Unit Description: A large, principally open plan family residence being our full time home and as such furnished to the greatest standards of luxury and comfort.
We finished the restoration 4 years ago using only the finest of materials and maintaining the original features of this 1600/1700s brickmaker's house.
Practically all the ceilings are with exposed beams and terracotta tiles and the floors of the ground floor are of a mixture of marble/travertino and terracotta with underfloor heating.
Six large french windows open out from the south face of the house on to the extensive pergolated terrace
On the ground floor there are 4 reception rooms, comprising large well equipped kitchen with separate Utility Room, a Family/Day Room, large Dining Room, Sitting Room, Sun Room, Study and spacious Entrance Hall and Cloak Room - all with French Windows leading out on to the Terrace.
The travertino staircase leads out from the Entrance Hall to the Library above from which passages lead to the 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (1 Bedroom remains closed). The bathrooms all have generous walk-in showers, 2 with baths(1jacuzzi). There are 2 bedrooms with bathrooms en suite and 2 bedrooms with a shared bathroom.
Overall Property Description: La Fornace is a beautifully restored large farmhouse dating back to the early 1700s. The name La Fornace derives from the fact that it was once the brickmaker's house - The Brickilne - and it is said that the bricks for the castle at nearby Lari came from here. The house is our full time home and as such has a welcoming and warm atmosphere.
La Fornace is situated in what we consider to be one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany - the Pisan Hills. We know and have lived in most areas of Tuscany and in addition to the stunning countryside we have found the people the most warm and welcoming and the cuisine of the highest standard. An added advantage is that the area has a micro climate with no extremes and in summer a sea breeze that comes up every morning to temper the midday heat
The secluded house set in the heart of its 12 acres of landscaped gardens, orchards, olives and woodland, yet only 300 meters from the road, sits on the side of a hill with sweeping views down the valley and the hilltop villages beyond. Distances: La Fornace is only 4 minutes to the two nearest villages, Lari and Casciana Alta, 10 minutes to the motorway network of Europe, half an hour to the sea and the International Airport at Pisa, and within the hour or so most cities and tourist attractions . At guests disposal: Wi-Fi internet connection available free of charge