Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

New Luxury Apartment in Tuscany, Near Lucca with 5 x 12 metre swimming pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 875 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Casa Pinocchio - 2BR/2BA ground level apartment with 5 x 12 metre swimming pool

Check out our stunning aerial video tour of il Borghetto in San Gennaro, as well as video of each apartment. CLICK ON THE VIDEO BUTTON ON THE PHOTO ABOVE, OR COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER:

A lovely 1.5 km drive through olive groves brings you to the private, gated entrance. Our apartment (Casa Pinocchio) is part of a six apartment 'Borghetto' (formerly a rural, rustic farmhouse from the 14th century) in the hills below the village of San Gennaro near Lucca. The apartment is a tasteful blend of rustic, contemporary and antique furnishings. A 5 x 12 metre swimming pool with beautifully manicured lawns is shared by the apartments and is located on the terrace above the apartment with lovely views down the valley toward Lucca.

We are proud to offer a lifestyle in the heart of Tuscany that is truly unique. Picture yourself on the grounds of an historic 14th century building, rebuilt to the highest standards using only traditional Tuscan materials and methods, from handmade terra cotta tiled floors, to chestnut beams and tiled ceilings. The property also makes extensive use of hand built stone walls in keeping with the character and traditions of Tuscany.

The entrance is a spectacular double-wide glass door, in keeping with the original architecture of the building, as this room was where the farm animals were kept.

The inviting open floor plan, which includes the living, dining and kitchen areas, is perfect for sharing meals and conversation. The fully equipped kitchen featuring granite counter-tops has everything you need: a six-burner gas stove, oven and broiler, and dishwasher.

There are two large ensuite bedrooms/bathrooms. One of the bedrooms has French doors leading out to your private sitting area. Lots of light with windows in all bedrooms and bathrooms. Great views from every room.

Coming with a bigger group? Please ask about our 3 BR/3 BA apartment directly above your apartment.

More Details

Jim Kachenmeister
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, italian
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

About Jim Kachenmeister

Jim and his wife, Debbie, bought property near Lucca in 2003 and have permanently relocated to this beautiful area. We have lived in Europe for the past 20 years (London and Stockholm before moving to Italy). Jim has a passion for cooking and is happy to share his secrets to making a perfect pizza in a wood burning oven. We are also happy to help you plan your itinerary while in this area, including pre-booking your museum tickets in Florence to avoid the lines, booking our favourite restaurants for you and more.

Jim Kachenmeister purchased this farmhouse in 2009

Why Jim Kachenmeister chose Capannori

The location of il Borghetto in San Gennaro is superb. In the medium hills above the Lucca plain and below the historic village of San Gennaro, we offer a piece of solitude in the Tuscan hills. Views of vineyards and olive groves are offered from every vantage point on the property. The newly built property features the stones of the 14th century building that stood on this very spot. Modern inside, the apartment retains the Tuscan charm of handmade terra cotta floors and chestnut beam ceilings throughout.

It is an easy 20 minute hike up the hill to San Gennaro, where you can dine at the local trattoria, Il Corno Rosso. Hiking paths (all well marked by Club Alpina d'Italia) are all around the area.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The 5 x 12 metre swimming pool is on the highest point of the property, giving lovely views back toward Lucca. Gated entrance for security.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Capannori

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 875 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • Lovely tiled bathrooms, each with a large window.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Queen bed. French doors leading outside to your private sitting area from Bedroom 1.
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

92% Complete
7% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
New Luxury Apartment in Tuscany, Near Lucca with 5 x 12 metre swimming pool
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

A Hidden Gem !

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned yesterday from a wonderfully relaxing 10 day stay in Il Borghetto, and cannot praise it enough.

The ride up the track made us realise just how hidden it was, but was well worth it.

We arrived in a thunder storm, but Jim was ready with umbrellas and a wonderful welcome for us. The storm passed quickly and warm weather resumed for the rest of our stay.

The cosy, clean apartment had everything we needed for a comfortable stay, and was just what 2 work weary couples needed to re-charge our batteries!

The house has been beautifully renovated, and is a credit to Jim, who obviously put his heart into turning a very run down, but lovely old house back into somewhere that is very much loved and tasteful.

The pool was a very welcome addition with great views up towards the tiny village, which is an easy 20 minute walk up from the house. It was lovely to wander round on the Sunday as there were some craft stalls heading up towards the church, and we had a good meal in the very pretty garden at the back of the cafe/bar ( drinks only at the front in the covered area)

It's a great base to explore from, Lucca is a great to spend a day, as is the old town in Pistoia, Montecarlo is tiny quaint village worth visiting for a good meal and beautiful views, and if you want to see the hillside villages of the Cinque Terre, for a better experience than the train we suggest you go by boat from Port Venere.

Jim is a lovely man and the 'font of all knowledge' regarding places to go and couldn't have been more helpful, with information for us when we said where we were thinking of going and also with booking a table at a family run restaurant nearby, so a big "thank you" for making our stay even better.

If its a tranquil hideaway you're after, then this is it!

Thank you Jim,

from your very chilled out guests

Sue, Kev, Julie and Bernard

  • Review Submitted: 18/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sue, Kev, Julie and Bernard, you are too kind. It was a pleasure having you as guests and I'm thrilled you have returned home thoroughly chilled out! I hope to see you again here at il Borghetto.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great get away in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We had a super week in Tuscany. Property is lovely - and nicely equipped. Jim was excellent - so many thanks. Graham

  • Review Submitted: 19/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Top notch

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful apartment in terrific location. Modern, clean, pastoral, convenient, quiet.

  • Review Submitted: 03/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Il Borghetto is a wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in Casa Pinocchio and found it very comfortable and well equipped. The property is very peaceful and surrounded by beautiful scenery. Our three year old had great fun in the garden; it was too cold to go in the pool but we could imagine it would be fantastic in warmer months. Jim was a great host and was very helpful both before and during our stay promptly answering any questions we had via email and giving tips for the local area. We would definitely recommend a stay at Il Borghetto!

  • Review Submitted: 10/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Picturesque beauty in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time abroad and we couldn't have gone to a more beautiful villa!! The apartment was perfect for two people. It was spotless and perfectly maintained. Jim and Debbie were phenomenal hosts; warm and helpful with every aspect of our trip. Lucca is charming and although we rented a car, the villa is located quite close to train stations, restaurants and coffee shops. We look forward to returning to this magnificent Tuscany villa in the near future and will absolutely highly recommend staying here to all our friends and family!!!

  • Review Submitted: 28/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great anniversary stays

  • 5 of 5

Great location for a relaxing stay and to celebrate our 55th and 56th anniversaries. Lucca is a wonderful city to explore. Jim K. is a great host with many good suggestions as to what to do and see. The facility is outstanding. Il Borghetto is a super property with a swimming pool, olive trees, and great hikes located just outside your door. Our apartment was well furnished and very user friendly. It is also locate within an hour of Pisa and Florence. If you are into wine there are many really good wineries near by. Fantastic places to eat near by.This was our second trip and plan to return.

  • Review Submitted: 22/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Pisa or Florence
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Bar Tibi
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
via Pesciatina
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Kilometres
Al Covo
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Viareggio and Forte di Marmi
Car: necessary

You will find that il Borghetto is located in one of the most popular areas in Tuscany. Situated between

Pisa and Florence in Northern Tuscany, il Borghetto is only eight miles from the historic city of Lucca,

famous for its flat, pedestrian-friendly, cobblestone streets and its magnificent thirty meter wide

Renaissance wall surrounding the entire city. Taking part in the evening walk, la passagiata, on the

tree-lined wall with dozens of other walkers and bikers is one of life’s little pleasures in Lucca. Lucca is

big enough to offer opera and world famous artists at its Summer Music Festival, first-rate shopping,

and fine restaurants – and small enough that you can traverse by foot in twenty minutes.

You will be perfectly situated for easy access from either Pisa International Airport or Florence

International Airport – each just 45 minutes from your door. Less than one hour away you will find the

Ligurian Sea and the famous walks in the Cinque Terre and the beaches of Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio

and Torre del Lago, the home and final resting place of Lucca’s most famous citizen, Giacomo Puccini.

The world famous Puccini Festival takes place every summer on the shores of Torre del Lago at their

beautiful outdoor amphitheatre. In less than two hours, you can visit beautiful Siena, San Gimignano,

the vineyards of Chianti, and the famous Garfagnana region, home of the beautiful forested National

Parks of the Apuane and Appennine mountain ranges.


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cancellation Policy: If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, the deposit is non-refundable. After the final payment is made (30 days prior to arrival) the total reservation is non-refundable.
Travel Insurance: The owner strongly urges the guest to take out travel insurance to cover the cost of a last minute cancellation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made