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Restored 14th Century Farmhouse in the Lucca hills - pool, views, terrace

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,237 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Casa Noscali - Restored 14th Century Farmhouse between Florence and Lucca

Live the Tuscan dream in the countryside in a restored 14th century farmhouse amongst olive groves in the hills above Lucca. Villa Noscali is perfectly situated to take advantage of long valley views from the private terrace. From the pool, the view looks up to the medieval village of San Gennaro whose church bells blend harmoniously with the sound of rushing water and birdsong.

Casa Noscali is one of four homes nestled within the original farmhouse of Il Borghetto, a private gated estate recently restored with all modern conveniences but retaining its original Tuscan beamed ceilings and terra cotta floors. Its sunny corner position with screened and shuttered windows and in- floor radiant heating will make your holiday bright and comfortable in all seasons. Perfect for families or couples, Villa Noscali offers two bedrooms (each with private ensuite bathroom) on the upper floor, sofa bed and powder room on the main floor, fully equipped modern eat-in kitchen with new appliances and granite countertops, private terrace for al fresco dining, spacious grounds and shared pool. Sleeps up to six. Decorated with a mix of antique and modern furnishings and art, Villa Noscali comes equipped with free WiFi, TV monitor with HDMI cable, DVD, iPod dock, cell phone service, games, books, hairdryers, pool loungers, umbrellas and towels, barbecues, all linens, fans, washing machine and drying racks on site, final cleaning, and utilities. All are included to make your holiday easy and enjoyable.

We offer a comprehensive guide to the local sights, shops, restaurants and wine bars and our friend Jim, who lives a few valleys away, will greet you upon arrival and show you around. We can arrange a private chef for a memorable meal or cooking classes and timed tickets for the world class Florence galleries.

Lounge by the pool soaking up the Tuscan sun, explore the immediate area via marked hiking trails at your doorstep, follow the local wine and olive oil route for tastings or test your endurance cycling the hills. The historic villas and gardens of the Lucchese patricians of days gone by are also in the general vicinity and open for tours. Napoleon’s sister once owned one, as did the family of the author of Pinocchio. You can see his villa with beautiful cascading gardens in the nearby village of Collodi, also site of a park dedicated to all things Pinocchio.

Discover Lucca, a typical Italian small city gem, birthplace of Puccini, famous for opera, and home to the Lucca Summer Festival concerts in the main piazza featuring world renowned popular artists. Lucca is surrounded by a spectacular renaissance wall big enough to have a park all around the top. Join the locals on bike or on foot for an outing gazing down on the terra cotta rooftops. From atop the walls you will have a fantastic view of the medieval towers, cobblestoned streets, churches, a Roman amphitheater and squares galore which typify the town. Much of it is open to pedestrians only, which makes for a very pleasant city in which to amble. An abundance of great restaurants, wine bars and shopping (including a weekly market and one of the biggest antique markets in Italy monthly) await and we can recommend the best.

If a day at the beach is your desire, the Italian Riviera is less than one hour away. Or, catch a boat to the famously scenic Cinque Terre. Of course, the art treasures of Florence can easily be enjoyed for a day from Villa Noscali. Pisa, the hill towns of Chianti, medieval Siena, and the upscale Forte dei Marmi on the sea with designer shopping also offer tantalizing prospects for a day trip in the region.

After taking in the scenery, the sights, the food and the wine, relax in the peace of the surroundings at Villa Noscali in Tuscany, a true home away from home for an authentic Italian experience.

I have four other apartments in the same building that have been in rental for two years. Here are the links to the other four apartments: VRBO 737874, VRBO 669139 VRBO 576618 and VRBO 963437. The five apartments together are perfect for groups up to 28 people, which is described in VRBO listing 867755. Please read the reviews for each of the properties on the individual listings to see how well-pampered you will be!

Check out our stunning aerial video tour of il Borghetto in San Gennaro, as well as video of each apartment. CLICK ON THE VIDEO BUTTON ON THE PHOTO ABOVE, OR COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER:

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Property Manager
Jim Kachenmeister
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
21 August, 2018

About Jim Kachenmeister

Mark and Heather fell in love with Italy 30 years ago on our honeymoon. More recently, with friends, we were able to participate in the complete restoration of the il Borghetto estate and we are now happy to share our little piece of Tuscany, Villa Noscali, with you. We know you will be in good hands with our friend Jim, who will greet you upon arrival and share his local knowledge to help make your holiday memorable.

Jim Kachenmeister purchased this farmhouse in 2014

Why Jim Kachenmeister chose Capannori

The location of il Borghetto in San Gennaro is superb. In the medium hills above the Lucca plain and below the historic village of San Gennaro, we offer a piece of solitude in the Tuscan hills. Views of vineyards and olive groves are offered from every vantage point on the property. The newly built property features the stones of the 14th century building that stood on this very spot. Modern inside, the apartment retains the Tuscan charm of handmade terra cotta floors and chestnut beam ceilings throughout.

It is an easy 20 minute hike up the hill to San Gennaro, where you can dine at the local trattoria, Il Corno Rosso. Hiking paths (all well marked by Club Alpina d'Italia) are all around the area.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Private terrace for your exclusive use. Table and chairs for 6 people.

The 5 x 12 metre swimming pool is on the highest point of the property, giving lovely views back toward Lucca. Gated entrance for security.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Capannori in Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1237 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Powder room on main level
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite to twin bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite to Queen bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Sunny corner, beamed ceilings, country view, en-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Beamed ceilings, skylight, convertible to King, en-suite
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private gated entrance to the parking area. Movable table in the kitchen -- great for cooking lessons!


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Restored 14th Century Farmhouse in the Lucca hills - pool, views, terrace
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in Villa Noscali, with a friend, for one week at the end of August. This is a great location for visiting Lucca, and further afield in Tuscany. E drove to Sienna for the day, and to the coast. The owners have thought of everything we were likely to need during our stay, and the large pool provided a wonderful start and end to most days. Arrival is a little challenging at night, but persistence up the track is well worth it when you get there! Our thanks go to Jim, who looked after our arrival and departure in a very thoughtful and personal way.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A stunning, well equipped generously proportioned villa. Perfect for a stress free Tuscan experience

  • 5 of 5

The villa is beautiful. We couldn’t fault it. We were three adults and two fully grown late teenagers and it still felt very generously spaced, beautifully decorated and very well equipped. The private elevated terrace is really special for evening dining, and the pool is big enough for a proper cool down and swim at the end of a balmy day.

It is shared with four other apartments, but still felt private and peaceful. And, let’s face it, sort of people who rent villas in Tuscany are normally pretty good company when you do bump into each other around the pool!

Jim is the perfect host. He project managed the restoration of the villa himself a few years ago and so knows it inside out. He really couldn’t have been more helpful and responsive, whether it be showing me why the coffee machine didn’t work (clue- it helps if you put the lid on!), or advice about a myriad of local places from bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors and bread shops to trains or the best beaches.

In terms of location, whether this villa is right for you depends what you want from a Tuscan holiday. If it is your first time and you want to concentrate on Chianti, the Tuscan Hill Towns, Sienna etc, it may be a bit too far north. But if you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing holiday, with easy access to authentic Italian food, wine and slightly less touristy towns, it is great. Lucca, our favourite Tuscan City, is only about 20 min drive. The beach is about half an hour, as is Pisa. And there are plenty of smaller towns ever nearer. We especially liked Monte Carlo (no – not the French one!) for evening meals about ten minutes away. Florence is very easy to get to by train from local towns. Volterra, San Giminaro etc are about 90 minutes away- still accessible but not on your doorstep.

We expected a lot from this villa, based on the reviews, and for once, our expectations were exceeded. We will be back!

PS: One minor point- the private track up to the villa is quite stony. It looks a bit daunting the first time, but you soon get used to it. But if you are hiring a car, you might want one with reasonable ground clearance. It doesn’t have to be an SUV/4WD (we had a Ford Focus and it was fine) but I would not take a sports car.

PPS: For Florence, book museum tickets in advance online and take a train from Pescia or Pistoia. Having done it both ways, it is a lot less stressful than trying to drive and park there!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic accommodation in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

The Farmhouse is a gem. Whilst away from the hustle and bustle of the busy Italian cities, it's close enough to visit Florence (by train and suggested by Jim), Pisa, Lucca and the Gargagnana region. The swimming pool was a massive bonus for our two sons, most evenings were spent sitting by the pool looking over the countryside.

The accommodation was clean and tidy and kitted out with everything you could possibly need. Often these conversions result in small rooms, but not in this case, both bedrooms are roomy with ensuites. The kitchen was well equipped, including essential cupboard stock. The seating areas again was ample however we spent most of our time on the wonderful veranda.

In Pescia, about 10 minute drive away, there is a large supermarket and train station. The station has free parking and is ideal for a trip to Florence, approx. 1hr by direct train.

From the outset, Jim was incredibly helpful and during our stay ensured we had everything we needed. We will definitely be returning and I would not hesitate to recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Tuscan Gem!

  • 5 of 5

It's difficult to know where to start in a review of Villa Noscali – our time there was magical. There is the idyllic setting in the Tuscan hills – far enough from urban life to get a genuine sense of tranquility and nature, but close enough to the limitless attractions of the area - Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terre are only a few -- to get a feeling for the immense achievements in Tuscan culture over many centuries. The hiking is terrific; there are many local restaurants which are terrific and very reasonably priced.

The unit itself is wonderful. It has the only terrace on the property, where we enjoyed a beautiful view down the valley. Often promotional pictures exaggerate attractions; in this case, it doesn't. We had many happy hours on the terrace with our glasses of beautiful deep red local wines. We were concerned about the summer heat in northern Italy – that was never an issue, though, with the breezes coming down the valley. The swimming pool is perfectly maintained and a great diversion to cool down.

From our larger homes in North America, we wondered whether size would be an issue. Absolutely not. The bedrooms were large and spacious (the one with the view into the valley is exquisite); the living area was ample. The kitchen is very well stocked and has clearly been decorated by an expert. From one of the scrolls on the wall – “when life throws lemons at you, make limoncello!” - couldn't agree more.

We loved our time at Villa Noscali and very much look forward to getting back there soon!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment, stunning location, amazing food

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week at the villa

Stunning apartment, beautiful location

Delicious food and we loved meeting other families and Jim and Debra, can't recommend it enough x

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquility in rural Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of four enjoyed a week in June at this delightful retreat, far from the madding crowds. From early morning bird song to late evenings on the terrace this is the place to be if you savour peace in a quintessential Tuscan landscape. Set in an olive grove with cypresses and holm oaks we spent many restful hours in and around the pool, marking the hours (and half hours) by the chimes of the San Gennaro church clock.

The building itself is a feat of restoration, with enormous chestnut beams and thick walls. Inside the well appointed kitchen and sitting room provide plenty of space while the terrace shown in the picture is an idyllic spot for lunches and suppers with magnificent views down the valley. The beds are comfortable while the fans facilitate the flow of air through the bedrooms ensuring a good night's sleep.

From the house we made forays to Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano and Montecarlo, all within easy driving distance. Our host Jim was a courteous and helpful adviser, who facilitated our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Pisa or Florence
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Bar Tibi
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
via Pesciatina
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Ristorante al Covo
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Viareggio and Forte di Marmi
Car: necessary

You will find that il Borghetto is located in one of the most popular areas in Tuscany. Situated between Pisa and Florence in Northern Tuscany, il Borghetto is only eight miles (12km) from the historic city of Lucca, and less than one hour to Pisa or Florence. Il Borghetto is perfectly situated, at the end of a country road, with great privacy from neighbouring properties.

Lucca is famous for its flat, pedestrian-friendly, cobblestone streets and its magnificent thirty metre wide Renaissance wall surrounding the entire city. Taking part in the evening walk, la passagiata, on the tree-lined wall with dozens of other walkers and bikers is one of life's little pleasures in Lucca.

Lucca is big enough to offer opera and world famous artists at its Summer Music Festival, first-rate shopping and fine restaurants -- and small enough that you can traverse by foot in twenty minutes.

You will be perfectly situated for easy access from either Pisa International Airport or Florence International Airport -- each just 45 minutes from your door. One hour away you will find the Ligurian Sea and the famous walks in the Cinque Terre and the beaches of Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio and Torre del Lago, the home and final resting place of Lucca's most famous citizen, Giacomo Puccini. The world famous Puccini Festival takes place every summer on the shores of Torre del Lago at their beautiful outdoor amphitheatre.

In less than two house you can visit beautiful Siena, San Gimignano, the vineyards of Chianti, and the famous Garfagnana region, home of the beautiful forested National Parks of the Apuane and Appennine mountain ranges.


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