A beautifully restored mill house in the Garfagnana valley woodlands, Mulino offers a comfortable base from which to explore an area of Tuscany that is unlike any other. Overlooking the Serchio river, which lies between the Apuan Alps and the Appenines, the house is not far from the medieval Devil's Bridge, a landmark that evokes an area steeped in ancient legends and wild rugged landscape. The sturdy stone walls of the mill house make it an ideal accommodation in any season, cool in the hot summer months and, thanks to its central heating and corner fireplace, a warm winter retreat. The owners live on the lowest of the mill's three floors, available to assist when needed, but very respectful of guests' privacy, and each have independent entrance from a terrace garden.
Entrance to the house is through a small furnished veranda with an umbrella and handy barbeque and into a large living room, with comfortable sofas, a corner fireplace and plenty of books. Doorways cut through the stone walls lead into a wide fully equipped kitchen whose marble topped island and table for 6 provide ample room for breakfast or dinner preparation. Next to the kitchen a dining room with table for 8 people is the perfect setting for convivial dinners and long evenings. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, two doubles and a twin, all of which have ensuite shower rooms. Furnishings feature iron bedsteads, cozy rugs, lovely fabrics and nice linens.
Rich in history and culture, the Garfagnana also has an astonishing landscape, and there are interesting paths into the chesnut woods and unique natural treasures to discover like the Orrido di Botri, a breathtaking canyon cut in the mountains. For the adventuresome it is even possible to don a headlight and go night-trekking with a guide. This is also a thermal area and the spa in Bagni di Lucca is just few minutes from the mill. While there are many charming villages within easy reach that offer good restaurants, the gracious walled city of Lucca with its beautiful churches and generous piazzas is only about 20 km from the house. Florence and Pisa are an hour away and the Versilian seaside or the Abetone mountain less than 45 minutes.TripAdvisor property ID 3796392...Read more
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