We have recently created a romantic 50sqm apartment in what used to be the barn of our 400 years old ancient house. It is very peaceful, decorated with tuscan style, beauty and quality. You can choose either our b&b service or a weekly rent
Our house is very ancient,made out of stone at the end of a medieval village of ten houses. It is surrounded by olive Groves and Lavandas, Fruit Trees and Chestnut Woods. The Garden is quiet, mediterranean plants make it colorful and refreshing, perfect to relax, read a book, contemplate the view. You can taste and use all our Mediterranean herbs (Rosemary, sage, bay, Thime, etc) in the private kitchen and enjoy your meals outside in the shade of the vine pergola. Among all the roses you can have a dip in our lovely splash pool (3x2,5m) while over looking the stunning view of the Lucca valley.
The bedroom is a very special retreat. All walls are decorated with paintings, special objects, many books and good furniture. Every corner is full of inspiration and creativity. The bathroom is big with a shower, many books, and a lovely view over the garden and valley. The bedroom has an indipendent entrance from the house so you can come in and out as you please, through the garden. The kitchen is fully equipped with pots and pans and basic food (olive oil, salt pepper, milk, pasta). The red living room is very cosy, here you can find books and maps about Lucca and its surroundings. The house has free wi-fi.
My atelier is on the other side of the house, opposite the ancient stone washing pond where the old ladies of the village still daily come to do their washing. You can pop in any time for a coffee or just a peek...
On walking distance there is a lovely little restaurant with a beautiful terrace overlooking the hills where you can have a local dinner in a very friendly ambiance.
The beautiful town of Lucca is 15min. far and the beaches are 20min. far. We can also advise you some amazing rivers you can go too, to have a refreshing wild swim in ponds carved in rocks or marble stones... Pisa, Florence, Siena, Cinque Terre are all reachable for day trips.
We offer both b&b option or weekly rent. When rented weekly, we do not serve breakfast. The
kitchen is equipped with a 4 fire cooking stove, fridge, oven and pots and pans to prepare lovely dishes. In the kitchen you always will find basic food products as olive oil, salt and pepper, spaghetti, some sauces, milk. The kitchen and living room as the rest of the apartment are for your private use only and are included in the price.
if you want we can advise you trips, visits, restaurants, or some cooking receipts. But if you just would like to rest in the garden and absorb the lovely sun light, you can have all the silence and privacy you just wish for.
I know it sounds funny, but we happen to live in the most beautiful surroundings ever. As painter everyday I am amazed how beautiful the landscape, the woods, the olive groves, the villages, the towns, the nature, people and above all light are here. you can just sit and look around and never get bored. Or if you like to walk you can take endless walks into nature, every path you take is beautiful.
We live on a hill in Tuscany, this means there is no bus service and you need to have a car or a bike if you are very fit. It is not possible to move around without, and you would be missing so much of it.
we do offer 4 sleeping places, but as the two rooms, the bedroom and the living room where a good bed sofa is, are not well sound proof isolated, we can't really have to couples staying, only a couple with max two children. In winter period we have an additional central heating cost: please ask if you are interested. Wood for the stove is included in the price.
you will have total privacy in big part of our lovely garden, sun bed chairs, garden table and chairs, use of the splash pool, barbecue, wi fi, books and maps, sheets and towels, kitchen equipment, fridge, and most of all a unique beautiful spot of the world.
Interaction with Guests
We have a long experience with guests and we wish when you arrive that you feel on holiday but as comfortable as at home. We interact if you wish us too. But when you have settled we would love to invite you just for a good glass of wine or lemonade, if you don't mind...
What makes Tuscany so famous in the world is it's perfect combination of small ancient villages, beautiful country side and amazing life style: this is our neighbourhood.
There is no public transport: you need to have a car to reach us and any lovely spot around here. All country side in Italy is very badly served by public transport
Other Things to Note
The second sleeping option we offer is a sofa bed in the living room. This does create some privacy problems, so we advise it only for families with a young child.
In low season we do accept dogs that are well behaved and used to dogs, cats and children. They can't any time sleep on bed or sofa. We have two labradors and a cat ourselves and know how difficult it is to leave them behind sometimes. So they are very welcome. Extra cleaning cost in this case is 15€ per day.
Please do not smoke inside. Outside it's fine and you will find ashtrays (please use them). Do not lit candles in the house, and in the garden in summer months. Turn off lights when you leave. Please do not feed our dog or cat as we are all ready taking care of it. Enjoy your stay!
There aren't enough words for how wonderful our stay was at the painter's house. The home is inspiring and quaint, covered in Damema's stunning paintings. We loved snuggling by the wood-burning fireplace. Breakfast was absolutely incredible as well. Damema and her family are the sweetest. We loved getting to know them during our stay, and would love to return! Also, the house is surrounded by gorgeous fruit trees and mountain views, close to Florence, Lucca, CT, and the ocean. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting an authentic, Tuscan experience.
Posto stupendo e ottima accoglienza, Damema è stata disponibile e gentilissima. Torneremo sicuramente!
Location stupenda, ottima accoglienza e disponibilità. Vicino a Lucca e in un posto veramente molto tranquillo.
Fabio Elena e Lapo
We had the perfect experience staying with Damema and her wonderful family. Lovely and beautiful home and area, clean, and our best experience with airbnb yet. We would stay there again in a heartbeat, and would have loved to stay longer.
A wonderfull charming and typically Italian country cottage experience. It was very well equipped and Damema and Wes made us feel very welcome. They even lent us provisions when we first arrived which was so appreciated until we found the local shop. We loved the location because of the spectacular views but the winding road up the hill takes a bit of getting used to. Luca is a beautiful city which is only a 20 min drive away and great to visit Cinque Terre and Florence. We were very glad of the wood burner in the evening,with it being October, which heated the whole cottage and plenty of free logs too.
We had a lovely time at the painters house! The surrounding is beautiful and close to the beach, mountains and different cities! The house is clean and very cosy. We wish we could have stayed longer!!!
I am a painter. My atelier is on the back of the house. I paint land scapes, views, house portraits, nature, the sea. my painting is fully linked to the area I live in: I try everyday to capture the lovely lights of my country. Although living in Italy is getting everyday more difficult, I can't think of painting without the power of the southern sun.
when anyone enters my home, he or she can feel the lovely energy of my work that reflects totally my entire life: strong, colorful and joyfull.