Romiti del Torrente

Fabbriche di Vallico, Lucca
Bed & Breakfast


From a dramatic setting 400m above the torrent Turrite, you can visit glorious Lucca… or tap into your own creativity here

Bedroom

8 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

After four miles of narrow twisting road, crossing the Turrite in a few thrilling places, you arrive at the lively village of Fabbriche di Vallico: 350 inhabitants, four restaurants, a few working mills and, over one last rickety bridge, an Augustinian monastery carved out of the forested mountain side. Here live artists Steven and Lindsay who for the last seven years have been restoring monastery and church with a meticulous, exquisite simplicity. Floors are flagged and oak planked, chestnut beams are sturdy, stone walls naked, and furniture minimal. In the adjoining deconsecrated church is a galleried library to delight you, and creative courses are held below – ceramics, glass, Italian cookery… and sometimes jazz concerts, recitals and informal cinema screenings. The saltwater infinity pool is a joy, as are the bedrooms, one with a steep stair to a sky-lit platform; sleep beneath the stars. Expect sprung mattresses, small windows, Muji linen, and en suite bathrooms, two with tubs – “for the English”! Delicious, organic breakfasts are served at the long table.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

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

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay 2 nights. Children over 2 welcome. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Never.
Meals
Dinner with wine, €30-35, available on request. Restaurants 15-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €125
Surcharges
Singles €75-€85. Extra bed/sofabed €10-€20 per person per night. Whole house available, enquire with owner.
8 Doubles
From €125

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Steven Newell

  • Breakfast - Poiani ,majestic local birds of prey ,circle languidly overhead whilst below them House Martins work the air currents to compete for that impossible perch. Cacophony of bells from the goats grazing the terraces, surprising the odd pheasant.....
  • For the athletic, mountain or road biking, riding, walking and climbing, kayaking and canyoning are all nearby . Mountain guides can be arranged for walks for all levels. Walk across the valley to our neighbour Martino and meet his pet wild boar- awesome.
  • We are an hour from the small ski resort of Abetone -excellent for family skiing . Return home to log fires, vin brule followed by a great evening meal in the historic surroundings of our restored 13th century church ,rounded off with a movie on the wall .
  • There are lots of transport options for a day in Lucca, Florence or Pisa -travel the picturesque single track railway winding along the valley of the Serchio River. Barga and Bagni di Lucca are even closer for culture and time taking the waters at the spa.
  • Here in the Garfagnana eating is taken very seriously. We have a fabulous selection of locally produced hams,salamis ,sausages and cheeses, ottofile polenta, chestnut honey and grain beers.You can visit the nearby vineyards of Monte Carlo and Matraia.
  • If you really don't want to venture further and feel like acquiring a new skill ,we have a Ceramic and Glass Studio on site and a programme of workshops in everything from Felting to Creative Writing and Yoga- courses will be posted on the website.