- Air Conditioned
- Hair dryers in every bedroom
- Heated Pool
- Satellite TV
- Washer and Dryer
- Weekly Stay
- Wifi Internet
- Wine Cellar
Casale La Macina is a beautifully restored old olive mill located near Lucca just outside the charming village of Castelvecchio di Compito.. For 160 years the villa was one of the town’s main employers for the local villagers as men were employed to build dry stone walls along the olive terraces, cut back grass and weeds by hand, prune and care for the olive plants and then at harvest time men, women and children picked the olives and prepared them ready for the pressing.
Casale La Macina has recently been extensively renovated and refurbished into a unique and stylish home. It is a perfect place for a luxurious and relaxing holiday. You can enjoy walking on some of the paths which lead directly from our doorstep through olive groves and woodland to the nearby village of Castelvecchio di Compito (10 minute walk) and over the hills to Buti (7 kilometers walk), a hill village with shops and restaurants. Bientina, a small town just a few minutes drive away has full amenities including supermarket, shops, restaurants, banks, weekly market, antiques market (monthly) and in July the town holds a palio (bareback horse race) in the main square. Casale La Mancina is ideally situated for sightseeing as Lucca is only a 20 minute drive, and Pisa and Florence are 30 and 45 minutes respectively. The nearest train station is ten minutes from the villa in Pontedera.
Stylish and charming the interiors have been designed to complement the building. Internally the rooms are all light and spacious – the large, welcoming lounge has comfortable sofas and a wood-burning fireplace, for cooler evenings, the main dining salon is warm and atmospheric and still has the original olive grinding stones, the main kitchen with large dining table is suitable for cook school, the computer room or study is there if you feel you have to work, wine tasting room and cellar (wine provided on an honesty basis). In addition there is an extra ‘Summer’ kitchen which can be used when using the barbeque area or at the swimming pool. The bedrooms are all in the upper floors for the house. There are two suites with adjoining sitting areas, two large double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, all are en suite, air conditioned and beds are equipped with extremely comfortable mattresses and luxury linens to ensure restful sleeps.
The large saline swimming pool takes the shape of the original mill pond and has a shallow section suitable for children. The surrounding landscaped garden is perfect for relaxing and has ample umbrellas and sunbeds. The terraces around the house are equipped with dining tables, chairs and deckchairs and take full advantage of the breathtaking views. The herb garden next to the main kitchen has a wide variety of Mediterranean herbs, and there is also a vegetable garden.
Only 15 minutes drive from La Mancina is the spectacularly beautiful little hill town famous for producing Montecarlo DOC certified white and red wines. It is a small town with narrow streets so it is best to park just outside the ancient walls and walk in (few minutes). You can choose to eat or drink in a number of traditional trattorias, good quality restaurants, enotecas and cafes. Many of the wine producers offer tastings and cellar visits including the very good Fattoria Di Montechiari, Fattoria La Torre or Tenuta del Buonamico and each year at the end of August/beginning of September the highly recommended Montecarlo wine festival is held.
Please note that the last 800 meters to the villa (1/2 mile) is a dirt road not suited for low riding sport cars. Minivans and normal cars have no problem reaching the villa!
Following the villa’s recent renovation, this luxury accommodation consists of two suites each featuring a bedroom , en-suite bathroom and aprivate lounge area. Additionally there are two double bedrooms, each with its own en suite bathroom, and two bedrooms with twin beds, each with their own en suite bathrooms.
There is a beautiful architect designed kitchen with a large dining table for informal dining. This adjoins a larger formal dining room featuring the old frantoio’s original olive press and grinding wheels, with a large antique table
A second kitchen has been created at the other end of the house to conveniently serve the pool, barbeque or lounge areas. Finally there is a wine cellar and tasting room, featuring a great selection of wine available on an honor bar basis.
On a terrace above the villa, there is a heated salt water swimming pool, surrounded by grass and landscaped gardens. There are a number of large terraces with dining chairs, tables and recliners where you can take full advantage of the wonderful views and beauty of life under the Tuscan sun!
- Lucca – 14 Kilometers
- Pisa – 31 Kilometers
- Forte dei Marmi – 49 Kilometers
- Volterra – 59 Kilometers
- San Gimignano – 65 Kilometers
- Florence – 71 Kilometers
- Siena – 105 Kilometers
- Bologna – 149 Kilometers
- Venice – 299 Kilometers
- Rome Fiumicino Airport – 336 Kilometers
- Lake Como – 376 Kilometers
Low Season (12 January – 20 April & 26 October to 14 December) 8,700 Euros per week
Mid Season (20 April – 22 June & 7 September – 26 October) 9,490 Euros per week
High Season (22 June – 7 September, Christmas/New Year’s) 10.500 Euros per week
- Fuel for Heating for Pool (if used it usually runs between 200 and 220 Euros per week)
- House heating (if used it usually runs between 200 and 220 Euros per week)
- Chef and table service on a weekly basis plus cost of groceries
- Breakfast service
- Cooking classes/wine tastings
- Extra cleaning 170 Euros each session
- Massages/Personal rainer
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