La Lucertola

Pugnano, Pisa
Self-catering
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Two peaceful olive grove farmhouses, hours of hiking along CAI trails, each offering a shared pool with incredible views, Pisa and Lucca only 20 minutes away

Place

2 places

Sleeps

Each sleep 4

Children welcome

The Experience

The drive up is exciting and fun, the views when you get here stupendous: a panorama that reaches to the Leaning Tower and to the Mediterranean on the horizon. Sitting on the southern slopes of Monti Pisani are a group of farm buildings immaculately restored, served by spring water and powered by solar panels. Musicians Luisa and Colin live on site, love people, love the place, and take care of everything. The two, independent, farmhouses stand side by side (ideal for friends), with living spaces on the ground floor, bedrooms up, and a big wide stone terrace at the front with curtained-off pergolas. There’s a terraced olive grove for exploratory romps – or naps in the shade – and a decked and fenced infinity pool with an outdoor shower. All you hear are the birds and the wind. As for the farmhouses: they’re functional, spotless, family-friendly and furnished in traditional style, with fireplaces for winter stays, repro art on the walls, and toys. You get a restaurant at the bottom of the hill, a food shop a six-minute drive, jazz in Lucca, guided rafting on the Serchio, and the Parco di Pinocchio in Collodi – child heaven.

Essentials

  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 4 nights at weekends. 4 nights in high season.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Meals
Restaurant 1km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €140
Weekly price
from €980
Damage deposit
£000
Surcharges
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
2 Houses for 4
From €1406 beds2 bedrooms

Accommodation

Reviews

Wonderful holiday in the Tuscan hills. Luisa and Colin are perfect hosts. Kind, generous and informative. Luisa offered to purchase groceries as we arrived on a Sunday and this was so welcome. The pool is glorious and the views magnificent. The drive up is not for the faint hearted but you get use to it. A perfect, quiet and tranquil place for a break.

Kate, Oxford

This is truly an amazing spot. You can't ask for a better view every morning you get up. And when you are having lunch or dinner at the terrace. The house has plenty of space and all the things you need. The supermarket is within a short driving distance. Don't forget to use the wood fired pizza oven. Luisa and Colin are fantastic hosts. And you can always ask for advice on where to go. Luisa also helped us out with some basic shopping. So, we had something to start with since we were arriving late. We loved the place and will definitely recommend this place and will book it ourselves again.

Thomas, Germany

Great place and hospitality from Luisa. We enjoyed our weekend getaway! She was quick to respond to our questions and meet our needs. It was kid friendly, the pool was nice, and making pizzas in the oven was fun! The place is comforting with amazing views! Be aware it's not direct or easy access to the lovely home, however it's well worth it.

Rabeia, Germany

Great place with a great view and very friendly hosts. I highly recommend booking with Luisa and Colin.

Jan, Holland

Luisa and Colin were excellent and friendly hosts. The house offers a fantastic view over Pisa to the sea. The house is very spacious and we had enough room with 5 people. We enjoyed the daily breakfast on the terrace in the sunshine. We only used the pool once. In October it would be perfect if the pool was heated. The driveway to the house is steep and winding. We were grateful that we could use the rental car for this. But after a few days we also got used to the adventurous way up. Hope to see you again. Thanks for all!

Christian, Switzerland

If you want to be in an amazing place do not miss to stay at Luisa's place "La Lucertola" . The route is a bit challenging to drive but you get use the second time. The place is peaceful place, perfect to disconnect, get in contact with the nature, enjoy wonderful views of Tuscany and Pisa and most important get great memories while swimming in the pool, having a relax meal in the garden, doing bbq or cooking pizza with the family! The house is big, comfortable and clean. We were traveling with a baby and we had all we needed to feel at home! Thank you Luisa and Colin!

Diana, Switzerland

Luisa is a host like no other. She becomes quickly a friend where you're happy about when she passes your window in the morning. You can ask her everything and that's the same for Collin, her partner. You will definitely enjoy your stay here and many more things as the view. Don't hesitate to book here, it's worth it!

Jordy, Belgium

We had a lovely time at La Lucertola. The house is very nice, the view is amazing. Very close to Pisa and Lucca. Luisa and Colin are very kind and hospitable. We would love to come back again!!

Karlien, Holland

La Lucertola is a piece of heaven in Tuscany! A very beautiful and clean house, equipped with everything you need. The view is simply indescribably beautiful. Luisa and Colin are such lovely host. Cities like Pisa, Lucca or Florence are easy to reach and the sea is not far away. We will definitely come back.

Dannique, Holland

Luisa and Collin are very kind and welcoming hosts. The location is great, its near Pisa and Lucca and little less than 1.5 hours to Firenze. The drive up to the house is a bit of a challenge but we managed it and it becomes easier with each attempt. Besides, the view from your porch or from the pool over the region is worth all the trouble. The house is well equipped and when properly ventilated at night, together with the provided fans, I had fine nights of sleep. There is a large pool, you have your own porch and everything is very well maintained.

Agnita, Holland

We really enjoyed our stay at Luisa! She and Colin have done a great job making it homely AND special! We really liked the space and how it was decorated. The fresh pears, tomatoes, basil, and rosemary were a nice bonus. The wood-fired pizza oven was really great and the pool with a shower from the olive tree - wow - fantastic! Next to that everything was spotlessly clean and it was very handy that detergent and the like were available. A lovely place And we will certainly recommend to friends !

Anders, Denmark

A luxury experience in the hidden gem 'la lucertola' Wonderful view and Tuscany style home! Great pizza oven and very nice host! We enjoyed every second! Everything was perfect.

Friederike, Germany

My friends and I based ourselves here for a weekend to travel around Tuscany and it really exceeded our expectations. Stunning views of the area, a great pool and outdoor wood fire pizza oven. Luisa was an amazing host who really goes out of her way for you. Highly recommended!

John, London

We very enjoyed our 2 weeks stay at La Lucertola guest house. The view and surroundings are just perfect if you want to switch off for a while. The pool is great and the house is simple but tastefully decorated. Luisa and Colin were great hosts. They were on the site but gave their guests a lot of space to be by themselves. Lots of great food delis locally. The only flaw is the drive up - but it is totally worth the effort for the amazing view. We had restaurant at home organised by the hosts which was delicious. Do try their olive oil!

The Cravens, CANTERBURY

What a lovely place! We had such a great holiday. The house is in such a wonderful setting, set high amongst olive trees and overlooking Pisa. Happiness is sitting on the balcony in the evening drinking a cup of tea. The children were delighted with having a pool in their back garden. Colin and Luisa are welcoming and friendly hosts. I would definitely recommend this special place.

Jane, Brighton

This place is a little slice of heaven! From the moment my family arrived we were taken in by the beautiful surroundings. Luisa and Colin were the perfect hosts. As soon as we stepped out of the car they were there to greet us and made us all feel so welcome. You just got the feeling that nothing would be too much trouble. The views are absolutely amazing and the pool area was great. We loved cooking on the wood stove and eating on the terrace, while staring at the views of Pisa and the coast behind it. The accommodation was lovely and the kitchen well stocked. Hope to return one day......

Justin, Sheffield

La Lucertola is a truly special place to stay - the house is situated among ancient terraced olive groves with plenty of areas to sit and relax in the shade of olive trees or in the sunshine on the terrace by the pool. Inside, the beautifully decorated house was extremely comfortable and we woke each morning to the fragrance of jasmine blossom. We enjoyed many evenings watching the fireflies from the patio, and experimenting with the woodfired pizza oven. There are lovely walks through the olive groves directly from the house. Our 5 yr old particularly enjoyed the Parco di Pinocchio (30 mins)

Helen, Whaley Bridge

First let me say that Luisa and Colin were wonderful host. The property is a little hard to get to, but it is very nice and has a wonderful view. The outside area is great for dining or for cocktails after a day of activities. It is nicely located between Pisa and Lucca and only about 50 minutes from Florence on the autostrade. 
I would and will definitely recommend this place to my friends and family. Paul

Paul, Louisville, Ky

Bellissimo!

We stayed in house no 1 & were delighted with our choice. Beautifully nestled on a hillside, amazing views across the countryside & leaning tower of Pisa in the distance. 

House spotlessly clean-home from home plenty big enough for our 5. Challenging drive up mountain but well worth it! Relaxed under the pergola, sunbathing or by the pool. Wifi 5*-coped easily with iPads,iPhones and laptop! Easy reach of Lucca/Pisa/Florence by train or car. A magical stay with excellent hosts-there to help but not intrusive. Exceptional value and highly recommended-you will not be disappointed!

Wayne, Kent

We rented the house for our first vacation in Tuscany. The house was exactly what we had expected - from the owners' description as well as the reviews. The drive up was a little nerve breaking, but it totally worth it once you get on top of the hill. The view is to die for - absolutely amazing! Luisa and Colin are very friendly hosts. We felt absolute privacy while staying at the guest house. The house was very clean and well equipped. We had everything we needed. It is about 20 min drive from the Tower in Pisa, 20 min drive to the center of Lucca and 30 min from the beach. We loved it!

Victoria, New York

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Colin Pilkington

  • Unique and stunning views of The Leaning Tower of Pisa.. Panoramic and inspiring views over our lovingly tended olive grove, forest, fields, villages, Pisa in the midground, the Mediterranean Sea in the distance - spectacular. Great hillside walks on site.
  • The natural spring water salt swimming pool is set in a truly amazing location with views to infinity over valley field Pisa and Med. The pool zone also boasts a unique shower which pours out water from the trunk of an ancient olive tree - simply fabulous.
  • Our own organic olive oil for sale - buy it and try it on your very own home made pizzas using an original wood fired pizza oven. Try our allotment for toms, peppers,salad and herbs to create your perfect pizza. Peaches, pears, figs and cherries in season.
  • From right outside your door enjoy some of the best walking trails imaginable. Truly great walking on hand, offering views over Pisa, Lucca, The Mediterranean. Enjoy walking through wonderful chestnut stands, pine forest and olive groves - inspiring!
  • Restaurant At Home: We have great friends who are excellent chefs and offer a bespoke service - they come to you and prepare a real Tuscan banquet in the wood fired oven - fish, meat or vegetarian - it's a winner ! Also load up on some Tuscan cooking tips!
  • Great activities for all ! rafting on the nearby rivers, cycling trails - bike hire from nearby Lucca, paragliding right over our hills, great beaches - wonderful snorkelling not far away, fishing - sea or river, Lucca wine tours, chefs at home - just ask!