Just returned from a Pilates retreat held at Col di Lavacchio last week. This organic farm is a little piece of heaven right here on earth. It has an enviable setting high above the valley with panoramic views which take your breath away. The week was arranged through Sarah Hardy an excellent pilates instructor who put us through our paces three times a day. Wholesome healthy and utterly delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners were provided by our wonderful hosts Ailsa and Jamie. Early morning stretching was held on the hilside looking out across the valley, promptly followed by a breakfast feast. Morning pilates classes were held on the amazing outdoor wooden decked studio area, set in a very tranquil and beautiful part of the estate. Lunch was another gourmet experience and always ended with the most mouthwatering muffins.. which we generally held back and ate with afternoon tea. The afternoon was spent with leisurely walks around the estate, lazing by the outdoor pool or taking a short trip to Lucca by train The evening session of pilates was a mixture of stretch, exercise and relaxation followed by dinner. I must say I think Ailsa and Jamie have got this place exactly right. It is a tremendous tribute to their committment, perseverence and sheer hard work which has resulted in this a little oasis of tranquility in the Tuscan hills. Their new outdoor exercise area is a wonderful addition and I know of several Yoga, Pilates and Boot Camp instructors or anyone looking for a venue for a holistic retreat, would be more than delighted to arrange a weekly break here with a small group. The accommodation is traditional, rustic and very well appointed. It is only too easy to get caught up in the passion Jamie and Ailsa both have for their estate and the produce of their land. I am sure most of their guests would love to be able to buy some of their delicious jams and preserves to take home, or even the secrets of the delicious meals in a recipe book. The area has a wealth of outdoor opportunities including mountain biking, hill walking, nordic walking and much more... in fact Jamie is a resident hill walker leader. I certainly hope to return next year.
- Also Known As:
- Col Di Lavacchio Italy/Tuscany - Molazzana