A beautiful new place to stay…Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei is the beautiful house where Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning stayed when they visited Bagni di Lucca.

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It was recently bought by Laura and Andy and they have worked hard to bring the building back to life. Their renovation is remarkable.

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

In 2016 they finished the upper floor and had B&B rooms available to rent. This year there is a self catering option which includes a suite with 2 bedrooms and bathroom plus the stunning frescoed living room and adjacent kitchen.

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

For summer the whole upper floor will be available. The rental options will be 2 independent self-catering apartments or the whole floor for larger groups…8 – 12 people.

The lovely garden has an above ground pool, with plans for an inground pool this year.

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei

Italian lessons will also be available at Casa Tolomei.

Casa Tolomei is in Via Umberto I, La Villa. For enquiries and bookings email Laura at …poggilaura@gmail.

 casaTolomei.com

 

La Torre

La Torre features in the background of many of my photos of Bagni di Lucca. It looks wonderful perched on a hill overlooking Ponte a Serraglio.

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La Torre is an agriturismo. It has rooms and apartments where you can stay and a lovely restaurant for everyone.

We had a great time on a warm summer evening at one of the outdoor tables. There is also a cosy place for cold winter nights.

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The food was excellent and the service is very friendly.

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La Torre is above Fornoli.

www.latorreagriturismo.com

Email…info@latorreagriturismo.com

Telephone…0583 805297

Meet one of the delightful owners.

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La Balconata…a beautiful B & B in Granaiola

Kevan and Maureen have created the most amazing farmhouse accommodation at La Balconata, their beautiful stone house in Granaiola. I saw the house before the renovation and what they have achieved is nothing short of miraculous.

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From a crumbling stone building has emerged a delightfully rustic home in the best sense of the word. Furniture and cupboards have been lovingly created from old timber and found objects. Ancient tiles were retrieved, cleaned and laid by hand in great style. Curtains and soft furnishing have been created by Maureen and her beautiful sculptures are dotted throughout the rooms along with Kevan’s creative photography.

Here is the living room and reading rooms.

The bedrooms, 2 doubles and a twin.

The upstairs hallway.

The bathrooms…I love the colours and the little touches. Maureen made the bowls and soap dishes.

The kitchen. Kevan made all the cupboards and benches.

The museum wall in the kitchen.

Look at this amazing door that Kevan built.

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The old floor tiles and the new ones Maureen made for the entrance.

Maureen’s sculptures…there are lots more in her own house, but that will be the subject of another post.

…and then there is the view and the garden.

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…and the table set for lunch.

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It would be difficult to find a more relaxing and peaceful way to spend time in our little part of Tuscany. Kevan and Maureen want their guests to feel at home and enjoy the beautiful space they have created.

Go to www.labalconata.com for more information.

Meet Roberto and Giuliana from the Corona

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Roberto and his lovely assistant Giuliana.

The Corona Hotel in Ponte a Serraglio has a great position beside the river with views across the Lima River. If you are there when the weather is warm, the outdoor terrace is open for meals. They get some very good reviews on Trip Advisor, where the terrace is often mentioned, as well as the friendly service……and the food.

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I have had some delicious meals at the restaurant Corona.

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The hotel has been recently renovated. Look for Roberto or Giuliana in the inviting reception area.

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There are some interesting frescoes dating from the 1800s in one of the waiting rooms.

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The rooms are well equipped and some have lovely views over the river.

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You can see the spring I wrote about in the previous post. It would be a quick trip across the walking bridge to sample some of Bagni di Lucca’s famous water.

There is a sister hotel in La Villa (1kilometre up river) called the Park Regina, where there is a pool, also available for the Corona visitors.

Giuliana’s little Fiat Bambino matches the hotel perfectly, don’t you think?

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Say hello to Roberto and Juliana if you visit.

www.coronaregina.it

Meet Rosaly and Christian from Villa Talenti

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Rosaly and Christian recently bought 2 apartments in Villa Talenti in Ponte a Serraglio, on the way to Bagni Caldi.

Rosaly is from Brazil, of Italian parents and Christian is from Norway. They met in Italy, lived in Brazil, then Norway and had a dream to live in Italy. Their dream came true last year when they moved to Bagni di Lucca with their young daughter to begin their new life. I think is it great that we have people from all over the world living happily in our little community. Everybody who comes brings something extra to the village.

Villa Talenti is a centuries old building, originally one house, but now converted to apartments. It sits on the side of the hill above Ponte a Serraglio and has spectacular views over the mountains and the Lima valley. It is within easy walking distance from Ponte a Serraglio and the Thermal baths for which the area is famous.

Rosaly and Christian’s apartments are available for rent. Take a look at the website www.miadolcetoscana.com for details.

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The views from Villa Talenti are spectacular.

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There are garden terraces for relaxing in the sun and a new pool for the summer.

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Kiwi, the resident cat, enjoying the garden.

www.miadolcetoscana.com

Meet Gianni and Daniela from Il Moro

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Gianni and Daniela have created a beautiful agriturismo in the hills above Ponte a Serraglio. It is accessible by car via the road to Colle, or is a delightful walk through chestnut forest from the village.

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The views from here are divine.

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It is late spring and the olives and figs are appearing on the trees.

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The roses are looking gorgeous.

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As well as running the agriturismo Gianni has a hobby. He likes to build roads and houses. He has 2 projects on the go. The first one we went to is a beautiful house he has built from scratch on a level terrace above his own house.

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He has done an amazing job. It is not finished yet, but it is going to be magnificent.

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As well as the main house, there is a smaller building, where Gianni keeps bees and processes the honey.

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The bees are still working busily on the acacia honey, Gianni showed us what will be happening soon.

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I hope I am still around when the honey is ready.

The next project involved a drive on a road that Gianni is still working on to a gorgeous stone house he is renovating above La Villa. I want this house!!!!!

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There is the main house and a smaller building beside it which could become a work shed or an extra bedroom for guests.

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The main house will eventually have 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a huge kitchen, living room and a cellar at the back with a little cave for keeping cheese and other delights.

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The smaller building sits above an old cistern.

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Gianni has renovated the building beautifully, keeping the traditional style where possible.

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I love the stone, tiles and the wonderful ceilings. Somebody is going to get a wonderful place to live.

Gianni doesn’t have a website, but if you want some more information you can email him at ….agriturismoilmoro3@alice.it