 metres escapes the worst of the summer heat. The area is ideal for walking at all levels, especially in spring and autumn. Escorted riding can be found near Bagni di Lucca, river bathing is possible in a number of places and caves can be visited at Grotto di Vento.