Casa della Quercia, a historic Grade-A listed building, is perched at the edge of a small village, giving plenty of privacy but without a sense of isolation. Surrounded by beautiful unspoilt countryside, terraced gardens, olive groves and meadows, it looks out over the dramatic peaks of the Apuan Alps, also known as the marble mountains of Carrara
Lovingly restored to retain its unique character, the villa is spacious, comfortable and well equipped, providing guests with everything they need for a carefree holiday. Located in northern Tuscany, a land of wooded hillsides, rushing streams and ancient castles, the villa offers an idyllic respite from the heat, crowds and tour buses that can be found in other parts of Tuscany in the summer season.
Our goal was to create a sanctuary where guests can totally relax amidst beautiful surroundings, and it is our mission to make sure that visitors to Casa della Quercia have a memorable holiday in a place far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern every-day life. One of the owners, Ron, lives nearby and is on hand to give help and advice to guests at all times during their stay.
On the upper level, the various buildings of the property cluster around a large stone-paved courtyard to create an ideal central location for the group to gather in the evening to enjoy cocktails and dinner. A large barn has been renovated and furnished with a ping-pong table, work-out machines, and a sound system to help provide a party atmosphere. On this upper level are a seating area for breakfast, a vine-covered arbor for dining, barbecue, sun beds for sunbathing, and a comfortable sofa for relaxing in the evening. The terrace is gated so children can run around and play quite safely within this confined space.
Lower terraces provide gardens, a swing seat, sunbathing areas, and chairs and tables for reading or quiet contemplation. The swimming pool is set into a lower terrace and has spectacular views of the mountains. It is surrounded by teak sunbeds and deck chairs and there is a refrigerator for cold drinks in the pool house. Guests may like to wander across the meadow to the woodland beyond, or along the old mule paths to nearby villages located farther up the hillsides. Deer and wild boar roam in these woodlands, and it’s not usual to see them grazing in the early morning in the valley.
We are fortunate to be within walking distance of an excellent agriturismo restaurant and bar where a three-course lunch is just 12 euros, including wine; dinner and Sunday lunch are 25 euros. The owners of the restaurant, Davide and Gabriella, will be happy to prepare a special menu for a celebration dinner if you order it in advance. For more information, visit our own web site at CasaDellaQuercia.
The villa sleeps 10 in five bedrooms with five bathrooms, two on the top floor and three on the lower floor, and a renovated chestnut-drying-house adjacent to the main house provides an extra bedroom if needed, for a total of 12 guests. The top floor of the villa is very spacious and consists of a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room with antique Italian library table, living room with cathedral ceiling and massive stone fireplace, and two bedrooms: the Zanzibar Suite, with two double beds (French double) imported from Zanzibar, with en suite bathroom, and wonderful views of the valley and mountains beyond; and the Portovenere room with its own bathroom and French windows with a view of the village. Both bedrooms have air conditioning. Il Micino, the converted chestnut-drying-house, is just a few steps from the main house and has a queen-sized bed with private bath and air conditioning.
The lower two levels of the villa form a separate living unit, and includes a kitchen, living/dining area, and three bedrooms. The luxurious Venetian Suite is decorated with Italian antiques and has a staircase leading down to a bathroom with jaccuzzi tub and shower and a private sun-bathing terrace with an incredible view of the mountains. The two other bedrooms on this floor have their own bathroom. The two lower floors of the building are set into the mountain side and they stay cool in summer without the need for air conditioning, though fans are provided.
Both kitchens are equipped with gas cook-tops with electric ovens and dishwashers. A laundry room with washer, drier and iron is available for guests at all times. There are two fireplaces on the upper level for wood fires in cooler weather.
The village of Reusa is located on the Via del Volto Santo, the ancient pilgrims’ way that led from Canterbury to Rome; the way, originally an old Roman road, runs alongside the villa (see photo), and the original Roman guard post can still be seen.
The villa is situated 50 miles north of Lucca and 30 miles inland from the coastal towns of Lerici and Portovenere on the Italian Riviera, with ferry boat access to Portofino and the delightful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, with their famed seafood restaurants. We have been welcoming guest to our villa through Owners Direct for 12 years and have many repeat visitors and referrals; for more information, please visit our website, CasaDellaQuercia, listed below, or call us on the telephone.