Col di Lavacchio is a 22 acre farm in northern Tuscany nestling on a ridge below the dramatic peak of Pania del Croce. With sensational views of the Appenines to the south and east, Lavacchio serves as a perfect base for an action-packed adventure, a cultural feast or an indulgent rest by the pool. Whether you want to hang glide from a crag or attend the Puccini festival, to amble amongst the olives or spot wild boar in the chestnut forest, at Lavacchio we can tailor make your holiday to fit your requirements.
The small town of Barga is a draw for artists and photographers whilst Castelnuovo is the hub of activity for the Garfagnana region with its extensive national park. Further afield, Lucca is well worth a day trip for its excellent boutique shops and profusion of churches. Florence is 90 minutes away by car and we can help book you into the various galleries given sufficient notice. However, if you want to stay at home and enjoy the the Garfagnana, this is an area rooted in tradition and unspoilt by mass tourism where Italians come to sample the real Tuscany.
The farmhouse (la Fattoria) with apartment (la Stalla)
The old farmhouse at Lavacchio was completely renovated in 2004 and whilst the traditional features, such as the chestnut beams, were retained the house was fitted with smart modern appliances to make your stay a comfortable one. There are five bedrooms (double or twin) and three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable sitting room with an open fire. Two terraces for al fresco eating and a working pizza oven mean that time spent indoors is kept to a minimum.
Facilities include: dishwasher, microwave oven, washing machine, 5 ring gas hob and oven with electric grill, 2 fridges, CD player, DVD/Video and TV, central heating. All linen is included.
The ground floor apartment 100m away has 2 large double/twin rooms, a sitting room with sofa-bed and a small but well equipped kitchen. The bathroom has a huge wet area shower. The loggia outside, with the spa pool (winter only) provides welcome shade and a romantic dinner setting.
A car is essential at Lavacchio to allow you to shop locally in a range of supermarkets and village markets and to explore hill top towns and Tuscanys historic sites. The track into the property is extremely narrow and you may wish to leave your car in Promiana (500m). We supply a small courtesy car for guests to use. There is a huge number of restaurants within 15 mins drive or alternatively let us take the strain out of holiday cooking. A selection of produce is available ranging from eggs to fresh fruit and vegetables in season. There are masses of herbs all over the property.
Meals can be served by prior arrangement on the terrace: these can range from a 4 course dinner to a pizza evening or barbeque.
Cookery courses are also available.
Walking tours can be arranged with 24 hours notice, either a Wild day trip to the peaks and ridges or a Mild walk exploring villages and small towns at a gentler pace.
There is a large terrace for dining, another for sunbathing, a (winter only) spa pool (for 5 people) set in a beautiful loggia, a full size table tennis table and an area for boules. A number of hammocks are slung in shady spots as well as the wooden pool furniture. There is a small child’s swing and lots of room to kick a ball or fly a kite. Board games and cards are provided in the accommodation.