Tucked away on a lovely rural hillside, La Camelia is an old Tuscan farmhouse of great charm & character. It has been renovated to the standards & comforts of modern living, yet retains its original flavour with terracotta floors, chestnut beamed ceilings, & hand-painted majolica tiling throughout. The open-plan layout of the living & dining area, with its traditional open fireplace, gives a spacious feel; with double doors to a conservatory & a wisteria-covered eating area. This is a relaxed & comfortable property in harmony with its natural surroundings & particularly suitable for children. A key feature is the cascading, split-level swimming pool, 16x5m, with travertine surround, set in green lawns, the higher level being a separate shallow pool for children. There's a patio around the higher level with ample good quality pool furniture for sunbathing. The enclosed garden includes a ping-pong table in the lower garden, 2 covered outdoor eating areas, a brick barbecue, working pizza oven, and darts in the barn area.
Lucca is a beautiful historic city surrounded by intact 15 century walls, around which you can walk or cycle. Famous for its medieval towers, churches, & 'Piazza Anfiteatro'; its winding paved streets offer an array of smart boutiques, gourmet shops, excellent restaurants & traditional markets. Puccini was born there & daily recitals of his music take place in the 12 century Basilica of San Giovanni. There's also an annual open air festival of his operas during July & August at Torre Del Lago, 30 mins away. The nearby towns of Montecarlo & Vinci (home of Leonardo) are lovely places for lunch, the latter with some very good restaurants & a Leonardo museum.
Not far from the house there are a number of wonderful villas & gardens built in the 16th & 17th centuries, the most famous being Villa Garzoni at Collodi, home of the creator of Pinocchio. Around Florence there are also several grand Medici villas worth seeing. The old spa towns of Montecatini & Bagni di Lucca are of interest; as are the picturesque ancient towns of the Garfagnana region such as Barga & Castelnuovo.
Further afield - day trips to Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Cinque Terre, Arezzo & the mountains of Carrara are well within reach.
Tennis, riding, bicycle hire & golf are all available in the area.
There are 5 challenging & beautiful golf courses within an hour's drive. Further details can be supplied.