Sunday, March 3, 2013
A TUSCAN HOLIDAY RETREAT
If I've ever posted this before, I don't recall, and I've looked through past posts not finding it. This is Le Pitturnelle, a pair of single family houses that Gil and I built not far from Villa Massei, in Massa Macinaia, where we make our home, eight kilometers from the ancient walled city of Lucca.
The house in the distance was sold a year ago but the one in the foreground is still available. It's a sunny Tuscan lifestyle, an independent three bedroom house that can easily be closed up for the season and yet it has a sizable garden with more than enough space for a swimming pool.
The houses are immersed in the green of a small village where olive groves and vineyards alternate with vegetable gardens and sunny terraces.
We've paid great attention to detail in executing our own design of these country houses that look as though they've been there since the 18th century, but we've held ourselves back on the garden which is ready, rather, to take whatever form the new owner might choose.
The view to the east-southeast is of rolling green hillsides and the gardens of Villa Massei in the distance.
And the interior is up to date, large open spaces for an easy, modern lifestyle.
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