This luxury farm stay agriturismo near Florence, in the heart of the Chianti hills, Tuscany, has a history going back to the 14th-century, and a gorgeous hillside setting surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. THE ACCOMMODATION: Each of its very stylish and comfortable rooms and suites have private bathroom & WiFi and are tastefully decorated with a mixture of modern and rustic furniture, to complement the wood beamed ceilings and frescoed walls of this classic old Tuscan farmhouse. Every Read more [...]
Take a step back in time at Fabbrica Di San Martino, a luxury agriturismo near to both Lucca and Pisa, in western Tuscany, whic has self catering accommodation in a beautifully restored, over 250 year old, manor farmhouse.
The property is palace like, and really very gorgeous, as is the location; set high among green hills it offers lovely views over the surrounding countryside at every turn.
It is an organic & biodynamic agriturismo which makes its own quality wine and olive oil and promises a healthy, relaxing rural retreat but with easy reach of the popular tourist cities of Lucca and Pisa.
The stunning property has top quality suites and apartments, which can sleep up to four, and blend the rustic charm of an 18th century farmhouse with 21st century standards of comfort. The floors and the wood beamed ceilings are all original and much of the well chosen antique furniture dates back to similar eras.
All the units come with TV, WiFi and a well equipped kitchenette. They are spacious too with good sized sitting areas and have some lovely design touches; you’ll find nice lighting and traditional furniture and fittings which lend a cosy, rustic Tuscan farmhouse feel.
The grounds are large with an outdoor swimming pool and plenty of space for relaxing, dining or just wandering around, and you’ll find beautiful views at every turn.
The accommodation is self catering but you can also order a fresh breakfast to be brought to your suite every morning. There is no restaurant at the agriturismo but there are a few good restaurants, cafes and shops just a few minutes away.
Lucca is famous in Tuscany for the quality of its olive oil (The gold of Lucca) and this agriturismo doesn’t disappoint in this regard, producing nearly 500 litres of premium organic and biodynamic extra virgin olive oils from its 10 acres of olive groves.
All the olives are hand picked and milled within 12 hours of harvesting and are of the leccine, moraiole and frantoiane varieties which, when blended, make for a nice fruity clean tasting oil.
You can explore the farm and take part in tasting sessions of the oil as well as of their equally premium label wines; reds whites and Rosés, all of which is also organic and biodynamic.
Running a successful biodynamic farm is no easy task but the owners are very enthusiastic about the project and always enjoy showing guests around and explaining some of the holistic principles and processes involved.
There are animals on the farm too; some well cared for cattle and some very friendly donkeys.
The agriturismo is just 5km from Lucca city centre, so close in fact that you have great views over the city from right outside your door. There is no public transport to and from the city though so you’d be advised to bring your own car or you could order taxis when needed.
Lucca is well known on the western Tuscany tourist route for its own Renaissance city walls, its 1,000 year old cathedral and its atmospheric old town. It is also of course near the world famous city, and tower, of Pisa, just 25 km away, which has its own international airport.
As mentioned, the rural areas of the province of Lucca are famous for their agriculture, olive oil especially. It is a very much green and fertile land with lots of pretty villages and is lovely to tour around.
You’re also never far from the sea in this area too; Viareggio and Massa are well known seaside towns both around a half an hour’s drive, while under an hour away, south of Pisa, is the busy port city of Livorno known for its seafood, its medieval era fortifications and for the many cruise ships which dock here as a maritime gateway to Tuscany.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“This place has it all. Charm, history, dazzling views over Lucca and its surroundings, peace and quiet… And great wine 🙂 Would go back in a heartbeat…”
“The settling was amazing, the hosts were so welcoming. The pool overlooking the olive groves was like heaven. Breakfast was fabulous, food and location. Wonderful stay…”
Address: Via Pieve S.Stefano, 2511
- Farm With Animals
- Swimming Pool