Agriturismo Col di Lavacchio

Molazzana, Lucca
+39 349 1201954
Visit owner's website Icon Created with Sketch.

Nature pulses and chirps all around you, the food is wonderful, the people delightful, and beds are for walkers: exceptionally comfortable


2 places


Sleeping from 4 – 10

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Walk your socks off in the Apuane Alps. The views across the mountains to the Tyrrhenian Sea are glorious. And so are Ailsa’s picnics: home-grown salads, local pecorino, sweet pies baked that morning.

She and Jamie took on this remote farm in 2003. They cultivated the terraces (cherries, apricots, olives, vines), strung hammocks between the trees, and breathed new life into Lavacchio. Now, two rustically elegant retreats (La Stalla, an apartment in the farmhouse, and La Fattoria, close by) are filled with comfort and light. The saltwater pool has dreamy views and there’s ping-pong under the loggia.

Molezzana, 2.5km, is big enough for a post office, bar and bread shop. The treasures of Lucca are a 50-minute drive. Return to rain showers, books, paintings, antiques, friendly wood-fired pizza nights, and dinners under the stars.

Agriturismo Col di Lavacchio - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The uplifting setting, and the peaceful hum of an organic farm
  • Waking to glorious views
  • The option to enjoy Jamie's guided walks and Ailsa's creative cooking
Agriturismo Col di Lavacchio - Gallery

You should know

  • There's an extremely narrow stretch of road 1km from the farm
  • Expect a few creepy-crawlies and no TV
  • Some of the guided walks are challenging


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights in high season. Minimum stay for the farmhouse is 7 nights
Christmas & New Year.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals by arrangement: Breakfast, €6 per person. Lunch, €8 per person. Pizza dinner, 3 courses, €15 per person. Dinner, 3 courses, €30 per person wine included. Restaurants 4km.


Nightly price
from €165
Weekly price
from €1160
Damage deposit
€400 for weekly stays, €150 for 3 nights.
The farmhouse and the apartment can be booked together for up to 14, €3220-€3999. The apartment cannot be rented by itself in high season. In low season, the apartment can be booked for 2, €80-€140 per night, minimum stay:3 nights.
1 House for 10
From €3358 beds5 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 4
From €1652 beds2 bedrooms



This is a small piece of heaven which I can hardly bear to recommend because we want to keep it to ourselves forever. Jamie and Ailsa are the most generous and wonderful hosts - the food is exceptional and the house unbelievably comfortable - and their farm is in the most unspoilt and magical of places. We loved every minute of our holiday and wished we could have stayed forever.

Mary-Rose, Edinburgh

It's rare that a remote oasis offers so much: an organic farm so elegantly appointed, indoors and out; a shaded yoga deck with 360 views; and above all, hosts that will nourish you (Ailsa's caponata, savoury and sweet pies are memorable) and guide you on thrilling hikes into the surrounding territory (Jamie is intimately familiar with the mountains' paths and histories). It's transformative!

Kate, Sawday's inspector

Read more reviews


The neighbourhood

This 25-acre organically run farm is situated in a protected park where boar, deer and wildlife flourish. The surroundings are mountainous, hiking starts from the door, and visiting therapists can revive you with reiki, massage and reflexology. An excellent trattoria is 4km away, while shops, cafes, restaurants and a train station are a 12-minute drive. Barga (12km) is worth a visit in summer for its art classes and jazz festival.


Jamie Reynolds

Ailsa and Jamie are warm, friendly and passionate about nature and the slow life. He taught drama in Scotland, she ran a sheep farm in New Zealand; together they ran a small hotel in Scotland. Now they offer guided hikes, home-grown food, and a view-filled deck for yoga. “While we seem to be incessantly busy, we have learnt to live attuned to the nature around us. To share that with our guests is the ultimate luxury.”