Farm Stay

Relaxing accommodation that gives you time to breathe

Accommodation comprises two houses at Col di Lavacchio available for rental on a self-catering basis with room for up to 14 guests. La Fattoria (the old farmhouse) can accommodate 10, whilst La Stalla (the apartment) can take 4. Both are extremely comfortable, superbly equipped and furnished with antiques.

“My week at Lavacchio was absolutely heavenly…

Jamie and Ailsa are wonderful hosts and carefully consider every detail about their beautiful property for their guests. At every turn you can see the way they lovingly tend to the place, from the lush lavender bushes fringing the pool, through to the perfect positioning of the hilltop yoga shala. I loved their friendly hospitality and the welcome made by their very personable cats and dog too! Everywhere was fragrant with jasmine and lavender, buzzing with bees – and what could be a better spot for an afternoon of reading than a hammock overlooking grapevines and the mountains of Tuscany?” July 2014 Annette Vieusseux

Melbourne, Australia

La Fattoria accommodation

(The Farmhouse)

  • 5 double bedrooms: 1 double, 4 either twin or kingsize
  • 3 bathrooms with walk-in showers
  • Fully equipped dining kitchen: 5 ring gas hob/oven, dishwasher, 2 fridge-freezers
  • Sitting room with log burner, DVD player/screen, board games and books
  • All linen, towels and pool towels included
  • 2 dining terraces: a roofed breakfast terrace and a wisteria vine covered dining terrace each with  wooden dining furniture
  • BBQ
  • Pizza oven
  • Cot and high chair

A traditional Garfagnana farmhouse with chestnut beams, exposed stone and terracotta tiles. Perched above a terraced amphitheatre with a small vineyard, La Fattoria has a covered breakfast terrace and a vine clad dining terrace with a huge rustic table and benches. Antique furniture, fabulously comfortable bedrooms with high ceilings and a superbly equipped cook’s kitchen add a touch of luxury to this rural retreat.

There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor and one bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor. All linen, including bath towels and pool towels, is included in the rental accommodation. There are hundreds of books, some board games and a DVD player with screen. Alternatively, seek some peace and quiet in a hammock overlooking the vines.

La Stalla Accommodation

(The apartment)

  • Comfortable sitting room with wood burning stove, antique furniture and books
  • Small kitchen with 4 ring gas hob, electric oven and fridge
  • Bathroom with enormous walk-in shower
  • Large bedrooms twin or huge king size beds
  • All linen, towels and pool towels included
  • WIFI
  • Loggia with dining table, chairs and day-bed 
  • BBQ
  • Wooden sun loungers
  • Cot and high chair

La Stalla, on the ground floor of the main house at Lavacchio, is designed for space and comfort. This apartment is available with one or two bedrooms: each bedroom has twin beds (or enormous doubles) and antique furniture.  There is a comfortable sitting room with a log burner stove,  and many books. The small kitchen is sufficiently equipped for culinary adventures.

There is a rose covered loggia with table and chairs and a huge day-bed for the perfect siesta. The lawn is fringed with herbs and the small gravel yard is protected by a bay hedge. The views down the valley are among the most extensive on the farm.

“A wonderfully comfortable guest house with 30 acre organic farm, with views down the length of the Serchio valley towards the ancient walled city of Lucca, birthplace of the composer Giacomo Puccini”

Cameron McNeish

TGO Magazine

Lavacchio Charms

  • 12m x 6m salt water swimming pool
  • Teak loungers, hammocks and benches
  • Hot tub (seasonal)
  • Full sized table tennis table
  • Badminton net and racquets
  • Lawn boules
  • Board games/DVDs
  • Yoga deck
  • Woodland
  • Walks
  • Shopping service
We love life’s little luxuries and understand that often it is the little things that make all the difference.  
  • Visiting therapist: massage, reflexology, reiki
  • Pizza evenings make the most of the old wood-fired oven at La Fattoria and are a riot of frantic activity. An initial demonstration often precedes a hands-on  experience when you can concoct the pizza of your dreams
  • Onsite organic produce shop
  • Guided walks

“Two weeks in paradise! You have created the perfect holiday home, set in beautiful surroundings. Many thanks for your warm welcome and hospitality.”

Martin and Vanessa,

Shropshire, England


Home Truths and other Useful Information:

  • The driveway from Promiana to Lavacchio is narrow (2.4m wide).  With care it is possible to drive in all but the biggest car.

  • There is no street lighting at Lavacchio but paths are illuminated with solar lights.

  • You will hear various rural sounds at night, from boar to barking deer, owls to cicadas.

  • The owners, Jamie and Ailsa, live above La Stalla and are here to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

  • The farm cats love company and may try to invade your privacy.