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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 spot for contemplation Take a refreshing dip
in the pool and enjoy the view

The Farmhouse Selva

Is it a villa or a farmhouse? It's difficult to tell! The Farmhouse Selva 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, Selva 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 leafy 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. A 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 local chef Emanuela offers lunch or dinner cooking lessons. We can also arrange guided tours of Lucca and Tuscany as well as wine tastings. To add even more luxury and repose to your Tuscan experience, massages and yoga sessions are available.

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

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.

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.

For availability and pricing, please contact us at abbondanzatoscana@gmail.com

Gardens surround Selva and the cottage Limonaia

Second floor entrance and covered porch

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