Casa Noscali - Restored 14th Century Farmhouse between Florence and Lucca
- English, Italian
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.
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Wonderful Two Weeks!
Our family spent a wonderful two weeks here in late June and early July of 2019. From the moment we passed through the front gate, we felt instantly at ease. The reality of il Borghetto is even better than the photos. It is exactly how I always dreamed a villa in Italy would be. The villa is lovely as are the grounds. It is an incredibly peaceful, relaxing setting nestled in the Tuscan countryside surrounded by olive groves. Truly magical.
Jim was there to greet us immediately upon arrival. His welcome was genuine and heartfelt. He showed us around making certain we were both at ease and had everything we needed. The location of the villa is a perfect base from which to explore Tuscany. Jim provided us with wonderful suggestions of places to visit, restaurants to enjoy, and hiking trails to explore. Many of which we did try and truly loved. San Gennaro is perched on a hill above the villa. Hearing the church bells from our private balcony is a memory I will always treasure. We spent several relaxing evenings on the balcony enjoying the breeze that seems to be a constant, relaxing presence.
Our apartment was perfect in every way for our family of four. Very clean and well appointed. Decorated tastefully and thoughtfully. The kitchen is well stocked and provided everything my son and I needed to make some pretty terrific meals. I could go on and on because we loved our time at il Borghetto. It is an incredible place we cannot wait to return to one day hopefully in the near future. Big thanks to Jim for making our Italy vacation a truly memorable time!
My family and I had a wonderful 6 night stay in this Tuscan farmhouse, a home away from home. Our host Jim was there to greet us, show us around the property and suggested some excellent places to eat at and visit. The views and surrounds of the property are breathtaking. I do hope there will be an opportunity for us to visit again. Thank you Jim.
We stayed for two weeks in August and had a lovely time. The accommodation was excellent and we especially loved the terrace in the evening. The kitchen was great and well equipped and we didn’t want for anything. Probably the only area for improvement would be the lack of aircon which was only really an issue at night when it was very warm.
Jim was also a fantastically helpful host. Nothing was too much trouble and he helped us booking the museums in Florence.
Perfect in every way
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.
A stunning, well equipped generously proportioned villa. Perfect for a stress free Tuscan experience
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!
Fantastic accommodation in beautiful surroundings
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.
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.