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A vine-covered pergola
ideal for alfresco dining

First floor bedroom Second floor bedroom Dining room with fireplace
and wood-fired oven
Quiet view spot Enjoy a refreshing dip
in the above-ground pool

The Farmhouse Maria

Is it a villa or a farmhouse? It's difficult to tell! The Farmhouse Maria is a beautifully restored residence with four large bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths, period furniture and a well appointed kitchen. The house is situated on a slope, and both floors lead to a garden level. The views are expansive of the Lucca valley, the forest and the wine estate.

Located on a large estate that has been making wine and olive oil for over a thousand years, Maria is in the hills 20 minutes from the medieval jewel town of Lucca in northwest Tuscany and about 40 minutes from the Tyrrhenian beaches and seaside villages of the Mediterranean.

Much thought was given to retaining the feel of a 500-year-old rustic Tuscan farmhouse while providing all the amenities enjoyed by 21st century guests. The house is furnished with antiques, and the high ceilings are of terra cotta and wood. The overall impression is one of comfort and light.

Its 220 sm. consist of two floors, the ground floor containing two bedrooms (one with a vanity area) and 1-1/2 bathrooms; laundry room; a very well furnished kitchen (for those who enjoy cooking) with plentiful utensils and up-to-date appliances; a dining room with the original grand fireplace and wood-fired oven; and egress to a large feafy pergola and garden area. The bedrooms on this floor can be either two doubles or one double and a twin.

The second floor has two bedrooms that can be either double or single beds, two full baths, hallway and a sitting room with fireplace and egress to a covered entryway overlooking the valley and the upper garden area.

Windows are large and numerous and equipped with retractable screens. There is central heating for winter. Sea breezes make the house comfortable in the summer, and all rooms are equipped with fans.

The extensive gardens are private, peaceful and abundant. Guests are welcome to use the variety of herbs in their cooking or pick some of the prolific flowers for a table decoration or vase in a bedroom. A large gas-fired grill waits under a shady tree. An above-ground pool sits on one of the terraces with a view of the valley. The surrounding estate offers great opportunities for long walks among the vineyards, olive groves and forest.

All linens for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and dining room are provided. The house has a washing machine, dishwasher, hairdryers, iron and ironing board and racks on which to dry laundry.

With notice, an excellent Lucchese cook is available. For longer stays cleaning service can be contracted. Our excellent Lucchese chef Emanuela offers lunch or dinner cooking lessons. To add even more luxury and repose to your Tuscan experience, massages and yoga sessions are available.

Maria sleeps eight; bedrooms are large so it is possible to add a bed to accommodate children.

Pricing for Maria is €2400 per week for eight persons in the house, plus a damage deposit of €50 per person. Utilities are included.

For groups that need more space, the cottage Limonaia with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen/dining room/living room combination can be included in the rental. Limonaia sleeps four people comfortably. The cottage has its own garden area and access to the pool. Limonaia rents for €800 plus a damage deposit of €50 per person. Utilities are included.

When guests arrive they are greeted by maps of the area, restaurant recommendations, sight-seeing/shopping information and . . . a glass of wine and traditional Tuscan cookies.

Gardens surround Maria and Limonaia

Second floor entrance and covered porch

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