We loved our week at Casa a Corte! It was very hot at the beginning of the week but the house was still comfortable. The views are so beautiful and there are so many places to go for nice walks. Our favorite walk was through the woods down the hill from the house. On our walk we discovered the most wild black raspberries I have ever seen, we picked 12 cups one morning! Pool is very large and nice. Recommend you stop by store on way to house as it takes a while to get to the store since you have to drive on narrow winding roads up and down the mountains. The owner had wonderful recommendations for day trips and restaurants!
We were two famillies that stayed for 7 nights and we enjoyed every minute of it! The big swimming pool was perfect for us and our teenagers and the view from the house was stonishing. Only 20 minutes to lovely Lucca.
Just back from our family holiday in the Tuscan hills and already making plans to return next year! We had great sunny weather so the kids spent most of their time in the pool or playing in the wonderful grounds; The perfect place to escape from it all and relax listening to nothing but bird song. The reccommended restaurants were even better than we had hoped for (and we know our food!) with beautifully cooked steaks over olive wood, hand made pastas and pizzas cooked in a wood oven. We loved exploring the local City of Lucca, the most picturesque City that I have ever been to, and the children loved cycling around the walls.
It was a perfect place to stay with the family and we will definitely be back! The views from the property were breathtaking and the house extremely well looked after. Everyone was incredibly helpful from start to finish and we cant wait to return with the whole family next year
Even more picturesque than in the photos. Perfect location - away from the hustle bustle of towns but close enough to be able to nip into town when needed. All the mod cons you'd ever need including Sky TV and WiFi. A real find - we've already booked again for next year!
We spend one week in April at Casa A Corte as a family holiday (3 couples).
Casa A Corte is located in the hills in the North of Lucca.
The house is a real beauty in the middle of many olive trees.
We enjoyed sitting outside on one of the three (!) terraces every day:
You can enjoy the sun the whole day and travel from patio to terrace to terrace.
The pool and the garden are in a very good condition.
We loved the well equipped kitchen which we used everyday for cooking family meals. The living room, the dining room and the bedrooms are nicely furnished.
We felt at home from the very first minute.
The owner is very helpful. He knows the area very well and provides you with tips for perfect restaurants / ice-cream / wine tasting.
We will try to come back! We can definitely recommend this house for family gatherings or holidays with friends! Thank you!
This is the most beautiful villa I have ever stayed in. Set in the hills of Tuscany, it has everything on offer if you want to just sit and sunbathe for a week! Full of character, with typical Tuscan features outside and in, perfectly balanced with the feeling that you are staying in a cosy, family home. So many terraces to relax on and follow the sun, and enjoy a perfect evening drink watching the sun disappear behind the hills. Friendly locals who come and tend to the pool and gather the olives growing on the trees around you! Almost gives you the feeling that you have moved in.
Tearing yourself away from the villa, there are so many lovely places to drive to. Lucca itself has a huge wall that is gorgeous to cycle around in the early evening, and the small hustle and bustle of the narrow streets you can find plenty of local shops and restuarants to dive into.
About an hour and a half drive will take you to the beautiful, must see, village of Cinque Terre. A day trip that will be well worth the visit.
And the villa manual has plenty of local restaurant recommendations! It was impossible to get through them all, as hard as we tried! Antica Locanda di sesto was a stand out restuarant for us. Welcoming family run place, with the fresh, simple, tasty dishes that really makes you feel like you're in Italy.
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Thank you so much Hazel & Hugh, you have made our stay at Casa A Corte an absolute joy. We practically used all the information you so very kindly supplied as our itinerary, so many things to do and great restaurants to sample the best pasta in the world. Such simple cooking everywhere as all ingredients are so good/fresh.
The days trips to Lucca / Florence / Pietra Santa / Cinque Terre were all fabulous and lovely ways to spend the day. However we most enjoyed staying in the house and relaxing by the pool. The house is really undersold, a magnificent red farmhouse on three floors. The bedrooms are all very comfortable along side the living area on the mid floor. The kitchen and dining room on the lower floor we excellent for cooking and eating. The kitchen in particular had everything you could possibly need, I'd almost say it better equipped than my kitchen at home! We really enjoying have long breakfasts out on the South terrace with a lovely smell off coffee from the percolator wafting through the house. We used your brilliant BBQ on 4 occasions and collected all fresh ingredients from Ponte Mariano.
As the house has a terrace on all 4 side of the house, you can enjoy the sun at anytime of day and there are always cool shady areas to escape the strong Tuscan sun.
A really relaxing time was had by all, it's a stunning house with everything you need and we will definitely be returning.
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