I Gelsomini is a lovely farmhouse, conveniently situated only 5 km from the centre of Lucca. The house has been restored by the owners, both Italian architects, who used it until recently as their main home. They have successfully preserved the character of the old farmhouse with its antique cotto floors and beamed ceilings. A covered patio connects the main house to the huge sitting room (100 sq. metres) that has been made out of the original hayloft, whose structure has been maintained yet modernized with parquet floor, fireplace and large windows overlooking the pool. As the property is less than 4 km from the nearest motor...way exit, it is a perfect base for exploring Tuscany, with Florence less than 50 minutes away, and Pisa and the beaches less than 20 minutes. On first floor there is a air-conditioning unit in the corridor that refreshes the whole floor in the hottest days.Read more
Left on 07/15/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | Plested Group
The saddest part of our stay at I Gelsomini was that we had only booked 1 week, and had not anticipated how wonderful this villa was going to be!
Booking through Salogi was a simple and friendly service.
The Villa owner greeted us on arrival and was so warm and relaxed, it set the scene for the week ahead. The Villa itself is luxurious, with 3 well furnished double bedrooms and a twin room. Three clean modern bathrooms, comfortable sitting room, well equipped country kitchen. On top of this is the day room which is 100sq.M ... so much space! The swimming Pool is clean and fresh... but not very deep... 1.3 metres at deepest, and acres of Olive groves to walk up in the evening for breathtaking mountain views and sunsets. One of the best points is that there are 3 or 4 locations at which to dine. In the kitchen, or outside the kitchen, in the dayroom, or at the barbecue balcony! There is a coop style supermarket just 10 minutes walk in Guamo, and a much bigger Esselunga store just outside Lucca. Check out the Il Bengio Pizzaria just 100m from the I Gelsomini gate, it's surprisingly good Trattatoria food and very affordable. Not many people speak English in this area, but French, Spanish, hand gestures and smiling all work well! Try the local cheese, cold meats and wine from the local coop... you will not be disapointed!
Oh and by the way, I Gelsomini has wifi internet!
One more thing, Spend some time in Lucca, highly recommended! Read more
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