La Mansarda, Tuscany
A romantic tuscan hideaway nestled into the hillside of the picturesque village of Taponecco. Cobbled pathways and arches connect the houses of this medieval settlement dating back to the 13th Century. La Mansarda forms part of this historic village property and combines the comforts of modern living with the charm of the past. The building has been carefully restored and interior designed to retain much of its original character including terracotta floors, chestnut doors and beamed ceilings.
La Mansarda was originally a chestnut drying house. The dining terrace leads into the hallway with the original stone basin. The bathroom is custom made with mosaic tiles and combined bath and shower. An antique chestnut door opens into a contemporary farmhouse kitchen with granite work surface and ceramic butlers basin. There is a traditional feature fireplace extending to the rafters above. Fully equipped with oven, microwave and espresso machine. Steps lead up to a spacious yet cosy room providing sleeping and sitting areas with an open beamed ceiling. The property occupies the top floor of the building and has views over the pretty courtyard. A further garden terrace above the courtyard offers a place to relax and simply enjoy the sun. Complimentary DVD, Video library. All towels and linens are included with complimentary toiletries .
Services, facilities and local amenities
A swimming pool in the neighbouring village is available during the summer months (subject to terms and conditions). A separate laundry room is equipped with washing machine and iron/board.
Representative available for assistance including organising concierge services ( bookings made after 1/04/08 ) terms and conditions apply.
Essentials hamper: an honesty box containing basic food items ideal for those guests arriving at a late hour. Items should be replenished by guests before departure.
Taponecco is served daily with groceries and there is a popular trattoria close by where you can experience typical specialities and take in the breathtaking views from the terrace. The surrounding villages have facilities such as banks, grocery shops, cafes and bars. See area guide for more information.
Car hire: we strongly recommend that car hire is arranged from one of the airports prior to arrival. Please enquire for competetivie rates on care hire.
Area Guide, things to see and do
The word Tuscany conjures images of olive groves and vineyards, fine food and wine, romantic farmhouses lined with cypress trees and of course the sun set over Florence. Tourists are drawn every year by these beautiful images they see in glossy magazines, travel guides and through film and television. Many visitors can be forgiven for thinking that Chianti, Siena and Florence encompasses all Tuscany has to offer, however this is not so, and although these areas are enchanting there is much more to discover. Lunigiana offers a truly unspoilt corner of Tuscany and an inspired destination for the Italian traveller. The most Northern tip which borders the colourful Gulf of the Poets. The nearby Versilia coast overflows with sea side charm and is within easy reach the impressive city of Lucca, rich with Italian architecture and culture. In order to really understand Tuscany it is essential to experience its many contrasts and only then will you discover its true spirit.
Lunigiana is an area rich in history and tradition and set amidst magnificent scenery. The generous hospitality and relaxed pace to life make this a perfect destination for those wishing to escape the rush of modern life. The nearby Gulf of the Poets has attracted many writers, artists and film makers over the years. The quiet cosmopolitan coastline still retains its authenticity and charm. Excellent transport links provide easy accessibility to many of the centres of both Tuscany and Liguria.
If you have a passion for Italy and a desire to explore the less beaten tracks, then Lunigiana will not fail to impress. The only way to appreciate all that the region has to offer is to see it with your own eyes. We are sure that after your visit this will be a place you find difficult to forget.