(x 4 people)
Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Near Pisa and Lucca, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning |
Set between the Tuscan coast and the Pisan hills, Montaspro is a pretty stone farmhouse that sits on its own hilltop gazing out over rolling countryside in every direction.. While all fittings and facilities are new, the traditional terracotta floors and beamed ceilings were preserved, and the interior stone walls were left exposed to great effect. The furnishings are simple but very comfortable and tasteful with air-conditioned bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Below the house, the swimming pool is surrounded by a tiled terrace, towering cedars and miles of open fields and woods. Blissfully overlooked by any but the most detailed guide books on Tuscany, this is an area of minuscule medieval villages with long histories linked by lovely winding roads and footpaths. The house is divided into two independent residences, one of which is reserved for the caretaker's use. The pool is only for our clients use.
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Montaspro is available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see Montapro (x 2 people).
700 years ago Santa Luce, a small but intensely proud fortified city, chose with its neighbours to resist subjugation to the then all-powerful Florentine state with dire results. Deprived of their independence and their castles, these hilltop towns are today little more than picturesque villages. A lovely path (and a minor road) leads from Montaspro to the village of Santa Luce, 1.5km/1 mile. Other interesting villages within 30 minutes by car include Chianni, Rivalto and Pomaia. Castiglioncello, a pretty seaside resort, is a 21km/13 mile drive. The coastal Strada del Vino ('wine road'), a driving itinerary through some of Tuscany's most exciting wine-producing areas, begins just south of here. Pisa, about 40 minutes.
On one level
Kitchen/dining room with an open fireplace that can be used as a wood oven. Two air-conditioned double bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom with shower.
A small lawned garden with magnificent cypress trees, bordered by open fields and vineyards. The swimming pool, 5 x 11m/16 x 36 feet, is entirely fenced and set below the house on a terracotta terrace. Cold outdoor shower.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's exceptionally helpful onsite caretaker, who speaks English and lives in the upper part of the villa [separate entrance]. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Wood oven. Washing machine. Satellite TV with DVD/video [No Sky channels]. CD player. Air-conditioned bedrooms. Central heating. Internet access through a USB key [computer provided].
Airports: Pisa, 37km/23 miles; Florence, 100km/62 miles. Railway station [for Pisa and Rome] at Cecina, 30 minutes. Bus stop [for Cecina and Pisa] at Santa Luce. Motorway exit at Lavoria-Canaia, 22km/14 miles along paved roads. Parking for three cars.
Tennis and beaches at Castiglioncello, about 30 minutes.
Iron and ironing board.
The swimming pool, 5 x 11m/16 x 36 feet, has a depth of 1.20 - 2.4m/4-7.5 and there are steps for entry/exit.
Additional notes about the property
An apartment in the upper part of the building is reserved for the owner's use.