Mela is a cosy apartment on two levels in a beautiful rambling stone farmhouse house on a lovely country estate. Ideally situated in the hills above the famous town of Lucca, the house is surrounded by immaculately kept gardens where there are gazebos with tables and chairs for dining al fresco and there is a large swimming pool and sun terrace below.
The estate consists of a large stone farmhouse which has been lovingly restored and now forms four very spacious apartments. The house is surrounded by pretty gardens with lawns where each apartment has a garden area with gazebo, furnished... with table, chairs and barbecue for dining al fresco, and there is also a communal wood burning pizza oven for guests use. In a sunny position in the grounds below the house is a swimming pool (13.5m x 5.5m) complete with sun terraces and handy w.c. The grounds surrounding the house are bordered by oak woods and olive groves and there are lovely views overlooking the plain of Lucca from many corners of the estate.
Apartment Mela is on two floors. It is spacious but cosy and very tastefully furnished in elegant Tuscan style with many antiques, and original features such as beamed ceilings, and exposed stone walls have been retained. The ground floor consists of a fully equipped eat in country style kitchen and a few steps lead up to the living room which has a fireplace and comfortable sofas. On the first floor there are four beautiful bedrooms (two doubles, and two doubles which can convert to twins on request) and three shower rooms (two of which are ensuite). Close by in the grounds, the apartment has an outdoor dining area with table and chairs, shaded by a gazebo and enjoying a pretty view of the countryside.
The swimming pool is the ideal spot for relaxing and taking a cooling dip and there are lovely country walks in the woods around the estate. The thoughtful owner has added the modern comforts of dishwashers, satellite televisions to the apartments and other facilities such as barbecue, pizza oven, laundry room and WiFi internet access are also available to guests. There is even a vegetable garden where you can pick your own fresh produce in season.
Although immersed in the countryside the estate is less than half an hours drive from the lovely walled town of Lucca which is a joy to explore in itself and from which there are excellent motorway and rail links to other main towns. The local village, just 2 km away, has a grocers shop and bakery and there is a restaurant within walking distance of the estate.
Jewels of Tuscany such as Pisa and Florence to name but a few are within easy driving distance, as is the pretty coastline of Versilia, and a visit to San Gimignano or Siena is a lovely day trip out.
Ground Floor: Kitchen with cooker (5 gas rings, electric oven), fridge/freezer, dishwasher, table and chairs > Living room with settees, fireplace, and satellite television.
First Floor: 2 double bedrooms > 2 double bedrooms (which can convert to twins on request) > 3 shower rooms with shower, basin, bidet and w.c. (two of which are ensuite)
Central heating* > Garden area with gazebo > Swimming pool > Barbecue > Pizza oven > Laundry room with washing machine, dryer and iron > Parking > Vegetable garden > WiFi internet access > Midweek towel change and cleaning (bedrooms and bathrooms) > For stays of two weeks full linen change and cleaning at the end of first week > Bicycle hire > Walking distance to a restaurant > 2 km to local village with grocers shop and bakers > 15km to the town of Lucca > Maid service and cook available on request (payable locally). (Facilities marked * are payable locally)
Additional amenities include: heating, oven: standard.Read more
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