This 10 th century farmhouse, located in the Luccan hills just 12KMS from the town of Lucca , was bought by the famous film director, David Lean, for its beautiful and breathtaking views. It is situated on a hill, close to the small hamlet of Valgiano, overlooking one of the most beautiful landscapes in Tuscany , from the plain of Lucca to the lake of Bientina , including the picturesque Lucchese countryside and the mountains of Pisa . Lean never started the restoration work, and the house was left deserted until ten years ago, when it was acquired by Ferrucci’s family, who totally restored and modernized the property beam by beam, and brick by brick.
The conversion was a project of love, and has been done with great taste and charm using authentic materials, including old terracotta tiles and beamed ceilings. At the same time, the house has been equipped with all modern comforts, to include large showers and baths. As part of the efforts to retain the original structure of the property, the old hayloft, which is attached to the main house, has been converted into a quaint independent apartment with living room, kitchen, bath and loft sleeping quarters. It is accessible off the same terrace. The house is situated so that 12 persons can enjoy the component living quarters, utilizing three separate living areas with a common terrace for early morning sun rise coffee and star gazing at night, allowing privacy for those couples or family members who enjoy time alone as well as together while vacationing. Each living area has a kitchen, bath, fireplace, and sitting areas. The main portion of the house has a very large kitchen with fireplace, master bedroom and bath on the lower floor, sitting room and 3 separate bedrooms with bath on the upper floor. There is an outdoor pizza oven off the kitchen of this portion, with access to the pool. The pool is quite large and nestled on top of the property for the most magnificent views.
Monica Ferrucci, who also speaks English, lives at the back of the house in a completely independent apartment . She also offers an extensive menu of authentic Italian cuisine, to be prepared for you at your request. This is especially nice after a long day of site seeing, when guests would like to relax by the pool, read, or watch the sunset over the valley. It is also very affordable.
Easy day trips could include: The historic tree-lined walled city of Lucca, swimming or a picnic on the beaches of the Riviera della Versilia, a short trip to the marble mountains where Michelangelo quarried his stone, small medieval villages just minutes away, the leaning tower of Pisa, a day visit to Florence, the terme of Montecatini, or a full day trip to clifftop Pitigliano, the Etruscan city dramatically situated on a steep-sided tufa crag. Etruscan tombs, ancient caves, and old wine cellars honeycomb the cliff.